IEM Cologne Play-In viewer’s guide

IEM Cologne 2023

IEM Cologne Play-In viewer’s guide

This week, before the massive Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Cologne 2023 main event gets underway, there’s a critical play-in stage for CS:GO esports fans to enjoy. So you don’t miss out, we’ve got you covered with all the most important details, so let’s jump in.

IEM Cologne 2023 play-in details

A total of 16 teams are competing for just eight spots at the main event of IEM Cologne 2023, where there will be a prize pool of $1 million on the line, which is roughly R17.5 million at the current Dollar to Rand exchange rate. The play-in stage of IEM Cologne runs this week, from 26 to 28 July 2023.

Teams will compete in a double-elimination bracket. The opening matches are best-of-one, while all other matches are best-of-three. The top eight teams advance to the IEM Cologne 2023 main event group stage, where they will join the eight teams who’ve earned direct invites.

Teams competing in play-in:
  • Apeks
  • 9INE
  • MOUZ
  • FURIA Esports
  • Imperial Esports
  • Team Liquid
  • The MongolZ
  • Grayhound Gaming
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • Astralis
  • Monte
  • Fnatic
  • OG
  • Into The Breach
  • Complexity Gaming
  • BIG

Remember, Complexity Gaming has South African player ‘Johnny’ “JT” Theodosiou and Tiaan “T.c” Coertzen as the coach, so show your support! You can watch all the IEM Cologne play-in matches via the official ESL CS:GO Twitch and ESL CS:GO YouTube channels.

Header image via ESL.

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