Heroic vs BIG Preview and Predictions: IEM Rio 2023

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Heroic vs BIG Preview and Predictions: IEM Rio 2023

The might of Germany and Denmark collide with Heroic vs BIG in the Upper Bracket Semifinals of IEM Rio 2023

There was a time when a clash between these two teams would be seen as an evenly balanced contest, but even though they gave Heroic a hard time the last time these two met, there’s no doubt in anyone's mind that BIG are the underdogs. It’s been a while since the team tasted any real success, and although they’ve had some decent results lately, Heroic have just looked much, much better. If you’re looking to bet on CSGO, this preview will tell you everything you need to know about this matchup.


The Danes have certainly come a long way in the last year or so, but apart from one big triumph, silverware-level success at the highest level has mostly eluded them. In their first match, Heroic played against up-and-coming Polish side 9INE, where a commanding CT-side half on Ancient gave them the buffer they needed to grind down a tenacious defense from their opponents for a 16-12 win.


Martin “stavn” Lund

  • HLTV Rating: 1.12
  • Impact Rating: 1.14
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 70.9%
  • Average Damage Round: 81.0
  • Kills Per Round: 0.73

Casper “cadiaN” Møller

  • HLTV Rating: 1.04
  • Impact Rating: 1.11
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 70.7%
  • Average Damage Round: 73.2
  • Kills Per Round:0.69

René “TeSeS” Madsen

  • HLTV Rating: 1.10
  • Impact Rating: 1.11
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 71.5%
  • Average Damage Round: 78.0
  • Kills Per Round: 0.71

Rasmus “sjuush” Beck

  • HLTV Rating: 1.09
  • Impact Rating: 1.03
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 72.3%
  • Average Damage Round: 75.5
  • Kills Per Round: 0.68

Jakob “Jabbi” Nygaard

  • HLTV Rating: 1.04
  • Impact Rating: 1.00
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 70.3%
  • Average Damage Round:71.7
  • Kills Per Round: 0.67

Player To Watch



It’s been kind of a theme with German teams that they’re capable of great performances and amazing upsets, but not going that final mile to win trophies. BIG surprised their fellow German organization MOUZ in the first round, destroying them 16-6 on Overpass after following up a solid offense with an ironclad defense. 


Johannes ”tabseN” Wodarz 

  • HLTV Rating: 1.05
  • Impact Rating: 1.21
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 69.5%
  • Average Damage Round: 84.1
  • Kills Per Round:0.73

Marcel “hyped” Köhn

  • HLTV Rating:1.10
  • Impact Rating: 1.09
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 71.3%
  • Average Damage Round: 69.8
  • Kills Per Round: 0.71

Josef ”faveN” Baumann

  • HLTV Rating: 1.13
  • Impact Rating: 1.12
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 72.2%
  • Average Damage Round: 78.1
  • Kills Per Round: 0.73

Karim ”Krimbo” Moussa

  • HLTV Rating: 1.10
  • Impact Rating:1.04
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 71.9%
  • Average Damage Round:76.2
  • Kills Per Round: 0.70

Nils ”k1to” Gruhne

  • HLTV Rating: 1.04
  • Impact Rating: 1.05
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 69.1%
  • Average Damage Round: 74.6
  • Kills Per Round: 0.68

Player to Watch


Heroic vs BIG Predictions: IEM Rio 2023

We’re going with a 2-1 victory for Heroic over BIG.

Heroic vs BIG Head to Head Record 

Heroic 10 – 2 BIG

Heroic vs BIG Maps 

  • Mirage
  • Overpass
  • Ancient

Heroic vs BIG Score 

  • Map 1: Heroic to win by +3<
  • Map 2: BIG to win by +2<
  • Map 3: Heroic to win by +7<

Heroic vs BIG Top Fragger


IEM Rio 2023 BIG vs Heroic Match Links

Heroic vs BIG Match Time

April 17, 2023 – 18:30 ET/17:30 CST/15:30 PT

Heroic vs BIG Preview and Predictions: IEM Rio 2023
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