GG.BET Cologne Invitational groups and schedule announced

Following the reveal of the eight teams that will compete in the tournament, the organizer has announced the groups and schedule for the ESL One Cologne qualifier.

The favorite to secure the final ESL One Cologne slot, Liquid, is placed in group A, while the second biggest name of the GG.BET Invitational, G2, has been put in group B. The North American powerhouse, ranked #1 in the world, will start the tournament by taking on Spirit, with Sprout and NoChance finalizing group A.

Liquid are the overwhelming favorite for the ESL One Cologne spot

Alongside G2, group B will feature Windigo, HellRaisers, and Movistar Riders, with Oscar "⁠mixwell⁠" Cañellas facing off against the team he represented during his short French-scene experiment in the opening game.

The group draw is available below:

The action will start on Thursday, June 13, with the first group A matches, followed by the first group B matches on Friday. Saturday is reserved for decider matches, with the playoffs taking place on Monday.

You can find the GG.BET Cologne Invitational schedule, in full, below:

Thursday, June 13

14:00 Germany Sprout vs. Europe NoChance (BO1)
15:15 United States Liquid vs. Russia Spirit (BO1)
16:30 Group A winners' match (BO3)
20:00 Group A elimination match (BO3)

Friday, June 14

14:00 Europe HellRaisers vs. Bulgaria Windigo (BO1)
15:15 France G2 vs. Spain Movistar Riders (BO1)
16:30 Group B winners' match (BO3)
20:00 Group B elimination match (BO3)

