Heroic take revenge on G2 to reach ESL One Cologne grand final

With a 2-1 win over the world's #4 team, Heroic have reached their second consecutive grand final, building on their DreamHack Open Summer success.

In the third meeting between the two teams this year, and the second in the last week, Heroic managed to take their first victory over G2, 2-1. It was a hard-fought battle as the two sides once again vetoed down to the same three maps — Vertigo, Nuke, and Mirage —, and the initial two going into overtime as neither team was able to close out their map pick.

Finally, Heroic came out guns blazing on Mirage, with Nikolaj "⁠niko⁠" Kristensen's miraculous plays pushing them across the line to take down G2 and reach the grand final of ESL One Cologne, after doing the same in DreamHack Open Summer earlier this month.

Third time was the charm as Heroic take down G2

A clean pistol win for G2 was returned on by Heroic's force buy as the Danes looked strong on the CT side of Vertigo, going up 8-3. Then Audric "⁠JaCkz⁠" Jug stepped up with a double Deagle-entry to add a forth to the French-Serbian team's tally, but more importantly, set them on path of recovery for the half, finishing it 9-6.

Heroic overwhelmed the A site and powered on to B to claim the T-side pistol, extending their lead to 14-8 in no time, but the end of the match was far from near. G2 clawed back as Kenny "⁠kennyS⁠" Schrub came online to help his team equalize the score at 14-14 before Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller's team pulled out a B execute to reach map point, but Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković's well-timed flank pushed the game into overtime.

G2 were looking like the better team throughout the first two sets of added rounds, but ended up getting the short end of the stick, losing their map pick 25-23. A crucial play was René "⁠TeSeS⁠" Madsen's 4K at 18-21, which salvaged a 2v4 situation for his team and allowed Martin "⁠stavn⁠" Lund to power Heroic to the victory with 42 frags.

nexa had a strong showing, but G2's Cologne run was cut short

On Nuke, Heroic got the upper hand early thanks to a successful Vent drop in the pistol (3-0), but kennyS on the AWP showed up strong to push G2 to equalize the scoreline. The action that followed was on the knife's edge, with rounds coming down to the smallest margin, and TeSeS and nexa standing out for their respective sides.

It was Heroic that took a respectable 9-6 lead after their Terrorist side, seeing G2 have to fight back, just like on Vertigo, but now with elimination at stake. In the second pistol, Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač clutched out the 1v2 in the pistol to set his team on road for a comeback as G2 chained with five consecutive rounds. The run was paused by Heroic's low-buy victory, but only shortly, as G2 continued piling on to reach 14-10.

However, Nuke also ended up going to overtime, as stavn showed up with key frags to keep his side afloat. The Danes then took the first added round, but ended up losing the map as huNter- finished off strongly, 32K-21D, to see the action move to Mirage.

Johannes "⁠b0RUP⁠" Borup's Deagle found four frags to earn Heroic the T-side force-buy victory in Mirage, with the 20-year-old rifler displaying strong form with 2 opening kills and three multikill rounds as the Danes went up 5-2 on the decider map. G2's attempt to get back into it were denied by niko, who recorded three multikill rounds in a row, including a 1v4 ace, making it 9-3.

The half was finished 11-4, with a clean B hold edging them closer to victory with 13 rounds to their name. Three in row for G2 gave Damien "⁠maLeK⁠" Marcel's men a lifeline, but two big multikill rounds by b0RUP sealed the deal, concluding Mirage 16-7, 2-1 for the series.

