Heroic set the score straight against Evil Geniuses in Copenhagen
Heroic completed their lower bracket run at BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2023 after taking down Evil Geniuses in the consolidation final. Casper "cadiaN" Møller's men got their revenge against the North American squad after faltering to them in their first match of the tournament, and are now just one match away from qualifying for the Spring Final.
The Danes will face Vitality on Wednesday at 18:30 in Group A's final, from which the winner will advance to the seasonal final, and the loser will be sent to the gauntlet. Heroic have an amazing record against the French organization over the last couple of years, with their last loss in the fixture being from October 2020.
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Evil Geniuses narrowly beat the Danes earlier in their tournament run, but they failed to replicate their form in today's rematch despite a great start on Nuke (16-9), losing on Overpass (2-16) and Mirage (5-16). The loss relegates them to the gauntlet where they'll face Complexity to set up an all-North American derby on Friday at 15:00 .
Heroic were humbled on their pick of Nuke by Evil Geniuses as the Danes failed to build on their early offensive success, faltering against a force buy after conceding to a stuck defuse on the lower site. The North Americans only dropped one more round before the end of the half, smashing Heroic eleven consecutive times as they went into the break with a 12-3 lead. Sanzhar "neaLaN" Iskhakov led by example during Evil Geniuses's first official outing on Nuke in 2023 and swapped sides with a 1.92 rating, while Jadan "HexT" Postma taunted the Danes on the A bombsite.
Heroic once again started off their half in good form, but failed to convert their success into a comeback despite stavn's best efforts to keep them in the game. A 1v3 clutch from the young rifler gave Heroic a lifeline before it was quickly crushed by the North Americans with a pistol rush on the A bombsite to take the win 16-9.
Heroic narrowly conceded Overpass during their loss against Evil Geniuses in their first game, but they came back today in much better form. The Danes gave Daniel "Vorborg" Vorborg's team the same treatment they received on Nuke and sailed through their 13-2 defensive half on Overpass without much trouble while cadiaN, stavn, Jakob "jabbi" Nygaard, and Rasmus "sjuush" Beck fired on all cylinders.
The yelling between the two squads continued during the second map as cadiaN tried to rally his troops after the opening loss, and it worked. Heroic dominated throughout the match and evened out the series 16-2 after a short T half. The only consolation on Overpass for Evil Geniuses was an ace clutch from HexT in the closing stages of the T side.
The early stages of Mirage saw the two squads trade rounds back and forth before Heroic emerged as the clear favorites following a series of dominant defensive wins. They were spearheaded by another fantastic performance from stavn who accumulated a 1.79 rating alongside a 19-7 K-D and 124.4 ADR after the 12-3 half.
Evil Geniuses finally won their first pistol round of the series after switching sides, but Heroic quickly responded with a rush on the B site, stealing back all momentum from the North Americans. From there, it was plain sailing for the Danes as they secured the map 16-5 and their revenge with a 2-1 victory.
|Evil Geniuses||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|39 - 51||-12||74.2||0.96|
|36 - 49||-13||62.6||0.84|
|36 - 43||-7||61.7||0.83|
|38 - 53||-15||64.9||0.78|
|28 - 51||-23||56.9||0.64|