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Big favorites prevail on the first day of the ESL One Cologne group stage

Joanna Duda
Pro Gaming Content Manager
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Yesterday the world’s biggest CS:GO event kicked off with the group stages, with sixteen of the best teams from around the world gathering in Cologne to begin the battle for the Valve major victory. With an incredibly stacked lineup, we were bound to see tons of top-notch CS:GO action as teams gave their best to try and advance to the playoffs.

Four quarterfinal slots were up for grabs yesterday and were subsequently claimed by the big favorites of the tournament: Team SoloMid, Team EnVyUs, Virtus.pro and Fnatic. The remaining teams have been reshuffled in a group redraw and will continue their fight for the playoffs today.

The matches

Yesterday’s matches unfolded as follows:

Group A

Matchup

Result

Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. CLG

16-13

Team SoloMid vs. Renegades

16-11

Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Team SoloMid

3-16

Group B

Matchup

Result

Team EnVyUs vs. FlipSid3 Tactics

16-3

Luminosity Gaming vs. Team Kinguin

16-6

Team EnVyUs vs. Luminosity Gaming

19-16

Group C

Matchup

Result

Fnatic vs. eBettle

16-2

Titan vs. Natus Vincere

17-19

Fnatic vs. Natus Vincere

16-2

Group D

Matchup

Result

Virtus.pro vs. Team Immunity

16-8

mousesports vs. Cloud9

10-16

Virtus.pro vs. Cloud9

16-8

The battle resumes today!

The group stage continues today after the redraw with the decider and elimination matches, with four additional teams to join Virtus.pro, TSM, EnVyUs and Fnatic in the quarterfinals and continue their battle for the ESL One championship title at the LANXESS Arena.

The redrawn groups are as follows:

Group E

  • Natus Vincere
  • eBettle
  • CLG

Group F

  • Cloud9
  • Team Kinguin
  • Team Immunity

Group G

  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • Titan
  • Renegades

Group H

  • Luminosity Gaming
  • mousesports
  • FlipSid3 Tactics

Tune in for more CS:GO!

The ESL One Cologne group stage resumes today at 11:45 CEST - tune in here to see more exciting CS:GO action and the battle for the playoffs!

It’s still possible to join us at the LANXESS Arena for the finals, so be sure to get your ticket! You can also watch the games on the big screen of your local movie theater thanks to the Esports in Cinemas project - find more information and tickets here.

To keep up with all the latest ESL One Cologne action, follow @ESLCS on Twitter and check out the event’s official website.