ESL One Cologne 2017 EU qual. details

ESL has revealed additional details regarding the European closed qualifier for ESL One Cologne 2017 that will take place on May 20-21.

ESL One Cologne returns to the LANXESS Arena on July 7-9, with a $250,000 prize pool and some of the world's best teams such as Natus Vincere, FaZe and already confirming their attendance.

The two EU qualifier spots for ESL One Cologne will be filled in May 

However, lesser known teams will also have a chance to qualify for the tournament through a series of qualifiers, starting with the European open qualifiers that will be held on April 22-23 and 28-29. Sign ups are available here and here.

More importantly, new details about the European closed qualifier have been revealed. The qualifier will feature 12 teams: nine invited ones, the team that wins ESL Meisterschaft and the two best teams from the open qualifier cups.

The 12 teams will battle it out in a single-elimination, best-of-three bracket that will take place on May 20-21.

The full European closed qualifier schedule is as follows:

Saturday, May 20th at 15:00 CEST
Round of 12
Sunday, May 21st
12:00 CEST - quarterfinal one and two
15:00 CEST - quarterfinal three and four
18:00 CEST - semifinal one
21:00 CEST - semifinal two

Saturday, May 20th

15:00 Round of 12

Sunday, May 21st

12:00 Quarterfinal one and two
15:00 Quarterfinal three and four
18:00 Semifinal one
21:00 Semifinal two

The winners of each semifinal will qualify for ESL One Cologne 2017.

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France Bouf 
So will G2 get invited or they will have to go through qualifier? If they put them in qualifier I'm gonna be very tilted because NiP got invited.
2017-04-19 18:02
ez my MM team to qualify
2017-04-19 18:02
2017-04-20 10:32
What if G2 won't get invited or even into the qualifier? :>
2017-04-19 18:07
France Bouf 
nt they r a top 10 team
2017-04-19 18:07
French super joke
2017-04-19 18:16
Yeah he's crazy...They are top 5 actually
2017-04-19 18:31
2017-04-19 18:34
2017-04-19 19:57
5 better teams than G2?
2017-04-19 21:39
astralis , navi , fnatic , sk , faze.... north , hr , envy and g2 are on the same lvl atm
2017-04-19 22:29
g2 > fnatic, SK North is debatable. HR is shit, NV is shit.
2017-04-19 23:06
HR lan god and you're living in the past.
2017-04-20 04:44
and you're basing that off one lan? lmao
2017-04-20 14:28
Stop living in past irl and in your life you!
2017-04-20 14:31
2017-04-20 14:32
Come to Australia and experience present with us! You past!
2017-04-20 14:33
LUL navi? Big LUL sk? Ever bigger LUL HR??? and not gonna comment envy
2017-04-20 04:59
Maybe you should watch the matches and THEN reply ?
2017-04-20 11:40
next time u see the stats and games then speak
2017-04-21 17:15
x) yes ive seen so whats the problem amigo ?
2017-04-23 15:01
they probably refused the invitation to focus on major
2017-04-19 18:23
Are you 100% sure that they will be there?
2017-04-19 18:34
they're not that good m8
2017-04-19 21:35
There are 7 invites for ESL One Cologne yet to be announced, so G2 will probably be invited (Or forced to go as they are in WESA lol)
2017-04-19 18:44
But NiP didnt change 3 players did they?
2017-04-19 19:42
NiP won Cologne 2014 so I think they deserve to be invited.
2017-04-19 19:43
France Bouf 
that doesnt make any sense many teams won cologne events and majors so they should all be invited?
2017-04-19 19:47
Well... maybe?! NiP has a huge fan base so it guarantee more people going to the arena. In the end profit is what ESL want :D
2017-04-19 19:55
all in WESA will get invite
2017-04-19 19:58
Liquid were in finals last year and they'd still won't be invited.
2017-04-19 22:00
You're right. But they changed a lot of players in their lineup, maybe can be the reason.
2017-04-19 22:23
esl waiting till after summit and dh to see who the best NA teams are
2017-04-20 10:43
Liquid aint so good.
2017-04-20 16:50
Mad? You will be when NiP steamrolls G2 tomorrow at cs_summit LUL
2017-04-19 19:55
G2 will skip this utter shit and win the next major
2017-04-19 19:58
esl has their own ranking they think optic>nip>g2 thats why gambit didn't get a invite to iem katowice qualifiers that one time aswell
2017-04-20 10:40
2017-04-19 18:01
2017-04-19 18:01
NiP ggogogo
2017-04-19 18:02
2017-04-19 18:01
PGL major already > Cologne major, srsly 13 euros for 1 day of Premium seated Tickets....
2017-04-19 18:02
2017-04-19 18:02
2017-04-19 18:03
EU scene very good easy qualify
2017-04-19 18:04 The winner of this will get a spot in the closed qualifier.
2017-04-19 18:04
Probably BIG?
2017-04-19 18:21
Would be sad for them if not lol.
2017-04-19 18:37
What do you think? Can any team upset them?
2017-04-19 19:21
its basically tier 1 vs tier 3
2017-04-19 19:22
big tier 1 lul
2017-04-20 10:41
its in comparison to normal teams
2017-04-20 10:43
i hope BIG will attend infront of their homecrowd
2017-04-19 18:05
That'd be great. Saw them at DH Leipzig. The atmosphere was amazing!
2017-04-21 15:33
It's gonna be a great major... oh, wait.
2017-04-19 18:33
maybe SS?
2017-04-19 18:47
2017-04-19 19:51
250k in 2017 LUL
2017-04-19 19:58
big will definetly qualify for it through esl meisterschaft. GO BIG!!
2017-04-19 20:08
2017-04-19 21:38
Lot of good matches! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-04-19 22:58
invite ss ?
2017-04-19 23:33
ez4me Xd
2017-04-20 00:23
Its all about money. Famous teams like NiP will ALWAYS get invited
2017-04-20 01:09
easy for Mythic
2017-04-20 02:53
Rip esl one major:(. Fuck man why cant esl get their stuff right? Everbody wants to so the major in cologne not in fucking poland. Like cmon valve and pgl.
2017-04-20 10:17
MK wins this easily
2017-04-20 10:41
Portugal 69mL 
why VP!? VP play like nip atm
2017-04-20 14:51
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