FaZe Clan win IEM Cologne 2022: Full recap and results

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IEM Cologne is one of the most storied events on the Counter-Strike calendar. Twenty-four teams gathered in Germany to compete in the 2022 edition of the event, duking it out for their share of $1,000,000 in prize money and the prestigious title. Here’s how it all went down.


Key Action

  • FaZe overcome NAVI 3-2 in an absolutely epic Grand Final
  • FaZe ends Movistar Riders Cinderella run with 2-0 win in Semifinals
  • NAVI get past Astralis to secure Grand Finals spot

As far as trophies go in Counter-Strike, the IEM Cologne title is always one players are chasing. It might not be a Major, but it has a near-equal level of prestige as a permanent fixture on the yearly calendar.

The Group Stage concluded with Team Liquid and Movistar Riders making surprise deep runs. The Playoff Stage started on July 15 with Astralis taking down MOUZ and the two surprises of the tournament facing off against each other. Fans will also get a second look at FaZe Clan vs. NAVI, after the two were both seeded directly into the Semi-finals.

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The Semifinals started out on July 16 with NAVI barely skating by Astralis on their way to the Grand Finals. In the second match of the day, FaZe ended Movistar Riders Cinderella run with a 2-0 sweep of the upstart Spanish side. The stage was set for FaZe and NAVI to face off in the Grand Finals of IEM Cologne 2022 on July 17.

It was an epic back and forth, and one that will go down in the history books of Counter Strike. But, after five games it was FaZe who would come out on top and cement their spot on top of the CS:GO rankings.

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IEM Cologne 2022: Recap

IEM Cologne 2022 was full of storylines, including a Cinderella run from Movistar Riders, but in the end it would be NAVI vs FaZe for the Grand Final yet again.

From the very start of the final it was back and forth as a CSGO match can be. FaZe came out blazing on Inferno, taking the opening map 16-13. However NAVI struck back on Overpass to tie it up 1-1, with an identical 16-13 score.

Ancient would also go to s1mple and company, who after a 19-16 win looked ready to lock things up. FaZe weren’t done though, and dominated Mirage 16-9 to level the scores yet again at 2-2.

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This meant it all came down to Nuke, which was truly a battle for the ages. Reflecting the series as a whole it was almost out of control at moments. At times it seemed like NAVI would win, then two rounds later FaZe seemed to have taken over the driver’s seat.

In the end though, it was karrigan and FaZe who would come out on top, and cement themselves as the best CSGO team in the world. After winning ESL Pro League Season 15, PGL Major Antwerp 2022, and now IEM Cologne, FaZe are undoubtedly the team to beat going forward. 

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IEM Cologne 2022: Full results

Playoff Stage (July 15-17)

Day 1: July 15

Stage Match PT ET BST
Quarter-finals Astralis 2-1 MOUZ 3:30 AM 9:30 AM 2:30 PM
Quarter-finals Movistar Riders 2-1 Team Liquid 10:00 AM 1:00 PM 6:00 PM

Day 2: July 16

Stage Match PT ET BST
Semi-finals NAVI 2-0 Astralis 3:30 AM 9:30 AM 2:30 PM
Semi-finals FaZe 2-0 Movistar Riders 10:00 AM 1:00 PM 6:00 PM

Day 3: July 17

Stage Match PT ET BST
Grand final NAVI 2-3 FaZe 4:00 AM 10:00 AM 3:00 PM

Group Stage (July 7-10)

Day 1: July 7

Stage Match PT ET BST
Upper Round 1 G2 0-2 Movistar Riders 3:30 AM 6:30 AM 11:30 AM
Upper Round 1 NIP 2-0 Heroic 3:30 AM 6:30 AM 11:30 AM
Upper Round 1 NAVI 2-1 MOUZ 7:00 AM 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Upper Round 1 ENCE 1-2 Vitality 7:00 AM 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Upper Round 1 Cloud9 2-0 Outsiders 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 6:30 PM
Upper Round 1 Team Liquid 1-2 Spirit 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 6:30 PM

