Astralis invited to ESL One Cologne 2019

Astralis have received and confirmed a direct invite to participate at the LAN finals of ESL One Cologne 2019.

The Danes will be joining fifteen other rosters at the LANXESS Arena on July 5-7 in a fight for a share of the $300,000 prize pool, as well as a point towards the Intel Grand Slam Season 2 for the subsequent victor.

In last year's edition of the event, the Danish side was unable to secure a victory at the event, falling to CIS' finest, Natus Vincere in the semi-final. After besting their arch rivals, the Ukrainian-majority squad went on to defeat home crowd favourites, BIG in the grand final, securing their third gold medal of the year.

Astralis will return to Cologne in July

Currently rated #1 in the world, the Danes were the first team in the history of CS:GO to secure the Intel Grand Slam pot, after a victory at the ESL Pro League Season 8 finals yielded the their fourth eligible tournament victory, in addition to a whopping $1,000,000 in prize money.

Below is a table representing all currently-known participants of the event:

Denmark Astralis
Ukraine Natus Vincere
Other TBA
Other TBA
Other TBA
Other TBA
Europe European Qualifier #1
North America North American Qualifier
Germany BIG
Other TBA
Other TBA
Other TBA
Other TBA
Other TBA
Europe European Qualifier #2
Asia Asian Qualifier

