OpTic invited to ESL One Cologne

The North American side OpTic Gaming has been confirmed for ESL One Cologne, finalizing the list of teams invited to the event.

After a successful period at the end of 2016, when they won ELEAGUE Season 2, finished second at ECS Season 2 and qualified for the Major, OpTic have had a tough time, with a bad Major performance at the start of 2017 followed by the departure of their in-game leader Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz.

The North American side has been fielding substitutes ever since, but still managed decent placings at the last two events they attended, cs_summit and IEM Sydney 2017, where they finished above the likes of North and Cloud9.


OpTic will be hoping they can find a stable fifth before Cologne

With this announcement out, ESL has filled the list of teams that will be invited to the tournament, and only the four qualifier teams left to be decided.

Except Astralis, who turned down an invitation in April, the only notable squad to miss out on a spot amongst the invited teams is Gambit, the CIS side that has been a stable contender ever since adding Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko and Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov to their ranks.

The team list for ESL One Cologne is now as follows:

Brazil SK Sweden fnatic CIS Natus Vincere Poland Virtus.pro
Europe FaZe Sweden NiP France G2 Denmark North
United States Cloud9 Brazil Immortals Europe mousesports North America OpTic
Europe EU qual.  Europe EU qual.  North America NA qual. Other TBA

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Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
614
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
978
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
gl NA dream Xd
2017-05-13 17:02
C9 and liquid both better
2017-05-13 17:28
Esl loves gambit
2017-05-13 17:02
#31
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Russia Nikosimus 
too much love, I'd say
2017-05-13 17:03
ESforce guys said if they invite zeus they'll drop out of wesa and stop competing in their tournaments
2017-05-13 17:07
#72
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CIS Exanto 
Sause or b8?
2017-05-13 17:38
truth cant lose like 30% of your wesa teams
2017-05-13 17:48
#6
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Kazakhstan AliUaliyev21 
WTF!!!!?
2017-05-13 17:02
#7
s1mple | 
Turkey solfex 
no gambit...
2017-05-13 17:02
#8
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United States gtmaniacmda 
rip Gambit
2017-05-13 17:02
#9
TenZ | 
United States CS_Gawd 
EZ JR
2017-05-13 17:02
#11
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Russia R0MkAcsgo 
wasted spot xd
2017-05-13 17:02
#12
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Sweden Frankishtain 
NA on fire
2017-05-13 17:02
no gambit invite gg retards
2017-05-13 17:02
..
2017-05-13 17:02
#justESLthings
2017-05-13 17:02
#16
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Pakistan perth 
So is jasonr permanent?
2017-05-13 17:02
good question, pls bump until someone comes in with a source. all i got is thorin and these people treating jasonR like hes permanent but the last info i have was that he was just a standin.
2017-05-13 18:12
And not Gambit? ESL FCK OFF
2017-05-13 17:02
no Gambit?
2017-05-13 17:02
invite trash teams like c9 and optic and dont invite gambit
2017-05-13 17:02
#69
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United States Moosk 
Easy to tell gambit would not be final invite because the latest teams invited are supposed to be bottom of their groups, aka "trash teams" being invited. I think I Liquid would have been a better pick though, considering they got to the finals of the last cologne and are on the rise again.
2017-05-13 17:37
thats the problem that last cologne was a year ago, now they are bad
2017-05-13 17:56
the problem with that is that liquid will have the easiest qualifier of their lives here in NA, meanwhile gambit are shit online and have to go through half of europe. so liquid will certainly be there anyway, but very questionable whether gambit will. btw who the hell is that last TBA spot for?
2017-05-13 18:14
BIG because ESL Meisterschaft
2017-05-13 18:24
the meisterschaft article only says that they are invited to the closed qualifier tho :O
2017-05-13 18:26
oh yeah apparently it will be a chinese team wiki.teamliquid.net/counterstrike/ESL/On..
2017-05-13 18:34
omfg what a waste...
2017-05-13 18:43
Wasted spot
2017-05-13 17:02
