IEM Sydney EU & NA closed qualifiers announced

ESL has announced the times and dates for its European and North American qualifiers to IEM Sydney 2018.

Two teams, one from North America and one from Europe, will qualify on March 29-30 to take part at this year's IEM Sydney, the second iteration of the tournament. The event will feature sixteen teams and has seven already announced:Renegades, SK, Cloud9, FaZe, mousesports, Natus Vincere, and fnatic.

Astralis, who ended 3-4 in Sydney last year, will have to qualify this time around

Joining those seven on May 1-6 in Australia will be six teams from Asia & Oceania, with three advancing from each region's own qualifier, two teams from the EU & NA closed qualifiers, and the winner of the GG:Origin qualifier which features the likes of GODSENT, AGO, Space Soldiers, and Windigo, among others.

The EU & NA qualifiers for the $250,000 event will be played on March 29 & 30, and will feature teams of the caliber of Astralis, G2, and Liquid. The full bracket draw for the qualifier is:

Europe Europe
Denmark Astralis vs. Europe Open Qualifier*
Europe HellRaisers vs. Kazakhstan Gambit
Sweden NiP vs. Poland Virtus.pro
France G2 vs. Europe Open Qualifier **
   
North America North America
North America Liquid vs. North America Open Qualifier*
United States Torqued vs. United States NRG
Brazil Luminosity vs. North America Complexity
Denmark OpTic vs. North America Open Qualifier** 

*   Team from the lower side of the bracket
** Team from the upper side of the bracket

The invited teams for the event are:

Australia Renegades Brazil SK
Sweden fnatic United States Cloud9
Europe FaZe Ukraine Natus Vincere
Europe mousesports  
#1
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Albania ez_first 
ez4ence
2018-03-26 20:35
howW??'Q?!é?!'^?!'3 how r u first?
2018-03-26 20:36
its easy. i can teach you. its really boring tho.
2018-03-26 21:10
#128
zehN | 
African Union Pulco 
Explain and want my mum to be proud :)
2018-03-27 10:34
#127
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United Kingdom Astaria 
Que ota?!
2018-03-27 09:49
name checks out
2018-03-26 20:36
#18
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Brazil nomurway 
ez for luminosity guys
2018-03-26 20:37
#41
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Brazil bacon1 
where is teamone
2018-03-26 20:57
#86
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Brazil Playsson13 
Go TeamOne #GOT1
2018-03-26 23:02
Ez4FaZe
2018-03-27 01:56
Ez Af 4 FaZe
2018-03-28 06:56
#109
ZywOo | 
Brazil Lucian1 
They lost to LG on the open qualy
2018-03-27 02:24
Astralis gonna get it
2018-03-27 02:55
ez for NiP
2018-03-27 09:09
fuk?
2018-03-26 20:35
#3
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United Arab Emirates Rashy 
Come on HR! Your gonna get destroyed.
2018-03-26 20:36
no
2018-03-26 22:07
#110
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Hong Kong IAmAutistic 
Salty guy who lost his bet on V4 HR vs FaZe games
2018-03-27 02:47
#146
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United Arab Emirates Rashy 
? I am a gambit fan
2018-03-29 16:16
yes
2018-03-26 20:35
#5
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Australia Zilox 
Astralis and Liquid
2018-03-26 20:35
#6
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Germany zeolikk10years 
PogChamp
2018-03-26 20:35
#7
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United Kingdom Doodleyz 
Ok
2018-03-26 20:35
Where is ss
2018-03-26 20:35
#19
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Brazil nomurway 
Peru
2018-03-26 20:38
#21
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Slovakia flaimX 
WTF IS THIS? ASTRALIS ENDED 3-4 AND DONT GET INVITED. THEY HAD INVITED ASTRALIS TO SYDNEY AND SS TO CLOSED
2018-03-26 20:38
#40
L.K.S | 
Turkey xAiakos 
but SS playing on GG Origin at the same time
2018-03-26 20:56
#43
Thorin | 
Netherlands RafV 
They suck
2018-03-26 21:02
NiP vs VP and G2 gets team from open lmao
2018-03-26 20:35
they put the 2 favorite versus open qualifier spot its normal vp has no chance to qualify no matter against who they will play so dont cry
2018-03-26 20:47
#36
rallen | 
Europe feex19 
Astralis or Vp gonna qualify French cs is dead lol,
2018-03-26 20:53
lol polish cs is dead since more than 1years astralis qualify sure but maybe g2 can do it after there bootcamp, but dont worry for vp they did a ok event at v4 now we can wait 6month for see another good event from them
2018-03-26 20:53
VP is the only team in that Qual that I don't see having a chance of making it to Sydney
2018-03-27 01:08
Depends how fleeting their V4 form was. Snax looked like he was getting back into something positive. If that continues they'll beat NIP easy, but I think they'll probably fall off a cliff again.
2018-03-27 08:34
#148
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Sweden werkaster 
Snax didn't look that good. Without the new guy going mad they wouldn't have done anything at this tier 2 event. Remember they lost against one tier 4 team and ALMOST another tier 4 team at the beginning. Then Mouse smashed them 16-1 before playoffs. Apart from the FaZe win (and how much does a win over FaZe in a semi or final really mean these days?), and a few rounds in the final, they looked bad. Really bad. Sure, NiP is trying to play with a new IGL after an insane amount of years and it will take time to get that to work. We can see that in their online results, but they've also been unlucky and are often close to winning, almost beating Astralis on Mirage the other day. Astralis is insane online at the moment. The pure amount of insane skill available on NiP now means that they hardly need to show up to beat VP, should be enough with 3 of 5 players turning their PC's on. FaZe is the only other team in the world with more concentrated skill at the moment.
2018-03-29 22:32
They also took another map off Mouz, essentially going 2-3 against a top-3 team in the world, whilst 2-0ing the number 1. Furthermore Snax looked nowhere near back to his best but he looked decent and a hell of a lot better than he has the last 12 months where he's been a bot.
2018-03-30 03:55
#10
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Latvia t0m1kS 
9eu teams and 7 na teams
2018-03-26 20:36
#24
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Brazil nomurway 
what do u mean? optic isn't NA team
2018-03-26 20:39
#11
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Denmark JustYes 
n§1
2018-03-26 20:36
#13
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Russia Nikosimus 
NiP/Astralis through
2018-03-26 20:36
1 spot
2018-03-26 20:46
#34
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Russia Nikosimus 
I meant either NiP or Astralis
2018-03-26 20:49
they kinda messed up the invites
2018-03-26 20:37
Only Thing messed up is the fact that there is 3 oceania AND 3 asia Spots with the only half-decent team from there, renegades invited... 2 each would have been way more than enough and then 2 EU and 2NA at least
2018-03-26 21:06
I'm so sick of seeing that argument. NA + EU have hundreds of tournaments every year, with at least 5 - 10 in each region being tier 1. Australia has only just recently got one big tournament. Give our players a chance to play at a higher level, give them a chance to get the experience needed to grow otherwise it will end up like the NA scene was initially where only 1 or 2 teams can compete internationally and they're leagues above the rest of the local teams.
