ESL announce ANZ Championship S8, IEM Sydney Derby

ESL have announced the Sydney Derby, a qualifier for the $250,000 IEM event, as well as the return of the Australia and New Zealand National Championship which offers $20,000 AUD in prize money.

The format for Season 8 of the AU & NZ National Championship has gone through some changes in comparison to last year's version, on this occasion featuring just twelve teams, down from sixteen. Eight of the aforementioned teams will receive direct invites and four participants will be admitted via an open qualifier.

The IEM Derby will offer a chance to qualify for the IEM Sydney 2019 group stage

Open qualifiers for the AU&NZ Championship 2019 will take place over the course of February and March. Teams interested in participating can register by following the links below:

February 9 - Open Qualifier #1 (Link)
February 16-17 - Open Qualifier #2 (Link)
February 23-24 - Open Qualifier #3 (Link)
March 2-3 - Open Qualifier #4 (Link)

The twelve participating teams will be split into two groups of six, duking it out over the course of the season which will take place over March and April, featuring exclusively best-of-three matches.

Upon conclusion of the online season, a six-team LAN final will be held at a yet undisclosed time and location. The teams that finish top of their group will be admitted directly to the semi-finals of the LAN, the two runners up will start in the quarterfinals, and the remaining two participants of the quarter-finals will be determined through a last chance qualifier.

As for the newly-announced IEM Sydney Derby, it is a four-team qualifier, taking place on April 16-18, that will allow participants of the seasonal matches to secure a spot in the group stage of IEM Sydney 2019. The top two teams from each group of the AU&NZ Championship 2019 online season will duke it in a single-elimination bracket, with the victor of the grand final copping a spot in the group stage of the $250,000 event.

The current participants list for IEM Sydney 2019 is:

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 IEM Sydney Derby

For more details about the ESL AU&NZ Championship and the IEM Derby, check out ESL Australia's official announcement.

Russia KS_areztiab 
Always one of the best events of the year xaxaxaxa AU crowd so good xaxaxaxaxa
2019-01-22 15:20
2019-01-22 15:20
Russia KS_areztiab 
Navi 😎
2019-01-22 15:21
2019-01-22 15:21
Brazil davidS_ 
He said ez just to get #1 comment, he is a nolifer
2019-01-22 15:22
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Sweden Unluko 
2019-01-22 15:21
jks | 
Australia Mosski 
2019-01-23 06:29
ezed pzed
2019-01-22 15:21
Finland finalfan 
2019-01-22 15:22
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Australia kAlyps0 
EZ tournament that EU kids will cry about :)
2019-01-22 15:22
True lol and NA.
2019-01-22 15:25
Australia kAlyps0 
Nah most NA users don't cry 24/7 like EU ones.
2019-01-22 15:30
True, they at least sleep in between xD
2019-01-22 15:33
Denmark Ramp8 
1 eu qualifier, nice. Because eu region is the worst right guys?
2019-01-22 15:23
Australia t0rrent 
Ikr this is embarrassing
2019-01-22 15:35
Well 90% of the invites are european, so........
2019-01-22 16:00
Australia AU_CS_LUL 
Salty dane spotted. Go cry that Optic will disband soon.
2019-01-23 08:31
Excellent, looking forward to this :-)
2019-01-22 15:24
tezay | 
Brazil tezay 
SA qualy ?
2019-01-22 15:25
jks | 
Australia Mosski 
yea ok
2019-01-22 15:31
Pakistan ^NewB 
Seriously? 1 EU qualifier? Wtf is this bs?
2019-01-22 15:37
Because EU will have most number of invited teams anyways.
2019-01-22 15:59
Brazil Ryzan 
MIBR! :)
2019-01-22 17:13
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Asia SiduLooty 
2019-01-22 19:21
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United States DV19 
>Open to anyone and everyone Looks like our open team is going to sydney boys
2019-01-22 23:35
African Union mikecool 
Let's go!
2019-01-23 03:49
Poland OmgBRS 
Invite VP and MIBR :)
2019-01-23 08:24
Sweden Bangs 
mibr will probably get an invite
2019-01-23 12:33
2019-01-24 04:55
50 million asia spots and 0 spots to SA, dumb esl
2019-01-24 15:55
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