It’s been little over a year since the launch of StarCraft II. The GSL, which has been receiving a lot of love and support from all of you, has also celebrated its first anniversary a short while ago.
I believe that this year has been a special year for e-sports.
A lot of things that were not accomplished in SC/BW were achieved in the course of just one year.
Players from all around the world competing each other, leading international tournaments working together with exchange programs, foreign players coming to Korea for training and Korean players joining foreign teams - all of these are remarkable developments that have not occurred to this extent in the past 10 years of e-sports history.
Alongside GSL, there have been many major tournaments out there entertaining fans worldwide.
We at GSL are always hoping to work together with other foreign tournaments and believe we have accomplished a lot in that regard this year.
When we first introduced the 2011 GSL Tour we have mentioned the Blizzard CUP.
The Blizzard CUP is a tournament in which we plan to look back at and conclude the year 2011 and determine the best of best. Additionally, other events like Best Coach Award, Fan Favorite Player Award, Best Player of their respective Race Award etc. are planned.
We are currently in the last stages of deciding on and tweaking the format and schedule of the 2012 GSL Tour.
The concepts for GSL 2012 are:
1. More chances
2. Prove yourself
3. Are you qualified to stay in Code S?
We hope everyone will enjoy the remainder of the 2011 GSL Tour and is looking forward to what we have in store for 2012.
The outline of Blizzard CUP is as follows:
- Players: Best 10 of 2011
- 2011 GSL Point Ranking TOP 1,2,3 (3)
- 1st and 2nd place of MLG Providence (2)
- Winner of IEM NYC (1)
- Winner of IPL Season 3 (1)
- Winner of DreamHack Winter (1)
- Winner of Blizzcon (1)
- Winner of WCG (1)
- If players have more than one title, suitable replacements will be invited
- Tournament format: Group Play -> Playoffs
- 10 players will be divided in 2 groups of 5.
- The 3 top players of each group advance to the playoffs.
- Group A 1st vs (Group A 3rd vs Group B 2nd)
- Group B 1st vs (Group B 3rd vs Group A 2nd)
- 12/12 Monday: Group A
- 12/13 Tuesday: Group B
- 12/14 Wednesday: Round of 6
- 12/15 Thursday: Round of 4
- 12/17 Saturday: Final and Award Ceremony
- 1st place: 40,000,000 KRW
- 2nd place: 10,000,000 KRW
- Ro4: 5,000,000 KRW
- Ro6: 2,000,000 KRW
- Group stage: 1,000,000 KRW
- Total: 68,000,000
PS: Be sure to check out our revamped website at http://www.gomtv.net/
Here's the list of the first 6 invited players (updated after MLG Providence):