NRG qualify for IEM Sydney 2018

NRG are through to IEM Sydney 2018 with a 2-0 win over compLexity (16-10 on Cache and 16-9 on Nuke).

Earlier, the semifinals featured a tale of two upsets as Complexity and NRG beat OpTic and Liquid through all three maps to reach the grand final, while TeamOne, Torqued and Luminosity were swept in the previous round of the single-elimination bracket.

The grand final of the North American closed qualifier kicked off on Complexity’s map pick, Cache, where Pujan "FNS" Mehta and his men secured the pistol and the following anti-eco’s, thanks to back-to-back triple kills from Bradley "ANDROID" Fodor. NRG finally got on the board in their buy round when the squad practically walked into the B-bombsite for the plant, where Jacob "FugLy" Medina then held the post-plant with a triple kill. Complexity struggled to keep their economy afloat with several resets and saves that allowed NRG to take a two round lead, 5-3.

Complexity finally got on their feet with a double AWP set-up that cut the deficit within one, however, NRG returned with five straight before ANDROID settled the half with a triple kill, 10-5. Complexity continued their momentum with four straight right out of the gates, until three Deagle kills in mid from Ethan "Ethan" Arnold created a 4v1 situation for the CT-side to end the streak. NRG pressed on to pick up three more rounds, extending the lead to 14-9. From that point, Complexity were only able to pick up one more round before Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov’s double kill helped his team claim the series lead.

daps and co. are headed down under for IEM Sydney

The series then landed on Nuke, where Damian "daps" Steele and his men went straight down the vents to plant on B, however, Rory "dephh" Jackson was one step ahead and picked up two kills for the defuse to win the pistol. The following anti-eco went the way for Complexity, but another quick vent dive to lower saved the economy for NRG, who were able to buy in the next round to secure a win.

NRG went on to pick up four straight before dephh secured the 1v1 on the B-bombsite for the defuse. A back and forth affair was  going on for the remainder of the first half, though Complexity edged it with a 8-7 lead. The second half was all NRG on the CT-side as Complexity had very little economy to win more than one round. NRG pressed on to win seven straight in the series sweep to book their spot at IEM Sydney 2018.

 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 42 - 34 +8 93.9 1.33
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 45 - 32 +13 86.6 1.32
United States Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy 39 - 32 +7 85.3 1.29
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 37 - 27 +10 76.0 1.24
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 37 - 28 +9 71.9 1.13

 Complexity K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United Kingdom Rory 'dephh' Jacksondephh 34 - 39 -5 80.2 1.01
Canada Bradley 'ANDROID' FodorANDROID 29 - 40 -11 66.5 0.84
United States Jaccob 'yay' Whiteakeryay 35 - 41 -6 63.6 0.82
United States Peter 'ptr' Gurneyptr 29 - 39 -10 60.8 0.81
Canada Pujan 'FNS' MehtaFNS 26 - 41 -15 68.0 0.72

Several qualifiers still remain uplayed, with teams from Asia, Oceania and the GG:Origin tournament set to book spots at the $250,000 event. The 16-team list now looks as follows:

