Set to be the largest CS:GO competition in Australia’s history, teams will battle it out for on stage for a share in a $260,000AUD prize (equivalent of $200,000USD). Intel also hosts an “Experience Zone” at the event for fans to check out while taking a breather in between games. Almost all of the participants of the following event are now known, with one open spot that will belong to the winner of ANZ qualifier.
The tournament will start with 2 groups of 4 teams with 2 teams from each group advancing to the Semifinals. Once in the knockout phase, the format is single elimination. However, the group stage of this CS:GO tournament will be different from what we have seen in Katowice for example. Teams will advance from group to semifinals once they have achieved three victories before losing three games. Competitors will be paired against opponents in the group with score closest to their own. So, the two teams who win their first games will face off in the following duel, both having 1:0 W:L. Same rules apply for the teams who had lost their first games. The idea behind format like this is to match squads with same or similar scores to play against each other. This is also known as the Swiss-system tournament. In groups, competitors will play BO1, Semifinals are BO3 and Finals BO5 format. This format may seem like it favors the teams that start strong at the beginning of the tournament, but it has proved that teams do have to keep up their momentum and composure until the end in order to claim the title.
At this moment, we have seven confirmed CS:GO teams that will participate in the IEM Sydney. Six teams were directly invited, while Vici Gaming earned their spot among them by winning the Chineese Qualifiers. For now, the list of competing teams looks like this:
- SK gaming
- FaZe Clan
- OpTic Gaming
- Vici Gaming
The remaining 8th spot is reserved for a winner of ANZ qualifier. Two squads battling for a chance and honor to represent their region alongside Renegades are Chiefs and Tainted Minds. Both teams went through the upper brachet all the way to the winner’s finals, where Chiefs took victory with 2-1 score. Tainted Minds then moved to lower bracket, where they beat Team Immunity 2-1 and will now once again face Chiefs in the qualifier Grand Final on April 9.
You can attend IEM Masters Sydney 2017 in person or watch online. Single-day tickets for Saturday go for AUD $59, with Sunday tickets for the Grand Final available for AUD $89. Two-day packages, meanwhile, start at AUD $119. You can order tickets here.
For any additional information, you can visit official Intel Extreme Masters website.