ESL One Cologne 2014

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ESL One Cologne
2014
ESL One Cologne 2014 Logo.png
Tournament information
Sport Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Location Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Dates August 14, 2014–August 17, 2014
Administrator(s) Electronic Sports League (ESL)
Tournament
format(s)
16 team round-robin group stage
Eight team single-elimination playoff
Host(s) Gamescom 2014
Venue Cologne Exhibition Centre
Teams 16 teams
Purse $250,000 USD
Final positions
Champions Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas
1st runners-up Sweden Fnatic
2nd runners-up France Team LDLC.com
Denmark Team Dignitas
MVP Sweden Adam "friberg" Friberg

Electronic Sports League One Cologne 2014, known as ESL One Cologne 2014 for short, was the third Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major Championship that was held during Gamescom 2014 from August 14–17, 2014 at the Cologne Exhibition Centre in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It was the second CS:GO Major of 2014. It was organized by Electronic Sports League with sponsorship from Valve Corporation. The tournament had a total prize pool of $250,000 USD.[1]

The Train map was removed for the tournament, while Cache and Overpass, as well as the Cbble remix Cobblestone were added. Overpass was released by Valve only a month before the tournament, and the decision to add a new map with such short notice and at Major event caused some controversy.[2]

Ninjas in Pyjamas was the winner of the event after beating Fnatic 2-1 in the finals.[3] The tournament was livestreamed on the official ESL twitch.tv channel. 409,368 concurrent viewers watched the grand finals, while 2,950,600 total unique viewers watched the event across four days.[4]

dAT Team player Egor “Flamie” Vasilyev was alleged to have cheated in a qualifier by using an account that may not have his due it having an unusually low number of playing hours.[5] Ultimately he was allowed to compete.

Format[edit]

The top seven teams of the EMS One Katowice 2014 qualified as Legends. Six teams from Europe, one team from North America, one team from the Oceanic region, and one team from India played online qualifiers in order to play in the tournament

Teams will be split up into four groups. All group matches are best of a. The highest seed will play the lowest seed in each group and the second and third seeds will play against each other. The winner of those two matches will play to determine which team moves on to the Playoffs; the loser of that match will play another match against the winner of the two losing teams. The loser of the lower match is eliminated from the tournament. The last two teams will play each other and the winner of that match moves on to the playoffs.

The playoffs bracket consists of eight teams, two from each group. All of these matches are a best of three, single elimination format. Teams advance in the bracket until a winner is decided.

Map Pool[edit]

There were seven maps to choose from, two more than the previous major. Cache, Overpass, and Cobblestone were added to the map pool and Train was taken out. In the group stage, both teams can delete two maps. From the remaining three maps, the map is randomly selected, which is played in the end. In the playoffs, each team will first remove one map. Then, each side chooses a map, which will be played in the first two matches. If the series were to go to a third map, that map is randomly selected among the three remaining maps.

Maps
  • Cache
  • Cobblestone
  • Dust II
  • Inferno
  • Mirage
  • Nuke
  • Overpass

Qualifiers[edit]

European Qualifier[edit]

There were 16 teams in the main European qualifier. 4 teams from each regional qualifier – Open, North, Southeast, and Southwest – were in the tournament. The tournament was a best of three, double-elimination bracket. The unshown teams in the Loser's bracket were USSR Team, ESC Gaming, mTw, and tomtebloss.

Winner's Bracket
Round 1 Round 2 Qualified Cologne 2014
            
Ukraine Natus Vincere 2
Russia USSR Team 0
Ukraine Natus Vincere 1
Norway London Conspiracy 2
Norway London Conspiracy 2
Portugal k1ck eSports Club 1
Norway London Conspiracy Q
Russia dAT Team Q
Germany mousesports 0
Russia dAT Team 2
Russia dAT Team 2
Sweden ESG! 1
Poland ESC Gaming 1
Sweden ESG! 2
Cologne 2014
Cologne 2014
France Epsilon eSports 2
Germany mTw 0
France Epsilon eSports 2
Denmark Copenhagen Wolves 1
Denmark unu.Ain 0
Denmark Copenhagen Wolves 2
France Epsilon eSports Q
France Titan Q
Finland ENCPOE 2
Germany Planetkey Dynamics 0
Finland ENCORE 0
France Titan 2
Sweden tomtebloss 0
France Titan 2
Loser's Bracket
Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
         
Finland ENCORE 2
Portugal k1ck eSports Club 0
Finland ENCORE 0
Denmark Copenhagen Wolves 2
Denmark Copenhagen Wolves 2
Germany mousesports 0
Denmark Copenhagen Wolves Q
Ukraine Natus Vincere Q
Sweden ESG! 2
Denmark unu.Ain 1
Sweden ESG! 1
Ukraine Natus Vincere 2
Ukraine Natus Vincere 2
Germany Planetkey Dynamics 0

North American Qualifier[edit]

This was a 16 team, single elimination bracket with just one team qualifying for the playoffs.

