IEM Cologne 2022 Main Event Viewer’s Guide

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IEM Cologne 2022 Main Event Viewer’s Guide

We already saw some incredible matches and a few upsets during the IEM Cologne 2022 play-ins this week. Now, it is time for the main event of IEM Cologne 2022 to get underway, and CS:GO esports fans definitely shouldn’t miss out. Here’s what you need to know about IEM Cologne 2022 in our viewer’s guide.

IEM Cologne 2022 details

IEM Cologne 2022’s main event features a group stage as well as a playoffs stage. The group stage runs from 7 to 10 July, while the playoffs run from 15 to 17 July 2022. This means you have two weekends of top-tier CS:GO esports action to look forward to.

During the play-ins, we already saw eight teams get eliminated, while another eight join eight direct qualified teams in the group stage. The group stage follows a double-elimination GSL style format. Each group has eight teams, and all matches are best-of-three.

Winners of each group advance to the semifinals, while runners-up advance to the quarterfinals as the high seeds. The third-place finishers in each group advance to the quarterfinals as the low seeds, while the rest are eliminated.

Group A teams:
  • Na’Vi
  • MOUZ
  • Heroic
  • NIP
  • G2 Esports
  • Movistar Riders
  • Team Vitality
  • ENCE
Group B teams:
  • FaZe Clan
  • 00 Nation
  • Team Spirit
  • Team Liquid
  • Cloud9
  • Outsiders
  • Astralis

Following the group stage of IEM Cologne 2022, the playoffs will begin. It features a single-elimination bracket where all matches are best-of-three, with the exception of the grand finals, which is best-of-five.

This is an offline event taking place in Cologne, Germany. There’s a prize pool of $1 million attached, which is roughly R16.3 million at the current Dollar to Rand exchange rate. The playoffs will be held at the LANXESS arena, and it is sure to be a spectacular showing.

You can catch all the IEM Cologne 2022 action via the ESL CS:GO Twitch channel. Group stage matches begin each day at 12:30 SAST.

Header image via ESL.


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