Following their dominant victory at Intel® Extreme Masters Beijing-Haidian, Astralis are currently no. 1 in the standings that will determine the eight teams that qualify directly for the ESL One Cologne 2020 Masters Championship.
The Road to Cologne began earlier this year at DreamHack Masters Malmö, with Fnatic taking home the spoils and an early lead in the race to secure a spot in the Cathedral of Counter-Strike. The following date in the ESL Pro Tour calendar, IEM Beijing-Haidian, mixed things up at the top of the ranking and brought a slew of teams into contention.
Astralis and Vitality surpassed the Swedes to claim spots one and two with 662,5 and 550 points respectively, relegating Fnatic to 3rd with 500 points. Beijing also marked a sweet return for 100 Thieves to CS:GO, currently sitting in 4th place with 275 points, courtesy of their Grand Final appearance. Natus Vincere, FaZe Clan, Ninjas in Pyjamas and mousesports round out the top eight heading into the ESL Pro League Finals in Odense, the next stop in the ESL Pro Tour.
A long path ahead
The best teams in the world still have many upcoming opportunities to catch up with the Great Danes and qualify for ESL One Cologne. The previously mentioned Pro League Season 10, as well as the Challenger events at DreamHack Open Annaheim 2019 and Leipzig 2019 will grant points towards this objective with a 50% decay.
Starting with the IEM Katowice 2020 Masters Championship, and leading into the ESL Pro Tour events between then and Cologne, the action will heat up with full points on offer.
In the end, the best eight teams in the standings will qualify directly for ESL One Cologne 2020. A further eight teams will have to fight their way to the Cathedral of Counter-Strike in an offline qualifier leading up to the main event.