North invited to IEM Sydney

North is the last invited team to confirm their attendance to the IEM event down under.

The ~$200,000 ($260k AUD) tournament will take place from May 3-7 with the final two days being played in front of a live audience at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.

Following a top four finish at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas and a 5th-6th placement at IEM Katowice recently, North will be the second team from Denmark to compete at the IEM event. They will join their countrymen, Astralis and four other invited teams in Sydney.

North to travel south for IEM Sydney 

To finalise the eight-team tournament, the final two spots will be decided through the Oceanic and Chinese qualifiers. The ANZ qualifier is already underway whilst details about the Chinese qualifier has yet to be revealed by the organisers.

Less than a week ago, there was a change in the rulebook for future IEM events (starting with Sydney) regarding VAC bans. The permanent VAC ban rule has been adjusted to the new ruling - "CS:GO VAC bans are specifically honored, but only until 2 years after they have been issued".

The list of participants is as followed:

Brazil SK Australia Renegades
Denmark Astralis North America OpTic
Europe FaZe Denmark North
China China qual. Australia ANZ qual.
2017-03-23 11:24
kennyS | 
Germany Phaxo 
Not that nice, because I don't know why better teams like dignitas or EnVyUs participate in that tournament.
2017-03-23 13:26
United States EvilDrPurple 
Because Envy is trash right now and Dignitas hasn't played with their new roster yet
2017-03-23 13:29
SaufS | 
Switzerland zulecsgo 
cuz north is better then both teams you mentioned?!
2017-03-23 13:47
lmao dignitas is trash, t3 at max
2017-03-23 13:58
kennyS | 
Germany Phaxo 
you know they got a new roster which includes fox and other players which are very good at cs ?!?!
2017-03-23 18:25
Germany r0m3 
i hope u are baiting...plsss
2017-03-23 20:20
North > dig envy faze> dig envy
2017-03-23 16:18
African Union mikecool 
2017-03-23 16:35
Czech Republic Dkinimod 
not that nice no VP= no viewers. Bad move by IEM because VP and NIP have the most fans in csgo. For me shit tournament because the first will be Astralis/SK a 3rd Faze/North and that is all. It is between 2 teams maybe FaZe can suprise but North doesn´t playing on top level at the moment
2017-03-23 18:10
Estonia csRas 
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gas | 
Austria Phil_1337 
2017-03-23 11:25
Denmark mrlolba 
2017-03-23 11:25
Netherlands namewastaken 
good luck
2017-03-23 11:25
Australia aucs 
Nice :)
2017-03-23 11:26
Brazil BuddyINSANE 
nice! Good luck, but not against my team! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-03-23 11:27
Brazil DileBani 
Nice. But SK will win! #runSKG
2017-03-23 11:28
Renegades 16-0 SK Never Forget
2017-03-23 13:02
Kinguin no chance my friend
2017-03-23 14:39
Singapore derpydm 
ez 4 professional esports organ ENCE.ASUSROG with players To "TBA" Be Announced, To "TBA" Be Announced, To "TBA" Be Announced and To "TBA" Be Announced.
2017-03-23 16:30
Brazil diogo_dsc 
realidade: Renegades 16x0 SK
2017-03-23 16:31
Azylu | 
New Zealand Azylu 
gayy, and Ive already booked my flights. I hate my life, I dont like any of the teams going
2017-03-23 11:29
Australia atheoo_ 
All I'm happy for is to get my face signed by NiKo
2017-03-23 11:34
Azylu | 
New Zealand Azylu 
tbf I only want to get my Tyloo mousemat signed by old Tyloo players if they qual
2017-03-23 11:35
Australia atheoo_ 
Well that's not possible if they signed BnTeT and HZ is it?
2017-03-23 11:36
Azylu | 
New Zealand Azylu 
.block Atheoo
