Everything you need to know about IEM Cologne 2022

Are the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fans ready? A magnificent tournament starts next week. Intel Extreme Masters Season XVII - Cologne will begin on July 5. 24 leading CS:GO teams will battle it out for a massive $1,000,000 prize pool and BLAST Premier points.

In this article, we have compiled what you need to know about the tournament before IEM Cologne 2022 begins.

Which teams will compete at IEM Cologne 2022?

Directly qualified teams

  • FaZe Clan (Road to Cologne EU #1)
  • Natus Vincere (Road to Cologne EU #2)
  • Cloud9 (Road to Cologne EU #3)
  • G2 Esports (Road to Cologne EU #4)
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas (Road to Cologne EU #5
  • ENCE (Road to Cologne EU #6)
  • FURIA Esports (Road to Cologne NA #1)
  • Team Liquid (Road to Cologne NA #2)

The six most successful European teams and two North American teams during Road to Cologne skipped the play-in stage of IEM Cologne 2022 and qualified  directly to the group stage.

Credit: IEM

Play-in teams

  • Heroic (Road to Cologne EU #7)
  • Team Vitality (Road to Cologne EU #8)
  • Outsiders (Road to Cologne EU #9)
  • 00 Nation (Road to Cologne NA #3)
  • Complexity Gaming (Road to Cologne #4)
  • MIBR (Road to Cologne SA #1)
  • ORDER (Road to Cologne OCE #1)
  • TYLOO (Road to Cologne AS #1)
  • BIG (ESL World Ranking)
  • Astralis (ESL World Ranking)
  • Team Spirit (ESL World Ranking)
  • Imperial Esports (ESL World Ranking)
  • Movistar Riders (ESL World Ranking)
  • paiN Gaming (ESL World Ranking)
  • MOUZ (ESL World Ranking)
  • Sprout (Meisterschaft

According to the Road to Cologne rankings, the 7th, 8th, 9th teams of Europe, the 3rd and 4th teams of North America, first places of South America, Oceania and Asia will start IEM Cologne 2022 from the play-in stage. Of the remaining 8 slots, 7 were filled from ESL World Ranking and one was filled as a result of ESL Meisterschaft Spring 2022.

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IEM Cologne 2022 format

The play-in phase of IEM Cologne 2022 will be played in the double-elimination bracket. All opening matches will be Bo1. The following matches will be Bo3. The eight most successful teams will advance to the group stage.

There will be two double-elimination format (GSL) groups in the group stage. There will be eight teams in each group. The top three teams in each group will advance to the playoffs. The group leaders will start from the semifinals. Group runners-up will be high seeds in the quarterfinals, while third place will be low seeds.

Playoffs will be played in single-elimination bracket format. The quarter-finals and semi-finals will be Bo3, while the grand final will be Bo5.

IEM Cologne 2022 important dates

IEM Cologne 2022 will begin on July 5 with the play-in stage and it will end on July 6. On July 7, we will start watching the group stage. The end date of the group stage is July 10. The real competition will begin on July 15. The magnificent playoffs of 6 teams will continue for three days. The IEM Cologne 2022 champion will be announced on 17 July.

Prize pool

Place USD BLAST Premier
1st $400,000 3200 points
2nd $180,000 1600 points
3rd-4th $80,000 1000 points
5th-6th $40,000 300 points
7th-8th $24,000 300 points
9th-12th $16,000 -
13th-16th $10,000 -
17th-20th $4,500 -
21st-24th $2,500 -


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