Intel Extreme Masters Sydney, the first event of IEM Season 13, is now over. And what an event it was. We saw huge upsets, world-class plays, an amazing crowd going mental in the arena, and the broadcast crew not holding back on the banter. IEM Sydney 2018 is definitely one for the history books.
A total of 16 teams from around the world competed in the tournament but only one could snatch the lion’s share of the US$250,000 prize pool, the coveted trophy, and a win counting towards the Intel Grand Slam. And that team ended up being no other than FaZe Clan. Here’s how the tournament unfolded.
The IEM Sydney group stage was nothing short of exciting, and even shocking. Group A saw TyLoo and Renegades advancing to the playoffs from the upper bracket, sending SK Gaming and FaZe Clan respectively to fight in the lower bracket. This wasn’t the end of upsets for SK Gaming however, as they lost to the local Greyhound Gaming and were eliminated from the tournament after only having played two series. Greyhound got eliminated by FaZe Clan in their next match, but that didn’t take away from the great impression they left on everyone watching.
Five matches were played in the playoffs, and five times a map had to go into overtime, delivering tons of nail-biting action. The grand final alone went to two overtimes, with the third map ending in 16:14, and all in favor of our new champions, FaZe Clan.
Thank you, Sydney
To all the teams, players, hard working crew, the outstanding crowd in the arena, and everyone who watched online - THANK YOU for creating another unforgettable event!
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And stay creamy.