CadiaN Parts Ways With Heroic

04 Oct 2023
Tit Krajnik 04 Oct 2023
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  • Heroic's long-time in-game leader leaves the team
  • CadiaN departs Heroic due to differing visions for the future
  • Heroic have yet to announce a replacement
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On Wednesday, October 4, Heroic announced the departure of in-game leader Casper "cadiaN" Møller. As confirmed, the 28-year-old left Heroic due to differing visions for the future of the team following a disappointing run at ESL Pro League Season 18.

Just a few weeks following Heroic's early exit from ESL Pro League Season 18, which marked a new low for the team, the Danish squad announced the benching of cadiaN, who is no longer a part of the active roster.

The mutual decision was made due to cadiaN wanting to make some changes in hopes of helping the team improve, while the organisation decided otherwise, leading the team captain to step down from the roster.

"I think they [roster changes] would have made us more competitive in the big tournaments and the big stages, and Heroic saw it done in a different way. It would not have created the right fundamentals for the future if we met somewhere in the middle."

CadiaN joined Heroic in 2019 and has spent a short stint with FunPlus Phoenix in early 2020 before re-joining the Danish squad in April 2020. With Heroic, cadiaN has accomplished a lot, including a semifinal appearance at PGL Major Stockholm 2021, a runner-up finish at Intel Extreme Masters Rio Major 2022 and a title from BLAST Premier: Fall Finals 2022.

In 2023, Heroic proved themselves to be one of the most consistent teams in the scene, placing in the top four in all but one of 11 tournaments the team has attended. That included a silver medal from IEM Rio 2023 and a semifinal appearance at Paris Major 2023.

Unfortunately, Heroic have started to crack at Intel Extreme Masters Cologne 2023, where they placed fifth-sixth and most recently at ESL Pro League Season 18, where Heroic finished 21st-28th, marking one of the team's worst tournament runs in years.

The abysmal performance led to discussions of potential roster changes, about which cadiaN and the team couldn't agree. Now, after being unable to make the changes he wanted, cadiaN decided to go his separate ways.

It's still unclear where cadiaN will end up, but considering his status as one of the best in-game leaders in the world, cadiaN likely won't need long to find a new home.