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Here’s what you need to know before watching ESL One Cologne


ESL One Cologne 2018 has already revealed the teams to be split in groups A and B. ESL released the information on Wednesday (27), revealing the first confrontations of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) championship. In all, 16 professional teams will participate in the traditional competition, which will be the first official performance of MIBR, team of former athletes SK Gaming Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo and Marcelo “coldzera” David.

The fight for championship – ESL One Cologne

MIBR Brazilians will face Renegades, who in 2018 was ranked fifth in the North American edition of Pro League Season 7 and Season 5 of the Esports Championship Series.

ESL One Cologne 2018
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Team Liquid, of the Brazilian Epitacio “TACO” of Melo, will face the German side of BIG. Moreover, it is worth remembering that Liquid won twice 2-0 against BIG at ESL One Belo Horizonte. Here are the groups.

  • Group A: Natus Vincere, G2, Gambit, mousesports, Cloud9, ENCE, NiP, Astralis
  • Group B:  Renegades, MIBR, Fnatic, North, Team Liquid, BIG, BOOT-d [S], FaZe Clan

Every single map of the group phase will be of double elimination system. Besides that, the first clash of each team will be of best of one game (BO1) format, and the rest of the other games in the competition will be played in the best of three (BO3). The top three in each group will advance to the playoffs, with the first going straight to the semifinals, and the other two to the quarterfinals.

ESL One Cologne will take place between the 3rd and 8th of July in the German city of Cologne. The stage will be the Lanxess-Arena, nicknamed “Cathedral of the Counter-Strike”. In addition to the title, the teams will compete for a prize of $ 300,000 and a historic win for the first season of the Intel Grand Slam.

Snax parts way from VP

Just half hour after the announcement of ESL One Cologne group distribution, mousesports announced the addition of Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski in the team. The organisation made the announcement this Thursday (28). Out of Virtus.Pro, Snax will replace Martin “STYKO” Styk in the Counter-Strike team: Global Offensive (CS:GO).

The move came day after Virtus.pro announced that the 24-year-old Polish would not represent the team in the matches of ESEA against CDL, Vexed, and Valiance. Additionally, STYKO has played with mousesports since August 2017 after coming from HellRaisers. With the arrival of Snax, the player will go to substitute position.

Snax has played for VP for almost five years. With the organization he has won

  • Adrenaline Cyber ​​League (2017)
  • DreamHack Masters Las Vegas (2017)
  • DreamHack Open Bucharest (2016)
  • ELEAGUE Season 1 (2016)
  • Major Series One Katowice (2014)
  • FACEIT Spring League 2014)

Snack’s is ready to perform on the big stage of ESL One Cologne. Being part of group A, the team will face Gambit on the debut of Snax.

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