IEM Sydney is starting on October 16th, with 16 teams competing for $250K prizepool. The IEM Sydney will be the final ESL event of 2023 after that IEM Katowice will be the next event in February 2024 to continue the Intel Grand Slam season 5.
IEM Sydney Teams and Group Stage-
The first phase of IEM Sydney will be group stages. Teams are divided into two groups of 8 teams each according to seedings. The groups will be double-elimination knockout stage and the top 3 teams from each group will qualify for the playoffs. The first seeds will directly qualify for the semi-finals and the 2nd-3rd seeds will compete in quarterfinals.
Team Vitality vs BetBoom
Faze Clan vs Gamer Legion
Navi vs Apeks
Vertex ESC vs MOUZ
ENCE vs Lynn Vision
Cloud9 vs Fnatic
Monte vs Complexity
Grayhound vs G2 Esports
IEM Sydney Schedule
The IEM Sydney will be played from October 16 to 22. the group stage will begin on October 16th and will be played till the 18th. The playoffs will start on October 20th with quarterfinals and the grand finals will be played on October 22nd.
The first CS2 LAN event: IEM Sydney 2023
The IEM Sydney will be the first-ever LAN event for counter-strike 2 and fans as well as players have mixed opinions about this. While everyone is excited for the LAN debut of CS2, many pro players expressed that the game is not yet ready for esports as it still has many bugs.
The CS2 was released on September 27th, 2023, and its first-ever event is taking place in just 15 days of its release. There will be no surprise that some bugs will be there in game during the event.