IEM Sydney opening matches recap
Two double-elimination groups, each featuring eight teams, kicked off the action at IEM Sydney. In Group A, Liquid got past BOOT-d[S] without much trouble as the North Americans put on a strong performance on the T-side on Nuke, winning it with a 16-9 scoreline.
In a tight affair, BIG got the better of mousesports without Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş, taking the victory in 30 rounds on Inferno. Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz topped the scoreboard with 33 kills and a 1.72 rating while Özgür "woxic" Eker could only get five kills.
In Group B, FaZe managed to defeat Chiefs with ease despite fielding two stand-ins, winning 16-5 on Dust2. NRG were equally as comfortable, beating ViCi 16-4 on Mirage to become FaZe's opponents in the next round.
The brackets at IEM Sydney now look as follows: