#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 third day of play in the second week of the competition, which means group C sent two teams onwards to the playoffs, while two others has been eliminated. Group B consisted of BIG, AGO, Team Singularity and SMASH Esports, where the two mentioned first were favored to take the two top spots, but there was definitely room for surprises and it turned out like no one could have expected. 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!
After a tough first week in #HomeSweetHome SMASH had much better chances to reach a playoff spot this week, due to the group draw. The first game would however be crucial to the teams success, but as they showed an impressively strong T side on Dust2 they could finally close the game out and move forward to a winners game.
In the second opener BIG was possibly the biggest favorite we have seen in the tournament this far. They would as expected make short work of Singularity as they won on Train, 16-9, which still was closer than one could have expected.
In the winners game the reigning champions BIG would once again be the massive favorite, especially since SMASH didn’t even manage to reach playoffs last week. It also couldn’t look any easier for them as they managed to close out Inferno with a dominant 16-4 as Florian “syrsoN” Rische once again looked excellent for the Germans. As Inferno was the pick from SMASH thing could not look any more dire, but the comeback that was about to happen is something for the history books. Kristjan “fejtZ” Allsaar played the series of his life and helped his team win both Nuke and Mirage to complete a fantastic comeback, which also is the biggest upset this far in #HomeSweetHome. With that SMASH had secured their spot in the playoffs, and amazingly enough by winning the group.
This far in #HomeSweetHome it has been a rocky road for AGO, but this game against Singularity was a must win for the Polish squad. Singularity might have already been one of the weaker teams in the tournament, but with a roster change added to that, it barely couldn’t look worse. At the end of the day this ended with a comfortable win for AGO and things got easier as for once the players around Dominik “GruBy” Swiderski and Damian “Furlan” Kislowski performed on an acceptable level. With that said this was AGOs first series win in #HomeSweetHome and the decider match against BIG looked close to impossible on paper.
BIG got a real cold shower against SMASH Esports where they suffered a tough loss. That would still not change the fact that the Germans would come to this match as a massive favorite. Surprisingly the cold streak continued for BIG when they lost Nuke after getting out played by AGO. After that point the champions from week one would take turns in showing AGO who the better team really is. On Inferno it would be Tizian “tiziaN” Feldbusch, Ismailcan “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş and the earlier mentioned syrsoN who shined the brighest as BIG pushed the game to a third map. Mirage would end up being a show by Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz and last weeks MVP XANTARES, who demolished the Polish hopes on the T side of the map. It would be an understatement to say that the group stage for BIG has been like a rollercoaster, but when it’s all said and done they are through to the playoffs, and make no mistake - they are still a favorite to repeat their first week win.
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