IEM Sydney 2019 announced with $250,000 prize pool

MIRAA
November 13th, 2018 00:22

ESL has announced that the Intel Extreme Masters will return to Sydney for another 16-team tournament with $250,000 on the line.

The event will mark the 75th stop in the history of IEM and will culminate with three days of action in front of a live crowd from May 3-5 at the Qudos Bank Arena, the same location as the previous two Big Events hosted by ESL in Australia.

Eight teams will receive invites to IEM Sydney, while the remaining spots will be filled through online qualifiers. Europe and North America have both been allocated one qualifying spot, while Asia and Oceania will have three apiece.

IEM will return to the Qudos Bank Arena in May

The tournament will begin with a double-elimination group stage, running from April 30 through May 2. The group winners will progress to the semi-finals, while the second and the third-placed sides will square off in the first round of the playoffs, with the tournament concluding with a best-of-five grand final.

“What we have managed to build in just two years with ESL Australia and the ANZ gaming community is absolutely incredible," ESL VP of Pro Gaming Micha? Blicharz said.

"IEM Sydney is quickly becoming a staple esports event not just in Australia but globally, and it’s something we’re incredibly proud of.”

Tickets for IEM Sydney will go on sale Friday, November 16, on ticketek.com.au, with prices ranging from $39 AUD to $1,199 AUD ($28 to $860).

FaZe are the reigning IEM Sydney champions as they won the 2018 edition of the event, back in May, after beating Astralis 3-0 in the final with Richard "Xizt" Landström acting as a stand-in.

Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1433
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
One of the best tournaments for sure! GOATs1mple will dominate once again
2018-11-13 00:23
Yeah, nice city too
2018-11-13 00:23
It should be easy for mibr if they kick tarik and stew
2018-11-13 00:24
tier 4 teams like mibr will not be invited /closed
2018-11-13 00:24
#48
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United States SilveryoHD 
+1
2018-11-13 01:06
Tier 4 KKKKKKKKKKK
2018-11-13 01:20
Na'Vi fan OMEGALUL
2018-11-13 01:32
mibr in 2018 wins???? negative LUL
2018-11-13 01:44
at least my team didn't lose for eUnited at lan kkkkkkkk
2018-11-13 01:48
at least my team didn't lose to C9 with stand-in + coach on lan kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2018-11-13 02:08
#67
rr | 
Uruguay rrElPistolo 
That hurts
2018-11-13 02:27
#83
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Switzerland AlexTenebrae 
That was shot in balls
2018-11-13 05:54
#102
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Australia MatthewJKS 
Yikes.
2018-11-13 08:18
At leats my team won every major finals
2018-11-13 11:29
I don't remember MiBR ever reaching a major final. And before you comment, all of us in this thread are talking about MiBR, not LG/SK.
2018-11-13 12:00
Stop to be retarded, the base of the team remains the same as SK / LG = Fer, Fallen and Cold. Even so, Taco_2_Majors_Navi_0_Majors
2018-11-13 12:33
"Stop to be retarded" ......... I think the overwhelming number of comments mocking your delusion in this thread is enough of a testament to who's the retarded one here.
2018-11-13 12:56
+1
2018-11-13 15:11
Ouch
2018-11-13 11:52
#80
s1mple | 
United Kingdom 7JUAN7 
fucking stupid, > 0 -16 at major > 0 -5 at Blast and delusional fans like you still talking
2018-11-13 05:31
#112
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France Minaax_ 
Yeah but mine 2 majors and Navi 0
2018-11-13 10:54
#93
shox | 
India iejesus 
16-0 Lmfao
2018-11-13 07:07
16-0
2018-11-13 07:36
#109
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Ukraine niXoN|w1 
At least NaVi don't get 16-0'd at a Major. kkkkkkkkk
2018-11-13 10:21
Are you really going to judge a team for a championship that happened 2 months ago? You probably didn't see blast pro series istanbul
2018-11-13 10:56
You judge a team for championships a Year ago with a different roster. Whats the point.
2018-11-13 11:09
but the lineup is the same
2018-11-13 11:58
no it isn't. Just because the 3 man core remains the same doesn't mean it's the same lineup. Two (heck even one) players make a huge difference.
2018-11-13 15:52
I was speaking for blast pro series istanbul. Are you illiterate?
2018-11-13 16:44
1. I owe you an apology for not reading carefully enough. I confused you for 3xMatheus, the other delusional BR who brought up "at least my team won major finals" even though the discussion is about MiBR. 2. What you say still doesn't make sense. Of course we are going to judge a team for how they performed 2 months ago... That's just how it is. Do you prefer we judge a team based on how they did 2 hours ago? lol. And yes, I saw Blast Pro Istanbul. Also, since 2 months seems to be TOO LONG AGO for you, how about we judge MiBR based on how they did at Blast Pro Copenhagen, the one that happened 2 WEEKS ago? :) You know, the one where where they went out 0-5, losing to fucking C9 with a coach and a stand-in?
2018-11-14 05:45
What you're saying makes zero sense. Of course you judge a team (MiBR) with the same lineup at an event 2 months ago...We all do. Same players, same org, same team, recent results. In your case, you're bringing up the LG/SK lineup that won the Majors 2 fucking YEARS ago. They're not even MiBR, technically speaking. The MiBR we know is, to put it mildly, pretty shit.
2018-11-13 11:59
flag checks it
2018-11-13 12:31
uh....no it doesn't?? Yours does, though.
2018-11-13 12:54
OMG Are you REALLY going to judge a team for a championship that happened 1 month ago? You probably didn't see blast pro series copenhagen. MiBR went out 0-5. NaVi, on the other hand, won the event :>
2018-11-14 05:47
#122
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CIS justkapf 
not a fan of navi, but anyway navi looks a lot of stronger than mibr atm
2018-11-13 11:35
MiBR fan talking shit? hmm makes sense...you are supporting shit after all :3
2018-11-13 11:51
if they will not invite tier 4 team why would they invite Navi and bot simple?
2018-11-13 01:37
MIBR FAN TALKING OMEGALUL
2018-11-13 01:44
not really
2018-11-13 02:15
16-0 at major 0-5 at blast LOST TO C9 WITH A STANDIN AND A COACH AHAHAHAA
2018-11-13 05:33
wasn't g2 who got one 16x0 from sk?
2018-11-13 11:58
and SK got 16x0 from RNG
2018-11-13 15:11
-showtime -esl pro
2018-11-13 16:03
First time anyone has ever gotten 16-0 in major
2018-11-13 16:16
Not that hard to get 16-0d with shityy, smithzz, and rpk in the lineup
2018-11-13 16:14
not hard got 16x0 with 3 BRs and 2 NAs
2018-11-13 17:50
You right m16r sucks
2018-11-14 01:09
mibr halfbr meiobr
2018-11-14 11:39
#94
shox | 
India iejesus 
16-0 hi
2018-11-13 07:07
S1mple>>>mibr
2018-11-13 07:36
+the twins, very support
2018-11-13 00:41
+1
2018-11-13 01:38
best possible m16r lineup rn: fer FalleN Coldzera Boltz (he did well until the departure of TACO) NEKIZ.
2018-11-13 09:26
ez for faze!
