ESL One Cologne playoffs happening this Weekend

If you’re looking for some CS:GO action to tune into this weekend, make sure to look out for ESL’s stream on Facebook. ESL One Cologne has hit the playoffs. Here’s a look at the game schedule for the weekend, as well as the teams that have made it into the playoffs.

ESL One Cologne Playoffs Schedule and Participating Teams

Before we get into the schedule, let’s first take a look at the teams that have made it into the playoffs after coming out on top in the group stage.

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There are currently 6 teams remaining out of the 16 that took part in the event. These four teams will first go up against each other during the quarterfinals.

  • Quarterfinal match 1: Fnatic Vs NaVi
  • Quarterfinal match 2: G2 Vs BIG

After the quarterfinal, the winners from each match will go into the semi finals. It’s here where either Fnatic or NaVi will fight against Astralis and G2 or BIG will fight against FaZe.

  • Semifinal match 1: Astralis Vs Fnatic/NaVi
  • Semifinal match 2: FaZe vs G2/BIG

Finally, whoever wins the semifinal will then be taken to the grand final, which will look something like this:

Grand final – Astralis/Fnatic/Navi Vs FaZe/G2/BIG

  • Quarterfinal 1: July 6, 2018 – 3PM CEST (best of three)
  • Quarterfinal 2: July 6, 2018 – 6:50PM CEST (best of three)
  • Semifinal 1: July 7, 2018 – 3PM CEST (best of three)
  • Semifinal 2: July 7, 2018 – 6:50PM CEST (best of three)
  • Grand final: July 8, 2018 – 4PM CEST (best of five)

You’ll be able to catch all games live on or on the ESL One Facebook page.

ESL One Cologne 2018 Playoff Predictions

With the games above in mind, it’s the perfect time to make some predictions on who is most likely to win the ESL One Cologne 2018 playoffs.

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Quarterfinal 1

We think it’ll be a close game between Fnatic and NaVi – it’ll be too hard to predict which team will go through.

If we had to make a choice, though, Fnatic’s shaky performance against FaZe before they fell into the quarterfinals made us doubt their performance potential against any of the top teams, so maybe a small bet on NaVi would be wise.

Quarterfinal 2

BIG had a lucky run in the lower bracket, whilst G2 had an unlucky run against Astralis. It’s safe to say that G2 should come out on top here, and BIG would have to pull out something incredible to get a win.

Semifinal 1

Can Astralis be beaten here? We doubt it – both Fnatic and NaVi are playing pretty well, but Astralis are still playing out of their minds. Not necessarily an easy one for Astralis, but it should be a fairly safe win for them regardless.

Semifinal 2

FaZe’s roster is a little all over the place right now, but even despite that, they’re performing wonderfully. We think FaZe will most likely have it against G2, and will definitely have it against BIG if they somehow make it to the semifinal.

Grand final

An Astralis versus FaZe grand final is likely, and we’d expect Astralis to come out on top here. FaZe is performing great, but without their full roster, they are still slightly handicapped. Astralis, on the other hand, are on the biggest highlight in their collective career and it’s almost as if nothing can stop them.