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:

Brazil SK Australia Renegades
North America OpTic  Denmark North
Denmark Astralis  Europe FaZe
China ViCi Australia Chiefs

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
05:00 Denmark North vs. North America OpTic BO1
06:10 Brazil SK vs. China ViCi BO1
07:20 Denmark Astralis vs. Australia Chiefs BO1
08:30 Europe FaZe vs. Australia Renegades BO1
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
  *If required  
       
Saturday, May 6th
07:00 Semi-Final #1 BO3
10:50 Semi-Final #2 BO3
       
Sunday, May 7th
05:00 Showmatch  
07:00 Grand Final BO5

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:

United Kingdom OJ Borg - Stage Host
Australia Miles Ross - Reporter

Australia Mitch "Uber" Leslie - Desk Host
Australia Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill - Analyst 
Australia Iain "SnypeR" Turner - Analyst  
Serbia Janko "YNk" Paunović - Analyst 

Canada Matt "Sadokist" Trivett - Commentator
United Kingdom Henry "HenryG" Greer - Commentator
United Kingdom Lauren "Pansy" Scott - Commentator
United States Jason "moses" O'Toole - Commentator 

Australia Michael "MC" Campagna - Observer
Australia James "FiishyD" Dolphin - Observer

Professeur writes for HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter.