NA Qualifier Bracket
Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Cologne 2014
            
United States Team iBUYPOWER
BYE
United States Team iBUYPOWER 2
United States devastation 0
United States Anonymous 5 0
United States devastation 1
United States Team iBUYPOWER 2
United States tNt 0
United States Team JustUs 0
Canada Defiant Ghosts 1
Canada Defiant Ghosts 0
United States tNt 2
United States xero error gaming 0
United States tNt 1
United States Team iBUYPOWER 2
United States LunatiK eSports 0
United States LunatiK eSports 1
United States fujiboyz 0
United States LunatiK eSports 2
United States Exertus eSports 0
United States Exertus eSports 1
Canada Mobility Gaming 0
United States LunatiK eSports 2
United States Flaming Rainbows 0
Canada Armata Gaming 0
United States Adaptation 1
United States Adaptation 0
United States Flaming Rainbows 2
BYE
United States Flaming Rainbows

Oceanic Qualifier[edit]

This was an 8 team, single elimination bracket with just one team qualifying for the playoffs.

Oceania Qualifier Bracket
Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
         
Australia Vox Eminor 2
Australia Athletico Esports 0
Australia Vox Eminor 2
Australia Fallen 0
Australia Fallen 2
Australia Qlimax Crew 0
Australia Vox Eminor 2
Australia Team Immunity 0
Australia Team Immunity 2
Australia Control e-Sports 1
Australia Team Immunity 2
Australia Avant Garde 1
Australia auRa eSports 0
Australia Avant Garde 2

Indian Qualifier[edit]

LGB eSports, which placed third at the previous major, disbanded, so only seven Legends remained. The tournament organizers decided to fill up the remaining spot with a team from India. This qualifier had 8 teams. The teams played in a robin round and the top four teams played in a double elimination bracket. Only the grand final score appears to be found.

Indian Qualifier Grand Final
Cologne 2014
   
India Team Wolf 2
India Virtual Impact 0

Broadcast Talent[edit]

Hosts

  • United Kingdom Paul "ReDeYe" Chaloner
  • United States Scott "SirScoots" Smith

Analyst

  • United Kingdom Richard Lewis

Commentators

  • Denmark Anders Blume
  • United States Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat
  • Canada Joshua "steel" Nissan
  • United Kingdom Stuart "TosspoT" Saw
  • United Kingdom Lauren "Pansy" Scott

Teams[edit]

Legends
Qualifiers

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team W L RF RA RD Pts
1 France Epsilon eSports 2 0 32 7 +25 6
2 Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 2 1 38 34 +4 6
3 Ukraine HellRaisers 1 2 26 33 -7 3
4 India Team Wolf 0 2 11 32 -21 0
Group A Scores
Team Score Map Score Team
Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 16 Dust II 7 India Team Wolf
Ukraine HellRaisers 1 Inferno 16 France Epsilon eSports
Ukraine HellRaisers 16 Mirage 4 India Team Wolf
Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 6 Cobblestone 16 France Epsilon eSports
Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 16 Overpass 11 Ukraine HellRaisers

Group B[edit]

Pos Team W L RF RA RD Pts
1 France Team LDLC.com 2 0 32 14 +18 6
2 Ukraine Natus Vincere 2 1 47 39 +8 6
3 Denmark Copenhagen Wolves 1 2 39 40 -1 3
4 Norway London Conspiracy 0 2 7 32 -25 0
Group B Scores
Team Score Map Score Team
France Team LDLC.com 16 Nuke 2 Norway London Conspiracy
Ukraine Natus Vincere 16 Inferno 4 Denmark Copenhagen Wolves
Denmark Copenhagen Wolves 16 Cache 5 Norway London Conspiracy
France Team LDLC.com 16 Inferno 12 Ukraine Natus Vincere
Ukraine Natus Vincere 19 Dust II 17 Germany Copenhagen Wolves

Group C[edit]

Pos Team W L RF RA RD Pts
1 Sweden Fnatic 2 0 35 23 +12 6
2 Poland Virtus.pro 2 1 48 28 +20 6
3 United States Team iBUYPOWER 1 2 33 45 -12 3
4 Russia dAT Team 0 2 15 32 -17 0
Group C Scores
Team Score Map Score Team
Poland Virtus.pro 16 Overpass 7 Russia dAT Team
Sweden Fnatic 16 Cobblestone 7 United States Team iBUYPOWER
United States Team iBUYPOWER 16 Cobblestone 6 Russia dAT Team
Poland Virtus.pro 16 Overpass 19 Sweden Fnatic
Poland Virtus.pro 16 Cache 2 United States Team iBUYPOWER

Group D[edit]

Pos Team W L RF RA RD Pts
1 United States Cloud9 2 0 38 32 +4 6
2 Denmark Team Dignitas 2 1 46 26 +20 6
3 France Titan 1 2 35 39 -4 3
4 Australia Vox Eminor 0 2 10 32 -22 0
Group D Scores
Team Score Map Score Team
Denmark Team Dignitas 16 Dust II 9 Australia Vox Eminor
United States Cloud9 22 Dust II 18 France Titan
France Titan 16 Nuke 1 Australia Vox Eminor
Denmark Team Dignitas 14 Mirage 16 United States Cloud9
Denmark Team Dignitas 16 Nuke 2 France Titan

