IEM Sydney qualifier dates announced

Professeur
January 9th, 2019 14:29

The dates and details about the open and closed qualifiers for the third installment of IEM Sydney have been revealed.

The $250,000 tournament will take place in Sydney, Australia on April 30 - May 5th, with the playoffs once again returning to the Qudos Bank Arena.

With their most recent announcement, ESL corrected a mistake from an earlier post which stated that there would be eight invited and eight qualified teams. Instead, of the 16 teams competing at the event, nine will be invited and seven will earn a spot through the qualifiers. Also, the number of qualifier slots reserved for teams from Oceania went down from three to one, although ESL hinted that there would be another Oceanic slot up for grabs.

The qualification cycle for IEM Sydney starts at the end of January

Qualifiers for all regions will feature an open and closed part. Two open qualifier cups will be held and played as BO1 until the deciding match, which will be BO3, and two teams from each cup will advance to the closed qualifier. There, they will be joined by four invited teams and a double-elimination BO3 bracket will be played out, with a BO5 final. Only the best team from each regional qualifier will earn a spot at IEM Sydney 2019.

The dates for the qualifiers are as follows.

Europe Europe
Open qualifier #1: January 30-31, 18:00 CET
Open qualifier #2: February 2-3, 18:00 CET
Closed qualifier: February 6-8

North America North America
Open qualifier #1: January 30-31, 18:00 EST
Open qualifier #2: February 2-3, 18:00 EST
Closed qualifier: February 6-8

China Greater China
Open qualifier #1: March 6-7, 18:00 SGT
Open qualifier #2: March 19-20, 18:00 SGT
Closed qualifier: March 22-24

Asia East Asia
Open qualifier #1: March 6-7, 18:00 SGT
Open qualifier #2: March 19-20, 18:00 SGT
Closed qualifier: March 22-24

Asia Southeast Asia
Open qualifier #1: March 6-7, 18:00 SGT
Open qualifier #2: March 19-20, 18:00 SGT
Closed qualifier: March 22-24

Oceania Oceania
Open qualifier #1: March 30-31, 12:00 AEDT
Open qualifier #2: April 6-7, 12:00 AEDT
Closed qualifier: March 22-24

Only the best team from each regional qualifier will advance to IEM Sydney 2019. For more information about the qualifiers, check the official announcement.

As of now, the team list looks as follows:

