MATUMBAMAN
Lasse Urpalainen 
Finland
Team Liquid
Explodes out of the gate but can't seal the series
December 2, 2017
MATUMBAMAN played a dominant Game 1 but struggled afterwards in a 1-2 loss to Team Secret at the Dreamleague Season 8 Major. He finished with an overall KDA of 26/15/23.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 MATUMBAMAN played Tiny with support from gh's Io. Together, the pair of them absolutely ravaged Secret. MATUMBAMAN was an unstoppable wrecking machine, constantly able to blink into Secret and make it out with his life. He finished the game with a godlike 11/0/11 KDA. Liquid was allowed to pick Tiny and Io again in Game 2, so once again MATUMBAMAN played Tiny. Although MATUMBAMAN finished the game with an impressive 14/6/6 KDA, he was the only one on his team getting kills. Secret had more than enough control to stop MATUMBAMAN from solo-carrying the game, and Liquid was forced to a Game 3. In Game 3 MATUMBAMAN played Monkey King. This game was a complete disaster for MATUMBAMAN. He had a terrible time in lane, didn't finish a Battle Fury until 29 minutes, and was just generally ineffective all game long. He finished with a 1/9/6 KDA.
Shows newfound love for Viper
November 3, 2017
MATUMBAMAN played a solid series for Team Liquid in their win against Immortals in Dota Pit. The shorts-loving carry finished with a KDA of 13/7/26.
ANALYSIS
It looks like MATUMBAMAN has a new hero to spam in pro Dota with Viper. In Game 1, he didn't have a super great early game against MP's Mirana. Game 2 wasn't much different for MATUMBAMAN early on against QO's Terrorblade, as he once again lost early. He interestingly went for Veil of Discord on Viper in both games. The extra tankiness and area-of-effect damage from Nethertoxin that came with the item turned out to be a genius idea. His stats weren't eye catching, but he made a lot of smart plays for Liquid throughout.
Not a glorious series, but a win nonetheless
November 2, 2017
MATUMBAMAN finished with an overall KDA of 22/10/31 in Team Liquid's 2-0 win over Newbee at the DotaPit Minor.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 MATUMBAMAN played Necrophos. He played very well in fights, providing a durable and threatening frontline. His role was essentially to create space in fights for Miracle's Anti-Mage and then finish off targets with Reaper's Scythe. MATUMBAMAN did a great job baiting in Newbee and then turning the fight around with a huge burst of healing. He finished with a 7/5/16 KDA. In Game 2 MATUMBAMAN played Viper. This wasn't a flashy performance for MATUMBAMAN, but he got the job done for his team. Liquid fell behind early to Newbee this time, so MATUMBAMAN's role as a damage soaking frontline hero was a bit less exciting this game, but he played well. It was his holding on to buyback in the late game that actually allowed Liquid to swing the game around and seal the series. He finished with a 15/5/15 KDA.
Grinds his way back to a tough Game 1 win
October 28, 2017
MATUMBAMAN finished with an overall KDA of 16/16/37 in Team Liquid's 2-0 win over Keen Gaming at the ESL One Hamburg Major.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 MATUMBAMAN played Venomancer and had a very difficult time in the early game, being heavily focused by Keen and falling behind. MATUMBAMAN was able to grind his way back into a somewhat comfortable position along with the rest of his team. Eventually Liquid made it back into the driver's seat, and MATUMBAMAN was able to flip the switch and play aggressively with his team. He finished with an 11/12/30 KDA. In Game 2 MATUMBAMAN played Broodmother. With no clear counters on Keen's side, MATUMBAMAN was free to control the map and dominate this game. By 10 minutes, he was threatening the Keen base, having already pushed down an entire lane of towers. This advantage continued to snowball into a lead of 25,000 gold by the time Liquid claimed the game. MATUMBAMAN finished with a 5/4/7 KDA.
