Heroic add Xizt as analyst; temporary coach for PGL Major Stockholm*

The legendary former in-game leader will bolster the ranks of Heroic's staff.

Richard "⁠Xizt⁠" Landström has joined Heroic as an analyst, the Danish organization has announced. The 30-year-old will also temporarily fill the role of coach for the team as they begin their PGL Major Stockholm campaign on October 26.

Xizt announced his retirement from professional play in September, hanging up the mouse after a 12-year-long career that included stints on fnatic, Dignitas, FaZe, and the legendary NIP lineup that dominated the early stages of CS:GO.

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Xizt has joined Heroic as an analyst

His addition comes ahead of Heroic's appearance in the Challengers Stage of PGL Major Stockholm, where the team will face TYLOO in their opening match.

Although Xizt's primary role will be that of an analyst, the Danish team will utilize him as their coach in their Major bid, filling the spot that has been left vacant since the organization cut ties with Nicolai "⁠HUNDEN⁠" Petersen in July.

The move marks Xizt's first foray into an analytical role, bringing with him a wealth of experience after occupying an in-game leader position for much of his career. Per Heroic's announcement, it is likely that the team will look to find a more permanent solution to their coaching slot following their Major appearance as Xizt is only set to "step in."

Update: When asked about the distinction of adding Xizt for 2021 on HLTV Confirmed, Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller said, "both for his sake and ours, we're trying to learn each other, because it's also for a very short basis.

"The plan as of right now is that we're testing each other, see if there is a language barrier, do we have the same philosophy, the same style. Obviously we're working with him in regards to wanting to keep him and wanting to develop that relationship."

Heroic now have:

Denmark Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller
Denmark Martin "⁠stavn⁠" Lund
Denmark René "⁠TeSeS⁠" Madsen
Denmark Rasmus "⁠sjuush⁠" Beck
Denmark Ismail "⁠refrezh⁠" Ali

Sweden Richard "⁠Xizt⁠" Landström (analyst/interim coach)

Denmark Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
873
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
Denmark René 'TeSeS' Madsen
René 'TeSeS' Madsen
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
719
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lund
Martin 'stavn' Lund
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1012
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
Denmark Rasmus 'sjuush' Beck
Rasmus 'sjuush' Beck
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
713
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.64
Denmark Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.81
Maps played:
1578
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.70
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1363
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
#1
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Europe BzY
Solid pick up
2021-10-20 21:27
20 replies
#6
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India OOFmiester
Sinking ship
2021-10-20 21:27
18 replies
#25
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Kazakhstan SayYouCome
At least he is not cheater, hopefully he will teach these kids manners
2021-10-20 21:28
7 replies
#52
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United States Rayduh
Xizters*
2021-10-20 21:37
#135
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Singapore 2200DPI
XD
2021-10-21 04:06
#149
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Russia zhban001
You stupid, Heroic not cheating
2021-10-21 08:37
3 replies
#159
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Singapore FallBlade
ok
2021-10-21 10:53
no they are just stupid they didn't know cheater was right under their nose :D who is worse?
2021-10-21 11:52
1 reply
#187
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Russia zhban001
Friend, I agree with you, but from their treatment, we can conclude that this is true
2021-10-21 16:21
frankly a guy with experience in this game could be just what this team needs a former Major Champion
2021-10-21 19:37
With Xizt's expertise in map picks they'll be sinking out of the top 5 soon indeed!
2021-10-20 21:29
2 replies
My thoughts exactly
2021-10-20 22:22
Never pick cache against him
2021-10-20 22:59
#32
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Finland Jepa29
pubg mobile
2021-10-20 21:30
6 replies
Allu
2021-10-21 01:33
#130
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Romania dorslayer
KEKW
2021-10-21 01:40
flair
2021-10-21 06:23
#142
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Belgium tempest^
Jepa from c-ops?
2021-10-21 06:53
1 reply
#165
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Finland Jepa29
Nah I haven't played that legendary game in years
2021-10-21 12:12
#158
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India Da_to
pabgeeeeee
2021-10-21 10:53
#109
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North America wizQ
Fucking epic pick up! They should do well with him at the major. Xizt in early csgo days he was solid while battling fnatic back in the days and his 1.6. Fuck yeah
2021-10-20 23:43
xd
2021-10-20 21:27
1 reply
Indeed 😂😂😂 was washed up before and whats there for him to analyze??? HAHAHA. If we was good in it he’d analyze the shii outta nip😂🤡 we saw what happened there
2021-10-21 09:00
Xizters
2021-10-20 21:27
#4
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United Kingdom Jerry2805
XIZT baby. Might be ruining his reuptation tho :(
2021-10-20 21:27
13 replies
#34
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Czech Republic Ventraks
Why?
2021-10-20 21:30
12 replies
#37
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United Kingdom Jerry2805
Because noone likes heroic apparently. I personally like heroic. The old owners I think are in the wrong for the nda, but I think with the new coach + org then they should be in the clear
2021-10-20 21:31
11 replies
#46
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Czech Republic Ventraks
Yes, I think they are clear when the old owner is gone
2021-10-20 21:35
#60
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Albania Mgoldfish1
the old owners and half of the current lineup
2021-10-20 21:47
9 replies
I have an ESIC report that's gonna blow your mind
2021-10-20 22:23
8 replies
#94
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Albania Mgoldfish1
what they say and do are different things. they say teses boosted hunden niko knew and cadian and co didnt report. thats what happened. slapping a not guilty at the end of that doesnt change what happened
2021-10-20 22:45
7 replies
#110
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Australia poppyxox
imagine giving a shit when clearly no one is gonna try this again, and plus do you really wanna see these people get banned over such a minor cheating incident? (in terms of the actual action itself, not the extent of the bans, you can’t tell me this coach shit is as bad as a full on match fix or an aimbot) why are people so intent on killing players and orgs lmao, it’s almost like you want this game to fail
2021-10-20 23:45
6 replies
yeh because getting away with cheating because your teams a big deal takes a shit on competitive integrity
2021-10-21 00:00
1 reply
#119
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Australia poppyxox
