Heroic take down 9z in BLAST Premier Spring Showdown

The Danish squad extended their win streak to 12 series and is now one victory away from the Spring Finals.

Heroic put an end to 9z's run in BLAST premier Spring Showdown, eliminating the South American squad with a 2-0 scoreline. The series saw Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller's team continue their unbeaten run since the additions of Ismail "⁠refrezh⁠" Ali and Rasmus "⁠sjuush⁠" Beck both in series (12-0) and on Inferno (6-0).

The losing side, 9z, exits the event after shocking Vitality in the first round. The team's coach Rafael "⁠zakk⁠" Fernandes admitted that they "felt a lot of pressure to close the game" at 12-12 on Inferno. "When we realized we could win against Heroic, that is when the nerves became bigger". Talking about the team's future, the Brazilian hinted at a possible return to Europe or a move to North America in the near future.

The series victors, Heroic, swept 9z on Mirage before moving on to Inferno, which was a much more contested affair. Standout performances from sjuush, René "⁠TeSeS⁠" Madsen, and refrezh secured their victory and a spot in the semi-finals on Sunday, where they will face the winner of Gambit - FURIA for a spot at the BLAST Premier Spring Finals.

Heroic's keep up their strong form.

refrezh's 1v3 clutch gave Heroic the perfect start on Mirage, their opponents map pick, grabbing control of the game early. The Danes' aggressive plays denied 9z any room to work with, seeing them earn just three rounds as Terrorists. Heroic was 14-3 up after winning the second pistol and anti-force, but a eco win held Santino "⁠try⁠" Rigal and co. alive. The underdogs mustered eight rounds, but eventually faltered to Heroic's pace change, 16-8.

The South American team looked much better as the action switched to Inferno. Bruno "⁠BIT⁠" Fukuda Lima was leading by example, with his Deagle quad kill and AK-47 triple proving crucial to 9z securing a 6-2 lead. Heroic then managed to tie a few rounds together and broke their defenders' money, allowing for a strong recovery for the half. 8-7 was the score in favor of cadiaN's squad moving into the second half, but things were far from over. 9z's T side made Heroic sweat as they tied things at 12-12, but sjuush and refrezh kicked it into a higher gear to secure the witn, 16-12.

Matchpage
2
0
17th April 2021
South America
16
Mirage
8
16
Inferno
12
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
52 - 31 +21 87.3 1.42
39 - 27 +12 86.3 1.36
44 - 34 +10 90.1 1.30
32 - 29 +3 75.6 1.09
26 - 30 -4 59.9 0.89
 9z K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
34 - 39 -5 70.7 0.98
35 - 40 -5 72.7 0.89
25 - 37 -12 62.8 0.84
30 - 37 -7 63.5 0.83
27 - 41 -14 56.6 0.76
Denmark René 'TeSeS' Madsen
René 'TeSeS' Madsen
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
643
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
797
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Rasmus 'sjuush' Beck
Rasmus 'sjuush' Beck
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
637
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.64
Brazil Bruno 'BIT' Fukuda Lima
Bruno 'BIT' Fukuda Lima
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
598
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1287
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Argentina Santino 'try' Rigal
Santino 'try' Rigal
Age:
16
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
130
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
9z tier99 team
2021-04-17 18:03
13 replies
#6
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Sweden AFCHannes
shut up
2021-04-17 18:05
1 reply
#56
try | 
Argentina Sagon1
nice TRY. ggwp
2021-04-17 19:49
Vitality <Tier99 confirmed.
2021-04-17 18:07
4 replies
#15
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Lithuania FakeDoggo
Vitality tier 100
2021-04-17 18:11
1 < 99, so yes you are right
2021-04-17 18:41
2 replies
kek
2021-04-17 18:46
Cant argue with that
2021-04-17 21:06
#11
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Argentina fxzo
At least we have an scene u idiot
2021-04-17 18:08
2 replies
He's baiting dont mald KEKW
2021-04-17 19:19
No you dont, this wanna-be pro-team doesnt count as a "scene"
2021-04-18 12:35
malta cs LUL
2021-04-17 18:11
Good bait, Argentinians go mad with ease
2021-04-17 18:41
just a b8er dog
2021-04-17 19:10
Nt try
2021-04-17 18:03
2 replies
Try harder next time
2021-04-17 19:39
1 reply
#63
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Czech Republic vojtyy
try > cadian :-)))
2021-04-17 20:32
#3
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United States _SaltY
Nice effort from 9z
2021-04-17 18:04
good try ngl
2021-04-17 18:04
#5
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Estonia cyanize
Good game. Although Heroic won, 9z did very well. Looking forward to what they can do next.
2021-04-17 18:05
1 reply
+1
2021-04-18 01:55
#7
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Australia B_Tannen
Nice “try”.
2021-04-17 18:06
1 reply
#66
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Japan ang9r5193
thry were being clowned by heroic fans
2021-04-17 23:32
9Z got fan but no plans to play.
2021-04-17 18:07
2 replies
#47
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Argentina blatxer
bruh your country is literally known for cheating at lan
2021-04-17 19:12
1 reply
smells like a 9z fan got burnt
2021-04-19 01:23
cool
2021-04-17 18:08
a very nice try
2021-04-17 18:09
gg
2021-04-17 18:10
#14
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Chile nahuel212
NT for 9z , made a good game ,but not enough
2021-04-17 18:13
NT guys, you represented us really well and made what it was apparently imposible, GG Heroic, we'll see you soon and good luck in your last match!!!!!
2021-04-17 18:12
6 replies
#22
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Bolivia Natusch
+1
2021-04-17 18:20
WISE WORDS!!
2021-04-17 18:52
#48
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Mexico Brostop
+1
2021-04-17 19:13
+1
2021-04-17 20:10
+1 good game mens!
2021-04-17 20:23
#64
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Chile esanchez47
GG to the guys
2021-04-17 20:48
Nice try 9z, well played. Hope to see these guys in the EU servers soon as possible.
2021-04-17 18:13
9Z really needs to stay in EU, they can give some good competition
2021-04-17 18:13
NT
2021-04-17 18:22
the difference of quality on Mirage was overhelming, but they've shown great potential on Inferno. This team need to move regions ASAP
2021-04-17 18:22
1 reply
#67
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Argentina blatxer
they still got more rounds than gambit vs heroic on Mirage. Heroic is just too good on mirage
2021-04-17 23:46
#26
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Estonia Eduzera
ggwp, its a team under 21, obviously they would choke at a close map but 9z played so well
2021-04-17 18:30
nt 9z
2021-04-17 18:41
wp to both teams
2021-04-17 18:46
#36
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Denmark Erkin1
Imo furia should keep their eye on try, in case junior doesn't work out.
2021-04-17 18:55
2 replies
not a bad idea, try has aggressive game like furia and the 16 y.o boy is talented
2021-04-17 19:04
1 reply
#59
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Denmark Erkin1
Would be interesting to see if he could consistently perform in Europe, like he did against vitality if given the chance.
2021-04-17 20:08
#37
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Poland kad_xqd13
i love stavn's cheekbones
2021-04-17 18:57
They should move to EU or NA, at the very least. And -rox asap. They could have won inferno, what a pity :/
2021-04-17 19:01
#40
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Chile cristiaan
expected
2021-04-17 19:02
sjuush just played too well. Their individuals made the difference. Very good fight by 9z, proud of them.
2021-04-17 19:02
Well played 9z
2021-04-17 19:23
Vitality made a joking but not meaning they are joker
2021-04-17 19:40
Bit back to Navi ...Wait a minute
2021-04-17 19:42
#55
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Russia mshkoda
9z showed nice level for their 1st big tournament, try is insane prodigy, some tier-1 teams could notice him
2021-04-17 19:48
#57
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Spain Pablitoo_
NT for the 9z boys, great tournament for this team, they hthey are going to give a lot to talk about in the future.
2021-04-17 19:52
#71
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
Heroic is looking great atm., I think it's a begining of something that we could name their era, this roster has never lost a series, it's insane, if they win today vs Gambit, they are absolutely the no.1 team. 9z is great, if they stay in EU for longer they will probably become stable TOP 50 team. GL to them.
2021-04-18 16:19
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