Team Secret Parts Ways With MATUMBAMAN
Team Secret's roster for Dota 2 now consists of only three players, as the team has parted ways with position one player, Lasse Aukusti "MATUMBAMAN" Urpalainen. In a blog post posted on its site, Team Secret reflected upon its time spent with the Finnish Dota 2 player, thanking him for his contributions and wishing him all the best going forward. The roster change follows the departure of offlaner Ludwig "zai" Wåhlberg a few days ago, who shortly thereafter announced that he had joined Team Liquid. Team Secret has not yet announced the replacement of either MATUMBAMAN or zai.
Team Secret bids farewell to carry player MATUMBAMAN
“Today we wish farewell to one of the most successful carry players ever to join our ranks. We thank Matumbaman for being a great teammate, for his consistent motivation through all the ups and downs of competition, and the overall wonderful energy he brought to the team,” wrote Team Secret.
Team Secret’s updated Dota 2 roster:
Michał "Nisha" Jankowski
Yazied "YapzOr" Jaradat
Clement “Puppey” Ivanov
Lee "Heen" Seung Gon (Coach)
Puppey commented on MATUMBAMAN's departure in the blog:
“Another chapter has ended, but never forgotten. Lasse is an amazing guy and I really enjoyed being teammates with him. We shared some great moments together and I am sure that we will keep crossing paths outside of our careers. Good luck to you Matu!”
MATUMBAMAN also shared his sentiments, mentioning how much he enjoyed playing with his teammates during the past year.
After a rough showcasing with Chaos Esports Club at The International 9 (TI9), MATUMBAMAN joined Team Secret in Nov 2019. In an interview during ESL One Germany 2020, the player described how Team Secret recruited him at a crucial time in his career. “I kind of got a lifeline from Team Secret. It could have been the end of my career after TI9. Team Secret gave me a chance and I appreciate it and I am living it to the fullest.”
MATUMBAMAN immediately achieved success as Team Secret won the DreamLeague S13 Major in Jan 2020. The rest of the year proved fruitful as well since the team won eight consecutive tournaments with a 3-0 score in the finals. During the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) 2021, Team Secret provided some outstanding performances. The team seemed to have lost momentum towards the latter half of the season, but bounced back at TI10 and finished in a commendable third place.
At the moment, it is unknown which new team MATUMBAMAN will join. The first regional league of the DPC 2021-22 season will lock rosters on 21st Nov 2021. Consequently, some significant announcements are expected over the coming days.