IEM Cologne 2022 Play-In bracket and groups revealed

Tournament operator ESL has announced the groups of the IEM Cologne 2022 main stage, as well as the opening matchups of the Play-In stage. The tournament organizers published the seeding on Twitter.

During the Play-In stage, sixteen teams will play in the Double Elimination bracket, with eight participants advancing to the group stage. The debut matches will be played as best-of-ones, while the rest will be held in a best-of-three format.

In ESL's announcement, 00NATION are listed among the participants, even though the team does not have an invite. The organization is expected to be represented in Cologne following the purchase of the GODSENT roster core, who previously qualified for the prestigious event.

The opening matchups of the Play-In stage:

 Heroic –  Sprout
 MOUZ –  paiN
 Team Spirit –  Complexity
 00NATION –  Astralis
 Outsiders –  Imperial
 MIBR –  Movistar Riders
 TYLOO –  Vitality

The seeding in the Play-In bracket:

In the group stage, the eight best squads from the Play-In will join eight direct invitees. The place in the playoffs will go to the top 3 teams from each group.

The currently known participants in the group stage are distributed as follows:

Group A


Group B


IEM Cologne 2022 will take place from July 5 to 17. The detailed tournament schedule is available on our website via this link.