Australia Michael 'MC' Campagna
Michael 'MC' Campagna
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.81
Maps played:
46
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.75
APR:
0.11
Serbia Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
117
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
United States Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
18
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
Australia Iain 'SnypeR' Turner
Iain 'SnypeR' Turner
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
149
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
United Kingdom Henry 'HenryG' Greer
Henry 'HenryG' Greer
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
14
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Australia Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
158
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.18
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2017-05-02 14:56
#17
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Bosnia and Herzegovina nikokokoko 
Starts at 5am gg
2017-05-02 14:57
#20
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Estonia BoomKings 
its good for me cuz i can watch in school xd
2017-05-02 14:59
#32
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United States Jrfaster 
5am in what time zone?
2017-05-02 15:06
#33
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Bosnia and Herzegovina nikokokoko 
Cest
2017-05-02 15:07
#35
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United States Jrfaster 
Thank you
2017-05-02 15:08
First time I will get to experience a tournament that isn't during the middle of the night. Let us have this one would you?
2017-05-02 16:21
#84
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Bosnia and Herzegovina nikokokoko 
u are 100% right
2017-05-02 16:23
#98
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Australia Flyntos 
Can finally have a night where we can grab some drinks, pizza and KFC and watch a match that isn't at 2am
2017-05-02 16:35
Ye, as I'm really annoyed when this happen, I know the struggle, hope you'll enjoy the tournament!
2017-05-03 12:23
Enjoy!
2017-05-02 18:10
Ty
2017-05-02 18:11
#125
fnx | 
Brazil Beicom 
SK's game at 1am ow fock It must be hard for australians csgo fans to watch events
2017-05-02 18:50
You have no idea mate :')
2017-05-04 01:11
#60
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Europe vvitozz 
SK VS RENEGADES... EZ FOR RENEGADES 16-0.. kappa but it should be ez for SK, my bet at this point is, then SK will win it, maybe FaZe, but astralis will loose at semi final. Have a nice day
2017-05-02 15:42
Starts Wednesday the 4th not 3rd
2017-05-02 16:27
Lol wednesday is the 3rd smfh
2017-05-02 17:03
#112
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United States Upmind 
Wednesday the 3rd btw
2017-05-02 17:22
n1
2017-05-02 14:56
#8
rain | 
Denmark ^Lykke^ 
nice one
2017-05-02 14:56
yes vari nice times)))) eksdee
2017-05-02 14:56
ez faze
2017-05-02 14:56
#12
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Netherlands Bandias 
ez 4 vici
2017-05-02 14:56
#13
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Lithuania xeNNw0w 
FaZeUP bois
2017-05-02 14:57
Good time for EU Kappa
2017-05-02 14:57
Impossible to watch, fucking timezone. What a fuking place to do a tournament
2017-05-02 14:57
#81
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Australia atheoo_ 
You're like a stupid little girl who complains about everything. You don't understand that everyone in Australia and New Zealand have to stay up at 3am - 9am depending on where the tournament is located. Which is fit for everyone in EU and NA. But as soon as we get a chance to watch a tournament that all Australians and New Zealanders can watch, stupid retards like you start complaining. It's pretty funny cause now you have to experience what we have to every time we want to watch a tournament in a different country.
2017-05-02 16:22
He has every right, and understandable. The AU/NZ scene is tiny compared to EU/NA. The viewership numbers are gonna hurt big time for IEM. Plus not a single game here fits when anyone in EU/NA are either off work or even awake. Staying up to 3 AM is 20x easier than staying up to 5 AM or wake oneself up at 5 AM. I say that as someone who has done both.
2017-05-02 21:07
#137
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United States velocityy 
wow look at big shot over here who has stayed up to 5am as well as woke up at 5am. He even applied his completely subjective scale of "20x" to illustrate his point of why AU should never have an event.
2017-05-02 23:56
#83
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Australia Flyntos 
Can you all shut your mouths for 1 tournament? Australians have to watch games between 12am-7am all the time, but one tourney in our country and all you can do is fucking whinge
2017-05-02 16:22
no one fucking care about NA or AU,cs its based on EU,fuck off AU
2017-05-02 16:30
lul mad kangaroos are mad
2017-05-02 16:48
#146
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Australia atheoo_ 
We aren't really mad. You're mad because you; for the first time, can't watch a tournament.
2017-05-03 23:39
#16
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France Meerkat_ 
Viewers guide when only Chinks and Kangaroos can view LUL
2017-05-02 14:57
#18
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Slovakia TatKo 
Cant wait for the cream and butter casting duo
2017-05-02 14:58
Guys u know, that its ezzzz for astralis and sk
2017-05-02 14:59
only 12 kangaroos watching this rip na and eu viewers
2017-05-02 15:00
#22
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Oceania nobrac 
Gave sk a easy start.. shuda vs astralis.. 1st Astralis 2nd/3rd Faze/sk 4th/5th North/optic 6th/7th Vici/renegades 8th chiefs
