IEM Sydney group stage bracket announced

ESL has revealed the group stage draw for IEM Sydney, placing the 16 teams into two eight-team GSL groups.

After a successful inaugural Intel Extreme Masters event taking place last year, CS:GO will return to Australia with IEM Sydney 2018 which will take place on May 1-6. The first three days will be reserved for the group stage, while the following three will take place in the Qudos Bank Arena in front of the crowd.

karrigan's team is placed in group A with last year's IEM Sydney winners, SK

The group stage format set to be used is the one recently adopted by ESL, the eight-team GSL. The tournament starts with BO1's in initial matches, but the rest of the tournament is played as BO3, barring the BO5 grand final.

Now, the group stage has been drawn, with the initial matchups revealed. In group A, FaZe, SK and Cloud9 are the favorites to claim the three playoffs spots, while mousesports, fnatic and Astralis are the biggest names in group B.

You can find all of the initial IEM Sydney matchups below:

Group A
Europe FaZe vs. Australia ORDER
Turkey Space Soldiers vs. Australia Renegades
United States Cloud9 vs. Australia Grayhound
Brazil SK vs. China TYLOO
Group B
Europe mousesports vs. Singapore BOOT-d[S]
United States NRG vs. Denmark Astralis
Ukraine Natus Vincere vs. Korea MVP PK
Australia Chiefs vs. Sweden fnatic
Looking forward to it!
2018-04-18 14:25
2 replies
Should have aussies team in different group and be kind to C9 tbh
2018-04-18 14:30
actually decent groups lol
2018-04-18 14:26
ez fnatic
2018-04-18 14:25
4 replies
fake flagger
2018-04-18 14:43
3 replies
yeah man
2018-04-18 14:47
B PogChamp
2018-04-30 03:51
1 reply
+1 ;)
2018-04-30 05:42
#3
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Czech Republic sponka
Nice
2018-04-18 14:25
6 replies
#85
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Brazil coldzao2
so many shitty teams
2018-04-18 15:53
5 replies
Yea. SK shouldn't be participating.
2018-04-27 06:15
4 replies
#120
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Brazil coldzao2
+1 will be too easy for them with this amount of bad teams
2018-04-27 06:25
3 replies
lol. watch SK get knocked out without winning a map
2018-04-27 06:39
2 replies
#122
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Brazil coldzao2
Are you mad, cuz stewie isnt
2018-04-27 06:43
1 reply
no. not mad. cold is mad that his bait TACO left
2018-04-27 06:44
#4
nosraC | 
Ukraine SLGay
2
2018-04-18 14:25
#5
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Poland Unluko
yes
2018-04-18 14:25
Yeah the boys
2018-04-18 14:26
#8
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United Kingdom ChrisFroome
Lol ez Astralis
2018-04-18 14:26
very good
2018-04-18 14:26
Bit of a one sided bracket, but it's nice to have actual reseeding so shit teams don't get free wins
2018-04-18 14:27
ez4Stars
2018-04-18 14:26
SS wasted :d
2018-04-18 14:26
2 replies
Wasted spot ikr
2018-04-18 15:14
1 reply
The yılmaz vural history
2018-04-18 19:35
Ez FANATIC
2018-04-18 14:27
good
2018-04-18 14:27
LOL OMG GROUP A LEFT SIDE IS FIRE
2018-04-18 14:27
#18
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Portugal beatje
Grayhound lmao ez
2018-04-18 14:27
1 reply
#87
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Europe DJkpot
Who?
2018-04-18 15:57
#19
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Poland Kazahi
EZ VP
2018-04-18 14:27
order faze hahahah
2018-04-18 14:27
1 reply
#98
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Australia CaZeR01
Again ;-;
2018-04-19 00:14
#21
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Australia aucs
Exciting
2018-04-18 14:27
Faze SS C9 SK Mouze Astralis NaVi Fnatic Tournament winner C9
2018-04-18 14:27
2 replies
#49
