IEM Sydney is set to take place from April 30th- May 5th, with the playoffs taking place at the Qudos Bank Arena.

Of the 16 teams scheduled to attend the event, 9 will receive direct invites, with 7 spots to be decided through qualifiers, including a dedicated slot for Oceania.

The open qualifiers will consist of BO1 matches, with elimination matches being BO3, with the winners joining 4 invited teams for the closed qualifier, with a double elimination BO3 and a BO5 final deciding the single qualifier from each region.

The dates for each qualifier are as follows:

Europe

  • Open qualifier #1: January 30-31, 18:00 CET
  • Open qualifier #2: February 2-3, 18:00 CET
  • Closed qualifier: February 6-8

North America

  • Open qualifier #1: January 30-31, 18:00 EST
  • Open qualifier #2: February 2-3, 18:00 EST
  • Closed qualifier: February 6-8

Greater China

  • Open qualifier #1: March 6-7, 18:00 SGT
  • Open qualifier #2: March 19-20, 18:00 SGT
  • Closed qualifier: March 22-24

East Asia

  • Open qualifier #1: March 6-7, 18:00 SGT
  • Open qualifier #2: March 19-20, 18:00 SGT
  • Closed qualifier: March 22-24

Southeast Asia

  • Open qualifier #1: March 6-7, 18:00 SGT
  • Open qualifier #2: March 19-20, 18:00 SGT
  • Closed qualifier: March 22-24

Oceania

  • Open qualifier #1: March 30-31, 12:00 AEDT
  • Open qualifier #2: April 6-7, 12:00 AEDT
  • Closed qualifier: March 22-24