ESL Pro League Season 12: North America
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The seventh week of #HomeSweetHome is upon us and we get to see a very interesting newcomer in OG enter the tournament as an immediate favourite for the trophy. Several previous challengers also make their return and teams like North and Copenhagen Flames will definitely want revenge for the previous performances in the tournament. The three time champions Complexity Gaming are also back to defend their title and once again bring home the $30,000 that weekly goes to the winner. Further down we will give a quick preview of our favourites to win together with a couple of dark horses!
$40,000 is distributed each week
Complexity has played in #HomeSweetHome and won it all every single time. As such it would be silly not to have them as a clear favourite once again. In the playoffs the team has looked crisp every week, but they have had their struggles in the group stages. Benjamin “blameF” Bremer and Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke deserves an extra shoutout for their heroic performances this far, even if the whole team has functioned on a very high level. There simply isn’t much to add about Complexity - anything but a grand final once again would be a huge disappointment at this point, that’s just how good they are playing right now. They are also in one of the weakest groups of this weeks #HomeSweetHome and they should have no issues reaching the playoff.
OG enters #HomeSweetHome for the first time and there is no doubt they do so as a favourite to win it all. Lately OG has competed in ESL One Pro League and the qualifiers for DreamHack Masters Spring. Even if the results have been up and down they are facing world class opposition on a weekly basis and with wins against teams like G2 Esports, mousesports, fnatic and Team Vitality in the bag it’s clear OG belongs in the big leagues. The squad lead by Aleksi “AleksiB” Virolainen have crashed onto the scene since its creation at the end of last year and constant improvements is the name of the game. The wild card of the team was Mateusz “mantuu” Wilczewski, but he has grown to be the star player for OG and as of late he has looked on fire. With all that OG should be a clear candidate to win this weeks #HomeSweetHome and even if their group with Copenhagen Flames, forZe and Team Secret is a really tough one, OG should have no issues at all to reach the playoffs. There the only real threat to OG should be Complexity Gaming, but as we have learned from previous weeks there might be more than one obstacle coming their way before it’s all said and done.
Behind the two juggernauts there is a whole list of teams who could potentially make a deep run in this weeks #HomeSweetHome and we chose to point out six of our best candidates below:
HAVU had a disappointing first week of #HomeSweetHome as they participated for the first time last week. With that said the Finnish squad has shown their quality in the past few months and we believe they might step up to the plate this time around, even if they have ended up in the toughest group of them all. Gambit Youngsters, Endpoint and North joins them and to be fair all three teams are veterans of the tournament and any of those teams could easily find themselves in a grand final. Same goes for SMASH, Hard Legion and Copenhagen Flames who have all had impressive performances in the past. They might be dark horses, but it’s clear all teams have improved massively the last month or two and it might just be time for them to take the next step. With all that said it’s clear the seventh week of #HomeSweetHome is one of the most competitive we have had this far and it’s going to be a pleasure seeing this unfold! That Complexity and OG remains the two massive favourites is still perfectly clear and any other teams naming themselves the newest champion of #HomeSweetHome would be an upset.
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