Heroic beat Astralis to complete lower bracket gauntlet, reach final at DreamHack Open Fall

Heroic came back from a huge deficit on the opening Nuke to win the Danish derby for a spot in the Regional Major Ranking event's grand final.

The hard-fought victory against Astralis saw the Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller-led team pick up a fifth consecutive series win and complete an impressive run through the tournament's entire lower bracket to set up a best-of-five title decider against Vitality, scheduled to kick off on Sunday at 18:00 .

With the loss, Astralis now close their chapter with Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen with a third-place finish at the RMR event, with the 24-year-old set to move to the new Cloud9 squad after spending the last three months as part of the Danish side's extended roster.

stavn shone on Nuke as he led the way to a comeback victory

The two Danish rivals, who had previously played a grueling series against one another in the group stage, provided a spectacle of a battle on Nuke. The opening map looked firmly in Astralis' hands at first, until Heroic stepped up to the plate to snatch it away with a massive comeback. Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander's team started off on the CT side and utterly dominated the opening stretch, but cadiaN & co. managed to break through the huge bank to claim five rounds in the opening half.

Down 5-13 after a second pistol round loss, Heroic dug their heels in when they got a hold of weaponry on the defense, with Martin "⁠stavn⁠" Lund leading the way to overtime as he kept racking up openings and multikills to stop Astralis' efforts to close the map in regulation. One set of overtime wasn't enough, with Heroic unable to convert a second map point, but they managed to do so the second time around on the back of a perfect defense.

Astralis struck back on Inferno with a 16-8 win in a closer affair than the scoreline might make it seem. Heroic were more than competitive towards the beginning of their opponents' pick, but a couple of throwaway rounds in man and economic advantages meant that Astralis gained control late in the first half as Terrorists and managed to stay on top in the second.

The series came down to Vertigo, where the two teams had previously played a quadruple-overtime affair in the group stage of the same event. This time, it was far from as intense as Heroic controlled the map thanks to a couple of dominant runs on each side, clinching the decider 16-11.

