ESL One Cologne at risk as Germany suspends all major events until August 31 *

Germany has reportedly extended the ban on all major events at least until the end of August because of the coronavirus outbreak, leaving this year's ESL One Cologne edition in doubt.

According to the German Press Agency, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, will announce the restriction later on Wednesday, with specific regulations, including the size of the events that can go ahead, expected to be made by the federal states shortly.

ESL One Cologne is due to take place from July 6-12, with the playoffs being held at the Lanxess-Arena, Germany’s largest indoor arena, with a capacity of over 15,000 people. The tournament will have $1 million on offer, the highest prize pool since the 2016 edition, which was a Valve-supported Major.

ESL One Cologne has a $1 million prize pool - but will it take place?

Contacted by HLTV.org, ESL declined to comment.

ESL is one of the tournament organisers that have been the most hit by the coronavirus pandemic. In late February, it was forced to host the IEM Katowice playoffs without an audience following a last-minute decision from the Governor of Silesian (Silesian Voivode) to revoke the tournament's mass event license.

Last month, it was announced that the first Major of 2020, called ESL One Rio, had been rescheduled from May 11-24 to November. It will have an increased $2 million prize pool, up from $1 million, and will replace the 2020 Fall Major, with the playoffs running from November 19-22 at the Jeunesse Arena.

Season 11 of the ESL Pro League was supposed to be played entirely on LAN, with the early stages in Malta and the finals in Denver, but ESL had to reshape the tournament and move it to an online setting, creating two divisions, Europe and North America.

ESL updated last week the qualification system for the Cologne event. The four competing regions (Europe, North America, Asia and Ocenia) have been allocated a certain number of spots based on their current strength according to the ESL Pro Tour ranking. DreamHack Masters Spring and ESL One: Road to Rio are the next two tournaments awarding points towards the ranking.

UPDATE: On Twitter, ESL announced that it is currently trying to assess what this restriction means for ESL One Cologne, adding that it will update the community "as soon as possible."

