Heroic continue their lower bracket run at the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals after eliminating Major champions Cloud9 on two maps. The Americans didn't look the part as they were dismantled by Heroic's stand-in, Jorgen "cromen" Robertsen.
Heroic had two succesful anti-eco rounds, but then Cloud9 won their first gun round to make it 3-1. Then the Americans took charge and made it all the way to 6-3 in their favor before Heroic answered back.cromen was the stand out player of the match
The 11th round saw Cloud9 completely shut the Scandinavians down as they took control of middle and with that a clean round that destroyed Heroic's economy.
cromen made do without any money in the bank in the next round, in which he managed a triple kill with two frags from a stolen AWP. This reinvigorated Heroic, who took another round thanks to a clutch by Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen. Heroic won one more close round before halftime and ended up with a respectable 7-8 deficit.
Pistols were all that Heroic needed in the next round, which they won to bring it back to 9-8. niko followed it up with an anti-eco ace to make the score even, with cromen almost following that up with a quad kill in a seemingly impossible 1v4 clutch.
From there, Heroic took off and easily made it to a 14-9 lead. Cloud9 rallied back with two solid A hits, but with enough money in the bank from the previous streak, Heroic fended off the American comeback and won the map, 16-11.
Next up was Overpass, where Cloud9 easily won the pistol round with a decisive B hit. The Scandinavians tried stacking that same site in their first eco round, but Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham kept Heroic's players at bay with a quad kill.
Heroic succesfully went aggressive in their first gun round and made it to 1-3. Solid coordination and great individual play by veteran friberg and cromen helped Heroic cruise to a 9-3 lead before the Americans took a tactical pause.
This seemed to be the right choice. Pujan "FNS" Mehta and his crew finally succeeded with a B execution, and they picked up two more rounds before the end of the half to bring the deficit to 6-9.
The second half began with Patrick "es3tag" Hansen getting three quick kills to help Heroic secure the pistol round. The following anti-eco rounds were no-brainers from the Scandinavians, who could see the victory on the horizon with a 12-6 lead.
The European team marched towards victory without the Major champions showing much in the way of stopping their opponents, with the map ending with a 16-7 scoreline in Heroic's favour.
|Cloud9||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Timothy 'autimatic' Taautimatic||40 - 37||+3||86.0||1.13|
|Tyler 'Skadoodle' LathamSkadoodle||31 - 36||-5||58.3||0.89|
|Will 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH||27 - 37||-10||67.2||0.85|
|Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik||28 - 40||-12||68.0||0.85|
|Pujan 'FNS' MehtaFNS||22 - 41||-19||57.2||0.65|