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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Eating Out Around IEM Sydney

Hop on a train & experience the best in the West, with hot tips on the best Cafés, KBBQ joints and more You’ve booked your tickets. You’ve got a hotel nearby, maybe even flights, and all your mates are ready to join you for an epic weekend of CS:GO at IEM Sydney. Well... Almost. Instead of heading down to the closest fast food joint this year, make the most of what Western Sydney has to offer – from cafés that wouldn’t look out of place in Surry Hills, to KBBQ joints perfect for celebrating a Renegades win. Lidcombe Home to a large Korean community (and authentic KBBQ), Lidcombe is the spot to hit for a great brekkie on your way to IEM. With trains running from Lidcombe to Sydney Olympic Park every 10 minutes, take your pick from the many modern Aus-Korean cafés before heading to the main event. Bunker 64 A new addition to the Lidcombe café scene, Bunker 64 has hit the ground running, serving up some of the best plates of food this side of Sydney. Hot dishes include the Grilled Angus Sirloin w/red wine jus, broccolini & cherry tomato ($28) if you’re after a bistro-quality lunch,…

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Watch the Overwatch Contenders Australia Season 1 Finals LIVE at IEM Sydney

For the first time ever, Overwatch Contenders Australia will be hosted live at Qudos Bank Arena at the 2019 Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM) Sydney. Over two electrifying days, the top four teams in the region will clash live for their share in a $100,000 USD prize pool. This season, the stakes have never been higher, with the winning team set to go on to battle the best in the region at the Overwatch Pacific Showdown in China later in May. With a place in Overwatch Contenders history on the line, IEM attendees can expect two action-packed semi-final matches on Saturday, 4 May, before the final, epic conclusion to the season on Sunday, 5 May. 2019 Season 1 has already proven to be the most competitive season yet, with ORDER, Blank Esports, and three-peat champions, the Sydney Drop Bears, each sitting at the top of the table with five wins and one loss apiece. With the final round of regular play occurring this week, the competition is only going to get fiercer as these three teams vie for the top spot. Tickets for IEM Sydney 2019 are on sale via www.ticketek.com.au. Pick up a single day Saturday ticket for $69 AUD,…

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What’s Good in the IEM Sydney 2019 Goodie Bag

Mousepad, anyone? Intel® Extreme Masters Sydney 2019, our 75th stop for IEM tours globally, is nearing. With less than one month before the action kicks off in Qudos Bank Arena, it's the perfect time to let everyone know what our Premium + Global Elite goodie bag contains for this year! Premium & Global Elite Goodie Bag Contents: IEM Sydney 2019 Goodiebag JerseyIEM Sydney 2019 Mousepad"Out of game carry" BagESL Bottle OpenerESL LanyardVarious Sponsor GiveawaysIEM Sydney 2019 Commemorative CoinIEM Sydney Wristband With a bag this good, now's the time to secure your Premium Ticket - with the Bonus Wave selling out fast, don't miss your chance to pick it up! Click here to buy your Premium ticket!

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Bonus Wave Premium Tickets Released Due To Popular Demand

IEM Sydney 2019 is shaping up to be an event that every hardcore CS:GO fan in Australia will be attending. With unprecedented demand for Premium Tickets resulting in them selling out very early on, we've heard everyone asking for another opportunity to pick some up - and experience Australia's #1 fan event with one of the best tickets money can buy. As such, we've worked closely with Qudos Bank Arena, to see how we could offer the world's most passionate CS:GO fans more premium seating. With some clever reworking of floorplans, seats, and more, today we're happy to announce that an extra 150 Premium Tickets are now available! These tickets are not expected to last long - and the good news is, if you already purchased a GA ticket but want to upgrade - our good friends at Ticketek will help you out. Want to upgrade? Upgrading is simple Contact Ticketek on https://help.ticketek.com.au/hc/en-us/categories/360000150788-Contact or 132 849Let Ticketek know you're wanting to upgrade an existing IEM Sydney TicketTicketek will help you through the process, which will involve buying the new premium ticket, and getting a refund on your existing one Click here to buy your ticket

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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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Spot The Bus – IEM Takes Over Sydney As Buses Hit The Streets

30 buses have hit the streets of Sydney ahead of Intel® Extreme Masters this May, and we're giving those who spot them the chance to win a Premium ticket upgrade! With global CS:GO superstars from some of the world's most well known teams (including 3 teams who have already been confirmed as invited to IEM Sydney this year), Sydney is getting a taste of esports on the streets this March. If you spot one of these buses out in the wild, you can enter into the running to win a premium ticket upgrade to your existing IEM Sydney ticket, simply by:-Taking a snap of the bus & poster (selfies are great - but remember, stay safe!)-Posting said photo on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram-Including @ESLAustralia and #IEM in your postEntries close at the end of march.Full T&Cs can be found at: http://bit.ly/IEMBus19TCs

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Inaugural Champions MIBR Head Back Down Under For IEM Sydney 2019

IEM Sydney will see the return of the all-Brazilian roster that won Australia’s first-ever Counter-Strike mega-event and defined an era in esports. Currently ranked 3rd in the ESL CS:GO World Ranking, MIBR are looking to recapture the glory days of 2016 and 2017, when their current roster dominated the CS:GO scene playing for SK Gaming. This era of brilliance also coincided with the first edition of IEM Sydney in 2017, which they won in commanding fashion. The MVP on that occasion, coldzera, was recently named the 10th best players in the world by highly-respected CS:GO specialist publication HLTV.org, a ranking he previously topped in 2016 and 2017. The fact that he’s the only former winner of this prestigious accolade that still features in the top 20 shows the level of play Australian fans can expect at IEM Sydney. After separating from the then-SK-Gaming roster at different points, felps and TACO recently rejoined the all-Brazilian effort in order to spark the magic that saw them dominate the game alongside stalwarts FalleN and fer once more. The Qudos Bank Arena awaits. Don’t miss out on IEM Sydney 2019. Click here to get your ticket! Stay up to date on all things Counter-Strike…

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