2018-11-13 00:40
he'll dominate if he can actually make it to the event this time lmao
2018-11-13 06:09
AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE
2018-11-13 17:51
#2
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CIS l1nkax 
AU events ResidentSleeper
2018-11-13 00:23
POGGERS
2018-11-13 00:24
"POGGERS" haHAA
2018-11-13 01:29
+1
2018-11-13 01:44
#98
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Norway Easy_for_FaZe 
«haHAA» haHAA
2018-11-13 07:35
nice
2018-11-13 00:23
#4
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Brazil eoteamo 
lol
2018-11-13 00:23
#38
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Georgia tbilisimo 
lol
2018-11-13 00:51
#5
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Poland wojteq__ 
nice
2018-11-13 00:23
Not bad
2018-11-13 00:23
nice
2018-11-13 00:23
IM FUCKING GOING
2018-11-13 00:24
Can’t wait to see you live! Good luck with you vocal cords after the event!
2018-11-13 00:42
Good luck with your shoes in hands
2018-11-13 07:20
im underage </3
2018-11-13 09:17
Age is just a number ;)
2018-11-13 16:17
they kick you out for doing a shoeys now anyway, my mate got escorted out by security lol
2018-11-13 16:42
#156
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Australia CaZeR01 
Im gunna be 18 by that time :)))
2018-11-13 21:28
One of the best crowds in cs
2018-11-13 00:25
#14
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United States crulix 
Nice
2018-11-13 00:25
Fuck yeah
2018-11-13 00:25
Why these prize pools are same year after year?
2018-11-13 00:25
Because fuck inflation.
2018-11-13 00:28
#148
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France KJNZ 
Best answer ever haha
2018-11-13 16:49
Second year at 250k
2018-11-13 23:12
But i mean at one point all the prize pools went up a lot but then cs stopped growing. Feels badman!
2018-11-13 23:18
Yep. Scene went stale :( Plz send help Valve
2018-11-13 23:23
Will be tier 3 event after GODevice wins Intel Grand Slam at the next event.
2018-11-13 00:26
#39
Myanmar xdcc 
It's already tier 3 with 6/16 spots for Asia+Oceania and Renegades invite.
2018-11-13 00:54
#62
jks | 
Australia 0iq_man 
its currently 8 teams this time, unless they increase it again
2018-11-13 02:05
#64
Myanmar xdcc 
What do you mean? It's 16 teams (8 invite with 1 to renegades, 3 Asia quals, 3 Oceania quals, 1 NA quals, 1 EU quals).
2018-11-13 02:11
#18
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United States ferric 
Another event for Liquid to choke :D
2018-11-13 00:26
#24
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Finland Vkims 
I feel you
2018-11-13 00:31
#33
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United States ferric 
2018-11-13 00:41
#37
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Finland Vkims 
So fun and yet so sad
2018-11-13 00:47
#46
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United States fatburger 
I’ve seen this video so many times
2018-11-13 01:05
#69
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United States ferric 
I watch this everytime Liquid loses a final :(
2018-11-13 02:29
#95
shox | 
India iejesus 
+1 2nd Place Confirmed
2018-11-13 07:08
cool
2018-11-13 00:28
#20
flusha | 
Poland MBT_yt 
very ez event for Astralis
2018-11-13 00:28
s1mple MVP SAFECALL!
2018-11-13 00:29
#23
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Poland Marsholl 
Nicee
2018-11-13 00:31
#25
COCAINE | 
Australia k_hole 
fucking going will be selling ketamine there lads! HMU
2018-11-13 00:34
#79
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Finland JAarnio 
Reported
2018-11-13 04:58
EZ for the best crowd.
2018-11-13 00:34
Year ez 4 Renegades?
2018-11-13 00:35
Liquid will beat Ast 3-0 Easy same like 0-3 Ast
2018-11-13 00:36
Best crowd in the fucking world... I can't wait for it. AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE
2018-11-13 00:37
AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE
2018-11-13 00:41
I wish I could go :(
2018-11-13 00:42
#36
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Other mikecool 
Awww ch-yeeeaaahhhh!
2018-11-13 00:45
#40
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Brazil beckerzin 
one of the bests but worst timezone ever :(
2018-11-13 00:52
unluku but thats pretty much every event for us
2018-11-13 03:10
deal with it bud
2018-11-13 05:59
#104
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Australia maarket 
Now you know how it feels for strayins
2018-11-13 08:53
Yeah nah yeah nah
2018-11-13 23:14
Feel my pain now fag
2018-11-17 19:03
EZ 4 Elmapuddy
2018-11-13 00:52
IEM Sydney 2017 was the best
2018-11-13 00:53
ofc a Brazilian would say that Sydney 2018 > Sydney 2017
2018-11-13 01:05
ofc a Brazillian hater would say that Sydney 2017 > Sydney 2018
2018-11-13 02:47
when did I say I hate Brazilians? pls don't be an idiot
2018-11-13 02:47
lets be honest, brazilian ppl is the most hated in csgo community
2018-11-13 03:14
I'm not a moron like 90% of the people here, so don't worry
2018-11-13 03:16
Yeah fanboywise
2018-11-13 05:39
#88
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Switzerland AlexTenebrae 
LUL, Brazilians are being hated only for 3 years, while people hate russians from the launch of the game, so, move into queue, Mr.
2018-11-13 06:20
actually, i dont have problems with Russians, even i do like the accent
2018-11-13 06:49
