Heroic best Astralis in all-Danish derby at BLAST Spring Groups

René "⁠TeSeS⁠" Madsen and Rasmus "⁠sjuush⁠" Beck joined forces with lethal precision in the server to send Astralis down to the last-chance knockout stage.

Heroic secured bragging rights after reigning supreme in the Danish derby versus Astralis at the BLAST Premier Spring Groups. Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller and company had a false start after conceding Inferno 10-16 to start the series, before completing the reverse sweep with comfortable 16-4 victories on both Mirage and Vertigo en route to a 2-1 victory.

The calm and collected map wins on Mirage and Vertigo will serve as much-needed confidence boosters for Heroic, who are now set for a lower-bracket rematch versus Evil Geniuses after being stunned by the North American ensemble in the tournament's opening game. TeSeS and sjuush were Heroic's standout players on paper with 1.36 ratings each, but it was Jakob "⁠jabbi⁠" Nygaard who was the team leader on Vertigo, his well-executed lurks being a thorn in Astralis' side all map long.

Astralis, now knocked down to the do-or-die knockout stage, will need a flawless run from here on out if they're to clinch a berth to the $425,000 BLAST Premier Spring Final. While Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz's superlative 1.53 rating was enough to power his side to victory on Inferno, he slowed down in the latter two maps, where he put up incredibly lacklustre 0.46 and 0.68 ratings, respectively.

TeSeS and sjuush topped the scoreboard with 1.36 ratings apiece

The brawl between the Danish powerhouses started on Inferno, Astralis' pick. Heroic instantly looked right at home initially despite sporting a meagre 20% win rate on the map over the past three months, and jumped out to an early 5-1 lead thanks to strong team-wide performances on the CT-side. A crucial quad-kill display in the eighth round by device provided his team with a platform to get back into the game; the side used his momentum-shifting heroics to chain together a spree of rounds and bring the map to a dead-even 5-5 stalemate. Potent site executes by Astralis characterised the remainder of the half, with Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander's men successfully detonating the bomb three rounds on the trot to lead 8-7 at the interval.

The second half of play bore witness to a sublime performance from device, who had been relatively quiet up until this point. An initial three-round spree from Heroic to regain the lead, 10-8, was quickly overturned, with the Danish marksman's impeccable aim and world-class precision spearheading an unstoppable eight-round streak; the four-time Major-winning core used device's beatdown to full effect, going on to close the map out the map with ease, 16-10, and force a trip to Mirage.

Heroic rebounded in clinical form once Mirage rolled around, a 1vs3 clutch from cadiaN being the highlight in helping the world's No. 1 team to push up to a 6-1 lead to start their T-side effort. This monopoly on the game continued to be felt as the half progressed, with superior mechanical skill and repeated B splits from Middle being Heroic's go-to strategy to walk up to a commanding 11-4 advantage by the interval. Astralis' owed the majority of their thanks to Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer, whose team-leading 11 kills often came in at pivotal moments to earn his side some much-needed round wins just when Heroic looked poised to completely run away with the game.

Alas, Heroic continued to sit firmly in the driver's seat once on the CT-side, not conceding a single casualty until the fourth round of the half to cruise to match point 15-4 completely unopposed. At this stage, what was left was purely a formality, with Martin "⁠stavn⁠" Lund gunning down two Astralis players in round 20 to lock in an overpowering 16-4 map victory and send the series to the decider of Vertigo.

Heroic kept their foot on the gas at the outset of Vertigo, disregarding Astralis' initial pistol-round victory by going on a four-round run of their own to build up their finances. A 3k hold of the A Ramp by gla1ve helped get Astralis back on the board, but Heroic had already found the winning formula in the form of jabbi's perfectly timed lurks, which worked time and time again to extend their buffer over their countrymen to six rounds, 8-2. Multi-kill rounds from sjuush and TeSeS rubbed salt into the wound, as the world's best team exerted even more pressure onto Astralis in the latter stages of their T-side to be up by a whopping nine rounds at halftime.

Much like the opening half, Heroic responded to Astralis' win in the pistol round with a force-buy triumph of their own. With the wind in their sails, cadiaN's men wasted no time in adding the four rounds they needed to their tally, closing out the map 16-4 and sending their fellow Danes down to the knockout stage in the process.

