Heroic take down North to book semi-final spot in Leipzig

Heroic came back from a map down to defeat North in Group B's decider match and advance to the last-four at DreamHack Open Leipzig.

Heroic looked down and out in this exciting derby after losing the first map and allowing their opponents to get two match points, but they bravely took the game to North and equalised the series in overtime before heading into the decider map, which turned out to be a walk in the park.

It is the sort of recovery that often tends to produce champions, though the Danes know they will need to be even more convincing to be able to measure up against BIG, who looked in stunning form on the first day of the event. As for North, the DreamHack Open Sevilla champions will be kicking themselves for not getting over the line, but they leave Leipzig with the feeling that they are already starting to show some improvements under Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen. They will now go back to the drawing board ahead of their next event, the Dreamhack Open stop in Anaheim, in a month's time.

North, who had dropped down to the lower bracket after losing to MAD Lions on Friday, came out firing on all cylinders and raced to an 8-0 lead on Nuke, their own map pick. Heroic picked up three precious rounds before switching over to the CT side, where they finally managed to get a footing in the game, but MSL's troops held on and took the map in convincing fashion after the break.

Heroic move on to the playoffs at North's expense

The DreamHack Open Sevilla champions seemed determined to wrap things up in just two maps and secured a 12-7 advantage on the back of a seven-round winning streak. Patrick "es3tag" Hansen and Johannes "b0RUP" Borup came to Heroic's rescue with some great individual plays before a 1v2 clutch from MSL swung the tide back North's way.

Facing two match points, Heroic dug deep and forced overtime, taking control of proceedings. Nicklas "gade" Gade still tried to keep his team in the game by winning key 1v1 situations, but to no avail as Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer's side locked down the map with some stellar plays from b0RUP and Casper "cadiaN" Møller in the second overtime.

The final map of the series, Train, ended up being a one-way street. North's decision to start on the T side after winning the knife battle backfired horribly as they picked up just two rounds throughout the first half. Martin "stavn" Lund, who was coming off three consecutive below-average maps, shook off his earlier lackluster performances and stole the show on the T side to get Heroic over the finishing line.

Matchpage
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Nuke
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Overpass
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Train
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 North K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gadegade 62 - 58 +4 74.5 1.09
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' LauridsenMSL 55 - 61 -6 74.3 1.07
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 53 - 61 -8 76.7 1.01
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy 57 - 61 -4 69.9 0.91
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb 39 - 63 -24 53.5 0.71
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi 65 - 46 +19 80.8 1.21
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansenes3tag 66 - 56 +10 86.3 1.21
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' MøllercadiaN 57 - 51 +6 73.6 1.09
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lundstavn 59 - 59 0 80.1 1.06
Denmark Johannes 'b0RUP' Borupb0RUP 56 - 54 +2 59.8 0.96

Below you can find the schedule for Sunday's playoffs:

10:00 Denmark MAD Lions vs. Australia Renegades
13:00 Germany BIG vs. Denmark Heroic
17:00 Grand final

Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1034
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Denmark Johannes 'b0RUP' Borup
Johannes 'b0RUP' Borup
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
950
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
677
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
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Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lund
Martin 'stavn' Lund
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
679
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1541
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1178
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1030
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
lmao north so bad ez for BIG tomorrow
2020-01-25 22:47
#6
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United States Bonger 
bubbleflames malding
2020-01-25 22:49
makes me even more happy
2020-01-25 22:50
rip shaakeh
2020-01-25 23:09
#42
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Estonia NGLTenZIsCute 
+1
2020-01-26 03:22
#17
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Denmark Duke1996 
BIG will prove to be no match for stavn and co.
2020-01-25 23:06
North xDDDDD
2020-01-25 22:47
#13
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Netherlands YanickSDG 
N♿RTH
2020-01-25 22:51
Norph
2020-01-25 22:48
#4
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Germany Neckarstadion 
hair^^
2020-01-25 22:48
New logo old problems
2020-01-25 22:49
#7
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United Kingdom HLTV_PATRIOT 
Cajunbot
2020-01-25 22:49
Looks like he has lost his mojo
2020-01-25 22:51
#16
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United Kingdom HLTV_PATRIOT 
2020-01-25 22:53
N Omegalul RTH
2020-01-25 22:49
lol
2020-01-25 22:50
N♿RTH
2020-01-25 22:50
Easiest 3k usd of North life
2020-01-25 22:52
#15
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Sweden GM_Highlander 
N♿RTH
2020-01-25 22:53
#19
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United States sorcrcrc 
N♿RTH
2020-01-25 23:09
More needed for North. Cajunb next up?
2020-01-25 23:09
#21
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Poland rude_wredne 
N♿RTH
2020-01-25 23:18
I'm done. I'm fucking done.
2020-01-25 23:46
#62
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United States Bonger 
I thought north is gonna win the tournament?
2020-01-26 11:25
Heroic got lucky. If Train was the first map, North would have beat Heroic. They get way too emotional over losing a map and throw the next one
2020-01-26 20:28
#70
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United States Bonger 
Germany won tho 😊
2020-01-26 20:29
N OMEGALUL RTH gla1ve called it lmaooooooooooo
2020-01-25 23:56
#24
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Romania Cuntstantin 
cajunb 39 - 63 Jugi died for this
2020-01-25 23:59
Wasn’t CajunB one of the better players on then Astralis TSM?
2020-01-26 00:00
Third best on tsm and astralis
2020-01-26 00:16
#32
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Europe NN0ITRA 
And he did good in north for some time
2020-01-26 00:20
I think he lost his mojo along the way with all the team switching.
2020-01-26 03:24
He just found a perfect formula for stealing paychecks
2020-01-26 08:28
I don't know, he seems like the kind of player that actually wants to win and not just be on team to get paid. But I don't follow the scene that much nowadays so his mindset could have changed during the years.
2020-01-26 12:04
nt olof
2020-01-27 07:41
Hehe, Olof should have joined the Dignitas project instead of Hallzerk.
2020-01-27 12:58
Yes, but that was over 4 years ago
2020-01-26 08:55
#26
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Estonia NGLTenZIsCute 
Disband please! Thanks for screwing over JUGi's career North, waste of an organization
2020-01-26 00:04
i like how Pimp is saying like "cadian is good friend of mine but he will be never good as oskar or some player hes so triggered by some people doing better then him in CS i mean its sad from his side. like "im dane, i know cadian but he will never get there etc" like wtf are those comments its like children
2020-01-26 00:14
#49
BnTeT | 
Indonesia lukerey 
Pimp is a real proof that you can be old but still act like a child.
2020-01-26 04:42
+1
2020-01-26 06:23
Old?
2020-01-26 10:19
+2
2020-01-26 10:59
#28
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United States @FyreCS 
Why cant it be BIG vs. Mad Lions and Renegades vs. Herioc… I wanted to see RNG win! They look so good now! This could be the new #1 AU team mark my words
2020-01-26 00:16
#35
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North America Coach_Classy 
I wouldn't count them out of the match that fast. I expect that they'll put a good fight either way.
2020-01-26 00:38
#44
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United States @FyreCS 
Agreed, I think it'll 2-1 to someone, but I favor Mad Lions since they are more experienced, etc
2020-01-26 03:35
#68
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North America Coach_Classy 
Looks like the opposite happened. Fair play to RNG and gl in finals
2020-01-26 13:54
N♿RTH
2020-01-26 00:18
#31
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Europe NN0ITRA 
North is such a joke team. Lol
2020-01-26 00:19
North is terrible
2020-01-26 00:20
Wow, Heroic completely destroyed North on third map.
2020-01-26 00:32
The moment when you realise that north is the worst of all danish teams in csgo. Some orgs cant see the moment to disband a team.
2020-01-26 00:51
Unfortunate for North, they just had a bad day and not enough time with MSL to discuss strats. We will get them another time boys. Time off and rethink strats, and you can bounce back better than ever, destroy these tier 2 Danish noobs like you should later.
2020-01-26 00:53
#48
BnTeT | 
Indonesia lukerey 
They should win overpass.
2020-01-26 04:41
#38
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Peru AgentLF 
Cadian got his revenge
2020-01-26 01:35
Is North confirmed 4th/5th best danish team? 1. Astralis 2/3. Mad Lions and Heroic 4/5. North and Tricked The North players look like mear old shadows of themselfs just a couple of years ago. The little sprit that was there left with Valde I think.
2020-01-26 02:06
#46
BnTeT | 
Indonesia lukerey 
Tricked is 6th. Number 5 is Copenhagen flames.
2020-01-26 04:41
North is 4th i would say - but it is close btw 2, 3 and 4 :) ML is just more consistent
2020-01-26 07:20
#40
sh1ro | 
Taiwan Mafuuyu 
cajunbot lmfao
2020-01-26 02:46
N♿RPH 4TH BEST DANISH TEAM OMEGALUL
2020-01-26 03:00
N♿RTH is seven best danish team*
2020-01-26 03:57
F♿️RTH
2020-01-26 04:41
This made me smile.
2020-01-26 08:20
GG guys, a pleasure to watch. Both teams on the rise. (Cadian had a rapture, not that I blame him, but i wonder what he shouted)
2020-01-26 07:16
Imagine being North... At this point the management is to blame. They lost k0nfig, MSL, cadiaN, valde, jUGi, niko, Magisk. All of these players are talented, there is no denying that. And they keep building around aizy... They had an opportunity of getting Snappi also and they did not do it. They had the opportunity to get Tricked before they signed to MAD Lions. And they still do shit moves. At this point it's fucking deserved.
2020-01-26 09:51
#59
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Denmark Menterx 
Agreed, with this much talent and the history there is, it's not the players there are to blame...
2020-01-26 10:59
#61
eDi | 
Albania shieldzz 
niko was trash
2020-01-26 11:11
He was amazing in Heroic...
2020-01-26 12:37
#60
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Sweden Weedish 
NORTH Tier 5 team xD
2020-01-26 11:09
Cajunbot strikes again
2020-01-26 12:06
Funny team
2020-01-26 12:08
nice
2020-01-26 13:04
JUGI must be like: that’s what you get for kicking me retards.
2020-01-27 05:44
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