2018-03-26 22:26
But isnt 2 each (3 from australia) still enough? I mean i would pay to see Tier 2 cs at an iem...
2018-03-26 22:29
*would'nt sry
2018-03-26 22:29
#99
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Australia NotSoMLG 
But there is 2 from eu
2018-03-27 00:38
No, only 1 spot & in eu quals.
2018-03-27 08:34
#132
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Australia NotSoMLG 
2 1 from esl held qualifiers and 1 from Origin:GG Cup
2018-03-27 12:58
Any team from GG is a wasted slot, also isn't GG international?
2018-03-27 13:07
#136
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Australia NotSoMLG 
only one that wasnt eu was ex immortals/ ex 100 thieves
2018-03-27 13:30
Counts as international but still a wasted slot like 3 spots from asia
2018-03-27 15:46
#142
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Australia NotSoMLG 
Yeah and we all know its gonna b flash tyloo and mvp
2018-03-27 21:48
you have to admit it’s too much at least 1 asia 2 au
2018-03-26 22:57
Yeah, Renegades, Order, Chefs, Tainted minds and like tyloo, and I cant even think of other asia Teams
2018-03-27 06:08
#16
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Poland NeXtEj 
Imo VP win that
2018-03-26 20:37
#17
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Poland Marcines 
yeah probably astralis will take it, they are insane onliners right now
2018-03-26 20:37
#20
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Brazil nomurway 
no u
2018-03-26 20:38
#22
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Germany Aquintus 
Whats the reason of having the EU closed qualifier and the GG: Origin qualifier?
2018-03-26 20:38
Na gets a spot Eu gets a spot And gg gets a sponsored spot. Im just confused why vp and gambit are in the eu qual and thr gg qual?
2018-03-26 21:27
agree like wtf is this why didnt they play that tournament then? rigged
2018-03-27 00:14
#133
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Australia NotSoMLG 
and HR
2018-03-27 12:59
#23
Ninjas | 
Luxembourg xdxdasd 
Space Soldiers INC. Wait we Sydney !
2018-03-26 20:38
#45
L.K.S | 
Turkey xAiakos 
wait we ne amk kldgagadgvclkxklz
2018-03-26 21:04
ahahahahaha wait we
2018-03-26 21:16
#73
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Turkey darknight53 
wait feeling thank we
2018-03-26 22:17
#145
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Spain G3CK0 
Wait we hahahahahah
2018-03-29 13:25
so bad that na + eu gets 2 teams and asia + oceania 6 teams ? understand its "fan favourite" but still its unfair only one team from nip,astralis and g2 will make it, making it huge disadvantage for one of the three, same for the na, one of liquid,nrg and optic may make it gl thanks
2018-03-26 20:39
Definitely wouldn't say its because of "fan favourites" id say it just works out cheaper for tournament organisers whilst saying "we had a 16 team event"
2018-03-27 00:46
#107
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Australia NotSoMLG 
3 for na+eu
2018-03-27 02:04
#26
rallen | 
Europe feex19 
is that online on lan?
2018-03-26 20:42
Online, thank fully for astralis :)
2018-03-26 21:07
#92
rallen | 
Europe feex19 
Yeah I'm nearly sure they will qualify, I cheer for Vp tho their on the right track again ;d
2018-03-26 23:25
I would cheer for vp if there was more than 1 qualifier Spot, hope they make it at gg origin though
2018-03-27 06:09
#137
rallen | 
Europe feex19 
Ya Astralis onlinegods now nothing u can do, I'm pretty sure they have big chances to qualify from gg origin if they play like they played few days ago that was such a great feeling to see them playing like that again. Gambit, HR, Heroic, Windigo, Avangar, group C winner (Godsent probs), group D (ago hopefully) I wonder what will happen if Vp qualifies from the closed qualifiers o.O
2018-03-27 14:33
#27
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United States MAY0 
Torqued vs NRG FeelsBadMan
2018-03-26 20:45
stupid for them to not invite Astralis straight up. feels strange to see them playing a qualifier should be ez though
2018-03-26 20:46
thats what happens when u give 6 fucking slots to asia+oceania get rekt eu sadly
2018-03-26 20:46
Yeah at least give oceania, asia, eu and na 2 each, still bad but at least better
2018-03-26 21:09
#32
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Sweden Rexz 
ez nip
2018-03-26 20:48
EU: Astralis NA: Liquid The rest: who the fuck cares.
2018-03-26 20:48
#35
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Greece rusty1 
Torqued vs NRG fak
2018-03-26 20:50
#37
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France t3r4byt3 
why are VP and HR is the EU qualifier, when they're already in GG:Origin?
2018-03-26 20:52
#42
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Poland Marcines 
2 chances xD
2018-03-26 20:57
what if vp wins both xd
2018-03-26 21:20
#55
Thorin | 
Netherlands RafV 
Xd, then they go to playoffs instantly
2018-03-26 21:24
#68
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Poland Marcines 
they will give ago second spot
2018-03-26 22:07
#38
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Poland KasPro 
Ffs of course ASTRALIS gonna qualify biggest onliners
2018-03-26 20:52
#44
L.K.S | 
Turkey xAiakos 
HR , VP , Gambit in GG Origin at the same time so they have a 2 chance?
2018-03-26 21:03
#48
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Sweden zl1ze 
yup
2018-03-26 21:07
#49
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Sweden zl1ze 
really stacked qual
2018-03-26 21:07
#57
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Let's go Brazil, we can do it! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2018-03-26 21:31
Torqued finally getting some invites to the closed qualifiers, thank you IEM.
2018-03-26 21:34
and they got drawn with nrg... in closed qualifier to dh recently they got raped by nrg hope this time they will get the w
