IEM Melbourne with $250,000 in August announced

ESL has announced its return to Australia with a $250,000 Intel Extreme Masters stop in Melbourne, which will culminate on August 22-23.

The final stages of the event will headline the 2020 edition of the Melbourne Esports Open, held at the Melbourne & Olympic Parks and its 15,000-seater Rod Laver Arena, home to the Australian Open.

IEM Melbourne will mark ESL's first venture into the Victorian capital and its fourth venture into Australia as a whole, where the tournament organizer has previously hosted three Intel Extreme Masters stops in Sydney from 2017-2019.

ESL returns Down Under for the fourth consecutive year

Details about the CS:GO tournament are scarce at the moment, but so far it's clear it will match the size of the previous two Sydney editions with $250,000 in prizemoney and 16 teams in total.

The tournament's timing complies with Valve's requirements for the two competitions which will help determine teams directly invited to the 2020 Fall Major. ESL's VP of Pro Gaming, Michal Blicharz, has stated that ESL will propose two events to Valve for this purpose, with neither being ESL One Cologne, which points to IEM Melbourne as one of the two.

Very nice location! Lets just hope they invite the current top 1 team BIG CLAN.
2020-02-11 00:05
Livid clan time
2020-02-11 00:05
big australian event yeet
2020-02-11 00:20
i wish they play outdoors on the rod laver court that would be insane
2020-02-11 00:57
#54
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Australia CaZeR01 
Theyll most likely have the roof closed
2020-02-11 01:04
#64
RUSH | 
United States ShawnM 
Misfits bouta break everything again
2020-02-11 01:25
You already know
2020-02-11 01:34
#73
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Australia CaZeR01 
always
2020-02-11 02:13
#108
floppy | 
Indonesia raesvg 
Lmao yea cant wait
2020-02-11 05:33
Lets go
2020-02-11 09:23
#127
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Australia Albatrauz 
I think they will play on Rod Laver Arena, but they'll close the roof and remodel the court.
2020-02-11 07:11
#21
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
0/8 Hopefully they wont
2020-02-11 00:09
#33
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France RAINIZK 
2020-02-11 00:23
#40
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United States Shmikeb0b 
The only thing they would want from big clan is a gobbie (typo but not really)
2020-02-11 00:33
You're so childish
2020-02-11 02:27
#101
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Afghanistan Sam1G 
Big has the dumbest fans
2020-02-11 04:24
#103
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Australia Ghoti 
Yes finally an event in Melbourne!!! Let’s gooooooo
2020-02-11 04:39
#125
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Russia tabbypelican 
yes because no chance in quals
2020-02-11 06:53
+ 1
2020-02-11 07:17
+8/8
2020-02-11 08:52
#148
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Germany X5ander 
My boyz has to be part of this event. BIG is upcoming No. 1 !
2020-02-11 10:23
ez
2020-02-11 00:04
Ez for my boy aliStair in his home town
2020-02-11 03:33
#3
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United States me_0_major 
huge
2020-02-11 00:05
Issues with visas
2020-02-11 06:24
Not really, we’re pretty lenient with application, as long as it’s filled out properly.
2020-02-11 06:30
Idk why, but lately teams have problems with visa's when tournaments take place in australia.
2020-02-11 11:39
#174
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Finland X3phyR 
Is your username your first name?
2020-02-11 18:11
No
2020-02-12 17:00
#183
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Australia c0meatm3_Bro 
visa applications aren't done instantly it often takes time, im sure you will probably find those who haven't attended due to visa's have filled and submitted them really late and should have done it earlier, getting Visa's to Aus from the EU is easier then getting one from the Eu to US, Aus have a visa agreement with the European Union that makes Visa's to Australia easier to acquire
2020-02-12 07:20
#4
draken | 
Romania Obuz8 
nice
2020-02-11 00:05
nice
2020-02-11 00:05
#6
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Sweden XenoRex 
Best location
2020-02-11 00:05
#8
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France Uexo 
Hoping that it will be as good as Sydney !
