[click_to_tweet tweet=”Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fans rejoice! The ESL One Cologne, the biggest and most sought after CS:GO tournament is back and bigger than ever.” quote=”Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fans rejoice! The ESL One Cologne, the biggest and most sought after CS:GO tournament is back and bigger than ever.”] The fifth installment of ESL’s headline has returned to Germany last Tuesday, July 3, with sixteen of the world’s most elite Counter-Strike teams going head on in the most competitive environment a player could hope for.
So, Who’s Playing?
CS:GO legends and no strangers to the scene, the Ninjas in Pyjamas, Fnatic, and Astralis have all made an appearance in this year’s ESL One Cologne. The competition looks rough for them however, as teams like Natus Vincere, Liquid FaZe, mousesports, who are all part of the Top 5 in the CS:GO World Ranking as of July 2, 2018. Other teams who will be going for the gold include: Renegades, BIG, Made in Brazil, ENCE esports, G2 Esports, Gambit Gaming, North GG. Bet, B.O.O.T., and Cloud 9.
The group stage will run from July 3 to 5 with two double elimination (GSL) groups which will be seeded based on the CS:GO World Rankings. The top 3 teams from each group will advance to the playoffs which will be held from July 6 to July 8.
What’s at stake?
All the teams will be playing for a $300,000 (~Php 16,000,000) prize pool with the 1st placer taking home $125,000 (~Php 6,660,000) the runner-up taking $50,000 (~Php 2,667,000) the 2nd and 3rd runner-ups taking home $22,000(~Php 1,180,000) and 5th to 6th placers with $11,000 (~Php 558,000) each.
But perhaps the biggest reward of this tournament’s win is an opportunity of another tournament win towards the first season of the Intel Grand Slam.