SIGN UP LOG IN
 

15,000 fans celebrate in the Counter-Strike Cathedral

Published by

July 7, 2019 4:14 pm

15,000 fans celebrate in the Counter-Strike Cathedral

The fans in the Lanxess Arena are raving. The second round of the semi-final between Astralis and Team Vitality at ESL One Cologne goes into extra time.

The Danish team Astralis is the favourite in this tournament, which calls itself the “Cathedral of the Counter-Strike”. But Team Vitality makes it to the final.

“Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” (CS:GO) is a tactical shooter on the PC in which two teams with five players each compete against each other. At tournaments the mode bomb defusing is played: One team must place a bomb at a specific location on the map, the other team must prevent it from doing so.

In terms of spectator numbers, the game is one of the largest e-sports disciplines in the world. According to the organizers, ESL One attracts 15,000 people to the sold-out arena. Millions follow the tournament online.

“It’s probably the biggest tournament you can play,” says Alexander “kakafu” Szymanczyk about ESL One Cologne. The Austrian trains the Berlin International Gaming (BIG) team, the only German team to participate in ESL One Cologne. “The density of good teams is very high. If you win here, you are one of the best.”

“We have had to change a lot lately.”

In 2018, BIG almost succeeded in creating this sensation. As an underdog, the team fought its way to the final, carried by the fans in their own country. But there they lost to the Russian-Ukrainian team Natus Vincere (NaVi). This year, however, they didn’t manage to do so, as the group stage was already over. That’s why BIG couldn’t play on the big stage in the Lanxess Arena: The group stage was played somewhere else before the weekend.

“We have had to make a lot of changes lately,” says Szymanczyk. There have been several players and role changes in the team and communication has not yet been 100% successful.

The fans in the hall are now cheering others on. “As a German, I’m clear for BIG,” says Pascal from Cologne. The young man in the jersey visits the ESL One Cologne for the second time and regrets that BIG did not make it into the playoffs this time. “Furthermore, I’m just for good matches.”

Team Liquid already has three victories in its pocket

And that seems to be how many people feel in the hall: The audience cheers every good action, and every point wins, no matter for which team. Of course, there are also fans of individual teams who are cheering for their team. But Pascal and many other fans are mainly here to see as many, as good matches as possible. That’s why they’re happy about the extra time: more excitement, more counter-strikes.

“I cheered on every team that I think deserves to make progress,” says Dennis from Wermelskirchen.

In the final, however, Pascal and Dennis will stick with Team Liquid. For the North American team, it’s not just about winning the tournament in the cathedral city. The first-placed teams in the unofficial world rankings also have the chance to win the “Intel Grand Slam”. The prize, endowed with 1 million US dollars, will be distributed to the team that wins four out of ten selected tournaments. ESL One Cologne is the fifth tournament in this series – and Team Liquid already has three victories in its pocket.

More News

NBA: The Raptors' triumphal procession continues

NBA: The Raptors' triumphal procession continues

Against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Toronto Raptors celebrate their 15th victory in a row. The Los Angeles Lakers have no…

Atletico Madrid to host league match in Miami

Atletico Madrid to host league match in Miami

So far, Spanish football clubs have only played on American soil in preparation for the season. The Spanish league association…

E-Sport News: CS:GO - Late payments

E-Sport News: CS:GO - Late payments

James Banks, eSports commentator, host and journalist, points out in several Twitter posts that some tournament organisers do not pay…

Swiss eSportsman causes a sensation in Las Vegas

Swiss eSportsman causes a sensation in Las Vegas

For the "Hearthstone" pros, last weekend in Las Vegas it was half a million dollars. Hypno von Lausanne eSports just…

Rugby World Cup - Wales eliminated in the quarter-final, Fiji

Rugby World Cup - Wales eliminated in the quarter-final, Fiji

Wales and Australia have reached the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Scotland also remains in the race…

Germany: The world hails the return of football, Bayern starts back on track

Germany: The world hails the return of football, Bayern starts back on track

On Sunday 17 May, the world of football was celebrating the Bundesliga's triumphant return to the pitch. The first major…

