ESL One Cologne groups, opening matchups announced

ESL has announced the group distribution of ESL One Cologne in all four regions.

The group stage will be played in a double-elimination format across all groups, with Europe having eight teams battling it out for four playoffs spots in each group, while in North America, Asia, and Oceania four teams will fight for two spots in each group.

syrsoN's BIG will take on his former team, Sprout, in the opening round

The $500,000 tournament will kick off at different times across regions. The two biggest, Europe and North America, will begin on August 18, and in Asia and Oceania the action will start a week later, on August 25.

You can find the group stage distribution and the schedule of the opening round below:

Europe

Tuesday, August 18
15:00 Germany BIG vs. Germany Sprout
15:00 Europe OG vs. Sweden NiP
18:30 France Vitality vs. France Heretics
18:30 Sweden fnatic vs. Denmark Astralis

Wednesday, August 19
15:00 Russia Natus Vincere vs. Europe mousesports
15:00 Europe Complexity vs. Denmark MAD Lions
18:30 Europe FaZe vs. Denmark Heroic
18:30 Brazil MIBR vs. France G2

North America

Tuesday, August 18
22:00 Brazil FURIA vs. United States Chaos
22:00 Australia 100 Thieves vs. United States Gen.G

Wednesday, August 19
22:00 United States Evil Geniuses vs. United States Triumph
22:00 United States Cloud9 vs. United States Liquid

Asia, Oceania

Tuesday, August 25
08:00 Australia Renegades vs. Australia Chiefs
11:30 China TYLOO vs. Thailand Beyond

Wednesday, August 26
08:00 Australia ORDER vs. Australia AVANT
11:30 China ViCi vs. China Invictus

