After serving as the captain of the Danish organization Heroic for nearly four years, Casper “cadiaN” Møller has been benched.

The team’s AWPer and in-game leader has been a massive part of the squad’s success in recent times, even climbing up to number one in the HLTV world rankings for the first time.

cadiaN leaves behind a legacy at Heroic that won’t be forgotten

cadiaN reacts at BLAST Premier event
Credit: BLAST/Stephanie Lindgren

According to Heroic, “The mutual decision was made due to differing visions for the future of the team.”

This move has left many fans and members of the community shocked. Counter-Strike commentator and host Alex “MACHINE” Richardson reacting with “WOWOWOWWHAT” along with other top level organizations like Ninjas in Pyjamas, Apeks, and others responding to the move with shock.

The official statement from Heroic had positive words to share for their long-time captain.

“Casper, you have been a massive force and influence in building Heroic. We are proud to have worked with such a passionate athlete — always competing with a full heart. You have elevated CS esport[s] with your unique charisma, leadership and legendary clutches.

Heroic will miss you in so many ways.”

The 28-year-old shared his own words, both reflecting on his time with the organization as well as looking toward his future. “I want to thank the organization for putting their trust in me throughout my time here. Looking ahead, my time has come for new adventures, and I am feeling very confident about my future,” he said in a post on X.

Heroic bench cadiaN
Screenshot by Steven Cropley/ONE Esports

This comes following the team’s recent drop in form. The team, which looked strong just months ago, recently found themselves eliminated earlier than anticipated at the Paris Major, IEM Cologne, and IEM Dallas, before it got even worse at ESL Pro League Season 18.

Not only did the team fail to make the playoffs, but it was also the worst performance for cadiaN since 2018.

All eyes are on the Danish star to see where he may end up as we move into Counter-Strike 2, and we’re sure he won’t be struggling for opportunities.

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