Heroic surpass NIP 2-1 with two strong T-side showings

Heroic started their BLAST Premier Fall Final campaign on home soil with a convincing victory over the Ninjas despite losing the first map.

Heroic played brilliant attacking Counter-Strike in their opening BLAST Premier Fall Final opener, winning 12 T-side rounds on both Ancient and Overpass to turn around the 0-1 scoreline after losing Ninjas in Pyjamas's Inferno map pick to a 2-1 victory.

The squad under the orders of Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller came into the BLAST event on home soil, a bastion for Astralis and their fans in past iterations, as the only Danish representative this time around. They are doing so after a successful campaign at the IEM Rio Major, where they made the grand final unlocking a new milestone on Counter-Strike's biggest stage.

"Hopefully over time more people will support us," Martin "⁠stavn⁠" Lund said in the post-match interview when talking about his hopes for more big finishes and the chance to play in front of the home crowd at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen.

stavn is continuing a resurgence in form with a 1.50 rating in the series

The Major finalists spared no time to impose their will on the CT side of Inferno against an uninspired Ninjas in Pyjamas that struggled to open their way into any bombsite. It wasn’t until the eighth round that Fredrik "⁠REZ⁠" Sterner and Ludvig "⁠Brollan⁠" Brolin turned a 2vs5 into a win as they watched cadiaN fail the bomb defusal from their death cams. NIP then burst out after breaking the seal and tallied seven of the last eight rounds to bring the half within one.

The second half started off with Rasmus "⁠sjuush⁠" Beck nearly pulling off a 1vs3 clutch, but Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen denied him as the last player alive to put 8-8 on the scoreboard. The two teams then got entangled in a back-and-forth brawl until Ninjas in Pyjamas settled in on the CT side and defended successfully three times in a row to hit match point, 15-12. Two rounds later, the Swedish-majority lineup bagged their map pick to take the lead in the series.

Heroic, who have been praised for their mental game after defeating FURIA at the IEM Rio Major despite nearly choking a ten round lead, came into their Ancient pick unfazed after the close Inferno loss and flew off to a 6-0 lead on the attack. cadiaN and his men kept their foes up against the ropes for the entire first half and, carrying a 12-3 lead at the switch, they closed the map out without a fuss 16-6.

The Danes carried their momentum to Overpass, where they once again started on the attacking side and put on the pressure from the very beginning. They started with a 5-0 lead before Ninjas in Pyjamas could retaliate, but the Nordic combine wasn’t able to claw back into the half as Heroic doubled their lead on the way to another crushing 12-3 half. REZ downed all five CTs to kick off the second half of the decider map with an ace, but to no avail as Heroic struck back in the forcebuy to win out 16-4.

Heroic will now go up against FaZe, who steamrolled OG earlier in the day, in the Group A upper bracket final on Thursday. The winner will go on to the playoff semi-finals, while the loser will start the final stage of the tournament in Copenhagen from the quarter-final. In the lower bracket Ninjas in Pyjamas will play for survival against Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković and company.

Matchpage
2
1
23rd November 2022
13
Inferno
16
16
Ancient
6
16
Overpass
4
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
65 - 42 +23 98.1 1.50
56 - 41 +15 87.4 1.35
57 - 37 +20 78.0 1.27
44 - 36 +8 72.1 1.21
50 - 45 +5 71.1 1.06
 Ninjas in Pyjamas K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
50 - 48 +2 70.7 1.04
41 - 54 -13 65.1 0.80
40 - 55 -15 66.2 0.79
34 - 58 -24 73.6 0.79
34 - 58 -24 50.2 0.64
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1304
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1044
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lund
Martin 'stavn' Lund
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1178
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
27
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1363
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Rasmus 'sjuush' Beck
Rasmus 'sjuush' Beck
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
883
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1533
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.63
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1394
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
#1
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Finland Cucumber))
nip rn D:
2022-11-23 17:20
4 replies
wau you really did get the first comment on this funny post on this funny website on the world wide web
2022-11-23 17:20
3 replies
#7
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Finland Cucumber))
worldwideweb.worldwideweb
2022-11-23 17:21
2 replies
expected Major runner-up > 0-3 bots
2022-11-23 18:49
1 reply
#21
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Finland Cucumber))
I mean yes of course but still disappointing performance on the last 2 maps
2022-11-23 18:50
#2
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Ukraine SLGay
Ok
2022-11-23 17:20
dn
2022-11-23 17:20
Expected loss by Ninjas in Pyjamas because I am a fan of theirs. I will now become a Heroic fan so they will start losing.
2022-11-23 17:20
#5
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Finland Eestu
es3tag, one of the players of all time.
2022-11-23 17:20
1 reply
#9
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Bosnia and Herzegovina BigDaddyNaz
IF not the player of all time
2022-11-23 17:29
where was that godlike overpass t side against outsiders? Literally flawless
2022-11-23 17:27
1 reply
overpass can be a literal walk in the park if the CTs have no confidence on their holds, sad truth of the matter
2022-11-23 17:35
es3tag, 0.64 rating holy fk, why do teams even give that sht player a chance....
2022-11-23 17:29
#11
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Sweden KennyKEX
-es3tag +awper all problems fixed
2022-11-23 17:29
2 replies
#22
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Sweden LennartX
+rep
2022-11-23 19:43
1 reply
+100
2022-11-23 20:18
#12
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Germany LANDWHALE
After all this time of no results and shit stats, many people still maintain that es3tag is a vital roleplayer for nip that does his job exceptionally well. Let's see how long it will take people to realize he's been overrated all along
2022-11-23 17:34
1 reply
The quick c9 transfer broke him, his short Astralis stint was promising but literally nothing after that…
2022-11-23 17:59
Plopski was the problem.
2022-11-23 17:44
At least nip ct sides were better before Aleksbi joined .
2022-11-23 17:51
#16
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Serbia DakileX
HAMPUS: "ALEKSIB IS A GREAT IGL, I DON'T KNOW WHY G2 DIDN'T WANT HIM"
2022-11-23 17:52
I am sorry but for longest time, this NiP management is joke. Let's forget that device acquisition, i am sure it was pain for both sides, but ok. They finally benchp plopski and bring in aleksib? I mean... srsly? Hampus was playing way better as IGL than he is palying now. Get rid of aleksiB and esetag and either way go full swedish with draken (not joking) and joel, or some other young kid, or go international with star awper and solid rifler. This is joke and it lasts WAY too long.
2022-11-23 18:07
2 replies
Is joel even a player with enough experience? He only played against tier 2-3
2022-11-23 20:20
+draken yes but keep Aleksib. But some guy said in NIP DC server that NIP doesnt want draken and draken even asked them but they said no. I would like him to join, but its not going to happen :(
2022-11-23 22:36
See u in the Arena on Saturday Heroic
2022-11-23 18:22
nip is finished
2022-11-23 20:11
#27
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Brazil ReborN1
Plopski >>>>> es3tag
2022-11-24 00:47
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