The curse of the crown is no more

Elliott Griffiths
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Illustration by ANDYJ. Source:  Heroic (jabbi), Vitality (ZywOo)

cadiaN has finally done it.

One year since Heroic last won an event - which was also a BLAST event - and Heroic have broken their curse of grand finals.

And all it took was an all-time bad performance from ZywOo and Magisk at the same time.

ZywOo dropped an absolute stinker on Vertigo, picking up just two kills on the CT side. ZywOo! Two kills! Ridiculous. Magisk collected just 34 kills in three maps. What is going on?

cadiaN doesn’t care, mind you. Hell, it’s a product of the Heroic system that both of them looked so bad. ZywOo’s tendencies were studied, pulled apart and used against him flawlessly, and Heroic looked very much like the best team in the world, the team they’d promised all existed.

Though Vitality were dominant on Mirage, there was never any doubt about who was going to win map three. Heroic were the best team from start to finish, and they were never, ever going to choke it.

It’s not like they would, we don’t know, drop a 15-7 lead in map three of a big game.

If you didn’t watch that one, you missed a masterclass from FalleN, rolling back the years and teaching cadiaN how to really AWP and IGL, and it was a genuine shame that after a miraculous comeback they couldn’t get it done.

In the meantime, Vitality made HooXi look like… well, HooXi. He’s a solid IGL, but man, his hands don’t work.

Vitality won the one that really matters, of course, but this will hopefully kick start Heroic into gear and break their cycle of choking big games.

Mind you, we said that last year.

Final standings:

1st 🇩🇰 Heroic - $200.000

2nd 🇪🇺 Vitality - $85.000

3-4th 🇪🇺 G2 Esports - $40.000

3-4th 🇧🇷 Imperial - $40.000

5-6th 🇪🇺 FaZe Clan - $20.000

5-6th 🇺🇸 Complexity - $20.000

7-8th 🇩🇰 Astralis - $10.000

7-8th 🇷🇺 Cloud9 - $10.000

June 11, 2023

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