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Australia NotSoMLG
Only 6 Edit: wait these are your match predictions nvm lol
2018-04-18 14:44
1 reply
ESL has revealed the group stage draw for IEM Sydney, placing the 16 teams into two eight-team GSL groups. placing the 16 teams into two eight-team
2018-04-18 16:00
#23
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Belgium Odynessia
Rip Space Soldiers WTF GG
2018-04-18 14:27
FaZe vs ORDER again xD
2018-04-18 14:27
EZ ASTRALIS
2018-04-18 14:27
YEAH THE BOYS
2018-04-18 14:27
#27
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Turkey willZy
Rip kangaroo
2018-04-18 14:28
1 reply
Im still here
2018-04-18 15:14
FAZE V ORDER AGAIN FFFSSS
2018-04-18 14:28
Rip ss
2018-04-18 14:28
2 replies
#32
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Turkey willZy
Why because theyre again rng? I thought like you at the beginning but then i just realized
2018-04-18 14:29
nt
2018-04-18 14:35
#30
bottle | 
Germany Azes
Faze > Order Renegades > (=) SS C9 > Grayhound SK > Tyloo (SK really weak rn so idrk) mouz > boot Astralis > NRG Navi > MVP fnatic > Chiefs
2018-04-18 14:29
1 reply
That's how I feel but I also feel like some dumb shit is gonna happen
2018-04-27 06:02
Stop showing pictures of FAZE at every tournament related article please
2018-04-18 14:29
4 replies
#36
bottle | 
Germany Azes
maybe cuz Faze won so many IEM tournaments...
2018-04-18 14:30
3 replies
"so many" lmao, btw its not only for IEM tournaments, we get to see these chokers faces for every kind of tournaments with HLTV article
2018-04-18 14:32
1 reply
#43
bottle | 
Germany Azes
yea, it's a bit annoying but there were so many pics of SK last year so idk Would have been smarter to put a picture of the last IEM Sydney winners tho
2018-04-18 14:36
faze 4 iem finals , 0 wins hahahahaha
2018-04-27 06:19
Renegades > SS :D? O M E G A L U L
2018-04-18 14:30
Group A xDDddd
2018-04-18 14:30
#35
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United States KrakeNCSGO
group a omg
2018-04-18 14:30
#38
NiKo | 
Europe trey_
FAZE VS ORDER HERE WE GO AGAIN XDDDD
2018-04-18 14:33
#39
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Pakistan perth
So much for that seeding match GH had to play vs Chiefs, get put up against C9 xD.
2018-04-18 14:34
group A wut
2018-04-18 14:35
#42
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Australia NotSoMLG
Rip chiefs
2018-04-18 14:35
3 replies
#44
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Pakistan perth
Rip all the AU & Asian teams I mean Renegades have a strong chance to upset if you count them as AU and hell I could see a world where MVP upset NaVi but that ain't happening.
2018-04-18 14:37
2 replies
#47
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Australia NotSoMLG
Yeah true. Chiefs may surpise same as grayhound but not sure. Order is too inconsistent to call anything.
2018-04-18 14:41
MVP is good atm. I think they could upset NaVi. First matches are BO1, that´s posible.
2018-04-24 14:31
#45
jks | 
Australia Mosski
awesome
2018-04-18 14:37
rip australian cs MEGALUL
2018-04-18 14:41
[*] FaZe
2018-04-18 14:44
Isnt the matching an overkill for teir 2/3 teams matching against teir 1 teams?
2018-04-18 14:45
1 reply
Thats how it should be. Why should chiefs vs mvp and get a free win whilst astralis vs fnatic and send a top team to the lower bracket..
2018-04-18 15:18
wtf is that A group??
2018-04-18 14:45
For a moment I thought there were 4 groups and SK/C9/Faze/SS were in 1 :D
2018-04-18 14:46
3 replies
samee xD
2018-04-18 14:47
+1
2018-04-18 14:56
+1
2018-04-18 15:19
nice
2018-04-18 14:47
#58
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Turkmenistan Lykia
Ez SS
2018-04-18 14:50
#60
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United States MAY0