Brazil SK Europe FaZe
Australia Renegades Europe mousesports
United States Cloud9 Ukraine Natus Vincere
Sweden fnatic Denmark Astralis
Europe GG:Origin Qual. United States NRG
Other Asia #1 Other Asia #2
Other Asia #3 Oceania Oceania #1
Oceania Oceania #2 Oceania Oceania #3
United Kingdom Rory 'dephh' Jackson
Rory 'dephh' Jackson
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
749
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.16
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
875
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United States Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1021
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
716
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
798
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
Canada Bradley 'ANDROID' Fodor
Bradley 'ANDROID' Fodor
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
763
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Canada Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
816
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
#1
barce | 
Indonesia SeaMonkey 
NRG are bunch of onliners
2018-03-31 09:14
#6
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Germany GeoRg___J 
true
2018-03-31 09:14
#11
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Mongolia Tendies 
Hope to see them transition into a lan team
2018-03-31 09:16
I doubt it
2018-03-31 09:17
#19
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Spain JasonRacism 
I doubt it
2018-03-31 09:20
#42
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United States LACEicK20 
I doubt it
2018-03-31 10:44
I don't it
2018-03-31 11:02
press X to doubt
2018-03-31 11:44
#60
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Hungary kNnc 
X
2018-03-31 12:10
#58
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Israel BingoBango 
X
2018-03-31 12:04
They doubt it
2018-03-31 12:55
#74
ableJ | 
Bangladesh DisableJ 
We doubt it
2018-03-31 13:34
#87
Mongolia Nmd 
+1
2018-03-31 14:33
#118
PokeMon | 
United States Acetk 
I doubt it
2018-03-31 21:09
I doubt it
2018-03-31 21:46
I doubt it
2018-03-31 11:27
#17
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Spain JasonRacism 
+1
2018-03-31 09:20
#2
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Brazil @fallenzera_SK 
First
2018-03-31 09:14
nt babe
2018-03-31 09:17
Babe babe do babe birulabe labe?
2018-03-31 09:19
#62
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
Babe babe do babe birulabe labe?
2018-03-31 12:16
Ahhh, vai te tomar no cú, rapa
2018-03-31 14:09
voce destruiu o meu ovo
2018-03-31 15:07
Not deserved
2018-03-31 09:14
#12
Twistzz | 
Poland XowXot 
Not deserved is 3 oceania spots. Tier3 tournament with 4 aussie teams getting banged on places 13-16th... Such bs
2018-03-31 09:16
#20
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Spain JasonRacism 
Renegades will go far wtf are you talking about
2018-03-31 09:22
#21
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Poland vzk 
Yea Renegades but 3 aussie teams and 3 asian teams?
2018-03-31 09:25
#26
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Spain JasonRacism 
He said 4 Aussie teams getting banged out but I expect Renegades to make playoffs
2018-03-31 09:31
They invited a bunch of shit teams to make it easier for renegades to make playoffs lul
2018-03-31 09:48
#32
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Spain JasonRacism 
All the invites are top 11 teams
2018-03-31 09:53
#72
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Italy Gio_bose 
Why invite Navi over liquid tho???????? Navi r overrated just a hard carried team by s1imple
2018-03-31 13:34
#81
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Spain JasonRacism 
Astralis should have been invited instead of Na’Vi
2018-03-31 13:45
Normally I’d agree but they instantly don’t deserve an invite for losing in the qualifiers
2018-03-31 18:47
I meant the 3 spots for asia and 3 spots for AU/NZ
2018-03-31 17:49
its because the tournament is played on oceania, thus aussie teams will make them more audience...
2018-03-31 15:10
#59
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Israel BingoBango 
Renegades without naf OMEGALUL
2018-03-31 12:05
#66
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Spain JasonRacism 
They have been better without NAF actually, 2015 highest they got 10th 2017 highest they got was 14th 2018 with Jkaem highest they got is 10th now currently 11th
2018-03-31 12:58
#73
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Italy Gio_bose 
NAF won them a tournament tho....
2018-03-31 13:34
#82
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Spain JasonRacism 
A single player doesn’t win a tournament, Funny how Renegades are better without NAF ...
2018-03-31 13:46
#86
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United Kingdom thrailis 
Similar to mouz, without niko carrying their individual skill increased See: Oskar
2018-03-31 14:16
#89
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Spain JasonRacism 
Oskar played with Niko for like 1 event, Mouz changed nearly every player so they are a bit different
2018-03-31 14:59
#109
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United Kingdom thrailis 
Ngl I thought it was 2 or 3 but oh well And I know the roster is different was just talking about individual skill but i suppose u have a point
2018-03-31 19:25