2020-02-11 00:05
#9
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Australia |bruh| 
looks like I'm flying to Melbourne
2020-02-11 00:06
#13
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Australia TeBo 
same can u chuck us a lift?
2020-02-11 00:07
#17
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Australia |bruh| 
bruh uber it
2020-02-11 00:08
If ur in Sydney the train is cheaper but takes longer.
2020-02-11 00:08
Brah trains like 10hr flying is 1 hour
2020-02-11 00:22
Cheaper and more comfortable than a plane, esp if ur a tall bloke like me
2020-02-11 01:01
sitting for such a long time gives me autism
2020-02-11 04:10
#177
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United States brbsyt 
+1
2020-02-12 03:30
#58
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Australia g00sey 
I was gonna fly to sydney for this... well now its only an hour drive - fuck yeeeeeaaahhhhhhhhh
2020-02-11 01:12
#75
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Australia CaZeR01 
+1
2020-02-11 02:14
#90
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Australia opzy 
I just moved from Geelong to brisbane fml, couldnt they have done this last year
2020-02-11 03:03
#192
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Australia g00sey 
RIP I was gonna move to gladstone last year - glad I didn't and I live in Ballarat hahaha
2020-02-12 16:42
#94
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Australia vamped 
7 hours from Adelaide. Still better than sydney
2020-02-11 03:35
#109
rain | 
Australia S0di 
+1
2020-02-11 05:34
#110
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Australia sad_faze_fan 
Not living in melbourne wtf mens
2020-02-11 05:35
#123
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Australia |bruh| 
i was born here mens))) no reason to move state with my current shitty income
2020-02-11 06:48
#126
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Australia sad_faze_fan 
true mens D:
2020-02-11 07:00
#10
ropz | 
Spain JLenny47 
Aussie crowd Pog
2020-02-11 00:06
#11
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Australia TeBo 
100 Thieves vs Renegades final YTB!
2020-02-11 00:07
#117
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Australia Clariko 
YTB! I'd love to see that even as a show match.
2020-02-11 06:16
#140
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Australia MercAm 
+111
2020-02-11 08:58
#155
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Poland SneKuu 
+1
2020-02-11 10:30
Won't be in showmatch since both teams will make it to finals
2020-02-11 14:09
Australia deserves a major. Best crowd in esports.
2020-02-11 00:07
#41
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United States Shmikeb0b 
Fax
2020-02-11 00:33
Dicks don’t want to give it to them due to the “time” fuck that, I’ll watch the shit at 3 am to see those Aussies go bat shit
2020-02-11 00:34
#59
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Australia g00sey 
Hahahaha appreciated, we stay up stupid hours to watch everyone else play
2020-02-11 01:13
#67
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Australia TotalEclipse 
I like you
2020-02-11 01:58
+1
2020-02-12 06:20
+1111
2020-02-12 09:40
#141
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Australia MercAm 
Yesir
2020-02-11 08:58
best crowd? more like most autistic and annoying
2020-02-11 02:38
#96
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Australia Reapz^ 
fav player is jame ur therefore ur opinion is wrong
2020-02-11 04:03
+1111 hahaha
2020-02-11 04:06
so anything means anything now? AU IQ your fav team is 100T therefore your opinion is wrong.
2020-02-11 05:54
shut up 0 IQ jew
2020-02-11 09:16
mad
2020-02-12 08:18
Shut up jew
2020-02-11 14:10
+1
2020-02-12 09:41
#136
Xyp9x | 
Czech Republic sujkic 
dude the crowd in Sydney last year, was like the funniest crowd I've ever seen / heard the "war" between them and HenryG was fun the pizza boxes stack was fun loved how they went crazy when Greyhound got their 1st round when it was 15:0 how they cheered for nutri-grain screaming Henry's a wanker! or fuck you twitch chat fuck you so yeah, you're wrong buddy
2020-02-11 08:46
And don't forget the Shoey
2020-02-11 10:24
#107
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Australia Albatrauz 
True,but it might lose its fun, quirky crowd element because the majors will be really serious
2020-02-11 05:32
#190
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Australia Cheesle2 
fuck no, C*nt, we're gonna send it aye
2020-02-12 10:07
#14
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Poland gerald500 
aussie !!!! go 100thieves xd
2020-02-11 00:07
TIme to book AirBnB
2020-02-11 00:08
#16
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Palestine Xpicyy 
Best country mens)
2020-02-11 00:08
#49
shox | 
Estonia Hondas 
Do you like burnt countries?
