ESL targets August LAN return in Cologne

ESL is seriously exploring the possibility of making ESL One Cologne its first LAN tournament since the outbreak of the coronavirus, HLTV.org has confirmed.

ESL is currently considering two options: splitting the tournament into regional online divisions if conditions for a LAN event aren't suitable — as it did for ESL Pro League Season 11 —, or hosting the entire competition, including the Play-In stage, at a studio in Cologne from August 21-30.

"If it’s possible to run a LAN event, it will be a LAN event," an ESL source told HLTV.org. The company is evaluating all the variables that need to be considered before making a final decision on how this year's tournament will be held as some countries around the world continue to ease Covid-19 travel restrictions but others are still grappling with the virus.

The 2020 edition of ESL One Cologne was designed to be a global event with 24 teams in attendance and a $1 million prize pool as part of the ESL Pro Tour, with most of the competing sides determined by the circuit's own ranking. This presents a number of challenges for ESL, which wants to make sure that teams will not be forced to skip the tournament — be it because of travel restrictions or visa issues — before committing to hosting a LAN event. Earlier this week, the German company announced that Season 12 of ESL Pro League, which is scheduled to start on September 2, will be held on LAN in case players are able to "travel safely without larger restrictions".

ESL One Cologne 2020 could be held in a studio setting in August

Originally scheduled for July 6-12 with playoffs at the Lanxess-Arena, ESL One Cologne was officially postponed on May 5, weeks after the German authorities had suspended all large events at least until the end of August. ESL announced that the competition would be held as a "broadcasted tournament without a live audience" — a vague concept that raised fears that the showpiece event would add to the list of esports tournaments that were moved to an online format.

ESL is one of the esports tournament organisers that have been hit the hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. In February, it had to host the IEM Katowice playoffs without an on-site audience at Spodek following a last-minute decision from the governor of Silesia to revoke the competition’s mass event license because of health concerns despite the fact that Poland had yet to report a single case of the virus.

Early in March, it was forced to move Pro League Season 11 to an online setting with three regional divisions, scrapping plans to host the entirety of the tournament on LAN, with regular season matches played out of a studio location in Malta and the finals in Denver. Later that month, the company announced that the ESL One Rio Major had been postponed to November, taking the slot in the calendar that was supposed to be occupied by the second Counter-Strike Major of the year, with an increased $2 million prize pool.

LETS GOOOOOOOOOOO!
2020-06-13 20:11
#46
broky | 
Netherlands n3wH0p3 
Its gonna be a LAN yes, but without audience
2020-06-13 20:17
better than nothing
2020-06-13 20:31
Atleast onliners like Big, Faze and Spirit will get rekt now
2020-06-13 21:31
0/8
2020-06-13 21:48
Big are onliners nowadays... but don't expect something smart from a german clueless big fan
2020-06-27 12:31
hahaha ruskis so mad that BIG > CIS scene nowadays Navi trashed everytime stay mad and irrelevant kiddo XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2020-06-27 14:53
im pretty sure that youre the kid here because of the way you type like a adhs kid who is so greedy to get attention from other people Navi smashed Big almost everytime they played against get smart
2020-06-27 15:40
#261
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Philippines EDBX 
You know attention deficit disorder is difficulty concentrating, not feeling a lack of attention from other ppl right?
2020-06-29 02:03
Syrson is onliner i would like to see him play like this at LAN not in 100 years and he has been pretty much carrying BIG.
2020-06-28 12:02
#257
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Turkey TheKaiser 
Did you watch OG match?
2020-06-28 20:31
Username checks out. :) How can you be onliner when everyone is playing online my 50 iq friend?
2020-06-29 09:13
And g2
2020-06-14 10:02
#200
huNter- | 
United Kingdom iXuhi 
G2 were amazing at katowice. They have been playing worse online.