I disagree but point taken
2018-03-31 18:48
It's a tournament in fucking Sydney you braindead fucktsrd obviously they will have more spots for Oceania. The whole point of such tournaments is to promote growth of regional scene.
2018-03-31 09:56
#35
Twistzz | 
Poland XowXot 
growth? As of making games like MVP PK - ORDER in main event on IEM? Fuck it! one full day will be of games like Tainted Minds vs Tyloo. How is this promoting? ITS KILLING
2018-03-31 10:03
Obviously you are much much smarter than the guys planning the event. You should sign up.
2018-03-31 10:10
#76
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Italy Gio_bose 
No you fucking retard he is just saying that a tournament with such high skill teams shouldn't have their 2-3 Australian teams cuz that's like their 5 for the rest of the world and it has a prize pool of 250k or 200k
2018-03-31 13:38
First: Yes, that need to have 3 aussie+asian teams. First: Develop local scene and give the oportunity to play in a big tournament. Second, and the more important: THEY NEED VIEWS. The timezone is bad for everyone out of asia. More asian teams can bring more people from asia watching It.
2018-03-31 15:09
-99iq
2018-03-31 18:49
#98
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Singapore Wadufuk 
Not tier 3 tourament lollll
2018-03-31 16:00
It's the only big tournament in the region mate, of course they're gonna have 6 spots for APAC teams, these people are closer and will be more likely to travel to see the event, which is more ticket sales, which is more money. It's probably mostly about economics.
2018-04-01 02:32
Viewership affects it more tho. There wont be more than 3k people on a game like Corvidae - Tainted Minds. Meanwhile an elimination game that could be for example Gambit - EnvyUs would have at least 40k people. 37k for three hours, thats a lot of money from sponsors
2018-04-01 09:46
The only non-deserved thing are the 3 qualifier spots for asian and 3 qualifier spots for australian teams LUL I would much prefer to see VP, NIP, G2, Gambit and Liquid over some t5 teams that will get 6 rounds in the whole tournament
2018-03-31 11:31
The SK invite was the least deserved, I'd rather see any of the teams from the Europe qualifier than a tier 5 team like SK
2018-03-31 12:59
0/8
2018-03-31 13:40
#120
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Germany Trax_ 
+1
2018-04-01 00:06
Agree with asian spots
2018-03-31 13:52
#4
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Mongolia FoxOutOfGlocks 
e z
2018-03-31 09:14
#5
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Canada Sipr 
ew
2018-03-31 09:14
well too sloww
2018-03-31 09:15
#8
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Brazil mexicowss 
congratz
2018-03-31 09:15
#9
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Australia little_pee_man 
ewww
2018-03-31 09:15
ONLINERS GET A CHANCE
2018-03-31 09:15
Deserved and Congratz! Wish NRG can go further and prove themselves on Lan!
2018-03-31 09:18
Well, here's the chance to see if they're really actually onliners or not.
2018-03-31 09:20
I will be a fan soon, just like everyone else disliking them atm.
2018-03-31 11:23
prekalno im e ez. shte pobedqt tournamenta
2018-03-31 11:34
You will be a fan soon, just like everyone else disliking them atm. ***
2018-04-01 09:42
#22
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France t3r4byt3 
so they finally made it to a big event that isn't an ESL Pro League Finals event
2018-03-31 09:26
#23
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Poland raf99 
too many spots for asia and oceania :( could have been 2 more spots for eu
2018-03-31 09:27
#24
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United States ^JayK 
Liquid should've been invited. Can't wait to see nrg being rekt on a offline event.
2018-03-31 09:28
#37
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Guatemala KlassiKer 
+1
2018-03-31 10:25
#39
Hazard | 
Poland Az1m 
+1
2018-03-31 10:31
Well they can beat any of the 6 AU and Asian teams except maybe TyLoo or MVP so yeah they have a chance.
2018-03-31 11:35
#125
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United States ^JayK 
Tyloo and mvp? Teir 3 teams bro.
2018-04-02 00:17
nrg are worse (on lan that is)
2018-04-02 04:54
Cloud9 nice lineup you've got there LUL
2018-03-31 09:28
3 spots for asia and oceania and RNG are already invited.dumb ideea
2018-03-31 09:32
inb4, 3 spots aussie, 3 spots asian ;v
2018-03-31 09:39
#29
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Vietnam FAKTARES 
cerq didn't carry but pushed from behind instead?! must be the 1st time lol
2018-03-31 09:42
#30
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Brazil Gunzel 
ez for the best NA team so far
2018-03-31 09:45
IEM Sidney 3 slots for oceania-IEM Katowice-0 slots for polish teams,nice!Equal as fuck
2018-03-31 10:00
#38
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Austria whitestarbg 
Poland is not a region you idiot. Typical poorlak brain.
2018-03-31 10:26
and oceania dont have even tier 10 teams
2018-03-31 10:58
they are going to lose 3 maps in this tournament and get rank up because of that rofl
2018-03-31 11:00
#77
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Italy Gio_bose 
This is so true wtf
2018-03-31 13:40
Poland isn't a region LOL
2018-03-31 15:10
