IEM Sydney with $250,000 prize pool announced

ESL has announced their second Intel Extreme Masters event of 2018, with the $310,000 AUD ($250,000) tournament returning to Sydney, Australia from May 1-6.

After tasting the waters down under last year, the largest esports event in Australia to date returns in May, which witnessed over 7,000 attendees each day at the Qudos Bank Arena. The 2017 edition's grand final showcased SK (with João "felps" Vasconcellos at the time) defeating FaZe (powered by Aleksi "allu" Jalli and Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey back then) 3-1 in a best-of-five series. 

It has not been confirmed if IEM Sydney will use the new format introduced recently, which will kick off its debut at the upcoming IEM Katowice's $500,000 World Championship. The 2018 edition for IEM Sydney will see an increase of $50,000 USD added to the prize pool after $200,000 was offered last year and a total of 16 teams (up from 8) taking part in the Australian event.

IEM Sydney returns and will count towards the $1 million Intel Grand Slam

The Sydney event will count towards the Intel Grand Slam, a $1 million bonus prize rewarded to the first team that wins four of the last ten CS:GO tournaments in the ESL/DreamHack Masters circuit. Four teams have at least one win under their belt, including G2, FaZe, and NiP on one win each, as SK leads the charge with two wins.

HLTV.org has learned the group stage will take place from May 1-3, while the playoffs will be showcased to the live audience at the Qudos Bank Arena from May 4-6, an extra day for the public to enjoy the matches, compared to last year's two-day experience in the arena.

Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellos
João 'felps' Vasconcellos
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
731
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1391
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1247
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
#1
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Sweden Rexz 
hype
2018-01-30 23:04
#16
broky | 
Latvia De1Co 
Co ol
2018-01-30 23:05
#20
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Japan Th3Koala 
Yup
2018-01-30 23:05
#44
fnx | 
Brazil Beicom 
yey
2018-01-30 23:25
#58
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Brazil junera 
EZ for SK Gaming, back to back, 2017 - 2018 IEM Sydney CHAMPIONS!!!!! Australianos are cool and all of them are SK fans, Australia is the land of BR CS domination!
2018-01-30 23:33
#86
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Australia vamped 
Mate. Don’t be telling us who we’re fans of.
2018-01-31 00:37
#90
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Brazil junera 
Mate. You all cheered for SK like Justin Bieber fangirls last time, it was so beautiful I cried a little! Repsect for Australianos!
2018-01-31 00:49
#103
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Australia SteveAnoos 
Haha, I love your enthusiasm. SK isn’t my favourite team, but I do like them, and they do have Gabriel ‘Two Faced’ Toledo, my favourite player. Should be a great event again this year!
2018-01-31 03:00
#145
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Brazil junera 
Yes, very nice event! IEMs are always good, this time will be even better because will not be only 8 teams like 2017! #MiBRCARALHO
2018-01-31 06:09
australianos xD - note i said australia without a capital a because they are irrelevant
2018-01-31 06:33
#174
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Australia Fut1lez 
nt nz never seen a big tournament in ur country note I said nz without caps cuz yous are irrelevant af
2018-01-31 10:05
I was in IEM the crowd was louder for Faze then SK we just cheer for both cause we are friendly, we are loyal, we are aussie.
2018-02-01 15:45
lmao i hate faze and sk baha
2018-01-31 05:40
#144
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Brazil junera 
You're weak! I hope a fucking tarantula gets into ur shoe at night so when you will drink beer from it you eat a tarantula!
2018-01-31 06:07
ahh no pls
2018-01-31 08:25
#184
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Australia PuncherCS 
Listen peasant, We don't even have tarantula's here, all about the huntsmen spiders. Regardless, get ready for the shoeys!
2018-01-31 12:07
daddy long legs are scary man
2018-02-01 12:37
#215
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Brazil junera 
Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk im ready
2018-02-01 16:09
wtf? Oo
2018-01-31 15:33
#203
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Brazil EnzoAirezZ 
Yeah Body of 20 and mind of 9, any australian person can like of any team without being SK, i am brasilian but my favorite player is Dupreeh ._. And my favorite team is C9
2018-01-31 18:02
Australianos!
2018-02-04 13:42
#149
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Australia closet 
ty
2018-01-31 06:13
#17
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Japan Th3Koala 
Nice
2018-01-30 23:05
2 bo1 playing at the same time. Rip.
2018-01-30 23:06
#43
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New Zealand Duck_Meat 
plz invite Renegades
2018-01-30 23:24
Surely they will
2018-01-30 23:28
#61
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World Hoodlums 
They did last year
2018-01-30 23:36
#94
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Australia Eagz 
Order #1 au upset like chiefs did plz
2018-01-31 01:09
#180
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Australia KatVian 
Chiefs IS the number 1 au team
2018-01-31 11:43
#120
PokeMon | 
United States Acetk 
No way in hell they don't
2018-01-31 04:47
#2
MICHU | 
Poland Miikyy 
ez4VP
2018-01-30 23:04
nice
2018-01-30 23:04
#4
TACO | 
Brazil gabriezz1 
Nice. SK again
2018-01-30 23:04
#5
FalleN | 
France nyygma 
Ayyay
2018-01-30 23:04
#6
Xizt | 
Czech Republic davskal 
Nice, looking forward to the crowd.
2018-01-30 23:05
#7
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New Zealand Glyphiss 
Ytb
2018-01-30 23:05
#95
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Australia Eagz 
Ytb
2018-01-31 01:09
#109
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Australia Zilox 
YTB
2018-01-31 04:07
YTB
2018-01-31 05:40
#8
ZywOo | 
World SPatrick 
Gooo
2018-01-30 23:05
#9
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
nice
2018-01-30 23:05
best crowd evah
2018-01-30 23:05
#11
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North America Jxmes 
Not bad
2018-01-30 23:05
#12
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Lithuania Paulius_CS 
Australia stronk
2018-01-30 23:05
NOICE
2018-01-30 23:05
shitney LUL
2018-01-30 23:05
#96
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Australia Eagz 
Should come to Perth aye ;)
2018-01-31 01:10
we gotta use all these stadium were getting for no reason man
2018-01-31 06:14
#15
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New Zealand tyfnz 
YE BOIS
2018-01-30 23:05
fuuucckkkkkkk another sydney event where matches are all at night/early morning
2018-01-30 23:05
#39
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Australia Zer0_Gravity 
1 tournament where it's out of your timezone vs every other tournament out of our timezone? plz stop complaining
2018-01-30 23:18
#84
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Hong Kong IAmAutistic 
So you think time stops for you....jk
2018-01-31 00:17
#173
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New Zealand bop1t 
you just had a major in NA stop complaining.
2018-01-31 09:33
#19
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Brazil Luc0n 
The hype is real. SK again
2018-01-30 23:05
Sydney is nice, but where's IEM Sao Paulo?
2018-01-30 23:06
#27
SileNt | 
Poland opek26 
favelas doesnt deserve tournament
2018-01-30 23:07
The best team in the world is brazilian
2018-01-30 23:08
#45
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Greece knk74 
So ?
2018-01-30 23:25
So Sao Paulo deserves more than Sydney or Bucarest that hasnt any team in top 10
2018-01-30 23:27
one word, favela
2018-01-31 09:07
#182
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Australia KatVian 
But Sydney and Bucharest both have good night life, nice locals, cool stuff to see and are ALOT SAFER for players, talant, ECT also you guys did get proleague, so why not share it around?
2018-01-31 11:47
Ez SK as always
2018-01-30 23:06
#24
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Germany Flachzange 
totally unexpected
2018-01-30 23:06
#25
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Brazil FaelEz 
And the teams participants ??
2018-01-30 23:07
#26
fer | 
Brazil Drezim1 
ez 100t
2018-01-30 23:07
Yeah boys.
2018-01-30 23:08
#29
ableJ | 
Bangladesh DisableJ 
nice
2018-01-30 23:08
#30
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South America jotto 
Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi Oi Oi!
2018-01-30 23:08
aussie aussie aussie
2018-01-30 23:09
#33
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Germany Cyasera 
great event, great crowd... just terrible time...
2018-01-30 23:10
#73
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Brazil HueyNewton 
Yep :/
2018-01-30 23:45
#104
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Australia CKS 
its the one event where its not a terrible time for us. let us have our moment please :(
2018-01-31 03:35
#107
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Brazil HueyNewton 
Totally agree with you bro, last time i still until 6 AM here in Brazil watching the grandfinal and i am looking forward to do this again! Great event and love the crowd
2018-01-31 03:58
#34
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Other _Kan0n 
I get more excited for IEM events than majors. Says a lot. Valve needs to step up their game.
2018-01-30 23:10
Agreedo.
2018-01-30 23:31
#60
fnx | 
Brazil Beicom 
+1
2018-01-30 23:35
#72
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Brazil HueyNewton 
+1
2018-01-30 23:44
#159
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Finland Alko^ 
agreed
2018-01-31 06:54
#167
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World nouman 
enjoy the facebook stream
2018-01-31 08:36
#172
jks | 
Australia Mosski 
Will be on Twitch as well
2018-01-31 09:32
IEM is not included in the Facebook deal.
2018-01-31 11:48
+1
2018-01-31 16:04
#35
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Brazil digozamaral 
AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIEE!!
2018-01-30 23:11
OI OI OI
2018-01-31 03:46
LETS GO Australia has such a good crowd
2018-01-30 23:13
AUSTRALIAN CROWD ONE OF THE BEST ON THE WORLD AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE !!!!! - Fallen 2k17
2018-01-30 23:16
#41
Australia jar 
oi oi oi
2018-01-30 23:19
#71
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Brazil HueyNewton 
+1
2018-01-30 23:44
drunk kangaroos drinking from shoes again
2018-01-30 23:18
#98
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Australia t0rrent_ 
I'll be doing that
2018-01-31 01:18
i will be there to watch seeing i’m not legal drinking age
2018-01-31 05:56
Its an age old tradition, it would be disgraceful if we didn't.
2018-01-31 12:21
#40
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Spain Alser 
Only thing which can make me wake up at 7am on a weekend
2018-01-30 23:19
Nice! One of the best crowds around
2018-01-30 23:19
#47
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Greece knk74 
Last year i watched sk vs faze before going to the beach while eating bekfast 8/8
2018-01-30 23:27
#48
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Australia mitch_ 
let's go
2018-01-30 23:27
#53
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Brazil HueyNewton 
Nice, the crowd was insane in the first edition!! Im happy for that lululul awesome place, so beautyful
2018-01-30 23:41
#59
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Singapore FreddyBoxson 
HYPE
2018-01-30 23:35
#62
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Brazil hugoooo 
Change that damn 'trophy' ffs
2018-01-30 23:36
yeah its really just a plate, seemed a bit ridiculous when sk lifted it
2018-01-31 06:23
#210
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Brazil hugoooo 
It' just fucking ugly and bad to lift/hold/store. Trophies aren't supposed to be a plate... and that's an ugly one. If you want to make a plate, make it golden and chromed as fuck, as reflective as a mirror! Then it's fine.
2018-01-31 23:18
Poor prize pool
2018-01-30 23:36
#70
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Brazil HueyNewton 
Better than in the first edition
2018-01-30 23:43
#65
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Slovakia TatKo 
IEM - so its not gonna be on damn facebook like EPL and Esl one right ?
2018-01-30 23:36
#136
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Brazil junera 
2018-01-31 06:04
#66
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United States 0123Rhm 
So invites will be the four grand slam winners, plus renegades, C9, North, VP. Noice
2018-01-30 23:39
and the other 8?
2018-01-31 00:08
#88
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United States 0123Rhm 
Qualifiers: 2 Au/Asia, 2 NA and then 4 Eu/CIS.
2018-01-31 00:39
I hope there's no Virtus Premier
2018-01-31 05:44
arent they virtus.openleague now?
2018-01-31 06:18
#193
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United States 0123Rhm 
Could be swapped with Astralis
2018-01-31 15:21
#68
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Vietnam Oida 
Nice. CS should also be played in savage lands.
2018-01-30 23:41
I wanted to see Aussies cheering for their team in playoffs! ...wait
2018-01-30 23:42
Awesome!
2018-01-30 23:48
#75
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Turkey inmortial27 
teams?
2018-01-30 23:51
This should be another great event
2018-01-30 23:53
Hopefully security aren't such fuck heads this time around. If you're reading this. Fucking relax. Blokes are enjoying a beer and an inflatable kangaroo is not an illegal weapon. Calm the fuck down, relax and stop trying to be a hard cunt.
