Intel Extreme Masters Cologne 2024 Confirms 23 Invited Teams

10 Jun 2024
Tit Krajnik 10 Jun 2024
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  • IEM Cologne 2024 invite cutoff date is today
  • Only one slot remains open
  • Intel Extreme Masters Cologne 2024 kicks off on August 7
IEM Cologne 2024
IEM Cologne 2024
Monday, June 10, 2024, is the official cutoff date for team invites for Intel Extreme Masters Cologne 2024. With the latest ESL ranking update, we now also have a list of 23 of 24 participating teams who got seeded into the Main Event and the Play-In stage based on their June 10 ranking.

Intel Extreme Masters Cologne 2024 is the second-to-last IEM Counter-Strike esports tournament of 2024, succeeding IEM Dallas 2024, and preceding IEM Rio 2024. It will take place in Germany, Cologne and offer a $1,000,000 prize pool – more than any IEM event besides IEM Katowice 2024.

The tournament invites are handed out to the champions of previous major events – who get a direct invite to the Main Stage – and based on the Counter-Strike teams’ ESL World Ranking. These fill up 23 of 24 spots, with the final reserved for the champions of the German Qualifier event, which will take place this week.

IEM Cologne 2024 Invited Teams

With the June 10 ESL ranking update, we have an almost complete list of teams attending the German tournament. Four teams, including Team Spirit, FaZe Clan, MOUZ, and G2 Esports, were known beforehand, having secured their ticket by winning previous IEM events and the ESL Pro League.

The remaining spots will be filled in by:

  • Team Vitality – Main event
  • Natus Vincere – Main event
  • Astralis – Main event
  • – Main event

  • Complexity – Play-in
  • Team Liquid – Play-in
  • Heroic – Play-in
  • The MongolZ – Play-in
  • 9z Team – Play-in
  • Eternal Fire – Play-in
  • Imperial Esports – Play-in
  • FURIA Esports – Play-in
  • Team Falcons – Play-in
  • BIG – Play-in
  • FlyQuest – Play-in
  • BetBoom Team – Play-in
  • paiN Gaming – Play-in 
  • MiBR – Play-in
  • SAW – Play-in
  • German Qualifier champions – Play-in

IEM Cologne 2024 Format

IEM Cologne will be divided into three stages: Play-In, Group Stage, and the Playoffs.

The play-in will use a double-elimination bracket with all matches played as best-of-three (BO3), except for the opening matches, which are best-of-one (BO1). The top eight teams will advance to the group stage.

The group stage will have two double-elimination format (GSL) groups, with eight Counter-Strike esports teams in each. All matches are BO3, with the top three teams advancing to the playoffs.

Playoffs will be single-elimination bracket with quarterfinals and semifinals played as best-of-three (BO3). The grand final will be best-of-five (BO5).


  • Double-elimination bracket
  • Opening matches are best-of-one (BO1)
  • All following matches are best-of-three (BO3)
  • Top eight teams advance to the group stage

Group Stage

  • 16 teams
  • Two double-elimination format (GSL) groups
  • All matches are best-of-three (BO3)
  • Top three teams from each group advance to the playoffs
  • Group stage winners advance to the semifinals
  • Group stage runners-up advance to quarterfinals as high seeds
  • Third-placed teams advance to quarterfinals as low seeds


  • Single-elimination bracket
  • Quarterfinals and semifinals are best-of-three (BO3)
  • The grand final is best-of-five (BO5)