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First day of the ESL One Cologne playoffs brings incredible matches, tons of emotions and the very best of CS:GO

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The time has come for the ESL One Cologne playoffs to kick off at LANXESS Arena. The two day long group stage determined the eight teams who clashed on the ESL One stage in a battle for the semifinals of the biggest Valve major yet. As a result, we now have four of the world’s very best CS:GO teams fighting today for the ESL One championship and their share of the US$250,000 prize pool.

The format of the playoffs is a single elimination best-of-three and despite all teams giving their best, none of the matchups lasted until game three. It was Team EnVyUs, Team SoloMid, Virtus.pro and Fnatic who swept their opponents without dropping a match and who will have a face-off in today’s semifinals.

The results

The quarterfinals unfolded as follows:

Team EnVyUs vs. Natus Vincere

  • Map 1: Inferno 16-13
  • Map 2: Mirage 16-10

Team SoloMid vs. Team Kinguin

  • Map 1: Dust2 16-6
  • Map 2: Overpass 16-8

Virtus.pro vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas

  • Map 1: Train 16-14
  • Map 2: Inferno 16-5

Fnatic vs. Luminosity

  • Map 1: Train 16-5
  • Map 2:  Mirage 16-14

The new ESL One champion gets crowned today!

Today, we find out who wins the Valve major and lifts the ESL One trophy. Join us for the the greatest finals the world has seen - it all begins at 11:45 CEST! To stay updates with all important information, be sure to follow @ESLCS on Twitter, Facebook and visit the official website of ESL One Cologne.