ESL updates Cologne qualification system due to coronavirus outbreak

ESL has announced that it has revamped the qualification system for ESL One Cologne following the changes to the tournament landscape caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision comes in the aftermath of the regionalization of a series of tournaments that were supposed to be global competitions, creating "divisions of unequal strength" where performances "can no longer be compared reliably".

The ESL Pro League was recently split into two divisions — Europe and North America —, while the DreamHack Masters event in Jönköping will be moved to an online setting with four different regions as tournament organisers try to adapt to a new reality following the coronavirus outbreak.

Instead of merely inviting the top 16 teams according to the ESL Pro Tour ranking (eight going to the main event and eight to the Play-In stage), ESL will distribute spots based on the strength of each region, which was determined by the number of slots that regions currently hold in the ranking.

The slot allocation is the following:

ESL One Cologne Final 16:

Europe: 6
North America: 2

ESL One Cologne Play-In:

Europe: 3
North America: 3
Asia: 1
Oceania: 1

Teams will retain their previously-won ESL Pro Tour ranking points and will continue to fight for qualification via ESL Pro League, DreamHack Masters Spring and ESL One: Road to Rio, the first of two Regional Major Rankings (RMR) series that will feed points towards 2020's Counter-Strike Major. To find the points values for these events towards the Pro Tour ranking, head over to ESL's website.

The teams invited to the Play-In stage will be joined by eight other sides, though it is unclear at the moment how they will be determined.

ESL One Cologne is scheduled to take place from July 6-12, with the playoffs held at the Lanxess-Arena. It will be the first Masters Championship event to have $1 million on offer (IEM Katowice still had $500,000) following the introduction of the ESL Pro Tour.

#1
NiKo | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina VLaDiiSLaV 
ez for me ! Valorant sucks!
2020-04-09 14:18
#20
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United Kingdom Theivze 
Damn EU 6 spots and na only 2. NA CS HAHAHAAH
2020-04-09 14:33
#35
XTQZZZ | 
France MarcoXY 
deserved
2020-04-09 15:28
French spots are always wasted
2020-04-09 17:58
#83
OK | 
Peru TheJuan 
All NA spots will be taken by Brasilian teams
2020-04-10 02:55
deserved
2020-04-09 15:40
#44
TeSeS | 
Canada 0_WeWe_0 
Deserved
2020-04-09 16:01
#50
meyern | 
Argentina Sagon1 
Deserved
2020-04-09 16:39
#68
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France Il_padrino 
deserved
2020-04-09 17:43
Deserved
2020-04-09 17:54
Deserved!
2020-04-09 20:38
#79
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Nepal sasukeee 
Fnatic, Navi, Astralis, Mousesports, Faze, G2 will be the 6 EU team to be invited.
2020-04-09 21:55
#81
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North America GODBUBZKJI 
Evil idiots Lulquid Both in, both go 2-2. Sry NA, but we suck :(
2020-04-10 02:08
ezrBrasil
2020-04-09 14:33
Cool, but will the tournament even happen? Or just online
2020-04-09 14:18
ofc it will be LAN if 4 different regions are playing in 1 tournament
2020-04-09 14:29
#26
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Slovakia xaboff 
depends if the pandemic is still going by then, if it´s not, it will be LAN, but if it still is, I think they will cancel or reschedule it instead of playing it online, it is their biggest annual tournament after all
2020-04-09 14:37
I dont think that they will get the lanxess arena on another time. Isnt it like completely scheduled for a year or something?
2020-04-09 14:51
#32
device | 
Germany lyannen 
Its not like other events are taking place. They might as well reschedule all events that should have taken place
2020-04-09 15:18
#46
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Slovakia xaboff 
I didn't know about this, but it would still be better to take place in another arena in Cologne, or in one in the closest city or something like that, then to have the event cancelled or online
2020-04-09 16:08
omfg, how much of a nerd can you be to prefer having a fucking VIDEOGAME TOURNAMENT instead of keeping the people safe and delaying it until all is good
2020-04-09 17:53
#75
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Slovakia xaboff 
I'm talking abt a hypothetical situation where the quarantine and pandemic is over, but the Cologne arena (can't remember the name) is booked, you misunderstood me
2020-04-09 18:02
#3
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Netherlands Moonshine27x 
oh still ez for mouz
2020-04-09 14:19
RIP
2020-04-09 14:18
#45
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Slovakia xaboff 
RIP
2020-04-09 16:08
#5
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Finland N0life 
second
2020-04-09 14:18
#6
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Greece sifounasGG 
lets go g2
2020-04-09 14:18
#8
D0cC | 
Netherlands Flevo 
+1
2020-04-09 14:19
#7
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North America MibrSeanKaempf 
Mint
2020-04-09 14:19
ROAD TO MAJOR COLOGNE
2020-04-09 14:19
So its gonna be LAN?
2020-04-09 14:19
#13
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Estonia UNBAN_Sam2k 
yes but i doubt it will have a crowd sadly
2020-04-09 14:20
anyway way better than Online
2020-04-09 14:21
#15
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Estonia UNBAN_Sam2k 
+1
2020-04-09 14:26
#31
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Brunei Not_StriK 
If this coronavirus thing goes on, i think most of the players wont be able to travel. So i think the tournament will be cancelled or rescheduled
2020-04-09 14:54
Not really
2020-04-09 15:19
#34
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Brunei Not_StriK 
Why you think so?
2020-04-09 15:21
Check flightradar 24, a lof of planes, especially in usa
2020-04-09 15:41
#52
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Denmark tyndlort 
well, cologne is not alocated in usa, so it doesnt matter if they have alot of planes there, lol
2020-04-09 16:46
The majority of EU flights is just cargo and private planes. Almost every country has restricted or completely banned travel in EU. frontex.europa.eu/thumb/Images_News/Map_..
2020-04-09 16:55
#36
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Estonia UNBAN_Sam2k 
If by that time players still wont be able to travel i think the whole thing will be moved online.
2020-04-09 15:31
#51
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Brunei Not_StriK 
Better delay it than make it online, if even esl one cologne is going to be seperated into regions, i think it wont be a great year for cs
2020-04-09 16:43
#57
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Europe Kilian_9047 
Its not a great year for everything in the world rn lul
2020-04-09 16:51
#63
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Brunei Not_StriK 
Sadly, but i dont really want to watch online tournaments whole year.
2020-04-09 17:07
#64
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Brazil Karlogaria 
Your priorities are so low lol
2020-04-09 17:11
#65
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Brunei Not_StriK 
men((
2020-04-09 17:14
#77
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Brazil Karlogaria 
sry =//////////
2020-04-09 20:42
#78
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Brunei Not_StriK 
np
2020-04-09 21:38
#24
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Nepal askyee 
so far its with crowd but they will see whats goin on till the event
2020-04-09 14:35
cologne = best cs tournament rest = shit
2020-04-09 14:19
#25
Zeus | 
Ukraine witalikys 
katowice?
2020-04-09 14:36
#58
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Europe Kilian_9047 
Second best
2020-04-09 16:51
budget version of cologne not as epic but still very good
2020-04-09 16:56
Online too?
2020-04-09 14:20
#16
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Poland friendlySeb 
ESL One Cologne is my favourite event. I hope that in July everything is gonna be fine already, and it can take place.
2020-04-09 14:27
honestly i doubt it very much, they will probably have to play it online or at least without crowd
2020-04-09 14:30
#53
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Poland friendlySeb 
I hope they will just do this event when this shit finally ends.
2020-04-09 16:47
as long as they is not going to be a specific medicine for it, the life won't be fine till then.
2020-04-09 14:30
#54
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Poland friendlySeb 
True.
2020-04-09 16:47
yeah, even if the vaccine is already discovered at the time, the legality process for the vaccine will take atleast 6-12 months
2020-04-09 16:47
#41
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Austria doMK0 
Not gonna happen, zero chance.
2020-04-09 15:51
#56
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Poland friendlySeb 
Most likely.
2020-04-09 16:47
#66
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Russia mmmmmmajestic 
2021 july mb
2020-04-09 17:14
#67
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Poland friendlySeb 
I would do it as soon as corona ends. Idk. when it is going to be.
2020-04-09 17:32
this will never happen, the minister of nrw (federal state where cologne is in) said today, that festivals, major events etc. wont take place in the upcoming months.
2020-04-09 14:33
#27
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Slovakia xaboff 
it still is almost three months till then
2020-04-09 14:39
#28
ZywOo | 
Europe vacban 
can still be LAN without crowd
2020-04-09 14:40
taking a huge venue for a non crowd event? no. they will play then in the esl headquaters in cologne.
2020-04-09 15:37
If this keeps going, they won't play at all or it will be EU only on LAN. Travel restrictions prevent teams from flying to CGN.
2020-04-09 16:59
#84
ZywOo | 
Europe vacban 
yes bu that still means LAN games so at least its better than online :)
2020-04-10 13:40
RIP best event :((
2020-04-09 14:34
#29
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Europe LoookATme 
ONLINE?
2020-04-09 14:50
#37
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United Kingdom Leftie 
I have tickets to go to this, hope it doesn't get canned :(
2020-04-09 15:34
ez4mibr
2020-04-09 15:55
#43
tarik | 
Germany mysterE 
NA spots taken by Liquid and EG already lulw
2020-04-09 16:00
#47
Estonia rYm 
Wontt happen in Germany
2020-04-09 16:25
#48
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Germany Neckarstadion 
BIG will get invite anyway, ez
2020-04-09 16:34
#49
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Brazil oldStar 
2020 Its over by now.
2020-04-09 16:38
Asia 1 and NA 2 slots. NA should be 1 like Asia mens
2020-04-09 17:03
#69
HenryG | 
Finland no_man 
asia should have 0 tbh
2020-04-09 17:48
still better than NA
2020-04-09 17:57
#74
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Brazil Karlogaria 
Nope, Asian CS is irrelevant. Go back to your MOBAs
2020-04-09 18:01
#80
fer | 
Brazil serjolaum 
ez 4 onliners = mibr
2020-04-09 22:14
#82
North America Slye 
cologne playoff is still gonna be online anyway lmfao
2020-04-10 02:51
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