G2, Spirit in the running for final IEM Cologne group stage invite

G2's upcoming DreamHack Masters Spring playoffs match against Astralis will determine the last invite to the IEM Cologne group stage.

The ESL Pro Tour standings, which award eight spots in the IEM Cologne group stage and eight in the Play-in stage, are near completion, with the only thing left to be decided being which one of G2 and Spirit will go directly to the group stage and which will fight through the Play-in.

G2 are currently below Spirit in the ESL Pro Tour standings, but the French-Balkan side have their fate in their hands, as a victory against Astralis in the DreamHack Masters Spring quarter-finals will push them above the CIS side and ensure their qualification for the IEM Cologne group stage.

G2 require a win over Astralis at DHM to qualify for IEM Cologne groups

Should Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković's team lose to the Danes in the quarter-finals, Spirit will remain in sixth place in the European Pro Tour standings and secure the spot at IEM Cologne, while G2 will go to the Play-in.

The remaining 14 teams coming from the ESL Pro Tour — seven from the European standings, four from North America, and one from each of Asia, South America, and Oceania — have already been locked in.

Eight more spots in the IEM Cologne Play-in stage are still up for grabs. Six will be determined via the ESL World Ranking as of May 31, and two will go to the winners of ESL Meisterschaft Spring, whose playoffs will run from May 14-15, and the ESL National Championships Global Playoffs, taking place from May 25-30.

The team list for IEM Cologne, which the organizers plan to hold on LAN from July 6-18, currently looks as follows:

