Dota 2 – Iceiceice Will Not Re-Sign With SMG, Matumbaman Getting Replaced

#Daryl Koh “#iceiceice” , one of the most recognizable and well-liked #Dota2 players in the scene, is currently without a team as a result of the disaster he encountered in #SMG. He’s not in a rush to pick a new team for 2023, though.

Meanwhile, after having a good performance at The International 11, #TeamLiquids veteran #Matumbaman decided to end his career.

What’s Next For Iceiceice?

During a question and answer session on November 8 on Twitch, the 32-year-old veteran responded that, at this point, he’s more or less like a leaf blowing in the wind. Iceiceice stated, “I don’t think I’m accomplishing anything.After what occurred at SMG, I made the decision that I needed a break. I now desire a longer pause in order to consider my options.”

When asked what he planned to do during that break, he stated that it will involve some streaming of Dota 2, some streaming of other games, as well as a lot of relaxation and enjoying his freedom for a bit.

The Singaporean player emphasized that his decision was impacted by the experience he had with SMG, which he characterized as “sort of terrible.” He plans to take the break he desires.

Over the course of his 11-year career, Iceiceice has encountered a few obstacles. In addition to Team Secret in Europe, the offlaner has also played for Vici Gaming in China, Fnatic in South-East Asia, Evil Geniuses in North America, and Vici Gaming in China. Few players have made that move.

Unfortunately, it may be some time before we see him on another one—possibly not even during the upcoming DPC season. He’ll be a hot prospect for someone when he’s ready though.

Who Will Replace Matumbaman?

The performance of Team Liquid at The International 11 was amazing. They progressed all the way from a wildcard in the LCQ to a force in the main event, where they ultimately came in third place.

However, the Dota 2 competitive scene is known for its harshness. Players and organizations frequently believe that if a club doesn’t finish first, they might as well finish last, which leads to roster changes.

Fans worried that the roster of Liquid would be like that. However, their coach Blitz affirmed that Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen will be the only player replaced by another one, and that’s only due to the fact he chose to retire after the tournament.

During an interview, he stated “Now the team hunt starts. Now that Matu is gone, we must find a successor, which is obviously almost impossible. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Blitz also said that they are not primarily seeking for a carrier. Given his results at TI11, Michael #miCKe Vu will be kept in the middle lane, but this decision is still in the planning stages.

In light of the fact that Topias #Topson Taavitsainen, a two-time champion of the TI, is open to returning to Europe, there is a chance that he could be a contender for the position.

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