Group B continues to be played at the moment in ESL Pro League Season 16. Today we will focus on a team from Group C. The team we will focus on is Heroic.
Let's see if Heroic can win the ESL Pro League once again after winning ESL Pro League Season 13.
How has Heroic been performing lately?
Jabbi joined the team in June when refrezh was removed from the main roster. Frankly, after this change, Heroic's performance decreased if you ask me. So much so that Heroic, who managed to make a name for themselves in every tournament they participated in, became 13th-16th in IEM Cologne 2022, and 7th-9th in BLAST Premier: Fall Groups 2022, which they attended after refrezh’s departure.
Whereas, just before refrezh left the team, they defeated Astralis 2-0 in the Pinnacle Cup Championship grand final and became champions. Now they can't include refrezh on the main roster even if they wanted to because he joined Sprout's main roster on August 15.
We will talk about a few other tournaments that the team participated in, but it is worth mentioning that during these tournaments refrezh was still a part of the roster. They had reached the quarterfinals at the PGL Major Antwerp 2022 and were eliminated by losing to NAVI. They had completed the last ESL Pro League, ESL Pro League Season 15, as 9th-12th. Pinnacle Winter Series #3 championship and IEM Katowice 2022 semifinals are some of the team's recent achievements.
Also in this article it would be impossible not to mention what Heroic did in the ESL Pro League Season 13 grand final. Yes, I'm talking about what cadiaN did. Many of you remember. Heroic and Gambit Esports faced off in the ESL Pro League Season 13 grand final. The Bo5 series was tied 2-2 and Heroic was leading 15-6 in the final map. The only survivor from Heroic was cadiaN, while Gambit had 4 players alive. Starting his 1v4 clutch with a knife, cadiaN killed all 4 of his opponents and led his team to the championship. Commentators said, "You can't win a Pro League like this" is still remembered by many CS:GO fans.
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What can Heroic do in ESL Pro League Season 16?
The teams in Heroic's group are ENCE, Astralis, MOUZ, Complexity, and HEET. Actually I think Astralis will be the leader without much difficulty. I predict MOUZ will finish in second place and Heroic will advance to the round of 12 stage of the playoffs after finishing the group stage in third place. ENCE can finish just behind Heroic.
However, MOUZ, Heroic and ENCE are teams with quite similar roster qualities. Therefore, I can say that Heroic can be the second or say goodbye to the tournament early in the fourth place. I don't think Complexity and HEET can pose a threat to Heroic with their current performances.
If Heroic advances to the playoffs as we predicted, I think the highest round they can reach will be the round of 12. They have the potential to do better, but I don't think they can show it.
Before we end the article, let's challenge Heroic. After refrezh left, we think their roster quality has decreased and "You can't win a Pro League like this". We hope you will prove us wrong.