IEM Cologne 2023 – A CS:GO Extravaganza! – My Predictions

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IEM Cologne 2023

IEM Cologne 2023

The last CS:GO tournament is here…

Welcome my friends! Today we have the kickoff of IEM Cologne, and the excitement is palpable as one of the year’s most awaited tournaments unfolds before us. This event promises to be extraordinary, offering us a display of top-tier CS:GO. As the countdown begins, we can’t help but speculate that IEM Cologne may well be the grand finale before the much-anticipated arrival of Counter Strike 2. With such high stakes, every match will be a rollercoaster of emotions, and we’re eager to witness the games that will shape the course of this prestigious tournament. Before the adrenaline starts flowing, make sure to check out our previous posts. Let’s unite in embracing the thrills and savor the incredible moments that only esports can deliver!

Which teams are participating in IEM Cologne 2023?


  • Group Stage:July 29th – August 1st, 2023
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
      • Each group has eight teams
      • All matches are Bo3
    • The top three teams from each group advance to the Playoffs:
      • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
      • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
      • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds
  • Playoffs:August 4th – 6th, 2023
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals & Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Schedule for today

  1. Cloud9 vs FNATIC – 12:30 CET
  2. Gamer Legion vs Monte – 12:30 CET
  3. G2 vs Astralis – 16:00 CET
  4. ENCE vs 9INE – 16:00 CET
  5. Heroic vs TheMongolz – 19:30 CET
  6. NAVI vs MOUZ – 19:30 CET

Short predictions

  1. Cloud 9 will defeat FNATIC.
    • Even tho buster is standing in, he has been playing with the team for more than 6 months and this should be a relatively easy game for Cloud9.
  2. Monte will defeat Gamer Legion.
    • GL recently passed through roster changes and we haven’t seen them in action, while Monte has a couple of weeks of practice in officials.
  3. G2 will win against Astralis.
    • I think this can be a scary close game for G2, as they have been very inconsistent. I still think that Astralis is strong, but on a day when G2 is feeling it, the firepower makes the difference.
  4. ENCE will defeat 9INE.
    • Even tho 9INE showed a good performance in the Play-ins, they looked shaky in some important situations. ENCE had enough time to keep preparing and they are stronger than 9INE.
  5. Heroic will defeat TheMongolz.
    • This might be the most obvious pick, but I won’t be surprised if TheMongolz manages to make it close in a map.
  6. NAVI will defeat MOUZ.
    • MOUZ had a great Play-in, but I think NAVI is stronger. They had enough time to adjust details in their weak maps, and in firepower they are also stronger.

Where to watch the games?

ESL recently changed its channel’s URLs. You can check them in the picture below.

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