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
Denmark Astralis CIS Natus Vincere United States Liquid Brazil SK
United States CLG Sweden NiP Poland Virtus.pro Sweden fnatic
Russia Gambit Canada OpTic Germany mousesports Europe FaZe
Denmark Dignitas Ukraine FlipSid3 France Envy France G2

The complete tournament schedule looks as follows:

Tuesday, July 5
11:00 Denmark Astralis vs. Denmark Dignitas
12:15 Russia Gambit vs. United States CLG
13:30 CIS Natus Vincere vs. Ukraine FlipSid3
14:45 Canada OpTic vs. Sweden NiP
16:00 United States Liquid vs. France Envy
17:15 Germany mousesports vs. Poland Virtus.pro
18:45 Brazil SK vs. France G2
20:00 Sweden fnatic vs. Europe FaZe
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  
10:00 Quarter-final #1
13:45 Quarter-final #2
17:45 Quarter-final #3
21:45 Quarter-final #4
Saturday, July 9
15:00 Semi-final #1
18:45 Semi-final #2
Sunday, July 10  
15:00 Showmatch
17:00 Grand final

Like at MLG Columbus, the $1 million prize pool will be distributed between the participating teams as follows:

1. $500,000
2. $150,000
3-4. $70,000
5-8. $35,000
9-12. $8,750
13-16. $8,750

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:

Stage Host

United Kingdom Paul "ReDeYe" Chaloner 

Roaming Host

Australia Mitch "UberShouts" Leslie

Analyst desk

United Kingdom Alex "Machine" Richardson
United Kingdom Duncan "Thorin" Shields
Serbia Janko "YNk" Paunović
United States Jason "moses" O'Toole 

Commentators

Denmark Anders Blume
United States Auguste "Semmler" Massonat
United Kingdom Henry "HenryG" Greer
Canada Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett
United Kingdom Daniel "ddk" Kapadia
United Kingdom James "JZFB" Bardolph
United Kingdom Lauren "Pansy" Scott
United States John "BLU" Mullen

Make sure to give our previews a read, as we have prepared one for each group during this past week:

Group A preview by Michal "stich" Malachowski
Group B preview by Milan "Striker" Švejda
Group C preview by Michal "stich" Malachowski
Group D preview by Milan "Striker" Švejda 

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:

Ukraine Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev: "We'll do everything we can"
Brazil Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo
"Have to beat them all"
Sweden Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi"We will definitely recover"
Denmark Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke"Main goal is top eight"
Canada Damian "daps" Steele: "Focus on getting out of groups"

Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
906
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United Kingdom James 'JZFB' Bardolph
James 'JZFB' Bardolph
Age:
-
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.53
Maps played:
11
KPR:
0.33
DPR:
0.74
APR:
0.14
United Kingdom Daniel 'ddk' Kapadia
Daniel 'ddk' Kapadia
Age:
-
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.68
Maps played:
6
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.81
APR:
0.13
Sweden Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
734
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1154
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Serbia Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
117
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
United States Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
18
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
United Kingdom Henry 'HenryG' Greer
Henry 'HenryG' Greer
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
14
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1051
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1060
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
#1
MEZi | 
Finland Sukrami 
COLONGE MAKE SOME NOISE IN THIS BITCH
2016-07-04 18:52
Everyone Who loves CS, loves Natu. That is why we need Natu back for the one more year.
2016-07-04 18:53
#25
MEZi | 
Finland Sukrami 
Natu coach pls
2016-07-04 18:53
Natu is going to Cologne. I guess they will be selling ENCE stuff with Allu and maybe on ASUS ROG stand too?
2016-07-04 20:22
#30
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Greece hekzy 
HYYYYYYYPE
2016-07-04 18:55
You forgot to mention the veto process freaking amateurs
2016-07-04 19:00
major hype
2016-07-04 18:52
HOW THE FUCKING BITCH
2016-07-04 18:52
f
2016-07-04 18:51
#5
eneshan | 
Poland [P]iku 
Showmatch is casters vs casters or what?
2016-07-04 18:52
#31
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Netherlands JelleS 
Prob allstars
2016-07-04 18:55
#32
eneshan | 
Poland [P]iku 
Yeah, I hope so, but there is no all-star in Pick'em like in Columbus Pick'em. :<
2016-07-04 18:56
e
2016-07-04 18:51
Thx
2016-07-04 18:52
#9
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Germany Merkelistan 
gg
2016-07-04 18:51
#10
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Australia Jimster 
f
2016-07-04 18:51
#11
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Poland Zobbe 
1
2016-07-04 18:51
#13
Canada mdu 
go G2
2016-07-04 18:52
#14
United Kingdom nyfx 
lmao
2016-07-04 18:51
asdad
2016-07-04 18:51
n1
2016-07-04 18:51
n
2016-07-04 18:51
#18
ableJ | 
Portugal mannyh 
hello
2016-07-04 18:51
a
2016-07-04 18:51
#20
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Asia LoveCakeRusk 
yoooooooooooooo
2016-07-04 18:52
hype
2016-07-04 18:52
#22
FalleN | 
World Vechnyp 
group a is so boring
2016-07-04 18:53
two bo1 and you can be out :/
2016-07-04 18:53
#36
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Germany Bennime 
if you cant win a one out of 2 bo1, you wont win the major and thats what its all about.
2016-07-04 18:58
I would disagree especially with partially randomly drawn maps during the bo1 phase.
2016-07-04 19:00
#41
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Germany Bennime 
ye the randomly drawn maps are shit.
2016-07-04 19:04
what do you mean? how will the veto go?
2016-07-04 19:10
I'm not so sure honestly but at the last major the teams vetoed about 4 maps overall in some order i dont know. And the map gets randomly drawn out of the remaining maps. This veto format is not up to the tournament organizer, its up to valve to decide it.
2016-07-04 19:48
Higher Seed starts Veto: Bo1: Veto T1 Veto T2 Veto T2 Veto T1 Random out of 3. [it is possible that they changed it so that Team T1 has 3 vetos and the randomiser only chooses out of 2 maps] Bo3: Veto T1 Veto T2 Pick T1 Pick T2 Random out of 3.
2016-07-04 20:16
#88
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Australia JonoMate 
They are doing the same system as MLG where higher team picks if they want 3 vetos or to pick the side they start on then goes: Veto Team A Veto Team B Veto Team A Veto Team B Veto Team A Random out of last 2 Team B gets to pick starting side
2016-07-05 02:42
Hyped!
2016-07-04 18:53
6 am, are you fucking serious? dont you care about americas?
2016-07-04 18:54
you guys got your e-league
2016-07-04 19:17
#51
Zero | 
Slovakia Gramo 
Last major was in Murica.. guess what that mean
2016-07-04 19:24
timings were perfect for europens, all the matches were played in the afernoon/evening gmt while the matches in murica were over by 5-6 pm. this obv tells you that mlg made the schedule for europeans
2016-07-04 20:21
+1
2016-07-04 21:34
#82
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Malaysia Mision 
We got some matches at 3am in Europe
2016-07-04 22:38
#85
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Denmark DanishDelight 
4 at night on weekdays is perfect?
2016-07-05 00:32
Wake up early "hermano"
2016-07-04 21:34
I will, is not that bad for ARG, UY or BR, but check #44
2016-07-04 21:38
my body is ready
2016-07-04 18:54
fix Astralis, +gla1ve
2016-07-04 18:55
#33