IEM Cologne group stage

IEM Cologne Play-in

Europe G2/Russia Spirit
Sweden NIP
Brazil TeamOne
Brazil MIBR
Other ESL World Ranking
Other ESL World Ranking
Other ESL World Ranking
Germany ESL Meisterschaft
Europe Complexity
North America Evil Geniuses
China ViCi
Australia Renegades
Other ESL World Ranking
Other ESL World Ranking
Other ESL World Ranking
Europe ESL NC Global Playoff
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
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very nice
2021-05-06 17:24
28 replies
how do so many germans get first comment
2021-05-06 17:35
13 replies
german engineering
2021-05-06 17:43
11 replies
maybe 1st time in my life i will be cheering asTRASHlis
2021-05-06 18:15
9 replies
if this is based off world ranking, does bnb actually get an invite? LMAO would be sick if they do
2021-05-06 18:20
7 replies
ViCi already got this tournament in the bag, cant wait to see BOT s1mple raging after being bodied by racing champion VG.CyberZen ZHOK1NG
2021-05-06 18:22
1 reply
2021-05-08 05:29
bro ESL world ranking is broken, they give so many points to teams grinding in ESEA Premier, wouldn't be surprised if BnB somehow got invited, but I'd be cheering for them for sure
2021-05-06 18:23
4 replies
i would love to see them in a tournament like that and would route for them as well, just not sure how that ranking works
2021-05-06 18:24
3 replies
Nah, they can't get invited because the NA invites have already been locked in, although imo BnB >>>> team one
2021-05-06 18:28
2 replies
Argentina SantiMedia
2021-05-06 18:39
Esl world ranking is not the same thing as the esl pro tour, at the moment bnb would be invited
2021-05-06 23:23
why not cheering your country seemslike optic india.
2021-05-06 19:50
XD +1
2021-05-07 09:14
by being facking nolifers? or script ofc
2021-05-06 18:09
Brazil Necro_Spa
what the fuck is Team One doing in the Play In
2021-05-06 17:44
12 replies
Wtf is vici doing in that case?
2021-05-06 18:06
11 replies
enjoying their life now that they consistently destroy tyloo almost every time
2021-05-06 18:17
9 replies
CSGO is in such a weird spot rn, I'll miss the days of having Tyloo give competitive games to European teams, sometimes beat them, or when we had greyhound and RNG come from AU and C9 and Liquid from NA with the likes of SK from Brazil... It was so much fun yet we didn't appreciate it and now it's gone, we have to watch our favorite teams get destroyed by these nobodies called Gambit (except hobbit)
2021-05-06 18:24
8 replies
It's kind of like how in football you don't see Cristiano dominating everyone anymore, Arsenal not even in top 10 premier league. The game evolves.
2021-05-06 18:27
7 replies
Arsenal will come back but Penaldo is finished
2021-05-06 19:51
1 reply
Lmao how many times have u cried cuz Ronaldo dominated your favorite teams to be so butthurt to call him penaldo on fkn HLTV of all places 🤣
2021-05-06 21:26
You have a point, but there is one thing wrong with it, the way football"evolves" as you call it, is not the same as what has happened to csgo, we all know prime messi and ronaldo would own mbappe and Halland, but rn (kind of) prime s1mple and zywoo are getting owned by... Who was it again... Yeah SHIRO
2021-05-06 21:29
4 replies
Well - if you think about it now we have Haaland and Mbappe rising to make an impact. But in csgo the evolution is quicker. Revolves, if you will
2021-05-07 03:50
3 replies
And that's what has made it boring to me personally, I'm a s1mple fan, but it's not like don't enjoy watching other teams win, my issue isn't the fact that NaVi are losing to Gambit, it's the fact that I've been watching Cs since 2012 and I have never witnessed a shift like this, Gambit youngsters came outta nowhere and are now dominating EVERYONE, and I mean dominating, not just winning a tournament here and there, they are owning the gods of the game I love and I don't see any joy in watching that
2021-05-07 15:25
2 replies
Well, what brings excitement to different people are different.
2021-05-07 16:39
1 reply
Yeah, tbh I sometime just trick my mind into thinking that Gambit don't exist to watch like thee Astralis G2 game, without caring which team wins the tournament, just wanna be watching good old CS
2021-05-07 19:05
Brazil Necro_Spa
ViCi enters as the best asian team or something probably, but that doesnt explain Team One in the Play In
2021-05-06 20:07
Brazil OrNeLaS
2021-05-07 02:36
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2021-05-06 17:26
lets go
2021-05-06 17:26
Would be so amazing to see a LAN with brazilian, chinese and aussie teams again
2021-05-06 17:26
Switzerland x676
2021-05-06 17:26
India Trollgamer
2021-05-06 17:27
Let's go Astralis, but lose to gambit
2021-05-06 17:27
2 replies
Will they invite OG for play in?
2021-05-06 18:55
1 reply
no idea
2021-05-06 19:11
Russia Kalacia
for the first time ever im rooting for astralis
2021-05-06 17:28
Ukraine EmErAJID
Meh. Hope Spirit will go through.
2021-05-06 17:30
Europe X1gma
OG should get invited through the ESL ranking if i am not wrong
2021-05-06 17:32
11 replies
Look at the teams already in, probably the best tewm not already in one of the two parts of the tournament
2021-05-06 17:37
10 replies
Vitality and BIG r better than OG
2021-05-06 18:13
9 replies
vitality probably but BIG????
2021-05-06 18:18
8 replies
I think so personally, OG has a new lineup rn and BIG have been playing decent recently
2021-05-06 23:01
6 replies
They have been playing decent... in premier...
2021-05-06 23:16
5 replies
Germany reGiis
big is inconsistent but can win a tournament, og not really
2021-05-06 23:21
4 replies
