Leaving home to stage a comeback: cadiaN's return to the Major

Yossarian
September 3rd, 2018 15:46

Four years after he last played at a Major, Casper "cadiaN" Møller is back on the biggest stage after his team qualified for the FACEIT Major. After four wavering years outside of the upper echelons of CS, the 23-year old AWPer and in-game leader of Rogue sets out to prove that he's matured enough to deserve the spot.

"The next day was going to be special, and I knew that this was probably the best, or only shot, of going to a Major again."

The night before their upper bracket final at the Americas Minor in July, the captain of Rogue sits alone in his London hotel room, just like he's sat alone in his Las Vegas apartment so often during the last many months.

The payoff from nearly a year of hard work and, more importantly, living in solitude, away from his social and family life in his home country Denmark, rides on this one best-of-three against compLexity.

cadiaN is back where it really counts

At this point, it's been four years since cadiaN last attended a Major.

Four years in and out of various teams, changing roles, not feeling like he has ever lived up to his true potential.

The best-of-three ends 2-0 in the favour of Rogue. The 23-year old Dane is once again going to the most important event of them all after playing one of his best significant LANs ever, netting a 1.19 rating at the Minor.

After the game, cadiaN gave an emotional interview on the FACEIT live stream, suddenly shifting to his native tongue to deliver a heartfelt, sobbing 'thank you' to his Danish fans and family:

TRANSLATION: "Thank you to all of you following me in the Danish scene. Your support feels amazing, being so far away from home. So thanks for that. And thanks to my friends and my mother, it really means alot."

"I needed to thank the people at home, because I’m not completely alone in this. My friends and family are there for me," cadiaN says, thinking back on the emotional moment.

"It was the culmination of sacrificing my ‘normal life’. It’s a pretty big deal to travel to a different continent to play. Especially considering the way I did it. There’s no gaming house here, I don’t have another Danish player accompanying me. I’m alone on the other side of the world, fighting to be the best at what I love."

At this point it's clear that qualifying for the biggest stage for the first time in four years, since DreamHack Winter 2014, is a huge relief for the veteran Danish AWPer. It's not something to take for granted, going to the Majors as pro player.

That's exactly what cadiaN did, though, as he recalls his attitude towards being a professional in the first few years of his career.

"When you’re in the circle of players who go to the Major, you sometimes forget to appreciate it," he says.

"You might be thinking ‘there are more Majors after this one, and if I don’t do well now, I’ll just do better next time.’ But you might not be playing that next Major. In CS, things move quickly, so it’s all about taking the chance when you can. I know that now."

cadiaN at DreamHack Summer 2014

cadiaN's career path has been anything but straight. As with many other promising youngsters, he's spent years in and out of various teams with various success.

He entered the scene as a talented AWPer in Danish teams such as oXzone and Xapso, before joining mousesports in early 2013 alongside current top players like Chris "chrisJ" de Jong, Tizian "tiziaN" Feldbusch and Nikola "LEGIJA" Ninić.

Looking back at the following years in teams such as Tricked, CPH Wolves (with whom he played his latest major in 2014) and SK, the 23-year-old wishes he had been more adamant in polishing his sniper talents instead of attempting to fit in and continually changing positions and and playstyles:

"As time went on, I took on roles that didn’t really make any sense," he says when recalling the period before joining the European iteration of Rogue in 2016.

"In mousesports for example, I joined as an IGL. We had some okay results and some pretty bad ones. It was the same when I was in SK, where Michael "Friis" Jørgensen played the AWP instead of me. All that hurt my individual skill, or at least kept a lid on it. So if you back at the last four years, there’s certainly been fluctuations, and I hear people saying that I’ve only reached my peak now.”