2020-06-14 11:52
?? they played better on lan
2020-06-14 12:26
If your team good at cs. They have to win in Online too. You cant shit on other teams who make things different in online. And also BiG did great job in LAN too. They won DreamHack Open in 2k20. More of them coming
2020-06-14 11:51
Great job winning a LAN with no top 10 teams
2020-06-14 13:26
We will do in the future 💪💪🔥
2020-06-14 13:48
Yup, I really like BIG actually, they gives the fan so much surprise
2020-06-14 15:21
Again with the BiG BiG surprise mannnn
2020-06-14 20:24
#231
leaf | 
Spain aquacsgo 
We?
2020-06-16 19:55
#211
broky | 
Netherlands n3wH0p3 
IDK if you missed the Blast LAN at the start of the year, but FaZe arent onliners like BIG and some other teams are, check the stat before you write down some bs
2020-06-14 12:51
#230
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Ukraine hypest 
+1
2020-06-16 12:47
+1
2020-06-22 13:20
#252
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United States ducky_cs 
faze onliners????????? are you dumb??????????
2020-06-26 00:19
easy win for navi then
2020-06-14 14:20
yes 100%
2020-06-15 07:16
Go where?
2020-06-13 20:42
#161
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Denmark Dust_2_Go 
yes dear lord
2020-06-13 23:01
okay where are we goin
2020-06-14 00:13
#2
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Finland Smoonah 
ty for update
2020-06-13 20:11
PogU
2020-06-13 20:11
Mouz must win
2020-06-16 06:12
obviously
2020-06-16 09:20
#4
NAF | 
Finland tpsa 
LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2020-06-13 20:11
Pog
2020-06-13 20:11
#6
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Brazil bremasso 
Finally omg
2020-06-13 20:11
#227
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Brazil YatoGami5 
Ja estava na hora, cansei de ver campeonato sem torcida da plateia!
2020-06-16 01:41
#7
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Macau Be_Happier 
NICEEEEE
2020-06-13 20:11
yooohoooo
2020-06-13 20:12
nice. real game coming
2020-06-13 20:12
pog
2020-06-13 20:12
#16
Dosia | 
Nigeria rzksz 
EPIC
2020-06-13 20:12
#18
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Brazil sakaaa 
IT'S HAPPENING!!!!
2020-06-13 20:13
No,its not happening
2020-06-13 21:53
It is
2020-06-14 11:52
plz be lan so liquid can win back to back cologne titles ez
2020-06-13 20:13
#24
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Russia Evil_DaviD1 
Liquid? XD
2020-06-13 20:14
+1 BIG will smash them
2020-06-13 20:14
This nerd everywhere,your big sucks
2020-06-13 21:53
#180
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Australia aussie_billy 
Big #1 mens)
2020-06-14 07:39
The real owner of number 1 spot. BIG CLAN I MEAN GOD CLAN!!
2020-06-14 11:53
og XAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXA
2020-06-13 20:14
#51
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Russia Evil_DaviD1 
If Cologne will be LAN = ez for Fnatic or Na'Vi. (If gla1ve and Xyp9x not come back to Astralis)
2020-06-13 20:19
navi cant even beat syman xaxaxaxa and it took them 3.5 years of antistratting to beat liquid in a bo3 and fnatic OMEGALUL cant even qualify for blast eu finals and make top 3 at dh masters? 0/8
2020-06-13 20:19
#57
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Russia Evil_DaviD1 
Online LOL. We are talking about LAN TOURNAMENT. Are you blind or what?
2020-06-13 20:20
#58
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Russia Evil_DaviD1 
Or it will be ez for Astralis in full roster
2020-06-13 20:21
Astralis even in their prime never won cologne
2020-06-14 10:13
Astralis never won an ESL One event. Sad but true
2020-06-14 14:21
you're actually braindead HAHAHAHAHHA
2020-06-13 20:56
It took them 3.5 years to kick some deadweights and get some players who can actually frag :)
2020-06-13 22:11
AHHA
2020-06-13 20:55
oG FLUKE
2020-06-13 21:10
#85
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Finland HARD4ENCE 
Vitality did Liquid a favour by eliminating Astralis. Had it been Astralis vs Liquid final you know which one would have come on top.
