ESL One Cologne viewer's guide
If you want to know everything about ESL One Cologne, look no further, as we've prepared a viewer's guide for the upcoming major, taking place between August 20-23.
ESL One Cologne is nearly upon us, only two days are left before 16 teams gather in the fourth largest city in Germany, namely at the MMC studios for both group stages before eight move on to the 20,000-seater Lanxess arena for the playoffs.
The format is quite different from what we were used to at previous majors, as this time winners from the initial group phase advance directly to the playoffs, while the remaining three from each group will duke it out in the second phase for the other four spots.
The groups are as follows:
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
Both group stages are all played in a best-of-one format, with the playoffs in a best-of-three. Below you can find the full schedule for the major:
|Thursday, August 20|
|16:50||Winner A1||vs.||Winner A2|
|16:50||Winner B1||vs.||Winner B2|
|21:05||Winner C1||vs.||Winner C2|
|21:05||Winner D1||vs.||Winner D2|
|Friday, August 21|
|12:00||Group E elimination|
|13:25||Group E decider|
|14:50||Group F elimination|
|16:15||Group F decider|
|17:40||Group G elimination|
|19:05||Group G decider|
|20:30||Group H elimination|
|21:55||Group H decider|
|Saturday, August 22|
|Sunday, August 23|
What stays the same is the prizepool, $250,000 will be spread among the participants in such manner:
Don't forget that we've released all four previews for Group A, Group B, Group C, and Group D, as well as a "Facts and numbers" article, breaking down statistics and much more just in time for the major.
In light of the Pick'Em headshot percentage competition, we have put together simple guidelines for you to have an easier time to decide who to bet on in our "Pick'Em HS% - Who to choose?" article.
We're still in the middle of conducting pre-interviews, so far we have interviewed eight teams, as shown in the list:
The whole event will be streamed by ESL TV with most of the organization's usual crew and several guests, who will serve as color casters or analysts at the desk. The full breakdown looks as follows:
- O. J. Borg - Stage Host
- William "Chobra" Cho - Desk Host
- Soe Gschwind-Penski - Esports in Cinemas
- Sean Charles - Reporting
- Joe Miller - Caster
- Leigh "Deman" Smith - Caster
- Anders Blume - Caster
- Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat
- Lauren "Pansy" Scott - Caster
- Alex "Machine" Richardson - Caster
- Jason Kaplan - Caster
- Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson - Commentator
- Henry "HenryG" Greer - Commentator
- Jason "moses" O'Toole - Commentator
- Casper "cadiaN" Møller - Commentator
- Janko "YNk" Paunović - (observer)
- Simon "pAn" Schumacher - (observer)
HLTV.org will be present in Cologne with a five-man crew to bring you a full coverage from the major, including statistics, galleries, interviews, post-match articles, live tweets and more.
Before the event starts, feel free to get in the major mood with our teaser, or go into our hype video contest to see what the community came up with: