IEM Sydney groups revealed

ESL have revealed the group draw for the upcoming IEM event in Sydney.

The 16 participating teams have been split into two double-elimination groups according to the ESL CS:GO World Rankings. Only the opening round of matches will feature a best-of-one format, with the remainder of the group stage to be played out in best-of-three fashion.

The group winners will automatically progress to the semi-finals, while the teams who place second and third will be placed in the first round of the playoffs, which will culminate with the best-of-five grand final.

Liquid will be looking to top Group A in Sydney

A total of $250,000 will be on offer at the event, which will kick off on April 30, in addition to a point towards the Intel Grand Slam Season 2. Currently, Astralis are in the lead with a single point, having copped the IEM Katowice Major title in March.

Below are the groups for IEM Sydney:

Very nice groups! I hope BIG can take this one! Lets go! #GoBIG
2019-04-26 01:37
#6
United Arab Emirates K1o7a 
Big in 2019 LUL
2019-04-26 01:37
#16
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United States inflict 
ez final for liquid to lose
2019-04-26 01:39
#95
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Canada TeasinAlt 
ez 2nd place
2019-04-26 12:33
Who else was abled to beat Astralis on Inferno? Mhm nobody? 0/8
2019-04-26 16:36
JAA lets win it
2019-04-26 01:38
#27
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Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-04-26 01:44
Why u sit all the time on hltv and write f5 for guys who are sometimes 1st?
2019-04-26 12:53
#41
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Germany baiterhater 
BiG will take this one!
2019-04-26 01:53
#108
woxic | 
Turkey tigrit0 
various sources says he cant make it due to visa issues hope thats not true!
2019-04-27 00:17
#4
es3tag | 
Germany vipitis 
lot's of matches, I am ready to bet on most of them!
2019-04-26 01:37
#96
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Canada TeasinAlt 
I lost a lot of money because of betting, fuck the liquid vs ence match
2019-04-26 12:40
#5
United Arab Emirates K1o7a 
Liquid mouz Nip Renegades Mibr Faze Fnatic Nrg Ezzzz
2019-04-26 01:40
#39
jks | 
Australia kKaladin 
Top 6, bro.
2019-04-26 01:47
#49
keev | 
Germany _PH1L 
-nip + big I think heroic could be a challenge for mibr
2019-04-26 02:07
#101
REZ | 
Sweden katt1n 
-NiP lmao? -Mouz fucking T2 garbage
2019-04-26 14:22
#102
keev | 
Germany _PH1L 
sure dont consieder their last results
2019-04-26 15:36
#111
REZ | 
Sweden katt1n 
They beat a T1 team once this year, and that was online. Nice last results.
2019-04-28 14:19
#112
keev | 
Germany _PH1L 
they made their new lineup just now? how cant u see that? +epl isnt online nowadays
2019-04-28 14:46
#113
REZ | 
Sweden katt1n 
Talking about ECS mate. What T1 team other than fnatic have they beat this year?
2019-04-28 14:48
#114
keev | 
Germany _PH1L 
is fnatic t1? NO (just a reminder: they didnt made it to major(new legendsstage)) and they ve beaten north and and optic (not conisdering t1 either) -->t2 is also able to stun their enemies especially teams like nip or liquid (choke factor)
2019-05-01 14:28
#115
REZ | 
Sweden katt1n 
Tyloo can do that too though, still T2. Fnatic is playing like T2 now but they have not been bad for long enough to change teir. They are just a shitty T1 team atm.
2019-05-01 23:30
#116
keev | 
Germany _PH1L 
This def. of t1 is very loose. To define mine: Top 30 t3 top 20 t2 Top 10 t1 (Top 1 A Tier) So yah fnatic (#10)is STILL t1!
2019-05-02 13:46
weakest big event of the year easily
2019-04-26 01:38
Starseries
2019-04-26 01:45
nah at least they dont give free spots away to weak aus and asian teams would definitely put them next though plus they have a better format should of been more specific i meant yearly iem sydney is weaker then other tier 1 tourneys
2019-04-26 01:48
#50
keev | 
Germany _PH1L 
Nah this one na event at the house is next to this (but this event is just nice to watch)
2019-04-26 02:09
cs summit isnt a big event
2019-04-26 02:48
Ibp masters... Dude dont forget the 2nd worst Event ever
