Asian trio qualify for IEM Sydney
Three more slots at IEM Sydney have been filled following the end of online qualifiers in three Asian sub-regions.
It was quite the busy day across Asia as the online qualifiers for the upcoming IEM event came to a close in China, East Asia and Southeast Asia, with some of these sub-regions' strongest sides facing off in the final, which featured a best-of-five format.
The qualifier in East Asia was the first to reach a conclusion. MVP PK, who had a one-map advantage due to coming from the upper bracket, confirmed their status as favorites and quickly disposed of Absolute, who could not even hit double digits on either map.
This will be the first LAN competition for the South Korean side since reshuffling their roster and a timely boost for the team ahead of the ESL Pro League Season 9 China closed qualifier, kicking off Monday.
Meanwhile, the Southeast Asia qualifier was home to an impressive rebound story. After being defeated by NASR in the first round of the tournament, BOOT-d[S] charged through the lower bracket without losing a single map and beat Lucid Dream after three maps, adding yet another event to what was already a busy month, in which the Singaporean team will also attend the Cobx Masters and Charleroi Esports.
The longest match of the day took place in the Great China closed qualifier between the top two sides in the country, TYLOO and ViCi. Hansel "BnTeT" Ferdinand's side had run out 2-0 victors in the upper bracket final encounter between the two teams, but this time around they were no match for Zhuo "advent" Liang's troops, who secured a 3-2 victory in a keenly-contested series.
IEM Sydney will run from April 30 through to May 5, with 16 teams in contention for the top prize of $100,000. The team list for the Australian event currently features: