With ESL One Cologne around the corner, we have put a viewer's guide together for the $300,000 event that will take place at the LANXESS Arena.
ESL One Cologne will run on July 3-8, at the LANXESS Arena, with sixteen teams fighting for their piece of the $300,000 prize pool and a win counting towards the Intel Grand Slam.
The tournament will start with two groups playing a double-elimination bracket before moving on to the best-of-three single elimination playoff which will kick off with the second and third best teams from the group stage playing the quarter-finals before moving onto the semi-finals, where the group winners will be waiting.
ESL One Cologne will see Jorgen "cromen" Robertsen play one more event with FaZe—who could take home the Intel Grand Slam were they to win—, while Martin "STYKO" Styk will be standing in for Cloud9 after being substituted by Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski in mousesports.
The tournament is slated to start on July 3rd and will have three days of group stage play and three days of playoffs in the arena.
Tuesday, July 3rd
12:00 - Astralis vs. ENCE | BO1
12:00 - NiP vs. Cloud9 | BO1
13:10 - mousesports vs. Gambit | BO1
13:10 - G2 vs. Natus Vincere | BO1
14:20 - FaZe vs. B.O.O.T-d[S] | BO1
14:20 - Renegades vs. MIBR | BO1
15:30 - fnatic vs. North | BO1
15:30 - BIG vs. Liquid | BO1
16:40 - Group A Upper Bracket Semi #1| BO3
16:40 - Group A Lower Bracket Quarter #1| BO3
20:10 - Group A UB Semi #1| BO3
20:10 - Group A LB Quarter #2 | BO3
Wednesday, July 4th
12:00 - Group B LB Quarter #2 | BO3
12:00 - Group B LB Quarter #1 | BO3
15:30 - Group B UB Semi #1 | BO3
15:30 - Group A LB Semi #1 | BO3
19:00 - Group B UB Semi #2 | BO3
19:00 - Group A LB Ro4b #2 | BO3
Thursday, July 5th
12:00 - Group B LB Semi #1 | BO3
12:00 - Group B LB Semi #2 | BO3
15:30 - Group A LB Final | BO3
15:30 - Group A UB Final | BO3
19:00 - Group B LB Final | BO3
19:00 - Group B UB Final | BO3
Friday, July 6th
15:00 - Quarter-final #1 | BO3
18:30 - Quarter-final #2 | BO3
Saturday, July 7th
15:00 - Semi-final #1 | BO3
18:30 - Semi-final #2 | BO3
Sunday, July 8th
16:00 - Grand final | BO5
ESL One Cologne will also follow the scheduled starting times during the playoffs and will not start any of the matches early were the previous matches to end quickly.
Hosting the event on the desk will be Alex "Machine" Richardson, while O. J. Borg will do the same on stage. Interviewing on the sideline will be Tres "stunna" Saranthus.
On the desk with Machine will be Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill, Janko "YNk" Paunovic, and Duncan "Thorin" Shields, while the casting will be done by Henry "HenryG" Greer, Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett, Jason "moses" O'Toole, and Lauren "Pansy" Scott. Behind the scenes, observing, will be David "prius" Kuntz and Heather "sapphiRe" Garozzo.
The full lineup is:
O. J. Borg - Stage host
Tres "stunna" Saranthus - Sideline reporter
Alex "Machine" Richardson - Desk host
Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill - Analyst
Janko "YNk" Paunovic - Analyst
Duncan "Thorin" Shields - Analyst
Henry "HenryG" Greer - Commentator
Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett - Commentator
Jason "moses" O'Toole - Commentator
Lauren "Pansy" Scott - Commentator
David "prius" Kuntz - Observer
Heather "sapphiRe" Garozzo - Observer
The distribution of the $300,000 in prize money that will be given out after ESL One Cologne is the following:
1. - $125,000
2. - $50,000
3-4. - $22,000
5-6. - $11,000
7-8. - $7,500
9-12. - $6,000
13-16. - $5,000