Unsurprisingly the Chiefs is one of these teams, one of the Australia's most consistent Esports franchises. Joining them is Grayhound Gaming, and both teams round out 16 CS:GO teams competing for a share in the event's $US 250,000 prize pool.
“IEM Sydney is the most prestigious esports tournament in Australia,"enthused Nick Vanzetti, SVP, Managing Director of ESL APJ via press release. "As one of only four world stops for Intel Extreme Masters with some of the best CS:GO players on the planet competing, having local talent representing us up on a global stage is fantastic for our region. Grayhound and the Chiefs have an amazing opportunity in the spotlight and they’ll have the support of a huge local crowd behind them. We’re eager to see how they perform."
The Chiefs Esports Club (Chiefs), winners of last week’s IEM Sydney Derby, defeated Breakaway Esports to clinch a berth at the main event to be staged from Friday 3 May to Sunday 5 May. Joining Chiefs, Grayhound Gaming, winners of the AU and NZ Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) Championship, qualified for the tournament for the second consecutive year.“We're happy to have qualified for IEM Sydney again - this team is very special, and we're feeling confident going into the tournament," said Tyler "Tucks" Reilly, captain of Chiefs CS:GO via the same press release. "We'll be putting in a lot of work to give ourselves the best chance of making the stage in Qudos Bank Arena this May.”
Across three huge days of gaming, 16 CS:GO teams will play in-front of a crowd of thousands at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena and millions more on live broadcast. This lineup includes fan-favourites Renegades and international powerhouse teams such as Team Liquid and FaZe Clan. Australian teams will face the best teams in the world, many of whom have made millions playing CS:GO.You can check out all ticket information for the event right here.
So great to see teams from Australia competing in IEM Sydney
I'm surprised this press release only casually mentions Renegades.
For all intents and purposes they are still an Australian team (3 AUS, 1 NZ, 1 NOR). And basically anyone in Australian CS that would watch this tournament would consider them a home team.
But yeah, hoping that RNG can take down liquid for the win, Chiefs will be lucky to progress out of groups, and Grayhoud played alright at the recent Katowice Oceania qualifiers (The same region Renegades were in), but beyond Group I don't see them getting far. Still, the more Aus teams up there the better!