cadiaN on Mirage overtime: "One or two years ago I definitely would have crumbled"

After finally winning a big LAN event, Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller reflects on how it happened.

cadiaN spent years of his career as a pariah, an unpopular figure within the scene for his outspoken nature and often-bombastic presence. He had to fight for his place in the top-tier of Counter-Strike, and since joining Heroic he has slowly earned the respect of many.

Here at the BLAST Premier Fall Final he finally secured the big LAN trophy that had eluded him, the achievement that pushed him from good player to a true winner. The fact it was won in front of a raucous home crowd made it all the sweeter.

cadiaN finally lifted a long-awaited big LAN trophy

After defeating FaZe in a nail-biting grand-final, cadiaN took some time for an interview with HLTV to reflect on how much this trophy means to him, what Heroic needed to push them to the top of the mountain, and how this high-pressure moment was different from others in his long career.

cadiaN, it feels like this has been a long time in the making, with you having been in the wilderness at certain points earlier in your career. How does it feel to finally see the fruits of your labour?

It feels good, it feels really good. I didn't end up winning the Major but I think this was the second best for us, to win here in Copenhagen on home turf. It's been a long ride for me as an individual, it's been a long ride for us as a team with a positive trend, always getting better and better, but there's always been that FaZe, there's always been that NAVI, always been that team that had that extra gear that we didn't. To see our practice and effort paying off, it's exactly how I hoped it would end up being.

How much do you think jabbi is responsible for you finding that extra gear?

He has a huge part, but I also think the other ones have become better. If we look at the first tournaments with jabbi, I've said it multiple times, it's not his fault, us four others who are the core need to live up to some higher expectations, we've been playing together for a longer time. What jabbi does is he is not afraid of, in the right moment, taking the initative and saying "let's go here and lets do this." That's something we've needed because sometimes if I'm on the other half of the map or stavn is, or someone is not feeling the information, he will take that initiative. With the way we play, the Heroic way of playing Counter-Strike, it's all about decision making and initiative, so he fits right in.

Mirage went down to the wire and you are a young and inexperienced team, outside of yourself. What was the atmosphere like within the team?

I learned through my losses in my career that panicking when things get a little bit out of hand is not a good idea. For example when we were down 0-5 on Overpass, arguably the hardest T side of the game, and we didn't get more than two or three kills in those rounds, I still said "guys, calm down, we're making the right moves and communicating good, this will turn in our favour." I felt the same on Mirage, we needed to keep fighting for every round and keep looking for that extra good plan. One or two years ago we definitely would have crumbled under that, I definitely would have crumbled under that, but this time I have grown a little bit older.

A lot of people have said historically that maybe you're not an AWPer that a team can win trophies with. What do you have to say to those people?

I'm not going to go the full hampus route and say stuff like that (laughs). I think if you look at the last three to four tournaments maybe my ratings have been 0.05 lower than the elite AWPers, but still like 1.10-1.12 I think is super good for an IGL. If you look at the gap between me and rifling IGLs, which are like 0.90 or something, I have a plus 0.20 gap, which my rifle counterparts can suffer a little bit from. I'm proving through better and better results that the style of calling and way of thinking about Counter-Strike is super efficient.

Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1544
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.63
cool
2022-11-27 23:40
8 replies
No you
2022-11-28 03:28
3 replies
Yes him
2022-11-28 04:03
1 reply
Happy for Cadian, finally he is among the greatest players of counter strike
2022-11-28 16:39
karrig0ne cant lift trophies with these stats: ibb.co/ckzs9pP 😋
2022-11-28 12:10
SOME FACTS: CADIAN SHOULD JOIN FAZE, MUCH BETTER IGL AND MORE FIREPOWER THAN KARRIGAN
2022-11-28 04:31
3 replies
faze play a structured style and they don't need an awper when they had 3 people who can awp already
2022-11-28 09:44
2 replies
#51
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Vietnam _Liam_
cadiaN's calls are better
2022-11-28 09:59
1 reply
You mean Jabbi calls
2022-11-28 10:56
#2
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Romania Coxmin
deserved win
2022-11-27 23:41
1 reply
his progammer deserves it more
2022-11-28 00:03
#3
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United States EwyQwarp
FeelsGoodMan
2022-11-27 23:41
More like 2 weeks ago
2022-11-27 23:42
10 replies
2 weeks ago they were simply the worse team
2022-11-27 23:43
#26
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Brazil drydden
LMAO I was going to make the same comment
2022-11-28 02:38
7 replies
Brazilians should not laugh at anything for at least 2022. Hosting the single worst e-sport major in history with a dogshit biased crowd, fighting over people with a streamer that sabotages the event and then not showing up for the finals or other teams than Furia because there is "National exam day" in Brazil. What a stupid excuse when you planned the Major finals on that day.
2022-11-28 10:14
6 replies
This makes no sense, how are the common student in charge of deciding dates?
2022-11-28 10:43
3 replies
are you stupid or something? The major organisers shouldnt have put the final during the exam. Of course the students arent to blame
2022-11-29 15:31
2 replies
"Brazilians should not laugh at anything" you are literally speaking to all Br's, meanwhile only the Organisers decided it, and im almost sure that its valve decision, not the Brazilians.
2022-11-30 10:44
1 reply
Basically I speak to all Brazilians on HLTV, cause noone else will read this, so yeah. They were all so proud of their major and said its gonna be epic. So it was. Epic failure on all levels. Worst event in years. Like even Eliza Masters shortly after, a B-Tier tournament had better crowd and organisation. I give you that, the Furia match against NAVI was a personal highlight to me in terms of e-sport crowd. But other than that this major was dogshit of the highest magnitude. So what I meant by "Brazilians should not laugh at anything for at least 2022" was that you shouldnt be laughing at the failures of anything right now in the CS:GO community. Heroic reached 2 S-Tier LAN finals in a row and won the second. What is there to laugh about? They are not my team, but I am not a child like you guys apparently. I can give props when people play amazing CS and win big trophies.
2022-12-01 15:34
Salty BiG fan spanked by Furia, fnatic and Navi in a row without winning a single map, going from 2-0 to 2-3 lmao cope
2022-11-29 14:21
1 reply
not cope. They placed as well as I expected, even higher with s1n on his first LAN. So no copium needed. 9th place was awesome. You should instead take off the cope about your dogshit organised major that embarassed the entire Brasilian CS scene as biased and unsportsmanlike. Not cheering for the finalists, not even showing up, spitting on players, arena commentary in Portuguese. The other teams really felt welcome there...
2022-11-29 15:30
+1 aha
2022-11-28 05:50
deserved, congrats
2022-11-27 23:42
choker
2022-11-27 23:42
Gratz guys!
2022-11-27 23:45
#9
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Austria Kaklo2705
faze disband when?
2022-11-27 23:50
Niceeeee
2022-11-27 23:51
deserved
2022-11-27 23:53
Hopefully it’s all downhill now for cheaters
2022-11-28 00:04
2 replies
Cry
2022-11-28 04:39
+1
2022-11-28 13:43
deserved but he compared himself to the rifling IGL, what about awping IGLs? Jame for example....jk good job cadian
2022-11-28 00:06
#15
FASHR | 
France Ansi
this guy ages like wine, he only gets better
2022-11-28 00:07
I start to like this guy tbh... whats wrong with me -_-
2022-11-28 00:07
3 replies
Yeah, said the same for a while. I think he's maybe misunderstood in a way. He's obviously doing something right, and his teammates likes him a lot.
2022-11-28 08:51
he's a sweet guy, really friendly to everyone. let the past be past
2022-11-28 10:31
How could u dislike Cadien??? One of my first favorite players since i started watching CSGO. Great character, great IGLer, great teammate.
2022-11-28 11:46
honest
2022-11-28 00:08
#18
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Estonia thisiseku
danish IGLs always competing who can crumble the most
2022-11-28 00:22
Heroic era incoming Devve punching the air right now
2022-11-28 00:25
4 replies
He doesn't really fit in heroic tbh.
2022-11-28 08:51
3 replies
Never said he should go to heroic. Devve punching the air as his roster change will do nothing and Astralis remains as the underdogs of danish cs. Heroic era incoming
2022-11-28 10:41
2 replies
"punching the air" means "celebrating" fsr in english btw, the idiom for regretting would be "devve kicking himself". sorry i know its annoying getting corrected by Brits online when we speak no danish, im not trying to be a dick, just informing
2022-11-28 13:30
1 reply
Can confirm punching the air is a phrase for celebration :)
2022-11-29 19:12
lets go cadian!!!!!
2022-11-28 00:33
#21
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Finland OttoRocks
This checks out, 2 years ago they did not have hundencam
2022-11-28 00:34
6 replies
and they didnt have Hundencam for 2 years now and reached 2 LAN finals in a row, winning one. So whats your point?
2022-11-28 10:16
5 replies
#83
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Finland OttoRocks
I thought it was obvious; If knowing where enemy is don't give you enough confidence, then they must have even better cheats. sv_hardwarecheats 1 crydiaN also uses cry_enable 1 #truthiness
