Ghost send OpTic packing at ZOTAC Cup Masters

In a shocking upset, underdogs Ghost beat the #15-ranked Danes in OpTic 2-1 to move on to the semi finals of the Hong Kong event.

The series started out on OpTic's pick, Nuke, where the Danes narrowly took the pistol round as Ts after a 3k from captain Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer. Ghost quickly fired back, though, and won their following eco round. The teams continued trading messy rounds until Joshua "steel" Nissan's men finally pulled ahead to 4-2 on the back of a Kenneth "koosta" Suen 4k.

The North Americans completely shut down anything OpTic had to offer, with Matthew "WARDELL" Yu especially showing good form, covering the outside with brilliant AWP play. Ghost made it to 10-2 before OpTic finally managed one round after a plant on the B site. That was all the seemingly bewildered Danes could manage, though, as Ghost went to halftime with a 12-3 lead.

Wardell put up massive numbers to help his team beat OpTic

koosta was the man to solidify Ghost's domination on Nuke, as the American managed four kills in their win in the first pistol round after the switch. OpTic won the following eco round, but couldn't convert the next, putting Ghost in the driving seat once again, as they made it to a 15-4 lead.

With their backs against the wall, the Danes embarked on a campaign to bring themselves back in the map. They managed four rounds, almost getting the fifth in a close race by Nicklas "gade" Gade to defuse the bomb, before Ghost shut it all down as they won Nuke 16-8.

Ghost started out strong as CTs on their own pick, Overpass, winning the pistol round and the following anti eco with ease. OpTic bought up in the third round to take it, which prompted a series of rounds traded between the two teams that took the map to 5-4 in favour of the Danes, with 4ks on the AWP from both WARDELL and Jakob "JUGi" Hansen on the way.

OpTic then took control as Ts, stringing together rounds together without much of an answer from the North Americans before the half ended at 10-5 in favour of Snappi's men.

An admirable 3k in the second pistol round from up-and-coming talent gade put OpTic in a good position to build on their lead from the first half. With a 4k in the following round, their captain Snappi put OpTic at 12-5. They took one more before Ghost won two of their own. In the end though, it wasn't enough for the North Americans to come back as OpTic dominated in the last rounds of the map and won it 16-7.

steel had clearly done his homework on OpTic

Then came time for the decider, Inferno, where Kevin "kRYSTAL" Amend helped Ghost take the first pistol round with a 3k. Two quick anti-eco later, another 3k secured a round for the North Americans, this time managed by Yassine "Subroza" Taoufik with the Galil in hand.

Finally, OpTic put themselves on the board to make it 4-1, but Ghost fired right back and put together a dominating streak. At 10-1, OpTic had the round in the bag until WARDELL put up a massive 4k round that included a 1v3 clutch and a bomb plant from the 20-year old Canadian AWPer. The North Americans looked rock solid throughout the first half, ending up with a 13-2 lead at the break.

With the OpTic favourites starting to look visibly shaken, the Danes couldn't close out the second pistol round, putting Ghost in an optimal position to end it all. And sure enough, the North Americans put the lid on the match with two quick rounds, sending the Danish favourites packing with a 16-2 win on Inferno.

