FaZe invited to IEM Sydney

FaZe have been invited to compete at IEM Sydney, ESL has announced.

The European giants become the second team to be confirmed for the Australian event, following in the footsteps of Renegades, who were last week announced as the first invited side.

FaZe will return to Sydney as defending champion, looking to repeat this year's victory after taking down Astralis 3-0 in the final with Richard "Xizt" Landström filling in for Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer.

FaZe will return to Sydney

Currently ranked fourth in the world, Finn "karrigan" Andersen's side have just one more event before the end of the year, BLAST Pro Series Lisbon, after failing to qualify for the ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals.

IEM Sydney 2019 will run from April 30 to May 5, with the playoffs being held at the Qudos Bank Arena. There are now just six invites left as the remaining eight spots will be determined by online qualifiers for teams from Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania.

Below you can find the current team list for the $250,000 competition:

Australia Renegades
Other Invite #3
Other Invite #5
Other Invite #7
Europe Europe qualifier
Asia Asia qualifier #1
Asia Asia qualifier #3
Oceania Oceania qualifier #2
Europe FaZe
Other Invite #4
Other Invite #6
Other Invite #8
North America NA qualifier
Asia Asia qualifier #2
Oceania Oceania qualifier #1
Oceania Oceania qualifier #3

Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1476
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1238
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1409
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
deserved
2018-11-27 00:48
#9
Other V5c 
wasted spot
2018-11-27 00:49
+1
2018-11-27 00:50
+1
2018-11-27 00:50
+1
2018-11-27 00:52
#21
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United States CallMeTaco 
+1
2018-11-27 00:55
#22
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Australia MatthewJKS 
+1 And Renegades aren’t a wasted spot for all you people thinking they were.
2018-11-27 00:55
v shkoly nahooy
2018-11-27 01:29
+1
2018-11-27 05:08
so true give it to vega squadron
2018-11-27 06:40
Poor b8 m8
2018-11-27 07:09
#173
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Sweden stenvaar 
+1
2018-11-27 18:55
wasted spot 😎😎 kkkkkkkkkkk
2018-11-27 01:16
Ok
2018-11-27 03:27
Yeboii
2018-11-27 00:48
#4
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Norway stekt_laks 
Another event they'll be smashed by astralis at LUL
2018-11-27 00:49
#105
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Spain Carbonizante 
5 months left. Astralis may become shit in that time and FaZe become top1, who knows.
2018-11-27 08:01
#107
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Norway stekt_laks 
Lol ok. Gl
2018-11-27 08:01
#127
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Norway stekt_laks 
FAZE TIER 2 LMAOO
2018-11-27 09:27
are u serious? mibr talking about faze comeon dude, not even 1/8. how many events in 2018? 0. olof > mibr.
2018-11-27 11:14
#5
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Brazil EZ4FURIA 
hehe boi
2018-11-27 00:49
#6
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Brazil centjeefizik 
Cul
2018-11-27 00:49
#7
 | 
Germany VladiBot2 
LUL
2018-11-27 00:49
#8
 | 
Europe b7ack0ut 
Ok
2018-11-27 00:49
ugh faze
2018-11-27 00:49
should -1 of the asian and oceanic spots and add +1 to na and eu quals
2018-11-27 00:50
#27
mertz | 
Australia Dremidus 
nice bait.
2018-11-27 01:00
ty
2018-11-27 01:03
fake flagger spotted
2018-11-27 08:47
#11
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World ascet 
free 250 if they wanna trihard?
2018-11-27 00:50
#16
walle | 
Germany Fl0RR3 
invite Grayhound ffs
2018-11-27 00:51
nah theyll have to qual
2018-11-27 00:52
Grayhound or Tainted Minds
2018-11-27 05:57
order lookin decent too
2018-11-27 06:51
They're bad tbh
2018-11-27 08:10
#19
NiKo | 
Chile xones20 
Nice
2018-11-27 00:52
only deserved when -karrigan
2018-11-27 00:57
only deserved when disband 😎😎 kkkkkkkkkkkk
2018-11-27 01:26
saying lg fan
2018-11-27 15:22
saying fnatic fan 😎😎
