Official: RUBINO replaces es3tag in Heroic squad

Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel will replace Patrick "es3tag" Hansen in Heroic's starting lineup, the Danish team have confirmed.

The Norwegian player had previously been announced as a substitute for ESL Pro League despite reports linking him with a starting berth after cs_summit 2.

At the North American event, Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen averaged a 0.98 rating, Heroic's second highest, in the team's deep playoff run, which came to an end in the Lower Bracket final following a 0-2 defeat to eventual champions Liquid.

RUBINO is Heroic's new fifth player

But that did not keep the team from putting him on the chopping block, with coach Luis "⁠peacemaker⁠" Tadeu stating that the squad "need other qualities" and that Ruben "⁠RUBINO⁠" Villarroel "can bring more" of those things to the team.

RUBINO had been a free agent since January, when he was released by dignitas after a ten-month association.

The 23-year-old will be hoping the achieve the same level of success with Heroic that he had during his first stint with dignitas, when he helped the Danish team led by Mathias "⁠MSL⁠" Lauridsen to win EPICENTER 2016.

"The team has already taken some major steps towards the ambition of becoming a top team, and I will work hard to contribute to that development," RUBINO told Heroic's website.

"It will take some getting to know each other and a lot of work, but already today they’re able beat some of the best teams.

"We want to become one of those teams that others hope to beat, and with patience and hard word – plus a lot of firepower – we will get there!"

RUBINO will make his debut for Heroic at 17:00 , against Space Soldiers, in the ESL Pro League. He will not have to wait long to make his first offline appearance for the team, who will travel to Kiev later this week to compete at the $300,000 StarSeries i-League Season 4. 

With these changes, Heroic now have:

Sweden Andreas "⁠MODDII⁠" Fridh
Denmark Marco "⁠Snappi⁠" Pfeiffer
Denmark Nikolaj "⁠niko⁠" Kristensen
Denmark Jakob "⁠JUGi⁠" Hansen
Norway Ruben "⁠RUBINO⁠" Villarroel

Brazil Luis "⁠peacemaker⁠" Tadeu (coach)

Denmark Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen (backup) 

