Heroic move past FURIA to seal EPL final spot

The Danes put in a near-flawless offensive display to reach their first final this year.

Heroic secured a spot in the ESL Pro League Season 13 grand final following a convincing 2-0 victory over FURIA, who were made to pay the price for their veto gamble as they were forced to play Dust2 for the first time since May 2018. Heroic came out on top of this straightforward match without really needing to break a sweat, going 20-3 on the T side, and they'll be hoping to carry this momentum into Sunday's grand final against Gambit as they chase their first title with this lineup, which remains undefeated after nine matches.

"It's crazy, I'm so happy right now," René "⁠TeSeS⁠" Madsen said after the match. "Playing with this team is the best feeling in the world. Everyone is amazing.

"We just punished them with a Dust2 pick. They probably don't know half of the callouts in English. That was just a punish pick. It was kind of puggy from us and we just did basic stuff on the T side."

Heroic march on to the grand final

The early stages of Mirage were played at a breathtaking pace, with neither side able to impose their will on the game. The see-saw nature continued right until the final stages of the half, when FURIA seized the initiative and won four rounds in a row for a 9-6 lead. But Heroic came out of the break firing on all cylinders and took the game to FURIA. After a quiet performance on the CT side, Ismail "⁠refrezh⁠" Ali stepped up to the plate and led the charge on the offence (2.42 rating), delivering the finishing blow with an ace to put an end to any hope that the Brazilians had of pulling off a comeback.

Heroic were hoping to throw FURIA off-guard with their Dust2 pick (even though they hadn't played the map since August), but Andrei "⁠arT⁠" Piovezan's troops didn't show any signs of discomfort initially as they hopped out to a 5-0 lead, with Yuri "⁠yuurih⁠" Santos raising eyebrows with a fast 1v3 clutch in the first gun round. Heroic responded with a five-round streak of their own, but FURIA came fighting back in the closing stages to secure another 9-6 lead.

FURIA entered double-digit territory upon switching to the CT side after punishing Heroic's indecisiveness in the pistol round, but the Danes responded immediately on a force-buy. The rest of the half was dominated by Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller's troops, who ruthlessly tore the FURIA defence apart to complete a quick victory.

