ESL One Cologne viewer's guide

With ESL One Cologne set to start tomorrow, here are all the details you need to know regarding the $250,000 event.

The tournament will run from July 4-9 and will see some of the world's best teams, including the likes of SK and FaZe, battle it out for a cut of the $250,000  prize fund. 

SK won last year's edition after beating Liquid 2-0 in the grand final

The first stage of ESL One Cologne will be played in a Swiss format, with the top eight teams advancing to the playoffs, which will be held at the LANXESS Arena. While the quarter-finals and the semi-finals will consist of best-of-three series, the title decider will be played in a best-of-five format.

Here is the full schedule for the six-day event:

Tuesday, July 4

12:00    Europe mousesports vs. Sweden fnatic BO1
12:00 Europe FaZe vs. Denmark Heroic BO1
13:15 Brazil Immortals vs. Poland Virtus.pro BO1
13:15 Brazil SK vs. Turkey Space Soldiers BO1
14:30 Sweden NiP vs. United States Cloud9
BO1
14:30 China TYLOO vs. France G2
BO1
15:45 CIS Natus Vincere   vs. United States Liquid BO1
15:45 Denmark North vs. United States OpTic BO1
17:25 Round #2 Matches #1 & #2
BO1
18:40 Round #2 Matches #3 & #4
BO1
19:55 Round #2 Matches #5 & #6
BO1
21:10
Round #2 Matches #7 & #8
BO1
Wednesday, July 5

12:00 Round #3 Match #1
BO1
13:10 Round #3 Match #2
BO1
14:20 Round #3 Match #3
BO1
15:30 Round #3 Match #4
BO1
16:40 Round #3 Match #5
BO1
17:50 Round #3 Match #6
BO1
19:00 Round #3 Match #7
BO1
20:10 Round #3 Match #8
BO1
Thursday, July 6

12:00 Round #4 Match #1
BO1
13:10 Round #4 Match #2
BO1
14:20 Round #4 Match #3
BO1
15:30 Round #4 Match #4
BO1
16:40 Round #4 Match #6
BO1
17:50 Round #5 Match #1
BO1
19:00 Round #5 Match #2
BO1
20:10 Round #5 Match #3
BO1
Friday, July 7
10:00 Quarter-Final #1
BO3
13:50 Quarter-Final #2
BO3
17:40 Quarter-Final #3
BO3
21:30 Quarter-Final #4
BO3
Saturday, July 8
16:00 Semi-Final #1
BO3
19:50 Semi-Final #2
BO3
Sunday, July 9
16:00 Grand Final
BO5

As for the talent team, Alex "Machine" Richardson and Paul "ReDeYe" Chaloner will be the desk and the stage host, respectively, whereas Janko "YNk" Paunović, Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill and Adam "friberg" Friberg will be the analysts. There will also be three pairs of commentators guiding the viewers through the action.

Below you can find the full talent list:

United Kingdom Alex "Machine" Richardson - Desk host
United Kingdom Paul "ReDeYe" Chaloner - Stage host

United States Tres "stunna" Saranthus - Sideline reporter

Serbia Janko "YNk" Paunović - Analyst
Australia Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill - Analyst
Sweden Adam "friberg" Friberg - Analyst

United Kingdom Henry "HenryG" Greer - Commentator
Canada Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett - Commentator
United States Jason "moses" O'Toole - Commentator
United Kingdom Lauren "Pansy" Scott - Commentator
Denmark Anders "Anders" Blume - Commentator
United States Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat - Commentator

Germany Patricia "Pat" von Halle - Observer
United States Heather "sapphiRe" Garozzo - Observer
United States DJ "Prius" Kuntz - Observer

ESL is yet to announce the prize-pool distribution. Still, it is certain that ESL One Cologne will be the first event counting towards the Intel Grand Slam, which will hand out $1,000,000 to the first team that wins four out of $200,000+ tournaments hosted by ESL Or DreamHack.

Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1509
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
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
Australia Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
158
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.18
#2
nukkye | 
Taiwan pendaGOD 
Ez c9
2017-07-03 21:35
#14
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Kazakhstan Bombardian 
Friberg
2017-07-03 21:38
#34
shox | 
Moldova CarrieZzZ 
Thank mr friberg
2017-07-03 21:58
#44
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Brazil xpassw0rd 
I guess friberg would be a good analyst lets check it out
2017-07-03 22:43
#48
shox | 
Moldova CarrieZzZ 
Agree!
2017-07-03 23:03
#51
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United States Custer99 
+1 thank mr friberg
2017-07-03 23:16
#4
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Italy Er1cz 
gl
2017-07-03 21:36
#5
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Finland EdiEz 
yeree
2017-07-03 21:36
#6
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United Kingdom HarryBotter 
#RUNSKG
2017-07-03 21:36
#53
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United States Custer99 
When you literally from U.K. but still support favela squad
2017-07-03 23:22
#58
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Albania BP001 
I'm from Albania and I support SK as well that doesn't matter they play the best CS GO you can't hate them. I stayed up to 4 am sometimes 5 am to watch their games on ESL Pro League NA, and then I woke up on 8 am to go to school.
2017-07-04 00:31
#62
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Brazil rauni90001 
U.S. flag, supports a swedish team and is triggered by a british lad supporting SK. Must be a 12yo ...
2017-07-04 01:27
+1
2017-07-04 03:33
#72
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United Kingdom HarryBotter 
+1
2017-07-04 09:25
#71
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United Kingdom HarryBotter 
When your from the USA but you still support Ninjas in Peices
2017-07-04 09:25
#7
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France AnTr3aS48 
ezg2
2017-07-03 21:36
Yes ez for kenny and shoxie
2017-07-03 23:09
#7
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Algeria Maxmeister 
3rd
2017-07-03 21:36
#9
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Turkey yasinavsar 
eZaF
2017-07-03 21:36
#10
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Brazil luizsergiob 
Ez 4 sk
2017-07-03 21:36
#11
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France StickyRice 
BO5 final F**K YEAHHHHHHH
2017-07-03 21:36
#23
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Brazil HueyNewton 
It's going to be crazy, my friend.
2017-07-03 21:45
#24
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France StickyRice 
Let's hope (at least that's my hope) for a SK FaZe or G2 SK or FaZe G2 final.
2017-07-03 21:46
#12
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Brazil luconesc 
sad to see friberg as a analyst, not as a player! please get back soon, legend!
2017-07-03 21:37
#54
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United States Custer99 
+1 is heartwarming to see Brasilian not simply commenting #RUNFKG
2017-07-03 23:23
#63
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Brazil rauni90001 
"Brasilian". Good england, my friend! Kkk.
2017-07-04 01:28
#78
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Brazil luconesc 
Even I can't stand brazilians bro... too much trolling, not healthy
2017-07-04 13:27
#13
woxic | 
Turkey razendd_ 
#GOSS
2017-07-03 21:37
#45
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Faroe Islands nosquids 
Lel first game against SK, Space Soliders will get crushed.
2017-07-03 22:46
#46
woxic | 
Turkey razendd_ 
ok
2017-07-03 22:49
+1
2017-07-04 09:35
#15
Friis | 
Canada uhJake 
Why friberg wtf is this cast? Dazed wya.
2017-07-03 21:38
#55
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United States Custer99 
thank mr friberg
2017-07-03 23:23
Friberg analyst?Wow!
2017-07-03 21:38
ez friberg
2017-07-03 21:40
#18
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Sweden 2EZ4Astralis 
hype
2017-07-03 21:41
bo5 final Kreygasm
2017-07-03 21:41
#20
fer | 
Brazil eduGOD 
The time is on what fuse?
2017-07-03 21:42
#25
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France StickyRice 
HLTV shows time on your local timezone. EDIT : that's what they used to do, don't know if they stopped now (because in the past when you got your mouse over the time it showed like UTC + something with the big cities of your timezone but now nothing happens when i got the mouse over the time).
