Updated: October 23 (added final results).
Intel Extreme Masters returns to Sydney for the first time since 2019. After four years, a big reunion is on the cards, as well as the dawn of a new era as the first major CS tournament following Counter-Strike 2's launch on September 27, 2023.
In the past, Australia has seen some historic teams crowned as champions, including FaZe Clan and Team Liquid. Which team will hold the next title as the first champions of the Counter-Strike 2 era and get the lion's share of the $250,000 prize pool? We have all the answers.
Keep reading for all the latest info on IEM Sydney 2023, including the tournaments format, all 16 teams competing, the full schedule, and current standings. Let's dive in!
Like all Intel Extreme Masters events, the tournament is split into the Group Phase and the Playoffs.
Sixteen teams will compete in the IEM Sydney Group Stage. Some teams automatically received invites as ESL Partner Teams or through their ESL World Ranking. Other teams fought tooth and nail through their regions' respective qualifiers. Grayhound Gaming is an exception, having received a Local Hero Invite as an Australian team representing their home turf.
Here are all the teams competing in the IEM Sydney event, including their complete player rosters by in-game name.
The IEM Sydney 2023 playoffs and Grand Slam IV will be hosted at the Aware Super Theatre. Now, fans get to watch the action unfold live! Any tickets for IEM Sydney 2023 guarantee a seat to watch the events live and offer access to the SXSW Sydney Tech & Innovation Expo and the IEM expo. Age restriction is 15+ only, so bear that in mind before booking your ticket.
There will be primary and secondary Twitch streams covering all the games simultaneously, titled ESLCS and ESLCSb, respectively. For your convenience, the main ESL Counter-Strike YouTube channel is also embedded below as the main hot spot for playoff matches.
Below, you'll find the schedules for the Group Stage. The playoff schedule will be added later when all participants have been decided. The winner of IEM Sydney also gets an automatic invite to IEM Katowice 2024 next year, so there's everything to play for!
All times will be in AEST, and match winners will be in bold.
$100,000, Qualifies to IEM Katowice 2024
MOUZ, G2 Esports
BetBoom Team, ENCE
Natus Vincere, Apeks, Cloud9, Fnatic
Team Vitality, VERTEX Esports Club, Lynn Vision Gaming, Grayhound Gaming
That's all the information we have on IEM Sydney 2023. Watch this space as we'll update this article after every match day with the winners, standings, and schedule changes.
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