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ESL One: Cologne 2017 - Format and schedule announcement

Posted by Aleksei "Aleksei.L" Louchnikov at 14 June 2017 17:44

ESL have announced scheduling and formatting for ESL One: Cologne 2017.

With less than a month till the start of the LAN finals, ESL have announced formatting and scheduling for their flagship event, ESL One: Cologne. This year's edition will see sixteen participants duke it out for $250,000 at the Laxness Arena in Cologne, Germany on July 4th-9th. Twelve of the participants received direct invites, whereas four of the teams were admitted via regional qualifiers, namely the European, North American and Chinese.

Below are all sixteen confirmed participants:
 

Europe FaZe Clan

Poland Virtus.pro

Sweden Fnatic

CIS Natus Vincere

Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas

Brazil SK Gaming

France G2 Esports

Denmark North

United States Cloud9

Brazil Immortals

Europe mousesports

United States OpTic Gaming

Denmark Heroic

Turkey Space Soldiers

United States Team Liquid

China TyLoo


Regarding formatting, ESL have decided to use a Swiss, best-of-one system for the group stage. As for play-offs, matches will be best-of-three, single-elimination barring the grand final, which will see a best-of-five series. 

Following is a comprehensive schedule for the six days (all times expressed in CEST):

Tuesday, July 4th - Group Stage
12:00 - Start
Eight matches back-to-back

Wednesday, July 5th - Group Stage
12:00 - Start
Eight matches back-to-back

Thursday, July 6th - Group Stage
12:00 Start time for first match
Nine matches back-to-back

Friday, July 7th - Quarter-finals
10:00 - Quarterfinal #1 
13:50 - Quarterfinal #2 
17:40 - Quarterfinal #3
21:30 - Quarterfinal #4

Saturday, July 8th - Semi-finals
15:25 - 16:00: Pre-Show
16:00 - 19:15: Semi final #1
19:50 - 23:05: Semi final #2

Sunday, July 9th - Grand final
16:00 - Grand Finals

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