2019-04-26 01:47
wasnt considered a big event
2019-04-26 01:47
#69
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Pakistan ItsfuckingRAW 
It's not really their fault that Astralis refused to go to Sydney because poor baby device can't travel that far away. The teams will always be a problem in Sydney because some European teams will just refuse to travel so far. Yet despite that Sydney in 2017 (which only had 8 teams at the time) was one of the best events of the year because of it's great crowd and matches. 2018 was great too because of the same reasons.
2019-04-26 06:21
#74
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
Forgot those 7 blast events?
2019-04-26 08:25
#85
JD | 
Poland Banzanic 
xD +1
2019-04-26 11:00
#87
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India Noobdian1 
+1
2019-04-26 11:03
What about WESG? They had an $890,000 prize pool with tier 100 shit bag teams
2019-04-26 12:10
#8
REAL | 
Norway duffz00r 
decent
2019-04-26 01:38
#9
f0rest | 
Turkey midgetim 
go NIP
2019-04-26 01:38
oh shit astralis suck
2019-04-26 01:38
#11
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Romania stefaNw0w 
Verry nice groups :D
2019-04-26 01:38
#14
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Brazil arturfelipe 
MIBR
2019-04-26 01:39
#17
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United States circles308 
ok
2019-04-26 01:39
#21
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Brazil arturfelipe 
ok
2019-04-26 01:41
#15
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United States circles308 
Free money for BOOT DS lol what a joke of a tournament
2019-04-26 01:39
I mean a free $4,000 just for beating up on shitty SEA teams is pretty good yeah.
2019-04-26 01:43
#30
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United States circles308 
AlexanderWun???? more like...ALEXANDERLOST LOOOOOOOL
2019-04-26 01:44
I'm not sure what I said that was so wrong .
2019-04-26 01:48
nice, well balanced groups
2019-04-26 01:40
ESL definitely does better with it's seeding based on their personal rankings. There's 1 team in each group who are favorites to win their groups and another 3 in each group who are having to fight for the other 2 spots.
2019-04-26 01:42
Liquid vs Faze Grand Final. Calling it now. It's gonna be a good one.
2019-04-26 01:41
#54
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United States AproximateCS 
Unless some teams show up that's what's expected. The best two teams at the event
2019-04-26 02:14
#61
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United States k3ar 
Do not underestimate Renegades. We've done it too much in 2019 already.
2019-04-26 03:17
Not really. Their path at the major and star series were both easy
2019-04-26 05:59
#84
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United States fatburger 
In a row renegades had to face nip ence ence faze astralis and vitality and only lost one and that was 1-2 astralis
2019-04-26 10:57
NIP isn't a great team as much as it pains me to say that, ENCE weren't the same team against renegades as they were in the playoffs (renegades got a break there) Faze clearly had their struggles up until winning Blast. And yeah they got a map off Astralis after almost blowing a massive lead. Like I said easy enough. I see you failed to mention their Starladder path because you admit it was easy Tyloo, Garbage MIBR, and Garbage Faze.
2019-04-26 11:08
#110
NiKo | 
United States DeeSeL 
If that happens and with Liquid’s history, obviously Faze will be the back to back champ.
2019-04-27 12:42
#24
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Brazil SK|NTC 
Faze,MIBR,Liquid and Nip are favoritos. I Think Faze x MIBR or Liquid x Faze in finals. #LetsgoMIBR
2019-04-26 01:43
#65
shrek | 
New Zealand is_love 
lol
2019-04-26 05:36
lmao fuck off weak baiter
2019-04-26 10:20
MiBR and NiP are only favorites for going out in groups...
2019-04-26 10:29
#28
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China Ch1ngCh4ng 
FaZe vs MiBR in the final. You saw it here first
2019-04-26 01:44
mibr and nrg play against each other every tournament