So far 3 of the best teams in the world invited. Cant wait for Cologne!!!!!!!
2019-02-08 16:17
#9
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Austria shaakeh 
YESSSSSS
2019-02-08 16:18
expected😎
2019-02-08 16:19
LUL
2019-02-08 16:24
#73
suNny | 
India S1ayR 
Obviously who else will win it
2019-02-08 16:41
Easy win 4 my bois Astralis
2019-02-09 13:30
F5
2019-02-08 16:19
F5 And not even 1st LOL
2019-02-08 16:19
Cry
2019-02-08 16:19
you are so mad right now 😂😂😂🙈
2019-02-08 16:20
no
2019-02-08 16:20
THE SALTINESS IS REAL mmmmmmmm
2019-02-08 19:06
no sry
2019-02-08 19:36
ok, :(
2019-02-09 12:33
BIG best team omegalul
2019-02-08 16:19
Mibr wasn't invited yet
2019-02-08 16:19
#32
ice | 
United Kingdom 21savageUK 
He said 3 best teams, not 3 worst teams.
2019-02-08 16:21
#37
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Brazil FanOfMibr 
+111111111 m16r wasted spot
2019-02-08 16:21
+1 OMEGALUL
2019-02-08 16:22
rekt xD 🙉🙉😎
2019-02-08 16:23
#53
s1mple | 
India Bob__ 
+1
2019-02-08 16:26
lul Why would someone say 3 "best" with bug on the list? Kkkkkkkkkkk
2019-02-08 16:34
Because m16r never won against bug
2019-02-08 16:42
+111111111111111
2019-02-08 16:44
#86
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Other not_bad 
+1
2019-02-08 16:53
And bug never was relevant
2019-02-08 18:58
You only say bullshit, like your nickname :)
2019-02-08 19:04
The only event m16r won was vs Avangar in finals, that too they lost one map to them LUL nt t5 event
2019-02-08 19:58
Oh ok, the majors aren't tier 1 LMAO You don't have even any favorite team, just a hater kid
2019-02-08 20:11
I'm talking about m16r org, not the SK Won majors 2 yrs ago and still bragging about it LUL According to your logic pronax is G.O.A.T. then
2019-02-08 22:57
They go into semifinals on Faceit major btw
2019-02-08 23:00
Even Complexity reached playoffs, look where they are now LUL
2019-02-09 11:27
Lets just wait on Katowice 2019 major with their full brazilian roster
2019-02-10 05:34
#126
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Europe Vallon2 
+1 Savage.
2019-02-08 19:02
#42
s1mple | 
Romania Dulie 
I like BIG, but they are far from being a Top 5 team. They kinda just.. suck.
2019-02-08 16:22
#88
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Other not_bad 
no smooya no holdback
2019-02-08 16:53
>BUG >NAVI >Best teams Pick one
2019-02-08 16:23
Can’t I technically pick BIG and NAVI, just not “best teams”?
2019-02-08 16:53
#89
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Other not_bad 
mibr never win against big
2019-02-08 16:53
Big players never won a major
2019-02-08 19:37
I don't see Liquid there.
2019-02-08 16:35
#76
kennyS | 
Asia blitz09 
Big best? Lol
2019-02-08 16:42
#81
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Denmark Green_fairy 
bait much?
2019-02-08 16:46
Best? BIG? heh.. NT
2019-02-08 16:55
#94
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United States J_Nasty 
BIG best team lmao what a joke
2019-02-08 16:56
#96
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Asia ElemeNt4ffff 
3?u meant on of em is big?noo fella
2019-02-08 16:58
#98
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Brazil FanOfMibr 
LMAO so many baited
2019-02-08 16:59
#104
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United Kingdom DreadN0ught 
Flag checks out. BIG are very good team but not top3
2019-02-08 17:06
#120
s1mple | 
Ukraine A1mD 
Where did u saw 3 Best teams? I only see Astr and Navi
2019-02-08 17:58
#150
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Denmark Khronov 
-BIG -Best team in the world pick one
2019-02-09 23:16
Nice
2019-02-08 16:17
#3
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Other WorldIsAFuck 
Liquid will still win
2019-02-08 16:17
#90
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Other not_bad 
ez4liquid
2019-02-08 16:54
#105
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Israel unsolid 
Nt north fan
2019-02-08 17:10
#108
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Poland anton1oo 
+1
2019-02-08 17:14
#147
device | 
Sweden EcoNAF 
Lmao, Liquid wins one tournament and the NA gays come out of their cave to screech about how good their team is lmao. Le-quit will lose the major and this tournament.
2019-02-09 20:52
#148
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Other WorldIsAFuck 
I'm not na but ok
2019-02-09 21:06
#149
device | 
Sweden EcoNAF 
Not you, the actual Na GAYS
2019-02-09 21:09
#4
1mpala | 
Russia dant1kh 
ez 4 astralis
2019-02-08 16:17
#5
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Denmark QBE_ 
Nice, maybe they can win it this time :)
2019-02-08 16:17
#6
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Sweden B0Besketit 
Expected
2019-02-08 16:17
Nice now invite Faze
2019-02-08 16:18
+1
2019-02-08 16:18
#48
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Russia LogicalMan 
+1
2019-02-08 16:23
+1
2019-02-08 16:27
+1
2019-02-08 16:29
+1
2019-02-08 16:41
#95
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United Kingdom EKersh 
+1
2019-02-08 16:57
+1
2019-02-09 03:04
#8
cheti | 
Estonia E$t0 
POG
2019-02-08 16:18
#10
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Poland crouzzz 
expected
2019-02-08 16:18
#11
cajunb | 
CIS spk13 
You can just give them money for 1st place.
2019-02-08 16:18
#91
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Other not_bad 
+1 free cash for astralis
2019-02-08 16:54
#12
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Europe Broozman 
wasted spot
2019-02-08 16:18