Matchpage
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24th August 2018
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Nuke
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Overpass
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Inferno
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 OpTic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb 42 - 49 -7 71.6 0.98
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi 42 - 43 -1 69.0 0.93
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig 43 - 53 -10 70.9 0.90
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi 38 - 45 -7 67.1 0.88
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gadegade 40 - 51 -11 68.8 0.85
 Ghost K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Matthew 'WARDELL' YuWARDELL 63 - 35 +28 91.7 1.47
United States Kenneth 'koosta' Suenkoosta 60 - 37 +23 95.0 1.39
Canada Joshua 'steel' Nissansteel 47 - 48 -1 84.9 1.20
Canada Yassine 'Subroza' TaoufikSubroza 39 - 40 -1 61.2 0.92
Germany Kevin 'kRYSTAL' AmendkRYSTAL 31 - 46 -15 61.5 0.82
Canada Matthew 'WARDELL' Yu
Matthew 'WARDELL' Yu
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
504
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.10
United States Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
816
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Germany Kevin 'kRYSTAL' Amend
Kevin 'kRYSTAL' Amend
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1454
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Canada Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
438
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1110
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
643
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Canada Yassine 'Subroza' Taoufik
Yassine 'Subroza' Taoufik
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
528
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
875
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.10
Nice
2018-08-24 15:27
#29
RapeN | 
Finland ENCEL 
Green wall cant stop ghosts
2018-08-24 15:29
#36
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United Kingdom Tendies 
nice job kevin
2018-08-24 15:31
#63
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South Africa 0rdy 
He wasn't IGLing was he? (I think steel was) Considering that, it really was a poor showing. I know he is new to the team and needs time to get used to them etc, but I wouldn't call it a nice job tbh. Still a fan of his though.
2018-08-24 15:54
#82
strize | 
Canada DiiSCO 
Wardell is INSANE
2018-08-24 16:32
#87
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United States burzeus 
hes switching between too many roles in too little time, give him sometime i would suggest
2018-08-24 16:42
Steel is IGL 100%
2018-08-24 17:18
Steel is too smart to not IGL; it'd be a waste of his talents. No, he's not the best, but he's pretty damn good.
2018-08-24 19:12
#81
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Poland big_boy_69 
hahahah +1
2018-08-24 16:30
#110
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World Beard43 
+1 hahaha!!
2018-08-24 19:17
#80
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Sweden Unluko 
ez
2018-08-24 16:24
#98
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Lebanon RobloxPorn 
♿pTic
2018-08-24 17:43
#2
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Slovakia Rhanus 
expected
2018-08-24 15:28
#60
eneshan | 
Turkey Cherub 
What the frick
2018-08-24 15:49
Yeet
2018-08-24 15:28
#4
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United Kingdom Zphkl 
lolgay
2018-08-24 15:28
#5
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Germany nilssonxdd 
Ez
2018-08-24 15:28
#6
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Israel Trust_me_bro 
OMEGALULL
2018-08-24 15:28
LETS FUCKING GO BOIS! SHOW THEM WHY U DESERVE INVITES
2018-08-24 15:28
#51
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
Neither of them deserve invites
2018-08-24 15:40
Oof
2018-08-24 15:56
#97
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Denmark MeToxi 
Who would u invite?
2018-08-24 17:41
#99
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
In tier 1 circuit? Astralis, Faze, Navi, Mouz, liquid, MiBr, Fnatic ofc.
2018-08-24 17:44
#103
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Denmark MeToxi 
Astralis, Faze, NaVi, mouz, Liquid and fnatic would or did all decline. Who'd u invite now?
2018-08-24 17:58
#104
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
Nip, C9 and North maybe Gambit. Rest qualifiers.
2018-08-24 18:04
#106
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United States Rambeard 
Yeah but if memory serves me right... Ghost qualified. Sooo...
2018-08-24 18:10
#107
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
The original comment was if they deserve "invites" or not. So yea. Ghost qualifying is obviously fair and square bro. They did pretty well.
2018-08-24 18:12
#108
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Denmark MeToxi 
NiP and North are both attending dreamhack next week and would probably decline. And North is playing qualifiers today.
2018-08-24 18:31
#113
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
This event isn't of the context. It's about who deserves the invites
2018-08-24 19:37
#115
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Denmark MeToxi 
Zotac is the event in question. U questioned their invites and i helped u realize how few options they had.
2018-08-24 20:22
#121
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
K
2018-08-24 21:47
hey idiot, im talking about the tier 2 csgo events that ghost never gets invited to. The ones that the likes of gambot, north, optic, ence, nrg, and rogue get invited to. GHost never gets invited to those events and barely get invited to closed qualifiers for those events.
2018-08-24 21:42
#120
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
K
2018-08-24 21:47
lmfao maybe think before u open your mouth kid
2018-08-24 21:52
#123
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
K
2018-08-24 21:50
OMEGALULPTIC
2018-08-24 15:28
ez4ghost
2018-08-24 15:28
Ez 4 best NA igl
2018-08-24 15:28
#11
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Spain ericmoncusi23 
Ghost future t1
2018-08-24 15:28
#12
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Europe b7ack0ut 
nice gg
2018-08-24 15:28
#13
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Poland sthEn 
ez for lan god subroza
2018-08-24 15:28
GGWP
2018-08-24 15:28
Pollo was the problem