Matchpage
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1
29th August 2020
France
25
Vertigo
23
16
Nuke
19
16
Mirage
7
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
81 - 73 +8 86.4 1.20
86 - 69 +17 87.1 1.20
72 - 69 +3 76.1 1.10
64 - 68 -4 67.3 0.98
58 - 60 -2 59.0 0.93
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
72 - 74 -2 79.0 1.06
76 - 68 +8 69.2 1.04
72 - 70 +2 69.9 1.04
72 - 77 -5 72.8 1.01
47 - 77 -30 65.3 0.78
France Damien 'maLeK' Marcel
Damien 'maLeK' Marcel
Age:
35
Team:
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lund
Martin 'stavn' Lund
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
791
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
Denmark René 'TeSeS' Madsen
René 'TeSeS' Madsen
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
498
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
938
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1114
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Johannes 'b0RUP' Borup
Johannes 'b0RUP' Borup
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1062
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
965
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1142
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
France Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
776
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1738
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
Happy for my boy HUNDEN!
2020-08-29 19:25
5 replies
#7
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Finland AleksiBOT
Good Job Hunden , gg wp G2
2020-08-29 19:25
2 replies
2020-08-29 19:28
1 reply
#16
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Finland AleksiBOT
What happened , you okay bud???
2020-08-29 19:27
#10
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Finland Cucumber))
I think in the future he will be known as one of the best Coaches
2020-08-29 19:26
#32
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United States Festive_
+1
2020-08-29 19:30
So happy for Heroic :D hopefully they will meet Vitality in the final. New #1 danish team
2020-08-29 19:26
3 replies
I think NIP will win Vitality and ESL Cologne. But nt Heroic....
2020-08-29 19:27
1 reply
are u sure about that?
2020-08-29 21:58
Well,Liquid was top1 in the world too when Astralis was relaxing and miss many tournaments... Until they come back on full mode
2020-08-29 20:58
Ez top 1
2020-08-29 19:25
#4
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India KaiserGene
Gg wp heroic
2020-08-29 19:25
GG
2020-08-29 19:25
GG WP GOD HUNDEN TOP1 COACH 2020
2020-08-29 19:25
G2 carried by IGL fragging
2020-08-29 19:26
8 replies
#78
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Canada robinsonz
jackz was their best player
2020-08-29 21:18
7 replies
cool..... like i said G2 depends on the IGL fragging
2020-08-29 21:27
6 replies
#81
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Canada robinsonz
you literally didnt. you said they were "carried" by their IGL fragging
2020-08-29 21:32
5 replies
take a look at this event G2 is literally carried by IGL fragging
2020-08-29 21:33
4 replies
your name literally checks out your flair. Jackz has been insane this tournament. You'd have to be ignorant not to acknowledge that. Kenny has hit some of his nicest shots this year in this tournament. Even tho hunter is, like, legit, one of G2's top fraggers, he has been pretty quiet this tournament. Amanek has a shitty role, but even with that, I agree that he underperformed this tournament.
2020-08-29 22:37
3 replies
Go on youtube and look nexa highlights in cologne. U will find 5 times more highlights than jackz had... He is best fragging igl in the game(i dont consider niko as igl so he doesnt count).
2020-08-29 23:04
1 reply
Yes, because nexa overall did perform much better in relegation than Jackz did. But still, Jackz did perform so damn good in some key moments that let them get to the semi's. And, let's be real, the "igl's can't perform" has been such a dumb excuse lately. It does not matter who had more frags in the game or in how many maps. The point is to get the match won. If you win a bo3 in 3 games and the both maps that you've won have been 16:14 and the map that you've lost has been 0:16, you have still won the match and u get further. We do not know about how much effort malek did put in the gameplan, or kenny, or amanek, or fkin anyone, we do not know shit about that. There might be gamechanging small things that anyone of the team could catch that noone else would that would win the game and there could be none of them and nexa just straight up being inhuman. I do agree that frags are very important, i do not agree the fact that nexa performed so good meant that everybody else performed like shit and didn't win any of the maps just by small things that we did not know just by watching the game from our monitors.