#2
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Denmark oskarsports
bruh
2020-04-15 17:44
28 replies
Rip best event
2020-04-15 17:44
26 replies
rip
2020-04-15 17:45
4 replies
:( ach man
2020-04-15 17:45
3 replies
#30
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Sweden wtf_men
NEIN RIP COLOGNE MENS(((
2020-04-15 17:48
2 replies
big unluko
2020-04-15 18:02
1 reply
Very unexpected yet expected
2020-04-15 19:35
+1 :(
2020-04-15 17:55
F
2020-04-15 17:57
#52
PAGO | 
Poland Kazk
Kato > Cologne
2020-04-15 17:57
4 replies
#60
OK | 
Peru Rhenie
rio >>>>> all
2020-04-15 18:01
3 replies
#91
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Europe Vallon3
Anything > brazil events.
2020-04-15 18:32
2 replies
Shut up Noobs in pyjam5
2020-04-15 18:40
1 reply
Shut up and go pray to a cow
2020-04-17 19:36
the funny part is that they want to make us go to school evan if esl cologne or other big events are vorbidden
2020-04-15 18:54
12 replies
the funny part is that you really seem to need to go back to school
2020-04-15 19:15
4 replies
the funny part is that dumb hltv folks talking about education
2020-04-15 20:01
1 reply
The funny part is this china weapon will not stop after 31 August
2020-04-16 12:37
#213
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Finland IFK
:D
2020-04-15 23:42
#237
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United Kingdom p0mpouS
But school will cause the spread to get much than any one off event.
2020-04-16 08:03
the fuck they just said school is closed until 4th May
2020-04-15 20:21
5 replies
imagine posting it after they announced it and not looking at the time when i posted it
2020-04-15 20:38
1 reply
2020-04-15 18:54 She said it at 5 pm bro
2020-04-15 22:01
In NRW it is open next week for Abiturienten (dunno the English word and I don't care)
2020-04-15 21:57
2 replies
I think "Abitur" is "A-Level"
2020-04-15 22:18
1 reply
That’s what I think too. They are im Arsch.
2020-04-16 07:44
#240
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Germany X5ander
haha, yes man, you have to learn not watch CS ;-)
2020-04-16 08:48
RIP 2020 events!
2020-04-15 18:55
Its over :( they cancel Oktoberfest in OKTOBER !!!!!so there is noooo option that ESL Cologne will be played .
2020-04-21 23:14
cya in hell
2020-04-15 17:47
omg
2020-04-15 17:44
rip
2020-04-15 17:44
Making my way downtown
2020-04-15 17:44
#7
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Belgium BickyBurger
F
2020-04-15 17:44
Fuck corona
2020-04-15 17:44
7 replies
+1
2020-04-15 18:23
+1
2020-04-15 18:26
+1
2020-04-15 18:33
+1
2020-04-15 18:46
#157
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Germany Chockzz
+1
2020-04-15 20:01
+1,1111111
2020-04-15 20:18
#208
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Panama FUN4ENCE
It's not that bad
2020-04-15 22:53
#10
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Bulgaria GodHeaven
fucking jermans again
2020-04-15 17:44
1 reply
why dont u use ur old nickname u can change nickname via HLTV
2020-04-15 18:24
#12
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United Kingdom Res0
Really sad, but needed.
2020-04-15 17:45
always jermans...
2020-04-15 17:45
#16
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Sweden SnowAct
Just play it online. 4Head
2020-04-15 17:45
#17
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United States JustinWii
rip
2020-04-15 17:45
i just dont like jermans
2020-04-15 17:45
2 replies
Have fun in school!
2020-04-16 07:46
North German LUL
2020-04-16 13:33
rip best event of the year
2020-04-15 17:45
#21
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Sweden WaSee
F
2020-04-15 17:45
#22
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Denmark twinseN
Expected
2020-04-15 17:46
#24
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Denmark Jonasnhj
Noooo
2020-04-15 17:46
#26
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Hong Kong freehk
lul
2020-04-15 17:47
#31
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Germany CHEF54
maybe they can go with small crowd.. only the premium tickets or something..
2020-04-15 17:49
#32
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Sweden Lingon
Hope thy just move it to October or September
2020-04-15 17:49
1 reply
+1
2020-04-15 18:17
No wtf this Batman virus shit will be over by the middle of May wtf.
2020-04-15 17:49
24 replies
#73
cyx | 
South Africa bonkaz
Ah, a virologist. Let us hear the results of your research.
2020-04-15 18:07
15 replies
What results ? So for anything your 10 IQ brain can’t comprehend you need some research results ? Spain already passed the peak and about to start their soccer championships by the end of May. Italy passed the peak but Germany decided to cancel all the events till August ? Wtf but keep living in denial
