Kinguin edge past Ghost; through to ZOTAC Cup Masters final

Kinguin have booked their spot in the grand final of the ZOTAC Cup Masters after defeating Ghost in a three-map series.

The first semi-final in Hong Kong began on Mirage, Kinguin's map pick, with the Polish side immediately responding after losing the pistol round. Ghost took some time to find their feet again, but from the sevent round onwards their double AWP setup proved very effective.

The Canadian team went on to take the lead at 6-5, but then Kinguin hit back immediately to restore parity. Back-to-back clutches from Kenneth "⁠koosta⁠" Suen then gave Ghost a two-round before the Polish side managed to grab the final round to make it a 7-8 half.

Kinguin came from the break determined to retake the lead and bagged the opening three rounds of the half, but then Matthew "⁠WARDELL⁠" Yu went huge with two fantastic clutches to put Ghost back in the game.

Kinguin will fight for the title on Sunday

With the momentum now in their favour, Joshua "⁠steel⁠" Nissan's troops strung six rounds together to bring the scoreline to 14-10, but a lost anti-eco swung the tide back in Kinguin's favour, with the Polish side winning six rounds in a row to lock down the map and take the lead in the series.

Kinguin picked up where they had left off and shut down a fast A push, with Paweł "⁠reatz⁠" Jańczak getting three kills to his name. That was the start of a great run by the Polish team, who surged to a 7-2 lead as Ghost struggled to find to break through the Polish defence.

A round win on a shoddy buy instantly put Ghost back in the game, with the Canadian team losing just one more round before the break to cut the deficit to 7-8.

Now playing on the CT side, Ghost took the pistol round after overturning a 3v5 situation and took the lead after following it up with the subsequent anti-ecos. The Canadians kept a water-tight defence for the rest of the half and quickly wrapped things up, taking the series to Overpass.

Wardell was in stunning form throughout the match

Yassine "⁠Subroza⁠" Taoufik opened up the action on the decider map with a quad kill to give Ghost an early lead in the game. Kinguin responded in the third round with a very low buy and took control of proceedings, twice securing a three-round lead. Ghost were unwilling to let the game slip away, however, and picked up the pace to bring the deficit to a solitary round by the end of the half.

The second half turned out to be a one-way street as Kinguin won seven rounds without response to hit match point. It was only then that Ghost managed to get on the board, but a triple-kill by Wiktor "⁠TaZ⁠" Wojtas in an A execute nailed the Canadians' coffin and put the Polish side through to Sunday's grand final.

Matchpage
2
1
25th August 2018
16
Mirage
14
9
Nuke
16
16
Overpass
8
 Kinguin K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
 Ghost K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Canada Matthew 'WARDELL' Yu
Matthew 'WARDELL' Yu
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
342
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
United States Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
645
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
34
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1495
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
Poland Paweł 'reatz' Jańczak
Paweł 'reatz' Jańczak
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
709
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
Canada Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
279
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
Canada Yassine 'Subroza' Taoufik
Yassine 'Subroza' Taoufik
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
327
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.71
Nice
2018-08-25 15:21
3 replies
#9
RUSH | 
United States ShawnM
Ez for Taz
2018-08-25 15:22
1 reply
I heard he usually burns his donut!
2018-08-25 15:25
TAZ WAS THE PROBLEM LUL
2018-08-25 15:22
Come in taz
2018-08-25 15:22
Wow
2018-08-25 15:22
2
2018-08-25 15:22
GL TAZ
2018-08-25 15:22
wp
2018-08-25 15:22
#7
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Europe potatomato
expected
2018-08-25 15:22
ezez for TaZ
2018-08-25 15:22
taz is in final,vp lol
2018-08-25 15:22
Nj ghost, you guys did pretty good. Especially bouncing back from a heart breaking 16 14. Learn from your mistakes and give a better showing in your next event!
2018-08-25 15:22
3 replies
i respect u
2018-08-25 16:04
i respect u
2018-08-25 16:34
Too bad there stand in was Krystal. A better player would’ve done them better
2018-08-25 17:44
RIP Ghost but nt
2018-08-25 15:23
my papa taz
2018-08-25 15:23
Ez for TAZ
2018-08-25 15:23
#16
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Norway Phancy11
Ghost need decent rifler instead of Krystal and they will be fine.
2018-08-25 15:23
1 reply
Yup. Krystal is as useful as a used condom.
2018-08-25 19:10
#17
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Denmark YOVNGPETER
expected
2018-08-25 15:23
Taz was the problem
2018-08-25 15:23
#19
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China 10097b
goodjob Ghost goodluck Taz cry 4 TyLoo
2018-08-25 15:23
1 reply
#35
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Poland Unluko
*cries*
2018-08-25 15:52
Replay coming writer!!
2018-08-25 15:24
Ez for team with 9 players vs 5. I am not sure how the hell did they even managed to convince that mouz is one person. Cmon guys... Open your eyes!
2018-08-25 15:24
1 reply
Cringe
2018-08-25 16:12
Grandpa taz laughing when he saw vp perfomance xD
2018-08-25 15:24
4 replies
Respect 480 year old man
2018-08-25 15:26
3 replies
lool 480 old man watafak
2018-08-25 15:32
2 replies
Taz is a god, so he's immortal
2018-08-25 15:33
1 reply
like Putin Right ?
2018-08-25 15:34
#23
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Poland Arrow_1337
expected
2018-08-25 15:24
Taz was the problem ahahahahahahahaha
2018-08-25 15:25
wow 60$000 is save, I am sure they will be winner, 200.000$ jesuz so much for 1st haha let see if the asian organizator paid or not paid ;)
2018-08-25 15:26
1 reply
alot in third world country, not alot in first world country. ";)"
2018-08-25 15:29
#28
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Poland misioneos
essa
2018-08-25 15:28
#33
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Poland Talonerski
#gokinguin
2018-08-25 15:40
#34
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Europe WutZeFak
Kinguin>VP
2018-08-25 15:48
1 reply
#38
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United States @Fridzu
ok
2018-08-25 16:11
Good showing, vp are jelous :)
2018-08-25 15:55
#40
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Sweden Div-\
I'm very happy for taz.
2018-08-25 16:27
EXPECTED
2018-08-25 16:27
#44
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Palestine Baitor69
" TAZ WAS THE PROBLEM "
2018-08-25 16:42
Ghost is probably the only relevant Canadian team left in Competitive CSGO, Ghost: -Krystal +N0thing
2018-08-25 17:58
#47
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Brazil hugoooo
Wardell is pretty sick, always was. At first, people thought he was using wall hack online (not so long ago actually).
2018-08-25 19:09
idk wat steel saw in krystal this guy is dog shit
2018-08-25 23:33
#50
NEO | 
Pakistan LeGiT^
EZ FOR TaTaZ!
2018-08-26 05:22
#51
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Nepal Avhy
Nice try ghost gaming.
2018-08-26 10:40
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