Reflecting on past roles and results, the conversation shifts toward the perhaps most important key to success in pro CS, attitude and mentality. It might be a bit of a cliché, but it's no secret that many up-and-coming players, especially considering the fact that they're often young, have a hard time giving and receiving constructive criticism. cadiaN admits that he was no different:

“When I entered the scene, people were very positive about my skill level. But there was also murmur about my attitude, and I’ve had to work really hard on that. I used to be very self centered in my decisions. I couldn’t admit that there was stuff I couldn’t do or hadn’t learned yet. I also had problems adhering to the leaders of the teams I was in," he says, adding that he also sometimes neglected the basic principle of practicing:

"There’s also the aspect of the time I put into the game. I could have played and practiced a lot more back then, and I’ve learned from that, and I’m currently working harder at getting better than ever before."

cadiaN with fellow Danes Xyp9x and karrigan, standing in for Team SoloMid in early 2015

In September 2017, cadiaN returned to Rogue after playing for a previous, European iteration of the team, which had most notably won the ESEA Season 23 Global Challenge eight months earlier.

Between that first stay with Rogue and the current one, the Danish AWPer assessed his options in an unstable Danish scene that was abundant with talent in mid-2017. He came close to signing with Heroic, as then-IGL Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer revealed in an HLTV.org interview at ESL Cologne 2017.

cadiaN himself now says that he couldn't make arrangements with any Danish teams that would satisfy him:

"My options in Denmark didn’t fit my expectations and ambitions for the level I wanted to play on and for the events I’d like to compete in. In spite of the notion that NA is a weaker region than EU, Rogue were at least in EPL, and NA is a really good place to showcase your skill, since you get to play against teams like Cloud9, Liquid and MIBR. If I had stayed in EU, I probably wouldn’t have been able to play many games against teams like Astralis", says the 23-year-old, who decided to move to Las Vegas to live alone in an apartment and set his mind on improving on past mistakes and attempt to be more consistent, mentally as well as mechanically.

"I knew that it would be extremely tough to be away from home, and if you look at other Europeans, especially Danes, who go to NA to play, not many succeed. I don’t know if you can call it luck, but I’ve certainly worked very hard, and that has paid off.”

Rogue avoided EPL relegation in January after bringing in the Danish AWPer

Certainly, Rogue are doing better now than they were in the last part of 2017, going from playing EPL relegation to securing a spot in the final of DreamHack Austin 2018 as well as now qualifying for the Major, only losing the ultimately trivial Minor final to compLexity. cadiaN's troops also broke into the HLTV.org Top 30 for the first time ever in April and reached No.24 in early June.

That's not to say that the road to London hasn't been riddled with problems for the North American team. A string of roster changes, including a controversial move back and forth between the team and their rivals in Ghost by Matthew "WARDELL" Yu, made for an uneasy spring this year.

The team's rocky road, coupled with living in solitude and a feeling of missing out on an important part of his life in Denmark has inevitably lead to deliberations about quitting it all and going home, admits cadiaN:

“Of course I thought about that. But I believe in continuity above everything else. And you only have that if you stick around and work hard. I’ve changed teams many, many times in my career, so it’s been good for me to stay put and build something. I know we’ve had changes too, but we’ve kept the core of Spencer "Hiko" Martin, Daniel "vice" Kim and myself, and we now have a team that I believe in.”

After four years since participating in his last Major, and after almost six years in the scene in total, cadiaN says he has finally matured enough to be wary of his own shortcomings, to be humble, and, most importantly, to do the work that is required to be at the top.

"I’ve always felt, and still feel, that I haven’t yet reached my full potential. My career hasn’t been a walk in the park. There’s been a lot of bumps in the road, and I have really learned from them, learned how to overcome challenges, and that’s really helping me now.”

cadiaN feels he has matured immensely since his last Major

After the emotional interview following the Americas Minor semi final, cadiaN once again tears up as he calls his mother - his biggest fan:

"She watches every game, goes to HLTV.org several times a day and probably knows more about the scene in terms of roster moves, events, matches and ratings than most of my friends.”

In overcoming attitude problems, suboptimal role assignments and the plight of living alone, it makes sense that cadiaN would let out a flurry of feelings after qualifying for the biggest stage in professional Counter-Strike. When talking to him, it's obvious that his maturation as a player especially comes from learning to accept his emotions, learning to let them out, and learning to use them on the server instead of taking them out on teammates or - even worse - on himself.

