Although many events have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ESL One Cologne is not one of them! While following quarantine guidelines, the top teams will still come out to compete in one of the best tournaments of the year. The event will not allow fans to attend in person, but the games will be played on LAN in late August.
The Top Squads
The top teams in the ESL Pro Tour will automatically earn a spot in the main event lineup. Those teams are:
- Astralis – The Danish squad will without a doubt be in attendance as they have dominated the circuit. That is, until their recent substitutions for Xyp9x and Gla1ve.
- Fnatic – Winning both ESL One: Road to Rio – Europe and the ESL Pro League Season 11, Fnatic have made their presence felt in every event they have played in.
- NAVI – Currently holding the title of #1, Natus Vincere will be looking to keep their status as the top team. This will be s1mple’s chance to show why he is the best player in the game.
- G2 – In third place both within ESL and the HLTV ranking, G2 will hopefully not end their run with a choke of epic proportions like they did in DreamHack Masters.
- Team Liquid – While 2020 hasn’t exactly been Team Liquid’s year, they are still a respectable team with a history of major victories, including the Intel Grand Slam in 2019.
- Mousesports – Sliding from rank #5 to #12 within the past few weeks was not expected of mousesports. The raw talent on the squad offers more that their current rank presents. It is very possible we will see a resurgence of a more fearsome squad come this event.
- 100Thieves – The lowest ranked team on the main stage, 100Thieves earned their place by securing 5th-6th at IEM Katowice. All IEM Katowice attending teams will qualify for ESL One Cologne (Except MAD Lions)
- FaZe Clan – With FaZe’s recent pickup of Bymas, there has been a weight toward the bottom of the team. Bymas is relatively new to this elite level of CS. Coming out strong, it may be that the pressure is a bit to much for him for the time being. FaZe Clan is nevertheless a fearsome team.
Play In Players
The top 8 teams will have a spot in the main event no matter what. The following teams will have to qualify to make it:
- Team Vitality
- Evil Geniuses
- Furia Esports
- Ninjas In Pyjamas
These squads have earned their place in the play in section. Currently, there are six more spots available in this stage. They will be determined by ESL World Rankings in the lead up to the event. While not all of the teams have been decided, the list so far is nothing short of the best teams in the world. ESL One Cologne will not be an event any fan of CS will want to miss. The event will take place from August 21st to the 30th on ESL One’s Twitch channel!