2018-11-27 15:25
#24
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Canada wun_teps 
wasted spot
2018-11-27 00:57
wasted spot next invites to vp and gambit?
2018-11-27 00:59
if gambit go to sydney ill eat a shoe
2018-11-27 01:05
#74
 | 
New Zealand DONney 
Don’t eat my lamp
2018-11-27 02:44
#129
fnx | 
Australia saldi_ 
saved
2018-11-27 09:35
not god damn kidding
2018-11-27 10:07
#159
fnx | 
Australia saldi_ 
ok vince
2018-11-27 12:33
#26
 | 
Panama XantabseN 
faze in 2k18 xaxaxaxa
2018-11-27 00:59
mousesports in 2k18 xaxaxaxa
2018-11-27 01:10
#40
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Brazil Charizaldo 
Any team that isn't Astralis in 2k18 xaxaxaxa
2018-11-27 01:21
true
2018-11-27 01:21
This really opened my eyes
2018-11-27 07:13
s1mple 1 ban too 😎😎
2018-11-27 07:51
#62
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Bulgaria roundup 
Astralis dominate 2018 and FaZe still manage to win 3 tier 1 events.They need to be in form and when they are, they will stop astralis.I hope this will happen at the major.You can laugh all you want at FaZe, but we saw that they are the only team currently in the world who can match Astralis and actually stop them.No Liquid, no Navi, no mouz, no mibr, only FaZe can do it!
2018-11-27 02:01
#122
rain | 
Lithuania LevelUpp 
Na, I'm pretty sure any team in the top5 is capable of beating astralis
2018-11-27 09:16
yeah, who? m16r? lulquid? MOUZ? Natus Perdere? Stop it dude, only FaZe can do it the problem is they tilt when they start loosing
2018-11-27 11:16
#157
rain | 
Lithuania LevelUpp 
Literally anyone CAN beat astralis, it's cs dude, anything can happen
2018-11-27 12:06
#162
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Bulgaria roundup 
Yes of course, but FaZe is the only team who can do it couple of times at 3-4 events, even in finals(they've proved it).Teams like Liquid or mouz can do it once and after that they will struggle in the next 4-5 meetings against astralis.I hope very soon that FaZe is gonna take care about team issues and who is calling and whatever and start playing like beasts they are.
2018-11-27 13:24
saving strats for major
2018-11-27 15:57
#179
rain | 
Lithuania LevelUpp 
+1
2018-11-27 21:37
+1 they've done it and they can do it again. Mastermind gla1ve can't perdict insane fast pushes and calls, when they try to take map control. they loose simply because faze has more firepower. But if they play slow and let them have map control, faze looses
2018-11-27 11:17
#30
s1mple | 
Europe SQXZAF 
wasted invite VP bettter
2018-11-27 01:06
Expected
2018-11-27 01:13
still no -karrigan?
2018-11-27 01:14
Another tournament to choke for choke clan
2018-11-27 01:17
#37
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Russia mmmmmmajestic 
Ez win ez life
2018-11-27 01:20
wasted spot
2018-11-27 01:22
#43
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Argentina Fa7e07 
expected
2018-11-27 01:24
NiP invite or riot
2018-11-27 01:32
#51
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Europe trey_ 
yayy lets get it boise
2018-11-27 01:38
Wasted spot
2018-11-27 01:43
#68
shox | 
India iejesus 
ChokeLan Lul
2018-11-27 02:20
#70
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United States dougtheduck 
shox fan laughing at FaZe??? kkk
2018-11-27 02:32
#75
shox | 
India iejesus 
shox > faze
2018-11-27 03:05
USA > India
2018-11-27 04:09
#86
shox | 
India iejesus 
i wouldn't disagree
2018-11-27 06:17
Africa > India
2018-11-27 07:27
#165
shox | 
India iejesus 
nt
2018-11-27 13:59
#191
 | 
United States dougtheduck 
oof
2018-12-01 00:08
olof > french scene
2018-11-27 11:18
+1
2018-11-28 05:47
#71
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Finland Smoonah 
wasted spot
2018-11-27 02:34
Wasted spot. Until they keep karrigan the shit BOT they will never win.
2018-11-27 02:35
#73
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New Zealand DONney 
Faze will pick up Kennys when guardian retired
2018-11-27 02:42
#77
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United States dougtheduck 
l can see that happening actually
2018-11-27 03:07
#76
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Asia mocity123 
