#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 ...
The second week of #HomeSweetHome has sent another four teams packing and four teams have advanced to the playoffs. Every quarterfinal series had a clear favorite, but after a long day of games we would be left with more than one upset. On Sunday evening a champion for week 2 will be crowned and as such bring home the $30,000 that is awarded to the winner. If you want to know more about #HomeSweetHome you can head over to our event page!
In the first quarterfinal of the day the newcomers Copenhagen Flames quickly made a statement on their own map pick of Nuke. Asger “Farlig” Jensen has had an excellent first week in #HomeSweetHome and continued his run when he picked up 28 frags to help his team get to a 1-0 lead. Spirit has proved themselves to be the comeback kings however and on the second map they desperately needed to show why. Being down 7-12 on their own map pick of Dust2 and with things looking to end Nikolay “mir” Bityukov and the rest of the Spirit team charged with full force. The CT side comeback was completed and after a heroic performance the series would end up on the deciding map - Inferno.
The deciding map would end up being a real back and forth as the Danes got off to a good start by winning on their CT side, 9-6. Spirit would however manage to bring the game back to a lead with 11-10 before Copenhagen Flames, once again, lead by Farlig would win six straight rounds as T and destroy the hopes and dreams of Spirit reaching another final.
With that the Danish newcomer is ready for a semifinal in #HomeSweetHome and it would be an understatement to call it an amazing performance. The team has already outdone themselves, but it is also more than obvious this team can go further.
The first weeks champions against the biggest surprise of the second week, could it end with anything else than a win for the champs? It sure wouldn’t look like it when BIG absolutely destroyed Nordavind on Nuke, which wasn’t even their pick. A 3-0 start for Nordavind would turn into 16 straight lost rounds. There really isn’t much to say and Jesper “TENZKI” Plougmann ending the game with a score of 1-19 tells you quite a bit about this map. BIGs pick of Dust2 would end up being a closer affair, but as BIG got to play the T side it was over and done with. BIG grabs an easy victory, as expected, and moves on to face Copenhagen Flames in the first semifinal. Can the champs finally stop the Danish train? Probably.
There was no discussion who the favorite was coming into this series. forZe has proven themselves, while SMASH has shown both good and bad. While winning their group ahead of BIG, AGO and Singularity was an impressive feat, SMASH needed to put up a real heroic performance to challenge forZe. It might have started well for SMASH who picked up a 9-6 lead in halftime on their pick Mirage, but the fun would quickly end when forZe jumped to the CT side. On the back of great plays by mainly Dmitriy “facecrack” Alekseyev and Evgeny “FL1T” Lebedev forZe won 10 straight rounds to finalize the 16-10 score. The latter would continue his dominance on Inferno to lead the CIS team towards a relatively comfortable 2-0 win as SMASH just couldn’t keep up with the more skilled team they were facing. Kristjan “fejtZ” Allsaar played like a superhero for SMASH in the groups, but in this quarterfinal neither he, or the rest of the team could replicate their performance, but all in all the second week of #HomeSweetHome has been a success for them.
Syman got themselves a spot in the playoffs due to Virtus.Pro dropping out of the tournament as they had multiple assignments. As Syman wasn’t even especially close to qualify by their own power they came in as a massive underdog against Endpoint who had a very impressive group stage behind them. All would start according to plan as Endpoint brought home an easy win on Overpass, Symans pick. On Dust2 Endpoint would have both an 8-2 and 14-7 lead, but miraculously Rustem “mou” Telepov and Nicolas “Keoz” Dgus carried Syman back into the game. NINE straight CT rounds later Syman had closed it out to force a third map. The same duo would make Endpoints life miserable on Train as they once again had a magical performance. This marathon series once again played it’s full 30 rounds and Syman completed one of the biggest upsets we have seen in #HomeSweetHome, especially considering the colossal comeback on the second map. Syman moves on to face forZe and even if it looks close to impossible on paper it seems Syman has found their game and at this point, who knows how far they can go.
With all four quarter finals done we have our semifinals set for Sunday and the first one will start at 14.50 CET. That means we will have an extremely action packed day full of CS:GO as the two semifinals, as well as the Grand Final is to be played. The semifinals will be played as follows:
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