ESL Pro League Season 12: North America
On this tournament page for ESL Pro League Season 12: North America you can find information such as the teams attending, the prize pool ...
The eight and last week of #HomeSweetHome is here and while there is plans for a Grand Final to conclude the whole series, it is still unclear how it will play out. This week of play consists of mostly veteran teams of the tournament, and the only newcomer is Illuminar Gaming, with the Polish legend Janusz “snax” Pogorzelski in their ranks. The four time champions Complexity was announced as the last team to join this week, and as such they are a massive favourite to it once more! Further down we will give a quick preview of our favourites to win together with a couple of dark horses!
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The story of Complexity in #HomeSweetHome is beginning to become close to unbelievable, as they have won four weeks, in as many tries. There simply is not much praise left to give the team and their wins have most commonly been through sheer and utter dominance. For the first few weeks Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke and Benjamin “blameF” Bremer carried the team whenever it was needed the most and the Danish duo has continued their excellent form, but in past weeks Valentin “poizon” Vasilev has stepped up immensely and his work with the AWP should put fear into any team coming in their way. The team as a whole is another level than most teams in #HomeSweetHome and when this week misses out on teams such as OG, Heroic and BIG from the past, it seems more than likely that Complexity could, and should pick up their fifth straight win. We honestly can’t see any reasonable way to put any team over, or even alongside them right now.
Endpoint has been on our radar since the beginning of #HomeSweetHome and their six straight playoff showings are truly impressive. It was also crowned by a run all the way to the final in the previous week, where they eventually fell against the juggernaut Complexity. If players like Joey “CRUC1AL” Steusel, Thomas “Thomas” Utting and Kia “Surreal” Man keep up their great form the chances are very good to repeat that feat, or even win it all this time around. The improvements shown by Endpoint week by week are something few teams can match and the question is if this can lead the team to success on an even higher level? It does look like it and we have been in the Endpoint train since the start. For the eight week of #HomeSweetHome they have ended up in the toughest group of all and forZe, FATE and SMASH could make the teams life hard, but we trust Endpoint to make their seventh playoff in a row. As far as they accomplish that they have all the chances in the world to be crowned the last champion of the tournament.
c0ntact got their revenge as they managed to make it to a semifinal last week, through eliminating the massive favourite OG. It was a good sign for the team as they had failed miserably in their first week of #HomeSweetHome one week earlier. Otto “ottoNd” Sihvo and Rokas “EspiranTo” Milasauskas were the two main reasons for the teams success, but to make it all the way more could be demanded from the rest of the team. Quite frankly c0ntact has shown in the past they are a real threat to even world class teams, and #HomeSweetHome is a tournament they should be able to excel in. As their group this week consists of Copenhagen Flames, HONORIS and Illuminar a playoff spot shouldn’t be an issue at all and the overall strength this week is lower, which makes c0ntact a clear favourite to go on a deep run.
This weeks field of #HomeSweetHome is missing quite a few of the big guns and as such there honestly aren’t too many team we can mention as either favourites or even challengers. Teams such as Hard Legion, North, forZe and Movistar Riders could potentially make it all the way, but right now they seem to have too many issues as roster changes, poor form or other problems makes us stay away. However, we have found ourselves a potential challenger, who have shown their skill week after week, without reaching all the way, yet.
The Estonian duo of Kristjan “shokz” Jakobson and Kristjan “FejtZ” Allsaar has been a pleasure to watch through the weeks of #HomeSweetHome, as both have carried SMASH when it’s been the most needed. While that has been a great sign for SMASH, there is more - swedish duo of Joakim “disco doplan” Gidetun and Denis “grux” has been excellent that past couple of weeks and it’s starting to look like it’s all falling in place around the experienced leader, Kamen “bubble” Kostadinov. It has been a pleasure to see our predictions of SMASH coming through and they have gone from a team no one believed in, to a dark horse, to now, a potential winner. Their group draw this week is truly unfortunate as Endpoint, FATE and forZe could potentially knock SMASH out early, but we believe they will overcome that and in the playoffs anything could happen. If SMASH manages to crown their adventure in #HomeSweetHome with a win, it would be a beautiful story to say the least.
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