Rallies back in Game 2 but can't secure the series
October 27, 2017
MATUMBAMAN finished with an overall KDA of 23/19/25 in Team Liquid's 1-2 loss to Virtus.pro at the ESL One Hamburg Major.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 MATUMBAMAN played Venomancer. He got off to a decent start, but began to fall behind as Liquid lost skirmishes and fights. Either MATUMBAMAN or Miracle would end up Doomed to start these fights, leaving Liquid effectively one man short. Liquid didn't have the damage to make up for that, and ended up slowly losing ground until they lost it all. MATUMBAMAN finished with a 5/6/6 KDA. In Game 2 MATUMBAMAN played Broodmother. He had a rough time in the early and mid game, but Liquid managed to stabilize after losing a lane of barracks. MATUMBAMAN played extremely well as Liquid battled their way back from a 10,000-gold deficit to even up the series. He finished with a 15/5/11 KDA. In Game 3 MATUMBAMAN played Broodmother again. He once again found himself playing from behind as Liquid suffered another poor early game against Virtus.pro's aggression. MATUMBAMAN dealt massive damage, but he was extremely fragile. He finished with a 3/8/8 KDA.
Does a little bit of everything in win
October 26, 2017
MATUMBAMAN was all over the map as Team Liquid defeated SG Esports Team 1-0 in the group stages of ESL One Hamburg. Miracle finished with a 12/2/11 KDA and destroyed two towers and a Roshan.
ANALYSIS
The most impressive aspect of MATUMBAMAN's game was the fact that he was always able to have a huge impact on the game. He had the second-most kills on the team as well as being the leading objective destroyer for Liquid. This was a good warm-up game, as Liquid has bigger challenges ahead.
Continues to look unstoppable at Starladder
October 15, 2017
MATUMBAMAN finished with an overall KDA of 19/3/17 in Team Liquid's 2-0 win over Team Secret in the Starladder iLeague Minor.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 MATUMBAMAN played Broodmother. He played an excellent game. He got a lot of farm in the early-game, and accelerated himself to a substantial net worth lead as the game went on. He was a monster in fights all game, there was no one on the side of Secret who could stand toe-to-toe with MATUMBAMAN. He finished with an 11/3/9 KDA. In Game 2 MATUMBAMAN played Lifestealer. This was a really excellent performance from MATUMBAMAN. Despite Liquid playing from behind for the first half of the game, he kept up in gold and experience and gave his team a fighting chance. After winning a huge fight defending their high ground, Liquid were able to storm back and take the game with MATUMBAMAN leading the charge. He finished with an 8/0/8 KDA.
Another commanding win at Starladder
October 12, 2017
MATUMBAMAN finished with a 19/5/14 overall KDA in Team Liquid's 2-0 win over SG esports at the Starladder iLeague Minor.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 MATUMBAMAN played Lifestealer. He was constantly up in the face of SG, dealing massive damage against their low-armor cores. He ripped through SG easily, while being extremely difficult to turn and focus down thanks to magic immunity from Rage. He finished with a 12/2/6 KDA. In Game 2 MATUMBAMAN played Ursa. His burst damage was simply too much for the SG backline to deal with. This was another impressive showing for MATUMBAMAN and Team Liquid, finishing the first day of Starladder undefeated. He finished this game with a 7/3/9 KDA.
Strong performance even under pressure
October 12, 2017
MATUMBAMAN finished with an overall KDA of 13/5/13 in Team Liquid's 2-0 win over Mineski at the Starladder iLeague Minor.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 MATUMBAMAN played Venomancer. He got shut down in his early lane, and struggled to catch up until Liquid started winning fights around 30 minutes. Despite being very fragile, MATUMBAMAN still managed to get off his spells before dying, dealing a lot of damage to Mineski. He finished with a 7/5/8 KDA. MATUMBAMAN played Venomancer again in Game 2. He had a much better time in this game, actually getting to farm relatively unhampered in his lane. Without an early-game hiccup, MATUMBAMAN and the rest of Liquid rolled over Mineski this time around. He finished with a 6/0/5 KDA.
Beats his own Broodmother record
August 12, 2017
MATUMBAMAN had a great series as Team Liquid eliminate LGD in The International 2017. The Finnish carry finished with a KDA of 10/5/13.
ANALYSIS
MATUMBAMAN went with his Necrophos, unbeaten for him at TI7, in the opening game of the series. Despite being ganked and killed many times early on, he bounced back after getting his 14-minute Veil of Discord. In Game 2, he was on his signature Broodmother mid. He rushed Desolator and got it at a record nine minutes in, beating his previous record in the process. While Miracle was making space, he always went for objectives, which kept LGD on the back foot all game long.
