#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 week 2 has reached the last day of play of the group stage and it’s time for group D to enter the server.. As per usual we will analyse the teams and make our predictions. The newcomers Copenhagen Flames will battle with Endpoint, Gambit Youngsters and SKADE for the two spots to the playoffs and a chance at the total of $40,000 that gets awarded weekly. If you want to read more about #HomeSweetHome and the tournament as a whole head over to our event page!
Copenhagen Flames is the new addition to #HomeSweetHome and the second week. Therefore most faces might be new for the viewers, but Queenix participated last week in tournament with Team Singularity, but has now transferred to Copenhagen Flames. This makes it hard to predict the true strength of the team, but their latest were played in Flashpoint, where the team lost four straight series. The only “positive” thing about it is they played some really strong teams such as HAVU, Cloud9 and MAD Lions, who you wouldn’t expect this team to beat. The group draw in Copenhagen Flames first week of #HomeSweetHome might suit the team well, as it lacks real big hitters and mostly consists of the middling teams in the tournament. Chances might be slim for the Danes to reach playoffs, but it also won’t be completely out of the picture.
The first week of #HomeSweetHome is definitely something Endpoint can take as a win. The team reached playoffs after wins against Team Singularity and AGO. Endpoint did lose straight away in the quarter final, but they made things really, really close against North, which definitely can be seen as a great feat. Robiin and CRUC1AL had really nice performances last week and if they can keep that form up chances are extremely good for Endpoint this week. On paper it’s hard to put someone above them as a favorite, even though SKADE might be just about the same level. At this point it would be a surprise to see a playoff bracket without the Brits, the Swede and the Dutch man from Endpoint.
Last week ended in a real disappointing finish for Gambit Youngsters, who won against Virtus.Pro in their opening game, just to suffer losses to forZe and then Virtus.Pro in their rematch. As much potential this young team has to grow and be amazing, there is of details to work on to reach a consistent level. In all honesty last week was also not a good one for the star of the team, sh1ro, who had one of the worst performances in a long time. That however says more about how amazing he usually is, rather than being bad in #HomeSweetHome this far. It’s still a certainty that sh1ro has to play on a higher level to give his team to reach playoffs this time. The upside is the easier group draw for the second week and on paper the young guns should definitely be able to challenge all teams in group D. Is it enough for a playoff spot? Meh, probably not.
The Bulgarians of SKADE managed to win their group last week, but the ride ended quickly in the playoffs as they lost 0-2 to Sprout, after a rather uninspiring performance. As close as this group is it would be no surprise to see SKADE win the group, nor end last. This is definitely going to be a big test for them and it’s hard to see a repeat of the group win, but playoffs should be the goal, and that is very realistic.
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