2020-08-29 23:15
and just like for the other idiot i gota explain this AGAIN G2 rely on the IGL top fragging for them why cant u guys understand this??????? Nexa is one of the top performers of the entire event EU and NA if a team needs the IGL top fragging so they can win the team has some issues so like i said 10 times already G2 need the igl top fragging for the win
2020-08-29 23:41
#11
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Australia Sify
LETS GO!
2020-08-29 19:26
yes
2020-08-29 19:26
#13
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Indonesia ivanovky
Heroic player so sharp vs G2
2020-08-29 19:26
-30 amanek, ok. that's bad.
2020-08-29 19:26
1 reply
#84
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Spain N0Love
Yup but it's not that bad of a result overall for G2 I wouldnt make roster changes yet
2020-08-29 21:41
b0rup looking sharp
2020-08-29 19:26
#17
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Argentina zrmkr
Godhunden
2020-08-29 19:27
GODIAN
2020-08-29 19:27
#20
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Denmark valt3rr
LETSSSSSSS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2020-08-29 19:28
G2 kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2020-08-29 19:28
1 reply
#70
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Europe legal2333
lol wtf
2020-08-29 20:21
Love you guys in Heroic - great game <3
2020-08-29 19:28
#23
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Pakistan LoOuU2
NiKo before got taken away the title of being the best Kovac , not even the best Niko in the pro scene now.
2020-08-29 19:28
3 replies
+1
2020-08-29 19:39
best kovac vs best niko
2020-08-30 14:02
1 reply
#105
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Pakistan LoOuU2
yes mens))
2020-08-30 16:22
God Hunden
2020-08-29 19:28
HUNDEN was the problem LUL
2020-08-29 19:28
Wp G2, rightly deserved Heroic. Hoping to see Neroic VS NIP final.
2020-08-29 19:29
gj onliners
2020-08-29 19:29
1 reply
YOU WILL HAVE TO TAKE WHAT IT IS, you are from ukraine yes there is nothing ,, only poor people and crime
2020-08-30 01:36
g0d Hunden :)
2020-08-29 19:29
-30 lmao, sit down amanek you bot
2020-08-29 19:29
#31
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Lithuania Extazis
Lets be real in online coach allow to speak On Lan Heroic were 50/50 When lan were God Huden couldnt speak only in timeouts Cadian will ruin heroic with hes calls Its Legit GGwp gl in the finals
2020-08-29 19:29
3 replies
well hunden did say he only makes calls when he feels like things are going out of control so that they can get used to the lan environment. once they have enough time they probably don't need him to talk as much anymore since the new guys are learning very quickly
2020-08-29 19:35
1 reply
#55
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Lithuania Extazis
Maybe
2020-08-29 19:44
Well, the team is a different one today so while you can speculate there is no way of knowing. What ever it is the conditions are the same for all teams. We will know more tomorrow.
2020-08-29 19:50
#33
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Ukraine Xe0m
good job new tier 1 team incoming
2020-08-29 19:31
Great game,but if g2 take the vertigo they beat heroic.
2020-08-29 19:31
Someone should really analyze what kennys is doing. His decision making is poor to say the least. Lost them at least 5 key rounds.
2020-08-29 19:31
HUNDEN claims another victim
2020-08-29 19:31
onliners
2020-08-29 19:31
1 reply
Oneliner
2020-08-29 20:17
GG WP Finally Teses from T3 Cph Flames to GrandFinal of Cologne So happy to see his great performance
2020-08-29 19:33
they gonna win the final too
2020-08-29 19:34
Very fun match to watch But EZ4GODHUNDEN
2020-08-29 19:35
Well, maybe onliners, but still. I am happy for two reasons 1) Cadian was while ago even completely out of the game. Struggling hard with previous heroic aswell, despite having good lineup. Now finals of ESL (even if its "only" online) with mostly rejects of danish CSGO like niko and TeseS? How cool story is this? I am happy for him (them) :) 2) HUNDEN. Ye he was weak, but he most likely is mastermind. After BAD lions dropped him completely (not a choach, WTF?), hes doing wonders with heroic in 2 moths. Reject coach for reject squad, perfect fit :)) Wish them GL in finals.
2020-08-29 19:39
1 reply
People give TeseS shit but it's from his time in Optic. That team sucked, and was probably super toxic. He needed to be in a team like this, with other young players so he could grow. Not a shock he and stavn are doing so well, I'm sure Hunden has helped.
