APAC qualifiers announced for IEM Sydney

ESL have released the initial details regarding the Asian and Oceanic qualifiers for IEM Sydney 2018, with six spots on offer to the main event.

Last year's edition witnessed Chiefs and ViCi earning their place to the Australian tournament as the best surviving teams from the Oceanic and Chinese qualifiers, respectively. Recently, defending champion SK and runner-up FaZe has been confirmed for the $250,000 tournament so far.

Changes have been made again, with increased slots to the Sydney event and the rest of Asia being included in the qualifiers held in March. Three teams from each region (Asia and Oceania) will be given the opportunity to qualify for the largest esports tournament in Australia to date (May 1-6).

As last year's rep, tucks' Chiefs will be determined to qualify for the home event again

The Asian and Oceanic qualifiers will feature two parts - open and closed stage. Six notable teams from each region have been invited to the closed qualifiers, featuring a best-of-three, double-elimination format. Two more teams (per region) will advance to the closed stage from the two open qualifiers held separately on March 10 and March 11. Registrations are now open for teams in the Asia-Pacific region interested in competing, by clicking the hyperlinks below.

Here are the invites to the ANZ closed qualifier, scheduled to take place on March 17-18, March 24-25, April 3 and April 9:

Australia Athletico Australia Corvidae
Australia Chiefs Australia Grayhound
Australia Tainted Minds Australia ORDER
Oceania Open Qual. #1 Oceania Open Qual. #2

While the Asian closed qualifier will be held on online Singaporean servers from March 23-26, consisting of the following teams:

Singapore BOOT-d[S] China Flash
Mongolia TheMongolz Thailand Signature
Korea MVP PK China TYLOO
Other Open Qual. #1 Other Open Qual. #2

ESL has confirmed eight out of the sixteen competing teams at IEM Sydney will come from the qualifiers, which mathematically suggests six more teams will be invited to the main event, and the remaining qualifiers for Europe and North America will be receiving one slot each. The organization will be publishing more details about it soon.

EZ for tyloo
2018-02-28 09:19
2018-02-28 09:18
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
I sleep
2018-02-28 09:19
2018-02-28 09:19
Netherlands Schumacher 
Hokeh Edit: fml #2
2018-02-28 09:19
2018-02-28 09:59
asian cs lul
2018-02-28 09:18
Dosia | 
Poland WrzodX 
TyLoo and ORDER > everyone.
2018-02-28 09:20
Australia Dadecum 
should be 2 asian, 2 oce, 2 na and 2 europe i want aus teams to do well but i dont want them to get special treatment
2018-02-28 09:20
ur opinion is bad au best cs
2018-02-28 09:21
2018-02-28 13:30
jks | 
Australia Mosski 
ok dad
2018-02-28 09:31
ah cs best cs
2018-02-28 10:30
Australia KatVian 
I agree with your premise, you want to see the highest quality cs and that is only reasonable. However I think it being an Australian tournament (which we get very little of) I would much rather this way then just have the top 16 teams here. I would much rather watch chiefs or order take on top teams to test thier might (and where better to do then with a home crowd) than for example Space Soldiers vs QBF (both current top 16 teams). I think there is a time and place for the crème de la crème of counter strike and another one for celebrating home country CS. I think IEM Sydney is definitely the latter.
2018-02-28 10:46
Australia kaos0002 
The whole point of this event is to showcase Australian CS. It wouldn't feel right if all Australian and Asian teams were eliminated in the first rounds
2018-02-28 17:48
Would be better.. but when it comes to arena matches its highly unlikely we'll be seeing any au teams anyway >.>
2018-03-06 23:20
asia + oceanic region = 6 spots na = 1 spot eu = 1 spot nice gj esl Australia
2018-02-28 09:21
United States pes0man 
Ez mongols
2018-02-28 09:25
six spots PogChamp
2018-02-28 09:28
jks | 
Australia Mosski 
2018-02-28 09:30
SpawN | 
Bulgaria Sickzz_ 
TyLoo should be given direct invite no qualifier bullshit they are the best Asian team
2018-02-28 09:45
Give an Asian qualifier and TyLoo almost makes them into main event every times....
2018-02-28 10:31
then get rekt, wasted spot every time
2018-02-28 10:40
nice comment from a braindead cadian fan
2018-02-28 10:41
many eu teams deserve that spot more than tyloo.
2018-02-28 10:46
nice nazi logic
2018-02-28 10:47
Spain JasonRacism 
Surely this means Renegades will 100% get an invite, Can't possibly imagine them playing in the qualifiers for the closed qualifiers while other AU teams get invited to the closed qualifiers
2018-02-28 10:47
Australia TeBo 
Renegades would qualify via NA but they will be invited anyway. Astralis I believe are the next teams alongside Renegades to be Invited
2018-02-28 11:38
Brazil Raphzzz 
+1. i don't see them having to play the NA qualifiers and not qualifing while tier bot teams do qualify
2018-02-28 17:36
2018-02-28 12:52
wasted spot for mongolz
2018-03-01 03:16
lol, 3 spots for Asia and here we have Astralis, G2, Gambit and VP fighting for 1 spot :D
2018-03-29 22:36
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