2017-03-23 11:42
Australia r1se2k 
Sameeeee but the BYO alcohol will be good and might make me like the teams
2017-03-23 13:57
Azylu | 
New Zealand Azylu 
with it was BYO anal beads tbh :/
2017-03-23 21:19
Australia r1se2k 
flask and some solid boxers
2017-03-24 00:31
Singapore cxzleslie 
shit tournament
2017-03-23 11:32
ez kqly, emilio, smn for the next IEM
2017-03-23 11:36
Bosnia and Herzegovina nikokokoko 
lmao so ez asstralis or faze t4 tournament
2017-03-23 11:41
France t3r4byt3 
4/5 of the top 5, not bad
2017-03-23 11:43
Wasted Spot... Could have had NiP,Fnatic,VP or Na,Vi...... All of those teams are more fun to watch and has a chance to win if they go hamm while North is the little brother of Astralis.
2017-03-23 11:43
Olivia | 
Austria SplasJ 
2017-03-23 11:48
ANZ quals, that is the real wasted spot
2017-03-23 11:46
1. SK/Astralis 2. Astralis/SK 3-4. FaZe 3-4. North
2017-03-23 11:46
+1 Realistic and probable.
2017-03-23 18:35
Invitations are ruining the competitiveness of the game, unless there is transparency in how the invites work. It would be much better if the top X from each event automatically received an invite for a future defined event and that the rest would have to go through qualifiers. While I understand that the event organisers are keen on having the major brands associated to their events, this approach is limiting the competitiveness of the game and it makes it harder for new teams to find opportunities to break through. Online and even offline qualifiers, would give upcoming teams and aspiring teams, the opportunity to showcase themselves which in turn would increase their likelihood of finding sponsors, which also would enable them to go to more events and get better. Ergo, change the invites approach and increase the competitiveness of the game - it would also make viewing more exciting.
2017-03-23 11:47
f0rest | 
India compL1 
+1. I agree but i think less known teams = less audience/ viewers.
2017-03-23 12:17
Sweden ConaN007 
+1 They didn't invite Heroic or Immortals.. both placed above Optic, SK and North in IEM Katowice. This is exactly why i hate ESL and MTG.
2017-03-23 12:23
But haven't placed higher than North at ANY other tournament in recent times. So what do you base invites on. The last tournament or recent results (North has been a stable top 5 team on the HLTV rankings in the last 3 months).
2017-03-23 13:01
The amount of qualifiers is significantly higher compared to any other competitive "sport" out there. If the top teams had to go through a qualifier to play all these tournaments, they would never have a break. So I think it's a pretty good way of doing it. The top teams have proven themselves time after time, if they start playing bad, they will eventually not get an invite. At the same time, upcoming teams get so many chances to prove themselves, since there are qualifiers for basically every event. What more can you expect? If everyone had the same terms, we would never get anywhere. Imagine a world where proven people had to go through the same process time and time again to prove themselves. It's just bungus!
2017-03-23 14:17
United Kingdom HarryBotter 
sk gaming will win! felps tec-9 god #RUNSKG
2017-03-23 11:47
Xyp9x | 
Denmark STATiC^ 
Let's go k0nfig :>
2017-03-23 11:53
Good luck to North :) Must be between SK and Astralis this..
2017-03-23 11:54
why 2 australian teams? .. 1 is too much...
2017-03-23 11:56
Sweden wyv0 
because the event is in australia? go back to taxi porn pls
2017-03-23 15:57
and? #nohomo try someone else
2017-03-24 11:19
Sweden wyv0 
Ur a girl too?
2017-03-24 11:23
use brain, i have <3 nylon behind my nickname and i'm not homo, it's not that hard
