IEM Sydney was one of the biggest weeks of the year for Legacy Esports, competing in two games at the event and announcing some new faces along the way.
The week started with the brilliant news that our CS:GO team would be a late call-up for IEM, replacing Space Soldiers, who couldn’t attend the tournament because of visa issues.
After close losses against Renegades and Order, the team couldn’t progress any further and was eliminated in 13-16th place. Legacy’s Head of Esports, Tim Wendel, explains that competing in the event was still an incredible opportunity. Later in the week, Faze Clan emerged as champions of the tournament, beating Astralis in the grand final.
“I thought both games were really competitive, and the team got the opportunity to basically bootcamp for a week playing against the best players in the world,” Wendel said.
“They are super grateful for the opportunity and I was extremely entertained watching their games.”
“That was a really good outcome for us.”
The other event Legacy was involved in were the WCS Challenger OCE-SEA qualifiers at the ESL Community Stage, where Probe, Azure and new face Ryan “NXZ” Jones competed for a spot at WCS Austin.
NXZ has played StarCraft II on and off for years, before deciding last year he wanted to take StarCraft more seriously.
Legacy scouted him for over a year before signing him on the eve of IEM Sydney.
He was the surprise packet of IEM, making the grand final after an incredible run through the bracket.
Although he finished second after a loss to Seither, he secured himself a place at WCS Austin, which will take place in June.
“Unfortunately, Azure and Probe got knocked out but NXZ gets a spot at WCS Austin which is super cool for him and we are really excited,” Wendel said.
Another new face was announced on the eve of IEM, with Mitch “Conky” Concanen joining the team as CS:GO’s in-house caster and content ambassador.
Conky is a CS:GO caster who has called a lot of grassroots gaming in the Oceanic region and has broadcasted events such as the CyberGamer Invite League on his own Twitch channel.
He is going to be the face of content, and will travel to events to host Legacy’s video content.