Europe FaZe
Other Invite
Other Invite
Other Invite
Other Invite
Europe EU qualifier
China Greater China qual.
Asia Southeast Asia qual.
Australia Renegades
Other Invite
Other Invite
Other Invite
North America NA qualifier
Oceania Oceania qual.
Asia East Asia qual.
Other TBD
cool
2019-01-09 14:29
18:00 EST = 0:00 EU time /fixed
2019-01-09 14:33
#8
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
Maybe CEST?
2019-01-09 14:32
/fixed
2019-01-09 14:34
#50
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
IEM Sydney more OCE/AS spots next time 🙃
2019-01-09 15:01
5 non NA/EU slots. Not bad. Plus RNG invite. Maybe gayhounds too
2019-01-09 15:56
#91
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Asia SiduLooty 
Ez 4 faze
2019-01-09 17:38
Swapped the EU and NA times, fixed now ty MonkeyDestroyer
2019-01-09 14:33
Thanks for fixing!
2019-01-09 14:33
#51
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
Reported for racism.
2019-01-09 15:00
+1
2019-01-09 16:04
Lmao
2019-01-09 16:07
#79
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Iceland stlie 
Hahahha
2019-01-09 16:15
LUL
2019-01-09 18:33
Lol, watch your mouth Professeur (?
2019-01-09 16:00
#29
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Denmark __jUNGLE 
+1
2019-01-09 14:37
#15
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
They wrote CET for NA, and EST for EU... Those should be switched
2019-01-09 14:33
Ez 4 Tainted Minds
2019-01-09 17:13
#117
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Namibia YungLumis 
Bravado finna make it and take the ez w
2019-01-10 14:29
Easy
2019-01-09 14:29
Easy for greyhound
2019-01-09 14:30
#30
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Denmark __jUNGLE 
+1
2019-01-09 14:37
#80
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Iceland stlie 
who ?
2019-01-09 16:16
LETS GO can't wait for more crying EU kids!
2019-01-09 14:30
EU 10 major Arab 0 major
2019-01-09 14:31
First one has arrived! Next!
2019-01-09 14:32
#19
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Finland Vkims 
EU 10 major Arab 0 major
2019-01-09 14:33
Second one has arrived! Next!
2019-01-09 14:33
Au 0 major PepeHands
2019-01-09 14:35
Stop crying son who do you think you are? an EU kid?
2019-01-09 14:36
#56
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Spain Hackstralis 
Refugees 0 major
2019-01-09 15:23
Third one has arrived! Next!
2019-01-09 15:23
Hi, it's me.
2019-01-09 15:35
Hi friendly EU man!
2019-01-09 15:38
Yooo Salam paki bro
2019-01-09 15:38
What is up my Americano friendo
2019-01-09 15:39
#31
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Denmark __jUNGLE 
+1
2019-01-09 14:37
#7
TACO | 
Portugal MSANTOS 
Hot
2019-01-09 14:31
#9
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Europe Broozman 
ez4me
2019-01-09 14:32
#83
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Australia MrTurni 
who are you ?
2019-01-09 16:35
#99
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Europe Broozman 
best asian player (no).
2019-01-09 19:24
nice!!!
2019-01-09 14:32
#11
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Europe _jUNGLE 
aussieeeee
2019-01-09 14:32
#32
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Denmark __jUNGLE 
+1
2019-01-09 14:37
#35
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Europe _jUNGLE 
wtf are you wahnt duude
2019-01-09 14:38
#13
rox | 
Norway Numeritos 
okay
2019-01-09 14:32
nvm
2019-01-09 14:33
#17
tezay | 
Brazil tezay 
south america qualify ?
2019-01-09 14:33
#22
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Finland Vkims 
Please no
2019-01-09 14:34
It's necessary a SA qualifier.
2019-01-09 14:36
#92
ptr | 
Argentina Jagr929 
+1
2019-01-09 18:06
#23
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Australia Siedyac 
Astralis will get knocked out by Dick Stacy ez
2019-01-09 14:34
#33
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Denmark __jUNGLE 
+1
2019-01-09 14:37
+1
2019-01-09 14:45
#97
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United States PKNessStorm 
+1
2019-01-09 18:42
#107
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Australia CaZeR01 
+1
2019-01-10 10:08
#113
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Australia Siedyac 
+1 :)
2019-01-10 11:56
#26
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Brazil gustavow 
No South America Qualifier ? lol
2019-01-09 14:36
#39
rox | 
Norway Numeritos 
+1 wheres is my sa qualifier
2019-01-09 14:40
#28
s1mple | 
Ukraine Wok3r 
Nice
2019-01-09 14:37
#34
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Denmark __jUNGLE 
+1
2019-01-09 14:37
#36
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Taiwan idoleat 
Greater China LOL
2019-01-09 14:39
#37
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Australia Cyberwaste 
Would love to see how many Aussies will get invites, and how tight the qualifiers are.
2019-01-09 14:39
I hope 0. I hate to admit it but let's be honest AU teams are really, really bad. RNG is enough.
2019-01-09 14:41
#52
jks | 
Australia Mosski 
Grayhound are pretty good
2019-01-09 15:06
Pretty good at being crap!
2019-01-09 15:17
#108
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Australia CaZeR01 
Pakistani cs lol
2019-01-10 10:09
No scene>Trash scene
2019-01-10 10:11
#111
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Australia CaZeR01 
Nice logic kid
2019-01-10 10:12
AU CROWD BEST CROWD
2019-01-09 14:40
#41
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United States anymor3 
