ESL has announced the format of the group stage and the schedule for the upcoming IEM event in Sydney, Australia.
The tournament will kick off with an eight-team Swiss system group stage, similar to the one that was used at ESL One New York last year. The attending teams will compete for one of the four playoffs spots in the ESL studios on Wednesday and Thursday, with a break day following on Friday.
After a day off, the action will move to the Qudos Bank Arena for the playoffs, where the four best teams from the group stage will battle it out in a single-elimination bracket. The semi-final matches will be played as BO3's, while the grand final will be a BO5.
The full schedule is available below:
|Wednesday, May 3rd|
|09:40||Swiss Round 2 Match 1||BO1|
|10:50||Swiss Round 2 Match 2||BO1|
|12:00||Swiss Round 2 Match 3||BO1|
|13:10||Swiss Round 2 Match 4||BO1|
|Thursday, May 4th|
|05:00||Swiss Round 3 Match 1||BO1|
|06:10||Swiss Round 3 Match 2||BO1|
|07:20||Swiss Round 3 Match 3||BO1|
|08:30||Swiss Round 3 Match 4||BO1|
|09:40||Swiss Round 4 Match 1||BO1|
|10:50||Swiss Round 4 Match 2||BO1|
|12:00||Swiss Round 4 Match 3||BO1|
|13:00||Swiss Round 5 Match 1||BO1|
|14:20||Swiss Round 5 Match 2*||BO1|
|Saturday, May 6th|
|Sunday, May 7th|
ESL noted that the match starting times are estimated and that they may vary due to the length of the games. Also, for visitors, the doors of the Qudos Bank Arena will be opening at 12:00 local for both days of the playoffs.
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