2020-06-13 20:38
+1
2020-06-18 11:23
W H OMEGALUL ?
2020-06-13 21:00
#113
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Lithuania Extazis 
Xdd what i heard? Liquid win cologne back to back :Ddd
2020-06-13 21:25
POGCHAMP
2020-06-13 20:13
#23
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Russia Evil_DaviD1 
Pog
2020-06-13 20:14
Good, lets move forward, away from this scamdemic now.
2020-06-13 20:14
#108
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Finland Costeri 
++11
2020-06-13 21:11
#181
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Australia aussie_billy 
Lmao flag check
2020-06-14 07:41
#27
f0rest | 
Argentina Fuxuryy 
NOICE
2020-06-13 20:14
Invite BIG pls (Top 5 in the world)
2020-06-13 20:14
#114
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Lithuania Extazis 
They need to earn points to qualify
2020-06-13 21:26
afaik they need to win today to get enough points for cologne participation
2020-06-14 10:14
#202
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Lithuania Extazis 
Yeah
2020-06-14 12:16
#136
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Germany HLTV_GERMANY 
+1
2020-06-13 21:55
#31
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United States the_hitman 
Should I book ticket to Koln or no fans allowed
2020-06-13 20:14
Studio only, so no fans
2020-06-13 20:15
#39
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United States the_hitman 
Sad mens)))
2020-06-13 20:16
WTF MENS(((((((( Ok cool nevertheless. We are pretty lucky to get so many games either way. : D
2020-06-13 21:47
We don't know yet. If corona makes a comeback they will probably not allowed viewers at all.
2020-06-13 20:15
#45
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United States the_hitman 
Sigh the year I make decent money and can’t even travel lel
2020-06-13 20:16
> claim on HLTV that you make decent money > 32k/month, DJ
2020-06-13 21:32
No, they can not get any reservation and legal documents for events of this size and it will be very hard for international fans to come visit. They will not play with an audience
2020-06-13 20:50
FAk
2020-06-13 22:21
BIG WILL WIN COLOGNE MAJOR #GoBIG
2020-06-13 20:15
cologne isnt major, right? Rio is major
2020-06-13 20:15
I disagree
2020-06-13 20:16
But thats what valve said, if you say Rio isnt major then i agree with you((( you know better((
2020-06-13 21:03
ty men)) cologne always REAL major in our hearts
2020-06-13 22:20
#38
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Russia EveryDayOk 
OkKkKkKkKkKkKKkKkKkKKkK prnt.sc/sz5926
2020-06-13 20:16
#SomosBIG
2020-06-13 20:16
#41
Frankie | 
Ukraine d3adLY 
YES!!! Navi will win!!!!!!
2020-06-13 20:16
LMAO Ez4Faze
2020-06-13 20:23
#83
Frankie | 
Ukraine d3adLY 
faze noooooobs
2020-06-13 20:36
#182
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Australia aussie_billy 
This faze roster will not win shit on lan lol
2020-06-14 07:44
#43
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Sweden Lingon 
i miss LAN CS :(
2020-06-13 20:16
#44
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Portugal Diogo0814 
<3
2020-06-13 20:16
Whats the point of lan if theres no crowd lol
2020-06-13 20:17
#60
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Sweden Lingon 
Trash talk, ping, It's alot better than online
2020-06-13 20:21
#86
arT | 
Portugal kadoopL 
+1
2020-06-13 20:39
#134
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Finland enixx 
+2
2020-06-13 21:53
#138
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Germany HLTV_GERMANY 
+1
2020-06-13 21:55
Theres little or 0 trashtalk in the current pro scene. And when it happens, everyone cries about it. Just search on the forums and youll see it for yourself. Theres less ping, but not worth the costs and the risks pro players and people working behind the scenes would be exposed to. So yeah... Still no point imo.
2020-06-13 23:04
Does ping even exist on LAN? If it does then it shouldn't even be mentioned due to it being a total non-factor.
2020-06-17 20:58
Gathering teams from different continents...
