Intel Extreme Masters Cologne 2023: Schedule, teams and more

Intel Extreme Masters Cologne 2023, a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) tournament with a $1 million prize pool, will take place from July 26 to August 6 in Cologne, Germany. The tournament will feature 24 teams, including eight directly qualified teams and 16 teams that qualified through the ESL World Ranking. The top six teams in the tournament will advance to the playoffs, which will be held at the LANXESS arena.

Intel Extreme Masters Cologne 2023: The anticipation reached its peak today as the final 20 of the total 24 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) teams to enter the Cathedral of Counter-Strike were unveiled. Set to take place on July 26 – August 6 in Cologne, Germany, Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Cologne 2023 will become a legendary battleground for one of the most pristine CS:GO trophies, a share of the $1,000,000 total prize pool.

As IEM Cologne unfolds, esports enthusiasts can look forward to witnessing history in the making full of electrifying battles and unforgettable CS:GO action across ten competition days:

  • Play-in Stage (July 26 – 28): 16 teams, of which the top eight proceed to the next phase;
  • Group Stage (July 29 – August 1): Eight directly qualified teams are joined by the top eight from the Play-in Stage, with the top six advancing to the next phase;
  • Playoffs (August 4 – 6): The LANXESS arena fills up with thousands of fans ready to cheer on their favourites as the top six teams face off in an epic clash for the coveted trophy.

Throughout the last months, CS:GO teams from around the globe competed in numerous esports tournaments inside and outside the EPT ecosystem. Their performance during these competitions would determine their spot in the ESL World Ranking, based on which 20 teams would secure a spot in IEM Cologne next month. They would join the teams that had already qualified by winning one of three preceding IEM tournaments or the most recent ESL Pro League (EPL) season.*

The teams that qualified for IEM Cologne, the ESL Pro Tour Championship, are:

Group Stage

  • G2 Esports (katowice winner)
  • FaZe Clan (EPL17 winner)
  • Team Vitality (IEM Rio winner)
  • ENCE (IEM Dallas winner)
  • HEROIC (ESL Global WR)
  • Cloud9 (ESL Global WR)
  • Natus Vincere (ESL Global WR)
  • GamerLegion (ESL Global WR)

Play-in Stage

  • Apeks (ESL WR EU)
  • 9INE (ESL WR EU)
  • FURIA Esports (ESL WR NA)
  • Team Liquid (ESL WR NA)
  • Imperial Sportsbet (ESL WR BR)
  • The MongolZ (ESL WR Asia)
  • fnatic (ESL Global WR)
  • paiN Gaming (ESL Global WR)
  • Monte (ESL Global WR)
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas (ESL Global WR)
  • FORZE (ESL Global WR)
  • Astralis (ESL Global WR)
  • Into The Breach (ESL Global WR)
  • BIG Academy (ESL Meisterschaft winner)

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