What is Lakad Matatag, Normalin Normalin’s Meaning? Where did it Originate?

What is Lakad Matatag, Normalin Normalin’s Meaning? Where did it Originate?

Rakshak Kathuria
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  • Popular chat wheel line, Lakad Matatag, Normalin Normalin, are Tagalog language (spoken in The Philippines) words.
  • Although the words literally mean "Walk steadily and deliver a normal hit," the manner in which they were exclaimed is what made them popular.
  • Lakad Matatag, Normalin Normalin was uttered by two Filipino commentators Lon and Dunoo while they were casting a match of ESL One Katowice 2018.

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.

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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:

  1. Lakad- Walk
  2. Matag- Steady
  3. 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.

Besides Lakad Matatag, Normalin Normalin, four other voice lines of the Filipino casters were embedded into TI8 Battle Pass.
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The two casters’ clip of the final moments of the Secret vs Fnatic game has given birth to not only the ‘Lakad Matataaag! Normalin, Normalin.’ meme but also four other chat wheel lines, with the other popular ones being ‘Echo Slamma Jamma!’ and ‘The next level play!’

Rakshak is an undergrad, an inquisitive person who likes to acquire information and knowledge of varied sectors in esports. However, his current focus is specifically on Dota 2.