Invites for IEM Sydney EU & NA closed qualifiers announced

ESL has revealed the invites for the European and North American closed qualifiers for IEM Sydney.

In both regions, the qualifying process will begin with two open qualifiers that will see the finalists progress to a closed bracket. The four qualified sides will be joined by four invitees to duke it out for the region's qualifying slot at IEM Sydney.

The open qualifiers will use the same format as before, with a best-of-one setting being used up until the decider matches, which will be best-of-three series.

North turn to IEM Sydney after being eliminated at the Minor Play-in

The first leg of open qualifiers will begin on Wednesday, with registration available until one hour before the start. The dates, time and signup links can be found below:


EU Open Qualifier 1 - January 30-31 | 18:00
EU Open Qualifier 2 - February 2-3 | 18:00

North America

NA Open Qualifier 1 - January 30-31 | 00:00
NA Open Qualifier 2 - February 2-3 | 00:00

As the world No.12, North are the highest-ranked team of the four European invitees. The Danish side will be desperate to make amends following their failure to qualify for the IEM Katowice Major.

The team list for the Europe closed qualifier currently looks as follows:

Germany BIG
Denmark North
Europe Open Qual. 1
Europe Open Qual. 2
Other HellRaisers
France G2
Europe Open Qual. 1
Europe Open Qual. 2

Across the pond, No.15 side Ghost headline the invite list for the North American closed qualifier alongside Luminosity, who currently round out the top 30 ranking.

The team list for the qualifier currently looks as follows:

United States Envy
North America compLexity
North America Open Qual. 1
North America Open Qual. 2
United States Ghost
Brazil Luminosity
North America Open Qual. 1
North America Open Qual. 2

Both closed qualifiers will be played on the same dates, February 6-8, with the format being a double-elimination, best-of-three bracket, with the final being played in a best-of-five setting.

