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.

ViCi came through the Great China qualifier by beating TYLOO

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:

Europe FaZe
Sweden NiP
Europe mousesports
Germany BIG
Korea MVP PK
China ViCi
Europe GG.BET Invitational winner
Oceania AU/NZ national champion
China Zhuo 'advent' Liang
Zhuo 'advent' Liang
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Indonesia Hansel 'BnTeT' Ferdinand
Hansel 'BnTeT' Ferdinand
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
2019-03-24 17:25
Sweden Unluko 
2019-03-24 17:26
No Astralis = Tier 2 event
2019-03-24 17:57
They have not decided yet i guess
2019-03-24 18:06
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
2019-03-24 20:03
Australia g00sey 
Device said in interview they aren't going
2019-03-24 20:28
Well then good they've already achieved everything as a team lets us a see who's the second best team in absence of Astralis.
2019-03-24 20:33
Yes. Chokequid will probly win.
2019-03-25 06:44
Denmark ram0 
They are not going, a danish newpaper wrote about devve having jetlag problems, and will not attend at IEM Sydney
2019-03-24 21:01
It's fine, they gotta take time out to write new pages in the strat books as well
2019-03-25 04:56
This will be the best event of the year IEM Sydney Major 2021
2019-03-24 18:38
cocada | 
Brazil Xeruh 
Actually it's a tier 2 because mibr is playing
2019-03-24 19:19
still tier 1cause there is mouz and btw. Astralis is untouchable for the moment so tier 0
2019-03-24 22:27
2019-03-24 20:26
Sweden Unluko 
2019-03-24 20:30
India Chichiyum 
No ence..t2 event
2019-03-25 04:31
Macau Bent0 
gg lucid dream
2019-03-24 17:26
astralis navi ence liquid maybe withdraw the turnument? maybe pee on your bed? maybe cum in your pants? daymn
2019-03-24 17:27
You gonna cry? Pee your pants maybe? Maybe shit and cum? Still gonna be a fun tournament though, can’t wait to see if any of these teams do well.
2019-03-24 17:46
Cool name. If Liquid dont reach finals and eventually win the whole event , better disband.
2019-03-24 17:50
2019-03-24 17:26
2019-03-24 17:27
Europe Redend 
Not even close
2019-03-24 17:41
2019-03-24 17:27
no astralis no fun
2019-03-24 17:27
Astralis = no fun*
2019-03-24 18:11
Last invite probably astralis
2019-03-24 17:27
Europe L1iMA 
2019-03-24 17:28
Twistzz | 
Estonia dev2ce 
not even close LUL What is happening for you going forward? I think zonic kind of confirmed that you are not going to [IEM] Sydney, can you tell me about that decision and what is coming up for you next? device: Yeah, Sydney... I can't go there, that is basically the reason we're not going, my body doesn't cope with the jetlag when we are going that direction that well, so we skipped it this time. We are going to [BLAST Pro Series] Miami next, and before that going home and preparing for that.
2019-03-24 17:38
Ok then, no liquid v astralis, unboring final
2019-03-24 17:39
Ence vs TL , ez for ence.
2019-03-24 17:51
Australia c0meatm3_Bro 
honestly i would understand jetlag as an excuse if there was like a major or something right around the corner but there isnt, its a big kick in the teeth to all the Aussie astralis fans, they get one chance to see the team they like a year and they just skip out on them. all the other teams have to deal with jetlag
2019-03-25 06:51
2019-03-24 17:39
Invites are usually in order of ranking so probably not
2019-03-24 19:49
Europe L1iMA 
2019-03-24 17:27
Finland NUCL3AR 
Ence last invite?
2019-03-24 17:28
Czech Republic Rewask 
Could be interesting if they don't invite Astralis
2019-03-24 17:30
Astralis declined invite
2019-03-24 17:31
Czech Republic Rewask 
2019-03-24 17:31
check device recent interview
2019-03-24 17:32
Czech Republic Rewask 
K then, probably ENCE or Na'Vi then
2019-03-24 17:33
they probably also decline seeing they haven't been invited by now xd
2019-03-24 17:41
Czech Republic Rewask 
Maybe they wanted to see which teams will be good after the Major
2019-03-24 17:42
2019-03-24 17:30
Probably worst IEM inc No Astralis No NaVi, ton of tier3 teams like BOOT ViCi MVP Patrol +3 other tier3-5 teams
2019-03-24 17:30
AND M-0-10-16-0-R LUL
2019-03-24 17:40
ya xD
2019-03-24 17:42
ence? na vi ? astralis ? :)
2019-03-24 17:31
Europe g4nl0cK 
Astralis declined the invite
2019-03-24 17:41
thx , but ence and navi ? they don t reiceve the invite or what ?
2019-03-25 23:45
United Kingdom foxize 
1 player only in swole feelsbadman
2019-03-24 17:32
shitty system
2019-03-24 17:36
United States JxmesCSGO 
gg vici rip TyLoo. Need to fix things than ez
2019-03-24 17:41
2019-03-24 17:42
Spain 7VultuR 
I really hope that Riders win the invitational
2019-03-24 17:49
Tyloo need a new igl
2019-03-24 17:50
France DesmondHumes 
2019-03-24 17:57
France LanaRhoades 
No they did the qualifier so they aren't invited
2019-03-24 18:01
France LanaRhoades 
They can be a last minute invite but i don't think so
2019-03-24 18:01
Not ez4bntet
2019-03-24 18:19
NiKo | 
Brazil ZeDoBarro 
Invite Furia plz!! They deserve a chance, at least in this event with all these tier 3 teams.
2019-03-24 18:35
s1mple | 
Latvia myhem 
ez for Liquid
2019-03-24 18:44
Indonesia en1lykS 
should be ez tournament for FaZe or Liquid..
2019-03-24 18:51
Yugoslavia Esketite 
but liquid will somehow choke in semi or quarter
2019-03-24 18:54
1 more invite. Astralis, Navi, Ence? Who it will be?
2019-03-24 18:53
Probably none of those at least, would think they were invited already by this point would it happen xddd,
2019-03-24 18:59
Indonesia en1lykS 
Probably not Astralis.
2019-03-24 19:10
dont invite astralis pls, let other teams win some silverware
2019-03-24 18:59
2019-03-24 19:18
United States chromedome_cs 
Invite C9 pls
2019-03-24 19:25
Brazil Beckermonster 
Pog mibr will win a tournament
2019-03-24 20:32
Asia mocity123 
where is ENCE NAVI ?
2019-03-24 20:57
tier 2 tournament
2019-03-24 21:05
United States fyi 
If liquid don’t win this event I swear
2019-03-24 21:17
United States jackstaV 
brax playing solo
2019-03-24 22:03
VICI>Tyloo ?
2019-03-24 23:20
invite Astralis:)
2019-03-25 00:07
2019-03-25 00:39
allu | 
Finland helkeeli 
what ay hecking tier 3 tournament
2019-03-25 00:44
China 0asis 
Tylul what are you doing
2019-03-25 02:45
Denmark Matchfix 
finally a good tourney
2019-03-25 04:58
invite # 8 = ? might that be Navi or ENCE or someone else ?
2019-03-25 05:22
Denmark MetatronKbh 
now all teams think ,,,, now we have an opportunity to win ,,, ASTRALIS IS NOT HERE HAHAHAHAHAHAH
2019-03-25 09:04
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