Cloud9 has accepted an invitation and will attend ESL One Cologne, according to sources close to both organizations. ESL has announced eight of the 12 invitees thus far, who will compete alongside four qualifying teams starting for the event that runs July 7-9.
Cloud9 will look to improve upon its recent performances, as the team has failed to advance beyond the group stage in every premier LAN event since winning the ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals. Most recently, Cloud9 achieved a fourth place finish at the CS Summit over the weekend, which used a rare Double Elimination best-of-three format. Braxton “Swag” Pierce also stood in for Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham and performed extremely well throughout the event, especially against the eventual winner, SK Gaming.
SK, Fnatic, Natus Vincere, Virtus.pro, FaZe Clan, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 and North are the other invited teams for Cologne. The event, which has been a Valve-sponsored Major for the past three years, takes place less than two weeks before the start of the PGL Major in Krakow, Poland. There has been some wonder about how many teams in the Major would elect to play in another LAN so close to the Major, but so far six “Legends” teams have been confirmed for ESL One Cologne, with only Astralis explicitly saying it would not attend.
For Cloud9, however, the month of July could be quite busy. If Cloud9 reaches the main qualifier for the PGL Major, that event would finish the weekend before ESL One Cologne. Qualifying for the Major would make it three events in four weeks for C9, which failed to qualify for January’s ELEAGUE Major.
Neither ESL nor Cloud9 responded to request for comment.