NiP receive direct invite to ESL One Cologne 2019

NiP have received a direct invitation to participate at ESL One Cologne 2019.

The Swedish quintet will be joining fifteen other teams in contending for $300,000 in prize money at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany come July 2-7. NiP are one of twelve sides to receive a direct invite to the event, leaving seven invitation slots left to be dealt out, as well as four regional qualifier slots.

NiP are currently duking it out in Group B of the ESL Pro League Season 9 - Europe in Leicester, UK in looks to qualify for the league finals, held in Montpellier, France.

NiP will return to Cologne in 2019

Formatting for this year's iteration of ESL One Cologne will see a GSL group format, with the sixteen squads split into two equal groups. Top three from each group will advance straight to the playoffs, where first place finishers advance to the semi-finals, meanwhile second and third duke it out in the quarter-finals. All playoff matches will feature a single-elimination, best-of-3 barring the grand final, which will be a best-of-5 series.

Below are all currently-known participants of ESL One Cologne 2019:

Denmark Astralis
Europe FaZe
Sweden NiP
Other TBA
Other TBA
Other TBA
Europe European Qualifier #1
North America NA Qualifier
Germany BIG
Ukraine Natus Vincere
Other TBA
Other TBA
Other TBA
Other TBA
Europe European Qualifier #2
Asia Asian Qualifier