Matchpage
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10th April 2021
16
Mirage
11
16
Dust2
10
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
45 - 28 +17 89.4 1.36
40 - 35 +5 76.0 1.18
33 - 30 +3 58.7 1.09
37 - 31 +6 79.7 1.09
31 - 30 +1 64.2 1.04
 FURIA K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
39 - 30 +9 77.4 1.23
37 - 37 0 82.9 1.15
34 - 40 -6 75.3 1.07
20 - 37 -17 45.6 0.68
21 - 42 -21 45.5 0.62
Denmark Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
788
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
Denmark René 'TeSeS' Madsen
René 'TeSeS' Madsen
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
634
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Brazil Yuri 'yuurih' Santos
Yuri 'yuurih' Santos
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
813
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.64
Brazil Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
798
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1278
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Fak
2021-04-10 21:36
2 replies
Very sad moment for brazillian fans
2021-04-11 04:56
expected from VINI+Junior
2021-04-11 08:24
#2
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Europe SiKw0w
wow I really didnt expect this to be a 2-0
2021-04-10 21:37
1 reply
Cadian's big brain on mirage made it happenes
2021-04-11 08:48
Astralis - Hey Heroic, avenge us okay?
2021-04-10 21:37
1 reply
Heroic - best Danish team
2021-04-11 05:50
Damn
2021-04-10 21:37
#5
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Turkey Bruhman
Looks like heroic have done their homework
2021-04-10 21:37
EZ 4 Heroic Heroic's worst map is dust2, but they knew Furia were even worse.
2021-04-10 21:38
Gambit will win 101% sure
2021-04-10 21:41
7 replies
Of course, it’s online 🤪
2021-04-10 22:27
6 replies
#46
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Austria Kfue
It's not like Heroic is also an online team
2021-04-10 22:51
5 replies
Everyone is atm 😜 but I predict a gambit downfall upon return of lan 😉
2021-04-10 23:08
4 replies
Stop using emojis like a 9 year old ffs
2021-04-11 06:43
3 replies
using emoji = 9year old What kind of logic is that lmao
2021-04-11 08:08
1 reply
He mad cause India only has COW emojis
2021-04-11 13:31
Ok mr tech support
2021-04-11 11:08
Two teams that I don't like at all, but I like axile and hobbit so GO GAMBIT
2021-04-10 21:40
5 replies
#15
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United Kingdom Triturn
Why don’t you like Gambit or Heroic?
2021-04-10 21:48
4 replies
#29
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United States 3manu3l
Heroic Hunden gambit bec fluke major just my guess, prob something else
2021-04-10 22:09
2 replies
These are waaay different times
2021-04-10 23:46
1 reply
#60
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United States 3manu3l
although yes the events are ancient history, they do show reasons why he/she may dislike both of these teams. The gambit roster may be different but the banner has not changed, just my thoughts
2021-04-10 23:50
#64
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Romania decis1ve
Both are new teams, with annyoing playstyles to play against, not proven on lan, not with big names that u usually prefer to see in a final and not big orgs. This results in less views in the final and a less enjoyable match up. And probably easy for gambit..
2021-04-11 00:08
#9
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Serbia Garbrandt_
EZ
2021-04-10 21:41
Great final incoming!
2021-04-10 21:43
-junior +kNg
2021-04-10 21:45
junior seems like a t3 player atm
2021-04-10 21:46
14 replies
#30
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United States BigDudley
Yea , he has a lot of work to do. I don’t expect him to be hen1 level but man he’s looking “aight” at best right now
2021-04-10 22:09
11 replies
hen1 level were pretty low tbh and he is wayyy below.
2021-04-10 22:47
10 replies
hahaha 2/8
2021-04-10 23:12
flag checks out, u must hate brazil just beacuse ur country dont succeed
2021-04-10 23:27
1 reply
So just because 1 player is below average doesnt mean I hate brazil, lol. Do you hate denmark cuz your counyry dont succeed? Big brain yours. NT mutiris.
2021-04-11 00:56
Hen1 was insane if he didn't leave furia would prolly be top 2 with his awping.
2021-04-11 00:41
5 replies
Nope. Just because he hits some crazy shots means he play good lol. He over agressive when it no needed and has a lot of bad decisions midround. (Fallen said that when he kicked him) and still.
2021-04-11 00:59
4 replies
Lol, Hen1 impact was massive for furia. He was probably their best clutcher. And nowadays he is way better than Fallen with awp.
