ESL One Cologne viewer's guide
With ESL One Cologne just around the corner, we have prepared a viewer's guide which contains all the information you need to keep up with the Major, including the group draw, the schedule and the talent lineup.
Running from Tuesday to Sunday at the LANXESS Arena, ESL One Cologne - the second Major of the year - will see 16 of the world's top teams face off for their share of a $1 million prize purse.
The group stage, featuring a best-of-one format in the first three matches and then a best-of-three format in the decider clashes, will be played behind closed doors.
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The top two teams from each group will advance to the single-elimination, best-of-three playoffs, which will be played in front of a live crowd at the sold-out indoor arena.
Below are the groups for the Major:
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
|CLG||Ninjas in Pyjamas||Virtus.pro||fnatic|
The complete tournament schedule looks as follows:
|Tuesday, July 5|
|14:45||OpTic||vs.||Ninjas in Pyjamas|
|Wednesday, July 6|
|11:00||Group A - Winners' Match|
|12:15||Group A - Elimination Match|
|13:30||Group B - Winners' Match|
|14:45||Group B - Elimination Match|
|16:00||Group C - Winners' Match|
|17:15||Group C - Elimination Match|
|18:45||Group D - Winners' Match|
|20:00||Group D - Elimination Match|
|Thursday, July 7|
|11:00||Group A - Decider Match|
|14:30||Group B - Decider Match|
|18:15||Group C - Decider Match|
|22:00||Group D - Decider Match|
|Friday, July 8|
|Saturday, July 9|
|Sunday, July 10|
Like at MLG Columbus, the $1 million prize pool will be distributed between the participating teams as follows:
Taking viewers through all the action over the course of this six-day event will be a 14-person panel led by stage host Paul "ReDeYe" Chaloner and that includes Duncan "Thorin" Shields, who returns to casting duties with ESL after a prolonged absence.
Below you can find the full talent lineup for the Major:
Paul "ReDeYe" Chaloner
Mitch "UberShouts" Leslie
Make sure to give our previews a read, as we have prepared one for each group during this past week:
We have also released interviews with players from some of the teams who will be in attendance at ESL One Cologne. Check them out below if you missed any: