IEM Cologne 2023: Dates, schedule, CSGO teams and prize



IEM Cologne 2023: Dates, schedule, CSGO teams and prize

Published: 2023-07-06T15:00:00  ❘   Updated: 2023-07-06T15:47:49Adela Sznajder/ESL Gaming via ESPAT

IEM Cologne 2023, one of the most iconic tournaments on the CS:GO circuit, is fast approaching. Here is everything you need to know about the event.

IEM Cologne will be the first big tournament of the new season featuring all the top teams and a crowd. Every year, thousands of fans travel to the ‘Cathedral of Counter-Strike’ to cheer on their favorite players in this must-watch esports event, only rivaled in prestige by the Valve-sponsored Majors.

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Over the years, the LANXESS arena has been the stage of many legendary bouts that will forever live in Counter-Strike lore. But this year will be special: IEM Cologne 2023 will be the last edition of the event to feature CS:GO as the esport is poised to make a slow transition to Counter-Strike 2, which will be released sometime in the summer.

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IEM Cologne 2023 will be the last edition played in CS:GO

Below is everything you need to know about IEM Cologne 2023. This article will be updated as more information is released.

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Schedule and resultsTeams and rostersPrize and standings

IEM Cologne 2023: Dates, schedule and format

The tournament will take place from July 25 through August 6. The Play-In Stage and the group stage will be held behind closed doors, while the playoff matches will take place at the LANXESS arena in front of a crowd.

The schedule and format for every stage are the following:

Play-In (July 25-26)

16-team double-elimination bracketOpening round is BO1, the rest is BO38 teams move on to the group stage

Group Stage (July 27-30)

Two double-elimination groups of eight teamsAll matches are BO3Top three teams per group advance to the playoffs

Playoff Stage (August 4-6)

Single-elimination bracket with group winners in the semi-finalsQuarter-finals and semi-finals are BO3, grand final is BO5

IEM Cologne 2023: Teams and rosters

IEM Cologne will feature 24 teams from all over the world, eight of which will go straight to the group stage. The remaining 16 will have to go through the Play-In stage, which will determine the last eight sides entering the main tournament.


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Four group stage slots will go to the winners of IEM Katowice, ESL Pro League Season 17, IEM Rio and IEM Dallas. The champion of ESL Meisterschaft, Germany’s main CS:GO league, gets direct entry into the Play-In stage.

Group Stage teams

Team Qualified from Players
G2 Esports IEM Katowice NiKo, jks, HooXi, m0NESY, huNter-
FaZe ESL Pro League 17 karrigan, Twistzz, ropz, broky, rain
Vitality IEM Rio ZywOo, apEX, Magisk, Spinx, flameZ
ENCE IEM Dallas Snappi, SunPayus, dycha, maden, NertZ
Heroic ESL World Ranking cadiaN, stavn, Jabbi, sjuush, TeSeS
Cloud9 ESL World Ranking nafany, sh1ro, Ax1Le, HObbit, buster
NAVI ESL World Ranking s1mple, B1T, Aleksib, jL, iM
GamerLegion ESL World Ranking acoR, isak, Keoz, TBD, TBD

Play-In teams

Team Region Players
MOUZ ESL World Ranking frozen,torzsi, xertioN, siuhy, TBD
Apeks ESL World Ranking nawwk, jkaem, STYKO, kyxsan, CacaNito
9INE ESL World Ranking Goofy, Kylar, mynio, hades, KEi
FURIA ESL World Ranking yuurih, KSCERATO, arT, FalleN, chelo
Team Liquid ESL World Ranking oSee, YEKINDAR, NAF, Rainwaker, Patsi
Imperial ESL World Ranking  boltz, VINI, JOTA, TBD, TBD
The MongolZ ESL World Ranking Techno4K, bLitz, hasteka, 910, mzinho
Grayhound ESL World Ranking Sico, INS, Liazz, aliStair, Vexite
Fnatic ESL World Ranking mezii, roeJ, KRIMZ, afro, dexter
Complexity ESL World Ranking floppy, Grim, hallzerk, JT, EliGE
Monte ESL World Ranking sdy, Woro2k, DemQQ, kRaSnaL, TBD
NIP ESL World Ranking REZ, Brollan, headtr1ck, k0nfig, hampus
FORZE ESL World Ranking Jerry, zorte, Krad, shalfey, r3salt
Into the Breach ESL World Ranking Thomas, CRUC1AL, rallen, CYPHER, TBD
Astralis ESL World Ranking  dev1ce, blameF, Buzz, Staehr, b0RUP
BIG Academy ESL Meisterschaft prosus, skyye, Krimbo, hyped, s1n

Note: ESL has announced that Complexity will replace paiN Gaming, who are unable to attend the event.

IEM Cologne 2023: Prize and standings

Placement Team Prize Money (USD)
1 TBD $400,000
2 TBD $180,000
3-4 TBD $80,000
5-6 TBD $40,000
7-8 TBD $24,000
9-12 TBD $16,000
13-16 TBD $10,000
17-20 TBD $4,500
21-24 TBD $2,500

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