The ESL One Cologne 2019 is all set to take place in the early hours of 3rd July. The tournament will host some of the best teams, including Astralis, Team Liquid and Natus Vincere. Will the Danes add a much needed title to the cabinet? How will Kirill Boombl4 Mikhailov perform in his first tournament with NAVI and will the Team Liquid era come? We will tell you what to expect from the competition in Germany.
Team Liquid eyeing a million dollars
Despite the fact that the prize fund of the championship is $ 300 thousand, Team Liquid has a chance to win a million. All thanks to the Intel Grand Slam. Before arriving in Cologne, the North American team won the IEM Sydney 2019, DreamHack Masters Dallas 2019 and ESL Pro League Season 9. If before the end of the year the line-up finishes first in another major championship from ESL or DreamHack competition. Then it will additionally earn a million dollars.
The first season of Intel Grand Slam was won by Astralis. Many athletes later admitted that they wanted to prevent the Danes from achieving this, but at that time they were unstoppable. The situation is similar in Cologne. Since there are a lot of players who are willing to interrupt the winning Team Liquid series. This time around there is also a financial motivation. If a team with three active victories loses in the final of a major tournament, its opponent receives $ 100,000.
It’s Boombl4 time!
ESL One Cologne 2019 will be the first tournament for the new Natus Vincere roster. At the end of May, the team dropped John “Edward: Sukharev, and signed the Russian Boombl4 took his place. Mikhailov definitely strengthens the line-up in terms of firepower. Since Alexander s1mple Kostylev wanted some role changes on the map.
Another question is how quickly will Boombl4 get used to this? The team trained the entire last month, spent eight days on the bootcamp in Kiev. Prior to this change in the team, Na’VI had not made a roster change since November 2017. The arrival of a new player is always difficult. At first, the team always boosts great results. But in the future no one is immune from getting some problematic results. Lets see how Na’Vi will adapt to the situation.
Moment of truth for Astralis
After getting beaten in the quarterfinals of ESL Pro League, Nicholas device Ridtts commented:
“We are first going through hard times the current structure, but we continue to move forward”. At the moment, the Danes have their fair share of struggles. The team took 5-6 places on ECS and EPL, and the last major victory was in March. Emil Magisk Rafe admitted that the championship in Cologne will be important for the team.
But there are many questions regarding the form of Astralis. The squad only had a week to prepare for Cologne, and right after the tournament the players would go on vacation. After Cologne, their next championship will be StarLadder Berlin Major 2019. So the side will be aiming to give it all in Germany.