June 21, 2019
Fnatic player Daryl Koch “iceiceice” Pei Xiang was surprised that Dota 2 fans were relatively “quietly” met the replacement of Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen in Team Liquid before the International. In an interview with Cybersport ru, he recalled that similar reshuffles occurred with Adrian Era Kreziu during Fnatic and Niko Gunnar Lopez at TEAM TEAM, and then people criticized them more harshly.
Daryl Koch iceiceice Pei Xiang:
“I don’t really understand why the fans took the news so easily. When EternaLEnVy kicked Gunnar, everyone talked about this. How does this happen? This has already happened once with Era, when he was expelled, writing off everything to psychological problems. I do not understand why now, after the Kick MATUMBAMAN, it is so quiet. ”
On June 12, Team Liquid transferred MATUMBAMAN to the reserve and put the player on the transfer. At the EPICENTER Major 2019 tournament, the team will play with Alivie w33 Omar, whose transfer was announced on June 20th. Many professional players, including Peter “ppd” Dager, Jonathan “Loda” Berg and Chen Zhou Yao, have criticized this reshuffle. According to them, if a player helped the team earn an invite to The International 2019, then he is obliged to play there.
Analysts, too, reacted with restraint to the reshuffle in Team Liquid. According to Yaroslav “NS” Kuznetsov, the current roster does not look like a contender for the TI9 title, while Vladimir Maelstorm Kuzminov fears that the team may have problems due to the similar playstyles of w33 and Amer Miracle-al-Barkavi.