IEM Cologne Group stage

IEM Cologne 2022: Play-in stage wins dominated by CIS and European teams

CS:GO Sharil “memeranglaut” Abdul Rahman

The only standouts are two teams from South America – FURIA and 00 Nation – aiming to win big at the second biggest global CS:GO tournament.

The play-in stage is over, and with it, eight teams have booked their places in the next stage of the competition. The eight teams join eight other teams who were seeded into the group stages based on their global ranking. 



The sixteen teams will now compete in two groups to see who will become the top six teams to play in the playoffs stage.

The eight teams advancing from the play-in stage are:

  • Heroic
  • Team Spirit
  • Outsiders
  • Movistar Riders
  • Team Vitality
  • Astralis
  • 00 Nation
  • MOUZ

They will be joining

  • FaZe Clan
  • Natus Vincere
  • Cloud9
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • ENCE
  • FURIA Esports
  • G2 Esports
  • Team Liquid

The teams above are divided into Group A and Group B, with four pairs of teams matched up in an elimination bracket system for each group.

Notable matches to look out for include:

Team VitalityvsENCE

  • The two European teams are vying to show their mettle in the opening stages of the group stage to see who should be at the top of the European standings.


  • The two Russian rosters meet up to see if their current strategy in CS:GO will bear fruit for the Russian-language CS:GO community due to the current war in Ukraine. Cloud9 consists of the roster of the team Gambit Esports, while Outsiders is the Virtus.pro lineup playing as a neutral team without any brand linked to them currently.

FaZe Clanvs00 Nation

  • A North meet South America showdown will see Coldzera’s team going against one of the current top teams in CS:GO  in their Group B match.

You can check out the latest info from the IEM Cologne Group Stage on our hub page, right HERE


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Sharil “memeranglaut” Abdul Rahman
He dabbles in Esports, checking out what's new and hip with the industry. Outside of Esports and gaming, he likes Japan. Ijou. Check him out at @SharilGosu


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