ESL One Cologne starting today

Posted on: Jul 02, 2019 By smartlaunch in Tournaments,

Sixteen of the best CS:GO teams in the world will battle for their share of USD 300,000 at ESL One Cologne, which starts today, Tuesday, July 2.

Can Team Liquid win their fourth big event in a row? If they do, Liquid will win the Intel Grand Slam in 2019 and cash out an extra USD 1 million. Liquid will face heavy opposition in Astralis, ENCE, FURIA, Vitality, FaZe, Natus Vincere, and others.

ESL One Cologne will be broadcasted on ESL’s two Twitch channels since the event will feature simultaneous matches until the quarterfinals.

The competition will last six days, with the grand finals set to be played on July 7. Sixteen teams will fight for their share of the USD 300,000 prize pool and the champion will gain one point for the Intel Grand Slam. The team that wins four out of 10 big events run by ESL, IEM, or DreamHack this year will complete the Intel Grand Slam and win USD 1 million. Liquid are in the lead with three points, while Astralis have one. The Danes were the first team to win the Intel Grand Slam last year.

Teams were split into two groups and the tournament will feature a double-elimination GSL format. The first matches will be played as best-of-one games, but the rest of the competition consists of best-of-three series, aside from the best-of-five grand finals. The top three teams from each group advance to the playoffs. Group stage winners will automatically advance to the semifinals, while second and third-place teams will play in the quarterfinals. The division of the prize pool is yet to be announced by ESL. The teams are:

Group A: Team Liquid, FaZe Clan, NRG, FURIA, mousesports, Nature Vincere, Renegades and MVP PK.

Group B: Astralis, Vitality, ENCE, MIBR, Fnatic, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Heroic and BIG.

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