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.