#23
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Denmark AstTop1 
i feel like theyre inviting teams for publicity not inviting who deserves it
2017-05-13 17:02
OH REALLY?
2017-05-13 17:08
dumb... could have gotten an a lot better team as an invite, for example Heroic
2017-05-13 17:02
#26
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Bosnia and Herzegovina nikokokoko 
WASTED SPOT
2017-05-13 17:02
#27
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Russia R0MkAcsgo 
TBA is invite or what?
2017-05-13 17:02
I'm convinced that it's for the CN qual. wiki.teamliquid.net/counterstrike/ESL/On..
2017-05-13 18:16
#29
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France Revitalize 
They had to invite an NA team for those who complains about Gambit
2017-05-13 17:03
#30
rain | 
Germany ArsiCSGO 
Where is Gambit? :c
2017-05-13 17:03
INVITE GAMBIT FFS -_-
2017-05-13 17:03
#33
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Russia Nikosimus 
Not inviting Gambit? N1 ESL, I hope they qualify and destroy Optic 16-0
2017-05-13 17:03
#34
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Turkey zekicamurcu 
u fuckin kiddin me ? ahahaha let them play a bo5 aganist gambit . it will end 3-0 . how the hell these guys invite a unstable team which is playing with 4 players and 1 stand-in instead of a solid team like gambit . just shame .
2017-05-13 17:04
#35
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France t3r4byt3 
NiP, IMT, C9 and OpTic: all wasted spots. Gambit would do 10x better than any of them.
2017-05-13 17:04
this +1 they are just in it for more autographs not good cs
2017-05-13 17:09
Immortals is not a wasted spot.
2017-05-13 17:09
#46
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France t3r4byt3 
IMT always choke and fail at the non-IEM $250k+ tournaments, not expecting anything different here.
2017-05-13 17:10
well imt had better runs recently than c9 or nip so they are justifiable, but gambit not being here sucks anyway.
2017-05-13 17:38
lets not forget gambit won a tournament with C9 and imt pretty easily not looking at the g2 match and got 2nd at summit (Actually played SK close unlike optic lmao 32-9) beating teams like optic
2017-05-13 17:09
#45
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Norway Phancy11 
C9 and IMT I can understand, but nip and optic instead of gambit and HR...what a shame
2017-05-13 17:09
sad really, people nowadays try to justify these invites because of big fanbase, ain't about skill anymore.
2017-05-13 17:35
2 spots wasted on NA teams and no Gambit?
2017-05-13 17:05
#37
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Sweden Alheny 
RIP GAMBIT
2017-05-13 17:05
#38
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Hungary StraYzie 
Good luck to Astralis, Gambit and HellRaisers Kappa
2017-05-13 17:07
#40
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Kazakhstan AliUaliyev21 
Astralis declined they spot.ANd even after that they didn't invite Gambit
2017-05-13 17:08
#74
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Hungary StraYzie 
I know
2017-05-13 17:40
#49
s1mple | 
United Kingdom Twinaye 
all na wasted spots should invite gambit and a uk team
2017-05-13 17:12
expected
2017-05-13 17:15
#52
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World Mitheryl 
WTF no gambit????
2017-05-13 17:15
#53
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Netherlands RichRamp 
No Gambit, No HellRaisers. but invite NiP and OG. n1 ESL
2017-05-13 17:16
#68
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Sweden 2EZ4Astralis 
NiP better than HR and OG so
2017-05-13 17:37
#73
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Netherlands RichRamp 
Lul why do you think That
2017-05-13 17:38
#75
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Sweden 2EZ4Astralis 
NiP 2-0'd HR the other day but it was on Online and NiP usually wins over OpTic especially since optic isn't really a "team" atm since they don't have a stable 5th. Also, I know NiP can return to form, they have done it before and it can happen again.
2017-05-13 17:41
#79
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Netherlands RichRamp 
The online match wss basically playing for nothing anymore so they probably didnt care. Not really the best match you can determine NiP is better, HR is better than both
2017-05-13 17:45
#80
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Slovakia SLAVak 
that was an Online match where Hellraisers choked the first map and played like shit right after
