The Cathedral of Counter-Strike welcomes one and all once more to one of the greatest shows on Earth — IEM Cologne 2022. Twenty four enter, but only six will be deemed worthy enough to cross the stage at the mighty LANXESS Arena — will our Aussies (and Kiwis) at Order & MOUZ overcome the odds?
- MOUZ go down swinging in first grand stage appearance
- “Dream” grand final as FaZe down NaVi in five
- Twistzz takes home grand final MVP
MOUZ left it all on the server.
In their first major offline appearance — at IEM Cologne no less — the embattled international roster pushed four-time Major champions Astralis to their limits.
Chris “Dexter” Nong and Jon “JDC” de Castro led MOUZ to a massive Mirage victory to open the series, but the Danes bounced back in a big way, ultimately walking away winners 2-1 (8-16, 16-9, 16-12).
On Nuke, despite huge highlights from Dexter and Ádám “torzsi” Torzsás, Astralis held off a fightback from MOUZ.
MOUZ pushed back in the decider on Ancient, but a 9-6 lead was quickly turned on it’s head by the Danish squad, with Astralis ultimately completing a 10-3 T half to secure a spot in the semi-finals.
While luck certainly played it’s part — what with MOUZ’s pistol round defuse coming down to a single server tick of difference — it was Astralis’ composure whilst down in the second half that got them the victory in front of the packed LANXESS Arena.
“I’m so proud of us, our first stage event together,” said MOUZ captain Dexter following their elimination.
“I’ll forever remember this. Sorry we couldn’t close it out but you, this crowd, made our lives.”
It would be Natus Vincere that downed Astralis in the semi-final.
The Ukrainian squad dominated the Danes on Nuke 16-8, before NaVi were all but consigned to needing three maps at 3-12 down on Mirage.
But led by Valeriy “b1t” Vakhovskiy, NaVi brought it all the way back to 15-15, and through a tense overtime, claimed the first spot in the Cologne grand final 19-17.
In what has been touted as a battle for the ages, FaZe Clan became their opponents after a 2-0 (16-12, 16-9) over Movistar Riders.
The Spanish squad defied all expectations but stopping a FaZe-NaVi grand final was going to be inevitable in Cologne.
And what a final it was.
Nothing could separate the two teams through the gruelling best-of-five final. FaZe and NaVi traded blows through the opening maps of the final, but when NaVi held off an eleven round comeback to take FaZe’s Ancient pick, it was thought to be over.
But not for the Antwerp champions.
FaZe bounced back on Mirage, and delivered fans a fifth map masterclass on Nuke, with the PGL Antwerp Champions capping off their season with yet another trophy.
They’re the first squad to achieve “the Triple Crown” — IEM Katowice, a Major and IEM Cologne all in one year, and enter the player break as the undisputed number one squad.
IEM Cologne 2022 Schedule & Results
IEM Cologne 2022 is a three-stage tournament.
The Play-In saw sixteen challengers go head-to-head in a double elimination bracket, where the top eight proceeded to the main group stage.
Eight awaited in the group stage, where the sixteen squads went through a second double-elimination stage. From each group, three teams emerged and booked their tickets to the LANXESS Arena.
IEM Cologne — Playoffs (July 15-18)
|– July 15 –|
|Round of 6||Astralis 2-1 MOUZ||11:30pm|
|Movistar Riders 2-1 Liquid||3am|
|– July 16 –|
|Semi-Finals||NaVi 2-0 Astralis||11:30pm|
|FaZe 2-0 Movistar Riders||3am|
|– July 17 –|
|Grand Final||Natus Vincere 2-3 FaZe Clan||11:55pm|
IEM Cologne — Group Stage Day 1 (July 7)
|Group A Opening Match||G2 0-2 Movistar Riders||8:30pm|
|NiP 2-0 Heroic|
|NaVi 2-1 MOUZ||12am|
|ENCE 1-2 Vitality|
|Group B Opening Match||Cloud9 2-0 Outsiders||3:30am|
|Liquid 1-2 Spirit|
IEM Cologne — Group Stage Day 2 (July 8)
|Group B Opening Match||FaZe 2-0 00Nation||8:30pm|
|FURIA 0-2 Astralis|
|Group A Elimination||MOUZ 2-0 Heroic||12am|
|Group A Qualifying||NiP 0-2 NaVi|
|Group B Qualifying||Movistar Riders 2-1 Vitality||3:30am|
|Group B Elimination||G2 2-0 ENCE|
IEM Cologne — Group Stage Day 3 (July 8)
|Group A Elimination||NIP 2-1 G2||8:30pm|
|Group B Elimination||Outsiders 0-2 FURIA|
|Liquid 2-1 00Nation||12am|
|Group B Qualifying||Cloud9 0-2 Astralis|
|Spirit 0-2 FaZe||3:30am|
|Group A Elimination||MOUZ 2-0 Vitality|
IEM Cologne — Group Stage Day 4 (July 9)
|Group B Elimination||Liquid 2-0 Cloud9||8:30pm|
|FURIA 2-1 Spirit|
|Group A Qualification||MOUZ 2-1 NIP||12am|
|Group A Seeding||NaVi 2-1 Movistar Riders|
|Group B Qualification||Liquid 2-0 FURIA||3:30am|
|Group B Seeding||Astralis 0-2 FaZe|
IEM Cologne — Play-In Stage Day 1 (July 5)
|Opening Matches||Spirit 16-11 Complexity||7pm|
|MOUZ 19-16 paiN Gaming|
|Heroic 16-3 Sprout|
|Outsiders 16-6 Imperial||8:15pm|
|BIG 16-7 Order|
|00Nation 16-6 Astralis|
|MIBR 13-16 Movistar Riders||9:30pm|
|TYLOO 9-16 Vitality||10:20pm|
|Upper Bracket QF||Heroic 2-1 MOUZ||10:45pm|
|Lower Bracket R1||Sprout 2-1 paiN||12am|
|Upper Bracket QF||Spirit 2-1 00Nation|
|Upper Bracket QF||BIG 0-2 Outsiders||2:15am|
|Lower Bracket R1||Complexity 0-2 Astralis||3:45am|
|Upper Bracket QF||Movistar Riders 2-0 Vitality|
IEM Cologne — Play-In Stage Day 2 (July 6)
|Lower Bracket R1||Order 1-2 Imperial||8:30pm|
|MIBR 1-2 TYLOO|
|Lower Bracket QF||Sprout 1-2 Vitality||12am|
|BIG 1-2 Astralis|
|00Nation 2-0 Imperial||3:30am|
|MOUZ 2-0 TYLOO|
IEM Cologne 2022 Squads
|— Group Stage Qualifiers —|
|Ninjas in Pyjamas||REZ||Plopski||hampus||es3tag||Brollan|
|— Play-In —|