#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 has sent another four teams packing and four teams have advanced to the semifinals. Even if a couple of the favourites handled there business there was definitely more than one surprise sprinkled in there as well and below we will go through every game and have a look at how it all played out. On Sunday evening a champion for week 3 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!
Salamander Gaming might have been the biggest surprise in #HomeSweetHome this far, but it would come to an abrupt end as they faced one of the biggest forces in the tournament, Complexity. Salamander would never truly enter the server and players like Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke, Owen “oBo” Schlatter and Valentin “poizon” Vasilev had a field day as Complexity smashed their opponents two times over. Even if Complexity suffered a loss in the opening game against SMASH Esports, they have stepped up immensely since and they have dominated completely. Moving onwards there is no doubt Complexity is back in the driver's seat to win it all, where BIG on paper is the only true challenger. For Salamander this loss hurts after such a hopeful start, but all in all a playoff spot is already more than respectable for the team in their first week of #HomeSweetHome and facing a team this strong was nothing short of unlucky.
The two time champions BIG are continuing their march in #HomeSweetHome. In the third week they have demolished team after team. Apeks came to the playoffs with big hopes in their first week of play, but it was obvious their opponent was of the highest caliber. Things would not work out on the server for the Norwegians as BIG showed their strength straight away by winning Apeks map pick of Overpass, 16-8. Following that it was smooth sailing for Ismailcan “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş and Florian “syrsoN” Rische and the other guys in BIG as they secured their semifinal spot on Dust2 without a sign of slowing down. There is close to no doubt BIG will move on as the main favourite to win the tournament, only challenged by Complexity who are looking to reign supreme in their debut week.
AGO has struggled this far in #HomeSweetHome, but reaching the playoffs this week was already a big step forward. SMASH Esports on the other hand is a team who has taken steps forward ever since the start and they looked brutally good in the groupstage. Despite this AGO was by most favoured and as we went against the stream on this, we were happy to see SMASH Esports deliver one of the greatest performances we have seen from them this far. AGOs pick of Dust2 would end with dominance as Kristjan “shokz” Jakobson was on fire and ended the map with a 26-7 scoreline. Mirage has been the home map for SMASH Esports for a long time and they once again got to show why, but this time it would be a show from Kristjan “fejtZ” Allsaar, who we have been praising earlier, as he demolished AGO who desperately tried to get their CT side working, but to no avail. At the end of the day there was no discussion who the stronger team was and SMASH Esports picks up an already amazing result in #HomeSweetHomes third week. Next up is a semifinal against BIG and while that will be a tough nut to crack we are not counting these underdogs out just yet.
As much as Sprout looked to have improved since their roster change, they faced weak looking teams in the groups, the real test was to come in this quarterfinal - fair to say the roll came to an abrupt end. Endpoint has been one of the most stable teams in #HomeSweetHome and they once again got to show they are the real deal. We highlighted Joey “CRUC1AL” Steusel beforehand and he proved everybody right. The Dutchman was instrumental in securing both Dust2 and Train for Endpoint, who looked solid all around. Sprout still has a lot to work on, which is obviously no surprise with a very recent roster change. For Endpoint Complexity is up next and that will be their toughest opponent this far. Could they possibly challenge the giant? On their absolute best of days they probably can.
With all four quarterfinals 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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