Groups drawn for ESL One Cologne
Groups for the $250,000 event ESL One Cologne have been drawn.
With less than two weeks until the second major of 2014, ESL have drawn the groups for the tournament and the sixteen teams have learned their early fate.
They will battle for the $250,000 prize purse, and it looks like even getting to the playoffs will be a tough task for many of the world's best teams.
The runners-up at the two previous majors, NiP, will be challenged by HellRaisers and Richard "shox" Papillon's Epsilon in group A, while defending champions from Katowice, Virtus.pro, need to make it past fnatic, iBUYPOWER and dAT in group C.
The race for the trophy starts now as teams learn their first opponents in Cologne
Although not yet having officially signed with Cloud9, Spencer "Hiko" Martin & co. have been listed under the new name on ESL's page and they were paired up with dignitas, Titan and Australia's finest, Vox Eminor, in group D.
Natus Vincere, who lost to Norwegians London Conspiracy in the European qualifier, might get a chance at revenge in group C, the one group that features only one top8 finisher from Katowice - LDLC, as LGB disbanded in the meantime.
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
|Wolf||London Conspiracy||dAT||Vox Eminor|
As usual, the group stage will feature the GSL format and top two teams will advance to the single elimination best-of-three playoffs, although this time with the new map pool and map selection process.
ESL One Cologne will take place at Gamescom, Cologne, Germany from August 14th-17th and HLTV.org will be on-site to provide you with full coverage.