3 Steps for Renegades to win IEM Sydney 2019

While local fans at the Qudos Bank Arena will surely look forward to some epic CS from the world's best teams, most of them will be wearing their green-and-gold hearts on their sleeves, hoping for The Boys to pull off a breakthrough upset. Here's what Duncan "Thorin" Shields reckons Renegades need to do in order to keep the spoils at home: 1) Flex their strong map pool An aspect of Renegades' rise to relevance as a legitimate top team in CS:GO has come thanks to their wide map pool. Returning coach kassad made his previous tenure in Renegades one in which they improved their map pool and thus ability to veto effectively over time. Since he joined up with the boys again they have looked strong throughout the pool and their multitude of potential options have allowed them to create more winnable match-ups against the entire field. This is significant because it firstly allows Renegades to find favourable match-ups against any team in the top 20, with so much parity in the scene right now. That has been the base to give Renegades such a boost in placings recently, as they have routinely cruised through Swiss system phases, able to…

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GG.Bet Sydney Invitational: $5000 and an invite to Intel ® Extreme Masters Sydney 2019

IEM Sydney is drawing closer, and so far half of the sixteen teams have been revealed. In addition to the standard direct and qualifier invites, one team will be invited through the GG.Bet Sydney Invitational. Ten teams will be invited directly by GG.Bet to take part in the tournament, with the list of participants to be revealed soon. Taking place online from 25-31 March, the GG.Bet Sydney Invitational will consist of two stages; eight of the teams will start in the Group Stage, held in GSL format with Bo1 initial matches and Bo3 deciders. The winning team of both groups will join the remaining two invited teams in the Bo3 Playoffs, with each series being a Bo3 Single-Elimination. On March 31, the winning team will earn the largest share of the $5000 prize pool and a coveted invite to IEM Sydney 2019. For more information and updates, make sure to follow IEM on both Twitter and Facebook!

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Intel® Extreme Masters Sydney 2019 open and closed qualifier dates announced

The road to the Qudos Bank Arena begins with the open and closed qualifiers for IEM Sydney 2019. Here are all the important dates aspiring teams need to consider if they wish to join the elite in Australia next May. Due to an internal error, we initially announced that IEM Sydney 2019 would consist of eight invited teams and eight qualifiers (three of them from Oceania). We apologize for any inconveniences caused by this and would like to rectify Oceania's allotment to two spots, one of them from the online qualifier. We will soon announce some very exciting details relating to Oceania's second qualifier spot.This is how each regional qualifier will play out: Europe Awarding: 1 slot into the IEM Sydney 2019 Group Stage. Open qualifier: Unlimited Single Elimination bo1 bracket with bo3 decider matches. Two teams advance to the closed qualifier from each open qualifier. #1: January 30-31, starts at 18h00 CET  - Click here to sign up #2: February 2-3, starts at 18h00 CET - Click here to sign up Closed qualifier: Eight teams (four from open qualifiers, four invites) in a double elimination bo3 bracket with a bo5 final. One team qualifies for the IEM Sydney 2019…

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Intel® Extreme Masters returns to Sydney in 2019

For the third consecutive year, the longest running global pro gaming circuit in the world returns to Australia. Intel® Extreme Masters will bring sixteen of the world’s best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams to Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on May 3-5, 2019 for an epic contest with a prize pool of $250,000 USD on the line. Last year, over 7,500 esports fans attended IEM Sydney on each event day. With 13.5 million unique viewers online, it recorded the highest ever viewership for an esports competition held in Australia. It’s fair to say that the esports community down under turned up in full force to make this event a landmark in the competitive CS:GO calendar. Next year’s event will mark the 75th stop of the Intel® Extreme Masters circuit since its inception in 2006, so we want this to be a proper esports celebration. Ping all your mates to coordinate your most extravagant fancy dress and come party with us in one of the finest cities on Earth! Not only will you have the chance to meet your idols face-to-face at signing sessions and participate in giveaways from partners and sponsors at the IEM Expo, you will also be able to experience…

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