ESL One Cologne first round matches were revealed Friday for the upcoming "Cathedral of Counter-Strike."
Despite the event losing its status as one of the annual Majors of Counter-Strike, this remains one of the most prestigious tournaments of the year, and many of the top teams will participate.
?? One year after riding the local crowd's love to the #ESLOne Cologne Grand Final, @BIGCLANgg will return to the Cathedral of #CSGO next week!— ESL Counter-Strike (@ESLCS) June 28, 2019
We caught up with the German favorites for an interview: https://t.co/wuQov629WG
Group A Matches:
Na`Vi vs. mousesports
Team Liquid vs. MVP PK
FaZe Clan vs. Renegades
FURIA vs. NRG Esports
Group B Matches:
MIBR vs. Fnatic
Vitality vs. NIP
Astralis vs. BIG
Heroic vs. ENCE
The talent was revealed last week bringing back favorites like Duncan "Thorin" Shields and Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett.
Team Liquid has a chance to wrap up Season 2 of the Intel Grand Slam with a win in Cologne. But if a team were to deny the North American darlings the title in the final, a special bonus would be awarded to the winner.
ESL One Cologne starts July 2 at the LANXESS Arena with a $300,000 prize pool up for grabs.
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