2019-04-26 01:45
ez Liquid lose in the final
2019-04-26 01:46
#42
jks | 
Australia jvonTH 
Just about the fairest groups I have seen in a long time TBH
2019-04-26 01:55
FaZe up!
2019-04-26 01:55
FaZe up bois! <3 Let's go NiKo!
2019-04-26 01:58
#45
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Brazil EZ4MIBR 
group a is trash
2019-04-26 01:58
#46
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Turkey anliyorum 
oh shit, here we go again
2019-04-26 02:03
#47
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Canada suzi 
Let’s go mouse!!!
2019-04-26 02:04
#51
NiKo | 
Slovenia ArlindEl 
Ez4FaZe
2019-04-26 02:09
#53
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United States DervGuy 
Alright liquid, now's your chance.
2019-04-26 02:13
#89
f0rest | 
China hzxhl16 
Let's go liquid just fucking get a big event champion, not considering ibp masters.
2019-04-26 11:27
#104
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United States DervGuy 
Same, IBP doesn't count. I really hope they win.
2019-04-26 17:27
Liquid Mouz Renegades Faze Fnatic NRG My predictions GL
2019-04-26 02:32
No Ence No Na’ Vi No Astralis What a shit tournament
2019-04-26 03:16
#68
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Indonesia youdelusional 
No polish teams in a shit tournament They're in the shittiest of shitty shit tournament
2019-04-26 06:12
LMAO for ENCE ,we never had a more overrated team in the scene. Na'vi is a hit or miss , they will win a hard game but than strugle against windigo or whatever. And I'm pretty sure Astralis got an invite but they declined cuz device can't travel cuz of his health issues...
2019-04-26 10:32
#105
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United States DervGuy 
They were probably given invites but they declined, nothing really IEM can do.
2019-04-26 17:28
#62
suicide | 
United Kingdom ollin 
brax 😭
2019-04-26 03:41
#63
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India Ayushp 
Once a fair group for fnatic
2019-04-26 03:49
#67
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Indonesia youdelusional 
Liquid Renegades Mousesports Faze Nrg Fnatic
2019-04-26 06:11
#70
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Mexico BasicN1ga 
Liquid Mouz Eunites Faze Nrg Fanatic
2019-04-26 06:17
#71
cyx | 
South Africa bonkaz 
Should let Faze through already. That group's an even bigger joke than the other one.
2019-04-26 07:34
#72
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Denmark AlbertMe 
MIBR will win against Chiefs and finish their tournament at 7th place after losing to all the others
2019-04-26 07:42
#73
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Finland Faust_fSt 
I'm still sad that such a great event has such garbage contenders :(
2019-04-26 08:03
#76
KRIMZ | 
Denmark slacking 
Pretty nice groups, hype!!
2019-04-26 09:08
#77
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
Go Ninjas
2019-04-26 09:11
#78
Nifty | 
Latvia nauruha 
FAZE ez group
2019-04-26 09:13
#79
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Chile ockeside 
ez for NRG
2019-04-26 09:16
#81
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Ukraine niXoN|w1 
Group A: Liquid, mouz, Renegades Group B: FaZe, NRG, mibr
2019-04-26 10:22
#91
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
come on fnatic , fucking win this shit plzzz. easiest big event win ever , now's the time to end astralis era
2019-04-26 12:09
#93
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Australia tavalol 
mibr in the weakest group by far and still wont get out of groups XD
2019-04-26 12:11
#94
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African Union mikecool 
Interesting groups
2019-04-26 12:33
take this one home liquid!
2019-04-26 12:55
Free group for NiP
2019-04-26 13:09
#100
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Norway PeteZz 
EZ For NAVI.. Oh wait. They wanna be cool like "device can't handle flying because of diarrhea problems" Astralis.
2019-04-26 13:12
Faze v Mouse in the finals!
2019-04-26 19:43
ez mibr
2019-04-27 00:16
e United OMEGALUL
2019-04-27 00:43
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