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IEM Sydney has just announced the fifth team receiving a direct invitation to the opener for Season 12 and that team is FaZe Clan.
This European squad has seen a resurgence since signing Finn ‘karrigan’ Andersen and Nikola ‘Niko’ Kovac. One of the most dangerous teams in the scene, FaZe finished second at the IEM Season XI World Championships and by that metric deserves the invite.
Niko’s presence has already been felt on this team posting a HLTV player rating of 1.00-plus in 10 of his last 16 matches. In the finals of IEM Katowice, he posted a 1.01 overall HLTV rating, which was good for second on his team.
FaZe Clan is now starting to find a rhythm as the team slowly starts to come together with more time behind the mouse and keyboard.
Team List for IEM Season XII Sydney:
- OpTic Gaming
- SK Gaming
- FaZe Clan
- Direct Invite (TBA)
- Chinese Qualifier
- Oceania Qualifier
The last direct invite should be revealed shortly who will then be joined in the tournament by two teams that make it through a rigorous qualification process.
IEM Sydney is $200,000 CS:GO tournament that will take place in Sydney, Australia from May 3-6.