Former Dignitas received the invitation and became the first Danish team to take part in the tournament, and Astralis declined to speak because of preparations for Major.
North recently showed themselves on the SL i-League StarSeries Season 3, where they reached with confidence until the quarter-finals, but lost to HellReisers.
The prize fund ESL One Cologne will be equal to 250,000 $, which will be played in the playoffs in LANXESS Arena on July 7-9. Eight teams of 16 have already been selected, four more will receive an invitation.
The last 4 slots will be won by qualifiers in three different regions. Two qualifications in Europe, one in North America, and the third region will be announced shortly.
At the tournament were invited: SK, fnatic, Natus Vincere, Virtus.pro, FaZe, NiP, G2 and North.