2020-02-11 00:45
#62
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Australia pinquii 
Nah, we flooded now
2020-02-11 01:18
#76
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Australia CaZeR01 
you think these outsiders can comprehend a country having both catastrophic fires and floods at the same time?
2020-02-11 02:15
nah mate, i don't think they will. but they will, soon enough. keep safe blokes.
2020-02-11 03:25
#19
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African Union mikecool 
Poggies
2020-02-11 00:09
#20
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
expected
2020-02-11 00:09
#22
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Netherlands itsm 
Time to catch some kangaroos.. see u at lan
2020-02-11 00:09
#23
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United States sorcrcrc 
poggerino
2020-02-11 00:11
#24
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Brazil user_namer 
NICE!
2020-02-11 00:11
#25
f0rest | 
China hzxhl16 
RiP IEM Sydney
2020-02-11 00:12
#26
k0nfig | 
Germany Trax_ 
Poggers
2020-02-11 00:12
#27
bruttJ | 
Australia JPT 
Can't wait :)
2020-02-11 00:17
Easy for Djokovic
2020-02-11 00:21
Australia crowd top 3 crowd Pog
2020-02-11 00:22
Better than top 5 NA crowd
2020-02-11 14:11
+1 of course
2020-02-12 23:36
Woah it really happening in Melbourne someone mentioned it here on HLTV that it should be there and seems like they listen lets gooooooo
2020-02-11 00:23
#131
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Russia Hidd3N_ 
+1 I was also about to say that
2020-02-11 07:52
#34
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Australia Chereska 
Nice! Can’t wait for it. Best crowd in esports.
2020-02-11 00:25
#35
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Poland sosiad 
Great country
2020-02-11 00:26
no alcohol sold at the event apparently crowd will probably be 10x worse
2020-02-11 00:28
Pretty sure this is bait, but au government wouldn't surprise me. Are you sure?
2020-02-11 00:34
#60
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Australia g00sey 
What is the point of going to a live event without alcohol???
2020-02-11 01:14
If an Aussie doesnt drink for 3 days they still will have enough alcohol in their system to be legally drunk
2020-02-11 06:34
+99999 LMAO
2020-02-11 10:25
#37
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Australia halyxd 
how will i play tennis now?
2020-02-11 00:30
#38
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Brazil NahT_ 
aussie! aussie! aussie!
2020-02-11 00:30
#39
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Czech Republic Scalpelexis 
Man, the Qudos Bank Arena crowd was awesome! Let's hope Melbourne can raise that bar even higher!
2020-02-11 00:32
#167
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Australia lemons1 
brother this arena is dope. it won't disappoint.
2020-02-11 14:46
#171
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Czech Republic Scalpelexis 
Thats the thing, the Rod Laver Arena is huge, so Ihope it fills up! Then the sky will definitely fall down, you Aussies know how to cheer and party.
2020-02-11 15:03
So many cunts flew from WA for Sydney IEM past 3 years that I think they deserve it more, such gamers they are.
2020-02-11 00:41
#71
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Australia TotalEclipse 
They probably wanted to keep the event in Australia.
2020-02-11 02:06
Lol fair enough ;)
2020-02-11 03:00
#129
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Australia Chereska 
It's basically part of Asia at this point with the amount of Asians here. It's cheaper to fly to Bali than it is to fly to Sydney rn.
2020-02-11 07:16
#176
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Australia TotalEclipse 
Not sure what that has to do with anything, I was making a joke that WA is yonks away.