you say that like every member had a key part to play, and did it in every single match
2021-10-21 00:14
I dont think it is minor cheating incident, when its literally wallhack. Cheating is killing the game so professional players should give us example how to play not the other way.
2021-10-21 03:06
#154
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Nigeria coolathan
ban them all or unban everyone if you get perm ban from betting on the same league you play in you should get swatted for wallhax at least would not mind seeing all banned players back tho including that indian word.exe dude, good for viewership
2021-10-21 09:18
Let's allow occasional stealing of small amounts of money. That's what you want. This will lead to bigger issues.
2021-10-21 11:47
#180
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Iceland suriel666
"minor cheating incident" ? they knew about one of their members literally cheating and kept it for themselves. The Org also kept the guy on pay-check as an analyst. And after the ban expired, they welcomed him back as main coach with open arms. If that is not even a bigger incident than "simply a minor cheat", then i don't know. Because that's literally 1) not reporting a cheater 2) hiding said cheater 3) welcome said cheater back in a main role
2021-10-21 14:53
LOL
2021-10-20 21:27
2 replies
+1
2021-10-20 21:29
+1
2021-10-22 21:40
POGGERS
2021-10-20 21:27
pog
2021-10-20 21:27
EZ4 HUNDEN
2021-10-20 21:27
1 reply
+1
2021-10-20 22:02
#10
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United States pasta10101
xizt
2021-10-20 21:27
wtf
2021-10-20 21:27
awesome !
2021-10-20 21:27
#13
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Sweden frizzahh
pog
2021-10-20 21:27
wtf
2021-10-20 21:27
anime4life is happy
2021-10-20 21:28
4 replies
havent seen him in a long time tho , where he at
2021-10-20 21:28
3 replies
#104
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Serbia XD___
you will see him in about 9.5 years
2021-10-20 23:16
2 replies
my worst fear came true , rip him.
2021-10-21 00:00
#126
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Canada firtlast
rip [*]
2021-10-21 01:25
HUNDEN 2.0
2021-10-20 21:28
NICE! GL!
2021-10-20 21:28
goat for xit org, shame
2021-10-20 21:28
xDD gl
2021-10-20 21:28
#20
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Latvia heywire
Dont understand how a swede can be able to understand danish.
2021-10-20 21:28
8 replies
He'll be analyst, probably speaking english to their staff. Coach is just a thing for now... or maybe he knows danish after all
2021-10-20 21:30
Are these languages very different? Just curious, I always thought they were really close.
2021-10-20 22:19
2 replies
#91
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Sweden Erfa
They are similar, if you meet with Danish people regularly you can certainly make yourself understood. Might be hard for that really fast communication you would need with a coach during timeouts though... only reason why dev1ce is in NIP is because he happened to speak Swedish. Regardless I'll be happy to see Xizt at the major!
2021-10-20 22:40
It only take 2-3 months to learn to understand the other language good, as they are very similar.
2021-10-20 23:28
We talk with swedish ppl every day on Job, no problem with that.
2021-10-20 22:22
2 replies
You work at Copenhagen airport or what? =)
2021-10-21 12:59
1 reply
Big furniture company from Norway that also have base in Copenhagen 🙂
2021-10-21 19:35
Pretty sure they are just gonna communicate with him in English if it becomes a problem.
2021-10-20 22:46
cool he is still sticking around in the scene!
2021-10-20 21:28
#22
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Russia KICK_ZEUS
lmao heroics map vetos are gonna be crazy now
2021-10-20 21:28
1 reply
Don't pick cache
2021-10-21 06:28
wow gl
2021-10-20 21:28
good way to ruin your reputation by joining a cheating org, well done!
2021-10-20 21:29
2 replies
#53
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United States Rayduh
Xizting* org you mean?
2021-10-20 21:37
#111
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Australia poppyxox
flair
2021-10-20 23:47
cheaters
2021-10-20 21:29
3 replies
#51
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United States Rayduh
Xizters*
2021-10-20 21:37
#145
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Australia cl_brain0
ok german
2021-10-21 08:17
#150
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Russia zhban001
Maybe you lack intelligence or don’t follow the news?
2021-10-21 08:42
NICE
2021-10-20 21:29
Pog Legend
2021-10-20 21:30
good luck Xizt!
2021-10-20 21:30
#36
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Czech Republic Ventraks
Pog
2021-10-20 21:30
#38
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Brazil diixon
POG GL LEGEND XIZT!!!!
2021-10-20 21:31
Decent.
2021-10-20 21:32
this is beautiful
2021-10-20 21:32
least likable team picks up least likable guy from the legendary nip roster, seems right
2021-10-20 21:33
1 reply
#112
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Australia poppyxox
cringe
2021-10-20 23:48
hopefully he can teach these kids how to win without cheating
2021-10-20 21:34
4 replies
#54
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United States Rayduh
Xizting*
2021-10-20 21:38
#63
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Sweden GabM
Xizting*
