#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 is back with its last week of play as it’s time to settle a winner for the eight time! The first group of the week kicks off with four teams familiar to the tournament, but with all of the teams looking for the success they haven’t found this far. AGO, Ambush and Movistar Riders have all struggled to even make the playoffs and AGO is the only of them to do so, once. North did make the semifinals in their very first week of the tournament, but as they participated last week they ended with two straight losses.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 and it’s fair to say all teams are pressured to finally start performing. If you want to read more about #HomeSweetHome and the tournament as a whole head over to our event page!
The Polish squad in AGO has yet to find any real success in #HomeSweetHome, with two missed playoffs and one quarterfinal exit on their resume. Furlan and GruBy has been the backbone of this team for a long time, but they seem to struggle with finding the right pieces to make the team a real threat. This week their chances should be fairly good still, as the group consists of other struggling teams. Their opening game against Movistar Riders will be a crucial one to finally get a successful run in #HomeSweetHome after all the struggles. It won’t be an easy task though as Movistar Riders are more than capable of reaching the playoffs themselves. We are sad to say, but by the looks of it AGO might be in for another disappointment, even if the opposition is easier than it might have been during some other weeks.
Ambush has had a tough time in #HomeSweetHome this far in their two previous showings and they have yet to reach the playoffs, but if there was ever a time for it, that time is now. The one player to highlight from the Danish underdogs is Ryxxo, who has delivered nice performances time after time and during the qualifiers to the tournament he was lighting up the scoreboard. That is however far from enough to carry Ambush through when higher level of competition is up against them and unfortunately we can’t do anything else than put the team as the least likely to excel. If anything #HomeSweetHome has been a good way to see and learn for Ambush, and we believe that will be the case in the last week as well.
Movistar Riders competed in the first and second week of #HomeSweetHome, but the results definitely fell short as the team ended last in the group both times. Since then the team managed to create quite a few upsets as they competed in ESL One: Road to Rio, where they went victorious against mousesports, fnatic and c0ntact Gaming and even if they fell short of making it further it was an impressive display. While that was a peak of performance by the Spanish squad, they have dropped off lately and have quite a few weak showings since then. It’s fair to assume Movistar Riders can challenge both AGO and North, but with the teams current form another missed playoff wouldn’t be a surprise. We still believe they should be able to crawl through somehow as AGO are not looking very strong and North are struggling heavily with their recent roster change.
As much as we counted on North being a top team early on in #HomeSweetHome, the situation has changed heavily as Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye is no longer part of the team and kristou has stepped in to fill his shoes. This far the youngster has had a very rough time in both Dream Masters Spring and last weeks #HomeSweetHome. North are not looking like themselves at all and they can’t seem to fit in kristou in the lineup just yet. Last week North lost two straight games against Gambit Youngsters and Endpoint, but both those teams are much stronger than what their group for this week has to offer. As the Danes now has had some more time to play with kristou we do believe they should find themselves a playoff spot this week, but it won’t be easy and moving on to the playoffs their chances honestly don’t look good. In the opening game we will see a Danish derby between North and Ambush, and that’s a game North should win any day of the week. They have their back against the wall to do so and we trust the experienced and more skilled players in North to get the job done.
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