2017-05-02 15:00
Why do you want astralis to get rekt on their first game?
2017-05-03 00:14
Now all the butthurt EU and NA kids see how we feel during 80% of tournaments :))
2017-05-02 15:01
#26
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Australia Excelerate 
^^^^^^^^^^^^^ i feel so powerful :D
2017-05-02 15:03
haha
2017-05-02 15:05
Atleast i have stuff to do at school Now and ill have problem getting up at 5 am
2017-05-02 16:03
I don't feel butthurt.
2017-05-02 15:06
#37
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New Zealand tyfnz 
+1
2017-05-02 15:10
#42
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Thailand aduyeah 
+1 finally I can wake up at a normal time and see all the games at a normal hour.
2017-05-02 15:15
#53
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Australia 100T_TOP_100 
It's a good day for Asian/Australian fans
2017-05-02 15:34
lol who cares about this event the players said they only went to go to Australia once
2017-05-02 15:37
#65
FalleN | 
World TigaJun 
True story
2017-05-02 15:48
#92
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Australia Flyntos 
Woo
2017-05-02 16:30
#24
cyx | 
Bangladesh Stoffi 
Faze vs. SK in final - unless they meet each other before Astralis 3-4 together with North.
2017-05-02 15:02
#25
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Brazil Smartzilian 
fucking timezone +999 Impossible to watch for Brazil, USA and EU
2017-05-02 15:02
Thank god
2017-05-02 15:04
LUL
2017-05-02 15:10
#43
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Brazil Smartzilian 
I'm not saying that I don't like Australia, but this time zone will drop so many viewers
2017-05-02 15:17
Rip me watching this, first game starts at midnight, and it ends at 5 in the morning.... Welp
2017-05-02 15:05
#44
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Thailand aduyeah 
story of our life 90% of the time. Try and be happy for us that we can get a normal experience for once.
2017-05-02 15:17
Its not out problem that the asian/australian scene dont have any good team :/
2017-05-02 16:05
#75
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Thailand aduyeah 
the argument isn't about whether we have good teams or not. It's true our scene is much smaller. But the general viewership here has suffered the NA/EU timing for most tournaments. I don't blame ESL/Dreamhack, I understand that viewership is most definitely higher in NA/EU. But I'm just trying to appreciate that we can finally enjoy at least one event where we aren't time fucked.
2017-05-02 16:10
Whilst you express your grattitude the countries that make up 99% of the playerbase and viewerbase will be complaining. As they have just as much right to do so.
2017-05-02 21:10
IMo having a weak scene is not the only reason , but the fact that AU is in the midle of FUCKING NOWHERE IN THE OCEAN MAYBE IS A GOOD FACTOR M8
2017-05-02 21:19
that's why am saying "rip me", maybe on finals day they could put in a more friendly time, but again, i'm not complaining
2017-05-05 23:13
yess, an event starting in the afternoon, finally
2017-05-02 15:05
worse than fucking NA
2017-05-02 15:07
one thing is for sure: na will get STOMPED once again xd
2017-05-02 15:09
YNk o/
2017-05-02 15:11
I'm just curious about this showmatch..
2017-05-02 15:11
#41
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Pakistan perth 
guys please there are tournaments like every week wtf are you want?
2017-05-02 15:14
07:00 for the finals XDDD
2017-05-02 15:19
Ez 4 fazeuppe
2017-05-02 15:24
nice time for matches xDDDD
2017-05-02 15:26
hope its good
2017-05-02 15:27
#49
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Luxembourg alex24 
easy for faze sk out in semis as usual
2017-05-02 15:27
#50
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Europe KappaKaako 
07:00 Grand Final BO5 WTF
2017-05-02 15:31
#51
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Europe KappaKaako 
This could fix my sleeping schedule atleast
2017-05-02 15:32
My school starts at 8:00. Now ill have stuff to do over there with a B05 :D
2017-05-02 16:07
No Anders&Semmler no fun
2017-05-02 15:34
#62
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World Flyzxc 
Worst caster I dont want hear they voice and semler just scream like kiddo
2017-05-02 15:46
Cry is free
2017-05-02 15:53
Guys do anyone know what is this show match all about ?
2017-05-02 15:37
Fucking group stage at 06:00 a.m. & grand final bo5 at 08:00 a.m. fuck you kangaroos! At least you stuck with Pansy as a commentator HAHAHAHA some relief lol!
2017-05-02 15:43
Grand final SK vs Renegades 0:16 0:16 0:16,ez for aussie cs
2017-05-02 15:39
2 ez 4 karrigan, niko, allu, rain, kio and robban
2017-05-02 15:40
#59
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World Sins 
Pansy no :( i h8 that voice
2017-05-02 15:40
i hope she doesnt get semi finals/finals
2017-05-02 15:47
#69
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World Sins 
i hope not :S
2017-05-02 15:56
Her and Moses will probably her both semis
2017-05-02 16:09
#61
sh1ro | 
United Kingdom Dave2303 
I like staying up to watch cs e.g. West Coast NA but there's no chance im getting up this early. There's only 4 good teams so i guess im not missing much anyway.
2017-05-02 15:45
#63
buster | 
China qwe8706 
11:00 am so good
2017-05-02 15:46
#66
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Indonesia walker8888 
Start 10.00 Am in here
2017-05-02 15:51
starting 00:00 >.<
2017-05-02 15:52
best time zone eu
2017-05-02 16:06
start 05:00 ? omg................
2017-05-02 16:11
can't wait to see our best team get smashed in front of our home crowd
2017-05-02 16:11
Heh... You think they make it to the crowd...
2017-05-02 17:22
#124
