In June last year, we reported on Team Liquid releasing Lasse “Matumbaman” Urpalainen from their roster. Matu then went on the play with Chaos Esports Club during The International 2019 but unfortunately, the team didn’t make it past the group stage. Now, in a not-so-surprising change to the Team Secret roster, they have released MidOne and replaced him with Matumbaman. The Dota 2 esports powerhouse made the announcement on their website, explaining the change.
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The Dota 2 esports organization, Team Secret, bid farewell to MidOne and their coach, SunBhie. For those who didn’t see, MidOne didn’t have the best performance during The International 2019 and good old Puppey gave him some not-so-nice looks after some poor matches, resulting in memes about Puppey kicking MidOne after TI9, which you can view in this Reddit thread.
Team Secret, however, wished MidOne and SunBhie all the best of luck, explaining that MidOne is taking a break from the competitive scene:
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”#16EBDD” class=”” size=”20″]MidOne has sacrificed tremendously in order to compete and contribute to our team’s success at the top level of DotA. He has proved an invaluable player and friend along the way, and we could not ask for a better team member. During MidOne’s time on our active roster, he was able to become a triple Valve Major winner, a multiple tournament Champion, and has represented us at The International for the last three years – including 4th place at this previous International, our highest placement to-date. We are extremely grateful for everything he has done with us and wish him a very well deserved rest in his time away from the competitive scene.[/perfectpullquote]
Then, Team Secret also announced the new additions to their team, namely a new coach Lee “Heen” Seung Gon and Lasse “Matumbaman” Urpalainen.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”#16EB55″ class=”” size=”20″] The first of two new additions to the roster is none other than legendary carry Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen. Matu brings a phenomenal track record of tournament success, and is most famously known, aside from memes, for lifting the Aegis of Champions at The International 2017. Matu is a veteran of the scene, and is known for his unique and invasive hero specialisation. He will be playing the carry role in our new lineup and Nisha will move to the mid lane. We look forward to adding his skills, and his personality, to the team and we warmly welcome him to the Secret family.
Secondly, we would like to welcome Lee “Heen” Seung Gon as our new coach to the team. Heen is vastly praised for his coaching ability and deep insight in the top echelons of the DotA scene, proving invaluable to Team Liquid’s success in 2017 and victory at TI7. His recent time spent with TNC has reflected clearly in their results, and we look forward to his presence to be felt in drafting, within the game, and our camaraderie as a team. Heen will be working closely with Puppey to guide us ever closer to our ultimate goal of winning TI. [/perfectpullquote]
So when will you see the new Team Secret compete in some Dota 2 esports? Well, it looks like their first even will be the DreamLeague Season 13: The Leipzig Major qualifiers.
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