It becomes clear that qualifying for London is the culmination of four years of both uncertainty and hard-fought self-improvement from the 23-year-old Dane:

"It means everything to me. To play at the Major is to be at the very top regarding prestige and the opposition you get to face. It’s the epitome of high quality CS. So it means a lot, and it’s been a tough fight getting back."

Canada Matthew 'WARDELL' Yu
Matthew 'WARDELL' Yu
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
385
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Germany Tizian 'tiziaN' Feldbusch
Tizian 'tiziaN' Feldbusch
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
935
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Michael 'Friis' Jørgensen
Michael 'Friis' Jørgensen
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
934
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1298
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
United States Daniel 'vice' Kim
Daniel 'vice' Kim
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
402
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
865
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
Germany Nikola 'LEGIJA' Ninić
Nikola 'LEGIJA' Ninić
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
834
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
933
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
825
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Well, deserved for this legend!
2018-09-03 15:46
brave to leave his moms basement lul
2018-09-03 15:47
#17
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Denmark Twick9x 
Great guy
2018-09-03 15:54
could have made the same article about other has-beens, like f0rest and get right
2018-09-03 17:17
#96
Zeus | 
Finland Olter 
cadian is 23
2018-09-04 14:41
I agree that cadian is more likely to have success in cs than f0rest and get right in the coming years. my point was that there are other players who are back in the tournaments that really count, after years of absence (f0rest and get right)
2018-09-04 16:30
#101
Zeus | 
Finland Olter 
cadian good forest not
2018-09-04 19:08
#109
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United Kingdom Aqishimaaa 
1 or 2 years doesnt count as years of absense imo
2018-09-06 13:24
2 years isn't years? you say 2 year in britbongistan?
2018-09-06 15:57
#112
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United Kingdom Aqishimaaa 
No, i mean, you make it sound like forest and get right havent attended a major for more than four years
2018-09-06 16:43
n1
2018-09-03 15:47
Legend??
2018-09-03 16:32
come on dude, you can show respect to a guy without going over board
2018-09-03 16:40
#73
Aerial | 
Finland S1rva 
abroad*
2018-09-03 18:42
#89
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Australia CaZeR01 
No?
2018-09-04 08:49
#106
Anders | 
Denmark RUZUR 
But you really have to go abroad to show respect!
2018-09-06 10:23
#108
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Australia CaZeR01 
But y were u correctimg him, what he said was fine lol
2018-09-06 11:16
who
2018-09-03 15:46
#3
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Denmark JustYes 
ok
2018-09-03 15:46
only 3 majors before, noob
2018-09-03 15:47
#87
hooch | 
Russia EN42! 
How many majors in your account, hey top-ms player?)) Do not smell at a person without having the right to do so, go and practice better. Maybe at least one major finish.
2018-09-04 07:58
Baited, kid
2018-09-04 09:08
#91
hooch | 
Russia EN42! 
You think you parry my fact with an argument and jump off, calling me a baby? handsome, and that's all you could? very capacious)
2018-09-04 10:39
I see u was going to all ur english classes in school and still dont understand a simpld joke
2018-09-04 11:56
#5
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Finland autism@exe 
call me winner or not
2018-09-03 15:47
gj to my boi casper
2018-09-03 15:47
#49
Xyp9x | 
United Kingdom UKChef 
Name and flag aren't a good combo
2018-09-03 16:50
I get that a lot. Trying my best to break the stereotype :)