Ez good job invite G2 but not Vitality WoW #VForVictory
2019-01-30 09:43
2019-01-30 09:40
G2 Beat vitality in wesg qualifier
2019-01-30 09:55
1time wow
2019-01-30 10:16
MSL | 
France Pwhit 
and they had bot happy, now vitality is best
2019-01-30 10:27
2019-01-30 10:33
Chile strong221 
well see in the major
2019-01-30 12:12
JaCkz | 
United States Bochanka 
Hold that L
2019-01-30 20:02
JaCkz | 
United States Bochanka 
Yea and that one time proves G2 is better.... pretty freaking ez to see
2019-01-30 20:03
Palestine MrZoldiK 
Heroic or Hellraisers??
2019-01-30 10:01
They invited Hellrasiers. If that's what you're asking.
2019-01-30 19:29
Palestine MrZoldiK 
Yah i saw it in Twitter , but they mistakenly , mentioned herioc
2019-01-30 19:46
France BoM_ 
Vita will get their invite for IEM Sydney
2019-01-30 10:48
France Paprii 
Nope, NBK already said that they're gonna play the open qual
2019-01-30 11:11
Which is just not fair they should get a closed qualifier spot
2019-01-30 11:32
France Paprii 
+1. But I assume that they would not invite 2 french teams in the closed because it wouldn't be fair next to the other nations, so it was between G2, Vita and LDLC (so between G2 and Vita). I don't think that G2 would try to do the open qualifier if they were not invited, but Vita ofc will so they might did their choice based on this.
2019-01-30 11:37
YNk | 
Germany PeetM 
2019-01-30 12:59
2019-01-30 16:14
JaCkz | 
United States Bochanka 
Cry is free. G2 been around for years vitality not bee around for a full year... just stop crying and know that vitality has a LONG way to go
2019-01-30 20:04
The organization hasn't been around for long however 4/5 players are veterans and some even have major wins. They have already showed potential by qualifying for the major qualifier. Based on this, it's not accurate to say they "have a long way to go". Also G2's current line up has only been around for a month or two longer than vitality so that's not a valid argument.
2019-01-30 22:00
When you take my argument out of context like that then sure say whatever you want but I said “They’ve been around longer” the players had absolutely nothing to do with what I said. Nice one
2019-01-30 22:12
I gave you the benefit of the doubt inferring that you were actually taking about the lineups. You are correct that the organization of G2 has been in csgo longer than Vitality in csgo. I fail to see how this is relavent because teams are awarded invites based on how well they are performing not how long an org has been in the scene.
2019-01-30 22:24
And G2 is obviously performing better... Vitalitly just lost to Endpoint in the open btw LOL
2019-01-30 22:49
G2 hasn't played a match in over a month and a half. We will see how these teams will preform in 2 weeks on lan. Online best of ones are not a good indicator of performance.
2019-01-30 22:53
How long is it going to take you vitality people to realize you have g2s future awper on your roster aswell with a bunch of g2s washed up players they let go before they turned into VP
2019-01-30 22:13
Even if this became true and zywoo joins G2 in the future, why does that matter? lol
2019-01-30 22:26
You saw in the match G2 against Vitality that Zywoo couldn't handle with the awp against kennyS. Zywoo is better with rifles, pistoles... But kenny is much better with the awp.
2019-01-31 00:25
Rip. They lost against Endpoint. 16-6. Thankfully there is another qualifier.
2019-01-30 21:35
Losing against random ESEA shuffle team Lmao. They are not competing the second qualifier. Via nbk twitter
2019-01-31 00:26
Lol they got so scared from losing the first 😂😂😂
2019-01-31 03:18
They are competing in a different tournament.
2019-01-31 16:04
Vitality is fucking trash dude. They've lost the OPEN QUALIFIER for IEM SYDNEY against random ESEA teams
2019-01-31 00:19
2019-01-31 03:18
JaCkz | 
United States Bochanka 
Ughhh G2 beat Vitality in a Bo3 for the WESG World championships... stfu about vitality being better. Hold this L
2019-01-30 20:02
2019-01-30 09:35
Poland Astoner55 
Nice nice
2019-01-30 09:35
Turkey bugrazenn 
ez for big
2019-01-30 09:35
Germany M4GiX 
I hope so. BIG needs to get steady results and they're closer than ever. #gobigorgohome
2019-01-30 13:30
2019-01-30 09:37
very cool!
2019-01-30 09:37
ile | 
Finland onniinkivaa 
wheres ence
2019-01-30 09:37
Finland Nuori_sergej 
They invited north over ence wtf
2019-01-30 09:40
jep mitä vittua
2019-01-30 09:41
openqual case:-D
2019-01-30 09:41
Maybe they got an invite for the actual event?
2019-01-30 09:47
Finland Nuori_sergej 
That could be the case, hopefully
2019-01-30 10:09
Lol never
2019-01-30 10:11
Lul bug
2019-01-30 10:42
Ez with xantares
2019-01-30 11:15
well see
2019-01-30 11:18
Envy fan trying to talk smack to a big fan.... doesn’t work like that anymore. Envy suck
2019-01-31 03:20
OH REALLY???? isnt envy a major winning team anymore???? didnt know that thanks for info
2019-01-31 09:57
You aren’t relevant pal. Envy isn’t relevant. Look at the year bro it isn’t 2014
2019-01-31 17:21
Envy won the major back in 2015 with the French roster. The kennyS carry was real. The new american envy is fucking garbage, not much to say they are just bad
2019-01-31 21:49
JaCkz | 
United States Bochanka 
I saw that shot and couldn’t believe it
2019-01-30 20:05
2019-01-30 09:38
NBK- | 
France Azowel 
2019-01-30 09:38
ez qualifer for big
2019-01-30 09:38
Poland @Fridzu 
Nt xantares
2019-01-30 09:45
no im real german only germans in family no xantares
2019-01-30 11:26
Poland @Fridzu 
