Heroic benches cadiaN citing 'differing visions for the future'

Heroic benches cadiaN citing 'differing visions for the future'
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Sascha Heinisch


4th Oct 2023 17:15

Heroic has announced that Counter-Strike in-game leader and team captain Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller will be stepping away from the active roster.

The decision is met with incredulity given that the AWPer had been the one constant in Heroic's campaign in the last four years during which he had helped the team to the top of the CS:GO world.

cadiaN himself stated that he's not done being a competitor and has once again expressed his commitment to Counter-Strike, even opening the door to a multinational team.

A Sudden end


In an announcement on its Twitter, Heroic cited "differing visions for the future of the team" as a reason for cadiaN benching. Throughout his tenure with Heroic, cadiaN rebuilt the roster several times and found consistent success with various iterations of the line-up.

He remained in striking distance of tournament victories for the better part of the four years while also winning multiple prestigious events such as the ESL Pro League 13, BLAST Premier Fall 2022, and various finals appearances at top-tier events.

cadiaN responded to the situation on Twitter, thanking the organisation and stating that he’s looking for new challenges elsewhere: "Looking ahead, my time has come for new adventures, and I am feeling very confident about my future."

Differing philosophies

In an interview with Luís Mira for Dexerto, the player stated that irreconcilable differences in the vision going forward was at the heart of the decision to depart from the active roster.

"Ultimately, we had different visions on how we would achieve our goals," the in-game leader shared, adding that "it would not have created the right fundamentals for the future if we met somewhere in the middle."

While cadiaN did not disclose his future plans outright, he did think out loud that he would only be interested in joining teams with the ability to win tournaments while also stating that he's open to play in non-Danish teams.

"I'm not even close to giving up. I still have a lot to achieve in my career," the Dane said, underlining his commitment to the game even with the new release of Counter-Strike 2.

Sascha "Yiska" Heinisch is a Senior Esports Journalist at GGRecon. He's been creating content in esports for over 10 years, starting with Warcraft 3.

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