Two Aussie Esports teams to compete against the World’s best at IEM Sydney 2019

It’s been announced that in addition to the worldwide talent appearing at IEM Sydney 2019, two Aussie teams will also be taking the stage. 

Grayhounds and Chiefs are the Australian teams that qualified for the event through the two opportunities afforded local organisations. Chiefs won the IEM Sydney Derby while Grayhound Gaming walked away victorious from the AU & NZ CS:GO Championship.

These two teams join the likes of Team Liquid, FaZe Clan and Ninjas in Pyjamas. A total of 16 teams will compete across three days.

IEM Sydney 2019

In the lead up to the IEM Sydney Derby and the AU & NZ CS:GO Championship, Grayhound and ORDER were heavily favoured. Unfortunately for ORDER, it wasn’t their day. 

Grayhound and Chiefs will now compete for a share of the $250,000 USD prize pool with Grayhound attending for the second consecutive year. Tyler “Tucks” Reilly, captain of Chiefs CS:GO said;

We’re happy to have qualified for IEM Sydney again – this team is very special, and we’re feeling confident going into the tournament. We’ll be putting in a lot of work to give ourselves the best chance of making the stage in Qudos Bank Arena this May.

ESL Australia is expecting a crowd of thousands at Qudos Arena and an online audience of millions. Nick Vanzetti, SVP, Managing Director of ESL APJ said: “IEM Sydney is the most prestigious esports tournament in Australia.

“As one of only four world stops for Intel Extreme Masters with some of the best CS:GO players on the planet competing, having local talent representing us up on a global stage is fantastic for our region.”

In addition to the CS:GO games, attendees will also be able to watch the Overwatch Contenders Australia 2019 Season 1 Finals. On May 4 and 5, Sydney Drop Bears, ORDER, Melbourne Mavericks and Blank Esports will compete for a share of $100,000 USD and a chance to play against the best in our region when they head to the Overwatch Pacific Showdown in China.

Blizzard is calling Season 1 of 2019 ” the closest season yet, with ORDER, Blank Esports and three-peat champions, the Sydney Drop Bears, each in with a chance to claim top spot.” 

IEM Sydney 2019 will be held at Qudos Bank Arena on May 3 through 5. For more information, head to the website. For tickets, head to Ticketek.

Leo Stevenson
Leo Stevenson
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