EZ 4 GuardiaN
2018-11-27 03:06
#78
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Australia t0rrent 
I hope theres less cringe faze fans in the crowd this year
2018-11-27 03:26
last year was amazing aussie crowd.
2018-11-27 11:19
#156
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Australia t0rrent 
yeah it was great but in the grand finals there was just some sperg howling all game right behind me
2018-11-27 12:00
wasted spot
2018-11-27 05:09
wasted spot
2018-11-27 06:04
#176
 | 
Sweden stenvaar 
+1
2018-11-27 18:55
Wasted spot
2018-11-27 06:36
#89
 | 
Brazil VeryNewfagGuy 
250k, 16 teams, wtf intel, share the money you are earning with overpriced coffe lake refresh
2018-11-27 06:43
they have to cut prize pool coz australia is so expensive in every regard,
2018-11-27 06:52
mLw next EZ 4 ADKIZZLE if so
2018-11-27 06:43
Would be funny to see this "wasted spot" shittalkers getting rekt when Faze lifts the trophy again
2018-11-27 06:59
#123
rain | 
Lithuania LevelUpp 
+1
2018-11-27 09:17
With karrigan? y right :D
2018-11-28 01:35
Wasted spot
2018-11-27 07:12
+1
2018-11-27 07:27
#175
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Sweden stenvaar 
+1
2018-11-27 18:55
#121
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Dominican Republic yolinho 
Renegades btw.
2018-11-27 09:12
Lmao
2018-11-27 09:23
Ez4FaZe
2018-11-27 07:35
#106
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Brazil cadik 
faze is wasted spot
2018-11-27 08:01
nt m16r
2018-11-27 11:19
No astralis = fun tournament pls
2018-11-27 08:17
#125
rain | 
Lithuania LevelUpp 
Ye you right, cuz why would they invite the current #1 team which came 2nd at their last event. Would rather see another tier99999 team from au
2018-11-27 09:20
Its more interesting when the underdogs have a chance
2018-11-27 23:38
#187
rain | 
Lithuania LevelUpp 
They always have a chance, might not be a big one, but still a chance
2018-11-28 06:21
#113
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Turkey tastemycobra 
Invite ex-ss pls... They made europe qualifiers last time, but hit by visa issues. Send them an early invite and they will have time to deal with visa stuff this time. Thx.
2018-11-27 08:30
nice
2018-11-27 08:32
plzz invite fnatic&red reserve&x6tence galaxy
2018-11-27 08:37
#118
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Estonia SOKOL_GG 
Invite NaVi 100%
2018-11-27 08:50
#120
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Dominican Republic yolinho 
3 Oceania teams from qualifier and just one from Europe? Fair enough, gonna be fun to watch them playing against good EU teams, lmao
2018-11-27 09:07
why u pretending like this is a real tournament? wait for 2 invited shit au teams together with 3 qualified shit au teams. this tournament is like when they let the retard on to the basketball Court to score while everyone is watchng and cheering.
2018-11-27 09:42
youtube.com/watch?v=Ium0J7hXQLs THIS IS IEM SYDNEY HAHA
2018-11-27 09:39
replying to yourself rofl, kys
2018-11-27 09:49
had to have a video refrence
2018-11-27 09:59
wasted slot
2018-11-27 09:41
#133
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Russia NOD777 
Slump clan. Where is changes they’re talking about?
2018-11-27 09:48
WASTED SPOT 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎
2018-11-27 10:02
no invite astralis please
2018-11-27 10:11
#142
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
come on, they are weaker and weaker, our fav. teams got so close to beating them
2018-11-27 10:52
even faze defeated them lul
2018-11-27 16:01
#141
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
next invites: Astralis,Liquid,miBR,mousesports,NiP NRG? North? fnatic?
2018-11-27 10:51
#163
SS | 
Europe ApziIsKing 
wasted spot
2018-11-27 13:25
#174
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Sweden stenvaar 
+1
2018-11-27 18:55
Why are she invited
2018-11-27 19:51
Faze OMEGALUL
2018-11-27 22:38
Ez Choke
2018-11-27 23:40
#192
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Brazil JrGG 
+1
2018-12-01 00:09
ez for CHAMPIONS
2018-12-01 00:10
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