IEM Sydney viewer's guide
With the ~$200,000 event in Australia set to start tomorrow, HLTV.org brings you a viewer's guide for IEM Sydney 2017, with the information about the teams, talent and schedule all in one place.
Eight teams will be competing in the tournament Down Under from May 3-7, six teams that received invites and two regional ones that got their spots at the event through online qualifiers.
FaZe and North could face off again in Sydney
ESL invited some of the world's top teams to the event, with FaZe, Astralis and SK all in attendance, but the tournament will also feature the home crowd favorites Renegades, the up-and-coming Aussies Chiefs and ViCi who will LAN debut their current roster in Sydney.
The full team list is as follows:
IEM Sydney 2017 will feature a BO1 Swiss system group stage, similar to the one we saw at ESL One New York, with the top four teams advancing to the playoffs.
The group stage will take place on the first two days, May 3-4, and after a day off, the action will move to the Qudos Bank Arena for the playoffs that will feature BO3 semi-finals and a BO5 grand final.
The 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|
To broadcast and break-down the action, ESL hired a mixture of well-known CS:GO personalities and local talent.
IEM Sydney 2017's broadcast will feature the following crew:
OJ Borg - Stage Host
Miles Ross - Reporter
Michael "MC" Campagna - Observer
James "FiishyD" Dolphin - Observer
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