ESL One: Cologne 2018 begins tomorrow and it’s time to hype up for one of the most renowned events of the year. As usual, LANXESS Arena in the old-cultural city of Germany, Cologne, would host the premier event. Sixteen teams would fight for a whopping prize pool of $300,000 USD from July 3-8. Out of sixteen teams, eleven teams were directly invited while the rest of them qualified through European Qualifiers, North-American Qualifiers, Asian Qualifiers and the winner of GG.Bet Majestic also secured a slot at the LAN event.

Teams are divided into two groups and the opening matches would be a best-of-one encounter while rest of the group stage matches would feature best-of-three format. The winner from both the groups would directly advance to semi-finals whereas the second-place and third-place teams would compete in the single elimination best-of-three quarter-finals. The grand-final would be a best-of-five.



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Prize-pool Distribution:

1st: $125,000 USD
2nd: $50,000 USD
3rd-4th: $22,000 USD
5th-6th: $11,000 USD
7th-8th: $7,500 USD
9th-12th: $6,000 USD
13th-16th: $5,000 USD

Map pool 

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Talent Lineup

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Round #1 match-ups:-

Group A:

  • Astralis vs Ence eSports

  • Ninjas in Pyjamas vs Cloud9

  • mousesports vs Gambit Esports

  • G2 Esports vs Natus Vincere

Group B:

  • FaZe Clan vs B.O.O.T-dream[S]cape

  • Renegades vs MIBR

  • Fnatic vs North

  • BIG vs Team Liquid



More information on the ESL One: Cologne 2018 can be found on ESL’s website, and this article will be updated as more details are released.