#2
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Sweden Martintimell69 
ezz
2019-04-18 16:46
hahahaaha
2019-04-18 16:47
#3
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United Kingdom iMarbot 
ez
2019-04-18 16:46
#56
fnx | 
Brazil Joao@NTC 
mibr ??
2019-04-18 17:02
m16r should disband by the time cologne starts so yeah, i dont see the point in inviting them xd
2019-04-19 11:19
yes
2019-04-18 16:46
yikes, but good luck to draken and co anyway
2019-04-18 16:47
#55
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Spain Classicalesp 
draken its not in nip bro
2019-04-18 17:01
#172
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Australia CaZeR01 
I think me b8ed you
2019-04-18 23:31
#202
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Australia CaZeR01 
He*
2019-04-20 02:07
wasted
2019-04-18 16:46
yes
2019-04-18 16:46
#111
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Russia sinnerzxc 
no
2019-04-18 17:50
#120
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Slovakia Freddie28 
Your existence is wasted
2019-04-18 18:04
flair checks out
2019-04-19 01:57
mad?
2019-04-19 08:39
#11
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United States DervGuy 
Liquid/Ence/Renegades Please
2019-04-18 16:46
All three of them will be invited 4 suree
2019-04-18 16:47
#45
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Germany j3llY 
yep 100%
2019-04-18 16:55
#67
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United States DervGuy 
Hopefully, would make it awesome event.
2019-04-18 17:11
#80
qikert | 
Russia zbogus 
I have a feeling liquid declined, doesn’t make sense to invite nip befpre liquid
2019-04-18 17:25
#88
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Finland perkeIe 
Why would they decline
2019-04-18 17:33
#89
qikert | 
Russia zbogus 
To take big break before the major I don’t know
2019-04-18 17:34
#140
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Finland perkeIe 
But cologne is at the start of july and major is in september so doesnt make sense
2019-04-18 19:06
#115
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United States DervGuy 
Could be, hope not though, skipping out on one of the biggest events of the year seems strange.
2019-04-18 17:55
#129
NiKo | 
United Kingdom Wazerz 
still 7 invites left, they will for sure be in it :D
2019-04-18 18:37
#139
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United States DervGuy 
Hopefully :)
2019-04-18 19:03
#155
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United States k3ar 
DH Dallas took a couple a bit before they brought in NRG and Liquid.
2019-04-18 19:52
Do you really expect that ESL doesn't make an invitation list (including backup teams if teams decline) and doesn't sent the invites all at once on the same day? The invitation slots are already filled before ESL even announces the first invitation team to the public. I don't know how they decide in which order they announce the teams, but just because team E got announced before team C doesn't mean that team C won't get an invitation.
2019-04-19 04:12
#186
qikert | 
Russia zbogus 
Usually, last year’s winner is announced first, then a home team and then from best to worst
2019-04-19 10:01
of course
2019-04-18 17:38
#15
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Europe lemxa99 
Wasted SpoT
2019-04-18 16:47
#17
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United States kobraky95 
LETS GO BOIS
2019-04-18 16:47
#18
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Poland friendlySeb 
ezz
2019-04-18 16:47
makes sense Kappa
2019-04-18 16:47
Where is MIBR ?
2019-04-18 16:47
#77
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Sweden fxzo 
+1
2019-04-18 17:20
#96
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Sweden Bangs 
Still 7 invites left, MIBR will 100% be one of them
2019-04-18 17:39
#23
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Poland crouzzz 
not deserved
2019-04-18 16:48
#24
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Spain sergio9766 
noice
2019-04-18 16:48
#25
Xyp9x | 
Denmark baccster 
Devils.One invite too please
2019-04-18 16:48
#31
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Poland MaPeD 
+1
2019-04-18 16:49
#62
NiKo | 
Slovenia ArlindEl 
This is not a tier 1000 event
2019-04-18 17:07
#64
MICHU | 
Poland parsnip 
So why nip is on it?
2019-04-18 17:09
#66
NiKo | 
Slovenia ArlindEl 
Because they're nr 6 in the world
2019-04-18 17:10
#68
MICHU | 
Poland parsnip 
Ranking means shit tbh
2019-04-18 17:11
#71
NiKo | 
Slovenia ArlindEl 
I know but thats the thing with big events
2019-04-18 17:13
#72
MICHU | 
Poland parsnip 
IEM Sydney is a big event and features teams like chiefs or Boot something this indonesian
2019-04-18 17:14
#73
NiKo | 
Slovenia ArlindEl 
Yeah they qualifed even colonge has it watch at the bottom of the list
2019-04-18 17:16
ENCE/Liquid/VIT please
2019-04-18 16:48
#27
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
nice
2019-04-18 16:48
XD
2019-04-18 16:48
Wasted spot
2019-04-18 16:49
good joke
2019-04-18 16:49
Wasted
2019-04-18 16:51
What is an indirect invite?
2019-04-18 16:51
#43
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Poland Kobel_ 