Day 2: July 8

Stage Match PT ET BST
Upper Round 1 FaZe 2-0 00NATION 3:30 AM 6:30 AM 11:30 AM
Upper Round 1 Astralis 2-0 FURIA 3:30 AM 6:30 AM 11:30 AM
Upper Round 2 NIP 0-2 NAVI 7:00 AM 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Lower Round 1 Heroic 0-2 MOUZ 7:00 AM 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Upper Round 2 Movistar Riders 2-1 Team Vitality 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 6:30 PM
Lower Round 1 G2 2-0 ENCE 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 6:30 PM

Day 3: July 9

Stage Match PT ET BST
Lower Round 1 Team Liquid 2-1 00Nation 3:30 AM 6:30 AM 11:30 AM
Lower Round 1 Outsiders 0-2 FURIA 3:30 AM 6:30 AM 11:30 AM
Upper Round 2 Spirit 0-2 FaZe 7:00 AM 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Upper Round 2 Cloud9 0-2 Astralis 7:00 AM 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Lower Semi NIP 2-1 G2 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 6:30 PM
Lower Semi Vitality 1-2 MOUZ 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 6:30 PM

Day 4: July 10

Stage Match PT ET BST
Lower Round 2 Team Liquid 2-0 Cloud9 3:30 AM 6:30 AM 11:30 AM
Lower Round 2 FURIA 2-1 Spirit 3:30 AM 6:30 AM 11:30 AM
Upper Round 3 NAVI 2-1 Movistar Riders 7:00 AM 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Lower Round 3 MOUZ 2-1 NIP 7:00 AM 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Upper Round 3 FaZe 2-0 Atralis 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 6:30 PM
Lower Round 3 Team Liquid 2-0 FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 6:30 PM

Group A

Placement Team Record
1 NAVI 3-0
2 Movistar Riders 2-1
3 MOUZ 3-1
4 NIP 2-1
5 Vitality 1-2
6 G2 1-2
7 ENCE 0-2
8 Heroic 0-2

Group B

Placement Team Record
1 FaZe 3-0
2 Team Liquid 3-1
3 Astralis 2-1
4 FURIA 2-2
5 Team Spirit 1-2
6 Cloud9 1-2
7 00 Nation 0-2
8 Outsiders 0-2

Play-In Results (July 5-6)

Day 1: July 5

Stage Match PT ET BST
Upper Round 1 Spirit 16-11 Complexity 2:00 AM 5:00 AM 10:00 AM
Upper Round 1 MOUZ 19-16 paiN 2:00 AM 5:00 AM 10:00 AM
Upper Round 1 Heroic 16-3 Sprout 2:00 AM 5:00 AM 10:00 AM
Upper Round 1 00NATION 16-6 Astralis 3:15 AM 6:15 AM 11:15 AM
Upper Round 1 Outsiders 16-6 Imperial 3:40 AM 6:40 AM 11:40 AM
Upper Round 1 BIG 16-7 ORDER 3:40 AM 6:40 AM 11:40 AM
Upper Round 1 TYLOO 9-16 Vitality 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 12:30 PM
Upper Round 1 MIBR 13-16 Movistar Riders 5:20 AM 8:20 AM 1:20 PM
Upper Quarterfinal Heroic 2-1 MOUZ 5:45 AM 8:45 AM 1:45 PM
Upper Quarterfinal Spirit 2-1 00NATION 7:00 AM 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Lower Round 1 Sprout 2-1 paiN 7:00 AM 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Upper Quarterfinal BIG 0-2 Outsiders 9:15 AM 12:15 PM 5:15 PM
Upper Quarterfinal Movistar Riders 2-0 Vitality 10:45 AM 1:45 PM 6:45 PM
Lower Round 1 Complexity 0-2 Astralis 10:45 AM 1:45 PM 6:45 PM

