After a long wait, we finally got to witness an intense CS: GO LAN event nearly after 500 days. Due to the global COVID 19 pandemic, the IEM Cologne event was postponed, now that Covid has settled in Germany and few other parts of the world, ESL announced the Intel Extreme Masters Cologne 2021 (IEM) event. Though this was a LAN event, it was held in the absence of a live audience.
24 Top-tier Counter-Strike Global Offensive teams from different parts of the world battled it out for a jaw-dropping prize pool of $1 Million US Dollars. The tournament went live on July 6th and concluded on July 18th.
After 1 week of intense CS: GO action, Natus Vincere and G2 Esports made it to the grand finals of Intel Extreme Masters Cologne 2021, where they went face to face against each other. After three intense matches, Natus Vincere was crowned as the champions of IEM Cologne 2021.
ESL is back with another massive CS:GO tournament after IEM Cologne,. They announced the return of ESL Pro League Season 14 by revealing the participant team names.
The event is scheduled to be a month-long tournament and it begins with four groups of six teams each competing in a round-robin format with one group at a time. The top three teams from each group will qualify for the playoffs, with the top squad advancing directly to the quarterfinals. There is a total of 4 groups in this event.
The four groups of ESL Pro League Season 14 are:
• Group A (Aug. 16 to 20): Heroic, Astralis, Team Vitality, Team Spirit, ENCE, Bad News Bears.
• Group B (Aug. 21 to 26): G2 Esports, Virtus Pro, Complexity, OG, Renegades, Sinners Esports.
• Group C (Aug. 27 to 31): Natus Vincere, FaZe Clan, BIG, mousesports, Evil Geniuses, Fnatic.
• Group D (Sept. 1 to 5): Gambit Esports, Ninjas in Pyjamas, FURIA Esports, Team Liquid, Entropiq, Team One.