ESL One Cologne Coverage

Coverage 1.7.2019

ENCE 1-2 Vitality

ENCE 10-16 Heroic



On July 2nd we return to where it all began, ESL One Cologne, Germany. It has been an incredible year for the team since that event where they entered as the 29th team in the world and have now soared to the 2nd best team. Along the way the team as secured a number of high profile victories in the form of StarSeries, DreamHack Open and most recently Blast Pro Series Madrid. Not only have they managed to pick up these wins but their consistency has been unwavering with a handful of 2nd-4th place finishes at notable events.

At ESL One Cologne ENCE managed to finish 7/8th having narrowly missed out to NaVi in the final game of the group stage, but in doing so they showed the world their potential and thus the hype train was born along with the EZ4ENCE meme. The team has lived up to the hype but returning to Cologne will mean that a victory here will mean that little bit more if we can do so on the anniversary of where the team was truly born.

The event which will run from July 2nd to 7th boasts a $300,000 prize pool, Champion title, a trophy and bragging rights of winning at the Cathedral of CounterStrike. We hope you cheer the guys on as they look to make another historic moment at ESL One Cologne.


  • Group Stage: July 2nd – 4th
    • Two Double Elimination Groups (GSL Format)
    • Opening Games are Best of One
    • Remaining games are Best of Three
    • Top three in each group advance to Playoffs
      • Group winner advances to Semifinals
      • Group 2nd place advances to Quarterfinals (High Seeds)
      • Group 3rd place advances to Quarterfinals (Low Seeds)
  • Playoffs: July 5th – 7th
    • Single Elimination
    • Games are Best of Three
    • Grand Final is Best of Five

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