Preview of Group C in week 3 of #HomeSweetHome

#HomeSweetHome Week 3: Group C Preview

#HomeSweetHome is approaching halfway in its third week of play today. As per usual we will analyse the teams and make our predictions. Complexity Gaming, FATE Esports, Nordavind and SMASH Esports will fight it out in Group B for the two spot to the playoffs and a chance at the total of $40,000 that gets awarded weekly. Complexity Gaming and FATE Esports are both new to #HomeSweetHome and while Complexity Gaming got invited, FATE Esports went through a long battle in the qualifiers to get their spot. There is no doubt Complexity Gaming arrives to #HomeSweetHome as one of the main favourites to win it all, as they normally play against tier 1 opposition. Both Nordavind and SMASH Esports needs to step up, with their previous performances in #HomeSweetHome being disappointments. Below we will review all four teams and give our final predictions on how we think they will fare. If you want to read more about #HomeSweetHome and the tournament as a whole head over to our event page!

Teams 

Complexity Gaming

  • Owen "oBo" Schlatter
  • Benjamin "blameF" Bremer
  • Will "RUSH" Wierzba
  • Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke
  • Valentin "poizon" Vasilev

Complexity might be a newcomer to #HomeSweetHome, but there is no doubt they come in as a main favourite to win it all. During 2020 the team has had their fair share of success that all got kickstarted with their two wins against Astralis and Team Vitality in BLAST Premiers regular season. Admirable performances in ESL Pro League and Road to Rio where the team has faced world class competition tells a story, and it is one of a team on the rise. The fact still is that Complexity might not be able to beat the top 10 teams of the world, but in #HomeSweetHome they have the ability to smash most teams. The once amazing talent k0nfig seems to have found his stride again in this team and expect him to demolish teams with his raw skill. BlameF is another player to keep an eye on as he has been on fire lately. Anything but a win in the third week of #HomeSweetHome would be a disappointment for a team this good.

FATE Esports

  • Veselin "doublemagic" Milenov
  • Kalin "KalubeR" Еrenditzov
  • Viktor "duplicate" Mitev
  • Martin "Mar" Kuymdjiev
  • Nikolay "niki1" Pantaleev

This Bulgarian five man lineup was created just days ago to compete in the open qualifiers to #HomeSweetHome and when all was said and done they were the winners. However, in all reality the competition was from the highest caliber and it’s tough to see this newly created team leave a big mark in their first week in the tournament. The group draw is not the worst, but the opening game against Nordavind will determine the fate of the Bulgarians. We can’t see them beat the Norwegians, who have been looking solid lately, and as such a playoff spot is most likely out of reach for FATE Esports.

Nordavind

  • Jesper "tenzki" Plougmann Mikalski
  • Jørgen "cromen" Robertsen
  • Niels Christian "NaToSaphiX" Sillassen
  • Kevin "HS" Tarn
  • Haris "H4RR3" Hadžić

The first two weeks of #HomeSweetHome has been far from a success for Nordavind, and as such they are looking to improve their record in the third week. Three straight losses in Elisa Invitational has been mixed with better results in LOOT.BET Season 6 and BLAST Rising. Wins against AGO, Sprout and SKADE the past weeks is at least something for the boys in Nordavind. One thing is for sure, several of the players in the team has to step up big time for Nordavind to even reach playoffs here, and that says a lot since the group isn’t even particularly strong. Most likely Nordavind will end up fighting for the second spot with SMASH Esports and that won’t be an easy task as the two teams look to be of similar strength.

SMASH Esports

  • Kamen "bubble" Kostadinov
  • Joakim "disco doplan" Gidetun
  • Denis "grux" Gutaj
  • Kristjan "FejtZ" Allsaar
  • Kristjan “shokz” Jakobson

SMASH has been one of the positive surprises in #HomeSweetHome this far, as they battled hard in their group the first week, but had to give in against the two coming finalists BIG and Team Spirit. In the second week SMASH won their group in astonishing fashion, but failed to move past the quarterfinal. That is however still a good sign for SMASH and we are especially impressed by FejtZ who has been looking magnificent in both weeks. The rest of the team is also doing well for themselves and the only issue for SMASH seems to be their map pool, which looks rather shallow. As mentioned earlier it’s likely that the second playoff spot will belong to SMASH or Nordavind, but we believe SMASH has an excellent chance to beat the Norwegians as they are in somewhat of a struggle at this very moment. Beginning against Complexity Gaming is rough for SMASH, but we believe they will still find themselves in a decider, and there anything can happen.

Predictions 

Opening Matches

Nordavind > FATE Esports

Complexity Gaming > SMASH Esports

Winners Match

Complexity Gaming > Nordavind

Elimination Match

SMASH Esports > FATE Esports

Decider Match

SMASH Esports > Nordavind

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Janne Kouva

6 May 2020
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