2018-08-24 15:28
steel best IGL NA
2018-08-24 15:29
#17
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India Wise_Indian 
LUL
2018-08-24 15:29
Disband
2018-08-24 15:29
Hi
2018-08-24 15:29
#20
jks | 
Australia Mosski 
wow
2018-08-24 15:29
#21
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Greece rusty1 
gg
2018-08-24 15:29
#22
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Ukraine Valarnirmirgt 
Omg ez bet thanks my friends
2018-08-24 15:29
#23
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United States Trump2020KAG 
damn ghost ezz tier 2 team now
2018-08-24 15:29
#24
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Myanmar xdavidlm 
easy
2018-08-24 15:29
16-2 OMEGALUL
2018-08-24 15:29
#26
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Finland finndevil666 
jasonr called it
2018-08-24 15:29
Optic omegalul what a trash team
2018-08-24 15:29
#28
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Asia fershits 
let's fucking go bois! GOD STEEL!!!!
2018-08-24 15:29
-1
2018-08-24 16:43
#30
qikert | 
Lithuania exotica 
Imagine how good would Liquid be with -nitr0 -zews +steel
2018-08-24 15:29
But why would they kick zews ?lul
2018-08-24 15:32
#49
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Spain loviac 
+1000
2018-08-24 15:39
#64
qikert | 
Lithuania exotica 
coz zews and steels styles would clash and it wouldn't work?
2018-08-24 15:55
LUL
2018-08-24 15:30
Ahah nice k0nfig please cry now
2018-08-24 15:30
Astralis, you're next
2018-08-24 15:31
Hahaha optic is the worst team in Denmark.. even danes think they are shit (they are) but Ghost is no match for Astralis. Btw astralis > navi
2018-08-24 15:34
Optic>>>Heroic>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>North with MSLUL Btw nt ahmed
2018-08-24 15:35
Expected with the man, the myth, the legend himself steel
2018-08-24 15:31
Also add the match thrower
2018-08-24 15:36
Disband
2018-08-24 15:31
#FreeSteel
2018-08-24 15:31
UPSET Cup Masters 2018
2018-08-24 15:32
#48
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Asia fershits 
DELAY Cup
2018-08-24 15:39
#41
Anders | 
Denmark Anderss 
Xd
2018-08-24 15:33
omegalul
2018-08-24 15:36
#46
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Malaysia byaIi 
India Optic > OpTic
2018-08-24 15:36
xD
2018-08-24 15:39
#54
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Sweden ALI_HUSSAIN 
Actually true
2018-08-24 15:41
#72
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Poland SalamiXgod 
+1
2018-08-24 16:09
Ez for God Krystal
2018-08-24 15:38
#91
HUNDEN | 
Lithuania gime114 
-15
2018-08-24 17:03
top 1 in 2019
2018-08-24 17:41
2 asians > 1 asian
2018-08-24 15:40
#53
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Sweden ALI_HUSSAIN 
OMEGALUL
2018-08-24 15:40
#55
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Vietnam Oida 
-snappi -gade inc.
2018-08-24 15:41
#83
Maka | 
Russia YIKES! 
classic move either from konfig and mslul
2018-08-24 16:39
OPTIKEK
2018-08-24 15:41
expected
2018-08-24 15:46
will today be all 2-1?
2018-08-24 15:46
If yes then the mibr is gonna play super late. VP was supposed to play 4 hours ago and it's already 10pm there
2018-08-24 15:59
fuck noob zotac
2018-08-24 16:17
#59
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Japan Dab_BreX 
What UP KONFIG HAHA
2018-08-24 15:48
2nd best Denmark couldnt beat a German team lul.
2018-08-24 15:50
#62
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Denmark Alphamon 
OMEGALUL ptic
2018-08-24 15:53
Throwing lul
2018-08-24 15:57
#67
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United States LJPixels 
krystal is a bot, has been every game he's played with ghost
2018-08-24 15:58
#69
2018-08-24 16:03
#79
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United States LJPixels 
They are consistent results though, he's always bottom fragging. There is no reason he should have -15 results especially when they win on lan. Pollo could at least carry a few games between his bottom fragging.
2018-08-24 16:22
Agree. Well, we don't know what he does provide to the team.
2018-08-24 16:44
Tbh the games what they played online, he had 100+ ping, because he was in EU.
2018-08-24 16:03
Called it.
2018-08-24 16:06
#75
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China 10097b 
Next: MVP.pk beat VP Flash beat MIBR LMAO
2018-08-24 16:10
MVP can def upset VP. Very under rated team.
2018-08-24 16:19
its an upset if VP win
2018-08-24 16:41
#100
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Belgium 69Savage 
+1
2018-08-24 17:51
+1
2018-08-24 20:56
#77
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United States ShawnM 
Number 15 world????
2018-08-24 16:17
Steel top 5 NA player
2018-08-24 16:41
+1
2018-08-24 20:55
asstralis next
2018-08-24 16:41
Traveled 2 days to lose like this LUL
2018-08-24 16:56
#93
Twistzz | 
United Kingdom Savjy 
Fucking shitshow from OpTic, not liking their chances at the major quals
2018-08-24 17:33
Subroza, cheating, and -1 doesn't make any sense....
2018-08-24 17:35
#95
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Argentina AlexSenillosa 
W T F
2018-08-24 17:40
tactical... to focus on Major :D
2018-08-24 17:51
DK CS LUL.
2018-08-24 17:54
#105
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Italy Er1cz 
more obv throw :) 7.0 ods for ghost lmao
2018-08-24 18:05
#111
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Other Phinks 
Hahahaha clowns
2018-08-24 19:17
#112
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World Beard43 
Riggetyrekt!
2018-08-24 19:18
way too fucking ez 4 wardell best na awp for last year and a half
2018-08-24 19:46
#128
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United States stephcurry30 
cerq and koosta better
2018-08-25 03:25
Cerq definitely but i doubt he'd leave nrg for c9, prolly would leave for eu mix team if money is right. Koosta maybe but he's proven he's nothing really special wheras atleast wardell has potential left to fulfill
2018-08-25 04:35
GOD STEEL
2018-08-24 20:55
Optic who
2018-08-24 22:18
AXAXAXAXAX Optic what a joke
2018-08-25 00:21
Cheater still playing
2018-08-25 00:58
s1mple?
2018-08-25 01:20
daddy steel
2018-08-25 03:35
OMEGALUL
2018-08-25 04:12
#132
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Denmark Xipingu 
Hahahahahahahahha WHAT NOW SHITFIG hahahahahahahah #KonfigSucks
2018-08-25 08:24
lets go steel, nice!
2018-08-25 09:54
#134
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Nepal Avhy 
Oh, what a surprise.
2018-08-26 10:44
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