#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 reached its semifinals, of which both will be played today, Sunday, along with the Grand Final that takes place tonight. The tournament started with 16 hopeful teams and at this point only four remains. BIG, Sprout, North or Team Spirit will be crowned the winner of week one tonight and as such bring home the $30,000, while the second place finisher gets $10,000. With all that said, it's time for us to have a look at the semifinals and evaluate who we think has what it takes to win it all. If you want to know more about #HomeSweetHome you can head over to our event page!
BIG has sailed through #HomeSweetHome this far with two decisive wins in the group stage against Syman Gaming and SMASH Esports. Yesterday BIG defeated Virtus.Pro with 2-0 to secure their semifinal spot and quite honestly the team has not yet faced a high class challenge. Virtus.Pro is the closest and BIG win that game through two overtimes and we can't say we feel all too sure about the teams level right now, even if Ismailcan “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş and Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz are playing on a very high level, which is exactly what BIG needs.
Sprout had to go the long way to playoffs after an opening loss to North, 6-16, but has performed admirably since. Their win last night against SKADE with 2-0 was quite a clear one, even if the Bulgarians put up quite the struggle for Sprout. Paweł “dycha” Dycha and Tomáš “oskar” Šťastný have put up star performances to take Sprout this far, but their toughest challenge awaits. To grab a W in this German (with some Czech, Polish and Turkish spice) standoff the rest of the gang needs to show up as well, or it will be really hard for Sprout to reach all the way.
North has been one of the favorites since the start and while that remains the Danish squad has definitely flashed some of their weaknesses. The group stage was fairly clean, despite dropping one map to Japaleno in the winners match. Yesterday North sent Endpoint packing, but the game was won after two very tough maps and far from as clean as the team would have hoped. Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen had a heroic performance and passed 30 frags on both maps, and while that is good for the team, it still means other players aren't playing at the level we expect. North needs to step up their game one notch today when going up against Team Spirit whos on a huge form spike.
Team Spirit has taken the long route to reach this far, as they started weak with a loss to SMASH Esports, but grabbed 2-1 wins against Syman and SMASH in their rematch. Last night Team Spirit made a huge comeback in their quarterfinal against forZe and if they can bring that momentum to this series their chances are not bad at all. We do favour North in this semifinal, but it is without a doubt very close one and could honestly go either way.
Both semi finals should be very close series, but we do favour BIG and North slightly based on their depth and pure skill. We certainly have two very interesting match ups to look forward to and later tonight when the final is played that will be the same case, no matter what teams match up there.
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