2020-04-15 19:25
14 replies
source?
2020-04-15 20:15
3 replies
Bloomberg. I can’t link the article since I read it in app but you can google “spain coronavirus peak Bloomberg” and the first article will pop up. As for La Liga return this was according to their league president. He named other dates but that was the early one. If you were looking for that source I might look for it
2020-04-15 23:55
1 reply
#243
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Indonesia rareguy
I don't think it's peaked, just yesterday they got +6k from the previous declining increase. It's flattened sure.
2020-04-16 09:28
source?
2020-04-15 20:52
5 replies
2020-04-15 23:56
3 replies
La Liga president has no power to decide anything. La Liga won’t return this year.
2020-04-16 04:20
2 replies
They will return this year. Stop overrating the flu lmao
2020-04-16 11:29
1 reply
+1
2020-04-16 13:31
#226
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African Union _Hoidd_
You lost all your credibility when you said soccer. Didn't read anything after that.
2020-04-16 05:35
1 reply
Cool, so you managed to get through half of my reply. Still it is soccer, and it is tHe most feminine and boring sport ever existed :)
2020-04-16 11:30
people who were already infected by the virus in China and South Korea are catching the virus again. If we throw caution to the wind, numbers could rise again
2020-04-16 21:52
1 reply
Numbers increases because peoples are dumb and can't just sit at home for 2-4 weeks.In Russia for example declared no working period until 30 April and guess what?Really many people went into parks and beaches for barbecue!
2020-04-17 17:30
No? Name checks out btw
2020-04-15 18:40
6 replies
Yes? Spain and Italy already passed the peak and on decline already
2020-04-15 19:26
5 replies
It doesn't just fade away like that, there will be periods of uprise in cases when the lockdown laws ease, eventually going down in numbers but not in a months time lmao
2020-04-16 00:25
Until there is no vac and herd immunity it can come back easily especially for a country like Germany with lot of travelers.
2020-04-16 07:48
3 replies
#238
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Austria doMK0
Totally agree, but herd immunity is a completly unrealistic goal. A recently published prevelance study in austria showed that only 0.33% of the population had antibodies in the beginning of april. Only vaccination and, first of all working medication (for the severe cases) will loosen lock down measures - otherwise they will come and go in waves.
2020-04-16 08:37
2 replies
Thank you for your answer. The study is interesting. Guess it will be a longer period now. Or china sells their early access vaccine to the world :) (If someone wants to take it). good luck to you!
2020-04-16 20:08
1 reply
#259
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Austria doMK0
Thanks, stay healthy!
2020-04-17 06:57
Stfu moe
2020-04-15 18:42
#34
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Switzerland Cenoon
than you mr china
2020-04-15 17:49
1 reply
you r welcome my European friend xd
2020-04-15 21:03
nah, they will play it online or just cancel it..
2020-04-15 17:49
3 replies
#37
akez | 
Finland 0lter
if they play it online then nobody cares and just cancel it is what this post is about soooo wtf you on about
2020-04-15 17:50
2 replies
wait I wanted to reply to #32 not comment to this post lol the thing is esl one cologne online is just bullshit they also probably wont move it, because there are other people like comedians, singers ect. that rented lanxess arena too, but had to postpone it too.
2020-04-15 17:54
1 reply
#50
akez | 
Finland 0lter
+1
2020-04-15 17:57
#36
akez | 
Finland 0lter
oh oh
2020-04-15 17:49
#38
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Brazil Bucho123
online
2020-04-15 17:50
No ESL Cologne, No Khabib x Tony, No Olympics wtf, I am not entertained :(
2020-04-15 17:51
5 replies
#42
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Canada flame7
at least they cancelled tony vs gaethje. We'll get the fight we deserve on september :)
2020-04-15 17:54
4 replies
Unless Khabib will shit his pants again and refuse to show up
2020-04-15 18:32
3 replies
#134
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Canada flame7
Im with Tony for this one, but saying khabib is afraid of anyone at 155lb is delusional.
2020-04-15 19:06
1 reply
I never said he was afraid of anyone in his division. He shitted his pants because of corona lmao
2020-04-15 20:57
So how is that UFC 249 going ? When we gonna watch it btw ?
