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CS:GO: How to watch ESL One Cologne 2019 – multistream, groups, schedule and more

Published: 30/Jun/2019 16:34 Updated: 11/Jul/2019 13:58

by Connor Bennett


CS:GO teams will be heading to Germany in a bid to claim the prestigious Cologne crown, a slice of the $300,000 prize pool and a notch on the IEM Grand Slam. 

While the annual Cologne event may not be one of Valve’s official Major event, the ever-raucous crowd certainly makes it feel like one and with the line-up of teams promising an explosive event, this year should be no different.

So, here’s what you need to know about ESL One Cologne 2019.

Adela Sznajder for DreamHackTeam Liquid can claim the $1 million IEM Grand Slam with victory in Cologne.

How to watch ESL One Cologne 2019

Whether you’re making the pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Counter-Strike or watching from home, ESL will have every angle covered. 

There are still a few general weekend and single-day tickets available on the ESL website at the time of writing, but if you aren’t quick enough to get there, it’s easy to kick back with your feet up and watch the action from wherever you are. 

With group stage games running in tandem, you’ll have to have more than one Twitch stream open if you don’t want to miss a moment any of the matches, but we’ve got both embedded here for your convenience. Additional language broadcasts will, of course, be available too.

Stream A

What is the format?

The teams will play a best-of-one group game to open the tournament, with the following games being played as best-of-three maps. These opening matchups have already been decided and can be found below. 

After that, the top three teams will move into the playoffs where they will then play a best-of-three series in the quarter and semi-finals. Group winners will advance to the semi-finals, second-placed teams in the quarter-finals as high seeds, and third-place teams as a low seed.

The Grand Finals, which take place on Sunday July 7, will be a best-of-five series to decide the overall winner of ESL One Cologne 2019.

COPYRIGHT: ESL/ADELA-SZNAJDERAstralis will be looking to get back to winning ways in Cologne.

What are the groups?

The groups for the event were unveiled on June 28 with Group A largely dominated by North American teams and Group B playing host to some of Europe’s best. 

The groups are as follows:

ESL One Cologne 2019 Group A

Team Region
Team Liquid North America
Natus Vincere CIS
FaZe Europe
FURIA North America
NRG North America
Renegades North America
mousesports Europe

ESL One Cologne 2019 Group B

Team Region
Astralis Europe
MIBR North America
Team Vitality Europe
ENCE Europe
Heroic Europe
NiP Europe
Fnatic Europe
BIG Europe

What is the schedule? 

As previously mentioned, the five-day event kicks off on July 2 and runs through July 7. The first set of matches will begin at 11 AM GMT/ 7 AM EST/ 4 AM PST as Team Liquid battle MVP PK and Natus Vincere take on Mousesports.

Games will kick off at those times until the play-off stages when fans can enjoy a later start time of 2 PM GMT/10 AM EST/7 AM PST.

The full schedule can be found below:

Tuesday, July 2

Team Liquid 16-14 MVP PK
Natus Vincere 16-14 mousesports
FaZe 16-14 Renegades
Astralis 16-4 BIG
MIBR 11-16 Fnatic
Team Vitality 10-16 NiP
ENCE 10-16 Heroic
MVP PK 0-2 mousesports
Team Liquid 2-1 Natus Vincere
Renegades 0-2 Furia
FaZe 0-2 NRG

Wednesday, July 3

BIG Clan 2-1 MIBR
ENCE 1-2 Team Vitality
mousesports 2-0 FaZe Clan
Astralis 2-0 fnatic
FURIA 0-2 Natus Vincere
Heroic 0-2 NiP

Thursday, July 4

BIG Clan 0-2 Heroic
Team Vitality 2-0 fnatic
Team Liquid 2-0 NRG Esports
mousesports 1-2 Natus Vincere
Astralis 2-0 NiP
Team Vitality 2-0 Heroic

Friday, July 5

NRG 0-2 Team Vitality
NiP 0-2 Natus Vincere

Saturday, July 6

Team Liquid 2-0 Natus Vincere
Astralis 1-2 Team Vitality

Sunday, July 7 – Grand Final

Team Liquid 3-1 Team Vitality

This post was last updated on Sunday, July 7 at 12:07 pm EST.


NiKo’s LAST DANCE? The stats behind FaZe’s IEM New York renaissance

Published: 20/Oct/2020 20:27

by Alan Bernal


Before IEM New York 2020, FaZe Clan’s CSGO team had gone 338 days before winning an event at Blast Copenhagen in 2019. After taking the top spot in the EU IEM, Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač showed why the elite talent would be missed if this really was the last dance with FaZe.

There’s no sugar-coating the FaZe star’s woes in the last year, that was only made more apparent with the team’s placements at events.

Up until October 2020, FaZe failed to make any notable finals and posted an 11th place finish at CS Summit 6, 9th-12th at ESL One Cologne, as well as a 13th-14th placement at ESL Pro League Season 12.

This didn’t help public perception for Niko, who was starting to notice CSGO fans’ flak towards his own IGL capabilities and new teammates on the roster.

Throughout 2020, Niko actually hasn’t been having a bad year. His HLTV rating for the year is sitting at 1.11, a decline from the 1.19 and 1.18 ratings for 2019 and 2018, respectively. The Bosnian has never posted below 1.04 at an event this year.

IEM New York could serve as a turning point in FaZe’s fortune so far. Not only did the team take top billing, Niko soared above his squadmates with a 1.28 event rating with 22.3 kills per map with 55.1% headshot rate to boot.

With questions in the air about Niko’s future in FaZe, the 23-year-old star’s performance at IEM could be an indicator of better things to come as long as he’s on the team.