ESL One Cologne viewer's guide
With Valve's third major coming up, we've put together the viewer's guide for the event running from August 14-17 in Cologne, Germany.
ESL One Cologne at Gamescom will gather sixteen of the best teams in the world in the battle for $250,000 after weeks of qualifiers from a number of different regions.
We have learned the caster lineup, which features Paul "ReDeYe" Chaloner as the host together with Scott "SirScoots" Smith, joined by the usual trio Anders Blume, Auguste "Semmler" Massonat and Stuart "TosspoT" Saw, as well as Lauren "Pansy" Scott and Richard Lewis.
HLTV.org has conducted interviews with members of all attending teams - though some are not yet posted - about expectations, preparations and more, check below in case you missed some:
The format of the tournament hasn't changed from the previous majors, although keep in mind that de_cache, de_overpass and de_cobblestone are in the maplist, while de_train isn't, and the veto system has been altered. Also, knife rounds will not be played, sides will be picked by the team vetoing first.
According to the official schedule, Thursday's matches will be played in the Pro Gaming area, while from Friday on everything will take place on the North Stage.
You can find the full schedule for the four-day event below:
|Thursday, August 14th|
|10:00||A1 loser||vs. A2 loser||A3|
|12:00||LDLC||vs. London Conspiracy||B1|
|12:00||Copenhagen Wolves||vs. Natus Vincere||B2|
|13:00||B1 loser||vs. B2 loser||B3|
|16:00||C1 loser||vs. C2 loser||C3|
|18:00||dignitas||vs. Vox Eminor||D1|
|19:00||D1 loser||vs. D2 loser||D3|
|Friday, August 15th|
|09:30||A1 winner||vs. A2 winner||A4|
|10:50||A3 winner||vs. A4 loser|
|12:10||B1 winner||vs. B2 winner||B4|
|13:30||B3 winner||vs. B4 loser|
|14:50||C1 winner||vs. C2 winner||C4|
|16:10||C3 winner||vs. C4 loser|
|17:30||D1 winner||vs. D2 winner||D4|
|18:50||D3 winner||vs. D4 loser|
|Saturday, August 16th|
|Sunday, August 17th|
ESL One Cologne will be streamed on a number of partner streams and obviously ESL TV as the main one. Don't forget that Valve has shipped out an update, which allows you to listen to casters while connected to a GOTV.
HLTV.org will be live on-site, providing you with full coverage of the event taking place at gamescom, including hot matches, stats, galleries, articles and more.