After the announcement of IEM Sydney 2017, ESL has been slowly unveiling the different international teams coming to Australia to compete for the $260,000 prize pool. Six international teams will be competing down-under alongside one qualified Australian/New Zealand and Asian team.
Let’s take a closer look at the international teams competing:
IEM Katowice champions and currently the world’s number one team, Astralis comes down-under to claim their next trophy at IEM Sydney 2017. They are one of the first player-made organisations in CS:GO; the five original members are co-owners. The team is also partnered with car manufacturer Audi.
CS:GO Career earnings: $1,421,785.48 from 26 tournaments.
Brazilian powerhouse SK Gaming is one of esports’ largest and most revered organisations. Founded in Oberhausen, Germany in 1997, the current CS:GO squad have been to seven recent majors and won two. After Lincoln ‘fnx’ Lau was swapped with Joao ‘felps’ Vasconcellos – the team is set to regain their standing in 2017. Partnered with VISA, SK Gaming is one of the teams to watch at IEM Sydney 2017
CS:GO Career earnings: $1,172,813.18
ELEAGUE Season 2 champions, the North American Optic Gaming have just entered the CS:GO scene picking up Canadian team. Despite Peter ‘stanislaw’ Jarguz leaving for Team Liquid, the team will head down-under to compete at IEM Sydney 2017 with ex-Splyce Jason “jasonR” Ruchelski. The organisation is highly esteemed in esports and won the Esports Team of the Year Awards in 2015.
CS:GO Career earnings: $844,200
Made in Australia (sort of) – the Renegades is the story of Australian players making it on the world stage. The CS:GO squad moved to the US to play under the Renegades banner, with the organisation now owned by NBA player and Boston Celtics owner Jonas Jerebko. Coached by Aleksandar ‘kassad’ Trifunovi?, the team has undergone some roster changes recently with Aussies yam and Rickeh leaving the team. The roster now consists of temporary stand-ins Michael ‘Uber’ Stapells and Simon ‘atter’ Atterstam.
At major event ESL One: Cologne 2016, Jks was crowned the first player ever to have 9 or less deaths on a 27+ round map.
CS:GO Career earnings: $183,878
Faze Clan are a mixture of “star rejects”. Famous top level teams have featured these players, but dropped each of them from the roster. Now, together, the squad is equally as or more successful than any of their former teams. Recently, ex mousesports NiKo has joined FaZe Clan and will make a mark at IEM Sydney 2017
CS:GO Career earnings: $386,599.22
North represent the esports division of Danish Football Club, Copenhagen, who signed the ex-Dignitas lineup as their CS:GO team. Long considered the second place team in Danish CS behind Astralis, their win at Epicenter provided them the legitimacy as top team in that scene.
CS:GO Career earnings: $578,000