#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 ...
#HomeSweetHomes second week has reached its semifinals, of which both will be played today, Sunday, along with the Grand Final that takes place tonight. The tournament started with 16 hopeful teams and at this point only four remains. Copenhagen Flames, forZe, Syman Gaming or the reigning champions BIG will be crowned the winner of week two tonight and as such bring home the $30,000, while the second place finisher gets $10,000. With all that said, it's time for us to have a look at the semifinals and evaluate who we think has what it takes to win it all. If you want to know more about #HomeSweetHome you can head over to our event page!
The newcomers Copenhagen Flames have already made a statement in #HomeSweetHome and most, us included, probably underestimated this team heavily beforehand. Asger “Farlig” Jensen has been the star player for the Danes as he has put up great performances time after time. The challenge in this semifinal goes up both one and two notches, which means that Copenhagen Flames faces their, by far, toughest challenge. To have a chance Farlig needs to continue delivering, but players like Ismail “refrezh” Ali and Magnus “Nodios” Olsen has to step up a bit more, which they have potential to do.
BIG won the first week of #HomeSweetHome and they have all the chances in the world to do so again. As good as Copenhagen Flames run has been this far it really should come to an end right here. The positive for BIG is that Florian “syrsoN” Rische and Ismailcan “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş are once again playing extremely well and it would be no stretch to believe any of the two can pick up the MVP for week 2. That would be the second one in two weeks for XANTARES, but that’s just how good he is playing right now. BIG are a big favorite going in to this game and they deserve it, but there are definitely warning bells ringing in our heads as BIG has proved they can stumble here and there.
Even though forZe faced a loss to Nordavind in the group stage the team has been looking solid in all other games. Their wins against Sprout and SMASH showed the real level of the team. The CIS team arrives to this semifinal as a MASSIVE favorite and it’s not hard to understand why, especially when their star player Evgeny “FL1T” Lebedev has been on fire the last couple of games. If FL1T together with Bogdan “xsepower” Chernikov and Dmitriy “facecrack” Alekseyev has an even average day this should be a walk in the park for forZe.
Syman got their playoff spot due to Virtus.Pro not being able to attend, which already tells a story. They simply weren’t strong enough to qualify by their own strength, but that’s what makes their amazing win against Endpoint even more confusing. They made a crazy comeback in that quarterfinal to be in this spot, but against a team of forZes caliber it really just shouldn’t be enough. Rustem “mou” Telepov and Nicolas “Keoz” Dgus had maginificent performances in that series and they must find that level again to have a chance here, but honestly, even if they do, it might not be enough. Syman has honestly ended up in a position they shouldn’t be in, in the first place and as such we expect them to fall short, fast.
Both semifinals have a massive favorite and honestly we can’t argue against it, at all. BIG and forZe are simply much stronger teams than Copenhagen Flames and Syman Gaming. There really isn’t much room for discussion on that point, but if anything the Danes might be the team to look out for. Their strength is still somewhat unknown and BIG has had a tendency to falter every now and then. With that said we definitely expect a final between BIG and forZe tonight, and rest assured, that game would be a real banger!
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