yeah its australia and new zealand wow what a huge region with only 1 good team oh i forgot that renegades would be shit without 2 players which are not from australia.
2018-03-31 15:46
Why does it matter how big it is? You're comparing Poland, a country, to an actual region. Not to mention most the Polish teams are just as bad.
2018-03-31 17:48
Tell me more how these teams like ago,vp,kinguin,pride,xkom are as bad as fucking order,tainted mainds and other shit.Did you watch their games?They play like normal globals.Nothing impressive.It doesnt matter how big it is but how bad teams are going to event like iem sidney when better teams in na and eu need to play vs tier 1 teams to go to iems
2018-03-31 19:48
VP = shows up once a year Kinguin = Lost to fucking Red Reserve AGO = Known onliners Pride and xkom = Those are absolute dogshit I hope you're joking All the other Aussies teams, we have barely seen on LAN. How full of your country do you have to be to think those teams you mentioned are good? Not to mention the event is IN AUSTRALIA.
2018-03-31 19:51
YEAH AND IEM KATOWICE IS IN POLAND ITS WHY I SAID WHY THEY CANT DO OPEN QUALI FOR AT LEAST 1 TEAM IF THEY GOT 3 FOR IEM U IDIOT PLS LEARN HOW TO FUCKNIG READ.Ago are better on lan u idiot but ok u are brainless so i expected that from you.
2018-03-31 19:56
Name me 1 big LAN that AGO have performed good on. I'll wait. Expected from "Fan of AGO". Poland is always known to have the biggest braindead fans anyway.
2018-03-31 19:57
They are performing well on every single good tournament wtf are u talking about just check their history of lans.I know its so hard for NA people to use brain but come on u can use hltv to know everything about every single team XD
2018-03-31 19:59
Their most notable achievement is failing to get out of the fucking EU minor. THEY LOST TO FUCKING OPTIC LOL Also, Polack calling NA dumb 4Head Let me know when any polish team wins an event?
2018-03-31 20:01
#40
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Bulgaria ranchoff 
ez for mah bois cerq and nathe
2018-03-31 10:35
#41
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Brazil S3bjastjan 
ezzzzzzzzzzz
2018-03-31 10:36
to much slots for nonames
2018-03-31 10:54
#47
nukkye | 
United States yvr 
well deserved imo
2018-03-31 11:04
They will be across the streat in a hotel playing online
2018-03-31 11:33
#54
sh1ro | 
China kazuk1 
ez 4 the best NA team
2018-03-31 11:40
#56
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Italy marxie 
Wasted spot
2018-03-31 11:51
#57
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Macedonia EXTOL[t] 
nice
2018-03-31 12:00
NRG are like Astralis . Bunch of onliners
2018-03-31 12:11
#69
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Bulgaria RzE 
yes, cuz NRG has bunch of LANs played with this lineup
2018-03-31 13:18
#79
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Italy Gio_bose 
Watch how they fail spectacularly at the lab tho
2018-03-31 13:41
#80
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Bulgaria RzE 
you will eat your words after 2 months
2018-03-31 13:45
they won a major, are u idiot? yes
2018-03-31 14:00
Major ? What major m8 ? iBUYPOWER Invitational Spring 2018 was a MINOR not major idiot . + It was online tournament . I'm saying that NRG are good as Astralis online . I wasn't talking about Astralis . And I know that Astralis won a major .
2018-04-01 09:32
#63
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Mexico 6ix9ine 
A glorious day for all fans.
2018-03-31 12:45
good job
2018-03-31 12:54
#68
Jame | 
Israel uffiez 
Ghost threw so they could dodge lan ffs
2018-03-31 13:01
#70
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Europe trey_ 
1 spot for europe, 1 spot for na and 3 spots for both asia and ocenia? LUL
2018-03-31 13:27
#71
YEKINDAR | 
Latvia KL1M$ 
ORDER
2018-03-31 13:30
#75
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Ukraine minemax 
Who?
2018-03-31 13:35
#88
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Poland Hell2k 
NRG top 1 NA
2018-03-31 14:41
NRG online asf
2018-03-31 15:42
#97
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Norway JorgyZ 
Salty because Liquid gets destroyed every time they meet NRG
2018-03-31 15:47
notice how theyre all online hmmmm
2018-03-31 16:32
#102
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Norway JorgyZ 
NRG hasnt played on a proper LAN yet so how can you say they are online?
2018-03-31 17:38
because they havent proven themselves at lan
2018-03-31 19:33
#117
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Norway JorgyZ 
BUT THEY HAVENT PLAYED A LAN YET
2018-03-31 20:19
#96
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Norway JorgyZ 
Lets go bois!
2018-03-31 15:47
Looking good! Lets see what they can do on lan and if they do okay then looks like That coach of theirs might be a very hot topic of discussion in the future by other teams...
2018-03-31 16:33
Come on guys show us what you've got
2018-03-31 17:03
#105
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Turkey xxxjet3 
Wasted 6 spot Oceania and Asia wtf no1 wants to watch tier5 teams in Lan invite Top20 teams who had to play qualify like Virtus Pro , Space Soldiers , Liquid instead of them host country already has a Australian/Na team(Renegades) then next Iem Katowice event Poland should invite Virtus Pro + 3 polish teams because they hosting
2018-03-31 18:28
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