2020-02-12 03:16
Nice
2020-02-11 00:43
nooooooooo i was just about to go this year ;((( Well looks like im flying to Melbourne
2020-02-11 00:44
#47
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Poland LiquidWater 
Ye, sydney burned down :(
2020-02-11 00:45
F
2020-02-11 00:45
#61
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Australia Tails  
sydney is flooded now :3
2020-02-11 01:15
the floods are on fire
2020-02-11 08:55
#128
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Australia csRIOTgo 
Initially I thought I'll be flying to Syd. Guess I dont have to now!
2020-02-11 07:13
my friend's girlfriend is living in Melbourne and he's going to visit her at that time so I guess I'll just third wheel them it has to be done
2020-02-11 08:34
#50
jks | 
Australia Study 
Finally
2020-02-11 00:48
#53
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Australia crondoge 
pog
2020-02-11 01:04
#55
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Japan esy 
Very nice location! Lets just hope they invite the current top 1 team BIG CLAN.
2020-02-11 01:04
one of the best crowds, and ofcourse cologne/swedish soil.
2020-02-11 01:05
nice London
2020-02-11 10:27
i tried my best sorry
2020-02-11 13:57
it's kay man, Your London just makes me smile XD
2020-02-11 14:50
i literally just woke up, and when i wake up and try to write smth on HLTV ppl always laugh :) <3
2020-02-11 14:52
#57
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Australia CaZeR01 
FUCK YES!! Ive been hoping yheyd do this seeing as im only 3 hours away from melb and 8 hours from sydney
2020-02-11 01:06
fuck yeah i can go this year
2020-02-11 01:21
Beersnake incoming
2020-02-11 01:50
Melbourne is a great city. Let hope they will have a great event there.
2020-02-11 01:59
#69
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Sweden meistr0 
Sigh. Yay, lets destroy 97% of the worlds sleeping schedule POG.
2020-02-11 01:59
#72
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Australia strikebacK 
We have to destroy our sleeping schedule for every fucking event. Let us have 1 event in the whole year you ignorant cunt
2020-02-11 02:12
#77
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Sweden meistr0 
No. Because your audience is terrible as well. "AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE OI OI OI" x40 repeat "Shoey Shoey" lol
2020-02-11 02:24
#82
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
Lol remember dh malmo crowd? Silent as fuck when no swedish team was playing
2020-02-11 02:30
#83
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Sweden meistr0 
Better than "AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE OI OI OI" for 2+ days each and every event lol. Where did i say "SWEDEN CROWD BESTEREST"? I didnt.
2020-02-11 02:33
Bro shut the fuck up, you don't have to watch it retard.
2020-02-11 06:00
#84
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Australia TeBo 
yeah there was no aussies even playing in the arena & we were still an insane crowd. If 100 Thieves make playoffs this time the crowd will be even more crazy.
2020-02-11 02:33
#106
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Sweden meistr0 
>Insane crowd >Annoying crowd Pick one. Anyways, hopefully Melbourne crowd isnt annoying as Sydney, and at least there is a relevant tournament in Australia now, hopefully they invite good teams and not 7-8 known teams and 8 random teams.
2020-02-11 05:07
I pick insane crowd
2020-02-11 06:02
#137
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Sweden Zupr 
I just want you to know that all swedes arent this stupid
2020-02-11 08:46
#115
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Australia urmumsurdad 
lost all respect for my fav user :(
2020-02-11 06:08
#158
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Sweden meistr0 
Men(((
2020-02-11 10:55
#160
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Australia urmumsurdad 
sorry mens(( but aus crows best crowd
2020-02-11 12:01
#74
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Australia malalm 
This argument is getting old, give us 1 event, we destroy our sleeping cycles for the rest, let us have our china and australia events
2020-02-11 02:13
#78
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Sweden meistr0 
#77
2020-02-11 02:25
+1
2020-02-11 02:25
+1
2020-02-11 04:08
+1
2020-02-12 08:23
Who cars 😂
2020-02-11 04:53
Yess!!! Lets goo!!!!!