2020-08-29 19:45
90% of comments: HUNDEN GOD
2020-08-29 19:36
#45
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Netherlands Sem0733
Great f*cking game. Defenitely one of the best series of 2020 thus far. Hopefully NiP - Vitality is gonna be banger as well.
2020-08-29 19:38
Amanek with the big -30 lol
2020-08-29 19:38
amaNEk whatdoink?
2020-08-29 19:39
EZ
2020-08-29 19:39
g2 wat doink?
2020-08-29 19:40
Impressive performance by Heroic :D
2020-08-29 19:40
One day G2 will kick Amanek, and i promise you, that day will be the day G2 stops losing.
2020-08-29 19:40
feeIsbad we couId have a french finaI ffs
2020-08-29 19:41
2 replies
Nobody wants to watch all that french kissing.
2020-08-29 20:22
1 reply
nobody love astralis or heroic
2020-08-29 20:32
G2 losing 6 map points on Vertigo cost them the series. Otherwise very likely 2-0 for them. But hey - Heroic played balls out CS. Respect to them and of course GOD Hunden.
2020-08-29 19:42
AmaNEk can not find his performance in both matches against Heroic, what the hell
2020-08-29 19:45
Amazing run
2020-08-29 19:46
Sad to say as G2 fan but we played a bit sloppy CS and relied on heavy frags. We look much and I mean MUCH stronger mentally but in-game we looked a bit wild. Especially against OG in D2 etc. I remember that G2 said they didn't prepare as much in-game as they did work on their mental and I hope now that they have their mental set, they can work on their shaky map pool as well as in-game strats for EPL and win this time. GGs to heroic.
2020-08-29 19:48
#60
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Europe Selfi
Amazing. Well done, Heroic👏🏻👏🏻
2020-08-29 19:48
#62
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United States Gonginator
Damn...Heroic is really showing up. Well, I guess ESL One Cologne 2020 has been very interesting in the least.
2020-08-29 19:51
Very close first two maps and sadly g2 couldn’t win vertigo in the end, ggwp to heroic this match was probably one of the best we’ve seen this year online.
2020-08-29 19:58
GG to heroic very close first two maps.
2020-08-29 20:01
Did es3tag play for heroic before he joined Astralis? Good luck to Heroic in the final. Hope they'll do it.
2020-08-29 20:02
1 reply
Yeah he did
2020-08-29 20:14
G2 could close that 2-0 when twice they had 3-0 score on first map in first two OTs means 6 match points but unluckily they lost to this fucking trash team I hope that Vitality now will win Cologne
2020-08-29 20:09
TeSeS mvp of this tournament, even if they would loose the final
2020-08-29 20:19
Counter-strike online 2020
2020-08-29 20:23
#74
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Finland DTeeVee
I'm not going to lie, mirage may have been the worst match of counter strike I have ever watched
2020-08-29 20:33
#75
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Denmark Randomij
We in the final! Let's go! #BeHeroic
2020-08-29 20:54
Well played
2020-08-29 20:55
GOD HUNDEN top 2 coach? i are think that
2020-08-29 21:29
Jokes aside, Hunden made Heroic probably best danish team atm with Borup and Cadian on board. What he could do with Mouz or Faze?
2020-08-29 21:36
1 reply
+1
2020-08-30 00:54
Dog of Gods
2020-08-29 21:44
#86
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CIS shadch
Wow. Just wow, Heroic have a big chances to win this tournament
2020-08-29 21:47
God Hunden for sure
2020-08-29 21:49
Amanek should stop picking up the awp and focus on rifles. I’ve seen him so many times doing mistakes and getting caught whilst with awp.
2020-08-29 21:56
1 reply
+1
2020-08-30 01:52
#90
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Portugal lovessd
god hunden omg
2020-08-29 22:15
#94
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Poland SebL
Heroic is looking pretty good, I'm surprised by them a lot, with small changes they could be great. It's the same for G2.
2020-08-29 23:18
#96
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Brazil SecondKS
LETS GO HEROIC GG!!!
2020-08-30 00:14
#97
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United States ekwi
I feel like not so long ago, I saw Cadian in Rogue and saw him as some sort of washed up Danish player just mucking around in NA for a bit. Great to see Heroic climb and climb, it's a real revitalization of his career
2020-08-30 00:45
2 replies
#102
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Australia z3ro_
all thanks to the one and only hunden
2020-08-30 05:05
1 reply
#103
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United States ekwi
He's coaching right? yep, respect goes to the man
2020-08-30 05:06
Come on bois it could have been France VS France in final
2020-08-30 00:53
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