#HSH Week 8: Group D Preview
The last group of #HomeSweetHomes final week is upon us and as always we preview the teams. AGF Esport, Complexity Gaming, Hard Legion ...
#HomeSweetHome has ended the second day of play in the first week of the competition, which means group B has moved two teams onwards to the playoffs, while two others has been eliminated. Group B consisted of AGO, Endpoint, Team Singularity and SKADE, which made it the weakest on paper when compared to the other three groups in #HomeSweetHome. Each week the tournament awards $40,000 in prize money and at the end of the 8 week stretch of mini tournaments a grand final playoff will follow. If you want to read more about #HomeSweetHome you can head over to our event page!
The opening game between SKADE and Singularity quite surprisingly ended up taking place on Nuke, which historically has been weak for the danes in Singularity. Through quite heroic performances the danes still kept things close until half time, but when it was time for their CT side to show it was all but over. SKADE managed a 8-3 score on their T side to end up with a win - 16-10. As if Singularity wasn't already looking like they would have a hard time in #HomeSweetHome, more bad news was dropped during the day - Jonas “Queenix” Dideriksen has been transferred to Copenhagen Flames and will not play with the team in the upcoming games. Who will replace him is still unsure, but it definitely does not help Singularity who already looked like a bottom feeder in #HomeSweetHome.
In the second opener we got to see quite the banger! It was close as it possibly could be as both teams won their CT side on Train with 8-7 to take the game to overtime. One overtime was however not enough, and neither was two, as the game went to three overtimes before AGO finally shut Endpoint out and won four rounds in a row. The Polish squad can thank their oldest and most experienced player Damian “Furlan” Kisłowski for this win as he saved his team time after time. A long time ago Polish CS:GO dominated the world, but times have changed and the question is if the best team from Poland can even dominate #HomeSweetHome? At this point it looks questionable at best.
The winners match presented us with a game between Polands and Bulgarias finest and when it was all said and done the Bulgarians in SKADE had secured themselves a playoff spot. The stand out player for the team was most definitely Alex “Rainwaker” Petrov who lead SKADE to wins on both Train and Mirage to close it out. Making the playoff is a success already for the team and they can be proud of their performance this far in #HomeSweetHome, but rest assure, tougher challenges awaits…
In the elimination match between Endpoint and Singularity we headed towards Vertigo as the first map. The question still remains why Singularity picked into one of Endpoints best maps? We might never know the answer, but this put the danes in a dire situation as they lost Vertigo 11-16 and they couldn't pick themselves up from that point either, as Endpoint got themselves to a rematch against AGO in the decider match through winning their map, Dust 2, with the same numbers. The dutchman Joey “CRUC1AL” Steusel was the main man for his team as he managed to top frag in both games to send the danes packing.
In the opening game Endpoint and AGO went through a real sluggerfest on Train, in which AGO prevailed, but the story would end in a different fashion this time around. Endpoint showed their strength on their on own map, Vertigo, and took the lead after a fine performance. Next up was a rematch on Train, but this time Thomas “Thomas” Utting and Joey “CRUC1AL” Steusel were determined to show AGO their best play as they took a 11-4 lead on the CT side. At this point the end was near for AGO and they couldn't bring the game back anymore as Endpoints T side managed to pull through and bring home a 16-12 win and so, move on to the playoffs. A disappointing result for the poles who were a slight favorite to win this group, but on the other hand a great result for Endpoint who has been looking hot lately. How they will perform against tougher opposition in the playoffs is still an open question, but with performances like this they can certainly do damage.
SKADE and Endpoint has secured their spot for the playoffs of week one in #HomeSweetHome. It might not be the biggest surprise, but as AGO came in as a small favorite it is still a great results for both teams. With that said group B was on paper quite clearly one of, if not, the weakest out of all four groups and both Endpoint and SKADE will be put to the test in the coming playoffs that start on Saturday. If either team manages to move past the quarterfinals it can be seen as a huge success, but either way both teams can build upon this and further down the line they might become real contenders. Singularity was expected to end last in the group just as they did and with the departure of Queenix things will get even tougher. The future looks bleak for the Danish squad, who are out of week one together with AGO.
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