Sweden Andreas 'MODDII' Fridh
Andreas 'MODDII' Fridh
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
907
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
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Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
559
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
Norway Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
732
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.68
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
536
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.61
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1190
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
469
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
701
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
nice
2018-02-14 15:08
13 replies
peacemaker's stuff
2018-02-14 15:09
7 replies
#10
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Denmark goFaZe!
Omg omg
2018-02-14 15:09
5 replies
es3tag is better
2018-02-14 15:10
4 replies
#63
valde | 
Denmark QBE_
He did very well at summit
2018-02-14 15:48
2 replies
cs_summit is one of the few tournaments he has preformed good at tbh and Rubino has a better mind for the game, more experience and is more consistent. We got to see that when he and Astralis had succes with him as a stand in
2018-02-14 16:35
#78
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Finland Smoonah
ye the one tournament when fake niko dropping -20s
2018-02-14 16:43
#67
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France remyos
+1
2018-02-14 16:02
i see no brazilians in the roster yet
2018-02-14 15:12
#20
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Europe _EpiC_
Why...
2018-02-14 15:10
#72
TaZ | 
China GOD742
JUGi deserves better teams.
2018-02-14 16:07
3 replies
OpTic should have picked JUGi instead of ShahZaM
2018-02-14 17:16
2 replies
Should’ve been: Snappi, CajunB, K0nfig, JUGi and Niko/Pimp
2018-02-15 07:28
1 reply
Definitely Niko. This team looks good af on the paper. I guess if they don't find success with this roster, MODDI and RUBINO are definitely out (unless there is some bad blood between K+C And Heroic players or if MODDI is has-to-be player for Snappi).
2018-02-15 08:01
Finally, good luck at EPL bois
2018-02-14 15:12
#3
sdy | 
World shootoff
expected
2018-02-14 15:09
10 replies
#45
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Bulgaria LARRATT
LIAR (FLAIR CHECKS OUT)
2018-02-14 15:18
2 replies
ye he obv know nothing about scene typical kid which says 'expexted' EDIT: its my last comment bcuz i will be banned :'(
2018-02-14 17:08
1 reply
+1 deserved
2018-02-16 15:30
fucking bitch copied my nickname. suck big dicks from squad of niggas
2018-02-14 16:45
6 replies
Signed up 2016-09-18 LUL
2018-02-14 16:46
5 replies
Stop talking to yourself
2018-02-14 16:55
1 reply
xDDDD
2018-02-14 17:01
lol what then? you can change your nickname every 30 days so, you could change it about 15 times anyway you cant prove me otherwise
2018-02-14 17:04
2 replies
k, but why u dont use nickname w/o underscore while u register? maybe cuz this nickname was used?
2018-02-14 17:16
1 reply
blya pasha zaebal nice perevodchik ueban ya to eto vse solo pisal a ty s nizhnim podcherkivaniem spalilsya mudila tupaya
2018-02-14 17:17
#4
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Israel MopSiLENCE
cool
2018-02-14 15:08
Nice
2018-02-14 15:08
#6
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Russia xEsKee
ez katka
2018-02-14 15:09
saw it coming
2018-02-14 15:09
#9
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Malaysia Suno[t]
7th
2018-02-14 15:09
I liked es3tag :(
2018-02-14 15:09
yay ez for RUBINO
2018-02-14 15:09
#13
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India naetu
Yaaay
2018-02-14 15:09
#14
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Algeria FATALSki
yala
2018-02-14 15:09
k
2018-02-14 15:09
16
2018-02-14 15:09
Xizt?
2018-02-14 15:09
lol
2018-02-14 15:10
HEROIC EASY TIER 1 NOW
2018-02-14 15:10
1 reply
Yeah they actually look good now. Just need to replace Moddi and ez major class team
2018-02-14 15:56
Weird considering roles tbh
2018-02-14 15:10
3 replies
#51
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Germany ConAction
agree
2018-02-14 15:22
wasnt esetag their entry killer or second in?rubino is aswell (at least in old dignitas team with msl)
2018-02-14 15:37
1 reply
No, he is a support player. He was only entry on pre-set executes in old dignitas.
2018-02-14 15:43
PogChamp
2018-02-14 15:10
Es3tag played well in cs_summit2 LOL rubino has experience tho
2018-02-14 15:10
heroic looking good af
2018-02-14 15:10
the Norwegian back in Denmark
2018-02-14 15:10
cu soon, eZtag
2018-02-14 15:11
expected
2018-02-14 15:11
#29
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Poland kvvach
lol unfair after summit
2018-02-14 15:11
#30
Nifty | 
Slovakia hodky
Holy moly
2018-02-14 15:11
soon top X
2018-02-14 15:12
Heroic from teir 4 to teir 3
2018-02-14 15:12
3 replies
thi team is actually much better on paper than north
2018-02-14 16:03
2 replies
#82
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Denmark JustYes
MSL > Snappi Valde > niko Kjaerbye > moddii Mertz < JUGi Aizy < RUBINO
2018-02-14 16:49
1 reply
#34
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Korea ropzGOD
Great to see him getting a chance again.. imo fairly underrated.
