Intel Extreme Masters Cologne 2022 Preview

Published:Mar 8, 202412:44
Intel Extreme Masters Cologne 2022 Preview

With the third IEM of the 12 months simply a few days forward let’s take an total take a look at the event.

Cologne as a metropolis has been a Counter-Strike staple for a very long time whether or not it's an IEM or one other ESL occasion, even internet hosting three Majors between 2014-16. This 12 months town will host the IEM at certainly one of its greatest stadiums, Lanxess Enviornment. The occasion that may begin on July 5, could have a $1M prize pool.

Eight groups will instantly take part within the event, the highest six groups from Street to Cologne EU and the highest two groups from Street to Cologne NA, whereas 16 extra groups compete for one more eight spots within the Group Stage. There are a number of groups in each these tiers we suggest viewers to maintain an eye fixed out all through the event.

Match favorites

FaZe Clan

The reigning Main winners have been shaky recently. Not making Semis two offline occasions in a row and a Finals loss to BIG at Roobet meant there are a whole lot of eyes on them. Lots of people anticipated FaZe to dominate for some time after their efficiency within the Main finals, however it's virtually the overall reverse. With Robin ‘ropz’ Kool and Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard struggling recently, there was a whole lot of weight on Russel ‘Twistzz’ Van Dulken’s shoulders. However the Canadien has been as much as far and if a few his teammates can return to their regular this IEM, this may be the occasion they bounce again.

Natus Vincere

Should you simply watched the BLAST Premier Spring Finals, you wouldn’t have guessed that NAVI is enjoying with a stand-in and so they had a first-time IGL. Denis ‘electroNic’ Sharipov has been nice in his first exhibiting as an IGL and there was no instant drop in his fragging. Alternatively, Aleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev continues to be enjoying like there isn't a one that may contact him, even among the many rumors of him taking a break from energetic CS:GO. Contemplating FaZe’s current drop in efficiency, NAVI is the most important favourite of the IEM Cologne 2022.

Groups to look at


Vitality has been struggling ever since their first event of the 12 months, at the least they had been till BLAST Spring Finals the place they got here in second after a great playoffs run. The gamers had been having bother placing up good numbers all 12 months except Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut, however we noticed Dan ‘apEX’ Madesclaire Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen stepping up extra in BLAST.

With ZywOo as soon as once more beginning to play like a top-two participant on the earth, Vitality is a favourite to get out of the play-ins and so they have a great likelihood to make some noise deep into the event.


Not like Vitality, 2022 has been good for Heroic. They went far in a number of occasions, even profitable two on-line ones, and so they spent a number of weeks on HLTV’s prime 5. They lately added Jakob ‘jabbi’ Nygaard from Copenhagen Flames to their younger core below the management of Casper ‘cadiaN’ Møller. Heroic needs to be a lock to get out of play-ins and wish to make at the least Semis after a semi-disappointing Main.


Be careful everybody, the champions are right here. BIG simply received the Roobet Cup, albeit an internet occasion, the place they needed to beat Cloud9 and FaZe within the Playoffs. Despite the fact that the German squad has a little bit of a fame as ‘onliners’ they've been positive at LAN recently, reaching Semis at IEM Dallas. With Florian ‘syrsoN’ Rische wanting in kind and serving to their IGL Johannes ‘tabseN’ Wodarz with fragging, BIG is unquestionably a staff to be careful for.


Cloud9 has at all times been a deal with to look at at offline occasions and this squad just isn't an exception both. They already received the final IEM at Dallas, their second event after becoming a member of the NA org. They're at the moment the fourth staff on HLTV’s rankings and wish to repeat their Dallas efficiency. Their IGL Vladislav ‘nafany’ Gorshkov had a resurgence at Dallas whereas Dmitry ‘sh1ro’ Sokolov and Sergey ‘Ax1Le’ Rykhtorov are acting at a top-level.


Play-ins schedule

July 5

  • Spirit vs Complexity, 11:00
  • MOUZ vs paiN, 11:00
  • Heroic vs Sprout, 11:00
  • 00NATION vs Astralis, 12:15
  • Outsiders vs Imperial, 12:40
  • BIG vs ORDER, 12:40
  • TYLOO vs Vitality, 13:30
  • MIBR vs Movistar Riders, 14:20
  • Higher Bracket 2nd Rounds

July 6

  • Decrease Bracket 1st Rounds, 10:30
  • Decrease Bracket 2nd Rounds, 14:00

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