2018-09-03 18:57
gl with future endeavors
2018-09-03 19:41
Ty man, same to you
2018-09-03 19:52
#77
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Canada |Frog 
Good on you :)
2018-09-03 20:32
You are a citizen of the most beautiful country on Earth. Enjoy it brother.
2018-09-04 13:27
#7
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United States n0bodyez 
godiaN
2018-09-03 15:47
+1
2018-09-06 15:24
Alright... gl then...
2018-09-03 15:47
julianoooo you rekted cadianoooo
2018-09-03 15:48
#12
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Romania Cuntstantin 
GL cadian, well deserved
2018-09-03 15:48
IT JUST MAJOR ---_---
2018-09-03 15:48
meh
2018-09-03 15:49
Cadian is a legend indeed. Bought his autograph 5 min before this was posted. <3 GL Rogue, GL Cadian.
2018-09-03 15:50
#16
liTTle | 
CIS Dowa) 
always make blogs like this of danes?
2018-09-03 15:50
yes
2018-09-03 16:01
#42
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Estonia swag420weed 
Hltv hq is in Denmark. Must have much more perdonal contacts in Danish scene to make these posts.
2018-09-03 16:44
#46
Sadokist | 
Myanmar xdcc 
does cadian still live in denmark considering he plays in NA?
2018-09-03 16:48
Read the First paragraph of the article...
2018-09-03 18:01
The article don’t have paragraphs...
2018-09-05 16:17
Yup it does
2018-09-05 18:05
#18
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Denmark Gugus_Patacus 
Good guy Cadian <3
2018-09-03 15:55
I was prepared for a super emotional interview and then the camera pans over and the girl interviewing him is wearing a fucking comical motorcyle helmet! wtf :)
2018-09-03 15:55
+1
2018-09-03 16:00
It's because cadian accidentally hit her with the mic or something last time she was interviewing him lmao
2018-09-03 16:06
#20
Xeno | 
Netherlands Xenoo 
Cadian, where are my lessons?
2018-09-03 15:56
Las Vegas
2018-09-03 15:59
cadiaN besT
2018-09-03 15:59
#25
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Australia .depuTy 
carried to major by an australian
2018-09-03 16:02
#26
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Canada y0sem1tE 
GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
2018-09-03 16:03
#27
Thorin | 
Sweden ezwuo 
"cadiaN with fellow Danes Xyp9x and karrigan, standing in for Team SoloMid in mid-2016" it was early 2015 not 2016
2018-09-03 16:05
I couldn’t admit that there was stuff I couldn’t do or hadn’t learned yet - Casper "cadiaN" Møller Then you should give up buddy because you're still fucking bad. :(
2018-09-03 16:07
Dude he was literally smurfing in NA, not anyone can do that. In the 2013-early2014 he had the same talent as device if not even bigger but he just wasn't mature enough to put a really hard work to be consistently good and also to have a positive attitude at least towards the teammates. Shit like that happens to people that were praised by everyone in the young age
2018-09-03 18:04
I used "was smurfing" because it was before the off-season and who knows whether he is in form or not
2018-09-03 18:04
go 1vs1 juliano
2018-09-03 16:10
Can someone explain why in the hell the chick in the interview has a helmet on?
2018-09-03 16:19
#32
BnTeT | 
United States EdgyBlob 
I think I remember it was because he accidentally hit her head in a previous interview, I think with the mic or elbow idk
2018-09-03 16:23
hehe, ty for info :)
2018-09-03 21:13
#33
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Czech Republic Whitezz 
GL to him hope he can get deep in the tournament
2018-09-03 16:25
cadiaN <3
2018-09-03 16:28
You guys rly wrote a story about an irrelevant player who has never reached anything in cs? I don't hate him personally but no need to report a story on him
2018-09-03 16:31
#99
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Denmark MeToxi 
If you're not interested then simply ignore it.
2018-09-04 17:57
fine
2018-09-04 18:56
#37
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
Can i have a lesson now?
2018-09-03 16:33
#38
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Germany Xantennn 
