The best CS:GO teams will go head to head at ESL One Cologne after the first 18 teams were revealed earlier today.
Astralis, Team Liquid, Fnatic, and G2 are set to headline the main event alongside the top eight squads in the world, according to ESL. The play-in stage, which is used as a qualifier, will feature other world-class teams like FURIA, Evil Geniuses, and Vitality.
These are your teams for #ESLOne Cologne 2020! We already have 16 of the top 20 teams as ranked by #ESLProTour points, with another 6 left to invite!— ESL Counter-Strike (@ESLCS) June 30, 2020
Who are you most excited to see play? 🤔https://t.co/Cr2tgk4EYb pic.twitter.com/ZOcO045Tx1
Although the event was initially delayed, it’s been given the green light to take place from Aug. 21 to 30. It’ll be one of the largest tournaments of the year with a $1 million prize pool.
ESL One Cologne is touted as one of the biggest CS:GO events on the calendar but it won’t have a live audience because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The tournament organizer is hopeful that it can use the studio in Cologne from Aug. 21 to 30 for all matches, according to HLTV.
The seeding for this event follows the ESL Pro Tour ranking system, which is slightly different from the commonly-used HLTV rankings. Vitality, for example, are the seventh-best team in the world, according to the ESL rankings, but are in second place in HLTV’s rankings.