2020-04-15 19:27
but esl one cologne isnt a major
2020-04-15 17:52
8 replies
major or not, cologne and katowice will always be two of the best events in any given year
2020-04-15 17:56
3 replies
if Katowice is there best we have this year then rip
2020-04-15 18:05
2 replies
only chance we have of a sick LAN is pretty much the rio major this year
2020-04-15 18:10
1 reply
the Major is not gonna happen. It will be postponed again.
2020-04-15 20:53
major events means big events with a lot of crowd, not only csgo majors
2020-04-15 17:58
3 replies
no it doesn’t LUL that’s just a way to make people confused, simply talk about big events instead
2020-04-15 18:03
2 replies
#78
ropz | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w
LUL you realize the term 'major events' in the headline isn't related to CSGO? not sure if baiting or not tho
2020-04-15 18:11
1 reply
+1
2020-04-15 19:05
#41
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Sweden Fizze
NICE JERMANS
2020-04-15 17:53
2 replies
I am not racist... I just don't like Angela Merkel. It Was steam fail but they didn't want...
2020-04-15 18:56
1 reply
#181
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Sweden Fizze
ok men)))
2020-04-15 21:19
China strikes again
2020-04-15 17:54
Ah shit , here we go again
2020-04-15 17:54
expected but still disappointed
2020-04-15 17:55
FUCK CORONA
2020-04-15 17:56
sadly expected
2020-04-15 17:58
ofc no chance it happens bookmark if you want
2020-04-15 18:00
corona-chan
2020-04-15 18:00
Expected from the best country
2020-04-15 18:00
Big F
2020-04-15 18:00
#61
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Sweden Trkmag
2020 online only
2020-04-15 18:01
this wouldn't happen in poland and thats why katowice is the best even every
2020-04-15 18:01
2 replies
lmao good one sure it didn’t
2020-04-15 18:03
Instead they ban such events 1 day before it happens
2020-04-15 18:54
#65
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Iran poopmod
no katowice or cologne. bruh
2020-04-15 18:02
Fucking CHINA
2020-04-15 18:05
Well....thats a big YIKES
2020-04-15 18:06
THATS NOT ALLOWED, SURELY CORONA WOULDNT GO THAT LOW?
2020-04-15 18:06
#74
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Europe LoookATme
xaxaxaxxxa rip csgo
2020-04-15 18:08
#75
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Netherlands Sem0733
This year is turning out to be one f*cking disaster after another.
2020-04-15 18:09
esl one cologne in september then as the only and biggest major ever?
2020-04-15 18:24
Dont make it online ,even keep it december but lan
2020-04-15 18:25
who cars the stickers would be shit anyway
2020-04-15 18:26
#88
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United States Imper1um
COEM To USA IEM DETROIT
2020-04-15 18:26
rip
2020-04-15 18:30
#94
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Denmark grindz
Please fuck off corona. I don't like you.
2020-04-15 18:33
#95
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Europe Vallon3
Not gonna lie, getting kinda tired of this virus...
2020-04-15 18:33
#97
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United States GiantDays
Its alright Cologne isn't a Major this year.
2020-04-15 18:33
8 replies
I cared more about cologne than Rio tbh
2020-04-15 18:37
1 reply
#187
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United States GiantDays
I'm not disagreeing but germany says they're closing majors and cologne isn't so cologne is safe. Issa joke yo
2020-04-15 21:37
COLOGNE >>>> ANY OVERRATED BS MAJOR BY FAR
2020-04-15 18:41
5 replies
+1
2020-04-15 18:53
+1
2020-04-15 18:59
#186
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United States GiantDays
I'm not disagreeing but germany says they're closing majors and cologne isn't so cologne is safe. Issa joke yo
2020-04-15 21:36
1 reply
Didn't realise the wordplay you provided us :D good job!
2020-04-15 23:54
+1
2020-04-15 22:08
#98
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France Carrotaboy
That's a Bruh moment
2020-04-15 18:34
#102
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Australia zanics
rip BIG only tournament they ever do well at :(
2020-04-15 18:38
#106
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Ukraine Dert38
but this is not a major wtf
2020-04-15 18:41
rip in peace
2020-04-15 18:46
#114
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Sweden Lagge15
Sweden is about to open up slowly with start in a 2 weeks. And they extend their ban? Wtf?
2020-04-15 18:51
13 replies
