BIG qualify for IEM Sydney

BIG have punched their ticket to IEM Sydney after topping the European qualifier with a 3-0 victory over G2.

BIG advanced to the grand final of the IEM Sydney Europe Closed Qualifier through the upper bracket as they beat Valiance, HellRaisers, and 3DMAX 2-1. G2, on the other hand, became their opponents after defeating 3DMAX in the consolidation final.

The German team had an automatic 1-0 advantage in the best-of-five grand final as they progressed through the upper bracket. Things got even better for BIG as they had an 8-1 start on their T-side on Cache. Fatih "gob b" Dayik & company finished the half 9-6 ahead and closed out the map 16-8, making it 2-0 in the series as Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş posted a 2.21 rating.

BIG didn't struggle against G2

The series continued on Dust2 where G2 started on the T-side. The game was tied at 5-5 in the early stages but BIG ran away with the half, leading 10-5 at halftime. BIG's second pistol victory paved the way for a quick 3-0 series victory as the German team won the map 16-12. With this victory, BIG have secured their place at IEM Sydney 2019.

The 16-team event taking place in Australia on April 30-May 5 will have a $250,000 prize pool. The first three invites have gone to FaZe, MIBR and Renegades who will be joined by six other invited sides in Sydney. The remaining six spots will be given out in regional qualifiers.

The team list for IEM Sydney 2019 is below:

