A 19-year-old Danish CS:GO pro René “TeSeS” Madsen has joined Heroic from Copenhagen, the two Danish esports organisations announced today, bringing Heroic’s CS:GO roster to four members, with the fifth and final member set to be announced in the coming days.
TeSeS is the first player to join Heroic since October 2019, when the Danish squad signed Casper "cadiaN" Møller, who recently took over as the team's in-game-leader following the benching of ex-IGL Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer and Patrick "es3tag" Hansen earlier this weekend.
The young CS:GO pro was first seen in the competitive CS:GO scene in September 2016, when he appeared at ELEAGUE Season 2 - EU Open Qualifier #2 with a stack dubbed LetExerzCarry, where TeSeS played alongside Thomas "TMB" Bundsbæk and Jakob "Daffu" Schildt. The team did not see much success in their endeavour, as they placed last, following a round one loss to a Swedish stack named passions.
His failure to leave a mark at ELEAGUE qualifiers, however, did not stop TeSeS from pursuing his dream and in early 2017 he joined UNBOUND, where he started to make some noise in a few lesser tournaments. With UNBOUND TeSeS won Dust2.dk Open #5 and later made an appearance at Dust2.dk POWER Challenger Cup #7, but without much success. He later played under a few other names including 24colas, Only13, Odense Esports, CsgoPlayers and in September 2017 joined an esports organisation Reason Gaming.dk.
With his new team TeSeS went on to achieve a fair amount of success in some lesser online regional tournaments, which included titles from King of Nordic - Season 8: Week #7,Dust2.dk Masters #14, Dust2.dk POWER Showdown #1, second-place finishes at NetParty Herning #5, Thy Party #9 and King of Nordic - Season 8: Week #8, as well as top-three placements at Gfinity Elite Series UK - Season 2 and MakeMy.bet Cup #2.
In September 2017, TeSeS left Reason Gaming.dk and joined GoldenGitte, where he did not last for long and in March 2018 teamed up with Squared Esports, before re-joining GoldenGitte, where he remained from October 2018 to June 2019. During that time TeSeS won a couple of C-Tier CS:GO tournaments and made a few appearances at A-TIer open qualifiers, however, he failed to see a breakthrough. Nonetheless, his potential and skill did not go unnoticed and in June 2019, he got picked up by OpTic Gaming.
With his new team TeSeS went on to win his first A-Tier tournament, the DreamHack Open Summer 2019 and even made an appearance at ESL One: New York 2019 and DreamHack Masters Malmö 2019, however, OpTic Gaming failed to make much noise at the said events, finishing fifth-sixth and ninth-12th respectively.
In October 2019, after OpTic disbanded, TeSeS got picked up by Copenhagen Flames as a stand-in, and a month later got offered a permanent spot. Since joining CPH Flames, TeSeS reached new heights in his career, as he consistently saw success in some C and B-Tier tournaments, which included second place-finishes at Qi Banja Luka 2019 and OGA Counter PIT Season 5, as well as a gold medal from Geeks Gone Wild #25. Most recently, CPH Flames also made an appearance at Flashpoint Season 1, but failed to see any success, as they lost both of their opening fixtures against c0ntact Gaming and MAD Lions, which saw them eliminated from the event in the first stage.
Nonetheless, TeSeS put up solid numbers at Flashpoint, averaging 1.11 rating, 1.30 impact and 86.7 ADR, which did not go unnoticed by Heroic, who did not hesitate to offer the promising youngster a spot in their team.
"I’m really excited to get this chance with such good players and organisation," said TeSeS.
"It's a big step for me and my career and it feels great taking it with this roster."
“We’re very eager to get going again with the new roster, and Rene really fits what we are looking for right now. Young, great aim, very versatile," added Erik Askered, Heroic's CEO
"He’s been a player I’ve looked on as up and coming for quite some time and it feels great to have him as a part of our team.”
As acknowledged by TeSeS himself, this is a massive stepping stone in his career as a CS:GO pro, as he has now become a part of one of the biggest Danish esports organisations, which currently sits at 25th place in the global CS:GO rankings.
As reported by reliable sources, Heroic are set to sign Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen as the fifth member of their CS:GO roster in the near future. Niko has been without a team since OpTiC disbanded their CS:GO project in October 2019 and was also a teammate of TeSeS, meaning he would bring strong synergy to the Danish squad, as well as being a Danish player himself.
Heroic CS:GO squad is now:
Martin "stavn" Lund
Johannes "b0RUP" Borup
Casper "cadiaN" Møller
René "TeSeS" Madsen
Frederik "LOMME" Nielsen - coach
Patrick "es3tag" Hansen - benched
Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer - benched