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:
|EU qual.||EU qual.||NA qual.||TBA|
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