To closed quali I guess? I don't get why did they think it was necessary to put that in the title
2019-04-18 16:53
#40
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Netherlands gelm1r 
wasted
2019-04-18 16:51
ence next
2019-04-18 16:52
deserved #GONINJAS
2019-04-18 16:55
#47
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Bangladesh thug_doctor 
Next ditect invites : MIBR, Mousesports,Liquid,RNG,NRG,Ence
2019-04-18 16:56
deserved #GONINJAS
2019-04-18 16:56
#49
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Switzerland traumatix 
Invited Bots in Pyjamas before ENCE and Liquid kek
2019-04-18 16:56
you know they have probably already invited everyone, they’re just announcing in their preferred order
2019-04-18 17:03
#78
cArn | 
India sujay95 
It's just so that hltv can write 16 articles for 16 teams and send us unnecessary notifications.
2019-04-18 17:22
#131
NiKo | 
United Kingdom Wazerz 
+1
2019-04-18 18:37
next will be Fnatic
2019-04-18 16:58
#52
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Germany Neckarstadion 
I hope Sprout pulls out a miracle and somehow gets through the european qualifier. That would be hype af
2019-04-18 17:00
#57
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Denmark oskarsports 
+1, funny how IEM Sydney has 2 Australian and 3 Asian spots for the main event while Cologne has 1 spot for the qualifier for german teams
2019-04-18 17:02
#74
Myanmar xdcc 
I agree but I think Cologne is seen as more prestigious and it's probably easier to get teams to travel there (like Astralis) so maybe not enough spots. Add to that that Australia is more isolated so it's kind of more interesting to see their teams try vs EU/NA etc. And until recently Germany really lacked strong teams. With Sprout it might change.
2019-04-18 17:21
#87
Twistzz | 
Korea Jew2K 
Agreed. ESL Cologne is a bit different from the others, even if its not a major anymore. It's arguably the most famous CSGO tournament. Would prefer to see invited, stronger teams than qualified teams given a chance for this one
2019-04-18 17:33
#70
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Cyprus aazk 
+1
2019-04-18 17:13
#54
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Denmark oskarsports 
last 7 invites: Liquid, ENCE, fnatic, NRG, mouz, 2 out of Renegades/mibr/G2/North/Vitality
2019-04-18 17:06
#69
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Cyprus aazk 
so you're more sure that mouz will be invited and not mibr (that already won cologne two times)? rlly dude? lul
2019-04-18 17:11
#97
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Denmark oskarsports 
because mibr isn't even top 20 right now and german fans still love mouz. and mouz > mibr is obvious
2019-04-18 17:39
MIBR top 6 wtf mens
2019-04-18 18:53
#151
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Cyprus aazk 
bro, youre high? mibr not top-20? mousesports dont even have german player im done w u
2019-04-18 19:40
#152
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Denmark oskarsports 
you obviously don't know shit
2019-04-18 19:41
#156
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United States k3ar 
Probably Renegades and mibr/Vitality as last invites.
2019-04-18 19:56
#187
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Australia c0meatm3_Bro 
You sure nrg should be invited before renegades? I mean rng beat them on lan with a standing, If I had to prioritise invites it would be liquid, Ence, renegades, nrg, fnatic and the last 2 out of MIBR, vit or mouz
2019-04-19 10:02
#189
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Denmark oskarsports 
I actually messed up, switch mibr with NRG
2019-04-19 10:37
#191
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Australia c0meatm3_Bro 
again i would have rng ahead of mibr based on current form anyway
2019-04-19 11:29
#192
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Denmark oskarsports 
I think that they will prefer mibr because of the name tbh
2019-04-19 11:50
is it a joke?
2019-04-18 17:06
i think all the inivte shit is not good. it`s like an exclusive club of top teams and organizers in a secret alliance to make cash.
2019-04-18 17:07
#85
Twistzz | 
Korea Jew2K 
Yeah but the important thing is we get to see top teams only. It's a win-win: like I mean, we as viewers don't really lose anything from them making money
2019-04-18 17:31
#86
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
That's why we have tier 2 and tier 3 events . U don't want shitty unknown teams fucking up the biggest event of the year or any other tier 1 event for that matter. The top 12 teams are invited and we want a good event
2019-04-18 17:32
#100
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Oceania Rusuli 
If the teams are good, they can qualify. Scene is more interesting with less invites.
2019-04-18 17:41
#124
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
no , shit teams that cant win a damn thing in the actual tournament can qualify by chance. the major is a perfect example
2019-04-18 18:23
#132
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Oceania Rusuli 
And the major is all the better for it. My main complaint with the major is that EU deserves more representation because their teams which miss out are better. Super excited to see Lucid Dream play DHM Dallas!
