IEM Cologne Play-in bracket and groups set

The Cathedral of Counter-Strike, IEM Cologne, is a mere two weeks away.

ESL has revealed the fate of the 24 teams set to compete for a $1 million prizepool at the concluding event of the first part of the 2022 season, IEM Cologne, from July 4-18, announcing the opening matchups of the Play-in bracket and the distribution of the teams who have already earned a berth in the group stage.

Featuring 16 teams, the Play-in will have eight spots in the group stage on offer in a double-elimination bracket.

Heroic will face Sprout in their debut with jabbi

Among the most high-profile participants of the first phase are recent BLAST Premier runners-up Vitality, Major semi-finalists Spirit playing their first event with Igor "⁠w0nderful⁠" Zhdanov, and Heroic, who recently replaced Ismail "⁠refrezh⁠" Ali with Jakob "⁠jabbi⁠" Nygaard.

Another interesting name that appears on the list and who will be coming into the event fresh off changes is 00NATION, which all but confirms the widely reported move of the core of Epitacio "⁠TACO⁠" de Melo, Eduardo "⁠dumau⁠" Wolkmer, and Bruno "⁠latto⁠" Rebelatto from GODSENT, who had originally earned the spot in Cologne.

Below you can see the full bracket order and opening matchups of the Play-in phase:

Play-in bracket

Denmark Heroic vs. Europe Sprout
Europe MOUZ vs. Brazil paiN
Russia Spirit vs. United States Complexity
South America 00NATION vs. Denmark Astralis
Germany BIG vs. Australia ORDER
Russia Outsiders vs. Brazil Imperial
Brazil MIBR vs. Spain Movistar Riders
China TYLOO vs. France Vitality

Most of the big names await in the group stage, which boasts seven out of the current top-eight teams, with Natus Vincere headlining Group A and FaZe seeded in Group B as the current top-two teams in the world according to the HLTV.org ranking.

The Ukrainian-Russian side recently revealed that Viktor "⁠sdy⁠" Orudzhev will keep playing with them at the Cologne event, where they will be joined by NIP, G2, and ENCE in their group, along with four play-in teams. On the other side it's Liquid, FURIA, and Cloud9 who will be battling against a FaZe team looking to rediscover their Major-winning form:

Group stage distribution

Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1402
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.65
Brazil Eduardo 'dumau' Wolkmer
Eduardo 'dumau' Wolkmer
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
457
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Ukraine Igor 'w0nderful' Zhdanov
Igor 'w0nderful' Zhdanov
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
174
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.58
Denmark Jakob 'jabbi' Nygaard
Jakob 'jabbi' Nygaard
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
767
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Brazil Bruno 'latto' Rebelatto
Bruno 'latto' Rebelatto
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
361
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
Denmark Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
978
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
Ukraine Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1084
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Faze got an easy group
2022-06-23 20:11
18 replies
+1
2022-06-23 20:12
1 reply
#8
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Brazil ZerongBr
IEM leaked 00Nation
2022-06-23 20:14
Yekindar buff in liquid. Watch it
2022-06-23 20:40
4 replies
Huge +1 if for no other reason than Elige and NAF can go back to the roles they’re most comfortable in
2022-06-23 22:04
3 replies
If they weren't comfortable because they needed to start entrying more, then they shouldve never removed stew to begin with. Dumbest move of all time.
2022-06-24 02:57
2 replies
#78
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Bulgaria Bulg1us
+1 unfortunately
2022-06-24 07:13
Stew has major attitude and tilt issues. Also look at his stats. Subpar entry at best
2022-06-25 22:25
As per usual.
2022-06-23 21:01
1 reply
Yea. Same for EPL right? They had to beat ence, lost Then had to beat navi,cloud9 to get to finals. NIP is the only team that usually gets the freest groups. It's the first time this year theyre f***** N1
2022-06-23 22:34
if heroic or vitality joins Faze group then it can be interesting
2022-06-23 21:23
Not really, FaZe once lost to both c9 and furia before. it's a fair bracket imo
2022-06-23 22:23
Not really. Cloud9 is a good team and liquid with yekindar should be really good too
2022-06-23 22:27
+1
2022-06-23 23:25
#66
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North America BoDaddy
+1
2022-06-24 00:25
Welcome back to HOWTOBBQRIGHT
2022-06-24 00:33
1 reply
YESSSS HAHAHAHAH
2022-06-24 01:04
#76
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Lithuania Airforlife
+1
2022-06-24 06:21
Always
2022-06-24 16:52
#2
 | 
Brazil ramiiressss
ZERO ZEROO
2022-06-23 20:11
#3
 | 
Switzerland Lacerta
Hampus NIP ?
2022-06-23 20:12
4 replies
#22
 | 
Lithuania Vispooh
Who is hampus?
2022-06-23 20:28
3 replies
#23
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Switzerland Lacerta
2022-06-23 20:28
1 reply
#49
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Lithuania Vispooh
I'm getting 404 Page Not Found
2022-06-23 21:34
#42
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Pakistan LoOuU2
WHO THE FUCK IS HAMPUS
2022-06-23 21:01
#4
swag | 
Cyprus Porgos
Ok
2022-06-23 20:12
LETS GOOOO TYLOOOO
2022-06-23 20:13
2 replies
Tyloo is trash. Just check their match against Illuminar.
2022-06-23 20:52
1 reply
#65
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Greenland Fenrirrr
so you cant cheer on a team thats not one of the best according to you
2022-06-23 23:36
00nation ???? where is dogsent
2022-06-23 20:13
bruh group A rip nip
2022-06-23 20:15
2 replies
If they bring their A-game, anything is possible
2022-06-23 21:06
1 reply
No way they are defeating navi and g2
2022-06-24 05:48
cloud9 got easy group
2022-06-23 20:16
Baitzera stole Godsent slot kekw
2022-06-23 20:17
#12
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Sweden SofoRion
00nation has 2 players xD
2022-06-23 20:17
6 replies
#13
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Brazil galaxysz
Iem cologne leaked and 00 ain't announced
2022-06-23 20:17
2 replies
#17
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Sweden SofoRion
what?
2022-06-23 20:24
1 reply
#50
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Brazil galaxysz
00Nation hasn't announced the team yet, but we already know it's going to be taco, latto and dumau the signings
2022-06-23 21:36
+3 incoming
2022-06-23 20:34
2 replies
#28
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Sweden SofoRion
GodSent squad?
2022-06-23 20:37
1 reply
Ye
2022-06-23 21:09
Ez 4 for 00Nation, the whole LG/SK squad is in the IEM Cologne Play-in
2022-06-23 20:18
#15
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United States DarkFX
Wtf how does Complexity get Spirit? Rigged already
2022-06-23 20:18
2 replies
Probably because complexity has really low score, I really hope they pull through
2022-06-23 21:43
1 reply
#55
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United States DarkFX
They can definitely beat team spirit especially since they don’t have Degster but it all depends on what team complexity show up
2022-06-23 22:21
Interesting event 🙂 GL to all teams 🌟
2022-06-23 20:23
Organizers trying to help faze win omegalul
2022-06-23 20:24
Man what is this groups
2022-06-23 20:25
ez 4 imperial
2022-06-23 20:26
#21
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Brazil hugoooo
Cold and try have HUGE balls, imagine playing Cologne 2v5
2022-06-23 20:27
2 replies
This is so stupid yet the funniest shit i've read today jsjsjs
2022-06-24 02:32
#79
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Bulgaria Bulg1us
+1
2022-06-24 07:16
#24
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Ukraine SwissRolls
lol group b, easiest draw ever. group a could be anyone to take
2022-06-23 20:29
no OG kekw Heroic > Sprout Mouz < Pain Spirit > Complexity 00Nation < Astralis BIG > Order Outsiders > Imperial MIBR < Movistar TYLOO < Vitality
2022-06-23 20:36
3 replies
#39
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Spain Otanno
Mouz < Pain ???
2022-06-23 20:59
2 replies
yes
2022-06-23 20:59
Mouz = Pain
2022-06-23 21:43
00nation 2v5 everyone EZ
2022-06-23 20:36
1 reply
#70
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Other Quagmire_
Considering how trash astralis is rn I would put some money on 00meme 2v5
2022-06-24 01:30
I think it's the first time in a year that NIP as a hard group lmao
2022-06-23 20:40
4 replies
0/8 blast spring groups, katowice, major playoffs
2022-06-23 20:58
3 replies
#53
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Ukraine VoidWave
whats so hard about katowive group prnt.sc/fV1R9KOcBOn0
2022-06-23 21:52
Nice try buddy Major playoffs is already deep into the tournament Katowice they had free run. Stop coping
2022-06-23 22:33
1 reply
Virtus.pro while they were still in form and gambit 2 times???
2022-06-24 08:28
Actually a decent draw for once
2022-06-23 20:42
#32
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Albania aplasa
Liquid and Faze in the same bracket interesting
2022-06-23 20:47
Always NAVI in the hardest group while Faze having it easy.
2022-06-23 20:50
2 replies
#47
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Canada go1x1n00b
How is group b easier? Cloud 9, Furia > G2, NIP, ENCE. And liquid with yekindar can be dangerous too
2022-06-23 21:16
1 reply
lmao
2022-06-23 22:31
Reasonable group draws. A is a little weaker than one would think
2022-06-23 20:55
#36
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Czech Republic SayBye777
Without OG xD
2022-06-23 20:56
#38
fnx | 
Russia P0vTr
OMFG G2 VS NIP AGAIN AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAH I'M SO FUCKING TIRED OF THIS MATCH-UP NGL
2022-06-23 20:58
EZ4TYLOO
2022-06-23 21:07
Good groups for both really. They play-in teams with Heroic, Vitality, Astralis and Spirit will shake up the groups even further
2022-06-23 21:11
Group A, ez for Navi. Only G2 is capable beat Navi. Others are joke. Well current NaVi looks much better than their Katowice form due to sudden invasion. Should be Ez
2022-06-23 22:31
Group B the NA Derby. May the best NA team win
2022-06-23 22:38
#64
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Latvia laiziolas
Faze up! Kinda lucky with group but good luck anyway
2022-06-23 23:29
#69
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Other Quagmire_
Asstralul getting one of the most easiest opponents again and again and again 😂😂 what a joke
2022-06-24 01:28
Rong!
2022-06-24 01:50
FaZe up!
2022-06-24 06:34
Heroic > Sprout Mouz < Pain Spirit > Complexity 00Nation < Astralis BIG > Order Outsiders > Imperial MIBR < Movistar TYLOO < Vitality
2022-06-26 01:54
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