#92
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Switzerland AlexTenebrae 
You are lucky Boi, 99% of my games with them are filled with stereotypical idiots yelling rush biii suka blet drop mi awepe idiot suka nahui
2018-11-13 06:55
cyka blyat hahah
2018-11-13 07:36
well, I don't hate a person just because of his/her nationality. But I would be lying if I were to say many (not all but many) of the BRs on HLTV are diehard and delusional fans, annoying, spam KKKKKK, prefer not to use reason etc. Overall seems to be a trend.
2018-11-13 12:06
+69696969696969
2018-11-13 20:43
+69696969696969
2018-11-13 20:43
+69696969696969
2018-11-13 20:43
Nice
2018-11-13 00:54
#44
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Brazil verybaitguy1 
ez mibr
2018-11-13 01:01
#45
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Australia t0rrent 
Fuck yeah going again for a 3rd time
2018-11-13 01:02
FUCK YEAH ROUND 3 BOYS
2018-11-13 01:07
Awesome. Best event of 2018. Sick final between FaZe vs Astralis.
2018-11-13 01:13
#107
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Brazil beckerzin 
3-0 final sick pick one
2018-11-13 10:06
Already look like someone who didn't even watch the final and only look at the final score. 2 of 3 maps went OT. One of them went triple OT if I remember correctly. Last map was an epic comeback from FaZe from 4-11 down. Went all 30 rounds that map as well I believe.
2018-11-13 13:09
108 rounds in 3 maps... Ovetime, double overtime, match point. Sick final.
2018-11-13 23:18
#174
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Australia c0meatm3_Bro 
19-17 22-20 16-14 ummm yeah it was a pretty sick final
2018-11-14 15:23
3 spots for asian to be raped and none to SA. fucking hell ESL
2018-11-13 01:30
SA? LUL Best SA team (MIBR) got rekt by TYLOO & Grayhound at IEM Sydney 2018. Also TYLOO was on semi finals.
2018-11-13 03:09
#108
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Brazil beckerzin 
mibr isn't SA
2018-11-13 10:06
oh so when they lose they aren't sa ok got it nice logic
2018-11-13 23:21
#164
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Brazil beckerzin 
2 na players and EU COACH sa team pick one
2018-11-13 23:21
#171
chrisJ | 
India tsm_2k 
their name literally says made in brazil holy shit
2018-11-14 11:57
#175
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Australia Flyntos 
You heard it here first boys, Brazil is no longer in SA
2018-11-15 09:27
Great to see ESL/IEM really try to help develop the scene by giving 3 spots to Oceania and 3 to Asia. Keeps the tournament prestigious while giving smaller Asian and ANZ teams a chance to gain experience against top tier teams they might not otherwise get.
2018-11-13 01:49
#66
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Czech Republic m16r_Bra71l 
nice
2018-11-13 02:21
$250,000 prize pool in 2019 LUL
2018-11-13 02:27
we love to see this
2018-11-13 03:13
#76
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Indonesia Speartuna 
Interesting to see whether FaSe can defend their title or not, they’ve been exceptional in Sydney since 2017
2018-11-13 03:16
what u get for $ 860 ticket? Blowjob from pansy?
2018-11-13 03:41
ew no thanks
2018-11-13 05:59
Uh.. promotional gear, vip meet and greet, lounges at the front of stage, and maybe unlimited drinks?
2018-11-13 23:20
thank mr kangar00
2018-11-13 23:21
Aussie crowds best crowds
2018-11-13 05:58
Poggers
2018-11-13 06:26
#90
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Australia NotSoMLG 
What map is this years caches being played on reworked cobble?
2018-11-13 06:31
Early annoucment but ok
2018-11-13 07:31
Expected
2018-11-13 08:49
Eight teams will receive invites to IEM Sydney, while the remaining spots will be filled through online qualifiers. Europe and North America have both been allocated one qualifying spot, while Asia and Oceania will have three apiece. AU BRAIN LETS GET CHANCE TO PLAY IEM TOURNAMENT TO MONGOLZ EZ 32-0
2018-11-13 10:46
ALSO THE CROWD ITS PURE CANCER, U CANT CONCENTRATE TO THE GAME BECAUSE OF THE NOISE, AND SHOWIE IDIOTS DRINKING BEER FROM SOCKS. GLADLY THIS WILL BE AT UNWATCHABLE HOURS, THANKS GOD.
2018-11-13 10:49
#115
RasE | 
Australia sini_ 
You are cancer.
2018-11-13 11:12
flag/fan checks out.
2018-11-13 11:14
#136
RasE | 
Australia sini_ 
You must be a fun person. You can't concentrate on the game cause of the noise.... Go watch golf then, this isn't the sport for you.
2018-11-13 13:05
You need to focus? lmao They are there for fun You should too
2018-11-13 11:27
fkn neckbeard holy shit go outside
2018-11-14 12:00
NOISE
2018-11-13 11:25
#130
Xyp9x | 
Denmark STATiC^ 
I really liked IEM Sydney 2017. Australia have an amazing crowd :) Looking forward to seeing it! Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!
2018-11-13 12:14
and not 2018 coz astralis lost the final?
2018-11-13 16:43
#151
Xyp9x | 
Denmark STATiC^ 
Wasn't home at the time so couldn't see it. :) Had nothing to do with Astralis losing or winning.
2018-11-13 18:31
If a was a fan of Astralis instead of FaZe I would have lost my mind. Def my favourite final (Boston is close)
2018-11-13 20:47
#166
Xyp9x | 
Denmark STATiC^ 
Can't watch em all i guess. :D
2018-11-14 01:00
Ok
2018-11-13 12:40
#172
chrisJ | 
India tsm_2k 
BEST CROWD
2018-11-14 11:59
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