ESL has released the brackets for the qualifiers of IEM Sydney to take place from March 22-24.
4 invited teams and 4 winners of the closed qualifiers from China, East Asia and SEA will face off for a spot for their region in the Finals to take place in the Qudos Arena.
Here are the first match-ups in the Southeast Asia closed qualifier:
- BOOT-d[s] vs. NASR
- Entity vs. Lucid Dream
- TNC vs. Alpha Red
- Maple vs. Beyond
East Asia closed qualifier:
- MVP PK vs. IM11
- 2990 vs. D13
- Storm Rider vs. Ignis
- HWML vs. Absolute
The Greater China closed qualifier bracket is below:
- ViCi vs. 8EASY
- IPET vs. 5POWER
- Panda vs. EHOME
- Aster vs. TYLOO
All Indian hopes will be pinned on Entity, who surprised a few by reaching the closed qualifiers and their first match will be against Lucid Dream from Thailand.
The qualification process is simple, with the 4 invited teams rom each region facing off against the qualified teams in a best of 3 double elimination match, with the finals being a best of 5 series for the spot.
The 3 winners will join the 9 invited teams, consisting the likes of MIBR and FaZe, as well as the AU/NZ National Champion and the Ocenania Qualifier winners. The $250,000 tournament is set to take place from April 3-May 5.