With the DreamHack Open out of the way, we’re looking forward to some exciting fixtures in the upcoming ESL One Cologne 2020. Before we do that, let’s recap on some of the action over the weekend.
FURIA reigned supreme in the NA division of the DreamHack Open this year. The Brazilians frustrated Liquid with some of their unorthodox tactics, coming back after losing their own map pick (Vertigo) to equalize on Nuke (Liquid’s pick) in overtime.
Going into the final map, Inferno, it was anyone’s game. FURIA was dominating the first half until Liquid rallied on the CT side to put the score at 8 – 7 in favor of FURIA at half-time. Liquid won their T-side pistol round, but once FURIA had enough bank for a decent buy, they started picking Liquid apart.
After losing a handful of rounds, Liquid started to rally again with the rounds going back and forth until a critical play from Andrei “arT” Piovezan netted 3 AWP kills in defense of the B bombsite to close out the round and put his team on match point. With Liquid’s economy shattered, the game was all but over.
This also marks Liquid’s first defeat with Michael “Grim” Wince, who performed admirably considering his debut was less than 10 days ago on August 8.
Over in Europe, Heroic was bested by BIG as they lost 2 – 0, while ViCi put up a good fight against TYLOO over in Asia in spite of the latter’s one map advantage due to their coming from a higher bracket. The final score was 3 – 2 in favor of TYLOO.
With that out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the upcoming matches.
ESL One Cologne 2020 Europe Group Fixtures
- BIG vs. Sprout Tuesday, (August 18 13:00 GMT)
- OG vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas (August 18 13:00 GMT)
- Natus Vincere vs. Mousesports (August 19 13:00 GMT)
- Complexity vs. MAD Lions (August 19 13:00 GMT)
- Vitality vs. Heretics (August 18 16:30 GMT)
- Fnatic vs. Astralis (August 18 16:30 GMT)
- FaZe vs. Heroic (August 19 16:30 GMT)
- MIBR vs. G2 (August 19 16:30 GMT)
ESL One Cologne 2020 North America Group Fixtures
- FURIA vs. Chaos (August 18 20:00 GMT)
- 100 Thieves vs. Gen.G (August 18 20:00 GMT)
- Liquid vs. Cloud 9 (August 19 20:00 GMT)
- Triumph vs. Evil Geniuses (August 19 20:00 GMT)
ESL One Cologne 2020 Oceania Fixtures
- Renegades vs. Chiefs (August 25 06:00 GMT)
- ORDER vs. AVANT (August 26 06:00 GMT)
ESL One Cologne 2020 Asia Fixtures
- TYLOO vs. Beyond ( August 25 09:30 GMT)
- ViCi vs. Invictus (August 26 09:30 GMT)
It’s possible that we will see FURIA and Liquid face each other again in the upcoming ESL One Cologne 2020 regionals. Liquid are favorites to win their opening match against Cloud 9 tomorrow, as are FURIA in their matchup against Chaos. However, teams like 100 Thieves and Evil Geniuses cannot be discounted.
Similarly, over in Asia, it’s likely that we will see TYLOO face ViCi again as they are both favorites to win in their respective matches, but this is CS: GO, and absolutely anything can happen.
The European division is the most colorful, with some exciting matchups right out the gate – OG vs. NiP is one I am personally looking forward to, as is Fnatic vs. Astralis. With regards to Astralis, core players Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander and Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth are not taking part in ESL One Cologne 2020 being replaced by Patrick “es3tag” Hansen and Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen. Both players, gla1ve and Xyp9x, are taking a sabbatical to combat stress and burnout.
It’s been an exciting year for Counter Strike thus far, and with so many exciting matches to look forward to, I think the best is yet to come.