2020-06-13 22:51
Look at all that shitty same regional matchups we have seen online all over again. The greatest part of LAN is that we see other mixed matchups again.
2020-06-14 10:17
Does it mean live audience, I didn't read
2020-06-13 20:18
#52
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Sweden Lingon 
no unless corona is gone tomorrow
2020-06-13 20:18
What if it's gone on Thursday?
2020-06-13 20:19
#55
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Sweden Lingon 
You know what i mean
2020-06-13 20:19
Ok, u racist btw?
2020-06-13 20:20
#105
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Sweden Kwazgrid 
Very nice name
2020-06-13 21:07
True tho
2020-06-13 21:13
#177
fat | 
United Kingdom zakariin 
yes, we are
2020-06-14 07:13
#183
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Australia aussie_billy 
Lmao
2020-06-14 07:45
No way
2020-06-13 20:22
#GoBIG way
2020-06-13 20:24
WE SMART WE LOYAL WE FRIENDLY WE RESPECTFUL WE ARE BIG FANS #GoBIG
2020-06-13 20:24
OH MY FUCKING GOD
2020-06-13 20:21
LET'S GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CS IS BACK
2020-06-13 20:22
#64
device | 
Denmark Gilborg 
LEEEEEEEEEEEETS GOOOO!
2020-06-13 20:22
#66
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Denmark Jonasnhj 
LETS FUCKING GOOOOOO BOIS! WE GOING TO LAN
2020-06-13 20:24
#67
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Finland Karppanator 
Wooooooooo
2020-06-13 20:24
#69
shox | 
India iejesus 
Nice
2020-06-13 20:24
let's gooooo
2020-06-13 20:24
#73
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France Il_padrino 
NOICE
2020-06-13 20:28
Ez for germany Not affected much by corona!
2020-06-13 20:28
#195
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World WestSideDude 
cuz the best medicine
2020-06-14 11:08
#76
arT | 
CIS bult0 
BlessRNG BlessRNG BlessRNG
2020-06-13 20:29
#79
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Germany Neckarstadion 
EZ event win for BIG. Finally the haters calling BIG onliners will get their mouths stuffed
2020-06-13 20:34
#115
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Lithuania Extazis 
BIG Needs to qualify by points to cologne
2020-06-13 21:27
#178
fat | 
United Kingdom zakariin 
They got EPT points from DH Masters, idk if it's enough tho
2020-06-14 07:15
#203
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Lithuania Extazis 
Nah its to low
2020-06-14 12:16
#221
fat | 
United Kingdom zakariin 
They're in offline qualifiers though, they have a chance at least.
2020-06-14 19:34
#81
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Hungary Shiron212 
FINALLY
2020-06-13 20:35
YES
2020-06-13 20:35
Should be possible. Germany handled pandemic really well.
2020-06-13 20:37
still without a crowd so who cares? Why are brainless users hyped about that?
2020-06-13 20:39
Bc it’s better than shitty online
2020-06-13 22:13
indeed, but still lan without the crowd has the same feelings of online.
2020-06-13 22:20
Absolutely not. Everyone will have a level playing field. Only best will prevail + trash talk during game + facecams + still I will take no audience LAN than shitty online fluke games.
2020-06-13 22:25
FINALLY!!!
2020-06-13 20:42
2020-06-13 20:43
make it happen please
2020-06-13 20:43
I'm happy
2020-06-13 20:47
#95
TACO | 
Brazil Guilernsz 
Quite eager to see the big pronet losing at home
2020-06-13 20:49
ez faze
2020-06-13 21:03
#101
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Australia TeBo 
Are countries really going to allow players to travel to different countries just so they can play a video game together? I doubt it. I wouldn’t get our hopes up
2020-06-13 21:03
#146
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Portugal EddyParera 
The situation on EU is under control so as long the travelling players and staff stay inside until games, it will be alright... Football is back without audience and CS can have the same. It really depends on how countries are dealing with this...
