#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 second 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 Japaleno, Nordavind, Sprout and forZe. Beforehand forZe and Sprout were favored to take the two top spots, but there was definitely room for surprises and as you will see there was both one and two curveballs being thrown before this group concluded. 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!
As forZe was one of the main favorites to pick up a group win is was rather expected that they picked up a win straight away, and as such move on to the winners game. The opponent there would however end up being Nordavind, which might have been a small surprise, but the team played extremely well to defeat Japaleno convincingly with 16-6 on Mirage. A big step forward for Nordavind, who ended the first week in #HomeSweetHome with two straight losses.
In the winners match between Nordavind and forZe we got some real fireworks as Nordavind stood for one of the biggest surprises in #HomeSweetHome this far. It all started on Overpass where both teams wielded a fierce CT side, but Nordavind managed to secure their own map pick to get off to a great start. Although forZe managed to even up the series through a well played Inferno, it would be the boys in Nordavind to complete the upset by playing an excellent CT side once again, this time on Nuke. Jorgen “cromen” Robertsen was the main man in orchestrating a comeback from 6-11 to 16-12 and move Nordavind to playoffs after two games. A complete opposite to last weeks result and a massive success for the team.
In the elimination match between Sprout and Japaleno things wouldn’t get even close to as exciting, as Sprout showed Japaleno why they are still beginners on this level of CS:GO. After a fairly close first map of Mirage it was time for Japalenos own pick Dust2, but things would crumble and crash already from the get-go. Paweł “dycha” Dycha, Tomáš “oskar” Šťastný and Josef “faveN” Baumann have been Sprouts most notable players this far in #HomeSweetHome and that trend continued in this match as the trio together obliterated all hopes Japaleno might have had to make it to the playoffs.
Shortly after Sprout had handed Japaleno a brutal beating it was time for thing to take a return for the worst for the Germans. forZe looked angry after their surprising loss to Nordavind and came out swinging in full force. Sprouts pick of Mirage was as close to a joke as you get, when forZe went up to a 15-0 lead on their CT side. Evgeny “FL1T” Lebedev might have mistaken the game for a bot game as he time after time could eliminate opponents who looked confused and unorganized. The second map would not be much different, even if Sprout got a few more rounds. The biggest change was that it was Bogdan “xsepower” Chernikov who got to play with the prey before finally executing it this time around. With all that said Sprout gets eliminated from the second week of #HomeSweetHome with a bang and if forZe looked far from impressive in the Nordavind game, this game shows they still have what it takes.
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