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;
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.
Do you understand now? Hopefully? If you have questions feel free to post in this thread without fear of ridicule. I'm always happy to help a fellow fan understand the ways of the Koreans. I would prefer if you didn't PM me though, some people may have the same questions so feel free to ask them in the thread.
sorry to bump an old thread, but i have a question. Are there any restrictions on what race teams have to field? Or would it be possible to field an all terran team or whatever? If this is the case then why do they seem to strive for balance so much, is this because of matchups? Sorry to be a noob.
MuShu United States. December 20 2008 13:59. Posts 3221
Does anyone know why whenever the observer clicks on a goliath the image of the unit under the menu button doesn't appear - it just freezes on the "TV snow" image that flashes when you change what you're selecting? I've seen this happen in multiple games now though it doesn't always happen when a goliath is clicked on.
brood war for life, brood war forever
Ota Solgryn Denmark. December 21 2008 02:28. Posts 1269
On December 21 2008 02:28 Ota Solgryn wrote: How is it determined who will play who in the first 4 games. Does the league descide that or what? Because for instance Jaedong have been playing zvz alot lately, how has that been descided?
The teams both send the list of their players to KeSPA without knowing the opposing teams players.
The reason to Jaedong facing other zergs is simply because the maps he is sent on are zerg favored, so most of the teams send a zerg resulting in a lot of mirror matches.
Last edit: 2008-12-21 02:35:11
Baddieko Singapore. January 17 2009 18:44. Posts 842
Wow, I actually understand how this all actually works now. You should include details of the scoring system though during the normal season.
Also, why do the progamers consider the proleague the most important? It's not like they can win as much money as they can in the individual leagues, so wouldn't they place those above this in terms of importance?
u gotta sk8
Origami United States. January 22 2009 08:07. Posts 266
I didn't really start following this until roughly when the 08-09 season first started so I would like to ask two questions:
1. The guide shows that the playoffs will be Bo7 with two rounds of 2v2. I was under the impression that they got rid of 2v2 sets in 2008 so I just want to check if this is still true since it seems odd that 2v2 would be completely irrelevant until when it matters most.
2. Given that the Proleague playoffs are Bo7 instead of the usual Bo5, are they planning on extending the Winner's League playoffs to Bo9 or so? I can't seem to find any real info on how the WL end-season will work.
I've taken the section that's no longer valid and edited it:
Each match between the teams are best of five. Due to the match fixing scandal, the format was changed in Round 4 in the 2009-10 season and now none of the players who play during a match are determined beforehand. Instead, just before a match begins a representative from each team, usually the manager or coach, decides which player the team will send, without knowledge of his opponent's pick. There are up to five 1v1 sets in the format, the first team to win 3 sets wins the match. A player cannot play in more than one of the first four sets, however, if the match reaches the fifth set (sometimes known as the "Ace match" or the "Closer"), any player can be chosen to play, even if that player had played in one of the first four sets.
Last edit: 2010-06-09 10:00:22
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