2020-06-13 22:14
Are countries really going to allow players to travel to different countries just so they can kick a ball together ? Are countries really going to allow players to travel to different countries just so they can hit the ball with racquet ? Are countries really going to allow players to travel to different countries just so they can fight each other ? Are countries really going to allow players to travel to different countries just so they can drive cars and have races ? Hold an L, brainwashed by this scamdemic :)
2020-06-13 22:15
"scamdemic" Go back to your flat earth conspiracy
2020-06-14 07:34
I’m just pissed off, like proper pissed off by this type of people. Oh iTs pAnDeMiC wE sHouLdnT dO aNyThiNG. I remember bunch of kids here getting brainwashed by all this shit legit thought La Liga won’t be back by July. They thought international borders will be forever closed and flights won’t be a thing until 2070. Oh and here we are sports are coming back, borders are getting opened and flights are resumed. Turn on logic and common sense, god damn it
2020-06-14 15:54
1 in 10 have antibodies against the virus after getting infected after latest data. There is no working medicine against the virus, there is no working vaccine (I doubt there ever will be) We don't have fast and accurate tests enough for the virus. I agree that things shouldn't be closed down but rather limited instead. We need working and FAST tests on getting the results back before our society will ever become "normal" again. Many people will have LONG TIME medical issues after getting infected by the virus. Lung and Kidney issues This virus is no joke compared to other viruses. It's deadly and will hurt a lot of people. Second wave will most likely happen and economy will be fucked when it does
2020-06-15 00:33
#234
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Finland Kosm0IsBack 
Luckily we are young so no worries
2020-06-17 14:00
Lan?
2020-06-13 21:04
lan is good
2020-06-13 21:05
YES
2020-06-13 21:09
#110
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Sweden Trkmag 
Nice
2020-06-13 21:17
#111
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Sweden godname 
wooo
2020-06-13 21:22
We need the return of LAN. There are serious problems with online play. Remember how Mir got disconnected in the Team Spirit vs Faze game and it cost them the entire match(and the torunament) ? Even Faze Rain has been having more assists than how many kills he should be getting(I mean his assists are too high compared to kills)..has to be an internet/ping/home computer issue right ? We need LAN back. No ping disparity. No hardware disparity. Only the truly better team wins
2020-06-13 21:33
#240
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Austria doMK0 
If FaZe cant provide a professionell internet and pc setup for their players at their home residence it would be pretty embarassing and unprofessionell. So would say: hard no for your last question.
2020-06-20 11:32
#122
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Ukraine volanchick 
This is good
2020-06-13 21:36
#123
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United Kingdom whatacliche 
Pog
2020-06-13 21:40
#124
zAAz | 
Sweden Weedish 
YEEEEEEEIIIIIHAA!
2020-06-13 21:40
#125
apEX | 
France MarcoXY 
NIIIIIIICE
2020-06-13 21:43
PogChamp ESL Cologne PogChamp
2020-06-13 21:45
#127
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Switzerland x676 
luuuuuuuuul
2020-06-13 21:45
ESL trash org,i want eleague back
2020-06-13 21:55
#197
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World WestSideDude 
0/8 nickname checks out
2020-06-14 11:18
mens))) please)
2020-06-13 22:00
#141
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Russia ToughGuy 
Nice
2020-06-13 22:03
#142
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United Kingdom Cujoishere 
Fuck yeah nice one esl!
2020-06-13 22:09
#145
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New Zealand rzt 
OHHHH YEAAAA BOYYYYY
2020-06-13 22:14
NICE ONE
2020-06-13 22:27
Nice 😊
2020-06-13 22:31
#155
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Ukraine paradox1caL 
HELL YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES!!!
2020-06-13 22:37
#157
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Denmark Zorrondo 
won't happen
2020-06-13 22:42
#164
Archi | 
United Kingdom KainZ 
LETS FUCKING GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Can always trust GOAT event to come in clutch and spare us from the torture of online CS.
2020-06-13 23:46
#194
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World WestSideDude 
+1 Cologne GOAT event
2020-06-14 11:07
I look forward to things going back to normal
2020-06-14 00:58
do you think trump gonna open borders?