what is everyone taking about??? Big has been bad?!?! OG has been improving!
2021-05-06 23:26
3 replies
They both have been bad, I only give the edge to BIG because they won funspark
2021-05-06 23:51
2 replies
OG has not been bad wtf? They made a lot of roster changes and are fresh now
2021-05-06 23:52
1 reply
Their roster changes were good, but I dont think theyre quite with BIG yet, even though BIG has been awful in top tier events recently
2021-05-06 23:58
Germany X5ander
BIG is top 6 in the world. It's unbelievable, why they don't get an invite. WTF !!! Its a german tournament. My boyz has to be there !
2021-05-07 11:47
2021-05-06 17:35
Astralis is in? Let’s go))))
2021-05-06 17:36
Russia TorToroych
Pls Astralis i never liked you but pls win g2 this time pls
2021-05-06 17:39
1 reply
Bosnia and Herzegovina filipasas
2021-05-07 01:00
North America drac0z
new rivalry
2021-05-06 17:42
why is this so close, G2 is much better than Spirit
2021-05-06 17:43
2 replies
Russia necklace
2021-05-06 19:45
Romania ViolentJ
Spirit were in semis at katowice
2021-05-06 19:52
Russia evg1804
LET'S GO, Astralis!
2021-05-06 17:43
2021-05-06 17:46
According esl ranking these teams are atm getting in : big, vitality, bad news bears, faze, og, mousesport
2021-05-06 17:47
3 replies
Europe X1gma
This is subjected to change after the RMR and IEM
2021-05-06 17:52
1 reply
Probably not, at least much. Only realistic chanced could be Fnatic, Extra salt and Spourt. Those only happen if they play well those events. Extra salt could bypass Mouse since ES plays in RMR and iem and Mouse only in RMR
2021-05-06 17:59
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Czech Republic y0fl0w
no, BIG/Vitality/FaZe/Bears/OG/FPX would be in the playin if the current ranking would count, mouz would fall through as 7th behind them However, with the ending of DH Spring mouz at least should surpass FPX Insane how Bears got this spot by farming Cash Cups
2021-05-06 18:44
Pakistan LoOuU2
Vici in EU PogU
2021-05-06 17:48
1 reply
United States PP_Bizon
2021-05-06 18:24
Russia VelsVivard
That should be TS, despite their recent form. They can quickly recover at one given opportunity. 4 out of 8 teams in the groups are from CIS.
2021-05-06 18:06
5 replies
G2 has more potential
2021-05-07 00:20
4 replies
Russia VelsVivard
How you can tell it? Two months ago it was TS that looked times better, now it's this way but nothing is certain. Only time will tell but TS is a capable team, they proved it and they deserve to advance.
2021-05-07 01:48
3 replies
I'm more looking towards individual stats
2021-05-07 16:34
2 replies
But in a team based game, not the best way.
2021-05-07 16:50
1 reply
It is how theoretical potential of a team is usually calculated
2021-05-07 16:54
congratz to g2 after an easy g2-0
2021-05-06 18:08
Good for them
2021-05-06 18:27
Spirit will be a joke on LAN tho
2021-05-06 18:28
2 replies
There is no such a big difference between online and lan
2021-05-06 18:36
Pakistan LoOuU2
Out of all the CIS teams other than NaVi, Spirit players have the most experience on LAN. I doubt it
2021-05-06 18:41
imo cologne as one of the most prestigious cs events should have had at least 1 open+closed qual instead of inviting only teams competing in esl competitions sad esl went full closed circuit on this
2021-05-06 18:44
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Russia Rapu
Go-go-go Astralis!
2021-05-06 18:47
Spirit deserve it tbh
2021-05-06 18:54
Will OG be invited for play in?
2021-05-06 18:55
who cars already in tourney
2021-05-06 19:04
Denmark twinseN
Sick group :D
2021-05-06 19:18
Ez for NaVi and ViCi
2021-05-06 19:44
Asia Drag0nJ
ez for Spirit
2021-05-06 19:46
United States _salmoN
please no more G2 games in the play-in stage lol
2021-05-06 20:43
1 reply
Macedonia TrubeX
2021-05-07 11:07
wasted slot spirit tier 3 bots dogster most overrated trash sniper ever
2021-05-06 20:52
1 reply
Russia fighterjet
-5 euro xd
2021-05-07 02:40
Ironic,but now lucky g2 will lose without last minute ot blessing.
2021-05-06 20:55
Vitality not even in qualifiers kekw, plus I hope they get dropped too low to qualify through rankings.
2021-05-06 21:59
mir | 
Other M31F
Astralis pls win this
2021-05-06 21:59
Portugal W!LDF1RE
Should be G2 to qualify, between them and TS they are the better team. Sad for TS they have great players but their game is so brain dead
2021-05-06 23:38
We all know that Furia and MIBR will be on the same group (if MIBR qualify)
2021-05-06 23:47
Is this confirmed to be a lan?
2021-05-07 01:00
Allowing spectators? I might have to make a trip back to Germany for this if I can watch it live.
2021-05-07 03:44
lets go ViCi, ez for god kaze
2021-05-07 07:56
I see BIG also has a chance to qualify in ESL meisterschaft
2021-05-07 07:57
Latvia sonofdog
ESL MeinKampf
2021-05-07 09:39
Noice! Let's go Astralis!!!!
2021-05-07 09:47
G2 should have no problem getting through the play in anyway
2021-05-07 09:55
2021-05-07 10:44
Well I don't think G2 is going to beat Astralis, I think Spirit will get this spot.
2021-05-07 13:25
2 replies
aged well :D
2021-05-07 20:16
1 reply
Like a wine my friend :D
2021-05-07 20:27
good luck
2021-05-07 15:22
Please invite Havu to play-in, please! They deserve it, but they had a disaster at FP3 qualifiers.
2021-05-07 16:27
Serbia XD___
2021-05-07 20:25
nt g2
2021-05-09 02:34
1 reply
wdym, they got into playoffs
2021-05-09 10:01
Can faze qualify for this?? If yes what are the conditions? And which are the events?
2021-05-11 10:15
2 replies
2021-05-11 10:16
1 reply
Ohh thanks mate
2021-05-11 15:59
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