2018-01-30 23:54
#82
Australia vik_ 
Everyone bring inflatable kangaroos. They surely can't kick us all out.
2018-01-30 23:59
#92
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New Zealand Glyphiss 
They made me throw out my fucking bananas
2018-01-31 00:59
Doesn't surprise me mate. They need to pull their heads in and just do their fucking job which is to provide security not take some poor blokes food or kick someone out for an inflatable marsupial. Not be Gestapos.
2018-01-31 01:03
they made my dad poor out his water bottle
2018-01-31 05:57
Tier 1 tournament with 20k viewers incoming cuz bad times
2018-01-30 23:55
#79
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France kennySsSsS 
nice nice nice loved the last one, hope this gonna be great aswell
2018-01-30 23:55
#80
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Australia Slippin_Jimmy 
yeah the fucking boys
2018-01-30 23:56
Glad I could go last year can't go this year but I'm glad Australia finally gets a big tourney regularly
2018-01-31 00:18
#87
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Other VladimirLucas 
NICESUUUUU
2018-01-31 00:38
AUSSIE PRIDE
2018-01-31 00:42
- poor prize pool - jewbook stream sad ;c
2018-01-31 00:59
2018-01-31 06:17
#97
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Australia aucs 
YTB
2018-01-31 01:15
#100
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Australia AusGG 
Hey Qudos Bank Arena, if you take my fucking opened water bottle when I arrive at the venue you can get fucked i'm not paying 8 dollars for a bottle of water inside the venue fuckfaces
2018-01-31 01:55
Then take sealed bottles of water? lol
2018-01-31 04:21
#116
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Australia AusGG 
To be fair last time I was there it was 35C, I couldn't just keep my water bottle sealed when everyone was burning to death
2018-01-31 04:26
Nice
2018-01-31 02:24
250k in 2018 lul
2018-01-31 02:35
#111
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Australia Zilox 
they probs spend a lot of money accommodating the teams and flying them down so they down have as much for the prize pool. this tournament is more about the experience IMO.
2018-01-31 04:12
wtf is belarus
2018-01-31 06:13
#160
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Finland Alko^ 
still more competitive than majors
2018-01-31 06:56
hype
2018-01-31 03:37
#113
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African Union mikecool 
PogChamp. Went last time. Def going again this time xD
2018-01-31 04:14
#117
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Australia kTw0 
YTB flights to Sydney booked
2018-01-31 04:28
lucky i live here
2018-01-31 05:58
#153
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Australia kTw0 
>lucky >live in Sydney pick one
2018-01-31 06:18
#162
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Australia ParaboliC 
at least sydney gets events
2018-01-31 07:08
more like >lucky >live in australia pick both
2018-01-31 08:24
#208
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Australia kTw0 
+1
2018-01-31 22:44
#118
SPUNJ | 
Brazil FalKsCS 
AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!! GIVE US MORE SHOEIS/SHOEYS
2018-01-31 04:35
#209
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Australia kTw0 
It is spelled "Shoey" mate <3
2018-01-31 22:45
#212
SPUNJ | 
Brazil FalKsCS 
<3 GIVE IT TO ME KappaPride
2018-02-01 15:43
#119
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Indonesia Bisapakai 
Thanks god it's aussie time, i can watch the game. Not like in boston major, the game start in 2AM in my country time.
2018-01-31 04:41
#121
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United States gtmaniacmda 
well, that's one tournament I won't watch HF aussies
2018-01-31 05:00
yeah this is why I didn't watch the major. gtfo
2018-01-31 05:59
#188
walle | 
Australia sini_ 
Dont worry mate, YouTube is your friend
2018-01-31 12:30
AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!
2018-01-31 05:00
let's GO! Aussies make such good crowd.
2018-01-31 05:22
Is IEM on facebook or is it only for their pro league?
2018-01-31 05:31
ESL Australia posts all the stuff for it facebook.com/ESLAustralia/
2018-01-31 05:51
noice
2018-01-31 06:58
SHOEEEEEYYYY
2018-01-31 05:54
#146
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Australia closet 
maddddd
2018-01-31 06:09
was great last time, im sure it will be even better this year
2018-01-31 06:11
#157
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Australia Zilox 
I agree, we have a reputation to keep up, and we know we can do even better
2018-01-31 06:23
"Dedicated seating area on Club Level of Qudos Bank Arena" Is that up higher than GA?
2018-01-31 06:21
#164
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Australia t0rrent_ 
no dabbing please
2018-01-31 08:21
#170
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United States AjAjCaptain 
Well done
2018-01-31 08:52
#175
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CIS Ninja2k 
lul
2018-01-31 10:27
#177
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Estonia mr_abdul 
ending my school year with IEM Sydney, nice
2018-01-31 11:13
#186
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Malaysia K2tan 
Awesome time zone . Faze got this
2018-01-31 12:24
hype hype hype!!
2018-01-31 13:46
#191
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Russia Nikosimus 
AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE Nice event, hyped up for it:D
2018-01-31 14:11
Thig gun b gud
2018-01-31 14:17
#197
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Kazakhstan TimaTea 
Snake and Spiders Yeah
2018-01-31 15:57
good :D
2018-01-31 16:04
Ez for the country with besterest crowd and hosts in the world. #RUNRENEGADES or Grayhound, or ORDER, maybe Tainted Minds, all these teams are hella nice.
2018-01-31 16:23
we wont more places
2018-01-31 17:30
#204
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Brazil HueyNewton 
Aussie Aussie aussie
2018-01-31 18:15
#214
Xyp9x | 
Portugal CRMN1 
Glad that I'll be able to watch the best crowd chant again.
2018-02-01 15:48
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