stavn: "KSCERATO is a really sick player"

One series remains between Heroic and the IEM Rio Major trophy after the Danes took down hometown heroes FURIA in the semi-finals.

HLTV.org spoke with Martin "⁠stavn⁠" Lund following the match to get insight on how Heroic withstood FURIA's comeback on Ancient and the matchup that awaits them in the grand final against Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali's team.

The 20-year-old said that after giving up the 5-15 lead to the Brazilians on the second map, Heroic found comfort in the fact that they had also denied Astralis a comeback in the grand final of the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown from a similar position.

"When we got to 15-15, we said to each other 'this happened two weeks ago against Astralis,' where we were also leading 15-7, went into overtime, and took it there," stavn said.

The Danish star also spoke about the effect of the crowd and whether he thinks the Brazilian fans will continue to cheer for Heroic despite them taking out the home favorites.

Congratulations, you've made it through to the grand final, a step you haven't made before. Tell me about what it means, first of all.

Unbelievable. I've told it before in other interviews now, it's hard to describe the feeling. It's something you've watched every time the big teams win and now you're standing in the final for the first time. I can't explain it. It's amazing.

stavn believes the Brazilian crowd will be back behind Heroic in the grand final

Tell me about this game. Ancient was the big story of the series. How did you survive that comeback?

It's a good question. T Ancient can be really hard. I think what happened is when we got to 15-15, we said to each other 'this happened two weeks ago against Astralis,' where we were also leading 15-7, went into overtime, and took it there. That was comforting for us, because also what you see a lot in overtime is the team doing the comeback, once you get into overtime, they suddenly don't win rounds anymore, and that's what happened.

You seemed to have a hard time dealing with KSCERATO. Was there some adjustment towards that overtime that you finally pulled through?

Not specifically in overtime. But in general, KSCERATO is a really sick player. He showed this event as well, definitely one of the best right now.

I wanted to ask about the crowd effect. You guys have always been the villains - has that helped you in this case, not really having to go up against that pressure so much?

Yeah, I think if you compare it to NAVI for example, they have not been used to it, while we have been used to it, as you say, a few times before. For us, it's all about accepting the fact that all these Brazilians want FURIA to win, obviously. For us, it's just about enjoying that as well, and that's what we did today, and we played really good.

Do you feel like you've won them over enough in the previous series that when you go into that grand final tomorrow, it's not going to be the same as Cloud9, who beat one of their favorites?

I think they will cheer for us. I hope they will cheer for us, they did in the other games we played. Also, if I were a FURIA fan, I would want the team who beat them to win the tournament, you know? I hope for some love tomorrow.

You played a couple of times against Outsiders lately, but only best-of-ones, it's not such a familiar opponent - what do you think about how you match up against them?

Yeah, we played against them on the opening game on Overpass, where we won, it also got a bit close. I think they're a really strong team at the moment. Jame is playing really well and also fame, these new players have shown really good individual skill, and that's why they're also in the final right now. It's gonna be a tough match, I think we're just going to prepare like we usually do, and we'll see what happens.

Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1240
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.55
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lund
Martin 'stavn' Lund
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1175
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
#1
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Finland Cucumber))
He's insane indeed
2022-11-13 05:54
11 replies
GOAT of csgo
2022-11-13 06:11
9 replies
#56
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Czech Republic SirAster
sit down kid
2022-11-13 12:27
Hes one of best rn but he has no archievements so he nowhere near goat lol
2022-11-13 12:35
Years and awards away from being a GOAT. forest, Olof and s1mple only ones allowed to be
2022-11-13 13:05
3 replies
#66
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Portugal CHupZZ
Why is there s1mple and not coldzera for example?
2022-11-13 13:31
1 reply
Coldzera included. Cold, olof, s1mple. The goats of csgo
2022-11-13 22:24
The guy is right coldzera was crazy good aswell in his prime and device is bigger goat then any player most archievements most consistent has every year top 20 in row except this year. 2 place most mvps after s1mple.
2022-11-13 22:26
Not even close. The talent is there for sure. Titles and longevity on the top level are not.
2022-11-13 13:41
delusional
2022-11-13 14:34
delusional of hltv
2022-11-13 19:59
#59
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Kosovo ededdnedyy
Currently the best overall brazilian player, KSCERATO is a damn monster
2022-11-13 12:44
true
2022-11-13 05:54
5 replies
Device also a sick player
2022-11-13 09:26
4 replies
true
2022-11-13 11:33
Well you have to wait to see him on the server till next year
2022-11-13 14:21
#82
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Indonesia lumayan
GWS device and kscerato
2022-11-13 14:29
device is best in whole history doesnt matter what fanboys say but he doesnt have top 20 this year and will see how will he start after such long break. But he had some breaks before and always consistent
2022-11-13 22:29
#3
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United States notawaffle
might be the best rifler atm
2022-11-13 05:54
12 replies
For the major u could definitely say he was the best rifler in the world, mayb not overall recently but for this tournament its been incredible
2022-11-13 09:09
9 replies
Ye but drop and saffe another thing
2022-11-13 10:12
8 replies
#64
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Czech Republic vojtyy
what are you talking about Drop was sick this major
2022-11-13 13:06
7 replies
He had one game against NaVi where he was really good, the other games he played okay to decent. But nothing compared to KSCERATO.
2022-11-13 13:55
6 replies
he was the reason why Furia won against spirit, what are u on?
2022-11-13 16:07
3 replies
fr, drop played very well. Definitely wasn’t the problem this tournament
2022-11-13 16:38
Didn't say he played poorly. But even in that Spirit game, KSCERATO out-fragged him. Just saying that he wasn't on his level. But yes, drop had a good tournament.
2022-11-13 19:05
1 reply
not outfragged, drop had the same amount of kills than kscerato and less deaths, i still dont know how kscerato finished ahead of drop this match
2022-11-13 22:10
Check ratings lol. Saffee had worst impact rating of Furia as awper in whole tournament in his team xDD i like him and he had good moments but unless he becomes better from now one should get a young fragging awp talent.
2022-11-13 22:33
Still EZ4Heroic :P
2022-11-13 14:15
1 reply
#103
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Brazil rnamorim
we say at de_inferno and de_ancient
2022-11-13 15:43
#4
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United States BurgerBrian
nuts
2022-11-13 05:57
#5
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Canada MiLkBaGzz
shame no mvp
2022-11-13 05:59
#6
insani | 
North America minte
real recognize real
2022-11-13 06:00
VAMOOSSSSS Ksceratooooooo
2022-11-13 06:06
#8
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Brazil Ties4
-saffee +nqz = ez furia era
2022-11-13 06:10
9 replies
savvee
2022-11-13 06:22
furia era KEKW never gonna happen
2022-11-13 08:41
Saffee was not the problem, it is about strat. Why Furia is like everyone fight for themselves and give out free heads? Why Yurrih and Kscerato, in T side, will always be picked up by Teses, Jabbi, Cadian and Sjuush?
2022-11-13 08:43
4 replies
#32
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Brazil Mandarjn
it's about them playing without a coach... if guerri were there the third map would be different
2022-11-13 09:19
3 replies
i dont think so, Furia has been making the same mistakes for 5 years.
2022-11-13 15:57
1 reply
Art becomes too predictable
2022-11-13 16:24
#107
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Brazil Ties4
nah
2022-11-13 16:19
Zevy*
2022-11-13 13:52
1 reply
#100
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Brazil Ties4
Kkkkkkkkk pqp
2022-11-13 15:32
#12
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Finland Colikko
Definetely supporting Heroic over boring Outsiders. Pretty random Major grand final nonetheless.
