#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 will be played over the span of 8 weeks and every week in itself is as a mini tournament. Each group plays out in a day and this time around it's time for us to have a look at group C. Two teams will move on from the group to fight for the $40,000 that will be awarded at the end of the week. If you want to know more about #HomeSweetHome you can head over to our event page!
This Swedish squad is built around the twin brothers FREDDyFROG and Relaxa who has been a part of Japaleno since autumn last year, who then played with well known names such as freddieb and draken. PlesseN and dezon joined the twins early this year and djL arrived as late as the end och March. The results for the Japaleno boys this year are far from impressive, but they have brought home some fine results in the past month as they have won against teams such as Nordavind, HellRaisers and pro100. Expectations might not be high on Japaleno, but some of their latest results stand out as they are against similar competition as it will be in #HomeSweetHome. Japaleno has a fair shot to make it to playoffs, but with that said, they are still an underdog to do so.
Movistar Riders is a name that most people have seen around the CS:GO scene for quite some time. Despite that they lack any kind of significant results and failed qualifiers is the name of the game, besides a few tournaments of higher caliber such as Champions Cup and DreamHack Open Sevilla. In both of these tournaments Movistar Riders were knocked out early, but did pick up wins against teams respectable teams in ENCE and BIG. That said, Movistar Riders should have a chance for a playoff spot, but with North and Sprout in the group it will be really tough, just as it will be for Japaleno. The opening game between these two teams will be absolutely crucial to make it, that's for sure.
Another noteworthy thing about Movistar Riders is that you shouldn't confuse their names with other players. ALEX is not the british ALEX who previously played in Team Vitality, steel is not the Canadian steel playing for Chaos and the coach of Movistar Riders, bladE is not Natus Vinceres coach B1ad3. Confusing, we know...
It's been a rocky road for North for quite some time. Lacking results during all of 2019 for the danes who aspire much higher than they have yet reached. At the start of the year they brought in MSL to lead the team and it seems to have had a decent effect this far. A 3-4 placing in DreamHack Open Anaheim and a more than decent showing in ESL Pro League, where North bested Natus Vincere and BIG shows that the team has high potential. There is no doubt that North comes to #HomeSweetHome as a favorite to win it all, but starting with their journey in group B - the pressure is on North to win this group, no doubt. If Aizy, Kjaerbye and gade step up to the level they have been every now and then this year, they will win easily.
Sprout consists of quite a few well known names in the CS:GO scene and the addition of oskar in the beginning of 2020 should be a big boost for the roster. However, the results have been up and down, but there are still respectable wins in the last against teams such as BIG, Movistar Riders, AGO and HellRaisers. All in all Sprout should fare decently well against the level of competition #HomeSweetHome offers, but the first step for them is to make it out of the groups, which we think they will do, but by no means will it be an easy task.
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