Saturday, June 15th

17:00 Group A decider match
20:30 Group B decider match

Monday, June 17th

13:00 Semi-final 1
16:30 Semi-final 2
20:00 Grand Final

Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
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Nice, go Sprout!!
2019-06-11 18:03
2019-06-11 18:04
France potatomato
2019-06-11 18:05
No North no party
2019-06-11 18:10
Albania 9898
2019-06-11 19:42
Good Joke shaakeh
2019-06-11 19:54
blastralis is enough.
2019-06-11 20:33
2019-06-11 20:49
2019-06-17 04:44
United States noCap
Liquid gonna smurf in this quali. GL!
2019-06-11 18:03
Inb4 last in group
2019-06-11 18:17
Why top1 team should play qualification? WTF?
2019-06-11 18:34
They initially declined an invite because of scheduling but I guess changed their minds and now have to qualify.
2019-06-11 18:46
They should make it out of this with ease but with it being online anything can happen It would suck for them to be in europe for this and then not make it to cologne
2019-06-12 00:08
they are playing in france i bet because they are about to play at the esl pro league finals. they have probably been bootcamping over there since dreamhack masters dallas and if the win the quali they will probably continue to stay over for cologne and then fly back to LA for blast pro and then iem chicago. then i bet they will either play another touney or bootcamp/time off before the major.
2019-06-12 02:28
Are u their manager?
2019-06-12 08:11
Yes my name is steve
2019-06-14 00:14
Actually, they are playing in Malta.
2019-06-16 15:07
why malta? are they boot camping there or something.
2019-06-17 01:44
Yes, in Malta. They always boot camp there. Not sure why.
2019-06-17 03:10
wow your right i just looked it up and mibr is there as well. thats interesting. i never would have thought that malta would be a suitable location for a team to bootcamp.
2019-06-17 04:39
I believe Liquid has some sort of deal with a hotel there that has amazing internet.
2019-06-17 05:46
oh thats pretty sweet then. i tuned in for the cologne quali stream and they said that they flew from malta to France because esl pro leagues starts in like a day but they played the group stage of the quali at malta and did some meet and greets as well i think.
2019-06-18 02:16
They played today in their prac room @ ESL Pro League.
2019-06-18 03:39
Russia Lexusrx95
2019-06-12 05:48
Indonesia rareguy
Budget ESL One
2019-06-11 18:03
Its thr fucking qualifier
2019-06-12 00:13
I think guy is the big retard
2019-06-12 20:05
prehistoric indo brain
2019-06-12 23:28
oskar | 
Czech Republic OndriX
Lets go HR
2019-06-11 18:04
lowel vs mixwell hypeeeeeeee
2019-06-11 18:04
Sprout vs Liquid 👀😍
2019-06-11 18:04
ez 16 - 0 Sprout
2019-06-11 18:19
its a bo3
2019-06-11 18:34
ez 32 - 0
2019-06-11 23:52
Damn, NoChance really have NoChance in this qualifier..
2019-06-11 18:04
Reunion Esquinox
Ez for NoChance anyway
2019-06-11 19:03
2019-06-11 18:04
ez sprout
2019-06-11 18:05
EZ for Spirit
2019-06-11 18:05
Georgia Broozman
2019-06-11 18:05
kennyS gonna rekt Lulquid
2019-06-11 18:07
gg ez liquid
2019-06-11 18:08
2019-06-11 18:08
Lowel vs Mixwell plsssss
2019-06-11 18:09
Why liquid didnt got invited to the event directly?
2019-06-11 18:09
Czech Republic QuertyX
They did, but refused
2019-06-11 18:10
Romania Xyst
They though that the invitation email was spam.
2019-06-11 18:27
They did, and declined, but changed their mind, so got put into the GG.Bet qualifier.
2019-06-11 18:11
Brazil igster
liquid literally smurfing
2019-06-11 18:10
lowel is a asshole Movistar Riders will sin this
2019-06-11 18:12
How is wanting to become better and go further in life a ass hole?
2019-06-11 21:57
loWel realized that the Spanish scene is pretty dead and got an opportunity to play for a team that has much more potential, instead of exiting at the open qualifiers for a major.
2019-06-11 23:55
First of all, Spanish scene is actually NOT DEAD. I have been watching loWel matches for a long time, at the first time he have a good offert he go out, he just sign for riders to increse his performance not to make a full spanish team. You guys talk with no base. I'm a really big fan of Movistar Riders and the "case lowel" was a big problem in Spain CS. In a interview, Mixwell says there where all sad and angrily for loWel (He cry in the interview).
2019-06-12 13:14
Germany r0m3
Is this lan or online and liquid will play from eu bootcamp?
2019-06-11 18:13
online, they will bootcamp in malta i think
2019-06-11 18:15
ez 4 kennyS and shox and G2. oh yes I forgot GodamaNEk
2019-06-11 18:14
Liquid will move to Europe for play online quals ?
2019-06-11 18:15
Brazil nakTriceps
They have the EPL Finals, dude... So, no problem to stay in Europe this moment.
2019-06-11 18:26
Reunion Esquinox
Bootcamp in Malta
2019-06-11 19:03
What's the deal with Malta bootcamping? I saw FalleN streaming from Malta a couple of hours ago too , isn't the tournament played in France?
2019-06-12 01:32
Reunion Esquinox
EPL finals is in France but Cologne qualifier is online and because Liquid is an NA team they'll have to love in EU and Malta is friendly to that kind of behavior
2019-06-12 09:04
Well they got the easy div
2019-06-11 18:15
Czech Republic PaYaB
20:00 Group B imination match (BO3) Ok
2019-06-11 18:17
Gota suck for the other teams. It’s like nice we get into the qualifier but oh shit liquid is here.
2019-06-11 18:17
ez for g2 lulquid 😂😂😂 rejected invite 😂😂😂 got criticized 😂😂😂 accepted online quali invite 😂😂😂
2019-06-11 18:18
#1 team in the world play qualifier lol
2019-06-11 18:20
Liquid? HAHAHA
2019-06-11 18:22
future NaVi player sdy unlucko facing Liquid in opening match :(
2019-06-11 18:22
South Africa @FyreCS
Yes men))) Boom4le S1mple Somedieyoung Electronic Flamie/Fl1t Fl1t better
2019-06-11 18:39
Brazil nakTriceps
Liquid will rekt the group A.
2019-06-11 18:27
Kazakhstan c1assic
Not bad news for liquid
2019-06-11 18:39
Sprout has NoChance against Liquid despite their fighting Spirit
2019-06-11 18:42
Thanks, I hate it
2019-06-11 18:54
ez walkaway for hr
2019-06-11 18:57
Liquid > Whole Team
2019-06-11 19:03
North America howsa
inb4 Liquid won't qualify.
2019-06-11 19:15
Brazil hugoooo
Lmao they literally gave Liquid the easier group possible, what a biased shit
2019-06-11 19:35
easy 2-0 for HR against Liquid in the final
2019-06-11 19:39
lowel vs Riders inc? POG
2019-06-11 19:41
Sri Lanka VuXn
Should be easy for Liquid, because it's literally like smurfing. It's like USA would start a war against small countries like monaco or something like that.
2019-06-11 19:56
Good old gsl.
2019-06-11 20:10
Gained respect for Martin Rosenbaerg
2019-06-11 21:23
Spain BlaNcoW
2019-06-11 20:40
2019-06-11 20:44
why the hell liquid didn't get the invite ? That makes no sense at all
2019-06-11 21:14
They did, they denied it.
2019-06-11 21:59
France niouke
follow the scene and you'd know, noob
2019-06-11 22:00
They refused invite at first to the main event before due to schedule tightness.
2019-06-11 22:00
2019-06-11 22:28
Lithuania 7000won
ok where is Valliance ? team with no losses past fucking 15 games ? ;(
2019-06-11 22:49
Everyone assumes that TL will win this and that this entire event was put together as a way to get TL in Cologne. I honestly hope that they somehow lose this just because of the shock and drama that would ensue.
2019-06-11 23:35
they asked about possibility to invite them to our event and we did it. It's actually better for event if we get as higher teams as possible in rankings.
2019-06-12 01:40
Windigo wasted invitation lmao
2019-06-12 00:22
Portugal Mutiris
Why shit riders invited?
2019-06-12 08:56
invites were done by ranking system , considering also possibility to play our tournament, cause a lot of teams: 1) can't play due to Dreamhack 2) can't play due to LAN in Portugal 3) prefer not to play to secure training process before EPL etc
2019-06-12 12:43
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