The official schedule for IEM Sydney has been announced and will feature eight world-renowned teams such as North, OpTic Gaming, Vici, Chiefs, Renegades and a giant team like SK, FaZe Clan and Astralist.
The first two days will use the best-of-one to determine who the team will head to best-of-three semifinals. And in the grand final will use the format best-of-five which will be held on May 7th.
The first two days will take place online while the semifinals and grand finals will be held at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.
Day 1 – Wednesday, May 3 (BO1)
- 10am CET North vs. OpTic
- 11:10 WIB SK vs. ViCi
- 12:20 WIB Astralists vs. Chiefs
- 13:30 CET FaZe vs. Renegades
- 14:40 WIB Second Round, Match 1 (Teams TBA)
- 15:50 WIB Second Round, Match 2 (Teams TBA)
- 17:00 WIB Second Round, Match 3 (Teams TBA)
- 18:10 WIB Second Round, Match 4 (Teams TBA)
North have consistently held 7-8 positions in recent tournaments, their last match was when they were beaten by HellRaisers on StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 earlier this month. Meanwhile, OpTic Gaming is more successful than before, which managed to occupy second place in the Esports Championship Series Season 2.
The top three teams in the world today are like SK, Astralist and FaZe will face each other in the next round, but at the beginning they have to face the team from China ViCi and Australia that is Chiefs, and Renegades.
ViCi you could say it’s still new to a big competition like this, they’ve only won a few tournaments before. On the other hand, the team is homeless Chiefs has had success at several Majors and Minors. Among these 3 teams Renegades is the most experienced team where they previously finished second at DreamHack Winter 2016.
But with the presence of 3 giant teams like SK, Astralist and FaZe, the challengers will have to work even harder to reach the grand finals.
To see their exciting action you can see at twitch.tv/esl_csgo.
The full IEM Sydney 2017 schedule.