Before that the owners of the direct invitation were such teams as Astralis BIG, FaZe Clan, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, MIBR, ENCE eSports and Fnatic. Twelve invited teams will take part in the competition.
In total, sixteen teams will be fighting for the prize pool of $300,000, 4 out of the will make it to the LAN final through the regional qualifier. In Europe two quotes will be played for, as North America and Asia will get only one for each. The elimination round for the tournament will be taking place from 9 till 11 May.
The events of ESL One Cologne 2019 will be taking place from 2 till 7 July in Cologne, Germany. Traditionally, the holding place will be Lanxess Arena.