Lasse ‘MATUMBAMAN’ Urpalainen is a Finnish professional player competing for Team Liquid. His gaming experience has given him the knowledge and skills of handling the support role. His current responsibility towards his Dota 2 unit is handling the carry role, performing his best with signature heroes Lone Druid, Lycan and Gyrocopter.
Urpalainen has quite a positive attitude being around people joking around, an amusing personality on the world stage as well as interviews. Apart from gaming, he likes to practice snow sports such as skiing and snowboarding. In his younger days he used to play baseball for the Finnish National team.
While he is an active pro player he intends to save up his winnings so that he can study once he retires from gaming. Another ambition of his is to become a handsome bartender, flipping bottles to the music and serving vodka to Russian brethren.
Where it all began:
Lasse was introduced to the world of computer games thanks to his older brother, who owned a pc. He got to play his very first video game, Heroes of Might and Magic II. When he was about 15 attending Secondary School, his friends encouraged him to play Dota 2. Urpalainen is a person who wanted to excel at everything, he tried the first time but lost so he continued practicing to be a better player andnow has fulfilled his dream of winning The International 7 tournament.
Team Liquid is an esports company that was originally established in The Netherlands, back in 2000. They were known for their Starcraft team becoming one of the most successful teams. The gaming association support professional teams that focus on League of Legends, HS, CS: GO, Dota 2, OW, FIFA and Smash. The company also has a website, TeamLiquid.net that covers information about esports players and teams that play most of the popular esports games.
A Dota squad was set up in December 2012 but due to weak results, the former players left the organization, announcing that the squad would be inactive. Two years later, Team Liquid signed up the 5Jungz pro players in October 2015, their re-entry in to Dota 2. The current roster of professional cyber athletes consists of Matumbaman, Miracle-, MinD_ContRoL, GH and KuroKy.
The latest Dota 2 tournaments that Team Liquid have participated include DreamLeague Season 7, EPICENTER 2017, StarLadder i-League Invitational #2, where they took all major and premier titles. Although disappointing results, Liquid have also taken part in The Kiev Major 2017 and the Dota 2 Asia Championships.
The top Dota 2 units that Liquid have competed against are Planet Odd, Evil Geniuses, TNC Pro Team, Invictus Gaming, Faceless and Team VGJ, taking their gaming skills to the next level. Their improvements and gamestyle all paid off in the end which has led them on a winning streak for the surprising result in the prestigious event at The International 7.
The greatest win yet for Matumbaman and Team Liquid was at The International 7. The Dota 2 unit lost to Invictus Gaming in the upper brackets, but the loss did not demoralize them since they were still in the chance to be the finalists. They persevered through the lower brackets beating Team Secret, Empire and Virtus.Pro to head in to the grand finals. They overcame Newbee to claim their highest earnings yet of a whopping $10.8 million, taking the Dota 2 championship title.
Liquid Matumbaman's second accomplishment was at the premier event, TI6 where the unit lost to Fnatic with the record 0:2, to rank in eighth place scooping a prize of $519K.