2020-06-22 13:22
#169
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Poland SebL 
We need ESL One Cologne to be back! The best tournament.
2020-06-14 01:04
nice
2020-06-14 01:10
#171
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Czech Republic y0fl0w 
LETS FUCKING GO, MOUZ #1 AFTER FIRST LAN EVENT
2020-06-14 02:07
+1
2020-06-14 12:24
+1
2020-06-14 12:24
I really miss the crowd.Make LAN Great Again.
2020-06-14 04:07
yahoo!
2020-06-14 08:32
#185
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Finland mbee 
EZ4MOUZ FOR SURE !
2020-06-14 10:02
+1
2020-06-14 12:23
#193
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World WestSideDude 
ESL Cologne is the best event ever.
2020-06-14 11:07
finally MOUZ back to top 1!!!
2020-06-14 12:23
#210
NiKo | 
Sweden Shiverz 
Oh yeah! Lets go! Were back :D
2020-06-14 12:27
#218
1962 | 
Sweden 1947 
Good news! Online CS is so lame, ping issues, no crowd etc.
2020-06-14 17:07
#259
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Finland Kosm0IsBack 
Still no crowd
2020-06-29 01:51
let's go COLOGNE. Inb4 half the team cannot make it because of covid delays in transportaion
2020-06-14 17:49
#220
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Greece rimeone 
pls make it major. its so hard to be a major in brazil this year. i want to make a pick em challenge. pleaseee
2020-06-14 18:02
teams like furia faze big need to prove themselves on LAN teams like navi fnatic g2 mouse liquid need to prove that they are bad because of online lmao and astralis just needs xyp and glave
2020-06-15 12:38
Faze are bad at online. They're only #3 because the competition is even worse
2020-06-29 01:53
teams like furia faze big need to prove themselves on LAN teams like navi fnatic g2 mouse liquid need to prove that they are bad because of online lmao and astralis just needs xyp and glave
2020-06-15 12:38
I can already hear jermans crying lol
2020-06-17 01:56
Can't wait to see Liquid back in a proper competitive environment with international teams. Hell I can't wait to see Astralis back in a proper competitive environment with international teams.
2020-06-17 21:05
do you think trump gonna open borders?
2020-06-22 13:23
Germany will ban all big events until October.
2020-06-18 11:26
really?
2020-06-22 13:23
yes that is the plan from last news. here a German source. tagesschau.de/inland/coronavirus-grossve.. you can use google translator or sth. I dont have time to search for english source.
2020-06-22 13:26
but there is not gonna be any crowd. so its not a big event imo.
2020-06-22 13:28
depends on what is a big event there 16 teams 16*6= 96 people are only the teams they will be at least150 people. Depends on which persons they set "big" events. The different kind of party mentions like "weinfest, Volksfest" have outside of big cities mostly max 200 people.
2020-06-22 13:32
then we will see brother
2020-06-22 13:38
"Merkel and the premiers agreed that large events, where contact tracing and distancing were not possible, should be banned at least until the end of October, a government document showed." so esl one cologne isnt gonna affect by this ban imo
2020-06-22 13:30
Hopefully situation won't get worse but who guarantees there won't be another huge spread? We're acting like either this whole Corona thing was fake, or masks miraculously stopped the spreading.
2020-06-19 00:26
thats why countries are opening their lockdown bcs it will get worse if they keep like this. its lose lose situation btw. we will always be like this unless vaccine found
2020-06-22 13:33
#258
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Finland Kosm0IsBack 
A vaccine will eventually be found. This virus mutates 1/3 of the speed of the flu. It could take a few years for th3 researchers .to make it actually effective and available though.
2020-06-29 01:48
return classic cobblestone !
2020-06-23 13:40
PLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLSPLS
2020-06-30 18:37
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Malta ALEISTER! 
Allow it fam
2020-07-02 18:15
didnt age well bump to confuse people
2020-07-02 18:15
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