The world of esports is witnessing a historic moment as the first international LAN tournament for Counter-Strike 2 (CS2) is underway in Sydney, Australia. The Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Sydney 2023 is a prestigious event that features 16 of the best CS2 teams from around the world, competing for a prize pool of $250,000 and a ticket to the IEM Katowice 2024.
The tournament started on October 16 and will conclude on October 22, with the grand final scheduled to take place at 6:00 PM local time (8:00 AM GMT). The event is being held at the Qudos Bank Arena, which has a capacity of 21,000 spectators. The arena is expected to be filled with passionate fans who are eager to witness the first major LAN event for CS2 since its release in August 2023.
CS2 is the sequel to the popular first-person shooter game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO), which has been one of the most successful and influential esports titles for over a decade. CS2 was developed by Valve Corporation and Hidden Path Entertainment, and features improved graphics, gameplay, and user interface. CS2 also introduced some significant changes to the competitive format, such as switching to MR12 (first team to win 13 rounds wins the match) instead of MR15, and adding new maps, weapons, and utility.
The IEM Sydney 2023 is the first opportunity for the CS2 teams to showcase their skills and strategies on LAN, after months of online practice and qualifiers. The tournament features some of the most renowned and successful teams from CSGO, such as FaZe Clan, Natus Vincere (NAVI), Team Vitality, G2 Esports, Astralis, and Team Liquid. The tournament also features some newcomers and underdogs, such as Team Spirit, BIG Clan, Renegades, and TYLOO.
The tournament is divided into two stages: the group stage and the playoffs. The group stage consists of four groups of four teams each, playing in a double-elimination format. The top two teams from each group advance to the playoffs, while the bottom two teams are eliminated. The playoffs consist of eight teams playing in a single-elimination bracket, with best-of-three matches until the grand final, which is a best-of-five match.
The group stage has already concluded, with some surprising results and upsets. The most notable result was the elimination of Astralis, who were considered one of the favorites to win the tournament. The Danish team failed to win a single match in their group, losing to Team Spirit and Renegades in close matches. Another surprise was the performance of TYLOO, who topped their group by defeating FaZe Clan and Team Liquid in convincing fashion. The Chinese team showed impressive teamwork and individual skill, proving that they are a force to be reckoned with in CS2.
The playoffs are set to begin on October 20, with four quarterfinal matches: FaZe Clan vs Team Spirit, NAVI vs BIG Clan, Vitality vs Renegades, and G2 Esports vs TYLOO. The winners of these matches will advance to the semifinals on October 21, and the winners of those matches will face each other in the grand final on October 22.
The playoffs are expected to be highly competitive and exciting, as each team has its own strengths and weaknesses. According to some analysts and experts, FaZe Clan, NAVI, Vitality, and G2 Esports are the favorites to reach the grand final, as they have shown consistent results and dominant performances in CS2 so far.
Last Updated on October 22, 2023