Heroic part ways with LOMME
Frederik "LOMME" Nielsen has decided to part ways with Heroic, the Danish esports organisation announced on Monday, April 13.
LOMME's departure comes at the heels of the recent turmoil in the Danish esports organisation, which was in talks with FunPlus Phoenix for a possible roster takeover. The deal eventually fell through after Patrick "es3tag" Hansen announced he will be leaving Heroic to join Astralis in summer, which did not sit well with the Chinese esports organisation, who decided to back out of the deal.
That incident ushered roster moves in Heroic, who benched both es3tag and ex-In-game-leader Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer and earlier last week signed ex-Copenhagen Flames rifler René "TeSeS" Madsen, to bring up Heroic's roster to four members.
"Today we announce the departure of Frederik "LOMME" Nielsen," read the announcement.
"He has brought in a lot of structure and new skills to the roster and we could not be more grateful for the work he has put in together with the team."
LOMME's departure will mark the end of his eight-month stay at the Danish team, whom he joined in August 2019 during a restructuring period that saw Heroic change their core roster within two months.
At the time of LOOME's arrival, Heroic picked up Benjamin "blameF" Bremer, Martin "stavn" Lund, Niels Christian "NaToSaphiX" Sillassen, benched Andreas "MODDII" Fridh, Asger "AcilioN" Grunnet Larsen and Daniel "mertz" Mertz and parted ways with their coach Luis "peacemaker" Tadeu, who later joined MAD Lions. The new-look roster, however, failed to achieve any noteworthy results, which ushered further roster changes in August, but it, just like the first roster swap failed to bring any success for the Danish squad.
The Danish strategist began his career as a CS:GO pro player in April 2013, when he played for stacks ZET eSports and ALL IN!, before he got picked up by Team Refuse in July 2014. In years that followed, LOMME played for X, Los Jefes, No Problem!, fan jävla, Team Preparation and Delete. In August 2016, LOMME gained his first experience as a CS:GO head coach with Team X, which was a roster assembled from Michael "Friis" Jørgensen, MODDII, Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander, Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså and Snappi.
Shortly after LOMME joined Team X, the entire roster was picked up by Heroic and instantly saw a a lot of success at the highest-tier of competitive CS:GO. Heroic picked up gold medal at Power-LAN 2016, finished third at Northern Arena 2016 – Toronto and claimed top-eight finishes at StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2, EPICENTER 2016 – Europe Closed Qualifier and DreamHack Open Bucharest 2016, to which they added International Gaming League 2016 – Grand Finals title in November 2016.
LOMME parted ways with Heroic in late 2016 and returned to the battlefield as a player. In years that followed, he played for FIAH, North Academy, Unity, Tricked Esports and ex-Fragsters, until August 2019, when he hung up his mouse and keyboard for good and announced his return to Heroic who re-assigned him as their head coach.
Shortly after his return, Heroic went through one of the organisations' most successful periods, pocketing top-four finishes at ECS Season 8 – European Challenger Cup, GG.Bet Beijing Invitational, winning ESL Pro League Season 10 – Europe and finishing runners-up at DreamHack Open Rotterdam 2019. In late 2019, Heroic also won DreamHack Open Atlanta 2019, finished second at WESG 2019 North Europe and ended the year with a top-four placement at EPICENTER 2019. Since then, however, Heroic have been on a downfall, as they failed to make any noise in 2020, besides their title-winning run at GG.Bet Winter Cup and top-four placement at DreamHack Open Leipzig 2020 in January.
Hoping to bounce back, Heroic are currently in the process of rebuilding their team and are now only one player short of completing their roster, however, with the departure of LOMME, the Danish squad will also have to look for a new strategist to lead the new-look team to glory. Recent reports suggest the fifth and final member of Heroic could be Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen, while there are no reports about a possible replacement for LOMME.
Heroic's CS:GO lineup is now:
Casper "cadiaN" Møller
Johannes "b0RUP" Borup
Martin "stavn" Lund
René "TeSeS" Madsen
Patrick "es3tag" Hansen – benched
Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer – benched