10th SonicTV Starleague

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[e][h]10th SonicTV BJ Starleague
League Information
Series:
Sponsor:
Type:
Offline
Location:
South Korea South Korea
Format:
1v1
Edition:
10th
Prize pool:
₩50,000,000 (≃ $45,500)
Start Date:
2014-12-24
End Date:
2015-02-15
Links
Winners
South Korea Terran sSak
South Korea Terran Last
South Korea Terran Mong
South Korea Terran HiyA
Player Breakdown
Number of Players:
32
Protoss 12
Terran 11
Zerg 9
Maps
Chronology

Overview

The SBENU 10th SonicTV BJ Starleague with OnGameNet (스베누 스타리그) or SSL 10, was held from December 2014 through February 2015. The earliest news announcing the tournament emerged in April 2014.[1] Sonic announced he would not participate in casting the event, with the tournament to be casted by Park Sanghyun, Kim Carrier (김태형), and Lee Seung Won. Ultimately, the tournament commentators would be composed of Jung So-rim (정소림), Kim Carrier, and TheMarine.[2] In the months leading up to SSL 10, a series of Sbenu Super Fight show matches were held.

In late November 2014, Sonic announced SSL 10 would broadcast on OnGameNet (OGN), jointly sponsored by Sonic's fashion brand, SBENU, and OGN.[3] On December 7, 2014, Sonic announced a 128 player amateur selection tournament to be held online over December 13-14, 2014, with the winner advancing to SSL 10, as well as earning various prizes.[4]

On December 17, the ₩50,000,000 prize purse, among the largest of the post-KeSPA era, venue (Yongsan e-Sports Stadium for OGN broadcasts and Sonic TV Studio for the round of 32), key dates, and trailer video were announced.[5]

The OSL-styled group selection ceremony was broadcast on OGN and streamed by Sonic on December 21, 2014.[6] The map pool was announced at the selection ceremony, featuring the familiar Fish ladder default map Fighting Spirit and the relatively commonly played two-player map, Blue Storm. Alongside these were the surprising choices of Sin Peaks of Baekdu and Return of the King, two maps that had rarely been played competitively since 2008 and 2009, respectively. The first group stage, the round of 32 was streamed on SonicTV on Afreeca, while later rounds, starting at the round of 16, were broadcasted by OGN and streamed online by SonicTV.

During the round of 16, Jamsil Students' Gymnasium, site of the 2012 Tving OSL finals, was announced as the site of the SSL 10 finals.[7] The finals featured a closing performance by Korean singer IU, with ticket proceeds being donated to the charity, the CJ Donors Camp.[8]

To encourage viewer interaction, a variety of prizes, including a laptop computer, Apple iPad, and cash, were distributed during the two-month course of the tournament.[9]

Notably, a smaller 16-player tournament, the HungryApp Starz League with Kongdoo, was held largely during the same two-month time period as SSL 10, with largely the same participants; prominent players who did not compete in SSL 10 including Bisu and Sea, with some speculation as to their absence.[10]

Competition Overview

The competitive round of 32 groupings resulted in the elimination of several prominent players, including Shuttle, ZerO, and Killer, with the remaining Zerg players, hero and Larva eliminated shortly thereafter. The round of 16 featured a contentious three-round, nine-game tie breaker that saw the elimination of JangBi. The remaining Protoss players, free, Snow, and Mini were also soon eliminated with Terran players exerting their dominance in the TvT-laden elimination bracket. In the championship match, in front of thousands of fans at Jamsil, sSak defeated Last, 3-2, to earn the championship title.

Tournament Information

Participants

Protoss Protoss (12)


Terran Terran (11)

Zerg Zerg (9)


The participants' cumulative post-KeSPA records at approximately the start of competition (December 21, 2014) are presented below:[11]

