We've been so swamped with E3 here at Gamereactor that we haven't had time to keep up with the qualifier for ESL One Cologne. But with the rush of press conferences now over, we can look at how things turned out.
16 teams decended upon Katowice during the weekend. Half of them would go home empty handed, while the other half would secure their spots at the ESL One Cologne Major championship next month.
The qualifier tournament used a system not seen before in Counter-Strike events. The Swiss system meant that teams would randomly be paired against opponents who had won an equal amount of games. Three wins and a team was on to Cologne. Three losses and a team would go home.
FaZe Clan and Mousesports were the first teams to secure their Cologne spots, going undefeated through the first three rounds of the tournament. Former Major champions EnVyUs made it to Cologne with a 3-1 score, as did OpTic Gaming and Gambit Gaming.
Locking down their Cologne spots in the final round were Team Dignitas, G2 Esports and FlipSid3 Tactics, going 3-2 in the tournament.
Among the teams who didn't make it through were Immortals, the Brazilian side previously known as Tempo Storm. The fan favourite team only managed a single win, defeating Team Empire, and lost out to EnVy, TyLoo and FlipSid3.
With the qualifiers done, groups have been drawn for ESL One Cologne. They are:
Counter Logic Gaming
Ninjas in Pyjamas
ESL One Cologne takes place on July 5-10. The tournament is a Major Championship, meaning that the Counter-Strike developer Valve has dropped a cool $1 million for the prize pool. The Majors are about as close to an official world championship as Counter-Strike gets.