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Vertigo
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 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 71 - 56 +15 79.2 1.25
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansenes3tag 59 - 58 +1 75.8 1.06
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 60 - 63 -3 73.2 1.01
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 55 - 60 -5 69.9 0.97
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 59 - 62 -3 67.7 0.94
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' MøllercadiaN 68 - 51 +17 72.2 1.16
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lundstavn 62 - 67 -5 83.5 1.08
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensenniko 62 - 59 +3 72.9 0.99
Denmark René 'TeSeS' MadsenTeSeS 53 - 63 -10 68.9 0.95
Denmark Johannes 'b0RUP' Borupb0RUP 51 - 66 -15 54.7 0.88
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lund
Martin 'stavn' Lund
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
873
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1102
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1399
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1224
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
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#1
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Romania Obuz8
HEROIC TOP 1!
2020-10-25 00:06
9 replies
#3
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Brazil ZerongBr
F
2020-10-25 00:06
4 replies
Easy for the best danish team
2020-10-25 00:09
3 replies
insane match
2020-10-25 00:18
1 reply
ez north
2020-10-25 09:45
wp!
2020-10-25 01:10
#4
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United States ShawnM
unlucky
2020-10-25 00:06
cheaters away plz
2020-10-25 00:07
1 reply
+1
2020-10-25 00:24
Heroic Cheater already top1 in cheating.
2020-10-25 01:59
what a run! GL vs Vitality
2020-10-25 00:06
Too easy for the best Danish team
2020-10-25 00:06
#6
ZywOo | 
Poland lustro
nice throw on nuke 13-5 --> lost wtf
2020-10-25 00:06
Top 1 btw
2020-10-25 00:06
gg
2020-10-25 00:07
Too easy for the greatest online team in history
2020-10-25 00:07
8 replies
#41
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Denmark Kon10R
Yeah ... after two Bo3's in one day, 14 hours at your peak performance, overtime, playing for 1.000's of dollasso and what have you ... Anybody could do that, right?! WP and GG Heroic ... but "ez" ... silly and disrespectful.
2020-10-25 00:52
7 replies
Bruh please. They didn't play the game for 14 hours straight and they are sitting at home. Nerds game that hard every single day.
2020-10-25 01:20
2 replies
#56
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United Kingdom novaseer
Why aren't these 'nerds' earning five to six figures playing those games then? Playing games at the highest level is far more mentally involving than gaming casually. I can personally verify this - I've played at the top tier in some niche games (Doom Eternal's multiplayer for instance) and it's so much more intense than when I play CS, which I play semi-casually, just because of that higher level.
2020-10-25 02:28
1 reply
how does Doom Eternal have high level games? lmao
2020-10-25 12:40
#65
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Argentina NOJOMO
Ez
2020-10-25 03:27
how much
2020-10-25 06:10
Cry is free bettor
2020-10-25 07:01
Cry some moar
2020-10-25 13:52
ez
2020-10-25 00:07
#12
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United States cyrus2121
best team in denmark
2020-10-25 00:08
2 replies
After astralis
2020-10-25 08:53
1 reply
-1
2020-10-25 12:44
ez hahaha bye losetralis
2020-10-25 00:08
GG.. be careful with the smack talk ;)
2020-10-25 00:08
LETS GO CHINA
2020-10-25 00:08
#17
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Argentina Lukem_Fan
Ez
2020-10-25 00:09
#18
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Europe Velurom
GG
2020-10-25 00:09
EZ 4 ZYWOO
2020-10-25 00:10
Good game
2020-10-25 00:11
#21
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United Kingdom DDoubleE
Welcome to C9 Es3tag <3 And GGWP Heroic, you played REALLY well tonight. Will be a very good Bo5 tomorrow vs Vitality i believe.
2020-10-25 00:12
#22
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Sweden ADAMAS_
LOSING TO G2, winning astralis, fucking slaves
2020-10-25 00:13
God cadian
2020-10-25 00:13
#24
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India kholwal
Boi das cap
2020-10-25 00:17
There is no doubt both Astralis and Heroic are among the top 5 teams in the online world atm
2020-10-25 00:17
1 reply
#29
RpK | 
India kholwal
Heroic and then astralis*
2020-10-25 00:22
#27
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Spirit and Astralis , i had high hopes from both today and both disappointed. That choke on Nuke was just too much.
2020-10-25 00:20
#28
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Ukraine ksay
astralis bandwagon fans mald
2020-10-25 00:21
2.1m
2020-10-25 00:26
GG, great game. Stavn is a beast!
2020-10-25 00:27
Astralis 2nd best danish team btw KEKW
2020-10-25 00:27
Cadian performing amazingly nowadays.
2020-10-25 00:28
Feels good. Astralis the number one team as always.
2020-10-25 00:29
Danish cs is so stronk. Must give credit!
2020-10-25 00:31
8 replies
yeah 6 coach bug abuser and one of them works still for Heroic. they deserve credit.
2020-10-25 01:58
7 replies
Yes Jermany top 1 I agree bruder ))
2020-10-25 15:51
Always BUG Clan fans first to condemn bug abusers. xD
2020-10-25 17:19
5 replies
oh another cheat supporter.
2020-10-25 18:20
4 replies
BIG clan players are as much bug abusers as the former coach of Heroic, aka. GOD HUNDEN.
2020-10-25 18:29
3 replies
what bullshit. Valve said the jump bug wasn't a cheat. Also BIG was the last team that used it.
2020-10-25 19:20
2 replies
BIG was the most blatant abusers of it. xD
2020-10-25 19:26
1 reply
But not the first one. All teams that cried on the major abused it before in many many official matches. GobB was the only smart one who said "it is a part of the game (Valve agreed) so let's use it as a part of the game.
2020-10-25 19:31
Ahahahaha gla1ve broke nother table
2020-10-25 00:47
#38
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Denmark Kon10R