RUINED TOURNAMENT
2019-02-08 16:18
not ruined, astralis falling down
2019-02-08 16:21
Hope yes, I was planning to go there but if there are astralis I think I won't :/
2019-02-08 16:23
#62
ZywOo | 
France ZywHere 
you hate them that much ?
2019-02-08 16:31
Nono, but I like cheering for my team and hope that wins but if there are astralis I already know who will win
2019-02-08 16:32
#64
ZywOo | 
France ZywHere 
xd oh ok
2019-02-08 16:33
u think astralis gonna keep this level for 2019?
2019-02-08 16:59
Astralis never won an ESL One event
2019-02-09 03:05
#16
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Finland EdiEz 
ENCE NEXT
2019-02-08 16:19
big invite = tier 3 lan
2019-02-08 16:19
#40
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Germany Surcal___ 
Its normal to invite a team from the country where they play lol I mean IEM Sydney invited Renegades
2019-02-08 16:21
#110
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Other not_bad 
m16r invite = t50
2019-02-08 17:18
#118
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Russia Vad97oRRR 
no mibr -> nice LAN BIG beat mibr AGAIN LUL
2019-02-08 17:43
Wasted spot
2019-02-08 16:19
who
2019-02-08 16:20
Wasted spot Virtus pro was better
2019-02-08 16:20
#36
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Netherlands MerpNL 
+1
2019-02-08 16:21
#28
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Brazil MIBR_Top_One 
nice
2019-02-08 16:20
#30
s1mple | 
Ukraine d3adLY 
why
2019-02-08 16:20
cuz they invite everyone from last years playoffs probably
2019-02-08 16:35
#79
s1mple | 
Ukraine d3adLY 
ok
2019-02-08 16:44
Cologne should have been a major.
2019-02-08 16:21
#33
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Ukraine treeex 
unexpected
2019-02-08 16:21
Easy for astralis
2019-02-08 16:21
#35
ice | 
United Kingdom 21savageUK 
nice
2019-02-08 16:21
#38
ZywOo | 
France mdK_ 
expected
2019-02-08 16:21
First
2019-02-08 16:22
good
2019-02-08 16:22
#50
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Panama xemzex 
Expected
2019-02-08 16:24
#51
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Denmark Green_fairy 
Ez for the best of the best.
2019-02-08 16:25
#52
s1mple | 
India Bob__ 
Ofc
2019-02-08 16:26
#54
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Sweden meistr0 
youtube.com/watch?v=5xntOpWCIfo One more event ruined PepeHands
2019-02-08 16:26
#56
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Will save the best for last. The announcement will go just like this And the final spot for ESL One Cologne goes to the defending 2019 CHAMPIONS OF THE KATOWICE MAJOR TEAAAAAAM LIQUID
2019-02-08 16:27
+1
2019-02-08 16:28
#99
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United Kingdom EKersh 
Possibly
2019-02-08 16:59
#102
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Sorry u misspelled that word. It’s prob-a-bly YW.
2019-02-08 17:04
Ez MIBR winner
2019-02-08 16:28
realy?
2019-02-08 16:28
#61
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Turkey tastemycobra 
Shocking news
2019-02-08 16:31
undeserved
2019-02-08 16:33
2nd grand slam incoming, boys
2019-02-08 16:39
they can get their second wind 1 event before cologne so who knows ^^?
2019-02-08 16:45
#71
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New Zealand JK_77 
Excited to see these up and coming danish talents
2019-02-08 16:40
#72
shox | 
Latvia kebab_b 
wasted spot(((
2019-02-08 16:40
ez 4 ence
2019-02-08 16:41
#83
s1mple | 
Switzerland x676 
Why BIG invited ? #15 in the ranking, what a shame.
2019-02-08 16:49
They were in the final last year.
2019-02-08 17:00
#111
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Denmark Fjumse 
Tournament in Germany
2019-02-08 17:18
#84
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Denmark ecovice 
Indeed, how could you not invite the best team in the world? -Yours sincerely, Ecolai "ecovice" Reedtz
2019-02-08 16:49
wasted slot boring cs
2019-02-08 16:52
#92
shox | 
India iejesus 
wasted spot
2019-02-08 16:54
INVITE VP
2019-02-08 17:03
GJ COLOGNE! Now we know who wins!
2019-02-08 17:05
Expected
2019-02-08 17:11
#107
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Indonesia Exodd 
ez expected
2019-02-08 17:12
Boring
2019-02-08 17:17
#112
loli | 
Bulgaria Riooo 
wasted spot
2019-02-08 17:20
#114
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Italy CESPU 
very unexpected
2019-02-08 17:25
Yeah they better be prepared this time
2019-02-08 17:28
Astralizzz.. No1 boring team zzz
2019-02-08 17:30
#117
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Finland eMBeJaana 
who cares
2019-02-08 17:41
#119
 | 
Russia chexov 
7 July news: Astralis won ESL Cologne 2019 Device MVP Award
2019-02-08 17:44
#121
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Germany Lukesamen 
wasted spot
2019-02-08 18:06
gggggggg
2019-02-08 18:35
Wasted spot should have invited vici or groundhog
2019-02-08 18:31
#124
s1mple | 
Ukraine 400bpm 
Ez $$$ for RedStar
2019-02-08 18:34
#129
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United States Doge14 
Now invite Liquid Faze Mouz C9 Fnatic NRG Vitality NIP And dick Stacy
2019-02-08 19:30
#133
tabseN | 
Germany NatsuS 
Not deserved they didn't make it to the group stage last time.
2019-02-08 20:01
NiP better
2019-02-09 03:08
Astralis ResidentSleeper
2019-02-09 03:13
#141
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Europe UnlukoMaluko 
1000000 pricepool cs dying hagaha
2019-02-09 09:59
Easy for mibr
2019-02-09 19:17
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