2017-03-24 11:33
Sweden wyv0 
nylon is ugly as fk
2017-03-24 15:42
Japan Menedreal 
Again SK/Astralis win FaZe/Norht top 3-4 Like every Lan last 6 month
2017-03-23 12:10
k0nfig | 
Denmark strogie 
Astralis 1st Faze 2nd SK 3rd North 4th To easy prediction
2017-03-23 12:28
KQLY incoming?
2017-03-23 12:29
Astralis 1st FaZe 2nd SK and North 3rd-4th
2017-03-23 12:30
Switzerland GoTMedicine 
lol no vp?
2017-03-23 12:38
Portugal Death_Hack 
Astralis 1st SK 2nd FaZe 3rd North 4th
2017-03-23 12:42
lee_sb | 
United States treysek 
nice, I'm waiting to see how optic is going to retain their spot though, especially if another one of their players walks out the door
2017-03-23 12:52
Poor Vp and poor IEM. Half viewers come for vp games, this is gonna tank
2017-03-23 13:02
Moldova OptimusBlyad 
will be Bad tournament aswell
2017-03-23 13:04
Poland mamba99999 
No VP no tier 1 tournament.
2017-03-23 13:11
k0nfig | 
Denmark strogie 
Vp is good but not best (jw bestest)
2017-03-23 13:25
kennyS | 
Germany Phaxo 
I wish North good luck, but the need to play like god if they want to have a chance against team sk.
2017-03-23 13:24
k0nfig | 
Denmark strogie 
No swedish teams.. Hmm this is what i think; But sad no JW no party
2017-03-23 13:26
Sweden wyv0 
obviously because our teams are tier 2 lmao, i dont watch tier 2 teams
2017-03-23 15:58
k0nfig | 
Denmark strogie 
NIP -friburger +olofmeister then they would be great or even flusha :)
2017-03-23 15:59
Denmark clutchkongen 
Gonna be ezzz for north!
2017-03-23 14:09
coldzera | 
Belgium NoR09 
North? Why not Na'Vi ?
2017-03-23 14:16
Sweden lagcats 
They deserve a spot fo sho.
2017-03-23 14:19
Germany IamNada 
it would be great tournament
2017-03-23 14:55
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2017-03-23 15:32
no VP ez for astralis then
2017-03-23 15:33
Russia AR4ER 
Why only 8 teams...or not 16?
2017-03-23 15:38
United States gtmaniacmda 
go North... you can win!
2017-03-23 15:43
FaZe -1st Astralis -2nd SK -3rd North -4th
2017-03-23 15:56
Brazil Heus 
And where is Immortals? Immortals beat astralis, and had a great performance on Katowice, oh shit
2017-03-23 16:13
Malaysia phyzell 
Fuck man cheap flights next year then. :3
2017-03-23 16:31
thank god i didn't fly there i wanted navi :(
2017-03-23 16:41
Denmark potatomato 
2017-03-23 16:50
Shitnorth ? lul nip VP navi > optic North
2017-03-23 16:51
Poland general007 
no Virtus no fun ;/
2017-03-23 17:07
Australia sazzgsu 
gg wpd 1drop
2017-03-23 17:13
No polish team, no party!
2017-03-23 17:20
NEO | 
Poland Trausky 
no VP?? WTF?
2017-03-23 17:52
Brazil mibrzera 
no vp ? 2 ausie teams? lmao
2017-03-23 17:56
Brazil Gunzel 
wasted spot
2017-03-23 18:22
Poland W1uku 
No VP no Navi no Fnatic-tier2 tournament sorry :c
2017-03-23 19:26
lol what? How do those 2 inconsistent teams dictate if it's a tier 1 event. Literally Faze and Astralis are better... 4 of the best teams are competing and it's tier 2 coz ur fav team didnt attend xD Not to mention VP already played in Australia at the Crown event, a lot of these teams are coming to Australia since they want new experience, Karrigan even said that.
2017-03-24 12:28
Poland W1uku 
You know it is gonna be faze and astralis vs tier3 teams
2017-03-24 20:02
France kennySsSsS 
no VP=ez SK
2017-03-23 21:45
No FaZe, Navi, VP, but still have shitty chinese and T5 AU team LUL!
2017-03-24 00:10
Faze is attending. Na'vi are lucky to be top 8 at the moment, VP aren't in form exactly either. I think the team list attending is quite attractive.
2017-03-24 12:30
Russia razorVJ 
Navi and Gambit are better than 70% of these teams. Fuu.
2017-03-24 08:00
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