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[e][h]Shopify RebellionShopify Rebellion BuLba
Player Information
ಕನಿಶ್ಕ ಸೋಸಲೆ
Romanized Name:
Kanishka Sosale
July 10, 1991 (age 32)
North America North America
Years Active (Player):
2012 - 2020
Current Role:
Alternate IDs:
Approx. Total Winnings:
Signature Hero:
Clockwerk Batrider Beastmaster
2011-09-02 — 2011-12-19
2011-12-19 — 2012-04-16
2012-05-08 — 2012-09-12
2012-05-08 — 2012-10-19Evil Geniuses
2012-12-08 — 2014-08-29Team Liquid
2014-08-11 — 2015-05-08Team Tinker
2015-05-08 — 2015-07-16mousesports
2015-08-24 — 2016-03-25Digital Chaos
2016-03-25 — 2016-06-09Evil Geniuses
2016-06-09 — 2016-08-27Team Secret
2016-09-16 — 2017-01-01Team Liquid
2017-01-01 — 2017-04-14Team Onyx
2017-04-14 — 2017-12-04Digital Chaos
2017-12-20 — 2022-11-15Evil Geniuses(C.)
2022-12-09 — PresentShopify Rebellion(C.)
Upcoming Matches
No Upcoming Matches

Upcoming Tournaments
No upcoming tournaments

Kanishka "BuLba" Sosale (commonly known as "Sam") (born July 10, 1991) is an American/Indian Dota 2 player who is currently coaching Shopify Rebellion.



BuLba began his DotA career in 2007,[1] 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 one might recognize from the then 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.[2] Together, the team transitioned into Dota 2 a few months later.

Dota 2[edit]

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.[3] The old EZ Style squad parted ways with April in February 2012,[4] and the following month Bulba moved to Evil Geniuses with whom he attended The International 2012.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]


  • Bulba's favorite cheese is pepper jack.[9]
  • Bulba is a vegetarian.[10]


  • The all time leader in premium/professional matches played (160) and wins (92) as Clockwerk.

Stats acquired from datdota as of 2023/04/10.


2020-04-261stTier 2BTS Pro Series: AmericasBTS Pro Series: Americas
Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses
3 : 1
Quincy CrewQuincy Crew
2020-04-021stTier 2ESL One Los Angeles 2020 - Online: North AmericaESL One Los Angeles 2020 - Online: North America
Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses
3 : 1
Quincy CrewQuincy Crew
2017-08-099th - 12thTier 1The International 2017The International 2017
Digital ChaosDigital Chaos
0 : 2
LGD GamingLGD Gaming
2017-04-279th - 16thTier 1The Kiev Major 2017The Kiev Major 2017
Digital ChaosDigital Chaos
0 : 2
Team VGJTeam VGJ
2016-08-0813th - 16thTier 1The International 2016The International 2016
Team SecretTeam Secret
0 : 1
LGD GamingLGD Gaming
2016-07-242ndTier 1StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2
Team SecretTeam Secret
1 : 3
Natus VincereNatus Vincere
2016-05-013rdTier 1WePlay Dota 2 League Season 3WePlay Dota 2 League Season 3
Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses
1 : 2
Vega SquadronVega Squadron
2014-12-213rdTier 1XMG Captains Draft 2.0XMG Captains Draft 2.0
Team TinkerTeam Tinker
1 : 3
2014-11-022ndTier 1Dota 2 Champions League Season 4Dota 2 Champions League Season 4
Team TinkerTeam Tinker
0 : 3
Natus VincereNatus Vincere
2013-08-097th - 8thTier 1The International 2013The International 2013
Team LiquidTeam Liquid
0 : 1
Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming
Extended list of results
2023-09-242ndTier 1DreamLeague Season 21DreamLeague Season 21DreamLeague Season 21
Shopify RebellionShopify Rebellion
0 : 3
Team SpiritTeam Spirit
2021-10-149th - 12thTier 1The International 2021The International 2021
Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses
1 : 2
Vici GamingVici Gaming
2020-01-262ndTier 1DreamLeague Season 13DreamLeague Season 13
Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses
2 : 3
Team SecretTeam Secret
2019-12-222ndTier 1ONE Esports Invitational Singapore 2019ONE Esports Invitational Singapore 2019ONE Esports Invitational Singapore 2019
Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses
0 : 3
Vici GamingVici Gaming
2019-08-235th - 6thTier 1The International 2019The International 2019
Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses
0 : 2
Team LiquidTeam Liquid
2018-08-253rdTier 1The International 2018The International 2018
Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses
0 : 2
2018-03-181stTier 2GESC: Indonesia Dota2 MinorGESC: Indonesia Dota2 MinorGESC: Indonesia Dota2 Minor
Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses
2 : 0
2016-12-103rd - 4thTier 1The Boston Major 2016The Boston Major 2016
Digital ChaosDigital Chaos
0 : 2
Ad FinemAd Finem
2016-03-062ndTier 1The Shanghai Major 2016The Shanghai Major 2016
Team LiquidTeam Liquid
1 : 3
Team SecretTeam Secret
2015-08-081stTier 1The International 2015The International 2015
Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses
3 : 1
CDEC GamingCDEC Gaming
Extended list of results

Additional Content[edit]







  1. Victor "Nazgul" Goossens (2012-12-07). "Introducing Liquid`Dota 2". Team Liquid. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
  2. Ulrich "KongoTime" Hanten (2011-09-13). "BulBa interviewed after American GosuCup". GosuGamers. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
  3. Aaron "Ayesee" Chambers (2011-12-19). "It's Gosu acquires EZ Style, adds Dota2 division". Retrieved 2013-04-14.
  4. "GoSuMali" (2012-04-16). "It's Gosu parts way with current Dota 2 squad, acquires Captain Planet". Retrieved 2013-04-14.
  5. Cisco "Shogunner" Zarandin Araneta (2012-05-08). "Evil Geniuses announce official new roster". GosuGamers. Archived from the original on 2015-03-04. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
  6. [1]
  7. Team Secret (2016-06-09). "The Road To The International 2016". Retrieved 2016-06-09.
  8. "DAY THREE: THE NEW TL DOTA 2". 2016-09-16. Retrieved October 5, 2016.