HUNDEN will support Heroic as analyst while he is banned
Danish organization Heroic has announced they won't terminate cooperation with coach Nikolay "HUNDEN" Petersen, despite his eight-month ban for using the coaching bug. He will help the team as an analyst, as all banned coaches are forbidden to communicate with players during official matches.
Heroic's general manager, Eric Askered, condemned Petersen's actions, but noted that losing such a specialist would not benefit the organization or the entire professional scene. Initially, the ban was designed for a year, but after helping with the investigation, the eSports Integrity Commission reduced it by four months.
Heroic CEO Erik Askered says:“As earlier mentioned, Nicolai’s mistake does not reflect the values or standards Heroic holds or wants to promote, but a mistake is a mistake. We all make them. After all, Hunden is our boy. We love him and he has so much to give this sport, that losing him would neither benefit Heroic, himself, or the pro scene. Our focus will now be to maintain the ranking we have fought hard for, and continue proving the world how good we are.”
HUNDEN became a coach of Heroic at the end of April after he finished his career as a player. He helped the team win the ESL One Cologne 2020 and climb to record second place in the HLTV.org ranking.
The closest of the announced tournaments for Heroic are IEM New York 2020 (October 6-11) and DreamHack Open Fall 2020 (October 15-25). At the same time, the Danes currently continue to fight at the ESL Pro League S12.