#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 ...
#HomeSweetHomes eight and last week is underway, and even if we know there will be a grand final tournament, we still don’t know exactly how that will play out. The third group of this week is an interesting one with what we now would call veterans in Copenhagen Flames and HONORIS. The legendary players in HONORIS also gets joined by a new Polish team to #HomeSweetHome in Illuminar Gaming and the fourth team is the Swedish Japaleno, who return to #HomeSweetHome after being absent since the second week of play.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!
Copenhagen Flames has had a fair share of success this year, especially since the arrival of Queenix to the lineup. The team has surprised world class teams in ESL One: Road to Rio, but their journey in #HomeSweetHome has not been the best, even if they managed to make it to the semifinals of the second week. In the previous week the team suffered two losses in a row to forZe, which made them miss the playoffs completely. Even if the group with forZe, OG and KOVA was a tough one, the expectations should be higher on this Danish squad. The main reason for their drop off can definitely be explained by the departure of Asger “farlig” Jensen, who was one of, if not, the best player in the team. The replacement HECTOz has shown that he can fill his shoes though, as he has gotten off to a great start. The team as a whole has a lot of work to do to return to their peak form, and players like refrezh and Nodios have to reach higher than the past few weeks. With all that said they are in for maybe their easiest group in #HomeSweetHome this far and making it to the playoffs should be no problem for Copenhagen Flames.
HONORIS are entering #HomeSweetHome for the fourth time this week and once again it’s hard to find much hope for the team making it through. After two win-less weeks they finally managed to get a win last week. The win came in their opening game against the juggernaut Complexity, but honestly it looked to be more due to Complexity underperforming than HONORIS somehow stepping it up that much. It all came down crashing and burning as they lost to Budapest Five and then got completely manhandled by Complexity in their rematch. As much as we love seeing TaZ and NEO back on the server, this Polish lineup simply doesn’t have what it takes and even if they now are looking at a very reasonable group draw they still are very unlikely to make it through. If we could see the team win a game it’s a success as far as we are concerned.
This Polish squad is the only newcomer to #HomeSweetHome this week and they managed to clinch a spot from the qualifiers, where they beat AVEZ and ALTERNATE aTTaX on their way. Vegi, mouz and Snax joined Illuminar just a couple of months ago and even if the results since have been a mixed bag, the qualifiers proves that the team might have something to offer in #HomeSweetHome. For the viewers it’s also a treat to see the former world class level player Snax back, and not only that, he was instrumental in even taking the team to the tournament, with a great performance in the qualifier. It’s tough to speculate how strong Illuminar truly is, but they have been lucky with this group draw. Their opening game against Copenhagen Flames will be a tough one and Illuminar is definitely an underdog there. All in all we rate Illuminar higher than their Polish brothers in HONORIS, but lower than Copenhagen Flames. Japaleno on the other hand seems like a very even race, and we think the decider match will end up being between them.
Japaleno participated in the first two weeks of #HomeSweetHome, but has been absent since. The results weren’t great as the team missed the playoffs both previous times, but we still saw glimpses of hope in their play, as they challenged some of the better teams of the tournament. Since then the Swedes have competed in BLAST Rising and Hellcase Cup. The results are inconsistent as Japaleno has won against Apeks, FATE and Movistar Riders, but then lost to the same teams together with NAVI Junior and Hard Legion Esports. Evaluating Japaleno seems close to impossible, but as much as we remember a team who fought well from the first few weeks of #HomeSweetHome, it seems like they have dropped off. Worth mentioning is also that tabz has replaced Daniel “djL” Narancic since we saw them last time. If this was two months ago we would without a doubt have Japaleno as at least number two in this group, but this time around it’s harder to put them there. However, looking at the strength of this group overall we will still do so, as we don’t trust Illuminar to make it through just yet.
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