There is a difference between slowly opening up, which does also happen in Germany in the coming weeks, and hosting a fucking 15.000 people event. You need to open up basic infrastructure and businesses to prevent a massive wave of unemployment which will massively hurt the economy. Since the virus will be a massive danger for another 12 to 18 months you obviously need to stop massive chains of infection, like a 15.000 international people entertainment event.
2020-04-15 19:12
2 replies
#159
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Sweden Lagge15
But slowly opening up early May and hosting a real event in mid July are also different things
2020-04-15 20:17
1 reply
You clearly didnt read my answer at all. But I feel with you, for the upcoming catastrophy in sweden with no prevention against the virus at all. Sweden might become another hotspot in europe.
2020-04-20 02:22
swe far less population if you are smaller it is easier. And Sweden isnt not such a global player that so many people cross your borders.
2020-04-15 19:31
9 replies
#160
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Sweden Lagge15
Sure I agree. But it just feels exaggerared considering the current knowledge and facts about covid-19
2020-04-15 20:17
8 replies
there is no vac and no medicine. No natural immunity by humans so far. So by all facts, people should best stay at home for years until there is vac
2020-04-15 20:31
7 replies
#177
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Sweden Lagge15
about 60% of the youth tested are immune to it Most countries have the same mortality rates for lung deceases this year as 2019 (same period) but we now think all lung deceased people got it from Covid-19. If you slowstart in 3 weeks you can get the populous to be ready for it in july.
2020-04-15 21:01
6 replies
Immune or no symptoms? That is a big difference cuz no symptoms mean they spread covid. Also it doesn't matter 40% still too much. Or you wanna kill more people than Hitler ever could. 40% means over 3 billion people are in risk to die. When you say maybe 3% death rate then almost 100 million people gonna die.
2020-04-15 22:03
2 replies
#209
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Sweden Lagge15
Immune.
2020-04-15 23:16
#216
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Sweden Lagge15
Sorry. Immune or resistant.
2020-04-15 23:55
Another dumbass who thinks Corona is a joke...Come on... in the beginning when it was just in China i thought its “a joke” aswell since 80k infected with some random virus for China is not much considering China’s population, but now? Even if i fucking hate to stay just at home even for 1 day i understand the reason behind and i do my best to stay at home as much as possible, so should you and everyone else because its not a joke anymore.2 mil cases btw
2020-04-15 22:34
2 replies
#211
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Sweden Lagge15
I don't. I work in as an orderly in a home for elderly. So I most definitely don't think it is a joke. But the stats and facts say that with the right precautions we should be able to slowstart in Sweden in 2 weeks. Why can't Germany who have been much more harsh than Sweden?
2020-04-15 23:17
1 reply
#241
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Austria doMK0
Austria is also very slowly starting some business again. This means more children back in kindergarden/public child care, more people on the street, more in public transportation, etc. - this means the cases will rise again. Experts already said that, but its a calculated risk. They are trying to keep the infection rate in a specific area, so that all health and social care systems keep working properly. Rate of new infections and lockdown measures will go up and down the next 12-18 months. Its fucked up, but it is what it is. I would say that there will be no big events with an audience in almost a year :(
2020-04-16 08:48
RIP ASTRALIS CHANCES OF WINNING COLOGNE EVER AGAIN
2020-04-15 18:52
#116
shox | 
France kEONN
Press F
2020-04-15 18:52
largest indoor arena in Germany is from Schalke with 60000people
2020-04-15 18:53
no big events (LAN) until end of 2020 lul just give up, coronavirus will be pain in the ass for long time
2020-04-15 18:56
2 replies
Corona was made to stop S1mple
2020-04-15 19:09
1 reply
+1 :D
2020-04-15 22:07
Right decision by Germany.
2020-04-15 18:57
#125
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Cyprus shmoe
i thought esl one was no major... (lel)
2020-04-15 18:58
1 reply
0/8
2020-04-15 19:13
😥 awful 😥
2020-04-15 18:59
RiP my premium tickets :(
2020-04-15 19:01
3 replies
And maybe ur money
2020-04-15 19:08
Enjoy Gift card omegalul
2020-04-15 21:08
1 reply
They'll probably just convert my tickets to tickets for 2021 so I don't mind. Still sucks it skips a year.
2020-04-15 23:17
F
2020-04-15 19:04
fuck this year :)
