#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 third week of #HomeSweetHome is set to move on to the playoffs as eight teams have been eliminated and eight has moved on. The playoffs are being played with a traditional single elimination format where the group winners face off against second place finishers from another group. The groups have seen their fair share of upsets, but the two biggest ones might just belong to Virtus.Pro and forZe not taking a spot in the playoffs. Below we will do a quick recap of how the groups concluded and what it means for the future of #HomeSweetHome and its third week. If you want to read more about #HomeSweetHome and the tournament as a whole head over to our event page!
Sprout came to the third week of #HomeSweetHome without their previous star player Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný and found a replacement in Michał "snatchie" Rudzki. It’s fair to say the switch worked out as Sprout dominated both AVEZ and Virtus.Pro to secure their playoff spot. Now the team is set to face Endpoint in the quarterfinal and if the team can keep up their great looking form they should be set to move one step further. In the decider match of group A Virtus.Pro fell flat against Apeks, who now surprisingly find themselves in the quarterfinals. The two time champions BIG awaits and that is without a doubt a mountain to climb, and while anything might be possible this definitely looks scary for the Norwegians.
Salamander Gaming stood for the biggest surprise of the week, or maybe the biggest one overall in #HomeSweetHome, as they managed to win group B after wins against forZe and AGO. It’s worth noting that the group on paper might have been the weakest one, but Salamander going all the way is a massive success for the Hungarian squad. They are set to play Complexity Gaming in their quarterfinal and it’s honestly sad to see them ending up with such a tough task after winning their group. However it seems like anything might be possible for them and nothing is done before the game has been played. As Mustang Crew stood no chance in this group the decider was played between AGO and forZe. As much as forZe has been a favourite in previous week they have looked bleak lately and AGO could use this to their advantage. Next up for the Polish squad is a hot looking SMASH Esports, but on paper this is probably the easiest opponent AGO could have gotten and it’s truly time for them to get a good result with them from #HomeSweetHome.
The massive favourite in group C was Complexity Gaming who made their debut in #HomeSweetHome, but things would take a turn as they lost their opener against SMASH Esports. The team would however show their real strength as they demolished FATE Esports and Nordavind to secure the second place in the group. A quarterfinal against Salamander gaming should be a piece of cake for the world class team and if so, we are back to normal once again. SMASH Esports followed up their upset in the opener with a nice win against Nordavind and next up is AGO in the quarterfinal. With how good the team looks at it’s best a win versus AGO is a given as long as they play their A game.
The opening game between BIG and Endpoint ended up being a close story, but BIG drew the longest straw and as such they could go on to secure a group win against Team Secret. Apeks awaits in the playoffs and on paper it looks more than sure BIG will move on and a final spot should also be close to a guarantee. The squad has two straight wins in #HomeSweetHome and it honestly looks very, very likely they might just complete the triple. Speaking of Endpoint they managed the long way around and secured their playoff spot in a 2-1 win against Team Secret. With playing Sprout in the quarterfinal the team has an excellent chance to reach at least a semifinal.
In the groupstage of the third week of #HomeSweetHome there was more than just a few upsets and with Virtus.Pro and forZe already being knocked out and some unexpected group winners the quarterfinals are quite odd looking. The matchups that are being played on Saturday with start 10.50 CET looks as follows:
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