Matchpage
2
1
21st January 2023
10
Inferno
16
16
Mirage
4
16
Vertigo
4
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
51 - 38 +13 83.0 1.36
55 - 35 +20 88.1 1.36
40 - 36 +4 67.3 1.15
42 - 40 +2 74.4 1.14
41 - 29 +12 59.2 1.11
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
41 - 42 -1 74.9 0.95
45 - 47 -2 75.5 0.92
34 - 46 -12 59.5 0.82
29 - 45 -16 58.5 0.72
28 - 51 -23 52.0 0.63
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lund
Martin 'stavn' Lund
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1195
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
Denmark René 'TeSeS' Madsen
René 'TeSeS' Madsen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
913
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1767
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Jakob 'jabbi' Nygaard
Jakob 'jabbi' Nygaard
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
856
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Rasmus 'sjuush' Beck
Rasmus 'sjuush' Beck
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
906
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1813
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1556
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
957
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.61
blamef baiter
2023-01-21 22:25
2 replies
32-8
2023-01-21 22:26
You can even say BaitF
2023-01-22 01:43
easiest w for heroic
2023-01-21 22:25
rip device carreer
2023-01-21 22:26
1 reply
#23
 | 
Latvia laiziolas
Show more on camera easy game and im warming up. Sit down Asstralo.
2023-01-21 23:45
blamef best
2023-01-21 22:26
device goat
2023-01-21 22:26
#7
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Brazil Lok72
Finally someone who can stand up for the tem and kick blamef ffs Dunno maybe bring konfig back
2023-01-21 22:26
#8
ropz | 
India psn46
Dev0rce fans malding
2023-01-21 22:26
1 reply
#11
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Denmark Danny D3
Well, he was the reason they won inferno.
2023-01-21 22:30
can they PLEASE kick buzz and xyp9x get k0nfig and esetag and this will be a good team. since device left astralis is a shit team
2023-01-21 22:30
#10
 | 
United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Glad to see the number 1 team finally showing why they are number 1. Definitely one of the scariest teams to go up against of all of the individuals are showing up.
2023-01-21 22:30
disband
2023-01-21 22:34
#13
 | 
Romania aLeeeeex
good gamble on buzz now go next
2023-01-21 22:41
#14
 | 
United Kingdom Bullitead
Really disappointed with maps 2 and 3, Astralis looked great on Inferno but totally missing on Mirage and Vertigo. Deserved L tbh
2023-01-21 22:47
Blamef wasting he's career
2023-01-21 22:51
5 replies
True
2023-01-21 22:54
#18
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Spain Shiloh
Thats not true
2023-01-21 22:54
#19
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Canada Hayaaa
He’s getting huuuuge press in dane lando. But other than that ppl aren’t looking to swoop in and pick him up. So he, astralis is his lifeline. Untill he gets benches… which I can’t see that happening unless it’s an internal votekick
2023-01-21 23:31
as long as pros get their good astralis paychecks, pros don't feel like they are wasting careers.
2023-01-22 02:02
1 reply
true, most pros would probably prefer to make a little more money than to win majors.
2023-01-23 01:55
#17
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Spain Shiloh
Intense match
2023-01-21 22:54
#20
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Turkey bizonSX
I wish Astralis can find a stable 5th at one day
2023-01-21 23:32
Enough with the phrase "danish derby" please...
2023-01-21 23:37
ASTRALIS NEED TO SIGN ESTAG IF WANT TO TOP 5
2023-01-21 23:43
#24
 | 
Canada Ble01
Buzz sucks
2023-01-21 23:50
Buzz 1v5 round debut then career ended after that round Even bug-abusing cheater and strategy leaker Hunden couldn't get a win against literally the team he fucked over Astralis just get es3tag already and remove hunden. Salvage some reputation and have a chance to be relevant again
2023-01-21 23:54
3 replies
Cry is free
2023-01-22 09:40
2 replies
Det dejligt bedstefar
2023-01-22 14:20
winning zero tournaments also nets you the same amount as free
2023-01-23 13:12
#26
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United States spectre493
Bring back k0nfig and get Es3tag in place of buzz and xyp9x and you’ll have a championship roster
2023-01-22 00:18
Buzz is a literal sitting duck bot..
2023-01-22 03:40
lollers both teams made a deal with the devil (hunden) - i feel sad i cant bring myself to support either..
2023-01-22 04:18
When you have their strat book and still can’t beat them
2023-01-22 05:58
#32
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Iceland Voidsphere
Save blameF
2023-01-22 09:36
Buzz aint ready for tier 1 😂
2023-01-22 10:17
Device came back do get humiliated same way he got humiliated by that Swedish chick?
2023-01-22 11:27
2 replies
Ig you’re a fan of him
2023-01-22 11:38
1 reply
Dudes been doing some bs past 3 years
2023-01-22 11:59
nice heroic! Get the trash out
2023-01-22 17:03
Ahhhh I see why you bring LuLzz into the team…. so he can bottomfrag instead of botminister making him look better and hoping people will stop asking for -xyp9x. I love this from Astralis, keep this great work. Longer they keep him, longer will astralis suck, so I personally couldn’t ask for more :)))))
2023-01-23 05:46
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