Ghost qualify for DreamHack Masters Stockholm over Rogue
Ghost reached the grand final after sweeping Spencer "Hiko" Martin's squad in the upper-bracket; however, in the consolidation final Rogue managed to secure their spot in the grand final, defeating eUnited 2-0.
The first map in the best-of-three grand final was Nuke. Rogue started on the CT-side where Casper "cadiaN" Møller held ramp by tapping down three with the USP-S to secure the pistol. Joshua "steel" Nissan and his men then rallied back on the offensive side to win five in a row, before a quad-kill hold from Daniel "vice" Kim snapped the streak (2-5).
Rogue pressed on to add two more to their lead, but a change of pace from Ghost netted them two of their own to make it 7-4. Hiko and his men weren't going down without a fight and topped their following full-buy to sail through the remainder of the first-half, sealing the 8-7 lead at halftime.
The second half saw Ghost take the reins right from the start as CTs, with the first-five rounds going their way, before vice and Hiko put in work on their side, winning three in a row. An aggressive approach from Ghost meant two rounds on the board for them, but a relentless Rogue fired back to equalize the score at 14-14. Matthew "WARDELL" Yu and co. then held on tight to reach map point before sealing the 16-14 victory.
The series then moved on to Train, where steel shutdown Hiko in a 1vs1 in the post-plant to secure the T pistol. Ghost pressed on, securing the anti-ecos and then walking over Rogue's defense for a slated 7-0 lead. However, a lopsided round allowed Rogue some room to secure their first of the half, which then saw the CT-side march on with four in a row (5-7). A stable economy finally relieved Ghost for two rounds, but in the end, vice's triple-kill was enough to settle the first-half, down 9-6.
In the second half, Rogue got off to a flying start on the T-side to secure the pistol and the following anti-ecos to even things out (9-9). Ghost then won a clean retake to regain the lead, but a determined Rogue fired back to equalize the score once again. From there, it was all Ghost on the defense to win the remaining six rounds to secure the 2-0 series and a spot at DreamHack Masters Stockholm.
|Ghost||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Matthew 'WARDELL' YuWARDELL||48 - 30||+18||85.8||1.49|
|Joshua 'steel' Nissansteel||43 - 40||+3||86.7||1.20|
|Kenneth 'koosta' Suenkoosta||47 - 43||+4||80.4||1.10|
|Yassine 'Subroza' TaoufikSubroza||30 - 35||-5||60.8||0.93|
|Matt 'Pollo' WilsonPollo||27 - 38||-11||55.5||0.78|