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A Complete Viewer’s Guide to ESL One: Cologne 2018

Posted 2nd July 2018 By: Derpina

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Esports News – ESL One: Cologne is the fifth and most-prestigious CSGO major event of the year. The tournament is just around the corner and will return to Germany’s LANXESS Arena for another battle. A total of 16 CSGO teams go head to head against each other to get the biggest portion of the $300,000 USD prize pool and secure a slot in the Intel Grand Slam. Don’t get left behind and have a glimpse of the viewer’s guide for the entire tournament below.

Groupings and tournament format

The tournament begins with 16 teams divided into two. Both groups will play in a double-elimination bracket on the first day. After that, the winners move on to the best-of-three (B03) single elimination format in the playoffs where the second and third best teams from the group stage will be determined. Another set of winners heads to the quarter-finals and semi-finals.

Group A

Denmark – Astralis
Sweden – NiP
Finland – ENCE
Europe – mousesports
United States – Cloud9
France – G2
Kazakhstan – Gambit
CIS – Natus Vincere

Group B

Europe – FaZe
Australia – Renegades
Singapore – B.O.O.T-d[S]
Brazil – MIBR
Sweden – fnatic
Germany – BIG
Denmark – North
North America – Liquid

Game schedule

The tournament is set to begin on July 3rd. It will have a three-day group stage play and three-day playoffs. Once again, it follows the scheduled starting times during the playoffs and will not begin any of the matches early even if the previous matches end faster than expected. The last remaining days, July 6th to July 8th, will hold the quarter-final, semi-final, and grand final. Here are the schedules for the group stages:

Tuesday, July 3rd

18:00 – Astralis vs ENCE | BO1
18:00 – NiP vs Cloud9 | BO1
19:10 – mousesports vs Gambit | BO1
19:10 – G2 vs Natus Vincere | BO1
20:20 – FaZe vs B.O.O.T-d[S] | BO1
20:20 – Renegades vs MIBR | BO1
21:30 – fnatic vs North | BO1
21:30 – BIG vs Liquid | BO1
22:40 – Group A Upper Bracket Semi #1| BO3
22:40 – Group A Lower Bracket Quarter #1| BO3
02:10 – Group A UB Semi #1| BO3
02:10 – Group A LB Quarter #2 | BO3

Wednesday, July 4th

18:00 – Group B LB Quarter #2 | BO3
18:00 – Group B LB Quarter #1 | BO3
21:30 – Group B UB Semi #1 | BO3
21:30 – Group A LB Semi #1 | BO3
01:00 – Group B UB Semi #2 | BO3
01:00 – Group A LB Ro4b #2 | BO3

Thursday, July 5th

18:00 – Group B LB Semi #1 | BO3
18:00 – Group B LB Semi #2 | BO3
21:30 – Group A LB Final | BO3
21:30 – Group A UB Final | BO3
01:00 – Group B LB Final | BO3
01:00 – Group B UB Final | BO3

Notable players

For viewers tracking the team’s current roster, ESL One Cologne will witness Jorgen “cromen” Robertsen play one more event with Faze Clan. Many believe that the team could also win the Intel Grand Slam if they dominate this upcoming major. In other news, Martin “STYKO” Styk will be playing for Cloud9 after being temporarily replaced by Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski in mousesports. Lastly, the tournament also marks William “draken” Sundin’s debut with Fnatic, with Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson playing his second event in Ninjas in Pyjamas.

Written by Derpina