The cathedral of Counter-Strike awaits - are you ready for ESL One Cologne?

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Vasilis Kalfountzos
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With the completion of the European and NA qualifiers, the world’s best 16 teams will travel to the cathedral of CS:GO, the LANXESS Arena, and clash with each other for the lion’s share of the staggering US$300,000 prize pool and the coveted trophy!

Having started back in 2014 as part of Gamescom 2014, ESL One Cologne powered by Intel was destined to signify the start of a new era within the competitive CS:GO scene. Kicking it off with more than 400,000 concurrent viewers and over 2,000,000 total unique viewers across its four days, ESL One Cologne has grown to become the leading CS:GO event in the world. For the 4th year in a row we're looking to sell out the LANXESS Arena, bringing more than 15,000 roaring fans to the cathedral of esports.

The world’s best 16 teams that will travel to the fully packed LANXESS Arena in Cologne and try to claim the ultimate CS:GO title, are:


  • Astralis
  • BIG
  • Cloud9
  • FaZe Clan
  • Fnatic
  • G2 Esports
  • Team Liquid
  • Mousesports
  • Natus Vincere
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • SK Gaming


  • ENCE eSports (GG.BET Majestic)
  • North (European Qualifier #1)
  • Gambit Esports (European Qualifier #2)
  • Renegades (North American Qualifier)
  • B.O.O.T-dream[S]cape (Asian Qualifier)

Prepare to experience some of the most thrilling moments of CS:GO!

Home is not where four walls are, but where your heart is, and Cologne is the beating heart of CS:GO. The feeling of being next to more than 15,000 other fans, cheering for your favourite teams, shedding tears of sadness and joy, is a feeling that every CS:GO fan in the world should experience, and Cologne is the place to do this. ESL One Cologne is not just another event but it’s who we are. We are Legendary. We are Passionate. We Are ONE.

The fifth rendition of ESL One Cologne 2018 will take place in LANXESS Arena, on July 6-8 and with an incredibly strong lineup, this event is not to be missed. Grab your tickets now and join us as we make history one more time with yet another unforgettable CS:GO Event.