-cadian +juliano ez major winner
2018-09-03 16:36
#48
Sadokist | 
Myanmar xdcc 
Women don’t put in the time and fight for it like the guys do. And the reason female teams exist is because the guys don’t want to play with us, so it’s kind of a two way street, Julia ”Juliano” Kiran from Bad Monkey Gaming says.
2018-09-03 16:49
I guess Juliano still put in enough to beat him 1 vs 1 :)
2018-09-03 17:41
Male teams are not allowed at female events but females are allowed at male events. They never qualify because they’re worse.
2018-09-04 03:41
#39
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Norway analystHLTV 
was playing faceit with him every day when he was teamless :( he is a really cool dude and i hope everything works out for him <3
2018-09-03 16:37
#43
kennyS | 
France Thijo 
Mad respect to this unit, hope he and Hiko can make a decent splash in London
2018-09-03 16:45
What a legend <3
2018-09-03 16:46
give him 2 month. LUL
2018-09-03 16:46
#52
Dev1 | 
Slovakia Trav1s 
i personaly dont like him but gl on major
2018-09-03 17:02
#53
s1mple | 
Lithuania Makatas 
Damn didnt know he was danish. So cadian or jugi is better awper?
2018-09-03 17:09
Jugi, but Cadian is igl aswell
2018-09-03 23:32
#58
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World word_exe 
YES! Go Rickeh!
2018-09-03 17:18
#59
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World word_exe 
and cadiaN ofcourse!
2018-09-03 17:18
rip cadian
2018-09-03 17:29
#61
Xeno | 
Netherlands Xenoo 
You repeat this section: "In overcoming ... - himself".
2018-09-03 17:35
#63
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Turkey Jarrod 
gl cadi very good guy
2018-09-03 17:42
ez 4 cadiance
2018-09-03 17:53
youtu.be/1ScaI6OF9k8 Cadian left the server before game ended..nice :D
2018-09-03 17:58
#69
cadiaN | 
Belarus MIZ1AN 
good luck cadii
2018-09-03 18:04
I cant believe his mother is Still alive after browsing HLTV
2018-09-03 18:31
#72
es3tag | 
Germany vipitis 
He is a great guy! I have met him in Krefeld a few times. We played poker on the same table and watched Kinguin vs Gambit on the couch together. Nothing but the best for him and his team. I have him in my pickems to make it 3-1 only losing to BIG on day 3...
2018-09-03 18:32
My boy Casper <3
2018-09-03 20:36
I mis HIKo, he have a good Hart.
2018-09-03 20:37
CadiaN and Hiko <3 Two of the absolute BEST personalities in CS:GO I love both of them so much! <3 Let's go Rogue!
2018-09-03 22:37
#82
vberg | 
North America Mang0 
Lol shows you where the scene is at
2018-09-03 22:42
yo how come he's just 23?
2018-09-03 23:27
he is very emotional maybe he got raped or something
2018-09-04 02:04
#88
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Russia VeryBlyatGuy 
ez for cm punk
2018-09-04 08:08
#92
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Serbia bra1np 
Great player, good luck to him and Hiko!
2018-09-04 11:29
Wellcome "back' and best of luck in the major
2018-09-04 12:13
#97
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Korea Hunyango 
why does the female interviewer have a helmet? lol
2018-09-04 14:42
#102
TACO | 
Europe cozmos 
thats what i was thinking
2018-09-04 19:57
i guess she is tired of dumbs who try to kiss her....
2018-09-06 21:18
CadiaN is a great guy!
2018-09-04 23:05
i mean so far he is nothing in the scene so
2018-09-06 10:28
#114
dupreeh | 
Latvia Kjeor 
Good guy CanadiaN
2018-09-07 05:53
cadian is such a nice guy, but remember the juliano match?
2018-09-07 09:21
#116
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Finland ginbay 
Lol the first pick is like he is from the Original spiderman series (Spiderman 3) like Tobey Maguire raging in his venom suit :DDD
2018-09-07 20:46
#117
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France Dov 
Why he never got a chance to play in one of the 3 top Danish teams ? Good awper and riffler
2018-09-08 21:10
good luck m8
2018-09-08 21:48
DONT FORGET THIS CADIAN SO TOXIC PLAYER youtu.be/4u1rhLkzVhU
2018-09-09 05:52
One of my favorites.
2018-09-09 13:37
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