The ESL One Cologne 2016 survival guide

ESL One Cologne 2016 is almost here! US$1.000.000 on the line, 16 teams and one coveted trophy - this major will be the world’s biggest CS:GO tournament. We’ve gathered everything you need to know about the event in one place for your convenience.

Key information

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Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D


Natus Vincere

Team Liquid

SK Gaming

Counter Logic Gaming

Ninjas in Pyjamas


Gambit Gaming

OpTic Gaming


FaZe Clan

Team Dignitas

FlipSid3 Tactics


G2 Esports

Broadcast team

  • Stage Host: Paul “ReDeYe” Chaloner
  • Roaming Host: Mitch “UberShouts” Leslie
  • Desk Host: Alex “Machine” Richardson
  • Analyst: Duncan “Thorin” Shields
  • Analyst: Janko “YNK” Paunović
  • Analyst: Jason “Moses” O'Toole
  • Commentator: Anders Blume
  • Commentator: Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat
  • Commentator: Henry “HenryG” Greer
  • Commentator: Matthew “Sadokist” Trivett
  • Commentator: Daniel “ddk” Kapadia
  • Commentator: James “JZFB” Bardolph
  • Commentator: Lauren “Pansy” Scott
  • Commentator: John “ BLU” Mullen


All times are in CEST. Times are estimates, as match times may differ. All matches will be played back to back, starting with group A, then B, C and finally D.

Tuesday, July 5th

  • 10:30 - Show starts
  • 11:00 - First group matches start
  • 21:00 - End of day

Wednesday, July 6th

  • 10:30 - Show starts
  • 11:00 - Matches start - elimination, winners and losers
  • 21:00 - End of day

Thursday, July 7th

  • 10:30 - Show starts
  • 11:00 - Decider matches begin
  • 01:15 - End of day

Friday, July 8th at LANXESS

  • Doors open at 08:00 CEST
  • 09:30 to 13:30 - Quarterfinal one
  • 13:30 to 17:30 - Quarterfinal two
  • 17:30 to 21:30 - Quarterfinal three
  • 21:30 to 01:30 - Quarterfinal four

Saturday, July 9th at LANXESS

  • Doors open at 11:30 CEST
  • 14:30 to 18:30 - Semifinal one
  • 18:30 - 22:30 - Semifinal two

Sunday, July 10th at LANXESS

  • Doors open at 11:30 CEST
  • 14:30 to 16:00 - Showmatch
  • 17:00 to 21:00 - Grand final

Social Media

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See you at the major!

We cannot wait to welcome everyone to LANXESS Arena for the world’s biggest CS:GO event and to watch the very best teams in their battle for the championship! Very few last tickets are still available so be sure to get one if you still haven’t yet!


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