MATUMBAMAN
Lasse Urpalainen 
Finland
Team Liquid
Ineffective vs Secret
September 20, 2018
MATUMBAMAN finished with an overall KDA of 7/11/12 in a 0-2 loss to Team Secret in the Kuala Lumpur Major qualifiers.
ANALYSIS
MATUMBAMAN had a terrible time on Wraith King in Game 1. He had a rough early game, and was almost completely ignored by Secret in fights. It was easy for them to bring him down twice without expending much effort, and MATUMBAMAN lacked the damage to make himself a real threat. He finished with a 1/7/7 KDA. In Game 2 MATUMBAMAN played Phantom Lancer. He did a better job keeping himself alive, but his hero was practically a non-factor in fights for most of the game. He finished with a 6/4/5 KDA.
Boosts his Broodmother record to 7-0 at TI8
August 24, 2018
Matumbaman showed off his Broodmother mastery against Secret. The micro expert finished with a KDA of 26/4/25.
ANALYSIS
Matumbaman decided to play Broodmother in both games of the series. In Game 1, his micro against Alchemist in the laning stage was beautiful as he rarely gave off easy spider kills. His decision making was a thing of beauty as Liquid foiled Secret's comeback. In the following game, Matumbaman didn't slow down one bit. He dominated Ace's Phantom Lancer in the offlane early on. The Finnish star didn't even die in the whole duration of Game 2.
Crumbles against PSG.LGD
August 22, 2018
Matumbaman crumbled against PSG.LGD. The Finnish carry finished with a KDA of 6/13/10.
ANALYSIS
Matumbaman brought Necrophos to the safe lane in the series opener. He was successful early on against Chalice's Tiny, but as the mid game rolled in it really felt like Matumbaman wasn't really doing anything because he wasn't itemizing for damage. In Game 2, Matumbaman tried his luck with Gyrocopter. He found some kills early on but he was still struggling to fight against PSG's aggression even with Io support. Matu was often caught out by LGD and he definitely underperformed as he averaged 392 gold per minute in the series.
Holds back the Broodmother
August 17, 2018
MATUMBAMAN finished Team Liquid's 2-0 win over Evil Geniuses during The International 2018 group stages with an average KDA of 9/5/17.
ANALYSIS
MATUMBAMAN refrained from showing off his Broodmother play against Evil Geniuses despite them intentionally leaving it unbanned in both games. In Game 1, MATUMBAMAN's Venomancer was enough to deal with EG as he served mostly as a siege unit, becoming a crucial part of Liquid's win by killing off the last barracks for mega creeps. In Game 2 MATUMBAMAN's Ursa was terrifyingly good. He ripped through the tanky cores of EG in every single fight accruing 14 kills, second only to Miracle, before the game ended in just over 30 minutes.
Breaks out the Broodmother
August 17, 2018
MATUMBAMAN finished Team Liquid's 1-1 draw with PSG.LGD during The International 2018 group stages with an average KDA of 9/8/10.
ANALYSIS
MATUMBAMAN's Game 1 Venomancer was nothing short of a disaster. Although the idea behind a fast-finish lineup was good as the game turned sour it was MATUMBAMAN who was hung out to dry on such a weak hero. He was a huge utility to his team but gave up 15 deaths on the slow road to a rough loss. In Game 2, MATUMBAMAN took matters into his own hands as Broodmother. He came out ahead of Maybe in the lane and was benefited by the rest of Liquid performing well in their own respective lanes. MATUMBAMAN completely took over the game, bulldozing through LGD's towers and leading Liquid to a 27-minute victory.
Closes out convincing 2-0
August 17, 2018
MATUMBAMAN finished with an overall KDA of 13/8/32 overall KDA in a 2-0 win over Mineski in the group stages of The International 8.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 MATUMBAMAN held the front line for Liquid as Necrophos. He ended up going down in a lot of fights, but required so much commitment to kill that the rest of his team was able to easily clean up the rest of Mineski. MATUMBAMAN finished with a 7/5/16 KDA. Game 2 went much nicer for MATUMBAMAN, on Punga this time. He was able to use his range to position himself on the outskirts of fights, and managed to live through most encounters with Mineski all game. He led his team in both hero and building damage, plowing through Mineski on the way to a win. He finished with a 6/3/16 KDA.
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.
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