19.04.2017
The Sydney 8 - Will we hear the North roar at Intel® Extreme Masters?
North finished in the top 8 at IEM World Championship Katowice. Can they make it to the very top in Sydney?

Hear the roar

 

The North is heading South! @TheNorthIsHere will be competing Down Under at #IEM Sydney 2017!

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— Intel®ExtremeMasters (@IEM) March 23, 2017

 

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Current roster

  • Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen (captain)
  • Kristian "K0nfig" Wienecke
  • René "cajunb" Borg
  • Emil "Magisk" Reif
  • Philip "aizy" Aistrup
  • Casper "ruggah" Due (coach)

Last LAN results

  • 5-8th place at StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3
  • 5-6th place at IEM World Championship Katowice
  • 3-4th place at DreamHack Las Vegas
  • 5-8th at the ELEAGUE Major

Prize money earned

  • $578,000

Will we hear the roar in Sydney?

North as an organisation came to life at the very beginning of 2017, acquiring the roster of Team Dignitas. The team dropped the news bomb right after qualifying for the ELEAGUE Major where they made it to the quarterfinals and got eliminated by later finalists, Virtus.pro.

After the major came time for DreamHack Las Vegas. North finished second in their group, behind fellow country men Astralis, and moved to the quarterfinals where they met Gambit Esports. After a 2-0 victory, they faced SK Gaming in the semifinals where they lost to the Brazilians 0-2, ending the tournament in the top 4.

Up next came IEM World Championship Katowice. North once again took second place in their group and advanced to the quarterfinals which they played in the Spodek arena in front of the legendary Katowice crowd. Their match against Immortals was a tough one, with the Brazilians coming out on top in the end.

North's most recent LAN performance was at StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3. The team finished the Swiss stage with a 3-1 record, taking wins against Immortals, Astralis and FaZe, and one loss against Na'Vi. They ended their tournament run in the quarterfinals where they lost 1-2 to HellRaisers.

What can we expect from North at IEM Sydney? It's a bit difficult to tell. They are most likely to have a decent performance and the team is capable of winning tournaments. However, the competition will be stiff with teams like Astralis, FaZe and SK also in the running. North will have to step up their game are really make everyone hear the roar if they want to clinch their first ever IEM trophy. The player to watch will be Magisk who finds his star power by being a very aggressive rifler who has an uncanny ability to open up bomb sites with an incredibly high success rate. Magisk gives his in game leader (MSL) many opportunities in the later stages of a round to exploit weaknesses in the opponent's defence.

See you in Sydney!

Be sure to join us at Australia's first stadium esports event and watch North live in action - tickets are available! For all the latest updates about the event, remember to follow IEM on Twitter and Facebook.