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#2
EliGE | 
Poland Roxin
N1
2020-08-07 18:24
F
2020-08-07 20:13
I meant nice one but ok
2020-08-07 20:17
1st
2020-08-07 18:24
#4
EliGE | 
Poland Roxin
Kekw
2020-08-07 18:24
U died before you were born :(
2020-08-08 07:47
good
2020-08-07 18:24
#7
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CIS tikoo123
EZ4NAVI
2020-08-07 18:25
#8
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Finland Cucumber))
EZ FOR FURIA AND OG
2020-08-07 18:25
#9
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Switzerland x676
Group B much easier
2020-08-07 18:26
Is MIBR in Europe or they will play on high ping?
2020-08-07 18:26
They're in eu
2020-08-07 18:29
#76
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Sweden Fizze
I wonder what country they are in since I don't think a lot of countries has opened their borders yet
2020-08-07 19:26
servia
2020-08-07 19:46
they are in Belgrado Serbia
2020-08-07 18:49
They said that they can compete with high performance teams from EU so they are moving to some EU country and will compete in EU region in the tournament.
2020-08-08 07:50
All right, thank you.
2020-08-08 15:49
Bruh, k fnatic are lower bracket gods tho
2020-08-07 18:26
I had great sex
2020-08-07 18:28
Lucky you, I am waiting for the lockdown to be done so I can have some nice pussy.
2020-08-09 08:02
Why MIBR in eu bracket?
2020-08-07 18:28
#16
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United Kingdom StonkBonk
Bootcamping in EU
2020-08-07 18:29
#78
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India D1CTAT0R
Cuz they couldn't fly back to US from Brazil as US is not allowing people to fly from other countries to US so thatswhy they went to EU
2020-08-07 19:29
#15
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United Kingdom StonkBonk
Faze not in a group with big LFGGGGG
2020-08-07 18:28
mibr will 16-2 astralis again
2020-08-07 18:29
#26
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Brazil angryyyy
EZ 4 MIBR
2020-08-07 18:31
Tbh this time it can happen
2020-08-07 18:57
#61
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Denmark pdxm
16-0 :)
2020-08-07 19:13
dont be mad manito, its Just a joke xd
2020-08-08 09:19
#145
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Denmark pdxm
no problem, it is all good
2020-08-08 09:44
more likely to be a 16 0 to mibr, both teams are trash but astralis is even worse rn
2020-08-08 09:17
Oops, spoke too soon i guess ?
2020-08-22 14:19
nope
2020-08-22 14:46
#20
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Spain Pog_chaos
RIP MIBR worst group ever for them
2020-08-07 18:29
Not really, group A is also strong, the problem is Mibr being weak lately xD Maybe the EU playstyle fits them better, let's see
2020-08-08 03:29
Vitality vs Heretics Nivera 1.58 rating Vitality win
2020-08-07 18:30
Nice group B EU...
2020-08-07 18:30
Yeah smh ESL trying to shoot us down :(
2020-08-08 12:19
#GoBIG #SomosBIG
2020-08-07 18:30
#25
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Brazil angryyyy
EZ 4 MIBR
2020-08-07 18:31
#74
cArn | 
Philippines J4DEM
Stop sending threats! Were not comfortable here.
2020-08-07 19:25
#82
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Brazil angryyyy
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk thats actually funny
2020-08-07 19:37
#27
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Russia raen0x0
LUL MIBR in Europe? GG
2020-08-07 18:31
EU group A so bad
2020-08-07 18:33
EZ4LIQUID good luck nitr0, welcome grim (DH Open was just a warmup) covid sucks
2020-08-07 18:34
#93
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Sweden fastflop
They havemt even played yet???
2020-08-07 19:52
#33
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Brazil zLucasXIT
EZ 4 MIBR
2020-08-07 18:34
#34
BobZ | 
India Ez4ez
Ez for bigliners
2020-08-07 18:35
Poggg
2020-08-07 18:35
MIBR wasted spot, GODSENT or Spirit would have been a much better choice, hell, at this point, any other team in the top 100 would be a better choice...
2020-08-07 18:37
just stop its over with the spot wasnt given to Godsent or spirt
2020-08-07 18:48
Allow me to quote your other post: "EZ4MIBR The boys got this win ez pz Go go go go the boys Lets go get this win! Gaules will cast and everything will be happy Yay This year has been very crappy but mibr will win this event I know it" Your opinion is irrelevant by default.
2020-08-07 19:02
Im sure ESL have decided to pick MIBR rather than others smaller EU teams due to financial issues: What other team can get over 393k spectators to watch an online tier 2 match?
2020-08-07 19:09
This is true, of course, and I understand the reasoning. Doesn't change the fact the matches will be of inferior quality, unless MIBR have worked hard and will have complete resurgence after the break, which I find completely unlikely.
2020-08-07 20:36
It's very unlikely, sure.
2020-08-08 17:32
Astralis Fnatic NaVi Mouz bang
2020-08-07 18:40
lets go NAVI!!!!
2020-08-07 18:44
#41
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Latvia YungPan666
EZ4NAVI
2020-08-07 18:45
EZ4MIBR The boys got this win ez pz Go go go go the boys Lets go get this win! Gaules will cast and everything will be happy Yay This year has been very crappy but mibr will win this event I know it