2019-01-30 11:29
Xyp9x | 
United States fishyt4u 
xantares > nex
2019-01-30 16:23
G2 omegalul
2019-01-30 09:39
JaCkz | 
United States Bochanka 
omegalul they are in WESG finals and Major.... stop acting like they aren’t decent. Better than vitality. Take that L
2019-01-30 20:06
Its true, they are really nice and they will show us the real power of g2
2019-01-31 00:17
Russia the501 
ez for ange1&co
2019-01-30 09:39
Brazil NaN_BR 
And Furia bro? Plz Furia
2019-01-30 09:39
I dount FURIA would be able to compete on the qualifier.. Sad but no FURIA this time
2019-01-30 15:18
jks | 
Australia 0iq_man 
"As the world No.12, North are the highest-ranked team of the four Europe invitees" nice joke
2019-01-30 09:40
kennyS | 
France Kiirua2 
2019-01-30 11:22
United States DervGuy 
Well objectively it is true.
2019-01-30 14:31
kennyS | 
Germany striXSy 
They played like bots in the Europe qualifier for the major
2019-01-30 15:13
United States DervGuy 
I agree 100%, but according to HLTV rankings, they are the highest ranked team in attendance.
2019-01-30 15:17
jks | 
Australia 0iq_man 
i know but its just funny their recent results are not reflecting that rank well
2019-01-30 16:04
United States DervGuy 
Oh yeah totally lmao
2019-01-30 16:05
JaCkz | 
United States Bochanka 
Lol what a joke.
2019-01-30 20:07
Australia alf_au 
Gice Nary
2019-01-30 09:41
India Noobdian1 
Come on gazza
2019-01-30 11:59
Namibia BrownBoy 
I never knew teams got a limited number of tech pauses. edit: nevermind I thought those were the lan rules. makes sense for online though.
2019-01-30 09:45
World smash143 
inb4 WHERE IS FURIA?!?!?
2019-01-30 09:44
Fix EU closed qualifier page.
2019-01-30 09:44
x6galaxy red reserve invite plz !!! sweden csgo top !!!
2019-01-30 09:44
Rofl red reserv are trash
2019-01-30 11:08
poland cis cs neither imo !!!
2019-01-30 13:38
picking up leftovers
2019-01-30 09:45
2019-01-30 09:45
so ence probably invited eh?
2019-01-30 09:52
BIG not invited to the main event smh my head
2019-01-30 09:55
They definitely deserve it
2019-01-30 10:10
I guess smh is an abbreviation for shake my hand
2019-01-30 10:39
> The Joke > You
2019-01-30 18:01
I guess
2019-01-30 19:20
Russia fan_of_n0rth 
2019-01-30 10:00
JaCkz | 
United States Bochanka 
G2 are in the WESG finals and the major. Stfu with the G2 hate
2019-01-30 20:08
JaCkz | 
United States Bochanka 
Gambit LMFAO
2019-01-30 20:08
Talking shit about g2? G2 have a Bootcamp since a month only because of the major. You saw on the matches before that the new g2 roster already fits together, they had no practise and they still got it to WESG World Finals and got 2nd in PLG grand slam. WITHOUT ANY PRACTISE. The g2 members already said that the Bootcamp is really succesful. Bodyy and Kenny said that they are ready for the major. I believe in g2 and they will succed. Btw gambit is trash
2019-01-31 00:15
Ez qual for BIG
2019-01-30 10:09
s1 | 
Ukraine mpletop1 
2019-01-30 10:42
China LeBronGames 
where is the Asian qualifier?
2019-01-30 11:01
Major finals - BO3, closed qualifier finals - BO5 Seems legit :D
2019-01-30 11:39
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
2019-01-30 16:07
India Noobdian1 
Nip invited to event??
2019-01-30 12:00
France DesmondHumes 
Where is vitality?
2019-01-30 12:01
On your flair
2019-01-30 13:25
2019-01-30 22:16
France DesmondHumes 
so it will be ez for god JackZ
2019-01-31 13:08
2019-01-31 17:23
furia?? hallo vitality?? btw ez for LG and HR
2019-01-30 12:03
Furia lmao tier6
2019-01-30 13:25
Are u retard ?
2019-01-30 13:34
No, why
2019-01-30 13:49
Because Furia proved that they’re way better than Complexity,Envy and Ghost...
2019-01-30 15:56
won vs tier3 NA teams which recently changed their rosters
2019-01-30 16:00
Still, they deserved to be invited to the closed instead of those teams
2019-01-30 18:45
JaCkz | 
United States Bochanka 
No they didn’t. They didn’t at all. Y’all Brazilians think cause you make the major all of a sudden you’re a tier 1 team???? Lmfao furia are going to get smacked around like a dildo in the major.
2019-01-30 20:10
Not tier1,but they’re better than envy,complexity and ghost. Don’t be a fanboy m8..
2019-01-31 00:02
I am a G2 fan with a brain. You play some good games congrats but don’t get so cocky as to think your better than teams that have actually proven things on LAN
2019-01-31 00:51
I’m not even a Furia fan... but I have the brain to admit that they’re in better form than these teams.
2019-01-31 02:32
Form from beating teams not ranked in the top 30 dude. It’s seriously not that impressive. NA cs is so overrated it’s insane.
2019-01-31 03:16
I’m not saying that Furia is tier1, I only said that furia deserved a spot in the closed instead of these teams
2019-01-31 03:24
I’m not gonna lie I like the players on Furia but they still gotta prove more for invites.
2019-01-31 05:48
What envy prove? They’re shit. Plus, is not like it’s a direct invite to the tournament, it’s an invite to the closed qualifier lul
2019-01-31 16:48
Furia lost to spirit lol shit team
2019-01-30 18:08
Both those teams are shit. Straight tier 4 teams
2019-01-30 20:10
Furia fans think cuz they beat some low NA teams they’re tier 1
2019-01-30 20:11
2019-01-31 00:06
2019-01-30 12:20
2019-01-30 12:36
2019-01-30 13:24
Lmao north not getting invites anymore
2019-01-30 14:02
kennyS | 
Germany striXSy 
Easy for g2
2019-01-30 15:11
2019-01-30 22:15
ez BIG
2019-01-30 20:08
2019-01-30 20:11
2019-01-30 22:15
2019-01-31 00:05
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