Lakad Matatag, Normalin Normalin has been one of the most iconic chat wheel lines in Dota 2’s history. The phrase has been spammed hundreds of times during the Battle Pass season as it can be heard almost throughout the entirety of a casual or a professional game. But where is it from? If we talk about the origin, Lakad Matatag, Normalin Normalin has its roots in the Tagalog language (spoken in The Philippines) as the words were uttered by two Filipino commentators (Lon and Dunoo) while casting a game of ESL One Katowice 2018. Considering Dota 2 users have a high affinity for the chat wheel of Lakad Matatag, Normalin Normalin, we dive deep into its past to find out more about how the phrase became so popular.
Meaning of Lakad Matatag, Normalin Normalin
Lakad Matatag, Normalin Normalin is a combination of Tagalog words that ideally mean “Walk steadily and deliver a normal hit.” The breakdown of the words in the catchphrase is:
- Lakad- Walk
- Matag- Steady
- Normalin- Deliver a right-click or a normal attack
Though the words do not translate into something very bold or flashy, the way in which they were spoken and the accent of the casters is what makes them unique.
Let us now look at the origin of the phrase.
Origin of Lakad Matatag, Normalin Normalin
Two Filipino casters, Marlon “Lon” Marcelo and Aldrin “Kuya D” Pangan, produced one of the most exciting series of chat wheel lines in Dota 2. The phrase “Lakad Matatag, Normalin Normalin” was spoken by these two casters while commentating a game of ESL One Katowice in February, 2018 between Fnatic and Team Secret.
EternaLEnVy’s Razor for Fnatic had walked towards Secret Ace’s Lone Druid and sucked the damage using Static Link during a crucial teamfight. For this moment, the casters had used the phrase. The intense situation of a critical teamfight and the incredible enthusiasm with which it was uttered is what has made Lakad Matatag, Normalin Normalin grow in popularity.
Lakad Matatag, Normalin Normalin has become one of the most used chat wheel lines ever since it was first in TI8’s TI8 Battle Pass. In fact, it grew so popular in 2018 that Gaben had himself proclaimed those words at TI8.