2020-04-15 19:05
There aren't many things worse than current German politics, what a pain in the ass
2020-04-15 19:12
10 replies
Any example of current German politics being bad? Except the fact they help people from other countries (you probably think it is bad thing).
2020-04-15 22:07
9 replies
The economy has been on a standstill since almost two decades, we have billions and billions of Euros in illegal aliens every year, ridiculously high taxes that get wasted on bs (such as "helping" those aliens who refuse to learn either German or any other useful language nor do they actively try to obtain a job and instead abuse the spineless rats that call themselves our leaders for free money), billions pumped into the EU (an organization holding Germany back socially and economically) as well having a society afraid of being proud in it's own country. Whole thing is a laughing stock to not just the international community, but even to Germans themselves. Just say if you need more...
2020-04-15 22:19
8 replies
Go and vote AfD dumbass
2020-04-16 00:16
2 replies
It's only a small part in fixing this mess, but you sound like you vote Linke or Grüne, so I doubt you even understood the problem in the first place.
2020-04-16 01:04
+1
2020-04-16 06:53
Sounds like you need the ss back mens) 😎👍
2020-04-16 00:35
1 reply
He is typical AfD voter, lover of useless populists. Who criticize Angela Merkel 24/7.
2020-04-16 06:53
#242
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Austria doMK0
You are an idiot, we get it.
2020-04-16 08:50
2 replies
1 reply
#251
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Austria doMK0
So a big idiot then, okay ^^
2020-04-16 13:45
FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAK
2020-04-15 19:14
Not the cathedral:'( And all that in the first year I'm able to attend it. Fcking Corona bullshit
2020-04-15 19:17
now s1mple will not contact with faking jermans
2020-04-15 19:24
Cologne is not a major event
2020-04-15 19:26
3 replies
It already surpasses Valves majors
2020-04-15 19:29
yeah its better
2020-04-15 20:41
it is better
2020-04-15 22:06
pussyfoots.
2020-04-15 20:19
sad
2020-04-15 20:35
Thanks China
2020-04-15 20:39
All because one person ate bat soup. Yeah nah
2020-04-15 20:47
The CEO of ESL said 3 weeks ago in an Interview that its an possibility to postpone the Event or to host without audience like Katowice. But he really hoped the launch it without to postpone it.
2020-04-15 20:49
no
2020-04-15 20:59
#176
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Russia KEMSN
:(.... RIP Cologne 2020
2020-04-15 20:59
faking jermans (not razis)
2020-04-15 21:29
1 reply
reported
2020-04-15 22:05
#185
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Germany CHEF54
Maybe with a little crowd? Premium Only..
2020-04-15 21:36
Who cars
2020-04-15 22:04
finally. merkel did it in hltv news. i can die now mens
2020-04-15 22:16
#205
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India Ez4ez
Do it online with less money
2020-04-15 22:22
Covid-19 is a fakin bish
2020-04-15 23:20
Give up
2020-04-16 03:13
Jermans :(
2020-04-16 05:52
#228
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Russia Blyatmen
im not racist i just dont like covid 19
2020-04-16 06:04
”At risk” it’s not at risk, it’s 100% not happening
2020-04-16 07:34
1 reply
NRW decides not Merkel and laschet(the head of NRW) is an idiot that would open everything if others wouldn't stop him. NRW has most population with 20 million people and also highest infected and death people. So I would give it a chance that it happens.
2020-04-16 14:30
just fucking put it in september or something. only good event :(
2020-04-16 08:38
motherfucking jermans!!
2020-04-16 11:47
how this guys eat bat ???
2020-04-16 13:47
#254
fer | 
Europe grraci
I was looking forward to going there :( oh well, 2020 will be a trash year things are not going to go back to normal so soon are we going to receive our money back for the tickets? I couldn't find this info anywhere
2020-04-16 16:37
2 replies
you will, even katowice tickets were refunded with last minute notice
2020-04-17 19:39
1 reply
#269
fer | 
Europe grraci
thanks for the answer :)
2020-04-21 11:11
The news should have been germany at risk. esl one cologne happened last year and will happen next to next year. World wouldn't die if it doesn't happens but it will if it does.
2020-04-17 21:55
rip
2020-04-18 14:01
#270
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Netherlands kibitz-
ESL COLOGNE >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> RIO MAJOR
2020-04-21 21:58
CORONA ÜBER ALLES IN DER WELT
2020-04-22 06:18
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