15.03.2017
Announcing the ANZ qualifier for Intel® Extreme Masters Sydney!
CS:GO teams from across the Oceanic region, this is your chance to compete at the first ever IEM tournament held in Australia.

Intel Extreme Masters is going down under! On May 6-7, IEM will host its first ever event on the Australian continent, with eight CS:GO teams battling it out for AUD260,000 at the Qudos Bank Arena. One of these competing teams will come from the Australia & New Zealand Qualifier and will have the opportunity to represent its region in front of a home crowd. Here's the breakdown.

General qualifier info

The ANZ qualifier will consists of two stages: open qualifier and closed qualifier. The open qualifier will take place online on March 19 and 26 with teams fighting for two slots in the closed qualifier. The closed qualifier will take place online on April 1, 2 and 9 where eight teams, six invited and two from the open qualifier, will conclude the battle for the coveted slot at IEM Sydney.

Register for the open qualifier here!

Registration closes on Saturday, March 18th, at 20:00 AEDT (GMT+11)

Teams invited to the closed qualifier are as follows:

  • Tainted Minds
  • Chiefs.ESC
  • Team Immunity
  • Dark Sided
  • Avant Garde
  • Legacy Esports

Format

The open qualifier matches will be double elimination best of one. The closed qualifier matches will be double elimination best of three.

Rules

Find the complete ANZ qualifier rulebook here

Highlighted rules:

  • CSGO VAC bans are specifically honored, but only until 2 years after they have been issued.
  • 2 teams advance from the open qualifier
  • 1 team advances to IEM Sydney 2017

Schedule

Open qualifier

Sunday, March 19th (all times in AEDT GMT+11)

  • 12:00 - Upper Bracket Round 1
  • 13:00 - Upper Bracket Round 2, Lower Bracket Round 1a
  • 14:00 - Upper Bracket Round 3, Lower Bracket Round 1b
  • 15:00 - Upper Bracket Round 4, Lower Bracket Round 2a
  • 16:00 - Upper Bracket Round 5, Lower Bracket Round 2b
  • 17:00 - Upper Bracket Final, Lower Bracket Round 3a

Sunday, March 26th (all times in AEDT GMT+11)

  • 12:00 - Lower Bracket Round 3b
  • 13:00 - Lower Bracket Round 4a
  • 14:00 - Lower Bracket Round 4b
  • 15:00 - Lower Bracket Round 5a
  • 16:00 - Lower Bracket Final

Closed qualifier

Saturday, April 1st (all times in AEDT GMT+11)

  • 12:00 - Upper Bracket Round 1
  • 15:00 - Upper Bracket Round 2, Lower Bracket Round 1a
  • 18:00 - Lower Bracket Round 1b

Sunday, April 2nd (all times in AEDT GMT+11)

  • 12:00 - Upper Bracket Round Final, Lower Bracket Round 2a
  • 15:00 - Lower Bracket Final

Sunday, April 9th (all times in AEDT GMT+11)

  • 10:00 - Grand Final
  • 13:00 - Grand Final (second series if needed)

Good luck and see you in Sydney!

We wish all of the participating teams the best of luck and cannot wait to see the victor compete at IEM Sydney! Tickets to the event are available for sale so be sure to secure yours and witness the first ever IEM in Australia!

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