2021-04-11 03:21
1 reply
Haha ok. Hen1 showman, not even close to fallen.
2021-04-11 14:51
#85
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Russia flennyiwnl
you are braindead for sure
2021-04-11 07:51
1 reply
Well, you are the one without arguments.
2021-04-11 14:50
wtf!?
2021-04-11 01:43
HE IS PLAYING ON FURIA LESS THAN 3 MONTHS ... WHAT U THINK ?? that he became a t1 player on 3 months ?? of course he has a lot to do, but he is a rlly god talent
2021-04-10 23:47
He is comming from NA tier 1 = EU tier 3/4 and now playing vs EU tier 1.. Cant blame it on him..
2021-04-11 00:03
-HEN1 +Junior was probably the worst move ever made. Switching the best player for someone who would become by far the worst one. Amazing...
2021-04-10 21:47
13 replies
didn't hen1 leave on his own accord? don't think furia had a say in it really
2021-04-10 21:48
1 reply
It was still a "move" he didn't say that he was removed lol
2021-04-10 21:52
It was not FURIAs move, it was HEN1 move
2021-04-10 21:53
6 replies
Nope, the reason is that play agenst danish players,,,danish players ARE the best in the world, brazil cs has been DEAD since SK.
2021-04-10 21:55
3 replies
#24
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Brazil Whillpull
here's the attention you seek pastebin.com/k1Enp5wv
2021-04-10 22:02
Keep calm bro, dont be so insecure
2021-04-10 22:23
If you cry more i have some paper
2021-04-10 21:56
1 reply
Again bro, dont be so insecure, people can realize that easily
2021-04-10 22:23
Hen1 left the lineup u brainlet
2021-04-10 21:58
It was HEN1's idea but it's still a dumb move for both parties. O Plano currently has no team and LUCAS1 is a massive liability but HEN1 wants to put family ahead of his career. Meanwhile junior always goes missing in decisive matches for Furia.
2021-04-10 22:02
1 reply
You are right about HEN1 move but junior still have room for improvement
2021-04-10 22:25
Best player? They didnt switch yuurih or kscerato? They’re still in the team!
2021-04-10 23:20
Ez
2021-04-10 21:49
Brazil just got a reality check
2021-04-10 22:00
4 replies
#36
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Netherlands leandroqm
Like Astralis just did, too?
2021-04-10 22:24
3 replies
and liquid))))
2021-04-10 22:33
not really, pretty obvious that astralis aren't playing good. but after that win furia fans were acting like they won the tourny already
2021-04-10 23:04
1 reply
Of course! How are you supposed to feel after beating #1 team in the world and one of your biggest rivals?
2021-04-11 03:55
#25
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Denmark Menterx
This is, lady and gentlemen, are how far you get with YOLO CS...
2021-04-10 22:03
2 replies
I don't think it was YOLO CS that got them today. They had 9-6 T halves with pretty on-brand Furia CS. It was the CT side that did them in; VINI underperformed and junior had a really rough series with that CT AWP finding zero impact. Regardless, semifinals of ESL Pro League isn't too bad
2021-04-11 04:37
1 reply
In fact, is great
2021-04-11 09:30
Looks like Heroic toggled their homework
2021-04-10 22:04
junior no game knowledge
2021-04-10 22:05
expected
2021-04-10 22:11
Surprising
2021-04-10 22:11
#33
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United States BigDudley
When your igl is a better awp than your main...
2021-04-10 22:15
onliners
2021-04-10 22:25
#39
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Brazil GOELFLA_br
thank you furia for showing that even though brazil can still compete in auto level championships, no matter if it is lan or online, you bring pride to us even losing today, and that still has a long way to go but that will continue to improve and bring pride to the Brazilian people #DIADEFURIA
2021-04-10 22:26
4 replies
I feel that with a slightly different map draw Furia would have made life a lot more difficult for Heroic, they have so much firepower. Really great game and I'm a fan of BR CS now - good luck going forward!
2021-04-10 22:51
1 reply
Yes, this veto definitely played out in heroics favour
2021-04-10 23:28
+1
2021-04-10 23:21
+1 We can admit from recent performances that Brazilian scene is really competing against EU, NA´s situation has been bad as Chaos, Liquid and Furia were the only teams which got success there, and while Liquid and Furia has been competing on EU, we have seen some entertainment CS and also competetive one. Furia has been top 7 team in my opinion and I hope that some day SA/NA could really challenge EU as nowadays Gambit seems to be the best team there. Hard work pay off.
2021-04-11 03:23
#41
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Brazil GOELFLA_br
and congratulations to heroic, played very well today but we will always come back stronger, I will cheer for you in the final, they won my respect
2021-04-10 22:29
ez4GOATcadian
2021-04-10 22:31
#47
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United States tictok
Why did NiP ($50k) make more $$ than Furia(45k) when they were tied?
2021-04-10 22:54
2 replies
because they went first place in their group i guess astralis also got a small boost in $$
2021-04-10 23:04
**An additional $5,000 is awarded for each match win in the group stage.** NiP 4-1 Furia 3-2
2021-04-11 03:19
gg heroic, they show consistence and a winner's mindset, as well as furia dont played with joy, energy. seems like our guys are a bit nervous, losing clutches, weapons and points situations...
2021-04-10 22:56
Despite the defeat I liked to see the evolution of Furia in the championship, Junior is a young boy, he has a lot of experience to acquire and come more prepared in future and decisive matches. GGWP to Heroic
2021-04-10 23:13
Junior hasnt played today, and VINI didnt played that d2.. Now we need to see the mistakes that we made and prepare ourselfs for BLAST #GOFURIA
2021-04-10 23:53
people were blinded by that furia victory against a very lackluster and worn out astralis team. Heroic put these brazilians in their place. ezzz.
2021-04-11 00:06
#66
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Macau Bedash
#COMEBACKHONDA
2021-04-11 00:55
#68
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Brazil Anarchybr
GG heroic, stavn is a monster and refrezh always play godly against Brazilians lol As for FURIA, im happy for then, that 10-9th position in Katowice was just unfair, sadly the first team they found on playoffs was VP Anyway, arT showing a high level of maturity to adapt to EU meta, yuriih and KSCERATO great as always and VINI stepping up... Junior had a bad performance today but we need to give him more time, I still hopes that he can become an great awper. If they still had HEN1 they would absolutely win this match, in my opinion
2021-04-11 00:57
1 reply
Agreed. Individually Furia have phenomenal skill, these guys hit some insane shots. As for Junior, it'd probably be best to give him some time. He's shown great potential on the AWP and it seems the main issue is communication. If they get that sorted Furia have the potential to be considered a top 5 contender, which is no small feat.
2021-04-11 09:52
gambit in 2
2021-04-11 01:39
#72
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United States narizon
Heroic reminds me of 2016 SK with fnx and idk why?
2021-04-11 02:29
#73
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Brazil hugoooo
DEADLY T side by Heroic. Also, FURIA need to pay attention on how junior is adapting to the team...
2021-04-11 03:06
#77
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Brazil lekk1
Lucky heroic
2021-04-11 03:29
#78
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Australia csRIOTgo
So heroic is best Danish side now :D?
2021-04-11 03:53
2 replies
#86
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Finland dvlx
yup again
2021-04-11 07:54
2021-04-11 11:41
Its time for Heroic ........
2021-04-11 05:39
GG Furia. although I cheer on Heroic I was kinda hoping for a 3rd map. 2 great teams with highly entertaining CS
2021-04-11 08:05
Heroic maybe new Astralis!?
2021-04-11 09:04
1 reply
2021-04-11 11:40
#92
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Mongolia Kkura
Let's go heroic
2021-04-11 09:17
“Heroic 9 match win streak” -> everyone saying: Heroic new Astralis Heroic gods Good job Heroic go go go - Win streak against who? 😂 Voyvoda, Big, OG, C9, nip, Furia ? 😂😂😂 All teams that are not able to now show a worthy CS - Today gambit will show them their PLACE 😎
2021-04-11 11:40
4 replies
They reach finals without lost match, and some guy from Iceland is telling to us they aren't good team? Haha trashtalker, they gonna rekt Gambit today 😉
2021-04-11 14:26
3 replies
Konechno, rasskaji pizdabol Kak oni pobedyat 👏
2021-04-11 14:53
2 replies
Trashtalker, enjoy in defeat 👍 Easy for Heroic, they show to Gambit where they belong 👌 "All teams that are not able to now show a worthy CS" Put Gambit in your list hahaha
2021-04-11 23:34
1 reply
Ye, after that final I have put them already xD Wtf is was that’ lul
2021-04-12 00:03
that win against astralis was a fluke
2021-04-11 11:42
Heroic ♨️💯 TeSeS
2021-04-11 14:22
This Heroic is looking insane, they are a TOP 5 team already for me. FURIA is showing a little bit of life, but overall I think changes are needed if they want to be T1, the firepower is just not there I feel like.
2021-04-11 19:50
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