MATUMBAMAN
Lasse Urpalainen 
Finland
Team Liquid
Strong start to the Supermajor playoffs
June 4, 2018
MATUMBAMAN finished a convincing 2-0 win over TNC at the China Supermajor with a 24/5/24 overall KDA.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 MATUMBAMAN played an excellent Visage. He applied a lot of pressure to the TNC offlane, getting himself off to a great start. He was later able to navigate fights well from the edges, applying pressure with his Familiars and bursting people down with Soul Assumption. He finished with a 15/4/16 KDA. In Game 2 MATUMBAMAN ran over TNC with Lycan. He had a nice lane, finishing up a quick Helm of the Dominator and Necrobook. With those two items, he proceeded to absolutely destroy TNC. Any won skirmish was able to be converted into an easy objective thanks to MATUMBAMAN's lead. He finished with a 9/1/8 KDA.
Not much of an impact
May 24, 2018
MATUMBAMAN was nothing special as Team Liquid lost to paiN Gaming 1-0 in the group stage of ESL One Birmingham. MATUMBAMAN finished with a 3/7/4 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Liquid fans, look away. This was a rough performance from the team as a whole. MATUMBAMAN could do nothing to help save his team as his Dragon Knight was completely neutralized. paiN took this game as a challenge and wanted to fight throughout, and Liquid just could not handle it. Props to paiN for a great performance, but we hope and expect Liquid to bounce back from this.
One step closer to grand finals
April 4, 2018
MATUMBAMAN finished with a 7/11/30 overall KDA in a 2-0 win over Virtus pro at DAC 2018.
ANALYSIS
MATUMBAMAN started out the series on what has become a Liquid staple once again, Venomancer. His job was pretty much the same as it always is. He created a lot of space in fights while dealing tons of damage to everyone on VP and putting on constant pressure. MATUMBAMAN also provided a lot of critical vision for his team with Plague Wards, letting Liquid move around the map in the late game. He finished with a 3/6/18 KDA. In Game 2 MATUMBAMAN played a nice Lone Druid. He was by no means immortal, but to kill him required so much commitment from Virtus pro that it almost always ended in a positive trade for Liquid. When MATUMBAMAN did survive through fights, he gave Liquid tremendous pushing power that would eventually force VP to call GG. MATUMBAMAN finished with a 4/5/12 KDA.
Painful series on Venomancer
March 24, 2018
MATUMBAMAN had a tough time in a 2-0 loss to Fnatic at Dreamhack Dreamleague Season 9. He finished with an overall KDA of 9/18/17.
ANALYSIS
MATUMBAMAN played a solid Venomancer in Game 1. He died a lot in this crazy back and forth game, but each death was made well worth it by the amount of damage MATUMBAMAN could put out before going down. Despite leading his team in damage, though, Liquid couldn't stand up to Fnatic in the late-game. MATUMBAMAN finished with a 3/10/10 KDA. MATUMBAMAN played Venomancer again in Game 2 to similar results. In fights, he was usually focused down and only able to get off a spell or two. He still dealt a good amount of damage, but without teammates to finish off the kills, he found himself struggling to keep up. He finished with a 6/8/7 KDA.
Crushed by Secret
March 23, 2018
MATUMBAMAN finished with an overall KDA of 3/11/6 in a rough 0-2 loss to Team Secret at Dreamhack Dreamleague Season 9.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 MATUMBAMAN had a terrible time on Lifestealer. His rough lane phase didn't transition well into the mid game, leaving Liquid essentially down a player in fights. He finished with a 0/4/2 KDA. In Game 2 MATUMBAMAN played Gyrocopter but didn't have any better of a game. His lane was once again heavily contested, leaving him behind the enemy cores as the game went later. He couldn't stand up to Secret in fights and didn't have the damage to overwhelm them. He finished with a 3/7/4 KDA.
Goes back to his roots on Venomancer
March 9, 2018
MATUMBAMAN finished with an overall KDA of 11/9/30 in an exciting 2-1 win against Evil Geniuses.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 MATUMBAMAN played Venomancer. It's been a while since Venomancer was extremely popular, but MATUMBAMAN showed just why it was so strong for Liquid back in the day. With MATUMBAMAN as the cornerstone of their teamfight, Liquid were able to hold on in 4-vs-5 fights while Miracle's Anti-Mage farmed up. MATUMBAMAN continued to scale well into the late game with his massive area-of-effect magic damage, finishing with a 6/2/15 KDA. In Game 2 MATUMBAMAN got absolutely demolished on Lone Druid. He was countered at every turn by EG, completely unable to get anything going. He finished this total shutout with a 0/3/0 KDA. In Game 3 MATUMBAMAN played Venomancer again. This was a scrappy game much like Game 1, and MATUMBAMAN filled a similar role. This time he went for a Blink Dagger in order to get up in the face of EG and hit as many people as possible with his spells. He finished with a 5/4/15 KDA.
An underwhelming performance
March 8, 2018
MATUMBAMAN did not have much impact as Team Liquid was defeated by Evil Geniuses 1-0 in the group stage of The Bucharest Major. MATUMBAMAN finished with a 9/7/10 KDA.
ANALYSIS
We expect more from MATUMBAMAN, and rightfully so. Liquid is one of the world's best teams and MATUMBA is a vital part of their play. That is why it is concerning to see MATUMBA coming in last on his team in both assists and kill participation in one of the most battle-filled matches of the event. He was not at his best on Razor, and was forced to be a spectator as EG mounted a miracle of a comeback. This is a great wake-up call for all of Liquid.
