Grayhound Qualify For IEM Chengdu

24 Jan 2024
Tit Krajnik 24 Jan 2024
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  • Grayhound have successfully made it through the IEM Chengdu qualifiers
  • The Australian Counter-Strike team secured a spot in the tournament with a 2-0 sweep of Mindfreak
  • Grayhound claimed the sole spot for the event available to the region
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Counter-Strike team Grayhound qualified for the upcoming Intel Extreme Masters Chengdu 2024. The Australian side reached the international tournament through the Oceania closed qualifier, where they haven't lost a single series.
  • Oceania's Finest
  • IEM Chengdu 2024 Teams

Grayhound will represent Oceania at the IEM Chengdu 2024 as the highest-rated Counter-Strike team from the region after Christopher "dexter" Nong won the regional closed qualifiers. Seeing Grayhound qualify for the event comes as no surprise, considering the team's dominance in regional events.

Grayhound's road to IEM Chengdu started on January 15, when they attended Intel Extreme Masters Chengdu 2024: Oceanic Open Qualifier #1. There, they bet at 500x, Jehovah witness, Mindfreak, and Sunday school to secure a spot in the closed qualifiers.

Grayhound kept their momentum going and made it through the final stage of the qualifying process, however, their road to the top started a bit rough. In the first round, Grayhound had to reverse-sweep Bad News Kangaroo (former VERTEX) after dropping the first map (11-13 on Nuke).

The Australian squad found momentum, tied the Mirage score with 13-11, and edged out a win in overtime on Inferno (16-13). From there, it was smooth sailing for Grayhound, who crushed Mindfreak in the upper bracket final with 13-5 and 13-4 and won the rematch in the grand final with the same score (13-4, 13-5).

Oceania's Finest

Grayhound have been in excellent form regionally since late last year when the team signed in-game leader dexter from Fnatic. The 29-year-old has helped Grayhound through the IEM Chengdu qualifiers and led the team through the PGL Major Copenhagen 2024: Oceanic Qualifier.

In the Major qualifiers, Grayhound defeated RKON in the first round and lost against Bad News Kangaroos in the upper bracket semifinals. However, they found traction in the lower bracket with wins against Vantage, Mindfreak, and Rooster, securing a spot in the grand final.

There, they got their revenge against Bad News Kangaroo with a clean 2-0 sweep to lock a spot at the PGL Major Copenhagen 2024: Asia-Pacific RMR. The Asia-Pacific RMR will kick off on February 26, welcoming eight teams from Oceania, China, and East Asia. Southeast Asia and the Middle East, who'll fight for two tickets leading to the PGL Copenhagen Major.

Grayhound now have just over two months to get ready for Intel Extreme Masters Chengdu 2024, which is set to kick off on April 8, 2024, welcoming 16 Counter-Strike teams from all over the world who'll compete for the lion's share of the $250,000 prize pool and direct invite to IEM Cologne 2024.

There are two more spots for IEM Chengdu left for grabs, which will be awarded in the European and Asian qualifiers. The former will conclude on February 10, while the Asian qualifiers will end on January 27.

IEM Chengdu 2024 Teams

As of today, 14 teams are confirmed to attend IEM Chengdu, including:

  • FaZe Clan
  • MOUZ
  • Astralis
  • G2 Esports
  • Lynn Vision
  • 9z Team
  • Monte
  • Heroic
  • M80
  • Complexity
  • Cloud9
  • Grayhound