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:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1123
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
835
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1456
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
776
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1020
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Norway Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
867
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Brazil Luis 'peacemaker' Tadeu
Luis 'peacemaker' Tadeu
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.46
Maps played:
2
KPR:
0.21
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
781
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.11
nice
2018-02-14 15:08
peacemaker's stuff
2018-02-14 15:09
#10
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Denmark goFaZe! 
Omg omg
2018-02-14 15:09
#21
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Canada LongBaguette 
es3tag is better
2018-02-14 15:10
#63
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Denmark QBE_ 
He did very well at summit
2018-02-14 15:48
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 User344 
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
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China UbuntuXenial 
JUGi deserves better teams.
2018-02-14 16:07
#93
ScreaM | 
Dominican Republic casxd 
OpTic should have picked JUGi instead of ShahZaM
2018-02-14 17:16
Should’ve been: Snappi, CajunB, K0nfig, JUGi and Niko/Pimp
2018-02-15 07:28
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
expected
2018-02-14 15:09
#45
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Bulgaria ONZIEMA 
LIAR (FLAIR CHECKS OUT)
2018-02-14 15:18
#90
QRUSH | 
Germany b1azed 
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 deserved
2018-02-16 15:30
#79
QRUSH | 
Germany b1azed 
fucking bitch copied my nickname. suck big dicks from squad of niggas
2018-02-14 16:45
Signed up 2016-09-18 LUL
2018-02-14 16:46
#84
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United States PapaOllie2x 
Stop talking to yourself
2018-02-14 16:55
#85
QRUSH | 
Germany b1azed 
xDDDD
2018-02-14 17:01
#87
QRUSH | 
Germany b1azed 
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
k, but why u dont use nickname w/o underscore while u register? maybe cuz this nickname was used?
2018-02-14 17:16
#94
QRUSH | 
Germany b1azed 
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
uspakoysa blyt
2018-02-14 20:45
#114
QRUSH | 
Germany b1azed 
xDD
2018-02-14 22:24
#123
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Australia .depuTy 
irl death fight with knife for nick
2018-02-15 09:52
#125
QRUSH | 
Germany b1azed 
lol i beat him already he is fucking fatburger
2018-02-15 17:34
#127
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Australia .depuTy 
cool bro u are 100% matured now
2018-02-16 13:30
#129
QRUSH | 
Germany b1azed 
ty
2018-02-16 18:49
#4
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Israel MopSiLENCE 
cool
2018-02-14 15:08
#5
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Brazil assisz 
Nice
2018-02-14 15:08
ez katka
2018-02-14 15:09
#7
REZ | 
Denmark innerjo 
saw it coming
2018-02-14 15:09
#9
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Malaysia ez4harimaumuda 
7th
2018-02-14 15:09
#11
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Europe Predatorino 
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
#15
AZR | 
Australia Mortein 
k
2018-02-14 15:09
16
2018-02-14 15:09
#17
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United States ARKTYC 
Xizt?
2018-02-14 15:09
lol
2018-02-14 15:10
HEROIC EASY TIER 1 NOW
2018-02-14 15:10
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
agree
2018-02-14 15:22
#58
ZELIN | 
Portugal Cyborgy 
wasnt esetag their entry killer or second in?rubino is aswell (at least in old dignitas team with msl)
2018-02-14 15:37
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
#28
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Brazil ThiagoBuccos 
expected
2018-02-14 15:11
#29
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Europe 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
#68
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
thi team is actually much better on paper than north
2018-02-14 16:03
#82
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Denmark JustYes 
MSL > Snappi Valde > niko Kjaerbye > moddii Mertz < JUGi Aizy < RUBINO
2018-02-14 16:49
#34
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Germany 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
He was probably already "on the chopping block" before that event ..
2018-02-15 15:55
I know he was, but maybe it wasn't the right change skillwise speaking, maybe something outgame.. who knows
2018-02-15 22:06
#37
rain | 
Colombia nezzy_s 
-peacemaker +es3tag
2018-02-14 15:14
#38
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Norway zyxsaje 
2018-02-14 15:14
now heroic>north
2018-02-14 15:15
csgo roster changes like shoes. wp
2018-02-14 15:15
OMG
2018-02-14 15:17
nice englando
2018-02-14 15:17
es3tag was actually their 2nd best player at cs_summit 2. Only JuGi managed to go positive for that event so its a wonder how they even went deep in that tournament. RUBINO is a good pickup, but the team also needs to work on bringing niko back into good form or he'll continue on the road of becoming a wasted talent.
2018-02-14 15:18
Best danish team
2018-02-14 15:18
#47
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Denmark Sir_Cumcised 
such huge surprise
2018-02-14 15:19
#48
AZR | 
Australia Mortein 
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
HUNDEN | 
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
#59
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Netherlands Yak_41M 
+1 he should have gone to Ast
2018-02-14 15:40
his performance on Astralis was pretty good, I don't get why they picked Magisk instead
2018-02-14 17:19
#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
#61
FalleN | 
France nyygma 
Good move
2018-02-14 15:43
#64
Hungary powi 
lol i tought he will replace device, was hyped for that :DDD shit
2018-02-14 15:51
#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 Vladootzz 
-Schnappy +Exist
2018-02-14 16:09
#88
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Poland Hell2k 
Snappy one of the best in Heroic lel
2018-02-14 17:04
es3tag to optic?
2018-02-14 16:30
#80
Canada ssau 
es3tag didn't even seem to be that bad for the team. oh well
2018-02-14 16:46
#86
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Poland Hell2k 
Es3tag was doing well why kick?
2018-02-14 17:04
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
Styx | 
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
#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
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
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 Jackieboy_OG 
16:1 vs SS n1 move
2018-02-14 17:51
#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
#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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