IEM Sydney is done and dusted for another year, and while Australians put in a good showing the Americans of FaZe Clan ultimately walked away with the trophy. But there were plenty of huge clutches and massive kills from players domestic and foreign.
The MVP of the tournament was given to FaZe’s Ladislav ‘GuardiaN’ Kovács, one of the more prominent AWPers in the scene and one of FaZe’s most consistent players over the last 12 months. The Slovakian had a great series against the Australians in Renegades (a series that Renegades eventually won), and won some crucial clutches against Astralis in the grand finals.
The biggest play, miserably, was that mammoth 1v4 from Cloud9’s Will “RUSH” Wierzba to save the match. It still hurts watching it now, actually.
RUSH kept delivering in the following overtime, keeping the Melbourne-based ORDER at bay.
The Chinese-Indonesian mix of TyLoo had a good tournament as well, eventually finishing in the top 4. Hansel “BnTeT” Ferdinand had been in a bit of a slump over the last six months, but IEM Sydney offered plenty of highlight rounds.
His compatriot HaoWen “somebody” Xu also came up huge in TyLoo’s upset win over SK Gaming in the first round, grabbing four kills to take the game into overtime.
SK Gaming didn’t have a great time, being the first team knocked out, but they still provided the odd highlight:
And despite no Aussie teams making the top 4, there were plenty of great individual rounds and performances from locals.
And for good measure, here’s an random collection of the other best highlights.