#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 seventh week of #HomeSweetHome is coming to its end as the last group is about to enter the action! Endpoint and Gambit Youngsters are two of the tournaments veterans, but both are still looking for a super deep run. They are accompanied by HAVU Gaming, who was a disappointment in the previous week and North, who are back for their second opportunity, as they were a part of the first week ever, but has had a break since. The four will fight it out for the two spot to the playoffs and a chance at the total of $40,000 that gets awarded weekly. If you want to read more about #HomeSweetHome and the tournament as a whole head over to our event page!
We have given Endpoint a whole lot of praise during #HomeSweetHome as they have reached the playoffs five times in a row. However it has in four of the cases ended with a fast exit in the quarterfinal and only once did they reach this semis. Endpoint has had an amazing ability to perform in the groups, with players such as CRUC1AL and Thomas being the most shining players for the squad. It seems like the team runs in to trouble quick when the level of competition rises and that’s something that has to be mentioned, but we still believe Endpoint are ready to take the next step and overcome that hurdle. This week could prove itself to be very tough though, as group D might just be the strongest one this week. The opening game against HAVU will be absolutely crucial to make it six straight playoff showings, but the Finns are no joke, even if their previous week would suggest so. As much as we like Endpoint this far, they are up for their toughest test this far and it will be far from easy this time around.
This weeks #HomeSweetHome will be Gambit Youngsters fifth showing, and while they started slow with two missed playoffs, they have turned it around with two straight semifinal spots. This has been much thanks to the rise of the mega talents Ax1Le and sh1ro, who finally have reached the level of play that we expect from the two youngsters. There is still work to be done in Gambit Youngsters to challenge the top teams, but they are in the right track. This week is a tough test as all four teams in this group are highly competitive and the opening game between Gambit Youngsters and North is as important as a game can get in #HomeSweetHome. It’s very likely that the winner will move on, while the loser goes home. In a best of one setting the game feels close to a coin flip and while we don’t feel strongly one way or another, but North has a roster change, which impacts them negatively and we will side with Gambit Youngsters on this one.
HAVU arrived to their first #HomeSweetHome tournament last week as one of the most interesting names in a while. Hopes were high, but quickly crashed and burned. Gambit Youngsters proved themselves too good against the Finns that time around and it’s not unlikely at all that we might end up in that spot once again. As HAVU has performed amazingly well in Flashpoint and BLAST Rising the hopes for the team are still big and they should be able to bring home success from #HomeSweetHome. The group draw this week is still tough enough that HAVU can’t even be a clear favourite to move on, but we do think if the teams anchors like sLowi and ZOREE are ready to play this week, they will at the very least reach the playoffs. With that said it’s a tough week and whichever teams move on from this group will have great chances in the playoffs.
North has not participated in #HomeSweetHome since its very first week, where they reached the semifinal. Since then Road to Rio has been on the menu for the Danes and even if they didn’t make wonders happen, they got wins against mousesports, c0ntact Gaming, Movistar Riders and G2 Esports. Since then Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye has gone inactive for the team, while kristou from AGF Esport has stepped in to fill his shoes. This far it has been close to a disaster as kristou has not found his spot at all and the team has lost to G2 Esports, Astralis and Heroic, without having much of a chance at all. With that said the level of competition in #HomeSweetHome is not on a world class level and should fit North better right now. It is however a worrying sign and when they are drawn into a group this strong we have to go against them.
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