2021-10-20 21:50
#151
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Russia zhban001
He can teach a lot. Only this will not help you in any way, you will remain a loser with a low level of mind and a high level of hate.
2021-10-21 08:59
1 reply
I agree, once a cheater, always a cheater
2021-10-21 11:36
Nice xizt! Looking forward to see his work
2021-10-20 21:34
rip ex-galaxy roster
2021-10-20 21:34
1 reply
Obviously. The only talent on Ex-GR is Chawzy and PlesseN. Just put them on a new team and they will be fine.
2021-10-20 21:35
Lost all respect for Xizt
2021-10-20 21:34
5 replies
So he should reject an offer for a job because the org is shit? Looks like you still in high school
2021-10-21 03:10
But u respected him while he was on NiP, arguably an even scummier org?
2021-10-21 15:00
3 replies
you said right, org - not players :)
2021-10-21 18:48
2 replies
oh, you are an average HLTV user. My mistake.
2021-10-22 13:20
1 reply
You got my point and if not then you are dumb af
2021-10-22 20:11
#47
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Poland xMBTx
Xizt = cheater? Who u spend time with who u become sir
2021-10-20 21:35
1 reply
#56
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United States Rayduh
Xizter*
2021-10-20 21:38
#49
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Netherlands Lacerta
EZ FOR Heroic
2021-10-20 21:36
#50
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United States Rayduh
LMAO WTF??? Now I am fan of Heroic
2021-10-20 21:37
#55
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Egypt BomberMan_
damn interesting to see how Xizt evolves as a coach.
2021-10-20 21:38
#57
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Chile 1cristiaan
Pogggg
2021-10-20 21:44
XIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIZT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! +1 for #50 Incredible move from heroic! GOOD JOB, GUYS!
2021-10-20 21:46
lost all respect
2021-10-20 21:47
#61
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Denmark Jonasnhj
Thats nice. Hope he adds something
2021-10-20 21:49
#62
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Poland sznycel901
bruh
2021-10-20 21:49
nice gl, no boosting please ;)
2021-10-20 21:52
#65
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Finland AliSabid
oh no
2021-10-20 21:52
Most likely veto analyst, so they can be sure to chose the best map sets for their opponents.
2021-10-20 21:57
5 replies
dammmn xD
2021-10-20 22:03
Ah yes, I had almost forgotten how bad Xizt veto's were xd. He always managed to pick their worst maps.
2021-10-20 22:10
3 replies
btw cadiaN said on HLTV Confirmed that oftentimes NIP coach/coaches were responsible for map vetos and Xizt just happened to get all the flak for that
2021-10-21 09:28
2 replies
Interesting. But how would cadian know that? He was never in NIP or played with any NIP players.
2021-10-21 15:29
1 reply
I think cadiaN definitely had a talk or two with Xizt prior to announcement itself since Heroic org is very small even now, so I dare say cadiaN has a big impact on stuff like that Might be it's just Xizt trying to get a place but he doesn't strike me as a person that would blame others since he's been very picky about his new endeavors as well
2021-10-21 15:48
#67
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Portugal dracø
as long as they don't let him do the veto's it's all good
2021-10-20 22:00
4 replies
Xizt can't pick cache so I'm sure they'll be alright
2021-10-20 22:03
3 replies
Are you so sure about that?
2021-10-20 22:45
2 replies
Vega Squadron is a hell of a PTSD so odds are high
2021-10-21 00:32
1 reply
GTR vs vega highlights
2021-10-21 10:49
xizt grinding fastcup on cs1.6 at night teaching kids at day time. gl xizt :)
2021-10-20 22:03
expected
2021-10-20 22:03
#73
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Bulgaria tick10
xizt was sick back in the day and a great IGL.
2021-10-20 22:06
heroic now adding player with good reputation to seal the cheating scandal
2021-10-20 22:09
5 replies
... or looking for a new coach who knows right
2021-10-21 00:05
4 replies
Then they found the cache god
2021-10-21 06:40
3 replies
igl with longest dominating era and major winner*
2021-10-21 14:51
Good thing for them to know they won't be losing cache anytime soon thanks to his expertise xD
2021-10-21 17:23
1 reply
Just don't pick cache against him. Ez plan
2021-10-22 04:21
#76
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Korea yokol
legends
2021-10-20 22:10
Nice, good for both parties
2021-10-20 22:12
KEKW
2021-10-20 22:14
he will bug abuse......
2021-10-20 22:18
1 reply
#93
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Sweden X4l3rio
nein
2021-10-20 22:44
No more HUNDEN CAM.. it is time for xizt broadcasting 😃 joke aside, but i think it's a good move!
2021-10-20 22:20
#82
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Brazil Elakk
Sad for him to associate with scumbags
2021-10-20 22:22
2 replies
... fan... of... nip... eksdeee
2021-10-21 00:06
NiP org is worse
2021-10-21 15:00
xizt was playin 1.6 lately, i guess he find new strats
2021-10-20 22:24
#87
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Sweden fued
pog xizt
2021-10-20 22:24
LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TOP TIER IGL
2021-10-20 22:25
Heroic cheaters should never be on the major to begin with. 100% agree with Moses.
