North overcome Heroic; advance to ICE Challenge grand final

North managed a 2-1 victory over Heroic (8-16 Mirage, 16-11 Nuke, 16-8 Train) in the upper-bracket final of the GG.BET ICE Challenge, securing a place in the grand final of the $50,000 tournament.

The upper-bracket final of the GG.BET ICE Challenge started off on Mirage, North's map pick, but it was Heroic that took the early lead in the Danish derby, helped by a CT pistol lockdown. Heroic powered on in the first buy, pushing into the T territory to catch their opponents off guard, adding to their lead.

Heroic was soon 7-0 up, with their perfect team score accompanied by Patrick "es3tag" Hansen's 12K-0D individual statistics. In the following round, a well-thought-out B contact play worked perfectly for North and saw them finally get on the board, but two successful retakes from Heroic allowed them take the reins of the match back and finish the CT half dominantly, 13-2.

Philip "aizy" Aistrup and Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye combined in an afterplant situation in the second half pistol round to give North a chance in the game, Nicklas "gade" Gade shut down Benjamin "blameF" Bremer's 1v3 attempt and Casper "cadiaN" Møller did work in a 2v2 to get the score to 13-7. North was trying their best to make a comeback, but at 15-8, blameF got a quick double entry in mid and his side quickly tied up Mirage, 16-8.

aizy had a great showing on the second map, Nuke

North were off to a much better start on Nuke, grabbing the T pistol and surviving a scary anti-eco to go 5-0 up. blameF's triple got Heroic on the board and his side managed a crucial B site retake in the following one to avoid a reset early into the half, as well as force their opposition on an eco.

After that, Heroic managed to stabilize and tied a total of five rounds together, equalizing the score at 5-5, but catching Daniel "mertz" Mertz off guard on the lower bombsite allowed North to take back the lead despite investing just in kevlar and pistols in the eleventh round. Finishing off the half on a high note, es3tag locked down the outside area with a beautiful 4K to make the score 9-6 in favor of his team.

Another pistol round went North's way after the sides switched, and with the first rifle round going their way as well, they quickly got back into the lead with a six-round winning streak, 12-9. Some great trades allowed Heroic to get into a B site afterplant on the lower bombsite to stop the rot, but Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså and aizy combined in a crucial round to keep North ahead (13-11). After Heroic's force-buy attempt didn't work out, cadiaN and co. cruised to a victory on Nuke, 16-11.

Heroic couldn't close out the series after a dominant Mirage

Despite winning the second round force buy on the Terrorist side of Train, Heroic wasn't able to build any momentum early on as aizy and valde struck back in North's following force buy. The higher-ranked Danish team took the lead off the back of that, 5-1, when mertz managed to clutch out a 1v1 after being set up by Asger "AcilioN" Larsen. Unfortunately for Heroic, they lost the next round, leaving their economy in shambles, and seeing North run away with the lead (12-3).

Adam "friberg" Friberg's double kill on the pistol swung the much-needed second pistol round Heroic's way, who followed it up with a shutdown in the first rifle round (12-7). That is where the comeback was stopped, gade came up big in back-to-back round and propelled North to a 16-8 victory on Train, 2-1 for the series.

