23 Teams Confirmed for IEM Cologne 2024, One Slot Left

23 Teams Confirmed for IEM Cologne 2024, One Slot Left

Tournament operator ESL has announced the invites based on its ranking. Currently, 23 out of 24 teams are known.

IEM Cologne 2024 will use the traditional series format with Play-In, group stage, and playoffs. Eight teams are directly invited to the groups, while the rest will start from the Play-In stage.

Advancing directly to the group stage are the winners of major tournaments: Team Spirit, FaZe Clan, MOUZ, and G2 Esports, along with the top 4 teams from the ESL World Ranking: Team Vitality, Natus Vincere, Astralis, and Virtus.pro.

The Play-In stage invites, based on the ESL World Ranking, include 15 teams: HEROIC, Eternal Fire, Team Falcons, Complexity Gaming, 9z Team, The MongolZ, FlyQuest, Team Liquid, Imperial Esports, FURIA Esports, BIG, BB Team, paiN Gaming, MIBR, and SAW.

The final slot will be determined through a regional qualifier for German teams, which will take place on June 11-12.

IEM Cologne 2024 will be held in Germany from August 7 to 18. The prize pool for the tournament is $1,000,000, and the winner will also receive invitations to IEM Katowice 2025 and BLAST Premier World Final.