cadiaN: "[NAVI] have given me a lot of nights where I definitely could have slept way better"

Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller led his team to a fantastic 3-0 finish at PGL Major Antwerp 2022 Europe RMR A, beating Natus Vincere for the first time since 2018.

Heroic cruised through the first day of the European Regional Major Ranking event, going 2-0 after comfortable wins over forZe and fnatic. A tough draw for the third round of the Swiss stage saw them paired against the second-best team in the world, Natus Vincere. The decider match saw the Danes finally overcome their unbeaten nemesis, going all the way to the decider on Nuke to take a much deserved 2-1 victory and a spot in the Legends stage.

Heroic are through to the PGL Major in Antwerp

Heroic's veteran in-game leader followed his post-victory celebrations with a quick chat with us to talk about Heroic's recent form and their improvements since ESL Pro League.

Congrats on your win cadiaN, you are 3-0 now and you are going to the Legends stage of the Major. Did you expect this was going to be the outcome?

We expected to make the Legends stage whether it was a direct qualification through this process, or from the Challenger stage at the actual event, were not too sure about it. We definitely did not expect to beat NAVI, I am not an expert at the Buchholz system but when the original #1 and #2 seeds meet each other in the 2-0 game, when both teams have done what they should, I think it's a little bit interesting. I guess it's because I don't know too much about the system yet.

It was a very tough draw, we knew when we saw it yesterday, but to finally get a victory against them it felt good because they have given me a lot of nights where I definitely could have slept way better.

This is the first time you have beaten NAVI in a while, over a year even, how does it feel to finally get over that "bump" and finally defeat them?

It feels amazing. The last time me and stavn beat them, like the others I don't think they have ever beaten NAVI, but the last time stavn and I did was at a StarSeries in Turkey, in like 2018 or 2019. So yeah, it felt great. Like I said in the interview on stream, I think they are under some very difficult circumstances to perform and I've been there with my team, with outgoing things taking focus away and stuff like this.

I just want to say that I admire that they can still stay as a group and keep this level of competition, playing as well as they are able to. All five of them have earned my respect multiple times in the past, but this is giving even more respect from my side.

Going into the game, you picked Inferno which is not something you usually do - was that intentional given NAVI's recent record on the map?

Yeah, their current record is not as good and some of the other maps that we usually like to pick like Overpass, Nuke, Mirage, etc. are all maps that they are really good on as well. We kind of share map pool as we are super good on Vertigo and they permaban that, while they are super good on Dust2 and we permaban that. The remaining four maps we are really good on and then they are really good on Ancient where we probably need some work, but on the other maps, we are probably more equal. It's always a matchup where both teams play the maps they are comfortable on.

Going back to Pro League, it was not your best end of the event for you guys. You went through the group stages only losing to NAVI before going to the playoffs and losing to Liquid. After an event like that, how do you tell everyone "okay, we can come back from this?"

I mean, losing against Liquid was definitely unacceptable. It's not something we wanted, and I tried my best to say: "people think we have an easy bracket, but the toughest game is the one you have right ahead of you. You can't look into who we could beat in the quarter-finals, who can we beat in the semi-finals." Liquid had a good day and we have reviewed the game, we definitely had communications issues and other things that we need to do better.

I told them also about this saying in Denmark which is like: "there is nothing that is so bad, that is not good for something." And what was it good for? We had some extra rest and some extra practice for this tournament which was for sure more important, qualifying for the Major is way more important.

How did Xizt help in this process? He has recently renewed his contract and is staying as a coach, how has he been helping you in this post-Pro League process?

He's good at setting the mindset fo the squad, and he has played in many tournaments and many finals. He talks about the hurdles that, maybe not so much he and his teams, but the teams he played against had because they have been winning so much. He has a lot of experience in that regard and it helps us. We are very happy to have him on board, I think the fact that he has been given a contract and has come to terms with Heroic is a sign that the players are happy to have him.

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Lastly, stavn has been on fire recently. How does that help you as an in-game leader? Does it make your life easier and how proud does it make you?

I am insanely proud of Martin, he has done so well for a long time now in terms of decision-making, kills, and the way he talks during rounds — he's just performing really nicely. I am also really proud as there have been some difficult circumstances around him in the past half a year and that he's still able to play at this level. He deserves everything in the world and I think he knows what me and the rest of the guys are willing to do for him because we would really sacrifice a lot for him.

Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1438
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
#1
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Denmark zwank
No stavn no party. Hopefully cadian steps up at the major, or heroic wont be a title contender.
2022-04-18 21:35
2 replies
why no stavn?
2022-04-19 03:17
1 reply
#65
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United States cybonics
idk what he saying, refrezh played fantastic today
2022-04-19 05:53
#2
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Germany EZ_for_BIG
BIG >> Heroic, Faze and Navi.
2022-04-18 21:34
5 replies
So Liquid > BIG, Heroic, Faze and Navi? :D
2022-04-18 21:35
4 replies
#7
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Romania SplaXie^
NiP > All Anyway
2022-04-18 21:35
3 replies
True
2022-04-18 22:17
ENCE > NIP nt
2022-04-19 03:18
1 reply
#68
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Czech Republic BlastTM
so ENCE > everyone basically
2022-04-19 07:21
#3
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Poland Neo[T]orius
nice mens
2022-04-18 21:34
#5
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Romania SplaXie^
CANADIAN A GOOD COMEDIAN!
2022-04-18 21:35
1 reply
#75
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Denmark Kon10R
He's Danish.
2022-04-19 09:42
#6
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United Arab Emirates Gooneev
smoooya
2022-04-18 21:35
1 reply
smooya
2022-04-19 05:05
#8
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Bulgaria |mens|
Wrong major
2022-04-18 21:35
#9
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World zvan
Heroic are through to the PGL Major in Stockholm ??? Antwerp maybe 🤍
2022-04-18 21:36
HEROIC HEROIC <3
2022-04-18 21:38
You gotta love how Cadian compares cheating in CSGO "external things taking away focus", to a FUCKING WAR IN YOUR COUNTRY
2022-04-18 21:39
8 replies
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2022-04-18 21:39
Stavn lost his brother around the end of last year. Not even fun to joke with. 0/8 danish brain
2022-04-18 21:46
3 replies
yeah jumping to conclusions is not that good of an idea
2022-04-18 22:02
#45
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Turkey zane_
:( now i understand why he left the team and they had standin in that TO sadge
2022-04-18 23:12
1 reply
yes mens, very sad((
2022-04-18 23:43
stavns brother died gtfo
2022-04-19 05:25
Is this fakeflagging or just ignorance mixed with trying to downplay someone’s possible absence?
2022-04-19 08:31
1 reply
There is a lot of Danish people who hate Heroic, so he isn't necessarily fakeflagging. Hopefully he just haven't heard about Stavns brother dying, and makes a bad take based on that.
2022-04-19 11:29
ego player.
2022-04-18 21:39
2 replies
+1
2022-04-19 00:53
#62
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Philippines Fiorno
better than nothing
2022-04-19 05:05
#14
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Latvia HiImRenars
or its all the adderall
2022-04-18 21:40
1 reply
cocadian never sleeps
2022-04-19 00:29
<3 great to see them finally win against Na'Vi. Hopefully this is the major for Heroic to go and win, but cadian might overdose on hype alone if that happens (worth it) GG Na'Vi
2022-04-18 21:43
1 reply
hes gonna think he won his feude against glave untill he discovers glave has 4 of them
2022-04-18 23:05
"when the original #1 and #2 seeds meet each other in the 2-0 game" uhm, faze still exists
2022-04-18 21:43
2 replies
fyi seeding was based on standing in last major
2022-04-18 21:45
1 reply
oh, my bad then
2022-04-18 21:45
love it
2022-04-18 21:46
Cringedian, they will lose in front of crowd anyways
2022-04-18 21:53
1 reply
#66
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United States cybonics
flair
2022-04-19 05:55
Nice sleep well King. Today Navi roster won't sleep well 😘😂
2022-04-18 21:53
2 replies
#23
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Lithuania _is_best
Oh yes they will they have easy opponent incominh Unlike faze who will lose to mouz tommorow
2022-04-18 21:56
lul still 2-1 navi have 2 more chance
2022-04-19 08:21
#24
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Italy Skye620
Aww no smiles :(
2022-04-18 21:58
1 reply
#28
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Europe Khanan
I saw him smile today again for a long time
2022-04-18 22:02
#26
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Europe Khanan
Comedian dancing in fire today again, just joking. Great game
2022-04-18 21:59
respect
2022-04-18 22:06
RENT FREE
2022-04-18 22:18
Respect to cadian 100% deserved win
2022-04-18 22:28
1 reply
no ! he look so scared against navi not screaming but when heroic 15 he start screaming cocky again damn
2022-04-19 08:22
goat
2022-04-18 22:32
2 replies
#47
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Turkey zane_
pls dont use goat guys its just cringe yapma knk lütfen.
2022-04-18 23:13
1 reply
?? CADIAN IS GOAT
2022-04-19 01:31
Interesting
2022-04-18 22:39
Fake news, ESIC and interpol keeps him awake at night every night
2022-04-18 23:10
1 reply
#46
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South Africa Ston3Cold
OMEGALUL!
2022-04-18 23:13
Flukeroic!
2022-04-18 23:32
2 replies
cry navi is finished
2022-04-19 00:32
#63
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Philippines Fiorno
everything checks out
2022-04-19 05:06
since 2019 not 2018
2022-04-19 00:52
I want to see refrezh 1v5 every fucking round in every fucking game.
2022-04-19 07:10
#74
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Bulgaria ramkain
Idk man you should try sleeping with teammate then,not navi since sleep is vitally important esp for cs go pro player like you
2022-04-19 09:36
Many more to come then
2022-04-19 10:25
Cadian is such a chad, acknowledging the tough times NAVI are going through and showing his respect. Never understood all the hate Heroic received from the community.
2022-04-19 12:23
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