ESL One Cologne reaches playoffs
We are down to the final six teams at ESL One Cologne following the end of the double-elimination group stage.
The two group winners, Astralis and Liquid, will advance straight into the semi-finals of the single-elimination bracket, while the runners-up will take on the third-placed sides from their mirror group in the quarter-finals.
The playoffs will be held at the iconic Lanxess Arena and will start with a clash between NRG and Vitality in a rematch of the recent ECS Season 7 Finals encounter between the two teams, now with Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz leading the North American team.
After that, viewers will be treated to a mouth-watering clash between Natus Vincere and NiP, two CS:GO heavyweights attending the event with their most recent additions, Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov and Nicolas "Plopski" Gonzalez Zamora, respectively.
Liquid are currently leading the race for the Intel Grand Slam Season 2 prize and will win a cheque for $1 million should they come out on top of ESL One Cologne. If they reach the best-of-five final and lose the series, the champion will walk away with the $100,000 “Giant Killer Bonus" in addition to the tournament's grand prize of $125,000.
Below you can find the complete schedule for the playoffs:
Sunday, July 7
16:00 - Grand Final | BO5