CR4ZY were the CS:GO team to unexpectedly lift the trophy in The Netherlands over Heroic this weekend.
During the group stage matches, Beşiktaş Esports were placed into Group A alongside AVANGAR, Heroic and Hard Legion. The female team had to use male stand-in Steven "blackie" Groeneveld from Dutch roster Asterion, who were competing in Group B, for Meyssa "Missa" Bellouati who had left the team before the tournament.
Only managing 10 rounds across three maps, Beşiktaş struggled more than Asterion who had given them one of their own players and had recruited British players Joseph "Luzuh" Loose and Thomas "Thomas" Utting for their Rotterdam run.
AVANGAR and forZe both fell in the semifinals as CR4ZY and Heroic powered through to the main stage Grand Final.
While both rosters have seen significant roster changes in the last two months, CR4ZY were the underdogs as Heroic looked solid on LAN during their ESL Pro League Season 10 Europe games and had been performing in qualifiers despite the loss of Benjamin "blameF" Bremer to Complexity and the removal of Niels Christian "NaToSaphiX" Sillassen.
The return of Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer and addition of Casper "cadiaN" Møller has already exceeded the expectations many had for new Heroic early on for the team.
CR4ZY lost their star players Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač and Nemanja "nexa" Isaković to G2 Esports and brought in former coach Luka "emi" Vuković and ex-Windigo player Georgi "SHiPZ" Grigorov. It was the Bulgarian that truly made the difference in the Rotterdam Grand Final, posting a 1.33 rating across the best-of-three.
There is no time for Heroic to dwell on defeat as StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 8 begins today with Group A and Heroic will face AVANGAR in their opening Group B match tomorrow.
StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 8 will be broadcast live on their official Twitch channel throughout the event from 21st-27th October.