2017-07-03 21:48
#27
fer | 
Brazil eduGOD 
Thank you, I am new from here. Happy to know this.
2017-07-03 21:49
#32
fer | 
Brazil eduGOD 
Wait, are there two games on the mean time? Or am I crazy?
2017-07-03 21:55
#37
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France StickyRice 
Yes 2 games at the same time (ESL has two different streams) and if on your computer HLTV shows that game starts at 12h then it has to be a local time, time difference between Cologne and Sao Paulo for example - i don't know which city you are from - is 5 hours (Cologne is 5 hours ahead so i guess games will start early in the morning for you).
2017-07-03 22:12
#29
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Brazil Charizaldo 
Se vc tá logado na tua conta, mostra o fuso horário cadastrado no teu perfil. No horário de Brasília, SK e IMT jogam as 8:15.
2017-07-03 21:54
vp wins
2017-07-03 21:43
G2 gets it the easiest :P
2017-07-03 21:45
#26
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Estonia mr_abdul 
redeye and machine at the same event ORGASM
2017-07-03 21:49
#28
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Estonia mr_abdul 
17:00 Grand Final BO5 ORGASM
2017-07-03 21:51
#41
byali | 
Poland BYALl 
hope virtus pro will play bo5 i did not see them playing bo5 since 2015 LUL btw ORGASM
2017-07-03 22:25
#42
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Estonia mr_abdul 
didnt they play one agains sk earlier this year? and won?
2017-07-03 22:26
it was a best of 3 and they played a best of 5 online against space soldiers for ecs relegation
2017-07-03 22:40
#52
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Estonia Delan0 
Whats the hype with the bo5 format though? For my money bo3 is optimal. In a bo5 youll see less even maps and more stompouts. It could be better in deciding the better team but as for viewing experience its not that good. Not to mention it takes too much time.
2017-07-03 23:17
#61
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Estonia mr_abdul 
maybe in general bo3 format is better but I really enjoy watching a bo5 final, maybe just because its pretty rare idk
2017-07-04 01:07
#76
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Estonia Delan0 
Fair enough :)
2017-07-04 11:34
#74
f0rest | 
Indonesia rareguy 
BO5 but the map pool is added with Canals and Lite.
2017-07-04 10:08
GOD FRIBERG now casting all the best my friend!!!
2017-07-03 21:54
BO1s C9 got this LUL
2017-07-03 21:55
#33
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Mexico luiizzariio 
#RUNSKG
2017-07-03 21:57
nice
2017-07-03 21:59
#36
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Portugal Pocoyo2K 
#GOC9
2017-07-03 22:01
#38
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Brazil ^7|1 
Navi 0-3
2017-07-03 22:13
- shitler - pansy + ddk and James! or + Joe Miller and Machine <3
2017-07-03 22:13
#70
MAR1ON | 
France msirp 
did you just say Hitler with an "s" in front? Blasphemy, Racist, Fascist, neo-Nazism!!!!!
2017-07-04 04:28
b8 or stupid. its not my fault that semmler ends with "ler"
2017-07-04 11:43
#79
MAR1ON | 
France msirp 
bad b8, chill m8
2017-07-04 16:00
my mistake that i haven't seen the irony of your comment sorry :D
2017-07-04 16:17
#81
MAR1ON | 
France msirp 
hahahaha
2017-07-04 16:22
#40
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Poland kick_michu 
pros: -no Thorin -Fatburg as expert -EU time coins: why 2x matches are played at same time ?
2017-07-03 22:18
#47
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North America Felflamee 
So we get souvenir drops from this tournament right? If so, how do we get them..?
2017-07-03 22:53
#59
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
nope
2017-07-04 00:55
#50
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Romania Vladootzz 
BEST OF 5 IN FINALS, WOW!
2017-07-03 23:10
#56
valde | 
Finland Juvi 
No no no semmler its ruined totally ruined.
2017-07-03 23:27
#57
f0rest | 
United Kingdom Aelin 
thank mr friberg
2017-07-03 23:45
#60
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Poland mamba99999 
This might be a great major. Oh, wait...
2017-07-04 01:02
#64
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Brazil rauni90001 
Pros: ez opponents 4 SK and IMT Cons: 8:30 AM
2017-07-04 01:31
Kuntz
2017-07-04 01:43
#66
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Europe WutZeFak 
ez for NiP
2017-07-04 01:49
Machine is back Kreygasm Friberg analyst PogChamp
2017-07-04 03:06
#68
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United States iDroneee 
Can I get a FaZe up in the chat
2017-07-04 03:28
friberg analyst? Expected, but still... FailFish
2017-07-04 11:29
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