> Greater China qual. > Asia Southeast Asia qual. > East Asia qual. pick one! wasted spots...
2019-01-09 14:42
#75
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Australia t0rrent 
Ikr and only 1 au qualifier at an au event, they're just selling out to the asians
2019-01-09 16:05
#42
saju | 
Poland Szuster 
Let's go new VP!
2019-01-09 14:43
izi quali for new VP
2019-01-09 14:45
#45
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China askaiusaxn 
OMG i like it for China is already great enough
2019-01-09 14:49
omay
2019-01-09 14:52
#47
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Sweden green_god 
this time astralis will win
2019-01-09 14:53
ez 4 xantarez
2019-01-09 14:54
#49
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Malaysia Mision 
Oceania Oceania Open qualifier #1: March 30-31, 12:00 AEDT Open qualifier #2: April 6-7, 12:00 AEDT Closed qualifier: March 22-24 somthing wrong. Should be: Closed qualifier: April 12-14
2019-01-09 14:58
best tournament. who can agree with me raise your hand.
2019-01-09 15:12
wuhu! hltv im coming
2019-01-09 15:16
#58
k1to | 
Russia AttackeN 
Nice. i like sydney :)
2019-01-09 15:27
#109
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Australia CaZeR01 
U coming?
2019-01-10 10:11
#112
k1to | 
Russia AttackeN 
Would be nice to be there, but no money for that trip :(
2019-01-10 11:10
#114
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Australia CaZeR01 
Fair enough
2019-01-10 12:19
#59
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Europe KRiSEF 
Only 1 team qualifying from EU while 3 from GREATER CHINA EAST ASIA AND SOUTH EAST ASIA XDDDD
2019-01-09 15:30
>greater china lol
2019-01-09 15:33
#61
Patitek | 
Poland jap0n 
ez quali for vp
2019-01-09 15:35
Only one spot for EU qualifier, that's sad
2019-01-09 15:35
#64
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Brazil Mirekz 
wtf East Asia, Southeast Asia,Greater China(wtf) and Ocenia qualifiers but no qualifier for south america, you would think that a brazilian team being between the best teams in the world for years now would give south america more opportunities but nope.
2019-01-09 15:38
>MIBR >BEST TEAM OMEGALUL
2019-01-09 15:57
#72
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Brazil Mirekz 
learn how2read m8 between the best teams =/= best team
2019-01-09 16:00
>Not winning a single tier1 event(not even tier2 just tier999 in 2018) >MIBR=AMONG BEST TEAMS Go back to poop on streets fucking poorzilian
2019-01-09 16:23
Are you 12? Seriously, I can't understand how someone can be so fucking retarded. They are among the best teams in the world in the HLTV Ranking, and despite not winning a single premier tournament in 2018 (and you still use the word tier1 to talk about premier tournaments, like, do you actually know counter-strike?), they got always to semifinals and sometimes even finals. This comment just shows that you're a really sad and racist cunt, and you should kill yourself as soon as possible. Have a good day! - Ichiban
2019-01-09 17:01
Ahahhaah fat ugly burger is getting mad?When will be the next “war” in schools xD? America is the most retarded country on this planet you can’t even have an opinion just because you are an american.Ah and MIBR is garbage.And about knowing counter-strike...M8 i watched more games of csgo than you ever done something else in your life.I’ve watched more pro games than you eating burgers you fat retard ahahaha just kys fat nerd or better go back to your shoting festival in schools in your fucking retarded country xDDDDDD
2019-01-09 21:37
LIQUID > C9 > MIBR > any EU team besides astralis for real
2019-01-10 15:52
#77
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Australia t0rrent 
Yeah 1 au, 1 asia, 1 sa and another eu would be better
2019-01-09 16:07
#66
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Brazil xMoita 
3 Asia 0 South America Noice..
2019-01-09 15:39
All decent baitzil Players are in na anyway
2019-01-09 16:42
asia 0 major sa 2 major
2019-01-09 19:10
good that I am from EU
2019-01-09 20:48
Be ready for Vp era!
2019-01-09 15:51
#78
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China EuGEnemeister 
i don't really understand they give separate slots to East Asia, SEA and China. Both tyloo and cyberzen/VG are better than SEA teams and should qualify, if tyloo don't get invited. Objectively, this makes this event even worse than the one with 3 Asia qual. slots before
2019-01-09 16:09
#82
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Denmark Ninjayi 
Oceania qualis are fkd up, dates wrong. Also, greater china? Omegigakek
2019-01-09 16:25
#85
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Brazil kaiokenplay 
sa qualifier???
2019-01-09 16:47
SA Qualifier?????????? Wtf
2019-01-09 16:58
#116
k1to | 
Russia AttackeN 
South American Qualifer
2019-01-10 12:25
#90
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Czech Republic PaYaB 
t2 event, alot of t5 asian teams.
2019-01-09 17:20
#94
s1mple | 
China KensonS 
hi prokda:)
2019-01-09 18:09
#102
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Czech Republic PaYaB 
nt, but you're wrong :)
2019-01-09 20:02
#93
s1mple | 
China KensonS 
iem sydney is always cool.
2019-01-09 18:08
EZ for Australis
2019-01-09 18:35
lets go !
2019-01-09 19:25
Lezz go
2019-01-09 21:48
Greater China qual. NICE !!!!! if tyloo kick summer , add DD will get this title !!!!
2019-01-10 02:43
ez4RNG
2019-01-10 12:23
Would love to see G2 at this event!
2019-01-11 07:43
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