Teased last night in a short video over Twitter, Lasse Aukusti “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen’s arrival at Chaos Esports Club has now been made official by the organization.
“This time of the year is always chaotic and we are constantly in search of veteran talent to help guide and foster growth among the younger talent on our teams. Matumbaman is a rare example of such talent, bringing with him a world-class record of achievement and a wealth of experience. Welcome to the team, Lasse, we are lucky to have you, said Greg Laird, Chaos E.C CEO in a press release from June 22.
Matumbaman will compete under the Chaos E.C banner starting with The International 2019 qualifiers. However, the team has a couple more announcements to make in the coming days. Besides Matumbaman and the team captain, Rasmus “MISERY” Filipsen, the rest of the line-up is still somewhat uncertain. The organization chased the operation in South America after the Paris Major and announced the Dota 2 team relocation in Europe. They lost two of their Brazilian players in the process and went for the EPICENTER Major open qualifiers with Nico “Gunnar” Lopez, Maurice “KheZu” Gutmann and Milan “MiLAN” Kozomara while in the carry position they had William “hFn” Medeiros. The line-up didn’t make it through the open qualifiers gauntlet and no updates were made regarding the status of the players.
Matumba’s acquisition secures them either the carry or the mid lane position, but they haven’t made any clarification on what role he will settle in. Gunnar, who would normally be the mid laner was recently rumored to have joined forces with Kim “Febby” Yong-min, Lee “Forev” Sang-don and Park “March” Tae-won for a run through Southeast Asian qualifiers for the biggest tournament of the year.
However, no confirmation was made on that roster either, and although March’s former team just announced their final lineup, which doesn’t include him, his status with J.Storm is also in limbo. “We will have more information about the status of Bryle and March over the coming weeks,” posted J.Storm on Twitter on June 20, 2019.
There isn’t that much time left to make the final arrangements. TI9 open qualifiers are set to begin on the 3rd of July while the regional closed qualifiers will unfold July 8-15, 2019.