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GSL Season Four Tournament Info

GSL Season Four Tournament Info

The opening night of the Global StarCraft II League Season 4 was a bit of a spectacle in the eSports scene with a pretty cool introduction for the 32 Code S players. eSports is certainly hotting up and StarCraft II is certainly the forerunner. There are two groups of players, 32 Code S players and 32 Code A players. The Code S players are sponsored and thus are the top tier players from the past three seasons of the GSL. Code A are the second tier players trying to push their way into Code S.

The way they are going to do this is have 8 groups in both codes where the bottom sixteen from Code S will face off against the top 8 from Code A. Thes matches are known as the ‘Up and Down matches’. Eight of the Code S players in the bottom sixteen (those who finish third in their Code S group) will have a double chance in these Up and Down matches and thus will only have to win once. The rest will have to win twice to either stay in Code S or qualify for Code S. It is going to be really interesting to see which players drop off as this system will really see where players are currently.

The top two players from the Code S group will advance to the Round of 16. Not sure how this is going to work out; I hope the same players don’t keep playing each other in consecutive rounds. I would like to see the winners from Group A and B in Group I (Round of 16 groups I J K & L) and the runners-up in Group L – so they would only meet again in the final if they advance that far.

As for the players, there is some lucrative money to be won, not as much as previous seasons but the Code S players are on a salary so that helps and the further they advance the better off they are as the money will stack by the looks of it. There is roughly US$119,000 in the prize poll with the Champion pocketing just over US$44,000 (plus the extra from the previous rounds which would be almost US$55,000). Nice pocket change for doing what you love in a month!

Code S Prize Money

Results Players Prize Money KRW Total KRW
Ro32 16 1,500,000 24,000,000
Ro16 8 2,000,000 16,000,000
Ro8 4 3,000,000 12,000,000
Semi-Finals 2 5,000,000 10,000,000
Second Place 1 20,000,000 20,000,000
Champion 1 50,000,000 50,000,000
Total Prize Pool 32 81,500,000 132,000,000

The tournament schedule for Code S is as follows:

  • 02/01/2011 > 07/01/2011 & 10/01/2011 > 11/01/2011: Round of 32 Group Matches
  • 12/01/2011 > 15/01/2011: Round 16 Group Matches
  • 17/01/2011 > 18/01/2011: Round 8 Matches (Best of 5 Matches)
  • 23/01/2011: Semi-Finals (Best of 5 Matches)
  • 24/01/2011 > 27/01/2011: Up and Down Matches
  • 29/01/2011: Grand Final (Best of 7 Matches)

Code A is as follows:

  • 02/01/2011 > 07/01/2011 & 10/01/2011 > 11/01/2011: Round of 32 Group Matches
  • 12/01/2011 > 15/01/2011: Round 16 Group Matches
  • 17/01/2011 > 18/01/2011: Round 8 Matches (Best of 5 Matches)
  • 19/01/2011 > 20/01/2011: Semi-Finals (Best of 5 Matches)
  • 21/01/2011: Grand Final (Best of 7 Matches)
  • 22/01/2011: Code A Preliminaries

I personally think this is a great format which sees players really work on their game to ensure they don’t go into the relegation matches. Plus you get to see new players in the top tier and thus create more competition.

So do yourself a favour and head over to GOMTV.net and purchase the Premium Service for US$9.99 and watch some top tier games!

I will be posting results on Twitter and my summaries here as well so make sure you follow @siliconsports!