Wonderful match! GG Heroic and GL against Vitality! (But plz, gentlemens ... Don't you think the "ez" thingy looks a bit silly?)
2020-10-25 00:49
2 replies
#73
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Czech Republic xANUx
bruh dont take hltv comments seriously
2020-10-25 09:15
1 reply
#76
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Denmark Kon10R
He he ... You may have a point! 😎👍
2020-10-25 10:33
ez for best danish team (heroic)
2020-10-25 00:50
good shit
2020-10-25 00:51
#42
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Poland SebL
Heroic is looking really good, they surprised me hugely, I think with small changes this team might be one of the best rosters maybe even in history. I think they are going to win the final tomorrow without much of a problem. Astralis is still really good. Just unlucky match.
2020-10-25 01:00
2 replies
woah chill, people forget this is all online bullshit.. last event they went out last. stop overhyping heroic
2020-10-25 01:03
1 reply
#60
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Poland SebL
I'm actually not overhyping them. They are playing well atm., but with small changes this team could be something insane.
2020-10-25 02:55
heroic top1 EAZY HUNDEN SQUAD! astralis time to disban
2020-10-25 01:02
1 reply
#75
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Netherlands atsook
Like vp did after they won some tournanents with bots ?
2020-10-25 10:05
#47
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Brazil Karlogaria
Great game. Props to both teams, especially for Heroic, for being such a hard enemy to any team they face. Hunden's "cheating" doesn't seem to make any difference
2020-10-25 01:26
#48
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Russia pochesun
Astralis is sooo overrated.
2020-10-25 01:39
2 replies
lol
2020-10-25 01:59
#79
Xyp9x | 
Europe Fridd
lol
2020-10-25 10:55
#49
arT | 
Brazil logzera
No xyp9x no major
2020-10-25 01:55
expected from cheater org.
2020-10-25 01:58
Ez for true top1 of Denmark.
2020-10-25 02:05
deserved victory for heroic
2020-10-25 02:34
Es3tag: Leaving Glaive: Bubzkji! Bubzkji: "Now is my turn to shine" Glaive: Clean the mousepad, Xyp9x is coming back Bubzkji: "sight" okay boss, "Cleaning"
2020-10-25 02:38
3 replies
#59
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Europe BEAR_XD
LUL i feel bad for Bubzkji actually
2020-10-25 02:46
#80
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Austria MisterMand
lol
2020-10-25 11:22
#98
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
poor bubzkji
2020-10-25 15:56
ez for cadian that raped asstr0lloss for the sec time
2020-10-25 02:13
5 replies
#69
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Denmark Menterx
Well someone is mad :D
2020-10-25 06:25
4 replies
i'm not lol,just trolling astralis fans gl against mibr btw,you will face the god vsm,he carried fucking detona against big so they can upset
2020-10-25 13:55
3 replies
#92
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Denmark Menterx
Ohh, so your just a mean person, right on!
2020-10-25 15:06
2 replies
yeah!😎👍👌👊💪 btw if you don't come to brazil,brazil comes to you,will be ez for vsm,mibr and furia 2-0 astralis COME TO BRAZIL!
2020-10-25 15:13
1 reply
#96
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Denmark Menterx
Naa I don't really wanna come to your 3. world country (thats to put it nicely), I'm good in my 1. world country. Also, the only reason that BR and NA are so high in the ranking ATM, are that the teams don't play EU and CIS teams...
2020-10-25 15:26
cadian lost to juliano
2020-10-25 02:26
ez Now Vitality win final.
2020-10-25 02:26
cadiaN is one of the best CS players and constantly shows good results yet people still underestimate him.
2020-10-25 02:57
4 replies
#87
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Korea thr33o
It's because he was really bad during his time in Rogue and North. He only just began to play good for some reason in Heroic.
2020-10-25 13:14
3 replies
He plays good since online era ..way easier to perform in his bedroom , the opposite of players like astralis who need crowd and adrénaline to play great ,After so many years of cs playing online their IS just no motivation for that kind of players who won everthying.
2020-10-25 13:43
2 replies
#107
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Korea thr33o
IMO a good performance is a good performance. I understand that stage presence and the affect of a crowd makes it harder for some players, but seeing how badly Cadian had played online even back then compared to now is a huge step up. You can't really take anything away from him.
2020-10-26 02:10
1 reply
Let see on lan , and i think he is juste 1.05 rating , maybe even less than apex .for a awper 1.05 rating IS very little and he is 25 years old
2020-10-26 12:28
Either magisk should igl or glave should. This joint igling has made both of their performance bad
2020-10-25 05:22
1 reply
#81
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Austria MisterMand
i think its safe to say astralis era is over. they lost that psychological edge that would let them live in enemy head rent free.
2020-10-25 11:23
#68
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African Union mikecool
truly a heroic effort ;)
2020-10-25 06:15
#71
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Algeria Tari)))
Nice
2020-10-25 08:52
Heroic > Astralis <3
2020-10-25 10:43
#78
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Italy CHEBBOxxx
heroic bunch of onliners. @lan they won't go through group stage in any T1 event. still irrelevant team
2020-10-25 10:51
gg
2020-10-25 11:32
Damn astralis faded into mediocrity, I wonder why.
2020-10-25 12:20
#86
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Lithuania Airforlife
Back totheground
2020-10-25 13:06
gg wp
2020-10-25 13:19
#94
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Paraguay imjustmau
Aw man I was looking forward to watching the finals no way I'm seeing that boring shit now
2020-10-25 15:14
#95
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Denmark Duke1996
WE WILL BE BACK WITH XYP <3 GG WP Heroic. Best of luck in the final.
2020-10-25 15:20
1 reply
Estag better
2020-10-25 17:43
impressive af!
2020-10-25 17:28
Nice game
2020-10-26 15:55
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