IEM Sydney 2018 started off with a banger with the group stages kicking off yesterday. The APAC region came in force and delivered some incredible edge of your seat matches dropping some of the bigger international teams. With day two of the group stages kicking off today, we quickly reflect on what has happened yesterday.

Renegades and Tyloo are through to the playoffs

In one of the first matches of the day, it was a double Aussie blockbuster as Legacy and Renegades go head to head in a best-of-one. While Legacy started off well in the first half, they couldn’t close against Renegades who bounced back afterwards. With Renegades taking the win, they moved into a best-of-three face off against FaZe Clan. This was by far one of the most intense series of the day as the Inferno decider moved into a triple overtime with each team denying each others match point until Renegades managed to close it off. With this win, Renegades secured a spot in the playoffs at Qudos Bank Arena and sent FaZe Clan to the lower brackets.

USTILO Triple Kill!

Tyloo, the mixed Chinese and Indonesian squad went on an upset spree throughout the upper brackets defeating Brazilian powerhouse, SK Gaming 19-16 in a best-of-one before facing off Major champions Cloud9 in a best-of-three. The series started well for Tyloo taking the lead with a late response from Cloud9 on Inferno securing the win. With a playoffs progression on the line, Cloud9 seemed to pick up the pace in the 2nd map leading most of the first half. However, Tyloo proved the stronger team on the day closing out overpass 16-14.

SOMEBODY stop him! Tyloo’s SOMEBODY closes out Overpass.

Grayhounds send SK Gaming home

We saw another upset in the lower brackets as local boys, the Grayhounds sent SK Gaming packing in an incredible achievement. After being knocked down to the lower brackets by Cloud9, Grayhounds need to beat SK Gaming  to keep their IEM Sydney hopes alive. With a struggling SK Gaming roster, Grayhound managed to secure two maps in the series going 2-1 to progress further in the lower brackets.

Gratisfication triple snipes

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