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Viewer's Guide: ESL One Cologne 2017

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This years version of the highly anticipated ESL One Cologne is finally here. This year calls for special circumstances, both with the swiss format aswell as with PGL Krakow Major the following week, making ESL One Cologne somewhat of a rehearsal.
ESL One Cologne wields a strong set of teams. Currently top ranked SK-Gaming is accompanied by other top teams such as G2 Esports and Faze Clan. NiP Gaming, who just recently added Fredrik "REZ" Sterner> in place for Adam "friberg" Friberg, will make their debut with the freshly formed lineup. For those of you who wanted to see Friberg, show no gloom, he is joining Janko "YNk" Paunović and Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill on the analyst desk.

This weeks tournament is the last chance for many teams going to the PGL Krakow Major to finalize the last details and get in to form. With that said, it's expected that ESL One Cologne will contain numerous high level matches with lots of entertaining plays.

Attending Teams

Sverige Ninjas in Pyjamas
draken, f0rest, GeT_RiGhT, REZ, Xizt, threat (coach)

Sverige Fnatic
dennis, flusha, JW, krimz, olofmeister, Jumpy (coach)

Frankrike G2 Esports
apEX, bodyy, kennyS, NBK, shox, SmithZz (coach)

Usa Optic Gaming
hazed, mixwell, NAF, RUSH, tarik

Europa Mousesports
chrisJ, denis, loWel, oskar, ropz, lmbt (coach)

Usa Team Liquid
EliGE, jdm64, nitr0, stanislaw, Twistzz, zews (coach)

Kina Tyloo
BnTeT, DD, HZ, Mo, somebody, peacemaker (coach)

Usa Cloud9
autimatic, n0thing, shroud, Skadoodle, Stewie2k, valens (coach)

Brasilien Immortals
boltz, HEN1, kNg, LUCACS1, steel, zakk (coach)

Europa Faze Clan
allu, karrigan, kioShiMa, NiKo, rain, RobbaN (coach)

Cis Natus Vincere
Edward, flamie, GuardiaN, s1mple, seized, Andi (coach)

Brasilien SK Gaming
coldzera, FalleN, fer, felps, TACO

Polen Virtus.pro
byali, NEO, pasha, Snax, TaZ, kuben (coach)

Danmark North
aizy, cajunb, k0nfig, Magisk, MSL, ruggah (coach)

Danmark Heroic
es3tag, JUGi, MODDII, niko, Snappi, FeTiSh (coach)

Turkiet Space Soldiers
Calyx, MAJ3R, ngiN, paz, XANTARES, hardstyle (coach)

Format & Schedule

This weeks tournament will contain six action packed days, where the first three is set aside for the group play. This part of the tournament will use the very popular Swiss-format, which is described in details further down. All matches begin around noon (CEST) and continues throughout the whole afternoon and evening. All matches are BO1.

Later on, eight teams will qualify for the playoffs with the quarter finals being played on friday. To have time for all four matches, the day will start as early as 10:00 CEST. Both the quarter finals and saturday's semis are to be played in best of three maps. Sunday is exclusive for the grand final which will be played in best of five maps.

Tuesday, July 4

Europa Mousesports vs. Sverige Fnatic
Europa Faze Clan vs. Danmark Heroic
Brasilien SK Gaming vs. Turkiet Space Soldiers
Brasilien Immortals vs. Polen Virtus.pro
Sverige NiP Gaming vs. Usa Cloud9
Kina Tyloo vs. Frankrike G2 Esports
Cis Natus Vincere vs. Usa Team Liquid
Danmark North vs. Usa Optic Gaming
Brasilien SK Gaming vs. Polen Virtus.pro
Sverige Fnatic vs. Danmark Heroic
Kina Tyloo vs. Danmark North
Usa Cloud9 vs. Cis Natus Vincere
Turkiet Space Soldiers vs. Usa Optic Gaming
Europa Mousesports vs. Europa Faze Clan
Brasilien Immortals vs. Usa Team Liquid
Frankrike G2 Esports vs. Sverige NiP Gaming


Wendesday, July 5

Danmark Heroic vs. Polen Virtus.pro
Kina TyLoo vs. Usa Cloud9
Turkiet Space Soldiers vs. Cis Natus Vincere
Danmark North vs. Brasilien SK Gaming
Brasilien Immortals vs. Frankrike G2 Esports
Sverige Fnatic vs. Europa Faze Clan
Sverige NiP Gaming vs. Europa Mousesports
Usa Team Liquid vs. Usa Optic Gaming


Torsdag, 6 juli
Turkiet Space Soldiers vs. Sverige Fnatic
Danmark North vs. Danmark Heroic
Usa Cloud9 vs. Brasilien Immortals
Cis Natus Vincere vs. Europa Mousesports
Brasilien SK Gaming vs. Frankrike G2 Esports
Europa Faze Clan vs. Usa Optic Gaming
Round 5, match 1
Round 5, match 2
Round 5, match 3

Friday, July 7
Quarterfinal 1
Quarterfinal 2
Quarterfinal 3
Quarterfinal 4

Saturday, July 8
Semifinal 1
Semifinal 2

Sunday, July 9
Grand Final

How the Swiss format works

The qualifier will be utlizing the so-called Swiss format. Simply put, this means that teams will play between three to five rounds to prove themselves. The teams that gather three victories advance to the major, while each team that acquires three losses are eliminated. Teams will only face opponents with an identical win-loss record.

In the first round, all teams will start off with a 0-0 record, and after the first round, the teams that lost their opening map will be facing off, just like all teams that won their first map will be facing each other as well.

Swiss formatet

Round 1: Each team starts out with 0-0

Round 2: High vs. High (1-0)
Round 2: Low vs. Low (0-1)

Round 3: High vs. High (2-0) — Winner advances
Round 3: Mid vs. Mid (1-1)
Round 3: Low vs. Low (0-2) — Loser is eliminated

Round 4: High vs. High (2-1) — Winner advances
Round 4: Low vs. Low (1-2) — Loser eliminated

Round 5: Alla lag har 2-2 — Winner advances, loser eliminated

Broadcasting team

Storbritannien Paul "ReDeYe" Chaloner (Stage host)

Usa Tres "stunna" Saranthus (Reporter)

Storbritannien Alex "Machine" Richardson (Host)
Sverige Adam "friberg" Friberg (Expert)
Serbien Janko "YNk" Paunović (Expert)
Australien Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill (Expert)

Danmark Anders Blume (Commentator)
Usa Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat (Commentator)
Storbritannien Henry "HenryG" Greer (Commentator)
Kanada Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett (Commentator)
Usa Jason "moses" O'Toole (Commentator)
Storbritannien Lauren "Pansy" Scott (Commentator)

You'll find the whole tournament broadcasted at ESL's twitch-channel, twitch.tv/esl_csgo.

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