2019-04-18 18:39
#168
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
see , you just contradicted yourself right there
2019-04-18 22:38
#99
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Oceania Rusuli 
+1
2019-04-18 17:41
#63
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France _raid3n 
need Vitality please
2019-04-18 17:08
#75
draken | 
Sweden rawrxdd 
Wasted
2019-04-18 17:19
WASTED Team Liquid Ence Vitality Renegades
2019-04-18 17:20
mouz
2019-04-18 17:24
Wasted
2019-04-18 17:25
#84
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Poland Lukovsky 
+ Liquid + ENCE + Renegades + MIBR + fnatic + Vitality + NRG mouz should go through qualifiers
2019-04-18 17:30
#90
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Brazil Collee 
Not wasted. Everyone wants to see the best counter-strike player of all time in action
2019-04-18 17:35
The two best even
2019-04-18 17:44
#91
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Poland Requ1228 
Invite Devils.one because they won against NIP XD
2019-04-18 17:36
Ence?!?
2019-04-18 17:37
#93
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Pakistan zerodesire 
Wasted spot
2019-04-18 17:37
#137
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Pakistan LoOuU2 
NIEN
2019-04-18 18:57
deserved
2019-04-18 17:37
Hopefully their lineup wont include dennis or pita by then
2019-04-18 17:44
#105
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Georgia Broozman 
wasted spot
2019-04-18 17:45
#106
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Brazil CaioOlive 
what do you mean direct invite. If it was invite, wouldn't it be enough?
2019-04-18 17:45
Wasted spot. After all those bad results ????
2019-04-18 17:46
yeah, as usual step 1: be a garbage team step 2: still have some idiots who have heard you were good in 2012 when there was ZERO competition who will blindly follow you step 3: get invited
2019-04-18 17:47
gl nipbots
2019-04-18 17:48
#110
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Sweden Akoulad 
What a joke
2019-04-18 17:49
Why is the word 'direct' being used like it's a bad thing :(
2019-04-18 17:52
Absolute joke. And stop inviting Astralis, they have their own league to play in :D
2019-04-18 17:54
Wasted spot
2019-04-18 18:00
Wasted
2019-04-18 18:01
Man thats pretty damn undeserved, why the fck would you invite such a low tier 2 team in the first invites?
2019-04-18 18:03
+ence +mouz +renegades +avangar(?)
2019-04-18 18:10
#123
shox | 
India iejesus 
ok
2019-04-18 18:20
#127
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Germany liddeb0b 
invited for all those nip fanboiis lmao nothing else
2019-04-18 18:28
why
2019-04-18 18:32
Why????
2019-04-18 18:37
#133
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Brazil ragemasterBR 
Invited wasted
2019-04-18 18:43
LUUUUUL
2019-04-18 18:55
I really love ninjas but now it looks like wasted spot
2019-04-18 18:57
wasted spot smh
2019-04-18 19:16
#146
TaZ | 
Poland IFlorek 
Ence please
2019-04-18 19:20
wasted spot should be devils.one for this win against them
2019-04-18 19:27
wasted spot noobs
2019-04-18 19:33
Get ence!
2019-04-18 19:48
#159
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Sweden Bakkmann 
Wasted, Fnatic > NIP
2019-04-18 20:20
Wasted Spot Anyway ENCE Next
2019-04-18 20:39
Wasted spot
2019-04-18 20:40
#163
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Sweden Ros33d 
Felps best player
2019-04-18 21:34
#164
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Colombia AlejoBuh 
Wasted af
2019-04-18 21:54
#165
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Australia Lolfeminists 
Are we seriously inviting current lineups because of their past achievements with old lineups? What a joke.
2019-04-18 22:31
#170
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Canada suzi 
What other teams do you want to be invited?
2019-04-18 23:08
#169
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Canada suzi 
Watch mouse get invited B)
2019-04-18 22:56
G2 next please!
2019-04-18 23:13
#173
f0rest | 
Brazil arck 
legendary org with legendary players well deserved
2019-04-18 23:57
#175
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
flair checks out
2019-04-19 01:59
Wasted spot
2019-04-19 04:14
NiP in 2k19 until they will not get proper awper its wasted spot
2019-04-19 04:17
Smart, cos no NiP, no Watcho
2019-04-19 04:35
Cry is free and NiP wont care. You can cry whatever you want like 'wasted' but they are still going and have a good fuck.
2019-04-19 04:49
Wasted spot
2019-04-19 08:37
#185
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African Union mikecool 
Totally wasted spot
2019-04-19 09:53
#188
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Australia c0meatm3_Bro 
Next 3 invites should be liquid ence and rng, the next best teams.
2019-04-19 10:06
#193
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Nepal ramann 
Fnatic ??
2019-04-19 13:28
they will get invite obv
2019-04-19 13:45
#201
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Finland Weathermen)) 
deserved invite
2019-04-19 18:13
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