Casino Lucerne increases income with online casino

Casino Lucerne increases income with online casino

The online casino from Switzerland will not be launched until 1 July 2019, so there are still 16 days left…

The crashed FIFA World Champion

The crashed FIFA World Champion

During the FIFA19 World Cup in early August, Kai "deto" Wollin (30) already has a busy schedule. However, virtual duels…

Real uses Barcelona error icy cold

Real uses Barcelona error icy cold

Setback for FC Barcelona in the Primera Division title race: The leader loses 2-0 to FC Valencia. Real Madrid took…

PUBG Europe League starts today in Phase 2 on Twitch

PUBG Europe League starts today in Phase 2 on Twitch

Today the PUBG Europe League starts its second phase, which will run until July 7th. From today, Friday 17.5. until…

FIFA eClub World Cup 2020: All data at a glance

FIFA eClub World Cup 2020: All data at a glance

Italy will once again host an eFootball final. The PES World Championships have already been held there, and a FIFA…

Eurojackpot could rise to over 90 million euros

Eurojackpot could rise to over 90 million euros

Sports cars, yachts, villas: Lottery companies in Europe are considering even higher profits. Even the German classic 6 out of…

Banco Casino Bratislava: €60.000 GTD Autumn Cup starts Wednesday
Banco Casino Bratislava: €60.000 GTD Autumn Cup starts Wednesday

This week the next highlight at Banco Casino Bratislava will be on the tournament schedule, starting Wednesday the Autumn Cup…

PokerStars tests Poker Side Bets
PokerStars tests Poker Side Bets

PokerStars will soon allow players to place bets on future cards. At least, if the testing phase is successful. Betting…

Matt Damon can't refuse to play casino
Matt Damon can't refuse to play casino

It's hard to imagine losing $5,000 for a wild game of chance, but the world is full of celebrities who…

No Juve at FIFA 20: CR7 now plays for Piemonte Calcio
No Juve at FIFA 20: CR7 now plays for Piemonte Calcio

Cristiano Ronaldo no longer plays at Juventus Turin - at least at FIFA 20. As a game manufacturer, EA Sports…

Poker Gossip: Gus Hansen is ready for Las Vegas
Poker Gossip: Gus Hansen is ready for Las Vegas

The World Series of Poker 2019 is about to start. Poker fans can look forward to Gus Hansen flying to…

BlizzCon-Esports: First female HS Champion, Method dominates WoW
BlizzCon-Esports: First female HS Champion, Method dominates WoW

BlizzCon 2019 featured five major Esports tournaments for Overwatch, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, and Starcraft 2. Xiaomeng "VKLiooon" Li was…

The second phase of the PUBG Europe League is running hot
The second phase of the PUBG Europe League is running hot

Who will qualify for the GLL Grand Slam: PUBG Classic? Who will get the most shots? All that will still…

NBA News - Lakers start with defeat
NBA News - Lakers start with defeat

Basketball superstar LeBron James and Los Angeles Lakers have started the new season of the North American professional league NBA…

Kruse goes away empty-handed at WSOP
Kruse goes away empty-handed at WSOP

Football star Max Kruse spends his holidays at the Poker World Cup in Las Vegas. In his first tournament, he…

Ensan Celebrates Crazy Poker Coup
Ensan Celebrates Crazy Poker Coup

For the first time since 2011, Germany has a poker world champion again: Hossein Ensan wins the World Series of…

Mybetting Deals Tools

Surebet by BetBurger

Surebet by BetBurger

BetBurger is a service focusing on arbitrage bets, also known as sure bets. It turns sports betting into an investment.

Matched Betting by OddsMonkey

OddsMonkey

OddsMonkey offers matched betting services with features to enhance your profits with the best betting offers.

Live Sport Results and Statistics

Live Scores

Always keep ahead of the sports betting game with our real time results and statistics!

2000+ Free Slots

Play the best online slots and your favourites from the biggest developers for free right here!