Big favorites prevail on the first day of the ESL One Cologne group stage

Yesterday the world’s biggest CS:GO event kicked off with the group stages, with sixteen of the best teams from around the world gathering in Cologne to begin the battle for the Valve major victory. With an incredibly stacked lineup, we were bound to see tons of top-notch CS:GO action as teams gave their best to try and advance to the playoffs.

Four quarterfinal slots were up for grabs yesterday and were subsequently claimed by the big favorites of the tournament: Team SoloMid, Team EnVyUs, and Fnatic. The remaining teams have been reshuffled in a group redraw and will continue their fight for the playoffs today.

The matches

Yesterday’s matches unfolded as follows:

Group A



Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. CLG


Team SoloMid vs. Renegades


Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Team SoloMid


Group B



Team EnVyUs vs. FlipSid3 Tactics


Luminosity Gaming vs. Team Kinguin


Team EnVyUs vs. Luminosity Gaming


Group C



Fnatic vs. eBettle


Titan vs. Natus Vincere


Fnatic vs. Natus Vincere


Group D


Result vs. Team Immunity


mousesports vs. Cloud9

10-16 vs. Cloud9


The battle resumes today!

The group stage continues today after the redraw with the decider and elimination matches, with four additional teams to join, TSM, EnVyUs and Fnatic in the quarterfinals and continue their battle for the ESL One championship title at the LANXESS Arena.

The redrawn groups are as follows:

Group E

  • Natus Vincere
  • eBettle
  • CLG

Group F

  • Cloud9
  • Team Kinguin
  • Team Immunity

Group G

  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • Titan
  • Renegades

Group H

  • Luminosity Gaming
  • mousesports
  • FlipSid3 Tactics

Tune in for more CS:GO!

The ESL One Cologne group stage resumes today at 11:45 CEST - tune in here to see more exciting CS:GO action and the battle for the playoffs!

It’s still possible to join us at the LANXESS Arena for the finals, so be sure to get your ticket! You can also watch the games on the big screen of your local movie theater thanks to the Esports in Cinemas project - find more information and tickets here.

To keep up with all the latest ESL One Cologne action, follow @ESLCS on Twitter and check out the event’s official website.


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