Playoffs[edit]

Bracket[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
         
Sweden Fnatic 2
Ukraine Natus Vincere 1
Sweden Fnatic 2
Denmark Team Dignitas 0
France Epsilon eSports 0
Denmark Team Dignitas 2
Sweden Fnatic 1
Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 2
France Team LDLC.com 2
Poland Virtus.pro 0
France Team LDLC.com 1
Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 2
United States Cloud9 1
Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 2

Quarterfinals Scores[edit]

Quarterfinals
Team Score Map Score Team
Sweden Fnatic 16 Inferno 11 Ukraine Natus Vincere
Sweden Fnatic 7 Dust II 16 Ukraine Natus Vincere
Sweden Fnatic 16 Nuke 14 Ukraine Natus Vincere
France Epsilon eSports 9 Dust II 16 Denmark Team Dignitas
France Epsilon eSports 8 Inferno 16 Denmark Team Dignitas
France Epsilon eSports Overpass Denmark Team Dignitas
France Team LDLC.com 16 Dust II 14 Poland Virtus.pro
France Team LDLC.com 16 Mirage 12 Poland Virtus.pro
France Team LDLC.com Inferno Poland Virtus.pro
United States Cloud9 16 Nuke 8 Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas
United States Cloud9 14 Dust II 16 Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas
United States Cloud9 14 Cobblestone 16 Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas

Semifinals Scores[edit]

Semifinals
Team Score Map Score Team
Sweden Fnatic 16 Dust II 11 Denmark Team Dignitas
Sweden Fnatic 16 Overpass 14 Denmark Team Dignitas
Sweden Fnatic Inferno Denmark Team Dignitas
France Team LDLC.com 16 Inferno 10 Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas
France Team LDLC.com 6 Nuke 16 Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas
France Team LDLC.com 14 Cobblestone 16 Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas

Finals Scores[edit]

Finals
Team Score Map Score Team
Sweden Fnatic 11 Cobblestone 16 Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas
Sweden Fnatic 16 Cache 8 Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas
Sweden Fnatic 13 Inferno 16 Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas

Final standings[edit]

Place Prize Money Team Seed Roster Coach
1st US$100,000 Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas DreamHack Winter 2014 Sweden f0rest, Sweden GeT RiGhT, Sweden Xizt, Sweden friberg, Sweden Fifflaren Bosnia and Herzegovina pita
2nd US$50,000 Sweden Fnatic Sweden JW, Sweden flusha, Sweden pronax, Sweden olofmeister, Sweden KRiMZ Sweden Devilwalk
3rd–4th US$22,000 Denmark Team Dignitas Denmark FeTiSh, Denmark dev1ce, Denmark aizy, Denmark dupreeh, Denmark Xyp9x Denmark 3k2
France Team LDLC.com France Uzzziii, France Happy, France KQLY, France apEX, Switzerland Maniac France MoMan
5–8th $10,000 France Epsilon eSports France Sf, France fxy0, France kioShiMa, France GMX, France shox
Ukraine Natus Vincere Ukraine Edward, Ukraine Zeus, Ukraine starix, Russia seized, Slovakia GuardiaN
Poland Virtus.pro Poland TaZ, Poland NEO, Poland pashaBiceps, Poland byali, Poland Snax
United States Cloud9 United States Hiko, United States sgares, United States n0thing, Canada shroud, Canada Semphis
9–12th $2,000 Ukraine HellRaisers Ukraine ANGE1, Ukraine kucher, Ukraine markeloff, Kazakhstan AdreN Russia Dosia
Denmark Copenhagen Wolves Denmark gla1ve, Denmark Pimp, Denmark cajunb, Denmark karrigan, Denmark Nico
France Titan France kennyS, France SmithZz, France NBK, Belgium ScreaM, Belgium Ex6TenZ
United States Team iBUYPOWER United States DaZeD, United States Skadoodle, United States swag, Canada steel, Canada AZK
13–16th $2,000 India Team Wolf India RiTz, India RiX, India aStarrr, India Ace, India MithilF Serbia kassad
Norway London Conspiracy Norway RUBINO, Norway rain, Norway Skurk, Norway prb, Norway Polly
Russia dAT Team Russia WorldEdit, Russia flamie, Russia ub1que, Ukraine bondik, Ukraine Blad3
Australia Vox Eminor Australia AZR, Australia Havoc, Australia SPUNJ, Australia jks, Australia topguN

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turton, William (June 19, 2014). "ESL launches $250K 'CS:GO' tournament". The Daily Dot. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  2. ^ Wynne, Jared (July 9, 2014). "ESL One's map choices stir controversy". The Daily Dot. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  3. ^ "ESL One Cologne 2014 – Winners". Counter-Strike. Valve Corporation. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ Lahti, Evan (August 18, 2014). "The best highlights from CS:GO's ESL One Cologne 2014 tournament". PC Gamer. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  5. ^ Wynne, Jared (July 28, 2014). "Cheating allegations mar ESL One qualifier". The Daily Dot. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 

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