2021-10-20 22:30
5 replies
he was talking about the rules but ok, people just hear what they want to hear, lmao.
2021-10-20 22:41
I love it when people quote shit that isn't actually even relevant to the point they're making. Too funny
2021-10-20 23:18
I 100% agree with you. Heroic is a great team and deserves all the good things that are coming to them!
2021-10-20 23:34
2 replies
#113
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Australia poppyxox
+1
2021-10-20 23:50
+1
2021-10-21 13:38
nice good luck xizt! :)
2021-10-20 22:40
#97
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Ukraine Xe0m
unexpected
2021-10-20 22:46
Good stuff!
2021-10-20 22:48
#99
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Switzerland uziG0D
didnt expect Xizt to join cheaters
2021-10-20 22:48
7 replies
this
2021-10-20 22:53
they are innocent tho
2021-10-20 23:26
4 replies
weak bait
2021-10-21 00:20
3 replies
#138
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Albania JonZherka
Innocent until proven guilty. Don't know how it works in Morocco though
2021-10-21 05:55
2 replies
Denial COPIUM , first time I see that :o
2021-10-21 23:02
1 reply
#196
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Albania JonZherka
Couldn't give a fuck about heroic
2021-10-21 23:46
Are you also responsible for what your grandfather did in 30’s 40?
2021-10-21 13:46
Dont do it Xist. Heroic will blame everything later on on you.
2021-10-20 23:01
2 replies
Xizt wont cheat and then try to blame the whole team to take them with him in the fall
2021-10-21 00:24
1 reply
They will still make him scapegoat. Just watch.
2021-10-21 00:57
#103
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Serbia biTe19
Pog
2021-10-20 23:06
PGL major just got more hype
2021-10-21 00:02
Pog XIZT CAM incoming HUNDEN was just beggining XIZT IS THE END
2021-10-21 00:39
#125
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Sweden Zolity
good pickup
2021-10-21 01:20
inb4 xizt gets banned for abusing glitch
2021-10-21 01:37
Good choice!
2021-10-21 01:38
Just don't let him do the veto and this'll be a great pickup
2021-10-21 03:57
Heroic didn't Xizt I aren't think that
2021-10-21 04:04
don't pick ancient vs me mf
2021-10-21 04:16
#137
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Albania JonZherka
NiP vetos incoming
2021-10-21 05:51
Pretty intresting
2021-10-21 06:53
Traitor
2021-10-21 06:58
Heroic Old NiP roster incoming
2021-10-21 08:25
Bummer. I actually like xizt; he seemed like a good guy. This is a sinking ship I'd stay the fuck away
2021-10-21 08:31
2 replies
+1
2021-10-21 09:23
how is it a sinking ship? theyre still a strong top10 team and have insane potential
2021-10-21 13:54
#153
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Russia zhban001
I appeal to all haters. Guys, you better flush your shit down the toilet. In the near future, the team will be one of the favorites at all tournaments. Therefore, it is better to get out right away, you will feel bad from their victories.
2021-10-21 09:13
1 reply
Ok cheating supporter. Maybe you change mind when someone takes advantage of you.
2021-10-21 11:49
Good move from Heroic Now need only replace the 3 cheating players and the management
2021-10-21 11:51
Hunden was the goat, but xizt aint a shabby second choice.
2021-10-21 12:31
Anime4Life would love this news I guess.
2021-10-21 12:35
i love you hunden
2021-10-21 13:02
Jesus H Christ. all that hate. No matter what Herioc does, people hunt them with torches and pitchforks. get over it. move on. next chapter, please. Hunden was a great player and could have been a great coach. he fumbled the ball. in two years time we will see if he is still up to the challenge and this shitstorm will be water under the bridge.
2021-10-21 13:47
5 replies
hunden was never a good player, probably was a good coach, but he will never be back in the csgo scene after this
2021-10-21 13:52
2 replies
weirder comebacks have been seen. i wouldnt sent him into retirement just now. but maybe youre right. lets see in two years time
2021-10-21 14:01
1 reply
Well the thing is. It's not about "he's a bad person so it's bad pr to hire him" it's more about "don't hire him he has a history of bad talking his organization and players and even sent strats to an opposing team on the way out, if you hire him he may do the same to us" So realistically I think his career is over at the very least in cs
2021-10-21 21:13
hundencam / great player. pick one.
2021-10-21 14:31
ez4 hunden POG
2021-10-23 13:12
#176
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Europe skelteR
GL Xizt
2021-10-21 14:12
Legend coming back! Sadly i dont like cheaters heroic but glhf xizt!
2021-10-21 14:29
#181
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Iceland suriel666
Feeling bad for a legend to join a cheaters team/org
2021-10-21 14:56
#184
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Sweden HuuFFFen
YES! Let's goooo!
2021-10-21 15:14
BUG_XIZT
2021-10-21 16:53
Greatest respect to the person who was looking for the picture on which he is smiling. The search must have taken weeks.
2021-10-21 18:49
#202
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Turkey sedo7
joining to cheater org? lost all respect to this old legend, no more legend
2021-10-25 12:06
nice no brain xizt
2021-10-28 14:23
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