Heroic beat NIP to book Pro League semi-final berth

The Danish team remain undefeated in the $750,000 competition.

Heroic extended their winning streak in ESL Pro League 13 to six matches following a 2-0 victory against NIP in the Play-In stage. With the result, the Danes booked a spot in the semi-finals, while the Swedish team will have to face Complexity on Friday in the quarter-finals.

Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller's troops came out of the break revitalised on both maps, first displaying a solid T side performance on Inferno and later putting in a masterclass on the CT side of Nuke. "We were feeling very confident going into this game," the in-game leader revealed in the post-match interview.

"We had three weeks of preparation and we used that time wisely. I feel like we have upgraded our team with the recent roster changes, so the question should not be if we are capable, because we were capable with the previous roster, but if the time has come or if we need to get more experience under our belt."

TeSeS was the best player of the series

It took eight rounds on Inferno for Heroic to stabilize and fix their defensive setup against NIP's powerful executes, going into the break with a three-round deficit. The Ninjas were leading 11-6 when the Danish team stole the 18th round with a scrappy buy, and gained enough momentum to win five in a row and break the CTs' economy. The Swedes still attempted to respond, but their efforts were in vain as they couldn't fight against Heroic's banana control and fast plays through mid.

NIP claimed the first pistol on Nuke, but their CT economy was shattered after Heroic won the following round. The Ninjas chained four together once they had rifles, and thanks to Tim "⁠nawwk⁠" Jonasson and Hampus "⁠hampus⁠" Poser's efforts, were able to secure an 8-7 advantage.

The Danish team won their first pistol round in the series as Martin "⁠stavn⁠" Lund killed two players with Dual Berettas on top of the A hut and delayed NIP's execution. That was the start of a flawless CT side display from the Danish team, who had the right setup for every situation, including a triple-stack on the A bombsite in the final round.

Matchpage
2
0
8th April 2021
Sweden
16
Inferno
13
16
Nuke
9
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
49 - 29 +20 96.3 1.48
41 - 26 +15 78.4 1.31
35 - 31 +4 80.5 1.18
36 - 27 +9 71.6 1.13
25 - 34 -9 55.3 0.97
 NIP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
42 - 32 +10 75.3 1.20
41 - 36 +5 77.4 1.05
27 - 42 -15 71.4 0.81
19 - 37 -18 43.2 0.63
17 - 41 -24 52.3 0.62
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lund
Martin 'stavn' Lund
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
925
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1143
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Sweden Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
744
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1276
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Very nice
2021-04-08 18:16
Nice!
2021-04-08 18:16
ez
2021-04-08 18:16
#5
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Finland Cucumber))
expected
2021-04-08 18:17
#6
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Russia WiHuu
NIP too inconsistent((
2021-04-08 18:17
NICE!
2021-04-08 18:18
#8
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Lebanon Dogman69
cadian carry like always
2021-04-08 18:18
2 replies
teses destroy....
2021-04-08 20:04
#23
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France JBzOo
I remember when he was caster and every noob trashtalked about his comeback on competition. Hltv users know nothing about playing in high level
2021-04-08 21:20
nawkkkkkkkk
2021-04-08 18:19
#10
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Estonia pj4
Teses peek too stronk for average nip players
2021-04-08 18:20
17-41 xd
2021-04-08 18:22
#12
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Chile cristiaan
sad
2021-04-08 18:24
Damn, hope they won't become 2nd astralis
2021-04-08 18:26
1 reply
like North did
2021-04-08 18:58
legit no one 🚙
2021-04-08 18:29
next games NIP to win heroic lose
2021-04-08 18:30
NIP so fucking trash it's incredible
2021-04-08 18:58
Impressive performance, great match by both teams. Do feel that, largely thanks to cadiaN, Heroic are on a bit of a different level than NiP currently. Except for the usual suspects Gambit and Astralis, I don't believe the other teams left in the competition would be favorites over this Heroic side.
2021-04-08 19:08
Heroic <3 Well played TeSeS !
2021-04-08 19:38
#21
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Great match and well played to both teams. NiP were very easy to read on nuke and TeSeS with an outstanding performance. :)
2021-04-08 20:08
Plopski better than Brollan
2021-04-08 20:19
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Poland SebL
Heroic is looking great atm., if they figure out how to use their aggresive plays like they did with previous roster, I think they can be one of the best teams in the world. NIP is showing a little bit of life left in them, but overall the firepower, and even the stratbook, it's looking really bad for them. Hope they can fix it.
2021-04-08 22:34
Let me see ones who were spamming "NIP win" on Relog Media stream... Also gg, Heroic totally deserved to win!
2021-04-09 08:46
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