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Player Information
ಕನಿಶ್ಕ ಸೋಸಲೆ
Romanized Name:
Kanishka Sosale
July 10, 1991 (1991-07-10) (age 29)
Alternate IDs:
BuLba-SaUr, flow
Signature Hero:
Clockwerk Batrider Beastmaster
Approx. Total Earnings:
2011-09-02 — 2011-12-19
2011-12-19 — 2012-04-16
2012-05-08 — 2012-09-12
2012-12-08 — 2014-08-29
2014-08-11 — 2015-05-08
2015-05-08 — 2015-07-16
2015-08-24 — 2016-03-25
2016-03-25 — 2016-06-09
2016-06-09 — 2016-08-27
2016-09-16 — 2017-01-01
2017-01-01 — 2017-04-14
2017-04-14 — 2017-12-04
2017-12-20 — Present
Evil Geniuses (Coach)

Kanishka 'Sam' "BuLba" Sosale is an Indo-American[1] 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,[2] 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.[2] In September 2011, Bulba, together with PowerNet created an all-American team called EZ Style, to compete in a tournament called ROCCAT GosuCup #4.[3] 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.[4] The old EZ Style squad parted ways with April in February 2012,[5] and the following month Bulba moved to Evil Geniuses with whom he attended The International 2012.[6] He left EG in September 2012, and joined Team Liquid when they started a Dota 2 division in December 2012.[2] 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.[2]

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.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]


  • Bulba's favorite cheese is pepper jack.[10]
  • Bulba is a vegetarian.[11]


2020-04-26AA1stA1Tier 2BTS Pro Series: AmericasBTS Pro Series: AmericasEvil Geniuses3 : 1$21,000
2020-04-02AA1stA1Tier 2ESL One Los Angeles 2020 - Online: North AmericaESL One Los Angeles 2020 - Online: North AmericaEvil Geniuses3 : 1$20,000
2017-08-09IC9 - 12thA0Tier 1The International 2017The International 2017Chaos Esports Club0 : 2$370,319
2017-04-27IG9 - 16thA0Tier 1The Kiev Major 2017The Kiev Major 2017Chaos Esports Club0 : 2$62,500
2016-08-08MC13 - 16thA0Tier 1The International 2016The International 2016Team Secret0 : 1$103,852
2016-07-24BA2ndA0Tier 1StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2Team Secret1 : 3$60,000
2016-05-01CA3rdA0Tier 1WePlay Dota 2 League Season 3WePlay Dota 2 League Season 3Evil Geniuses1 : 2$22,906
2014-12-21CA3rdA0Tier 1XMG Captains Draft 2.0Captains DraftXMG Captains Draft 2.0Team Tinker1 : 3$41,511
2014-11-02BA2ndA0Tier 1Dota 2 Champions League Season 4Dota 2 Champions League Season 4Team Tinker0 : 3$19,059
2013-08-09GA7 - 8thA0Tier 1The International 2013The InternationalThe International 2013Team Liquid0 : 1$43,116
Complete list of results in any tournament
2021-06-13BA2ndA0Tier 1WePlay AniMajorWePlay AniMajorEvil Geniuses0 : 3$100,000
2021-04-04BA2ndA0Tier 1ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021Evil Geniuses2 : 3$100,000
2020-01-26BA2ndA0Tier 1DreamLeague Season 13DreamLeague Season 13Evil Geniuses2 : 3$160,000
2019-12-22BA2ndA0Tier 1ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational SingaporeONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational SingaporeEvil Geniuses0 : 3$100,000
2019-08-23EA5 - 6thA0Tier 1The International 2019The International 2019Evil Geniuses0 : 2$1,201,552
2018-08-25CA3rdA0Tier 1The International 2018The International 2018Evil Geniuses0 : 2$2,680,879
2018-03-18AA1stA1Tier 2GESC: Indonesia Dota2 MinorGESC: Indonesia Dota2 MinorEvil Geniuses2 : 0$110,000
2016-12-10CA3 - 4thA0Tier 1The Boston Major 2016The Boston Major 2016Chaos Esports Club0 : 2$250,000
2016-03-06BA2ndA0Tier 1The Shanghai Major 2016The Shanghai Major 2016Team Liquid1 : 3$405,000
2015-08-08AA1stA0Tier 1The International 2015The International 2015Evil Geniuses3 : 1$6,634,661
Complete list of coaching results in any tournament

Highlight Videos[edit]




  1. [1]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Victor "Nazgul" Goossens (2012-12-07). "Introducing Liquid`Dota 2". Team Liquid. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
  3. Ulrich "KongoTime" Hanten (2011-09-13). "BulBa interviewed after American GosuCup". GosuGamers. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
  4. Aaron "Ayesee" Chambers (2011-12-19). "It's Gosu acquires EZ Style, adds Dota2 division". itsgosu.com. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
  5. "GoSuMali" (2012-04-16). "It's Gosu parts way with current Dota 2 squad, acquires Captain Planet". itsgosu.com. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
  6. 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.
  7. [2]
  8. Team Secret (2016-06-09). "The Road To The International 2016". Retrieved 2016-06-09.
  9. "DAY THREE: THE NEW TL DOTA 2". TeamLiquidPro.com. 2016-09-16. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  10. https://tl.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=399903&currentpage=11#215
  11. https://www.twitch.tv/videos/183445890?t=03h33m18s