This July, some of the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams in the world will be traveling to Cologne where they will be playing at the ESL One: Cologne 2017. Unlike during a couple of previous years, this year’s edition of the tournament is not a Major as this tournament lost that title to Katowice. Despite that, Cologne 2017 is still one of the biggest CS:GO tournaments this year. As the date of the start of the tournament is approaching, ESL is coming out with more details about the tournament. The latest details that were revealed are related to the closed qualifiers and the schedule of those qualifiers for two regions.
So far, ESL has announced twelve teams that have received the direct invite and who have confirmed their participation at this event. Those twelve teams are Natus Vincere, North, Fnatic, Virtus.pro, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 eSports, Cloud9, Immortals, SK Gaming, FaZe Clan, OpTic Gaming, and Mousesports. However, one of the best CS:GO teams currently in the world, Astralis, will not be participating in this event. Despite Astralis missing on this tournament, ESL One: Cologne 2017 is guaranteed to be one of the most interesting tournaments this year.
However, the line-up for the main event of this tournament has not been completed as the qualifiers still need to be played. When it comes to the European closed qualifiers will be played on May 20th and May 21st. Two teams that finish in the top two positions in these qualifiers will secure their spots at the main event of this tournament. Yesterday, ESL announced the teams that are invited to these closed qualifiers, and when it comes to the European qualifiers, those teams are Heroic, GODSENT, Team Dignitas, Gambit eSports, FipSid3 Tactics, Space Soldiers, Team EnVyUs, and Team Kinguin. However, European closed qualifiers will also feature k29, Polaris, Outlaws, and BIG as these four teams managed to secure their spots in the closed qualifiers by finishing in the top four at the ESL Meisterschaft.
On the other hand, the closed qualifiers for the region of the North America will be taking place on May 20th, and unlike the European region, the region of North America will have only one team that will secure their spot in the main event of this tournament. Even before ESL announced the teams that were invited to the closed qualifiers, we were aware of two teams that secured their spots in the closed qualifiers by winning in the open qualifiers, and those two teams are compLexity Gaming and Splyce. Besides that, ESL has also announced four other teams that will be competing in the closed qualifiers and those teams are Team Liquid, Renegades, Misfits and Counter Logic Gaming.
Besides three teams from European and North American qualifiers, another team will be securing their spot in the main event of this tournament, and that team will come from the Chinese region. As we have said before, this will be one of the strongest CS:GO tournaments this year as all the best teams except Astralis will be playing at this tournament.