#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 ...
#HomeSweetHome and its fifth week is in full swing and today it’s time for group C to enter the tournament. C0ntact Gaming, forZe, HONORIS and Syman Gaming makes up for a really interesting group with forZe and Syman Gaming being familiar to #HomeSweetHome, but with mixed results. C0ntact Gaming and HONORIS are ready to play their first week and while c0ntact is an established team who has played world class opposition, HONORIS brings a couple of the biggest legends CS:GO has back to the action! In this article we will preview all four teams and make our final predictions on how it will all play out. If you want to read more about #HomeSweetHome and the tournament as a whole head over to our event page!
c0ntact is one of the newcomers to #HomeSweetHome and straight out of the gate they are a favourite to make it far, or even win it all. As the team has played in both Flashpoint and ESL One: Road to Rio the past months they have faced teams of the highest caliber. The results have however been a mixed bag and in Road to Rio the team lost seven straight series, but they did manage to take maps of teams like mousesports, G2 Esports and North. In all honesty c0ntact deserved to win a few of these games and it still shows the team has big potential. Their group draw in this weeks #HomeSweetHome is far from the easiest, but for a team like c0ntact they should be making the playoffs without a doubt.
forZe is set to make their fourth appearance in #HomeSweetHome and this far their performance is disappointing when you consider how good the team can be. They have made the playoffs twice and missed out once. The team has played in Road to Rio without leaving much of a mark since then and honestly it looks like the team is on a downwards spiral. With players like xsepower, facecrack and especially FL1T it is surprising that they can’t get the whole package together. With all that said forZe still should be favoured over HONORIS and Syman, but a playoff spot is certainly no guarantee for them. Realistically the winner between forZe and Syman should take it and we give forZe a minimal edge in that matchup.
TaZ and NEO are two of the biggest legends in CS:GO ever and while it will be a pleasure to watch them play again it’s far fetched to believe that they can perform like in the glory days. Both players have no official matches under their belt for about 5 months and it would be no exaggeration to say their best days are behind them, by a mile. HONORIS is completed by three other Polish players, who quite frankly has no previous results to brag about and it’s difficult to find any kind of hope for this team. Being drawn into a group with c0ntact, forZe and Syman doesn’t make their task any easier and as much as we wish to see some traditional Polish plowing on the server - it will probably end with a massive faceplant.
Syman has participated in #HomeSweetHome two times before, in the first two weeks of the tournament, with respectable performances that still didn’t reach all the way. Since then they have looked up and down by beating Natus Vincere in Road to Rio, just to lose to teams like Winstrike and Nemiga straight after. The team is far from consistent, but when talented players like n0rb3r7 and Keoz are on their best they are a threat, especially against teams of the caliber presented in #HomeSweetHome. We still believe Syman will fall short against c0ntact and forZe, but it will most likely go down to a decider game and honestly anything could happen. A negative for Syman is also to begin the tournament against c0ntact, which should lead Syman to a tough spot.
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