Commits to pushing strategy
August 4, 2017
MATUMBAMAN finished Team Liquid's 1-1 draw with LGD during the group stages of The International 7 with a final KDA of 8/9/19
ANALYSIS
MATUMBAMAN played Broodmother and Lycan in Games 1 and 2 respectively. Swapping lanes with Miracle for Game 1, MATUMBAMAN's middle lane Broodmother wasn't nearly as effective as it was against Evil Geniuses. Though he was still taking over lanes and pushing towers, his hero was ill equipped to provide Liquid with that extra burst damage they needed to swing team fights. In Game 2, MATUMBAMAN was able to keep his head down and repeat his familiar pushing Lycan build to give Liquid a much easier win and save the team from getting swept.
Goes from versatility to futility
August 3, 2017
MATUMBAMAN finished Team Liquid's 1-1 draw with Evil Geniuses during the group stage of The International 7 with a final KDA of 9/7/16.
ANALYSIS
MATUMBAMAN played Broodmother in Game 1 in the middle lane with incredible success. He became a largely ignored terror to Evil Geniuses, turning structures to rubble the moment their backs were turned. In Game 2, MATUMBAMAN tried his hands at a carry Faceless Void. Itemizing for survival rather than for damage, MATUMBAMAN was unable to secure the kills his team needed to prevent being swept aside.
Commanding series from Liquid's carry
August 2, 2017
MATUMBAMAN looked very strong in Liquid's 2-0 win vs Fnatic in the group stages of The International 7. He finished with an overall KDA of 18/4/18.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 MATUMBAMAN played Ursa. He was a very effective front-line for Liquid all game, able to blink into the fray and get a fight started. Despite being the first man in, MATUMBAMAN only posted a single death in the entire game. He finished with an 8/1/7 KDA. In Game 2 MATUMBAMAN played Lycan. He absolutely crushed this game from start to finish. There wasn't anything on the side of Fnatic to stop him besides Rupture, and MATUMBAMAN wasn't even the best Rupture target on his team. He finished with a 10/3/11 KDA.
Solid series from Liquid's carry
August 2, 2017
MATUMBAMAN finished with an overall KDA of 20/15/28 in Liquid's 2-0 win over iG.Vitality in The International 7 group stages.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 MATUMBAMAN played Necrophos. Although not a very flashy hero, MATUMBAMAN was the rock of Liquid's teamfight in this game. He gave them some nice sustain against iG.V, meaning that if they survived the initial onslaught from Sven they would win the fight. MATUMBAMAN finished with a 10/7/12 KDA. In Game 2 MATUMBAMAN played Faceless Void in the safe lane. He had an extremely difficult early and mid game. It was incredibly difficult for him to land good Chronospheres all game, but when it finally counted in the late game he managed to land a good one. All it takes is one great Chronosphere to blow a game open, and MATUMBAMAN delivered when Liquid needed it. He finished with a 10/8/16 KDA.
Up and down performances but pulls out the win
July 24, 2017
MATUMBAMAN finished Team Liquid's 3-2 victory over Planet Odd in the Grand Finals of DreamLeague Season 7 with a final KDA of 38/23/39.
ANALYSIS
MATUMBAMAN struggled early on in the series against Planet Odd, but gathered himself and was able to deliver for Team Liquid. In Game 1, MATUMBAMAN played a safe lane Viper with limited support. MATUMBAMAN was terrorized by rotations from w33's Timbersaw and couldn't evolve into the tanky, siege machine Liquid needed him to be. In Game 2, MATUMBAMAN tried to play a carry Venomancer. While his lane was well devised to bring success, things didn't quite go as planned and MATUMBAMAN ended up trading evenly with Moon more often than not. In Game 3, Liquid found their footing with MATUMBAMAN on Lycan. With Miracle's Huskar taking up all of Planet Odd's attention, MATUMBAMAN racked up an impressive 6,700 damage to structures in Liquids sub 18-minute victory. In Game 4 MATUMBAMAN swapped lanes with Miracle to play Necrophos in the middle lane. Despite mixed success early on MATUMBAMAN dealt a game-high 32,000 damage as Miracle's Anti-Mage powered Liquid to victory. In Game 5, MATUMBAMAN returned to Lycan as Liquid pushed their way to victory against Planet Odd's late-game lineup to take home 1st place.
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