2022-11-13 06:43
11 replies
#17
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Kazakhstan nugop
First major for Cadian ezzz
2022-11-13 07:26
couldnt care less about both teams but seeing cheaters winning a major would be pretty disappointing so i hope outsiders wins
2022-11-13 09:46
9 replies
#40
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Sweden multib
Not my favorite teams either. I think this is cadians chance to win a major and he really deserves it so I'm rooting for Heroic.
2022-11-13 10:43
3 replies
they are definitely fighting for it, i guess a win would somewhat be deserved for them but i just cant look over the controversy and the fact that everyone just forgot about it
2022-11-13 12:15
2 replies
#69
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Argentina Joedash
The fact that you're accusing cadiaN stavn tested and co. About something without any proof is kinda stupid. The coach tried to accuse them and he was found out doing shady af stuff and the only ones who could be accused have already been judged.
2022-11-13 13:44
#70
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Serbia Swagathus
Nobody forgot about it man. They've spent two years working hard on both their gameplay and their image. These guys deserve it. Hunden isn't around anymore, move on
2022-11-13 13:46
Salty BIG fan crying after BIGbots went home From 2-0 to 2-3 tell me again what has BIGbots won??
2022-11-13 10:44
4 replies
BIGs run with a standin from the academy team was a huge success, i am proud of them, they exceeded my expectations. i dont know why you think they have anything to do with what i said. you seem like a unpleasant person. but i wouldnt expect anything else from someone who defends cheat0rs
2022-11-13 12:14
3 replies
#61
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Norway JakkeJ
So tell us, when did this Heroic team cheat, how, and where's the proof?
2022-11-13 12:54
2 replies
they cheated there, saying they didnt know hunden abused the bug: hltv.org/news/30225/heroic-suspend-hunde.. but they still kept him as coach: hltv.org/news/30371/heroic-to-retain-hun.. hltv.org/news/31660/heroic-to-reinstate-.. and even celebrated his return: twitter.com/heroicgg/status/138881522027.. a ping-pong of contradictory statements between heroic & hunden: sport.tv2.dk/e-sport/2021-08-26-fyret-tr.. with the result that suddenly the players knew about one incident but thought he'd stopped afterwards ;) hltv.org/news/32591/heroic-players-break.. np
2022-11-13 13:28
1 reply
to add on that, this was not the first time cadians coach cheated and "he didnt know" - when he was in North, ave cheated as well in at least one game, he also got banned for it: youtube.com/watch?v=EvWaLpZY7xc i checked the demo and of course i'm no expert but cadians rotations are pretty convenient a bunch of times he's got a lot of shit on his shoe for someone that claims to be innocent
2022-11-13 13:33
#13
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United States cybonics
stavn is such a sweetheart
2022-11-13 06:46
2 replies
He is just trying to survive to the airport
2022-11-13 11:31
1 reply
xDDD
2022-11-13 13:55
why is he playing sick?? wtf esl why not delay game holy shit...
2022-11-13 07:05
3 replies
#21
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Poland qwerzty
He broke his knee in the arm :(
2022-11-13 07:36
2 replies
I heard he broke the elbow in his leg.
2022-11-13 10:13
1 reply
#45
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Poland qwerzty
Aww :( I hope he gets better soon
2022-11-13 11:07
#15
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Brazil painali
No love for u unfortunately. Jame is our protege
2022-11-13 07:14
3 replies
Bro cadian is much funnier for the crowd or am I wrong?
2022-11-13 07:28
2 replies
#29
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Brazil painali
definitely a showman, but Jame has that warm heart that we love
2022-11-13 08:48
1 reply
James playstyle is the equivalent to watching paint dry
2022-11-13 11:24
#16
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Kazakhstan nugop
KSCERATO and yuurih was really strong
2022-11-13 07:26
#18
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Germany Jermen
Maybe he should see a doctor
2022-11-13 07:26
"BUT NOT AS SICK AS ME"
2022-11-13 07:26
#22
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Sweden ninjau
comedian will get his major, wow
2022-11-13 07:51
#23
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Slovakia nvrn06
wow Stavn voice sounds like BlameFs exactly
2022-11-13 07:53
it'r really sad to hear, i hope there is a treatment for his ilness
2022-11-13 08:26
#34
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Europe tsken
KSCERATO played so well in this major!
2022-11-13 09:36
Comedian not winning a major right? Good for xizt as a coach but not comedian pls
2022-11-13 10:14
But you're sicker stavn <3
2022-11-13 10:33
#42
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Sweden multib
Kscerato <3
2022-11-13 10:44
Expecting 1 player to carry the team to finals with the help of crowd. Then heroic: NOPE! Bye brazil 🤌🏼
2022-11-13 11:01
Kserato made me lose my shit yesterday in ancient. Such a raid boss, ICANT
2022-11-13 11:25
Stavn goes pew pew pew
2022-11-13 11:50
Kscerato stole Coldzera power lol. Kscerato is what Cold was in his prime.
2022-11-13 12:19
3 replies
imo he is the better player overall because he went away from his ultra passive "baiter" style and even gets some sick entries, something cold never did.
2022-11-13 12:22
2 replies
+1 people don't understand just how higher level cs is now compared to when cold played it.
2022-11-13 12:57
Relax dude, cant take a joke?
2022-11-13 20:44
delusional if he thinks the crowd will support Heroic after they knocked out the home team while Jamesus is playing on the other side.
2022-11-13 12:21
2 replies
#92
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Brazil MrLucas
What you talking about? Yesterday after the game was over, the crowd was applauding Heroic despite being sad about the loss, that's the difference, while Spirit and S1mple decided to play the villain role, provoking the crowd, Cadian has shown nothing but respect and love to Brazil so once the game was over and he was no longer their opponents no one was hostile towards Heroic and I'm sure there will be people cheering for them today even tho there are some mixed feelings about it.
2022-11-13 15:21
1 reply
we will see, i think the crowd will support Jame over cadiaN Noone will care about the Grandfinal anyway, the most important match will be before that :D
2022-11-13 15:26
Great english young danish guy
2022-11-13 12:43
Crowd should support outsiders, pro players from Brazil is trying to make It happen, they said cadiaN is one of the most piece of shit person behind the scene. Specially on practice games.
2022-11-13 12:45
4 replies
Trust you bro?
2022-11-13 14:00
3 replies
Well, it's what is going on right now. twitter.com/gushoowtime/status/159161930.. Showtime: "tomorrow is jame time until we die, the most dickhead team can't win this at our home." twitter.com/trkcsgo/status/1591688471303.. Trk: "tomorrow im outsiders since ever"
2022-11-13 14:35
2 replies
Shoowtime lmao
2022-11-13 14:53
1 reply
Not only him, nak, cold, taco xd but ofc they wont cry like Showtime
2022-11-13 15:32
and cheating is a really sick habit
2022-11-13 13:47
6 replies
accusing people of wrongdoings without any proof is as well. Just sayin
2022-11-13 15:27
5 replies
? ESIC proofed that Heroic players knew about the hunden cheat, just didnt feel like punishing them.
2022-11-13 15:36
4 replies
No they didn't, just read the article.
2022-11-13 15:40
3 replies
niko was in on it Teses boosted coach into Camera Angle Stavn fake tears on excuse video they knew Stop shilling for them
2022-11-13 16:28
2 replies
#95 again
2022-11-13 16:50
1 reply
2022-11-13 17:15
Very happy to see stavn happy! My boy went though some hard times, I wish him the best (and to win today of course)
2022-11-13 13:49
7 replies
bruh i still cannot understand how stunna forgot about his family situation and asked him about his family support live on stream... stavn looked absolutely devastated
2022-11-13 15:29
6 replies
Yeah he became so sad immeadiately, I think everyone noticed it :(
2022-11-13 15:29
can i ask whats up with it? i never heard any story, maybe because im not following around-players-rumours
2022-11-13 16:51
4 replies
his brother ended his life last year
2022-11-13 18:02
3 replies
so whats wrong about asking if his family support him? doesnt he have dad/mom yet? maybe sister, uncles, aunts, grandparents?
2022-11-13 18:05
2 replies
can't really say that stunna did something wrong, just stavn became so sad immediately, happens every time someone asks about his personal life
2022-11-13 18:10
1 reply
ye, u know, we cant deny he had brother, we cant deny his brother is not with him anymore, but nothing wrong about this question :) anyway it was DarkKnight who said about this :P
2022-11-13 18:19
Looks healthy though
2022-11-13 13:49
1 reply
I mean no offense but stavn and jabbi need a light caloric surplus and some basic resistance training, it should only improve them.
2022-11-13 14:33
what a nice guy <3
2022-11-13 13:50
Duh
2022-11-13 13:59
kscerato cheating + brazilian crowd ghosting = furia era till semi final KEKW
2022-11-13 14:38
1 reply
If KSCERATO cheats CadiaN cheatest
2022-11-13 14:54
Get well soon KSCERATO.
2022-11-13 15:01
god recognizes god
2022-11-13 15:18
omg is he really sick? get well soon, kscerato. we will wait for you.
2022-11-13 15:19
yeah with crowd infos
2022-11-13 15:26
#96
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Slovakia Razertw1
snakeoic sucking the crowd again
2022-11-13 15:28
device is the really sick player he sick for a year
2022-11-13 16:32
yes he was sick, he should stay at hotel room, they lost anyway
2022-11-13 16:49
Saffee needs to go and art needs to stop with his predictable open frags attempts and die 99% the time trying
2022-11-13 18:22
-arT +Fallen
2022-11-13 18:25
what a beast kscerato. almost 40 bombs in ancient :O
2022-11-13 18:33
#123
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Brazil beugen1o
JAME TIME
2022-11-13 18:58
now u shud say jame is sick plyr xD
2022-11-14 12:17
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