ESL One Cologne 2020 viewer's guide

ESL One Cologne 2020 will be the first Tier 1 tournament after a summer pause and will be held in four regions. The competition will start in Europe (August 18-30) and North America (August 18-29), while Asia and Oceania will play from August 25-30.

In Europe there will be sixteen teams split into two groups to play in the Double Elimination (GSL) format. The four best teams from each group will advance to the playoffs. All matches except the final will be played in the BO3 format. The Grand Final match will be played in up to three wins (BO5) format, with the upper bracket winner starting the match with one card advantage.

Group stage ESL One Cologne 2020 - Europe:

Group А

 BIG (tabseN, tiziaN, syrsoN, XANTARES, k1to)
 Complexity (RUSH, k0nfig, poizon, oBo, blameF)
 Natus Vincere (flamie, s1mple, electronic, Boombl4, Perfecto)
 NiP (twist, REZ, hampus, nawwk, Plopski)
 OG (NBK-, valde, Aleksib, ISSAA, mantuu)
 mousesports (karrigan, chrisJ, woxic, frozen, ropz)
 MAD Lions (innocent, AcilioN, acoR, sjuush, roeJ)
 Sprout (Spiidi, denis, snatchie, faveN, dycha)

Group B

 Vitality (shox, RpK, apEX, ZywOo, misutaaa)
 G2 (JaCkz, huNter-, kennyS, AmaNEk, nexa)
 FaZe (NiKo, rain, Kjaerbye, coldzera, broky)
 fnatic (flusha, JW, KRIMZ, Golden, Brollan)
 Astralis (dupreeh, device, es3tag, Magisk, Bubzkji)
 Heroic (cadiaN, b0RUP, niko, stavn, TeSeS)
 MIBR (FalleN, kNgV-, fer, TACO, trk)
 Heretics (kioShiMa, xms, Maka, Lucky, Nivera)

Group stage bracket ESL One Cologne 2020 – Europe:

In North America, the format is the same as in Europe except for the number of teams - eight teams are competing, split into two groups. The best two of each go to the playoffs.

Group stage ESL One Cologne 2020 - North America:

Group А

 FURIA (HEN1, arT, yuurih, VINI, KSCERATO)
 Gen.G (BnTeT, daps, autimatic, koosta, s0m)
 100 Thieves (jks, AZR, jkaem, Gratisfaction, Liazz)
 Chaos (steel, vanity, Xeppaa, Jonji, leaf)

Group B

 Evil Geniuses (stanislaw, tarik, Brehze, Ethan, CeRq)
 Liquid (NAF, EliGE, Stewie2K, Twistzz, Grim)
 Cloud9 (Sonic, JT, floppy, motm, oSee)
 Triumph (Spongey, Shakezullah, junior, Penny, moose)

In Asia and Oceania, four teams will compete for each region. Due to the small number of participants, the tournament there will start immediately with Double-Elimination playoffs. All matches up to the Grand Final will be played in BO3 format, and the final will be played in BO5 format with the advantage of one card for the top bracket champion.

List of participants ESL One Cologne 2020 – Asia:


List of participants ESL One Cologne 2020 – Oceania:


The prize fund for the European region will be $325,000, for the North American region $135,000, and for Asia and Oceania $20,000. For the time being, the distribution of this money among the relevant places has not been announced.

The full schedule and live broadcasts of the matches in Europe and North America are available on the tournaments page on our website.