IEM Sydney 2019
Upcoming major tournaments
The general information
Intel Extreme Masters Sydney XIV will take place in Sydney, Australia from April 30 to May 5. Qudos Bank Arena will be a venue as usual and the general prize pool will amount $250,000 and 16 teams will take part in its distribution.
The group stage will be hosted in a traditional scheme. 16 teams will be divided into 2 groups with 8 participants in each where they will play by the GSL system. Each of the teams will have 1 right to make a mistake. The first matches will be carried out in a bo1 format. The rest of the matches will be hosted in a bo3 series. The winners of groups will go to the semi-final of the playoffs. The teams to lose the final of the upper bracket of the group stage and to win the final of the lower bracket will make it to the quarterfinal.
The final part will be carried out in a Single Elimination bracket and only six participants will get there. Quarterfinal and semi-final matches will be run in a bo3 format, while the grand final promises to be hosted in a bo5 format.
16 teams will divide the prize pool at the championship. Half of them has received direct invitations from the organizers of the event. Such teams as FaZe Clan, Fnatic, Team Liquid, MIBR, mousesports, Ninjas in Pyjamas, NRG Esports, and Renegades have become the owners of invites. The rest of the participants have passed regional qualifiers, which had taken place in Sydney, Europe, North America, China, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania. The last team, which will participate in the tournament, will become known after the end of IEM Sydney Derby.
The prize pool
The distribution of the prize pool looks in the following way: