(last update: 2017-11-14)
Kanishka 'Sam' "BuLba" Sosale is an Indo-American Dota 2 player who is currently coaching Evil Geniuses. He is well-known for his Invoker play and pioneered the use of the "early March of the Machines skill build" on Tinker.
BuLba began his DotA career in 2007, shortly before college, playing under the nickname "BuLba-SaUr". Entering the North American scene at an active time, he soon found himself playing competitively in the many inhouse leagues that existed. As the scene around him began to wane, he dialed back his participation and bided his time, waiting for Dota 2’s release. Despite curtailing his DotA activities, he won MYM Prime Nations 3 during this time as part of an underdog Team USA that took down a star-studded Ukrainian lineup largely composed of members you might recognize from a present day Natus Vincere. In September 2011, Bulba, together with PowerNet created an all-American team called EZ Style, to compete in a tournament called ROCCAT GosuCup #4. Together, the team transitioned into Dota 2 a few months later.
Starting his Dota 2 journey on EZ Style, his original crew was picked up by It’s Gosu, and there he played for a time with Korok. The old EZ Style squad parted ways with April in February 2012, and the following month Bulba moved to Evil Geniuses with whom he attended The International 2012. He left EG in September 2012, and joined Team Liquid when they started a Dota 2 division in December 2012. One of the most flexible players around, on Liquid he will continue to bring his signature Tinker and Invoker to the mid lane as well as diversify into carry and offlane roles.
After his spell in EG in 2012, he moved to Team Liquid and achieved early successes at Beyond the Summit: Weekend Cup, RaidCall Dota 2 League Season 2 and Curse Dota 2 Invitational picking up first place respectively. His first LAN event with Team Liquid saw them in China after making through the qualifiers and finishing 5-6th place at G-1 Champions League Season 5. After a few months of playing in new tournaments, Team Liquid began to bootcamp for Valve's The International 2013. After finishing 5th place with seven wins and seven losses in the second group of the groupstage, Bulba and his team ended up in the lower bracket and had to face the Chinese team LGD to make it to the third round of the lower bracket. Bulba played clockwerk in the offlane and with his tactical awareness saw him stop numerous teleports using his hookshot against Xiao8 and Sylar with the addition of gathering a number of enemy heroes in crucial ganks and team fights using his cogs ability to win the match. Within the final moments of the match, the player camera was directed at Team Liquid and Bulba slamming his headphones and stormed out of the booth raising his hands to the crowd after a thrilling win and upsetting LGD to a shock exit. This game was also noted for the common saying of "Liquid are doing it" from LD's commentary at the climax of the match that is used to this day.
On June 9, 2016 - only days after Team Secret and Evil Geniuses had finished last at The Manila Major 2016 - Secret announced that UNiVeRsE had left to join EG. In return, BuLba joined Team Secret. Following The International 2016, he joined Team Liquid as a support, a role that he has not played for more than 18 months. He described Team Liquid was his home away from home.
|2017-08-09||9 - 12th||Premier||The International 2017||0 : 2||$370,319|
|2017-04-27||9 - 16th||Premier||The Kiev Major 2017||0 : 2||$62,500|
|2016-08-08||13 - 16th||Premier||The International 2016||0 : 1||$103,852|
|2016-07-24||2nd||Premier||StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2||1 : 3||$60,000|
|2016-05-01||3rd||Premier||WePlay Dota 2 League Season 3||1 : 2||$22,906|
|2014-12-21||3rd||Premier||XMG Captains Draft 2.0||1 : 3||$41,511|
|2014-11-02||2nd||Premier||Dota 2 Champions League Season 4||0 : 3||$19,059|
|2014-08-26||1st||Major||Megafon Battle Arena||3 : 1||$10,000|
|2014-07-13||9 - 10th||Premier||The International 2014||0 : 2||$49,158|
|2013-08-09||7 - 8th||Premier||The International 2013||0 : 1||$43,116|
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|2018-01-27||3 - 4th||Premier||ESL One Genting 2018||0 : 2||$40,000|
|2018-01-21||2nd||Major||Galaxy Battles II: Emerging Worlds||0 : 3||$85,000|
|2018-01-05||5 - 8th||Major||Captains Draft 4.0||1 : 2||$12,000|
|2017-10-27||7 - 8th||Premier||ESL One Hamburg 2017||0 : 2||$20,000|
|2016-12-10||3 - 4th||Premier||The Boston Major 2016||0 : 2||$250,000|
|2015-08-08||1st||Premier||The International 2015||3 : 1||$6,634,661|
|About achievementsComplete Coaching Results in any Tournament|
- 2016-09-18 | Liquid's 'BuLba': 'All my favorite memories from Dota were from Liquid' by Eric Van Allen of ESPNeSports
- 2016-08-08 | TI6 Team Secret Interview by Kaci Aitchison of Valve at The International 2016
- 2016-08-08 | BULBA - THE NICEST GUY IN ESPORTS? by OmniEulogy of LiquidDota.com at The International 2016
- 2016-06-08 | The Manila Major - Interview: Bulba (Evil Geniuses) by Jake "SirActionSlacks" Kanner of PGL at The Manila Major 2016
- 2016-04-19 | Back in Blue: Bulba on his Return to EG by Chris Paredes of Evil Geniuses
- 2015-08-03 | TI Interview: BuLba on coaching Evil Geniuses at The International by Matt Demers of thescoreesports at The International 2015
- 2015-08-02 | Интервью с BuLba от Dota2RuHub by IneskaUA of Dota 2 RuHub at The International 2015 (trans. )
- 2015-04-26 | BuLba interview: TT's team house, Dota and Game of Thrones by Andra Ciubotaru of DotaBlast at Star Ladder Star Series XII
- 2014-10-09 | Tinker BuLba : "I believe in myself now" by Hot_Bid of LiquidDota.com at ESL One New York 2014
- 2014-07-10 | BuLba celebrates his birthday at TI4 by Cyborgmatt of onGamers.com at The International 2014
- 2014-07-08 | TI4 Interview: BuLba and Hot_Bid by Hot_Bid of Valve at The International 2014
- 2014-04-13 | BuLba: "We are confident no matter what the public says" by Rod 'Slasher' Breslau and Johan 'Sun_Tzu' Järvinen of onGamers.com
- 2014-04-05 | Solo Mid: A One-on-One Interview Series - Liquid.Bulba by Shana "Nights" Shannon of HighGround.tv
- 2013-10-30 | Dota Girl interview Liquid'BuLba! by GOMTV at Nexon Sponsorship League Season 1 (trans. )
- 2013-10-17 | 20-20: BuLba by LiquidDota.com
- 2013-08-26 | [Exclusive] Interview with BuLba from Team Liquid by Rothalack of GameSkinny
- 2013-08-01 | Liquid`BuLba Interview @ The International 3 Pre-Group Stage by Hot_Bid of TeamLiquid.net at The International 2013
- 2013-04-28 | Bulba: It was awesome to know we are going by Eric 'ReiNNNN' Khor of GosuGamers.net at The International 2013
- 2013-04-08 | Ask the Pros, April 8th by Blaze of The Premier League
- 2013-02-24 | Liquid`Bulba Interview and Q&A by Tephus of TeamLiquid.net
- 2013-02-17 | "Ask the pros" Bulba by Blaze of The Premier League
- 2013-01-07 | Get to Know the Team: Liquid`BuLba by tree.hugger of TeamLiquid.net
- 2012-09-01 | Bulba: 'I'm sorry we didn't finish in top 8' by WhatIsHip of GosuGamers.net at The International 2012
- 2012-08-31 | Interview with EG Bulba at TI2 by ThaGoods of Absolute Legends at The International 2012
- 2012-06-18 | Interview with EG.Bulba & EG.DeMoN @ Dreamhack Summer 2012 by Na`Vi at DreamHack Summer 2012
- 2012-06-16 | DHS12: Day 1 - Interview with EG's Bulba and Universe by KongoTime of GosuGamers.net at DreamHack Summer 2012
- 2011-09-13 | BulBa interviewed after American GosuCup qualifier by KongoTime of GosuGamers.net
- Victor "Nazgul" Goossens (2012-12-07). "Introducing Liquid`Dota 2". TeamLiquid.net. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
- Ulrich "KongoTime" Hanten (2011-09-13). "BulBa interviewed after American GosuCup". GosuGamers.net. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
- Aaron "Ayesee" Chambers (2011-12-19). "It's Gosu acquires EZ Style, adds Dota2 division". itsgosu.com. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
- "GoSuMali" (2012-04-16). "It's Gosu parts way with current Dota 2 squad, acquires Captain Planet". itsgosu.com. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
- Cisco "Shogunner" Zarandin Araneta (2012-05-08). "Evil Geniuses announce official new roster". GosuGamers.net. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
- Team Secret (2016-06-09). "The Road To The International 2016". Retrieved 2016-06-09.
- "DAY THREE: THE NEW TL DOTA 2". TeamLiquidPro.com. 2016-09-16. Retrieved October 5, 2016.