Lol rip SEA and AUS
2018-04-18 14:57
faze, sk, any aus team fnatic, navi, mouz
2018-04-18 14:57
#62
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Turkey papaeye
Everyone saw that Space Soldiers won these teams. Now Space Soldiers job very hard. But it is not ss will be lose. İ think they can win this group
2018-04-18 15:04
#63
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Russia v1p3rrr
RIP Asia LUL
2018-04-18 15:04
mouz vs b.o.o.t. AHAHAHAHA
2018-04-18 15:05
hAHAHAHAHAHH FUCKING PREDICTED FAZE VS ORDER #23 fnatic | Moldova OptimusBlyad EXPECTING ORDER VS FAZE IN 1 ST MATCH XDDDDDD 2018-04-17 16:03 btw ez for fnatic LUL
2018-04-18 15:08
1 reply
#89
jks | 
Australia Mosski
xd
2018-04-18 16:02
rip order ez mouz against boot
2018-04-18 15:08
s1mple mpv, gg
2018-04-18 15:12
Where is the guy who called faze vs order omg
2018-04-18 15:15
RIP kangaroos sry :(
2018-04-18 15:18
Rip SS
2018-04-18 15:19
rip Australian teams on home soil
2018-04-18 15:20
4 AU tier 4 teams?
2018-04-18 15:22
MVP out of groups eZ
2018-04-18 15:22
Let’s go NRG, hope you upset ;*
2018-04-18 15:30
#79
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United States SladesterG
Ez4NRG
2018-04-18 15:33
#81
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Spain Alex_GV
Faze, mouz, c9 and fnatic
2018-04-18 15:39
Not a single match worth watching. How exciting.
2018-04-18 15:43
#83
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France t3r4byt3
such a random lineup of teams lol
2018-04-18 15:48
#84
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Armenia baitpolice
all the anz teams getting placed with the best in the tourny
2018-04-18 15:49
this is fixed for sure lol aussie really hate tyloo apparently
2018-04-18 15:53
so you put in group A 4 top 6 team (mouz navi astralis fnatic) and put only 1 top team in group B??? c9 with fns = tier 3, SK tired, Space dark horse, wtf esl
2018-04-18 16:03
Eziest match for tyloo Not even baiting
2018-04-18 16:04
#92
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Singapore Trisha
and of course australia gets the worst possible matchups against the best teams in the tournament there goes the chances of AUS teams making it to playoffs xd
2018-04-18 16:13
#93
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Australia Googgy
yeah I like all of the au teams in the one group. good job fuckheads
2018-04-18 17:51
Group A group of death
2018-04-18 19:28
#96
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United States MrFornino
Omg, rip the aussies
2018-04-18 21:41
#97
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Brazil HueyNewton
Nice
2018-04-18 21:52
EZ for fnatic !!!!
2018-04-19 08:28
eZ for astr or mouz
2018-04-23 08:35
EZ for Tylol
2018-04-25 07:54
The best .NA team vs the best .EU team on the 1st round? Nice brackets.
2018-04-26 08:23
2 replies
Agreed. NRG easily gonna take it
2018-04-27 06:03
1 reply
The seeding system isn't great in CSGO. I don't like how there is like 12 invites and 4 qualis or smth ^^
2018-05-01 18:43
At first glance I thought Order, Renegades, Grayhound and Tyloo was in the same group xd
2018-04-27 06:07
2 replies
But they are
2018-04-27 06:46
1 reply
i mean that they were 4 groups and one group contained of only those teams, i think you get what i mean :p
2018-04-27 17:48
C9 FOR THE WIN! Good luck to all the teams!
2018-04-27 06:14
elimination-decider bo1 or bo3?
2018-04-28 09:42
3 replies
Bo3
2018-04-29 03:27
2 replies
no ss :/ fuck it i will watch playoffs only
2018-04-29 09:20
1 reply
It really sucks that VISAs are still a problem in current days.. Was looking forward to seeing SS on LAN again, last time didn't get to see their full potential
2018-04-29 15:24
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