- What: Intel Extreme Masters Sydney 2023
- Where: Aware Super Theatre in Sydney, Australia
- Date: October 16 – October 22, 2023
- How to Watch: Twitch
Sixteen of the top Counter-Strike 2 teams in the world head to Australia for this week’s Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Sydney 2023 event. The event has a total prize pool of $250,000. The winner of the IEM Masters Sydney 2023 tournament takes home $100,000 of that and also earns a spot in the IEM Katowice 2024 event, which takes place in January. That event has a $1 million prize pool.
The Group Stage of the IEM Masters Sydney tourney features two groups. The double-elimination format will be best-of-one in the opening round. The following matches in the Group Stage are best-of-three. The top three teams from each Group Stage advance to the Playoffs. All games in the Playoffs brackets are best-of-three.
Here at the teams in each Group Stage: Group A: Team Vitality, BetBoom Team, FaZe Clan, GamerLegion, Natus Vincere, Apeks, VERTEX ESC, MOUZ. Group B: ENCE, Lynn Vision, Cloud9, Fnatic, Monte, Complexity, Grayhound, G2 Esports
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Intel Extreme Masters Sydney 2023 betting picks
|To Win Intel Extreme Masters Sydney 2023|
The best CS:GO team in 2023, France’s Team Vitality, looks to carry that success into Counter-Strike 2 events. The team is ranked No. 1 in the world, according to HLTV. Team Vitality took home $400,000 for winning Gamers8 2023 in August. That victory came after they also picked up wins at BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023, and Intel Extreme Masters Rio 2023. In their most recent event, Team Vitality finished in 5th-8th place at ESL Pro League Season 18, they were eliminated by Monte in the quarterfinals.
Most of Team Vitality has been playing together since August 2022. The club added flameZ in June 2023.
The No. 2 rated CS:GO team in the world, ENCE plays out if Finland. While ENCE only has one big win to its name so far in 2023, they took home $100,000 for their first-place finish at IEM Masters Dallas in June. The squad is coming into IEM Sydney with two runner-up finishes in recent tournaments. ENCE finished second to G2 Esports at IEM Masters Cologne in early August and then finished in second to Team Vitality at Gamers8 2023. In more recent action, ENCE placed 3rd-4th at the BLAST Premier: Fall European Showdown 2023 event earlier this month.
ENCE is has been playing together since 2022. The only member to join the club in 2023 is NertZ.
The No. 3 ranked CS:GO squad in the world, G2 Esports have played together since the team added two new members in August 2022. The club, which plays out of Germany, had two big wins in 2023, picking up victories at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2023 and Intel Extreme Masters Cologne 2023. Each of those wins earned G2 Esports $400,000. The team enters the IEM Sydney 2023 Masters, coming off a 3rd-4th place finish at BLAST Premier: Fall European Showdown 2023, which wrapped up on October 8.
If you’re looking for a betting underdog to pick for this event, look no further than MOUZ. The German club is coming off a win over Natus Vincere in the recent ESL Pro League Season 18. That victory has the team heading into the IEM Masters Sydney event with a fair share of momentum.
Best bet to win Intel Extreme Masters Sydney 2023
Any of the three betting favorites, Team Vitality, ENCE, or G2 Esports, could walk away with the win at IEM Sydney 2023. Our betting pick is for the No. 1 team in the world, Team Vitality, to triumph in Sydney.
Best betting pick: Team Vitality to win Intel Extreme Masters Sydney 2023.
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