2020-08-07 18:47
#44
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Denmark pdxm
Ez 4 Astralis :))
2020-08-07 18:48
#46
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Spain elskio
Astralis debut
2020-08-07 18:49
#52
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Spain Pog_chaos
Bubzkji and es3tag gonna deliver 🙏
2020-08-07 19:01
I don't think that es3tag will deliver, but bubzkji surely will
2020-08-07 21:15
Es3tag is tier 2.5 player
2020-08-07 21:15
Will volvo release tournament stickers?
2020-08-07 18:52
Not a major
2020-08-08 02:49
#48
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Indonesia lukerey
Can't wait to see how mous perform after struggled a lot in this year. And also the new astralis is look pretty good on paper.
2020-08-07 18:54
I think pretty bad. Online cs is not for mouz
2020-08-07 20:11
#103
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Indonesia lukerey
Yeah I think so too. :(
2020-08-07 20:16
#54
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China HEIDASHUAi
Ez 4 TYLOO & NAVI
2020-08-07 19:05
Ez 4 jermans
2020-08-07 19:07
BIG Na'Vi pog
2020-08-07 19:07
SO EZ FOR ASTRALIS! Bye bye babyfaced swedish soibois!
2020-08-07 19:08
#62
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Brazil hugoooo
Terrible groups
2020-08-07 19:15
maybe if ur from brazil
2020-08-07 19:16
Group B's for both EU and NA looking stacked af
2020-08-07 19:16
MIBR about to get clapped
2020-08-07 19:17
Brazil about to be the best CS country in US and EU region LUL
2020-08-07 19:18
#130
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Denmark gh00st
LOL MIBR is almost a tier 2 team in NA, those guys will suffer even against those tier 2 European teams in the group
2020-08-08 01:03
Stupid MIBR's even playing, fuck the brazilians that cheer for them, even BOOM's better. Fucking disgrace Godsent isn't playing because retards rather watch MIBR.
2020-08-07 19:19
#79
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Denmark valt3rr
I also think it's stupid... I was so sure Godsent would get the spot... Fuck mibr
2020-08-07 19:31
Why fuck mibr? Fuck esl that invited them (but im glad they did) Dont hate the player, hate the game. They are bootcamping on Eu, would be extra dumb to recuse a invite to esl cologne.
2020-08-07 19:41
#73
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United States clockworkk
I legit feel sorry for MIBR but at the same time I don't one more event for them to realise they should just compete in SA tier3 events vs Detona, Isurus etc
2020-08-07 19:25
Finally FaZe not in same group as BIG
2020-08-07 19:37
Ez first game for Mouz
2020-08-07 19:39
flair checks out
2020-08-07 20:15
Everything checks out
2020-08-07 21:00
Dude, even your name is a big lie
2020-08-07 21:17
He got robbed
2020-08-07 22:10
#89
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United States boxcarr
why are MIBR in EU instead of NA and get another team like ZPG to play ??
2020-08-07 19:43
#92
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Algeria MagnumDz
one more "online" event for BIG
2020-08-07 19:51
not this time
2020-08-07 20:15
#94
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Russia ToughGuy
opening game vs mouz just like last year and ofc ez win again 🙂
2020-08-07 19:53
+1
2020-08-07 20:14
Ez4NaVi
2020-08-07 20:14
#105
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Russia Slavaa
There is no balance between groups A and B in Europe
2020-08-07 20:35
Europe mibr pog
2020-08-07 21:29
If mibr won more than 1 game it would be surprising
2020-08-07 22:02
#124
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Serbia LtN))
I want to see Navi vs Big
2020-08-07 23:05
Maybe I'm complaining too much, but man the groups for EU could've been a little more diversified. Group A has all of the multi-country and German teams whereas Group B has the French teams and 2/3 of the Danish teams. The groups are a little better than the DreamHack Open Summer matchups I suppose.
2020-08-07 23:55
will be insane :)
2020-08-08 05:47
LETS GOOooooooonline ffs
2020-08-08 06:05
Lets gooooo
2020-08-08 08:11
Nice
2020-08-08 08:02
GO GO GO NAVI NAVI GO GO GO NAVI NAVI #NAVINATION NAVI#1 S1MPLE#1 ELECTRONIC#2 GO GO GO NAVI NAVI NAVI BEST S1MPLE BEST S1MPLE TOP1 NAVI TOP1
2020-08-08 08:13
ok but why group b has 80% good teams and group a 20%????
2020-08-08 11:36
mouse playing navi first match is good. navi usually sucks their first game.
2020-08-08 12:14
#155
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France Uexo
Good luck Vitality ! #VforVictory
2020-08-08 13:25
Stop calling it cologne,its not cologne anymore,its deodorant
2020-08-08 16:04
When are EU quaters. semis and final scheduled?
2020-08-08 16:06
#159
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Serbia DjapeZ
B group is so stacked
2020-08-08 16:56
#162
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Denmark dyinbyran
Great Faze,G2,BIG,Vitality Have easy matches against tier 2 teams , Except NaVi vs mouz and ast vs fnc , i hope ast wins
2020-08-09 08:10
Ez 4 G2 The best team in the world
2020-08-09 09:00
ez for s1mple and Na'Vi
2020-08-10 02:31
BIG NiP Vitality Astralis Mousesports Complexity Heroic G2
2020-08-10 11:53
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