2018-03-26 21:48
16-10 and 16-13 certainly isn't "raped", especially considering the insane run NRG has been on recently. Only one team gets through this qualifier anyway, would've had to play them sooner or later.
2018-03-26 22:12
The worst part is that this event has 6 qualifier spots for Asia and Oceania while EU and NA only get 1 each. This is such a stupid event.
2018-03-26 23:00
#134
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Australia NotSoMLG 
2 for EU Origin:GG cup is an EU slot
2018-03-27 13:00
#59
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Brazil Meop 
Only 1 European and 1 NA spot? Why?
2018-03-26 21:40
#61
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Hungary EZ4WINLANDIA 
so only one team out of astralis, gambit, g2, vp, nip and hr, nut 6 teams from asia and oceania. wtf, esl, what were you thinking. The crowd doesnt want to see their local players get destroyed by the very best
2018-03-26 21:49
+1 Renegades was already invited. There's no reason to give 6 qualifier spots to Asia and Oceania when Aussies give zero fucks about any of those teams. There should be 1 qualifier spot for Asia and 1 for Oceania. The rest should have been given to EU and NA tbh.
2018-03-26 23:02
bro even aussies agree they wasted the spots, no need to complain tho cuz it's too late to change now
2018-03-27 01:55
#62
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Canada gritabit 
EZ 4 Astralis + Liquid
2018-03-26 21:50
#63
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
GL NiP
2018-03-26 21:52
The European qualifiers has better team than the invited teams.
2018-03-26 21:52
Yup +1
2018-03-26 23:01
Imagine making your way through an open qualifier to play with some of the best teams in the world just to get matched up against Astralis first round. Poor bastards Unless it’s something heroic or SS, then it’s not too bad. I’m mostly talking about some tier 2.5 upset teams
2018-03-26 21:55
#66
MICHU | 
Poland NorbiX06 
EZ4VP
2018-03-26 22:03
#70
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Turkey oktaycsgn 
Hr and Gambit already gg:origins high seed why are they playing here ?
2018-03-26 22:13
#71
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Turkey darknight53 
How renegades did get invite ?
2018-03-26 22:16
#74
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Turkey oktaycsgn 
own country
2018-03-26 22:18
#79
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Malaysia byaIi 
AU
2018-03-26 22:44
#84
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Australia CaZeR01 
Because its australian event Deeeeerp
2018-03-26 23:02
#90
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Turkey darknight53 
fair but navi ?
2018-03-26 23:09
6 spots given to Asia and Oceania and the only good team from that region was already invited. Whoever decided the distribution of qualifier spots deserves to be fired.
2018-03-26 23:04
#91
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Turkey darknight53 
Thanks for explanation bro :)
2018-03-26 23:10
WHAT A RETARD SYSTEM A LOT OF TEAMS HAVE A SECOND CHANCE CUZ THEY PLAY 2 QUALS IN 1 TOURNAMENT ?????!!!!
2018-03-26 22:17
#75
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Turkey darknight53 
And all this things for 250k prize pool
2018-03-26 22:21
Yup and SS get 300k $ without beating any good team in wesg
2018-03-26 23:02
500k choke
2018-03-27 12:45
No dignitas for North America? Are you kidding me?
2018-03-26 23:02
haha good the roster is fkn trash
2018-03-27 01:48
The roster hasn't even had a stable 5 yet and they are still having very strong T sides.
2018-03-27 02:52
#89
jks | 
North America xdrax 
why tf are astralis playing in the qualifiers? they should've been invited instead
2018-03-26 23:09
#93
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Macedonia ydjoon 
they suck dude, this is not the past astralis anymore..
2018-03-26 23:25
#94
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Macedonia ydjoon 
why is VP, gambit and hellraisers have 2 chances? tru gg origin and eu qual? wtf not fair this is so messed up!
2018-03-26 23:26
#95
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Greece makshiu69 
lets goł vp =D
2018-03-26 23:34
fucking rigged system
2018-03-27 00:16
#98
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Brazil LucaS10 
Luminosity = Loser gg :(
2018-03-27 00:19
Dw
2018-03-27 00:41
ez VP
2018-03-27 00:54
Lul seeding Imagine fighting through the open qualifiers just to get matched up vs Astralis, G2 or Liquid in first round of closed qual. Kek
2018-03-27 02:06
+1 top kek and fucking cheburek for real xD
2018-03-27 07:45
#113
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United States derp_status 
ez for torqued
2018-03-27 03:07
#114
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United States Freakmode 
Astralis not worth inviting anymore xd
2018-03-27 04:10
xdxdxdxdxd
2018-03-27 07:47
online?
2018-03-27 07:47
#120
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Italy CHEBBOxxx 
LUL NAVI invited
2018-03-27 07:49
LUL? NaVi top6 hltv LUL? FUCKING MOZZARELA
2018-03-27 09:33
#140
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Italy CHEBBOxxx 
lul mozzarella, +1 navi is trash, admit it sergej
2018-03-27 17:20
#123
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Kazakhstan Mus1kkk 
Why thet gave 6 spots to the Oceania and Asia regions
2018-03-27 08:36
So they could claim its a 16 team tournament, but only pay to have 10 relevant teams
2018-03-29 16:21
#125
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Russia AR4ER 
Gambit.....
2018-03-27 09:22
OpTic BlessRNG
2018-03-27 12:42
Space Soldiers gg. They were eliminated.
2018-03-27 12:48
Ez vp best team on the world
2018-03-27 15:47
#141
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Russia evg1804 
Ezaf Astralis and Liquid or Optic or NRG
2018-03-27 18:33
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