Day 2: July 6

Stage Match PT ET BST
Lower Round 1 Imperial 2-1 ORDER 3:30 AM 6:30 AM 11:30 AM
Lower Round 1 MIBR 1-2 TYLOO 3:30 AM 6:30 AM 11:30 AM
Lower Round 2 Sprout 1-2 Vitality 7:00 AM 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Lower Round 2 BIG 1-2 Astralis 7:00 AM 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Lower Round 2 00NATION 2-0 Imperial 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 6:30 PM
Lower Round 2 MOUZ 2-0 TYLOO 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 6:30 PM

IEM Cologne 2022: final standings

Placement Team Prize Money (USD)
1 TBD $400,000
2 TBD $180,000
3-4 TBD $80,000
TBD
5-6 TBD $40,000
MOUZ
7-8 Ninjas in Pyjamas $24,000
FURIA Esports
9-12 Team Spirit $16,000
Cloud9
G2 Esports
Team Vitality
13-16 Heroic $10,000
ENCE
00 Nation
Outsiders
17-20 TYLOO $4,500
Imperial
BIG
Sprout
21-24 MIBR $2,500
ORDER
Complexity
paiN

IEM Cologne 2022: format & location

IEM Cologne 2022 took place from July 5 to July 17, 2022. The competition was split up across three stages.

The top eight from the play-in stage joined the remaining eight sides in the Group Stage, which followed the GSL format across two groups.

The top three from each group progressed to the Playoffs, with the first seeds earning a bye into the semifinals. From there, it was single elimination until a winner is crowned. The playoffs were held at Lanxess Arena in front of a live crowd.

IEM Cologne 2022: All qualified teams

Twenty-four teams qualified for IEM Cologne 2022. Big names like recent Major winners FaZe Clan and Natus Vincere top the list, but emerging squads like the new-look ENCE and dark horse Movistar Riders kept things very interesting.

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You can see the full team list for IEM Cologne 2022 below including all the players on each roster.

Team Region Players
Astralis Europe Xyp9x, gla1ve, k0nfig, blameF, farlig
BIG Europe tabseN, tiziaN, syrsoN, k1to, Krimbo
Cloud9 CIS nafany, sh1ro, interz, Ax1Le, Hobbit
Complexity NA JT, FaNg, floppy, Grim, junior
ENCE Europe Snappi, Spinx, dycha, hades, maden
FaZe Clan Europe rain, broky, Twistzz, karrigan, ropz
FURIA Brazil yuurih, arT, KSCERATO, drop, saffee
G2 Esports Europe JACKZ, huNter-, NiKo, m0NESY, Aleksib
GODSENT Brazil TACO, latto, b4rtiN, dumau, HEN1
Heroic Europe stavn, cadiaN, TeSeS, sjuush, jabbi
Imperial Brazil FalleN, fer, fnx, boltz, VINI
MIBR Brazil chelo, exit, Tuurtle, JOTA, brnz4n
MOUZ Europe frozen, Bymas, dexter, torzsi, JDC
Movistar Riders Europe mopoz, ALEX, DeathZz, SunPayus, dav1g
Natus Vincere CIS s1mple, electroNic, Perfecto, b1t, sdy
Ninjas in Pyjamas Europe REZ, Plopski, hampus, es3tag, Brollan
ORDER Oceania Sico, INS, Hatz, aliStair, Liazz
Outsiders CIS Qikert, Jame, FL1T, n0rb3r7, fame
paiN Gaming Brazil PKL, biguzera, hardzao, NEKIZ, nython
Sprout Europe Spiidi, slaxz-, raalz, Staehr, lauNX
Team Liquid NA EliGE, NAF, oSee, nitr0, YEKINDAR
Team Spirit CIS chopper, magixx, Patsi, s1ren, w0nderful
Team Vitality Europe apEX, ZywOo, misutaaa, dupreeh, Magisk
TYLOO Asia Summer, Attacker, SLOWLY, DANK1NG, BnTeT