#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 ...
Last night #HomeSweetHome and its second week came to an end as a champion was determined, which also meant they brought home $30,000! The semifinals would look rather different than expected as forZe ended up forfeiting their spot due to other commitments. SMASH Esports replaced them and went up against Syman Gaming, who themselves had replaced Virtus.Pro in the quarterfinals due to the same reason as forZe. As such it was the reigning champions BIG, Copenhagen Flames, SMASH and Syman who remained in the battle for #HomeSweetHome week 2. For more information about #HomeSweetHome and upcoming weeks of competition you can head over to our event page!
Copenhagen Flames had an impressive run in their first week of #HomeSweetHome, but it would come to an end against BIG, who showed they are an opponent of a different caliber. On Dust 2, the pick of BIG, it would be Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz who showed the way on the T side to grab a controlling lead, which turned into a comfortable win. On the second map, Nuke, things would continue to roll for BIG, who crushed the Danes completely. On the scoreboard things were also back to normal as Ismailcan “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş lead the way, as so many other times in #HomeSweetHome. Another final was secured by BIG and with either SMASH or Syman being the opponent things couldn’t look better for them to grab a second win in a row.
Syman had earlier replaces Virtus.Pro in the tournament and surprisingly they won in the quarterfinal against Endpoint, which magically had taken them into a position to reach the final. SMASH had a similar story as they replaced forZe, who would have been a massive favorite in this semifinal. As such two teams who weren’t supposed to be in playoffs at all, now were one game from a final. SMASH was first to pick map and it fell on Mirage, as any other times for the team. The map would end up being a true back and forth where both teams grabbed 8 rounds on their respective T sides to bring it to overtime. To settle a winner two overtimes were needed, until SMASH finally destroyed Syman in four straight rounds. The Estonian duo of Kristjan “fejtZ” Allsaar and Kristjan “shokz” Jakobson had a great game as they led their team to a 1-0 lead. Interestingly enough the second map, Overpass, would play out very much the same way as both team managed to win 8 rounds each, now on the CT side. Heroic performances from David “n0rb3r7” Danielyan almost got Syman all the way to a win, or OT once again, but in the last couple of rounds SMASH could finally close it out. A good win for SMASH who grabbed a spot in the finals, but it’s no exaggeration to say things would get significantly tougher there…
BIG won the first week of #HomeSweetHome and looked close to unstoppable during the second one. Any team would have been an underdog against them in this final, but the fact that SMASH was here made BIG a MASSIVE favorite. There was however some hope for SMASH, as they had beaten BIG in a best of three just three days earlier. It would quickly become obvious BIG was out for revenge however as they demolished SMASH on their map pick, Mirage. XANTARES was once again on fire and exposed the weakness of SMASH and their CT side time after time. An 11-4 lead in halftime for BIG turned into a quick win and 1-0 lead and in all honesty SMASH stood absolutely no chance, even on their best map. Things couldn’t have looked much worse going forward and Dust2 was up next.
SMASH got off to a good start with a won pistol round and two converted rounds. The happy times would get smashed into pieces though as BIG went on to win 12 straight CT rounds and from that point ending the series was a formality. In all honesty SMASH ended up in this final for all the wrong reasons and the fact that they got absolutely smashed by an opponent several levels bigger than them, is something they can’t be blamed for all too much.
BIG is as such your champion of #HomeSweetHome and its second week. Even if it all played out very differently from the first week BIG proved they are the best team in the tournament and their ability to play their best when it’s most needed is a massive strength!
One more MVP title goes to the Turkish sharpshooter. We simply can’t ignore the impact XANTARES has on his team and the ability to step up in the most crucial rounds is what really makes him shine. Unfortunately BIG as a team was TOO dominant in both semifinal and final to really put the players to a real test, but XANTARES is still the player that gives BIG that extra flair. We do want to mention how good Florian “syrsoN” Rische has been in both the first and second week of #HomeSweetHome and if it wasn’t for XANTARES amazing performance he could just as well grab the MVP title.
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#HomeSweetHome will go on a two week break after the second week has been concluded, and will return with weeks 3&4 the 5th of May. There will be open qualifiers for these tournaments.
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