MATUMBAMAN’s replacement is only move Liquid will make post-TI11 and huge hint suggests its Topson

Take it with a grain of salt.

Team Liquid had an impressive run at The International 11. They went all the way from a wildcard in the LCQ to a powerhouse in the main event that wound up finishing third overall.

But, the competitive Dota 2 scene is notoriously ruthless. Its common for players and organizations to think that if a team finishes anywhere but first, they may as well be last, and thus a roster shuffle ensues.

Fans feared that might be the case with Liquids roster. But their coach Blitz confirmed the only one being replaced is Lasse MATUMBAMAN Urpalainen, who retired.

Photo via [Valve](https://twitter.com/dota2ti/status/1584200332779085825)

Now the team hunt begins, he said to Austin “Cap” Walsh during an episode of Cap Casts. Now we find a replacement for Matu, which is obviously fucking impossible. So, well see what happens.

Blitz said theyre not looking for a carry specifically, either. The plan is to keep Michael “miCKe” Vu  in the mid-lane given his performances at TI11, but its tentative at the moment.

That means theres a chance the hottest free agent in the scene, back-to-back TI winner Topias Topson Taavitsainen, could be a potential candidateespecially considering hes open to moving back to Europe. And Blitz said something that may or may not have alluded to that.

Yeah, its going to be a TOP season, he said at the end of the podcast. Just cut it there!

Some fans think its a deadset hint. But, others are a little more skeptical about itespecially because earlier in the podcast, Blitz said he reached out to several Dota 2 candidates regarding free agency. Make of it what you will.

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