Heroic in major transfer: JUGi and Snappi sold to OpTic Gaming
Heroic and OpTic Gaming can today confirm that with immediate effect Marco “Snappi” Pfeiffer and Jacob “JUGi” Hansen will join US based OpTic Gaming. The transfer is of significant value, but the parties have agreed not to go into further details.
Kasper Hvidt, Director of Sports at RFRSH Entertainment and responsible for Heroic, explains:
– It’s certainly a big day for the players and for Heroic as an organization. Together, we have secured some nice results and we have somewhat closed the gap to the very best teams out there via teamwork and individual performances. This has not happened without the players making names for themselves, and both Snappi and JUGi are very skilled individuals who certainly deliver top class Counter-Strike when at their best.
– On the other hand, we are working on building Heroics profile and identity around the performance model and structure, we’ve seen working with other teams. With this in mind and the nature of the offer we received from OpTic, the choice was not that hard, especially when considering the players were very positive about the offer that was made. It has all happened very fast from receiving the initial offer, through negotiation with both parties and then the players, Hvidt explains.
Marco “Snappi” Pfeiffer looks forward to the challenges and possibilities with his new team and teammates:
– I’ve had two great years in Heroic, but I’ve decided to take a chance to develop in a new environment with new goals. I only have positive words for what I’ve experienced with Heroic, the guys around the team and for my teammates. They are a bunch of extremely talented guys and I wish them all the best!
– During the past two years the RFRSH organization behind everything has grown and added a range of skilfull and good people, and the support I’ve received from them and everybody around us is something I can only hope to experience again. I am very happy to have had the possibility to be a part of such a professional environment, and I hope that I will have the chance to work with the team again one day.
– I am now swapping one green shirt with another, though, and I hope to be able to help OpTic meeting the organizations ambitions. It’s a big challenge for everybody, but I will do everything I can to make it happen, Snappi promises.
Increased focus on structure and performance
Within the coming period of time, Heroic will present a new, strong line-up, says Hvidt.
– I’d like to thank Snappi and JUGi for all they have done for Heroic. They are great personalities who are very well liked throughout the organization alongside being very strong individual players. However the transfer will allow us to create a set-up with players who will make the team even stronger through the way we focus on optimizing the combined performance of the team with increased focus on training, culture, and the individual mindset of the players.
– It is always a big task to replace big players and personalities, but I actually see a strengthened Heroic down the line.
– We are well prepared and already in talks with some of the potential players, we believe would strengthen the team as a unit, and who will find it natural to work in the whole context of RFRSH. We won’t rush into any announcements, but I do expect we’ll be able to announce a new, strong line-up fairly soon. The ambition is unchanged: We want to create a team that can compete amongst the best in the world.
Even though Heroic has sold two players, there is only one spot open on the roster as the lineup has included 6 players in recent months. The empty seat will for an interim period be occupied by the Swedish player, 26 year old Adam “friberg” Friberg, who throughout his career has won a number of trophies including a Major and the prize of Major MVP. Friberg has previously played for OpTic Gaming and Swedish giants Ninjas in Pyjamas.