The ESL One Cologne started with the first match between Astralis and Dignitas. It was a Best of 1 and the map decided was Overpass.
Astralis took a quick lead in the starting of the game as ‘device’ clutched an amazing 1v2 round securing them a first round win. This followed by Astralis taking a comfortable lead by 5-0 and taking control over the map. On the other hand Dignitas were really struggling with their CT-site hold. Inspiste of giving away few rounds dignitas came back in the game and picked up some important rounds in the first half and closed the half with the scoreline of 8-7 in the favor of Astralis. In the second pistol round Dignitas pulled off an amazing A site execute to secure the round, that followed by two anti-Eco rounds to secure a 10-8 lead. Although Dignitas didn’t stay behind for long and cameback with ‘Karrigan’ clutching a very important round and then closing the map with a scoreline of 16-12.
The second match of the ESL One Cologne was between Gambit and Counter Logic Gaming. The map that was decided was Dust2.
Gambit started pretty well by winning the first pistol round and then taking a lead of 7-1 in the map. But with the help of ‘spaze’, the North Americans came back in the game and closed the first half with a scoreline of 8-7 in the favor of Gambit. The second half pistol round started with ‘koosta’ getting a double kill to secure the round. Gambit forced in the second round and with the help of ‘Adren’ the team managed to win the force buy. Gambit later on picked some important rounds and closed the map with a scoreline of 16-13.