MATUMBAMAN
Lasse Urpalainen 
Finland
Team Liquid
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.
Interesting series from Liquid's carry
July 21, 2017
MATUMBAMAN played a solid series in Liquid's 2-0 win over Planet Odd in the Dreamhack Dreamleague Season 7 playoffs. He finished with an overall KDA of 23/13/27.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 MATUMBAMAN played carry Pugna. This was an experimental game for Liquid, and it looked pretty impressive. MATUMBAMAN's damage output all game was extremely high. With GH's Keeper of the Light, MATUMBAMAN was able to pull off a deadly double Nether Blast combo. This was especially effective once Liquid found their way into Planet Odd's base. He finished with a 14/3/13 KDA. In Game 2 MATUMBAMAN played Venomancer middle. He crushed w33 in the lane phase, but things wouldn't be as easy for MATUMBAMAN as the game went on. He ended up dead in most fights, but was able to get off at least his ultimate in most cases. He finished the game with a 9/10/14 KDA, but a massive 50,300 damage done.
Solid series from Liquid's carry
July 21, 2017
MATUMBAMAN finished with a 15/9/43 KDA in a close 2-0 win over Vega Squadron in the Dreamhack Dreamleague playoffs.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 MATUMBAMAN played Queen of Pain middle. Despite finding himself in an unfamiliar lane, MATUMBAMAN handled the game extremely well. He was behind in net worth for the entire game compared his opponent middle, but MATUMBAMAN put his mobility and burst damage to great use. He finished the game with a 9/6/16 KDA. In Game 2 MATUMBAMAN returned to the safe lane on Lone Druid. Things started out rough again for MATUMBAMAN. Vega once again took an early lead, but Liquid were able to hold on very well. MATUMBAMAN was a constant threat with his Spirit Bear, eventually going for an Aghanim's Scepter so he could split-push Liquid back into the game. He finished with a 6/3/27 KDA.
Beastly performance from Liquid carry
June 11, 2017
MATUMBAMAN played an incredible series for Team Liquid as they were victorious against Evil Geniuses in the Epicenter 2017 grand finals. The carry player finished with a KDA of 25/5/46.
ANALYSIS
MATUMBAMAN's series opener on the Necrophos was a dream start for Team Liquid. He had an easy early game as Universe was zoned out. He only picked up three kills, but he provided a lot of utility for his team with his Ultimate and his Rod of Atos. In the second game, MATU shifted to the mid lane with Lone Druid. The change-up did not work out for Liquid as the greedy mid choice could not contribute early as EG took advantage. In Game 3, he was back on the the carry role with his signature Lycan. He only died once and provided several broken towers for his team despite a subpar 420 gold per minute. In the final game of the series, MATU was on the meta-dominant Bristleback. His early game farm was efficient and this allowed him to take control of the game with his snowball. A 9-minute Vanguard into a 20-minute Shiva's Guard is very hard to play against.
Commanding performance in a 2-0 win
June 10, 2017
MATUMBAMAN played well in Liquid's 2-0 win over LGD.ForeverYoung in the semifinals of Epicenter. He finished with an overall KDA of 10/3/26. Liquid advance to the grand final to face Evil Geniuses.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 MATUMBAMAN played Lone Druid. He continued to show why this hero has become such a favored pick for Liquid. It was business as usual as MATUMBAMAN farmed his way to a 20-minute Radiance and then proceeded to group up with his team and mow down LFY's towers. MATUMBAMAN finished the game with a 3/0/15 KDA. MATUMBAMAN played Bloodseeker in Game 2. He looked slightly unfamiliar on the hero, but adapted his playstyle to the game very quickly. Rupture was quite useful against LFY's heroes, all of which were highly mobile. The unconventional pick was also a good counter to Monet's Chronospheres because of Blood Rite's ability to cover the entire sphere. MATUMBAMAN finished with a 7/3/11 KDA.
