#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 ...
The quarterfinals in #HomeSweetHome has been concluded at its time for us to have a look at how it all went down. Every series had a clear favorite, but things would not be as easy for some of the teams as one could expect. On Sunday evening a champion for week 1 will be crowned and as such bring home the $30,000 that is awarded to the winner. If you want to know more about #HomeSweetHome you can head over to our event page!
BIG and VP went through quite the back and forth as they ended up playing overtime on the first map, Overpass, and likewise on the following map, Mirage. BIG managed to pick up both maps, but it was far from convincing and both teams showed glaringly obvious strengths and weaknesses. The CT sides was where both teams picked up a majority of their rounds, but after great individual performances by Ismailcan “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş and Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz BIG could close both maps out. The team might have been the favorite coming in to this game, but Virtus.Pro definitely pushed them to their absolute limit and in all honestly BIG was quite an unfortunate opponent for them. When it was all said and done BIG were secured a spot in the semifinal where the winner of SKADE and Sprout would await, which should give BIG very good chances to reach the final.
Despite SKADE winning their group and Sprout being second in theirs it stood clear that Sprout came to this quarterfinal as a decently sized favorite. All of that also showed on the server as Sprout won their own map, Mirage, convincingly after shutting SKADE down on their CT side. Things would not pan out much better for the Bulgarian squad on Inferno either as they only won 6 rounds on their CT side and Sprout could sail to victory from that point. Paweł “dycha” Dycha had massive lag issues during the map, but that wouldn't stop him from getting 29 frags and carrying his team to a 2-0 victory. BIG is up next for Sprout and even if they won't be a favorite they have all the chances in the world to make it to the grand finals and that truly would be a statement from them.
Endpoint was the biggest underdog of the day, but they would early on show they are no joke. Norths pick of Vertigo became a nightmare for them when Endpoint had grabbed a 14-9 lead. Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen might not be famous for his fragging ability, but in this game he saved North from a disaster as he put up 32 frags on the board and a large amount of impact rounds as North climbed their way back to a 16-14 win. On the second map, Train, it was Endpoints turn to make a comeback - 3-13 quickly became 13-15, but Endpoint couldn't make it all the way as North closed it out by a genius play by MSL. The in-game leader put up 30 frags once again, but it was his strategic prowess that secured the win for the danes. As close as Endpoint made this game it simply was not enough and North will move on as the main favorite to win week one regardless of this close series.
The last quarterfinal was no different than the others, there was once again a big favorite - forZe. Things would start of well for them as well as they won their own map pick, Inferno, even though it went all the way to overtime. On Dust2 forZe had a 13-12 lead and looked ready to end the series, but Team Spirit had other ideas and won four straight rounds to push it to a third and deciding map. This was also where the downfall for forZe started, who didn't look like themselves from this point onwards. Four straight lost rounds on Dust2 turned into another seven straight on Mirage which was just too much to muster for forZe. Artem “iDISBALANCE” Egorov made a real statement with his end score of 23-7, which helped his Team Spirit greatly as they marched to a victory when they obliterated forZe on their T side with eight straight won rounds. Team Spirit made an amazing comeback in this series to complete the upset and move on to a semifinal, where North awaits. That will be a great test for the CIS squad who with a win their has great chances to even win all of week one. That truly would be an amazing story considering the tough start the team suffered in the group stage.
With all four quarter finals being played we have our semifinals set for Sunday and the first one will start at 14.50 CET. That means we will have an extremely action packed day full of CS:GO as the two semifinals, as well as the Grand Final is to be played. The semifinals will be played as follows:
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