Heroic eliminate Cloud9 to move on at EPL Finals
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.
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|
|William '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|