One of the most recognisable names in European Counter-Strike, Heroic, has become a BLAST Premier member after acquiring the spot previously held by Immortals Gaming Club, the parent company of Brazilian CS:GO side MIBR.
Immortals Gaming Club was one of the founding member teams of BLAST Premier in 2020, but Heroic will now take its place. This is not the first time an organisation has sold its BLAST Premier spot, as in 2021 100 Thieves sold its membership to BIG after it decided to exit the CS:GO esports scene entirely.
“We thank MIBR for being one of our partners for the last two years,” says BLAST Premier’s managing director, Charlotte Kenny, in a press release. “Their renowned and passionate Brazilian fanbase have ensured there’s never been a dull moment, even when we had to pivot to online-only shows in 2020. We look forward to having them back competing in our global qualifiers and regional Showdowns in the future.”
Heroic now joins the 12-strong lineup following what BLAST describes as “a highly competitive and in-depth bidding process” for Immortals Gaming Club’s spot. The tournament organiser says there was “a number of leading esports and Counter-Strike organisations showing an interest in the slot sale”. The amount Heroic paid for the spot was not been disclosed.
Heroic is currently ranked as the fifth best CS:GO team in the world, according to HLTV’s rankings, and fields an all-Danish roster spearheaded by Casper ‘cadiaN’ Møller.
Big moves happening. Super excited to be a @BLASTPremier partner team. The players have worked hard, and so has the organization. We are truly making history here. @heroicgg #beheroic https://t.co/U9aAdAaePs
— cadiaN (@caspercadiaN) April 21, 2022
In the same press release, Heroic’s CEO Joachim Haraldsen describes the organisation’s BLAST Premier membership as a “massive milestone”.
Heroic is also expected to become a member of the Louvre Agreement, a collective of CS:GO that compete in events hosted by rival tournament organiser ESL, later this year.
Heroic now joins Astralis, NIP, G2 Esports, OG, Team Vitality, NAVI, FaZe Clan, Complexity, Team Liquid, Evil Geniuses, and BIG as a BLAST Premier member.