Tough game keeps Liquid alive at PGL Bucharest
March 7, 2018
MATUMBAMAN finished with a 2/6/18 KDA in a difficult win vs OG.
ANALYSIS
MATUMBAMAN played Dragon Knight in a close game vs OG. He died often to make sure his teammates had space in fights, which ended up working out well for Liquid in the end. MATUMBAMAN was able to help his team hold against two dangerous OG pushes, barely keeping his base alive. This gave Liquid the space they needed to recover and retake the game.
More impressive than Miracle in important win
March 7, 2018
MATUMBAMAN was the star of the show for Liquid in their victory against Vici Gaming. The Finnish carry finished with a KDA of 14/0/6.
ANALYSIS
He took his signature Gyrocopter to the mid lane. Matu did really well early on despite not getting a favorable matchup against Puck. He rushed a Black King Bar before even buying his Mask of Madness and the decision worked wonders for Liquid. He shrugged off Vici's magic-heavy teamfight potential and dished out the pain on his way to an impressive 14 kills. He also had a rare night where he had a higher gold-per-minute stat than Miracle at 602.
Looking strong right off the bat
March 4, 2018
MATUMBAMAN finished a nice win over LFY with a 7/3/18 KDA.
ANALYSIS
MATUMBAMAN played a great Gyrocopter against LGD Forever Young. Apart from a few shaky fights, MATUMBAMAN played very well in Liquid's first game of the Major. His positioning was consistently good, letting him inflict a huge amount of damage to LFY while usually surviving in fights.
Outstanding performance vs Liquid
February 23, 2018
MATUMBAMAN had an amazing series apart from Game 2, finishing with a 24/7/25 overall KDA.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 MATUMBAMAN played a perfect Razor. He took control of his lane very quickly, then linked up with his team to move around the map and take down objectives with frightening efficiency. His positioning in fights was excellent, letting him get a lot of value from Static Link and wrecking Secret with all of his combined damage. He finished with a 10/0/13 KDA. MATUMBAMAN played Razor again in Game 2. This was far from a repeat performance for MATUMBAMAN, who got heavily focused and shut down by Secret. He was among the first targets on Secret's radar ever fight, and he was rarely allowed to get any good damage from his spells. He finished with a 4/6/6 KDA. For the final game of the series, MATUMBAMAN played Broodmother. This hero can be incredibly powerful, and this game was a great example of it. MATUMBAMAN completely went out of control. By 10 minutes he was diving tier four towers to kill supports, and he never let up the pace of the game. He finished with a 10/1/6 KDA.
Advances to the playoffs
February 22, 2018
MATUMBAMAN was excellent in Liquid's 2-0 win vs OG at ESL One Katowice.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 MATUMBAMAN played Lycan. He had a rough time surviving in late-game fights because his role in the game put him on the frontlines, but he was very effective before being brought down. He did a good amount of damage in fights, as well as giving Liquid the pushing power to back up their lead. He finished with a 9/5/19 KDA. MATUMBAMAN played Viper in Game 2, getting some revenge on OG after dying so much in Game 1. He bested N0tail's Tinker in lane largely on his own, and continued to snowball his lead into the mid game and a quick win. He finished with a 10/2/10 KDA.
Shows incredible micro skill in win
February 1, 2018
MATUMBAMAN played an excellent series for Liquid in their sweep of LGD in Starladder. The carry finished with a KDA of 17/4/24.
ANALYSIS
MATU played Lone Druid in the first game of the series. He shifted to the mid lane and won his laning stage against Maybe's Storm. His 16-minute Radiance allowed him to really keep creep equilibrium in Liquid's favor. In the late game, he was always at the right place at the right time taking opposing barracks whenever possible. In Game 2, he was on his signature Lycan. His game was a lot more active in helping his team out during clashes after quickly farming his Helm of the Dominator and Necronomicon Level 3.
Dominant win for Liquid's carry
January 27, 2018
MATUMBAMAN finished with an overall KDA of 6/1/28 in a convincing 2-0 win against Evil Geniuses at ESL One Genting.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 MATUMBAMAN played Pugna, dominating EG from start to finish. He drew even in his lane, but as soon as the lane phase ended he went absolutely out of control. Not only did he deal huge burst damage in fights, but MATUMBAMAN also gave Liquid the tower pusher they needed to follow up their wins with building damage. He finished with a 4/0/14 KDA. In Game 2 MATUMBAMAN played Lone Druid, one of his most played heroes. His experience really showed in this game. MATUMBAMAN was consistently in the right place, either split pushing the map or fighting with his team. MATUMBAMAN's positioning was great all game, only giving up a single death to EG. He finished with a 2/1/14 KDA.
Shows off his mental fortitude in frustrating win
January 24, 2018
MATUMBAMAN finished with an 11/11/23 overall KDA in a 2-0 win over Na'Vi at ESL One Genting.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 MATUMBAMAN had a rough time on Viper. He played the often necessary but never fun role of sacrificial lamb, so that the rest of Liquid could succeed. He was heavily pressured throughout the entire early game, forcing MATUMBAMAN into a very defensive but effective Blademail build. He finished the game with a 4/7/14 KDA. In Game 2 MATUMBAMAN played Viper again, but thankfully he didn't have to be such a punching bag this time. He was able to hold his own in lane with some help from his supports, and actually managed to scale as a damage threat instead of just a tank this time around. He finished with a 7/4/19 KDA.
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