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IEM Sydney 2019 Completed

Recap of CS:GO tournament IEM Sydney 2019

Liquid the team from United States was the winner of the latest IEM Sydney 2019 inSydney, Apr 30, with a prize pool of a massive $250,000.

The final game between Liquid and fnatic (Sweden) ended in a victory to Liquid 3-2, and secured the first place prize of $100,000.

The tournament was located in Sydney and was represented locally by 3 teams and 9 players. Grayhound had home court advantage through the whole tournament, and ended as 7-8th place.

IEM Sydney 2019 logo Total prize pool $250,000

What happened in IEM Sydney 2019

The IEM Sydney 2019 was the tournament that all CS:GO fans were talking about. The event, which was a seven-day long event, which would bring 16 of the best teams in the world to compete for a $250,000 prize pool. Going into the tournament, everyone expected to see a thrilled crowd, unexpected wins, losses, and Liquid’s desire to end their trophyless drought at a big event.

The Group Stage begins!

In group A, everything seemed to go Liquid’s way. They swept past their challengers, dream[S]cape, BIG, and NiP to qualify for the playoffs. NiP finished second in their group.

Favorites dominate in playoffs

At the playoffs, Liquid had only one challenge, beating MIBR, to reach the grand finals. However, MIBR (regardless of the excellent performances they exhibited in 2017) were nowhere close to beating the North American team as they lost 2-0.

fnatic, on the other side, had a rather to bumpy road towards the finals, and many didn’t expect them to get there after finishing third in Group B.

Securing a Quarterfinals spot

They started their campaign with a 16-7 win over Heroic. However, they suffered defeat at the hands of [team:5d9d6bf87ab99af6a8f680d1 in their second match, which meant that they had to play a quarterfinal match to secure a semifinal spot. [team:5d9d6bf87ab99af6a8f680d1 went ahead to be runner ups in Group B behind, just behind [team:5d9d6beb7ab99af6a8f680d0].

At the quarterfinals, fnatic beat [player:5d9d6c057ab99af6a8f680d2] 2-1 in a hotly contested fixture. They went ahead to face NRG in the semifinals, whom they beat 2-1 to reach the finals.

The Grand Final

The grand finals was a match that many fans would not forget any time soon. Liquid started with a 2-1 lead over their opponents. But on Dust 2, fnatic picked up the pace by using a high pressing defense strategy that Liquid found difficult to break.

A winner is crowned

Liquid kept their composure throughout the game though, and with the help of Stewie2K and Twistzz, Liquid got the inspiration they so needed to win 3-2. And after consecutive grand final defeats, Liquid took home the trophy and $100,000 in prize money. Twistzz also went ahead to win his second MVP award, after displaying plenty of good action in the final and averaging a 1.2 rating.