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What is Proleague?
How does the Proleague work?
What happens in the Post Season?
How can I watch Proleague live?
What is the Proleague?
The Proleague is a joint venture between MBC, OGN, KeSPA and IEG. It is hosted on both cable channels, OGN and MBCGame, while a company called IEG holds the broadcasting rights. It is a long tournament where the 12 Professional Starcraft teams compete, and lasts the whole year. More games are played in the Proleague than all the other leagues combined, and the progamers themselves consider it to be the most important.
What's so good about the Proleague?
The Proleague is a great way to follow your favorite team or player. Because of the fickle nature of the individual qualifiers, the Proleague is often the only place to see a gamer who is not in the major leagues. Click the spoiler below to read a great overview of the biggest tournament in esports.
Who competes in the Proleague?
The 12 KeSPA registered professional teams are;
Air Force ACE
SK Telecom T1
If you’re ever wondering about anything about any of the teams, the first place to check is TLPD which has information on each team’s roster, team history and some statistics.
What about the maps?
The maps get renewed every season. These are often commissioned by KeSPA for the Proleague. A list of up to date maps can be found in TLPD. The 2008-09 season of Proleague was the first to feature periodic breaks, during which KeSPA could change the map pool. They took advantage of that rule for the first time in November 2008 switching the map Raid Assault II for Rush Hour 3.
Ok, so how does the tournament actually work?
The teams play each other in round robin format four times, twice on OGN, twice on MBCGame. For example, Air Force ACE will play WeMade Fox four times; twice on the OGN channel and twice on the MBCGame channel.
Here is a diagram explaining how the next season will work;
How is a match structured?
Each match between the teams are best of five. The 2008-09 season is the first season without 2v2 in the format, there are four 1v1 matches and one ace match. Prior to the match (about 3~5 days) each team submits a roster to KeSPA stating their entries for the upcoming matches they are playing. These entries are for the first 4 sets of a match. If the teams are locked at 2-2 after the 4th set then an ‘Ace match’ or 'Closer' is held. An Ace match differs from a regular match in that the players don’t know who they’re up against until the moment they step into the booth. Each team gets to decide who plays the Ace match right before its held.
There are some limitations on the entries teams can submit in;
- No player can be submitted twice in the first four sets
- The player entered for the Ace Match can be one that has already played
What happens after the Round Robin?
After each team has played every other team twice, the top six teams qualify for playoffs. The playoffs work like a slightly modified single elimination bracket. The following diagram explains the system;
The biggest difference between the regular season and playoffs is the length of the match. The playoffs are Best of 7; with games 1,2,4, 5, 7 being 1v1 and games 3 and 6 being 2v2. Teams submit their entries for the first 6 Sets and the 7th set is the Ace Match. All the normal Proleague rules still apply.
How do I watch Proleague live?
The Ultimate Starcraft VOD/Live Stream Guide has all the different ways you can watch Proleague live.
Do you understand now?
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