2020-02-11 02:02
#81
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Australia TeBo 
Astralis will probs skip again 10 invites will probably be Mousesports, Liquid, Fnatic, Vitality, Evil Geniuses, FaZe, G2, 100 Thieves, NiP & Renegades. Then teams like BIG, Mad Lions, Cloud9, ORDER will probs go via qualifiers
2020-02-11 02:29
#146
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Australia csRIOTgo 
Don't forget Gen.G
2020-02-11 09:48
The asian prodigy
2020-02-11 10:29
#86
allu | 
Thailand pattaya 
ENCE got this one
2020-02-11 02:43
+1
2020-02-11 10:42
INVITE OG
2020-02-11 02:48
#88
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Australia SpotTheOzzie 
Damn, Sydney > Melbourne. Comeback!
2020-02-11 02:52
#92
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Australia malalm 
Both bad, come to brisbane
2020-02-11 03:31
#95
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Australia opzy 
+1, especially since i just fucking moved from geelong to brisbane
2020-02-11 03:58
#178
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Australia malalm 
What made you come up here my man
2020-02-12 05:11
#179
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Australia opzy 
I was at boarding school in geelong and now im going to UQ, cuz I'm originally from byron
2020-02-12 06:08
#182
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Australia malalm 
Oh hell yeah, my gf is from byron too
2020-02-12 06:22
damn i don't even know if i could come back
2020-02-11 04:09
#102
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United States FlagMaster 
Aussie crowd best crowd
2020-02-11 04:33
#111
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Australia CrashrMate 
Correct my friend
2020-02-11 05:46
#104
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Sweden Qwuentacsgo 
DIG HYPE
2020-02-11 04:42
#116
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Australia urmumsurdad 
defs going to this
2020-02-11 06:10
#118
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Indonesia Exodd 
Good news for AU CS
2020-02-11 06:21
Australia deserves a major, they have the best crowd I'm already waiting for the misfits video
2020-02-11 06:51
europoors will cry about timezones
2020-02-11 08:14
nice
2020-02-11 08:21
#135
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Australia closet 
the year im finally determined on going and its in fucking melbourne still gonna go but
2020-02-11 08:38
Finally Melbourne 😊
2020-02-11 09:01
Pog Pog Pog Might attend
2020-02-11 09:07
#147
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Australia Albatrauz 
1 year I have the time to go to IeM Sydney, chooses Melbourne XD.
2020-02-11 10:12
#151
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Turkey Slapdash 
250k sounds really low nowadays..
2020-02-11 10:25
SUMMER BREAK + CHEAP FLIGHT FROM BALI, I'M COMING BITJEZ
2020-02-11 10:30
cewl
2020-02-11 10:40
Very nice Austriaa <3
2020-02-11 12:24
#166
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World Beard43 
Nice! I might have to ride to Melbourne in August!
2020-02-11 14:29
#168
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Sweden Akoulad 
SHORT events in Australia needs to stop! Pros traveling what? 30 hours back and forth to get eliminated the first day, a couple hours in?
2020-02-11 14:47
#187
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Australia c0meatm3_Bro 
we would love longer events but then all you get is 1000000000 comments saying "OMG MY SLEEP SCHEDULE DONT HOLD AN EVENT IN AU EVER AGAIN!!!!!"
2020-02-12 08:38
#194
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Sweden Akoulad 
then theres a simple solution no more events in australia
2020-02-12 17:15
#196
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Australia c0meatm3_Bro 
its one event a year, they should just make it a big one and invite good teams, if people complain about sleep schedules they should just think well this is what all the aussies have to put up with EVERY event...
2020-02-12 19:20
y'all better invite some top 5 teams (like BIG Clan)
2020-02-11 16:02
#175
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Portugal Drago845 
nice
2020-02-11 19:46
ez for the boys
2020-02-12 06:21
No nifty = Ez Mouz
2020-02-12 08:23
#GoBackToSydney
2020-02-12 15:05
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