Australia Renegades
Brazil MIBR
Other Invite #4
Other Invite #6
Other Invite #8
Asia Greater China qualifier
Oceania Oceania qualifier
Oceania AU/NZ national champion
Europe FaZe
Germany BIG
Other Invite #5
Other Invite #7
Other Invite #9
North America NA qualifier
Asia Southeast Asia qualifier
Asia East Asia qualifier
Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
902
KPR:
0.87
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.17
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
910
KPR:
0.57
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
GODTARES
2019-02-08 20:16
#3
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Brazil FanOfMibr 
ezzz
2019-02-08 20:16
#5
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Finland Kashmir69 
ez
2019-02-08 20:16
#6
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Azerbaijan valif 
how
2019-02-08 20:16
ez 4 xantarEZ
2019-02-08 20:17
Nice nick man xd
2019-02-08 20:20
ty
2019-02-09 09:19
xD
2019-02-09 12:42
#210
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Turkey spaceSfanboi 
lmao nice nick tho
2019-02-12 16:44
wasted spot
2019-02-08 20:17
+1
2019-02-08 20:17
so renegades nor one of those qualifieres isnt wasted (p.s. nice bait)
2019-02-08 20:33
#180
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Australia t0rrent 
Renegades definitely not a wasted spot. Those 3 asian qualifiers? Huge waste
2019-02-09 02:28
perhaps lets see (im just saying the spot for big is at least as wasted as that of renegades)
2019-02-09 13:25
#201
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Australia t0rrent 
True that
2019-02-09 13:37
how much?
2019-02-08 20:18
make new nickname No_BUG_No_BIG
2019-02-08 20:18
#159
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Germany TheFerox_ 
This Bug meme is so old and retarded, don't you have any better ideas in 2019?
2019-02-08 22:50
kinda sad but his current name is just true and rthe fact u get mad about it just shows its effort
2019-02-09 13:27
Win qualifier = wasted spot
2019-02-08 20:21
ofc it is cuz its BUG lol
2019-02-08 20:21
ajajajjaaj p.s. of which team are u a fanboy? (hjust dont say astralis)
2019-02-08 20:35
I can smell your tears. I would feel dumb in your situation. Crying because the team you dont like won the qualifier. Sad life
2019-02-08 20:26
I can smell your tears too Korea 2-0 germanland xD
2019-02-08 20:28
Is this all you got? Weak comeback. And also insecure about your own flag
2019-02-08 20:34
#146
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South Africa hEgReNaDe 
NO BUG NO BIG
2019-02-08 22:17
NO BIG NO BUG
2019-02-08 22:18
#9
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Turkey paCelman 
ez
2019-02-08 20:17
Hi, my name is Xan Tares. I come from Carry, Turkey. You may see me in the Bible for being God-like. My birthday is February 1v9. I go BIG or go home. I use to work for NASA as a "Space Soldier", but I quit to become a BOT killer.
2019-02-08 20:17
#25
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Germany Sabba1 
yes
2019-02-08 20:18
LOL I LAUGH SO HARD TY
2019-02-08 20:18
xd so funny
2019-02-08 20:22
#78
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Turkey Slapdash 
this should be a copy pasta
2019-02-08 20:28
LOOOOL LMFAO
2019-02-08 21:12
made my day
2019-02-09 04:16
#203
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Indonesia Exodd 
Turkish BUG GOD
2019-02-09 15:38
#12
Xyp9x | 
China Autumn7 
congrat
2019-02-08 20:17
#13
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Europe Skraj 
How can bodyy still be on a team?
2019-02-08 20:17
2EZ4XANTI
2019-02-08 20:17
ALLAHTARES PogChamp
2019-02-08 20:17
Xantares smurfing
2019-02-08 20:17
ALLAHTARES
2019-02-08 20:18
#22
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Germany Sabba1 
ezz
2019-02-08 20:18
ez
2019-02-08 20:18
#30
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United States crulix 
ez for c9
2019-02-08 20:18
riperino
2019-02-08 20:18
#33
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Panama xemzex 
Wasted spot
2019-02-08 20:18
Wasted? I think you mean ence should deserve spot fan team checks out lol. BIG didnt even lose a single match on this qualifier.
2019-02-08 20:49
#111
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Panama xemzex 
Everything checks out
2019-02-08 21:01
#34
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Poland zJe 
Xantares is just insane. brilliant performance..
2019-02-08 20:19
#42
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Turkey Fervilhar 
65-32 monster performance but izi for xanta
2019-02-08 20:20
#45
shox | 
Vietnam buai 
Just gotta admit that XANTARES IS A GOD
2019-02-08 20:21
LANTARES GOD
2019-02-08 20:21
Smooya was the problem LUL
2019-02-08 20:21
nice
2019-02-08 20:22
So BIG got +1 on the match, he chooses first ?? Is not there a problem there? Go on 2-0 very good ... and have to win the 3 map from .. What is this match? It was so much that it will pass the BIG or what? If Big wins +1 on the match, he should not have the right to choose 2 out of 4 cards to let the map decide. Thank you ESL for the image you gave !!! Conspiracy !!!! Look this game !! Cloud9 +1 but Team liquid chooses first !! hltv.org/matches/2319211/cloud9-vs-liqui..
2019-02-08 20:26
#190
tabseN | 
Germany Ftx110 
Butthurt very much?
2019-02-09 11:28
#191
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Germany Bier 
I'm literally still quite drunk and i did not understand what you ment with that text
2019-02-09 11:56
HAHAHAHAHAHAH
2019-02-09 12:41
Big is NaVi from Europe One player carrying
2019-02-08 20:23
#76
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Finland no_man 
turkey isnt a part of europe
2019-02-08 20:28
#95
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Turkey Lennon1923 
turkey is a part of europe and asia go learn or shutup please
2019-02-08 20:37
#96
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Finland no_man 
no, not even eu
2019-02-08 20:38
#97
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Turkey Lennon1923 
u have internet and u can check map im sorry for your brain
2019-02-08 20:40
#98
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Finland no_man 
nt
2019-02-08 20:41
finland education omegalul
2019-02-08 21:17
#121
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Finland no_man 
nt turk
2019-02-08 21:26
what kind of people you are? imagine that. a person who could not made investments to his own brain and can't educate himself while living in finland. i just realized that, you have to be fakeflagger or actual retard to said something like that.
2019-02-08 21:18
#122
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Finland no_man 
nice englando
2019-02-08 21:26
well-educated random guy said
2019-02-08 22:00
#135
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Finland no_man 
are you 12 or just really stupid, tell me that
2019-02-08 22:00
are you kidding with me? you don't even know where turkey is.
2019-02-08 22:04
#139
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Finland no_man 
in the middle east obviously but man, before criticizing someone of their lack of intelligence or knowledge please fix your english
2019-02-08 22:05
sorry for that, I'm trying to make it better but it is not going to change the fact that some part of turkey is in europe. some part of it in asia minor. This makes turkey is eurasian nation like russia. we classified russia as a european nation and turkey is in the same situation too.
2019-02-08 22:27
It isn't even close to comparable.
2019-02-09 12:40
#65
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Sitting on the computer for hours pressing f5
2019-02-08 20:24
gg
2019-02-08 20:24
#68
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Turkey Jarrod 
XANTARES on fire
2019-02-08 20:24
#73
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Brazil goatzera 
Wasted spot
2019-02-08 20:26
#gobig
2019-02-08 20:29
As a g2 fan I would say that atleast that they lost to legends . If they had lost to K0nfig and co I would have killed my self .
2019-02-08 20:29
#158
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Germany GqLqXY 
Haahaha lul
2019-02-08 22:45
#81
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Germany Vinylshark 
Watch BIG drop out of the first round, because Xantares won't turn up, like on every LAN, and tabseN will be left to try and solo carry.
2019-02-08 20:29
#94
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Turkey Lennon1923 
yes xantares is onliner kappa u have so much problems im sorry kid
2019-02-08 20:35
#105
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Germany Vinylshark 
>turkish >NiP fan I guess I could be worse off.
2019-02-08 20:51
yeah instead you are a "fan" of a international shit mouz team
2019-02-09 01:42
#182
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Turkey Lennon1923 
u are talking like 10 years old kid
2019-02-09 02:37
Xantares is actually good on lan. You are clueless.
2019-02-08 21:51
#88
Xizt | 
Italy HeSY 
Expected
2019-02-08 20:33
#92
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United Kingdom wiLLow21 
Just wait for angry favela kids crying
2019-02-08 20:34
+1111111111111111111111
2019-02-08 21:06
#106
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Europe maraculjko 
bann cheter
2019-02-08 20:52
Lululullululul
2019-02-08 20:54
they will lose to chinese team in sidney. german cheaters boosted by turkish. expected.
2019-02-08 20:54
#109
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Turkey nexantares 
Meh it was easy
2019-02-08 20:57
#112
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World breezy0 
I like how xantares performes in a better team, they have a good chemistry in BIG already.
2019-02-08 21:02
#118
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United States JustBitsy 
I hate 1 up grand finals... i get giving upper bracket an advantage but an entire map? This was a bo3 not a bo5.
2019-02-08 21:18
Yeah, by this way we could have watched 1 more map and that is it.
2019-02-08 21:21
#120
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United States JustBitsy 
Exactly... much more enjoyable.
2019-02-08 21:25
i hate it too, bo5 is torture for players, that was bo3 for BIG but was bo5 for G2, its upper bracket advantage, understandable logic
2019-02-08 21:39
Wouldnt have made any difference. Vactares was in the zone. And g2 is Trash.
2019-02-08 21:53
#132
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United States JustBitsy 
Yeah I don't mind the outcome, I do write a similar comment on practically all bo5 with this setup. No matter who wins.
2019-02-08 21:56
I see your point. On the other hand: it annoys me when a team is unbeaten in the upper bracket and gets no advantage whatsoever in the final.
2019-02-08 22:00
#138
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United States JustBitsy 
I get it for sure. I would have no idea what could replace a map up advantage if they kept the same setup.
2019-02-08 22:04
Maybe an advantage in the map picking stage
2019-02-08 22:08
nt nt biGG
2019-02-08 21:54
inb4 xantares has visa issues
2019-02-08 22:02
#141
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Bulgaria diyvof 
german org..i arent think that
2019-02-08 22:09
Doesnt change his nationality
2019-02-08 22:14
#150
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Bulgaria diyvof 
+1 lol turkey becoming a dictatorship,you right
2019-02-08 22:21
G2. How do you still insist on this team? Just send them home please.
2019-02-08 22:14
french scene is shit
2019-02-08 22:26
Vitality is not bad. Plus they have the best player in the world tbh. He will challenge s1mple this year.
2019-02-08 22:27
I don't think zywoo is clean
2019-02-08 22:30
He is. He shreds people on lan too. Insane player
2019-02-08 22:37
My post is only about G2... Not about the entire French cs scene.
2019-02-09 17:51
Vactares
2019-02-08 22:42
Xantares finally in a team with solid mates and an IGL who has a clue how to use him to his full potential...
2019-02-08 23:33
im pleased that big has success, but I also believe that cheating is a thing in top tier cs. xantares is in my top3 of fishiness!
2019-02-08 23:43
#169
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Dominican Republic SantoDomingo 
Woow
2019-02-09 00:24
#172
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Indonesia Exodd 
Finally thu show something promising
2019-02-09 00:33
why faze hover shows karrigan in the article?
2019-02-09 13:01
Who cares about this germen shit BIG_BUG ♿️
2019-02-09 13:33
#204
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Vietnam rollofocker 
it's always nice when merit is rewarded. big made a smart choice.
2019-02-09 16:38
Kebabtares on IEM.... rip csgo
2019-02-10 10:57
#208
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Australia tenroh 
Invite 4-9 determined from what? World rankings? Results from the Major?
2019-02-11 00:35
wtf is the "Greater China qualifier"?
2019-02-11 01:49
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