Matchpage
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6th February 2019
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Mirage
8
11
Nuke
16
8
Train
16
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansenes3tag 65 - 52 +13 90.7 1.21
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' BremerblameF 54 - 46 +8 69.1 1.02
Denmark Daniel 'mertz' Mertzmertz 50 - 52 -2 73.5 1.02
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg 42 - 49 -7 67.9 0.94
Denmark Asger 'AcilioN' LarsenAcilioN 32 - 51 -19 54.7 0.74
 North K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gadegade 58 - 47 +11 79.1 1.25
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy 54 - 48 +6 75.0 1.12
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangsåvalde 52 - 48 +4 84.3 1.12
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 51 - 57 -6 75.8 0.96
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' MøllercadiaN 35 - 43 -8 49.2 0.86
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1043
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Denmark Asger 'AcilioN' Larsen
Asger 'AcilioN' Larsen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1261
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
910
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
699
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
731
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1565
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1069
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
450
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.15
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
gg
2019-02-06 15:08
+1 gg wp
2019-02-06 15:09
#9
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Austria shaak! 
Expected B)
2019-02-06 15:10
btw. do you guys remember north in eu minor OMEGALUL
2019-02-06 15:36
#31
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Austria heartheroar 
remember ENCE in faceit eu minor?
2019-02-06 15:53
*silence*
2019-02-06 15:59
#36
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Sweden zae 
Remember when Poland had a scene?
2019-02-06 16:28
#37
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Austria heartheroar 
yeah, never
2019-02-06 16:30
#38
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United Kingdom C4Golden 
Remember when the UK was actually good? ........ Me, neither
2019-02-06 16:53
#44
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Sweden zae 
Source days
2019-02-06 18:36
MMM. THE SALTINESS
2019-02-06 20:14
#47
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Austria heartheroar 
i prefer sweet
2019-02-06 20:32
ok, I got you fam
2019-02-07 11:01
#2
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Czech Republic Rewask 
navi lost to this btw
2019-02-06 15:09
s1mple lost to this*
2019-02-06 19:23
#3
 | 
Turkey thcnkpln 
Unexpected
2019-02-06 15:09
#4
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Denmark AnchorCS 
4th
2019-02-06 15:09
good game yo
2019-02-06 15:09
#7
s1mple | 
Brazil bafa12 
Cool
2019-02-06 15:09
#8
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Europe ArianaGrande 
nice!
2019-02-06 15:10
#10
 | 
Greece deST) 
Expected
2019-02-06 15:11
#11
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Brazil FanOfMibr 
unlucky for heroic
2019-02-06 15:11
cadian depends sooooo much of his awp...
2019-02-06 15:11
#13
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Denmark MetatronKbh 
Danish cs in 2019,,,,can only be better, and what this teams look like,,,,,Danish cs is not her to TAKE PART,,,,we are here to TAKE OVER, nothing more to say boys and girls.
2019-02-06 15:13
#30
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Denmark r0zen^_^ 
Stay in school, kid.
2019-02-06 15:49
#32
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Denmark MetatronKbh 
Sorry but are you a school teacher, you try to protect the kid, so you try to be an adult and write that I am going back to school, do not think you are an adult, and if you are you are very bad one,
2019-02-06 15:55
#43
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Denmark r0zen^_^ 
lol
2019-02-06 18:14
What a match that was. NT for Heroic and GG from both teams. Happy to see North has some recover from recent bad results
2019-02-06 15:14
#16
Zeus | 
Finland Olter 
Godidian>swole patrol
2019-02-06 15:17
Epic, north getting better and better by each passing day 😍
2019-02-06 15:17
İ'm not sure about that
2019-02-06 15:19
remember the minor 👌🏻
2019-02-06 15:35
Trust me Gade is becoming a beast pretty fast his aim is incredible if u watch the game,but most hltv users just commentate based on stats...
2019-02-06 15:19
#20
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643 
-acillion - friberg +karrigan +any decent danish player
2019-02-06 15:29
Dont rob mousesports of karrigan
2019-02-06 15:38
#28
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643 
He doesn't deserve mousesports
2019-02-06 15:48
#21
suNny | 
Argentina Sunnie 
es3tag performing again! Nice, it seem he was doing his homework on holidays ..
2019-02-06 15:29
#26
girL | 
CIS Sforz 
Nice! gl north to be the top1 on tier3 tournament being tier5 team
2019-02-06 15:45
#35
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Hungary StraYzie 
+1
2019-02-06 16:09
Acilion missed lots of easy shots, way too weak player
2019-02-06 15:48
#34
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Hungary StraYzie 
wtf a new Heroic logo again? The first one was the best, and it would be good, but I miss the green color
2019-02-06 16:07
#39
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Greece deST) 
True and only green = OpTic
2019-02-06 17:26
#40
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Hungary StraYzie 
Flipsid3
2019-02-06 17:27
#41
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Greece deST) 
OpTic > Flipsid3
2019-02-06 17:28
#42
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Hungary StraYzie 
I was a F3 fan, but true
2019-02-06 17:29
#49
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United States ChrisBrown 
nice
2019-02-07 15:23
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