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France Evocat 
Final is on day one? That's nice
2016-07-04 18:57
#34
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Greece tzonis 
lets go!
2016-07-04 18:57
Hype! Go Sk!
2016-07-04 18:57
#37
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Poland trancemeister 
C'mon VP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2016-07-04 18:59
#40
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32 
Thorin at an ESL event? Can't be right...?
2016-07-04 19:00
Europe ppl "eleague Friday matches are the worst fucking NA" *2-11 am PST* every damn major man. how come everything in NA except eleague Friday tries to cater to Europe but all majors besides mlg give no fucks about the americas
2016-07-04 19:07
how would you schedule them?
2016-07-04 19:12
Push every groups match forward two hours
2016-07-04 19:17
They would lose so many viewers on the last match because of the euros semifinals.
2016-07-05 04:20
#49
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Italy AlCapone1925 
Always this shitty format... 2 map losses and you are out.
2016-07-04 19:18
#50
s1mple | 
Bangladesh balti 
ReDeYe hype!
2016-07-04 19:23
blu and pansy
2016-07-04 19:26
#53
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Poland mamba99999 
What's the quarterfinal seeding ?!?!?! Who plays who ??
2016-07-04 19:28
#54
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Poland Kacyk 
Group A: 1.Astralis 2.Dignitas Group B: 1.NiP 2.NaVi Group C: 1.EnVyUs 2.Virtus Pro Group D: 1.SK 2.G2
2016-07-04 19:31
#55
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Brazil vass28 
GOGOGO SK
2016-07-04 19:32
twitter.com/fnaticFlusha/status/74960809.. flusha confirms fnatic gonna win this major all in fnatic !!!!!!!!!
2016-07-04 19:35
#GoSK
2016-07-04 19:45
final is bo5 ?
2016-07-04 19:56
major final always bo3
2016-07-04 22:11
#89
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Australia JonoMate 
Yea and it really should be a bo5 because it is the biggest tournament of the year and they have it on a day with only a showmatch
2016-07-05 02:45
I prefer bo3's for majors, more tension, more excitement. bo5's can be really, really long. is too much for a major. bo5's are better for smaller, more obscure lan tournaments imo.
2016-07-05 02:54
#97
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Australia JonoMate 
I see what you mean but sometimes the better team doesn't always win in a bo3 all because of a small mistake or maybe even the randomiser favouring the weaker team. I prefer bo5 for this big tournament is all im saying.
2016-07-05 07:11
#60
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Serbia R4ngO 
f**k HenryG give us metuz isntead of this lil fag
2016-07-04 19:58
DRRRRRRRRRRROPPPPPPPPPPP
2016-07-04 19:57
#62
Europe bueR 
no wonder Group D (former group A)is...group D...better viewing times :P
2016-07-04 20:04
NAVI IT'S YOUR TIME
2016-07-04 20:13
No Fifflaren :'(
2016-07-04 20:24
4 quarterfinals in one day ESL you never learn
2016-07-04 20:39
#71
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Brazil R_ananias 
This is better than the last Major!
2016-07-04 21:24
#69
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
will be aaawesssomee!!! Let's go BRAZIL!!!
2016-07-04 20:55
#70
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Finland R1PST3R1 
Blade interview plz
2016-07-04 21:15
#74
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CIS tER_ 
lesss goooaaa
2016-07-04 21:34
Put you cands in the air Arrrrrrrrrrrrre youuuu reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaadyyyyyyy
2016-07-04 21:44
No ence?
2016-07-04 21:49
#78
f0rest | 
France 1nkling 
where is tyloo&#65311;
2016-07-04 22:07
#80
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Brazil mth^ 
HYPE
2016-07-04 22:12
No,fifflaren no party
2016-07-04 22:34
Astralis, NaVi our Flipside, Mouse our Envyus, SK our G2(BUT FaZe and Fnatic 0.o ITS A VERY HARD GROUP LOL)
2016-07-04 23:04
#84
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Romania walle17 
g
2016-07-05 00:07
#86
Ireland samc 
holy shit they're still doing bo1 elimination, lol
2016-07-05 01:47
#87
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Finland muglobal 
Lauren "Pansy" Scott = Kreygasm <3
2016-07-05 01:59
#101
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Finland f0pZ 
+1 Pansy hot grill.
2016-07-05 10:17
rip c9
2016-07-05 03:28
#93
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United States sayNt 
EEEEEEEELECTRIC
2016-07-05 04:39
I'm waking up at 1 in the morning to watch. 9 hr timezone difference lol
2016-07-05 06:53
And ill ad Mlg Columbus seemed like heaven to me
2016-07-05 06:56
wich matches are BO3???
2016-07-05 07:06
#98
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Hungary FHarbor 
Thursday to Sunday all of them.
2016-07-05 07:30
Make some noise in this bitch!!!!!
2016-07-05 09:14
4 pm until 1 am not bad, plus grand final at 10 pm, FINALLY I CAN WATCH GRAND FINAL TY ESL
2016-07-05 10:05
#102
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Taiwan RayLei 
nV go home, Devil is the problem.
2016-07-05 17:04
what is showmatch ?
2016-07-08 10:35
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