2022-11-29 12:42
4 replies
lol, so the Swedish/Finnish saltiness towards Danes IS real?! Never knew for sure. Your entire statement screams "envious twat". Is that what you wanna come off as? a complete pussy that cant acknowledge someone's success when the own team lost? Congratz, you made it happen. Now go back to kindergarden
2022-11-29 13:42
3 replies
#86
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Finland OttoRocks
try cry_enable 0
2022-11-29 14:25
2 replies
hahaha bruv. You were crying, I was responding. You might try it yourself you little child. Come back when you have adult arguments.
2022-11-29 15:27
1 reply
#92
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Finland OttoRocks
cl_updatecringe 0
2022-11-29 21:40
1 reply
#47
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Russia shoras
Average hltv bettor.
2022-11-28 09:37
#23
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United States cybonics
<3
2022-11-28 01:27
well done cocadiaN, I have been waiting for this!
2022-11-28 01:42
Jabbi has been a solid addition. I feel like he doesn't usually go crazy and top frag, but when he gets kills, its usually very high impact
2022-11-28 02:12
1 reply
Exactly Refrezh is not close to Jabbi
2022-11-28 09:38
Their win is well earned. Also I'm liking how Cadian remember to talk about the team and their shared effort, how they do in December is going to interesting. I hope they keep improving.
2022-11-28 02:43
1 reply
+1 they still have potential to realize.
2022-11-28 04:20
one or two years ago you were cheating your ass off with hunden
2022-11-28 02:56
7 replies
#46
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Finland teukkjs
and how do you feel about that?
2022-11-28 09:24
1 reply
mad and cannot get it out of his head, probably
2022-11-28 09:48
so basically Hunden is living rentfree in your head and you are a little child who cant recognize the skill and achievements they achieved since this was resolved? Gotcha
2022-11-28 10:17
don't be upsetti have some spaghetti
2022-11-28 10:47
#64
Xyp9x | 
India NinX
Got his shit together. and finally started working on himself. and he won, something he couldnt do while cheating.
2022-11-28 12:08
Stop dreaming up excuses for Liquid not even making the final. What went on way back with Hunden was minor, penalties have been dealt out so you really need to move on.
2022-11-28 13:19
1 reply
not a liquid fan
2022-11-28 17:43
Damn, I waited for this for so long! so well deserved for Heroic. Might even be my firxt and ever flair....
2022-11-28 04:08
#37
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Europe Khanan
Congrats cadiaN you finally did it. Also another IGL AWP winning in a row, that’s not a coincidence.
2022-11-28 05:02
2 replies
#40
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Poland Recruitn1
apEX and karrigan, hooxi maybe elec to transition to awp 💀💀
2022-11-28 07:47
1 reply
#80
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Europe Khanan
If Hooxi plays awp, g2 slides into oblivion lol , better not and hope others frag enough to compensate him. I think g2 lacks tactics, nothing else
2022-11-29 04:30
#38
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Germany aL1337
I would drink a beer with this guy!
2022-11-28 05:39
comediaN not deserved at all 👎👎👎
2022-11-28 08:27
6 replies
Sorry your team lost mate. But Cadian was the best Danish igl today. And deserved this win no doubt
2022-11-28 08:44
5 replies
It's ok bro, but I don't think it was deserved, they are suspicious plus fake they make such bad image for CS tbh, hope never seen them in a final once again, what a shitty day it was man.
2022-11-28 10:43
4 replies
#75
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Finland teukkjs
lmao bitter nerds like you always make me smile :D
2022-11-28 15:39
3 replies
At least you're smiling I'm not because comedians won a title what a disgrace to CS shittiest day ever I swear.
2022-11-28 22:30
2 replies
That final was a absolutely perfect display of how entertaining CS can be. Hate and strange bitter remarks about "fake" won't change anything. I find it refreshing that they show how they feel! An inspiration for our next generations! As for who will play finales in the future we are blessed with a very diverse group of teams right now. Basically you feel all in top 15 in some strange way have a shoot right now. It is awesome not to have one teams dominating
2022-11-29 17:42
1 reply
I don't cheer for cheaters what is wrong with that? if you cheer for cheaters and fakers that is your problem not mine I never said I hate to see teams playing good CS I just can't stand cheaters pretending to be good at the game while in fact they are fake and they already should've been perma banned, I will never have respect for Heroic as a team and for comedian no matter what.
2022-11-29 23:02
Cadian seems like a really genuine guy. Also, vibes in the team are incredible. Other top teams really have to do something about it.
2022-11-28 10:38
#61
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Turkey HITTARES
Best IGL T1 AWP Excellent Leader
2022-11-28 10:55
#66
Xyp9x | 
India NinX
I have mixed feeling about CadiaN. He swings between troll and Competitor. I don't like it when he tries to beef with other. (which he hasn't done in a while) He was being exceptionally good last couple of months. Hitting his shots overall great calling as well. Happy to see him win.
2022-11-28 12:17
sigh
2022-11-28 12:20
1 reply
#74
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France EUROP3AN
Sigh because we won :)
2022-11-28 13:49
i dont think this team will ever have mass appeal in the cs community
2022-11-28 12:38
Congrats tho Cadian
2022-11-28 13:49
He owned the whole event Deserving legend
2022-11-29 00:48
Faze did the crumbling for you. 2 Awful CT plays that were unnecessary. Congrats on the win, when teams call you on your mid round pushes we will see if yall can adapt :)
2022-11-29 05:51
Cadian deserve this trophy. Happy for him.
2022-11-29 11:47
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