2018-02-14 15:13
Old news
2018-02-14 15:13
Es3tag played so good at Summit and gets replaced...
2018-02-14 15:14
2 replies
He was probably already "on the chopping block" before that event ..
2018-02-15 15:55
1 reply
I know he was, but maybe it wasn't the right change skillwise speaking, maybe something outgame.. who knows
2018-02-15 22:06
-peacemaker +es3tag
2018-02-14 15:14
now heroic>north
2018-02-14 15:15
OMG
2018-02-14 15:17
nice englando
2018-02-14 15:17
Best danish team
2018-02-14 15:18
such huge surprise
2018-02-14 15:19
one of these flags is not like the other...
2018-02-14 15:20
great move for Heroic
2018-02-14 15:21
downgrade
2018-02-14 15:22
this will push Heroic a few more ranks up. Rubino is a GODtier support player. FeelsBadMan for Es3tag. He was smurfing on Tricked with HUNDEN and Jugi and Niko, and when Niko and Jugi got poached they still kept playing well, but when es3tag got poached his stats went down severely. Maybe he just didnt work well in Snappi's system.
2018-02-14 15:25
#53
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Other ToRu
+1 kicked by peacemaker
2018-02-14 15:26
#54
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Norway hixxx9
GREAT TRANSFER! HOPE RUBINO STRIKES!!! HE DESERVED THIS CHANCE!!!
2018-02-14 15:26
once again RUBINO in a team that is too low for his level he could make a terrific duo with JUGi tho
2018-02-14 15:31
3 replies
#59
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Netherlands Yak_41M
+1 he should have gone to Ast
2018-02-14 15:40
2 replies
his performance on Astralis was pretty good, I don't get why they picked Magisk instead
2018-02-14 17:19
1 reply
#97
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Netherlands Yak_41M
exactly, i guess they wanted more firepower and they were hit sideways with the whole kaerbye thing
2018-02-14 17:23
#56
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Vietnam Oida
I tHouHt hE wIll OnLeY stAnD iN??
2018-02-14 15:32
expected
2018-02-14 15:32
#60
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Norway M0LTEN
Good luck Ruben! :D <3
2018-02-14 15:41
Good move
2018-02-14 15:43
#64
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Hungary powi
lol i tought he will replace device, was hyped for that :DDD shit
2018-02-14 15:51
1 reply
#77
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China Tonzzy
device got 45-29 against faze yesterday,r u mad
2018-02-14 16:41
Finally trashtag is gone
2018-02-14 16:05
God Jugi
2018-02-14 16:05
I'm almost definitely somewhat certain that it absolutely may have been a good move.
2018-02-14 16:05
#73
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Romania csf
-Schnappy +Exist
2018-02-14 16:09
es3tag to optic?
2018-02-14 16:30
es3tag didn't even seem to be that bad for the team. oh well
2018-02-14 16:46
#89
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CIS Ninja2k
eZtag didnt deserve to get kicked, he is decent player.
2018-02-14 17:07
-snappi +es3tag
2018-02-14 17:09
#96
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United Kingdom swellis
lmao how are moddii and snappi still avoiding the boot
2018-02-14 17:22
why not -MODDII instead
2018-02-14 17:27
LoL bot rubino why
2018-02-14 17:27
#100
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Turkey Styyx
Nice move 16-1 match But you just lost it
2018-02-14 17:42
since north kicked rubino, they were on downfall, just saying
2018-02-14 17:45
2 replies
#107
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Russia ez4u
Nah, they were good, twice ended the Major as Legends what they havent done before.
2018-02-14 18:17
1 reply
much wow for team with resources like north yes, they were on downfall since rubino kick I mean that they didn't play as good as with rubino, he's player they missed a lot. You could see this in some games and from long term results, they would achieve way more with rubino.
2018-02-14 18:26
Rip es3tag. I am a fan of him. Maybe he makes his way into ATN.
2018-02-14 17:46
1 reply
hns god es3tag x)
2018-02-14 18:09
Looks like a bad move, 1-16 vs Space Soldiers
2018-02-14 17:48
#104
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Austria t47ED
16:1 vs SS n1 move
2018-02-14 17:51
1 reply
#110
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Denmark Takob
1 match? they gotta learn to play whit him?
2018-02-14 19:14
nice the troll is back. gratz Rubino
2018-02-14 17:52
#109
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United States MadCl0wN
the hell!!
2018-02-14 18:41
why are organizations hiring peacemaker its getting on my fucking nerves
2018-02-14 21:49
4 replies
#115
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Iceland caverat
why u dont like him? heroic did a great cs summit imo
2018-02-14 23:27
Because proven coaches with a lot of actual high-level coaching exp are very difficult to come by and are almost non-existent.
2018-02-15 01:40
He is fluent it English to say at least.
2018-02-15 02:24
You mean pissmaker?
2018-02-15 08:02
When will JUGi finally get out of his contract?
2018-02-14 22:05
#116
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Brunei $zych4
HEROIC THE BEST TEAM
2018-02-14 23:31
FREE RUBINO HE DOESNT DESERVE
2018-02-15 03:05
XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2018-02-17 10:53
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