2017-05-13 17:46
#78
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Slovakia SLAVak 
ye I'd like to know the same thing.. most of the recent LAN matches between HR and NiP ended with HR being victorious
2017-05-13 17:44
#54
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Slovakia iLycan 
ez for JasonR
2017-05-13 17:17
Gambit? One of three teams in the best form at the moment is not invited,fucking ESL idiots!
2017-05-13 17:17
the vantages to have a HUGE org, they don't deserve.
2017-05-13 17:19
#70
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Spain HolaBuenas 
k
2017-05-13 17:38
#57
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
RIP Liquid invited! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-05-13 17:23
they will quali ez
2017-05-13 18:22
LOL ??
2017-05-13 17:36
Nice event
2017-05-13 17:42
#77
NAF | 
Germany al1na 
THANK HEAVENS
2017-05-13 17:43
ESL invite MVP PK !! Pleas
2017-05-13 17:52
#84
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United States NA_CS_FAN 
expected
2017-05-13 18:01
#86
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Russia GooDLuck3r 
Lul No Gambit .... Invited trash navi
2017-05-13 18:09
no Gambit, no HR? wow alright. still a stacked af event but would be better if either of those were invited
2017-05-13 18:12
#94
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Kazakhstan askarfc 
omg nice invites thx ESL (idiots)
2017-05-13 18:19
wasted spot
2017-05-13 18:21
cant believe optic over Gambit :( sad day for cs
2017-05-13 18:38
wasted spot
2017-05-13 18:40
#103
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Ukraine ravenous150 
esl just ignoring Gambit. gg wasted spot
2017-05-13 18:41
Asia should stay from big tournaments. Even Tier 1 asian team is equal to Tier 2 or 3 EU team.
2017-05-13 18:42
Who cares about Gambots, OpTic is better /close
2017-05-13 18:47
The tournament is not a major, which will hurt their viewership hard. So they invite everyteam with a big fanbase and lets be honest: NiP, C9 and Optic have much more fans then gambit (C9 and NiP have the most fans over all other teams) but also their fans come from T1 countries you make more money off per 1.000 viewers.
2017-05-13 18:58
#108
felps | 
Poland flikx 
Honestly, I think that C9 & OpTic are pretty much "wasted spots". ESL should've invite Liquid (Cologne 2016 finalists) & Gambit (one of the best teams recently) instead of them. But we all already know it's for the viewership, since C9 & some other teams have shit loads of fans, and since it's not a major anymore - they need to get views somehow.
2017-05-13 19:07
#109
fer | 
Brazil FrizoR 
OpTic? Really?
2017-05-13 19:08
haha wtf is this shit invite these tier999 na teams over gambit? rly
2017-05-13 19:21
-opTic, +Gambit -IMT +Liquid -Na'Vi +Astralis
2017-05-13 19:23
#113
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United States KrakeNCSGO 
-Fnatic +Swagdollar f*k you
2017-05-13 19:29
I don't get the joke, did I say something dumb?
2017-05-13 19:32
#117
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United States KrakeNCSGO 
-Na'Vi +Hacktralis ''I Dont Get the Joke'' lol
2017-05-13 19:34
Shit bait
2017-05-13 19:39
#115
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Estonia teremartin 
Rip OpTic Dosia X God get destroyed Optic invite Gambit plz
2017-05-13 19:32
#116
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Netherlands PATOZR 
GIEF GAMBIT FFS
2017-05-13 19:33
#118
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Brazil romp  
WTF GAMBIT ???
2017-05-13 19:36
#120
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Kazakhstan PRIM3 
#prayforgambit #esl</3gambit
2017-05-13 19:43
GAMBIT??
2017-05-13 20:27
na cs biggest joke ever hahahahaha =D only play good tournments cuz invites :> what a shame.
2017-05-13 20:31
#126
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Brazil hugoooo 
+Gambit +HellRaisers +Liquid +China/Australia And this will be the most stacked GO tournament so far.
2017-05-13 23:37
I'm assuming this was already said, but: wasted spot
2017-05-14 05:30
#128
JW | 
Sweden JW_top1 
omg, what a waste, optichoke is so bad, the only reason they're still a team is because of their 11 year old fan boys with iq below 70
2017-05-14 07:33
#131
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Norway insy 
Invites NiP, OpTic, Clown9 and Na'Vi, but not Gambit. xD
2017-05-17 07:48
the 16x0 potential on this tournment just went up XD
2017-05-17 07:57
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