IEM Cologne 2021 seeding revealed
Tournament operator ESL presented the list of groups of the main stage of IEM Cologne 2021 and the starting pairs of opponents at the Play-In stage. Sixteen teams in the Double Elimination bracket will determine the eight participants in the group stage during the Play-In stage. The opening matches will be played in BO1 format, while the rest of the matches will switch the format to the best-of-three series.
Pairs of IEM Cologne 2021 Play-In starting matches:
- NIP – LDLC
- Bad News Bears – mousesports
- Team Spirit – MIBR
- Renegades – Vitality
- OG – TeamOne
- Sprout – BIG
- Evil Geniuses – FaZe
- Complexity – ViCi
The eight strongest teams of the Play-In phase will join eight other directly invited teams. The winners of the first three places in each group will qualify for the playoffs.
The currently known participants in the group stage are as follows:
Recall that IEM Cologne 2021 with a prize pool of $1 million will be the first major LAN event in a year and a half. The participants will gather in Cologne and play in a studio format from July 6 to 18 without spectators.