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Introducing fixed match start times for the arena days:

 Every match will start at its scheduled time and not earlier. So if, for example, the previous match ends earlier than planned,
the starting time for the next match-up stays at its scheduled slot and will not start earlier. Why? We received lots of feedback from viewers that were taken by surprise when they missed
a game because it started earlier than scheduled. That's why we're adapting to that feedback so that everyone at home and at the arena can plan their day and still enjoy the show!

There are lots of side activities happening around the venue for visitors to check out in case the downtime is a little bit longer, because, you know, some easy peasy 2:0's might happen.

Check out the full arena match-ups and brackets here!

FRIDAY, JULY 6th

12:00 - DOOR OPENING

14:25 - PRE SHOW

15:00 - QUARTER FINAL #1 | BO3

18:30 - QUARTER FINAL #2 | BO3 

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SATURDAY, JULY 7th

12:00 - DOOR OPENING

14:25 - PRE SHOW

15:00 - SEMI FINAL #1 | BO3

18:30 - SEMI FINAL #2 | BO3 

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SUNDAY, JULY 8th

11:00 - DOOR OPENING

12:30 - PRE SHOW

12:45 - EURONICS GAMING VS ALTERNATE ATTAX

15:05 - ESPORTS HALL OF FAME

15:25 - GRAND FINAL PRE SHOW

16:00 - GRAND FINAL | BO5

played backstage

Check out the full group stage match-ups and brackets here!

TUESDAY, JULY 3rd

12:00 -  Group A UB Quarter #1| BO1

12:00 -  Group A UB Quarter #2 | BO1

13:10 -  Group A UB Quarter #3 | BO1

13:10 -  Group A UB Quarter #4| BO1

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14:20 - Group B UB Quarter #1 | BO1

14:20 -  Group B UB Quarter #2 | BO1

15:30 -  Group B UB Quarter #3 | BO1

15:30 -  Group B UB Quarter #4 | BO1

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16:40 -  Group A UB Semi #1| BO3

16:40 -  Group A LB Quarter #1| BO3

20:10 -  Group A UB Semi #1| BO3

20:10 -  Group A LB Quarter #2 | BO3

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4th

12:00 - Group B LB Quarter #2 | BO3

12:00 - Group B LB Quarter #1 | BO3

15:30 -  Group B UB Semi #1 | BO3

15:30 -  Group A LB Semi #1  | BO3

19:00 -  Group B UB Semi #2 | BO3

19:00 -  Group A LB Ro4b #2 | BO3

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THURSDAY, JULY 5th

12:00 -   Group B LB Semi #1 | BO3

12:00 -   Group B LB Semi  #2 | BO3

15:30 -  Group A LB Final | BO3

15:30 -  Group A UB Final  | BO3

19:00 -  Group B LB Final  | BO3

19:00 - Group B UB Final   | BO3

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LB = Lower Bracket

UB = Upper Bracket

WANT TO WATCH THE GROUP STAGE LIVE IN COLOGNE?

Check out our official group stage Viewing Party live at Meltdown Cologne!

ESL Fantasy Challenge

Fantasy challenge

Participate in the ESL Fantasy Challenge for ESL One Cologne 2018. Join the public league and participate with thousands of other fans or create your own private league with the online snake draft system and play versus your friends.

Pick your favourite five players and earn points based on the performance of each player in their matches during ESL One Cologne. For a detailed points distribution check here. Rosters will be unlocked after each tournament day, allowing you to pick a new roster for the next matchday. Be careful, you can only earn points for a maximum of 7 matches per player position

Here are some answers to common questions from you

Running an event on the scale of ESL One Cologne means balancing the needs of fans and excitement, players and competitive integrity. With our CSGO events, we have chosen to run a best-of-5 final (bo5), because we feel this is the best, fairest format for such an important match. To do this means that we chose not hold two semifinals and a bo3 final on the last day of the tournament. Again, the deciding factor is tournament integrity: That option will always put one of the teams in the final at a severe disadvantage as they have less time to prepare and rest than their opponents.

To avoid this we are doing two semi-finals, both bo3, on Saturday as well as two quarter-finals on Friday. An alternative here would be to do four quarter-finals (bo3). This would mean 12-14 hour days of competition. Our surveys of fans at our live esports events throughout the world has indicated that it is too much, that the days are too long. This fan feedback, as well as the consideration for the integrity of competition, drove our decision to choose the current format for the live events:

  • Friday: 2 quarter-finals (bo3)
  • Saturday: 2 semi-finals (bo3)
  • Sunday: The grand final (bo5)

After a couple of events with this format, we are confident and pleased with how it addresses some of the challenges of running stadion-sized events in esports. Player feedback has also been good. The competitors favor it because it allows them sufficient time to prepare and rest, which allows them to put on their best possible performance and (hopefully) create some new legendary esport moments - with you in attendance!

Even though not every team will be playing on stage, our fan activities and signing sessions will allow you to interact with many of the attending teams even if they do not have a stage match.

 

live at lanxess area

Introducing fixed match start times for the arena days:

 Every match will start at its scheduled time and not earlier. So if, for example, the previous match ends earlier than planned, the starting time for the next match-up stays at its scheduled slot and will not start earlier. Why? We received lots of feedback from viewers that were taken by surprise when they missed a game because it started earlier than scheduled. That's why we're adapting to that feedback so that everyone at home and at the arena can plan their day and still enjoy the show!

There are lots of side activities happening around the venue for visitors to check out in case the downtime is a little bit longer, because, you know, some easy peasy 2:0's might happen.

Check out the full arena match-ups and brackets here!

FRIDAY, JULY 6th

12:00 - DOOR OPENING

14:25 - PRE SHOW

15:00 - QUARTER FINAL #1 | BO3

 18:30 - QUARTER FINAL #2 | BO3 

SATURDAY, JULY 7th

12:00 - DOOR OPENING

14:25 - PRE SHOW

15:00 - SEMI FINAL #1 | BO3

18:30 - SEMI FINAL #2 | BO3 

SUNDAY, JULY 8th

11:00 - DOOR OPENING

12:30 - PRE SHOW

12:45 - EURONICS GAMING VS ALTERNATE ATTAX

15:05 - ESPORTS HALL OF FAME

15:25 - GRAND FINAL PRE SHOW

16:00 - GRAND FINAL | BO5

ALL TIMES ARE CET - CENTRAL EUROPEAN TIME

played backstage

Check out the full group stage match-ups and brackets here!

TUESDAY, JULY 3rd

12:00 -  Ninjas in Pyjamas vs Cloud9| BO1

12:00 -  Astralis vs ENCE| BO1

13:10 -  Mousesports vs Gambit | BO1

13:10 -  G2 vs Natus Vincere| BO1

14:20 -  Renegades vs mibr| BO1

14:20 -  Faze cs B.O.O.T-ds| BO1

15:30 -  fnatic vs North | BO1

15:30 -  BIG vs Team Liquid| BO1

16:40 -  Group A UB Semi #1| BO3

20:10 -  Group A LB Ro4a #1| BO3

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4th

12:00 - Group B LB Ro4a #2 | BO3

12:00 - Group B LB Ro4a #1 | BO3

15:30 -  Group B UB Semi #1 | BO3

15:30 -  Group A LB Ro4b #1  | BO3

19:00 -  Group B UB Semi #2 | BO3

19:00 -  Group A LB Ro4b #2 | BO3

THURSDAY, JULY 5th

12:00 -   Group B LB Ro4b #1 | BO3

12:00 -   Group B LB Ro4b #2 | BO3

15:30 -  Group A LB Final | BO3

15:30 -  Group A UB Final  | BO3

19:00 -  Group B LB Final  | BO3

19:00 - Group B UB Final   | BO3

Check out our official group stage Viewing Party live at Meltdown Cologne!

Here are some answers to common questions from you

Running an event on the scale of ESL One Cologne means balancing the needs of fans and excitement, players and competitive integrity. With our CSGO events, we have chosen to run a best-of-5 final (bo5), because we feel this is the best, fairest format for such an important match. To do this means that we chose not hold two semifinals and a bo3 final on the last day of the tournament. Again, the deciding factor is tournament integrity: That option will always put one of the teams in the final at a severe disadvantage as they have less time to prepare and rest than their opponents.

To avoid this we are doing two semi-finals, both bo3, on Saturday as well as two quarter-finals on Friday. An alternative here would be to do four quarter-finals (bo3). This would mean 12-14 hour days of competition. Our surveys of fans at our live esports events throughout the world has indicated that it is too much, that the days are too long. This fan feedback, as well as the consideration for the integrity of competition, drove our decision to choose the current format for the live events:

  • Friday: 2 quarter-finals (bo3)
  • Saturday: 2 semi-finals (bo3)
  • Sunday: The grand final (bo5)

After a couple of events with this format, we are confident and pleased with how it addresses some of the challenges of running stadion-sized events in esports. Player feedback has also been good. The competitors favor it because it allows them sufficient time to prepare and rest, which allows them to put on their best possible performance and (hopefully) create some new legendary esport moments - with you in attendance!

Even though not every team will be playing on stage, our fan activities and signing sessions will allow you to interact with many of the attending teams even if they do not have a stage match.

 

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