Intel Extreme Masters brought the international CS:GO scene to the land down under once again as sixteen teams from all over the world duked it out over three days in the Qudos Bank Arena. G2 Esports received a last minute invitation to replace Na’Vi, who couldn’t travel to visa issues but unfortunately, we didn’t manage to make it to the big stage. However, we watched together on the sideline with the CS:GO community and held our breath. American sniper Nifty made the crowd roar in the Renegades vs mousesports quarter-final. But the home turf advantage was not enough to overcome the strong-looking mouz.
Despite Astralis being the clear favourites and FaZe Clan playing with substitute Richard ‘Xizt’ Landström, who stepped into the shoes of Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer Gustafsson who stepped down a few weeks ago, FaZe were able to take down the Danish powerhouse and take the coveted IEM trophy. It was FaZe’s first solid victory of 2018 after two runner up finishes at IEM Katowice and the ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018 and they managed to finally solidify their position as #2 on HLTV’s rankings and once again, began to close the gap between them and Astralis.
Despite the final standings, the Australian teams exceeded their expectations on home soil, holding their own against the top tier Western teams. The landslide victory of FaZe in the finals against Astralis doesn’t tell the whole tale of the tournament, with a number of upsets and nail biting series throughout. We dive down into what actually happened by the numbers in the G2 Esports IEM Sydney 2018 Infographic. Scroll down and enjoy!
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