ESL One Cologne 2016 is around the corner and the list of participating teams are now finalized. With Valve, giving opportunities to the underdogs from CSGO Minors in different regions, there were lots of teams with promising performance over at the ESL One Cologne offline qualifiers.
The main event will run from 5th to 10th of July, the group stages will be played in a different location, on LAN though, and the major play-offs will be hosted infront of thousands of offline crowd and millions of online fans watching the action live on ESL Twitch. The playoffs will take place on Stage in LANXESS Arena.
ESL One Cologne 2016
List of Teams
The list of participating teams are from two sets, qualified teams and legends (invited).
Legends – Natus Vincere, Luminosity Gaming, fnatic, Liquid, CLG, Virtus.Pro, Astralis and NiP, whereas,
Challengers – mousesports, FaZe, OpTiC, EnVyUs, Gambit, Dignitas, Flipsid3, G2
The format of the game will be pretty simple. Four groups will be drawn each having four teams. Two teams from each groups will be advancing to play-offs. The first set of matches will be played in a best-of-one format whereas, the decider matches will be best-of-three.
Eventually, the eight-world-best teams will be competing in front of a crowd in the LANXESS arena. The advanced teams will face-off in a single elimination bracket, each match consisting of a best-of-three series to draw out the winners and takers of the million dollar prize pool and a Major champion title holder.