Solid series from Liquid's carry
June 9, 2017
MATUMBAMAN looked impressive in Liquid's 2-1 win over Virtus.pro in the quarterfinals of Epicenter. He finished with a 10/10/24 overall KDA. Liquid advances to face LGD.ForeverYoung in the semifinals.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 MATUMBAMAN played Faceless Void. His game started out well, but took a very quick and sharp turn into the deep end. He never finished his Linken's Sphere, which meant that actually landing a good Chronosphere was very difficult. By the end of the game, MATUMBAMAN couldn't even make it out of his own Chronospheres alive. He finished with a 1/8/9 KDA. MATUMBAMAN played Lone Druid in Game 2. He looked much more comfortable this game. MATUMBAMAN was able to dominate his lane thanks to Lone Druid's strong early game and pick up a Radiance by 18 minutes. This early Radiance was just too much for Virtus.pro to handle, and Liquid rolled over them for a quick 26-minute win. MATUMBAMAN finished with a 4/0/7 KDA. In Game 3 MATUMBAMAN played Lone Druid middle. MATUMBAMAN has proven to be one of the best Lone Druid players with his recent performances on the hero. He used it to stand up to two heroes middle, and still finish up a Radiance before 20 minutes. With this lead Liquid was able to steamroll their way to another quick victory. He finished with a 5/2/8 KDA.
Mediocre showing from Liquid's carry
June 5, 2017
MATUMBAMAN played an average series in Liquid's 0-2 loss to Secret in the Epicenter group stages. He finished with an overall KDA of 5/4/15.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 MATUMBAMAN played Lone Druid. He played a solid game, but Secret had a good lineup of heroes against him. It came down to one climactic fight at the end of the game, which Liquid lost. MATUMBAMAN attempted to race down the Secret base before Liquid's was destroyed, but by that point he couldn't do it alone. He finished with a 4/3/13 KDA. In Game 2 MATUMBAMAN played Lone Druid again. He was the only member of Liquid to have a good early game, but simply couldn't put the rest of his team on his back. Once again Secret drafted well against the Lone Druid bear in the mid-game, effectively removing any advantage MATUMBAMAN had gained. He finished with a 1/1/2 KDA.
Solid performance to help Liquid steamroll Vega
May 19, 2017
MATUMBAMAN played very well in Liquid's 2-0 sweep against Vega in the Starladder Invitational #2. He finished the series with a final KDA of 11/1/22.
ANALYSIS
Playing as Faceless Void in Game 1, MATUMBAMAN didn't seem too interested in accumulating farm, rather setting up great plays for Miracle to clean up as Invoker. Once he hit level 6 and picked up his Blink Dagger, Vega had no response to the Chronosphere/Invoker combo. Nearly all of his ultimates resulted in overwhelming teamfight wins for Liquid. MATUMBAMAN played as the Lone Druid in Game 2, and farmed incredibly well. His bear was stacked with a Midas, Radiance, and Vlad's in under 20 minutes. He finished Game 2 with a KDA of 6/0/9, and did the most damage to buildings at 7,854.
Great performance from Liquid's carry
May 19, 2017
MATUMBAMAN played well in Liquid's 2-0 win over Faceless at the second StarLadder Invitational. He finished with an overall KDA of 11/2/9.
ANALYSIS
MATUMBAMAN played Ursa in Game 1. This was a very solid overall performance from MATUMBAMAN. He did an excellent job on Ursa, blinking into Faceless aggressively and letting the rest of his team follow up. MATUMBAMAN wasn't the primary carry in this game, but he did a fantastic job enabling Miracle's Tinker in fights. MATUMBAMAN finished with a 4/1/4 KDA. In Game 2 MATUMBAMAN played Lone Druid. He wasn't the main carry in Game 1, but this time MATUMBAMAN managed to put the rest of his team on his back. He went for the classic Lone Druid build, focusing on items for the Spirit Bear. With the recent buffs to this playstyle, MATUMBAMAN was able to dominate Faceless all game. He finished the game with a 7/1/5 KDA.
Consistent carry play for Team Liquid
April 29, 2017
The highly ranked player MATUMBAMAN was the lone positive for Team Liquid in their loss to Invictus Gaming. The Finnish carry finished with a KDA of 25/8/34.
ANALYSIS
MATUMBAMAN began the series with Weaver in the safelane. He curiously got an early Power Treads as the Boots item is usually neglected hero in the early. The slight boost in mobility didn't help him much however as his farm was limited and he died three times. In Game 2, MATUMBAMAN's Spectre worked miracles for his team. His 22-minute Radiance was slightly late, but his decisive movements helped him secure a game-high 15 kills. In the final game, he was again on Spectre and played another good game for Liquid. He had an even earlier Radiance at 18 minutes and picked up eight kills in the losing effort.