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Singapore FreddyBoxson 
EZ rng vs chiefs finals
2017-05-02 18:40
RNG 16-0 SK
2017-05-02 16:17
#79
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United States gtmaniacmda 
I have two exams tomorrow, I can't stay up to watch the North game, fuck!
2017-05-02 16:18
its called a VOD crazy technology
2017-05-02 16:34
#97
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United States gtmaniacmda 
I want to see it L I V E It's not like I won't watch the VOD but I'll already know the score :(
2017-05-02 16:35
don't look at the score before you watch it :o
2017-05-02 16:36
#100
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United States gtmaniacmda 
It'll be hard
2017-05-02 16:37
No it's not. Just don't come here. For example, I still don't know that Princess Leia died.
2017-05-02 17:33
#115
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United States gtmaniacmda 
>not coming to HLTV >being me CHOOSE ONE :*(
2017-05-02 17:34
you can do it friend
2017-05-02 17:41
#82
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Brazil R_ananias 
worst time possible for brazilian viewers. Matches from 00:00 to 08:00.
2017-05-02 16:22
#88
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Australia Flyntos 
Ye but that's us 99% of the time anyway so like Ah well a couple of late nights won't kill ya.
2017-05-02 16:27
#90
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Brazil R_ananias 
I'm not even mad. I will try to watch it as much as I can.
2017-05-02 16:28
#94
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Australia Flyntos 
Buy yourself a couple of energy drinks and binge it late night on a big screen.
2017-05-02 16:31
some1 ppl have school
2017-05-02 16:32
#85
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Australia Flyntos 
Shut up about time zone and put up with it for once in fucking 3 years.
2017-05-02 16:23
#86
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Let's go BRAZIL, my team, my pride, my SK! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-05-02 16:23
#89
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African Union hdlmb 
too ez for faze
2017-05-02 16:28
SK vs Renegades (Online 0-16 Pro league season 4) SK vs Renegades (ON LAN 16-0 ELEAGUE season 1) So... This is LAN: 16-0 SK
2017-05-02 16:29
amtV? No Freeman? VICI?
2017-05-02 16:37
same time zone I love Australia <3
2017-05-02 16:43
<3
2017-05-02 16:50
Miss Havoc #RIPBEARD
2017-05-02 16:51
#107
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Belgium bioZARRRD 
I'm happy for the aussies. Ppl should just suck it up for once and stop whining. We get plenty of other events at normal hours
2017-05-02 16:53
#121
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Australia lyt3x 
That's exactly right, most tournaments for us start at around 3am and go until 9am in the morning. Good to see that there are good people out there who are happy for us <3
2017-05-02 18:16
#128
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Belgium bioZARRRD 
<3 nohomo
2017-05-02 19:37
#108
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China CHENZHUO 
ez vg
2017-05-02 16:56
#110
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Germany gg-wp 
I'll watch the whole Event as a workless 24/7 nolifer and german.
2017-05-02 17:08
Gud
2017-05-02 17:28
#117
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
shittiest timezone ever... It starts at midnight and ends at 8am... gg
2017-05-02 17:49
#122
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France France98123 
boring tournament just because of the time
2017-05-02 18:28
#123
SPUNJ | 
Brazil FalKsCS 
Final at 2 a.m is really nice, considering I have to wake up @ 6... But still, that's like, the best event in cs:go for asians because of the time. I hope they enjoy it, but I see viewership dropping harder than my Math grades
2017-05-02 18:39
#131
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India transformer 
i don't think so the viewership will drop. Lets hope for the best.
2017-05-02 20:59
#136
SPUNJ | 
Brazil FalKsCS 
Statistically speaking, most of viewers are from EU and the Americas. Let's hope it won't drop, but it's more probable to do so
2017-05-02 22:25
#145
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Denmark Ahandii89 
Of course the live viewer count will drop, but some of the lost viewers might watch it afterwards
2017-05-03 12:25
Won't be able to see it , starts at 00 :/
2017-05-02 19:24
Hmm, the time is not that bad.. If you like waking up early. It is very good to watch cs in the morning :P coffe and chill..
2017-05-02 19:32
#143
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Denmark Ahandii89 
Yea just kinda hard if u got a job
2017-05-03 12:22
Bad timezone for us brazilians, but I won't complain at all because AU people have to watch like that 99% of the time. Good luck to all teams!
2017-05-02 19:57
Fuck au ppl, lol... Jk they deserve a good tournament once in a while
2017-05-03 00:17
#130
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India transformer 
hope the grandfinal goes to map 5. it will be awesome for viewers and for spectators at the venue
2017-05-02 20:57
Well rip school tomorrow, have to watch in the middle of the class x) The good part is that my half class is playing, so i would not be alone xd
2017-05-02 21:15
#138
fury | 
Brazil LeeeO:9 
good news for the people who dislike SK fans, I guess 80% of them won't stay awake to watch the whole day.
2017-05-03 00:09
#141
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Australia Xplicid 
update pls ty
2017-05-03 11:12
#142
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Australia Excelerate 
anyone know why they don't play on Friday?
2017-05-03 12:09
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