IEM Sydney 2019 takes place from April 30th to May 2nd. With a $250,000 prize pool up for grabs, 16 of the best teams in the world will meet to battle it out. This is the second Intel Extreme Masters event in 2019, will FaZe be able to defend their crown from last year?
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Outright Odds for IEM Sydney
Intel Extreme Masters events typically consist of invited teams that are recognised as being the best in the world, combined with teams that qualified through regional events. Below are the odds for each team in attendance to win the event, courtesy of Betway:
- Team Liquid at 5.00 odds
- FaZe at 5.25 odds
- MiBR at 6.50 odds
- NRG at 7.00 odds
- Renegades at 7.00 odds
- Mousesports at 7.50 odds
- Fnatic at 9.00 odds
- Ninjas in Pyjamas at 13.00 odds
- BIG at 15.00 odds
- Heroic at 21.00 odds
- eUnited at 33.00 odds
- ViCi at 51.00 odds
- Chiefs at 101.00 odds
- Grayhound at 101.00 odds
- MVP PK at 201.00 odds
- BOOT dS at 301.00 odds
- Group Stage: April 30th – May 2nd, 2019
- Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
- Each group has eight teams
- The group stage is seeded based on the ESL CS:GO World Rankings
- The initial matches are Bo1
- All following matches are Bo3
- The top three teams from each group advance to the Playoffs:
- Both Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
- The Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
- Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds
- Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
- Playoffs: May 3rd – 5th, 2019
- Single-Elimination bracket
- The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
- The Grand Final is Bo5
Prize Pool Breakdown
1st = $100,000
2nd = $42,000
3rd-4th = $20,000
5th-6th = $10,000
7th-8th = $6,000
9th-12th = $5,000
13th=16th = $4,000
Favourites to win
I think the go-to favourite for many people this time around will be Liquid. With Astralis not in attendance, it could offer up a completely different look in the later stages of the tournament.
Liquid have already shown they have the capability of winning an event this year. This has been followed up with a quarterfinal appearance and two 2nd place finishes. It’s likely they’ll find themselves in yet another grand final, but will they be able to get over the hurdle again?
This FaZe roster went from looking like their time was over, to looking completely unstoppable at times. They found major success in the 2017 season will several big event wins. With this slowing down in 2018 and an inconsistent start to this year, questions were starting to be asked.
However, at Blast Pro Series Miami last weekend FaZe looked to have found their past form. A dominant 16-5 win over Astralis found them in the grand final against Liquid, where they won 2-0. There’s a high chance we will see a repeat of this final in Sydney.
Once again, the Brazilian squad have found themselves amongst the top teams and looking like they have the potential to win. It’s fair to say MiBR had a shocking start to the 2019 season. Despite a quarter-final appearance at Katowice, they failed to make any impact at the next 3 events they attended.
At the most recent event, Blast Pro Series Miami they managed to finish in 3rd place. Although there were only 6 teams in attendance, their 16-2 win against Astralis and strong showings against Liquid and FaZe are a sign they might finally be back on track.
If they don’t start slowly and get a nice fall in the bracket, they could very find themselves sliding into a grand final.
Underdogs in Sydney
In recent events, we have seen sparks of excitement with underdogs pulling off amazing upsets and making incredible runs in the bracket. I see it being no different this time around, with two teams ready to cause some problems.
Renegades, along with ENCE, caused an overwhelming amount of upsets at IEM Katowice. They managed to work them away into the final 8, before falling short in the quarterfinals against MiBR.
Recently they made a semi-final appearance at StarSeries Season 7. They suffered a 2-1 loss to NaVi, who went on to win the event. They’ll be hoping to repeat this success and I can see them doing so.
The addition of Tarik to the roster adds a whole new element to their game and overall potential. Much like Renegades, NRG made it to the semi-final at StarSeries Season 7 earlier this month.
If they’ve spent the past couple of weeks improving their map pool and growing as a team with Tarik, they could do some damage in Sydney. I can see them making it into the top 8, however, anything after this will come down to how their vetoes work out.
I think we are in for yet another amazing event. It will be interesting to see how the group stages end up looking, as that will play a vital factor regarding how the bracket falls. With there being a huge emphasis on winning your group to reach the semi-final, we can expect to watch some very intense Counter-Strike.