Player Statistics
Player vs. All vs. Protoss vs. Terran vs. Zerg
ID Record Win% Record Win% Record Win% Record Win%
KoreaSouth Korea zZerg By.Spire
044113-19
41%
02935-7
42%
02121-8
11%
03367-4
64%
KoreaSouth Korea TTerran firebathero  —  —  —  —  —  —  —  —
KoreaSouth Korea zZerg force[Name]
093039-50
44%
058520-15
57%
039411-26
30%
03518-9
47%
KoreaSouth Korea pProtoss free
063623-24
49%
03357-5
58%
03518-9
47%
03508-10
44%
KoreaSouth Korea pProtoss GuemChi
02875-13
28%
02141-6
14%
02382-2
50%
02352-5
29%
KoreaSouth Korea ZZerg hero
3894192-146
57%
212298-38
72%
131659-64
48%
085635-44
44%
KoreaSouth Korea tTerran HiyA
4495223-165
57%
196392-77
54%
106245-38
54%
187086-50
63%
KoreaSouth Korea ZZerg Hyuk
02161-4
20%
02161-4
20%
02000-0
-
02000-0
-
KoreaSouth Korea PProtoss JangBi
039010-10
50%
02583-2
60%
02784-2
67%
02543-6
33%
KoreaSouth Korea ZZerg Killer
4254208-106
66%
151767-23
74%
177582-65
56%
136259-18
77%
KoreaSouth Korea ZZerg Kwanro
066825-32
44%
044513-15
46%
02935-7
42%
02905-10
33%
KoreaSouth Korea ZZerg Larva
2289111-131
46%
139962-41
60%
085136-69
34%
043913-21
38%
KoreaSouth Korea TTerran Last  —  —  —  —  —  —  —  —
KoreaSouth Korea PProtoss Lazy
150869-72
49%
058520-15
57%
064824-32
43%
067525-25
50%
KoreaSouth Korea TTerran Major  —  —  —  —  —  —  —  —
KoreaSouth Korea TTerran Mind
170278-58
57%
097140-29
58%
043813-22
37%
067925-21
54%
KoreaSouth Korea PProtoss Mini
113249-48
51%
048315-17
47%
058620-14
59%
046314-17
45%
KoreaSouth Korea ZZerg Modesty
136260-38
61%
056919-11
63%
066424-16
60%
052917-11
61%
KoreaSouth Korea TTerran Mong
5143257-197
57%
197092-70
57%
110648-54
47%
2467117-73
62%
KoreaSouth Korea PProtoss Movie
2903140-97
59%
085834-22
61%
120552-35
60%
124054-40
57%
KoreaSouth Korea tTerran PianO
152168-39
64%
050516-15
52%
060521-15
58%
081131-9
78%
KoreaSouth Korea PProtoss Pure
044114-39
26%
03106-10
38%
02895-11
31%
02423-18
14%
KoreaSouth Korea PProtoss Sea.KH
103544-45
49%
050916-11
59%
050216-18
47%
046414-16
47%
KoreaSouth Korea TTerran Sharp  —  —  —  —  —  —  —  —
KoreaSouth Korea TTerran Shinee
124656-74
43%
054619-34
36%
038110-19
34%
071927-21
56%
KoreaSouth Korea PProtoss Shuttle
3361165-139
54%
108146-39
54%
153069-50
58%
115050-50
50%
KoreaSouth Korea PProtoss Snow
056319-17
53%
02372-3
40%
045513-5
72%
02714-9
31%
KoreaSouth Korea TTerran sSak
2497119-83
59%
100742-33
56%
095739-23
63%
093338-27
58%
KoreaSouth Korea TTerran ToSsGirL  —  —  —  —  —  —  —  —
KoreaSouth Korea PProtoss Tyson
142865-72
47%
057920-21
49%
084834-32
52%
040111-19
37%
KoreaSouth Korea ZZerg ZerO
117851-42
55%
069125-9
74%
053618-24
43%
03518-9
47%
KoreaSouth Korea PProtoss Zeus
02996-21
22%
02191-1
50%
02744-6
40%
02161-4
20%


JangBi

Movie

sSak


Prize Pool

₩50,000,000 KRW (~$45,000) was awarded to the top placing players per the distribution below:[12]
Place Prize (KRW) ~Prize (USD)* ID
1st ₩20,000,000 $18,000 South Korea Terran sSak
2nd ₩10,000,000 $9,000 South Korea Terran Last
3rd ₩5,000,000 $4,500 South Korea Terran Mong
4th ₩2,000,000 $1,800 South Korea Terran HiyA

Additionally, 17th through 32nd place finishers are awarded ₩300,000 (~$270).



Format

Round of 32 Group Stage
  • Eight groups of four players each
  • Dual tournament format, best-of-one
  • Top two players in each group advance
(Each advancing player randomly drew for Ro16 group assignment)
Round of 16 Group Stage
  • Four groups of four players each
  • Round-robin format, best-of-one
  • Top two players in each group advance
Elimination Stage
  • Eight-player single-elimination bracket
  • Quarterfinals: best-of-three
  • Semifinals, third place, and finals: best-of-five



Map Pool

Blue Storm Fighting Spirit Return of the King Sin Peaks of Baekdu
Blue Storm Fighting Spirit Return of the King Peaks of Bakedu.jpg


The cumulative map records (KeSPA plus post-KeSPA) at approximately the start of competition (December 21, 2014) are presented below:[13][14]

Map Statistics
Terran vs. Zerg Zerg vs. Protoss Protoss vs. Terran Mirrors
Map Σ Terran Zerg Terran % Zerg Protoss Zerg % Protoss Terran Protoss % Terran v Terran Zerg v Zerg Protoss v Protoss
Blue Storm 1048 143 152 48% 132 136 49% 123 119 51% 81 86 76
Fighting Spirit 2434 381 272 58% 302 287 51% 320 339 49% 190 148 195
Return of the King 364 50 52 49% 53 30 64% 46 61 43% 25 30 17
Sin Peaks of Baekdu 173 93 91 51% 95 68 58% 76 68 53% 61 76 36


Results

Round of 32 Group Stage

Group A

Group A preview lrthread Watch VOD Interview Recap
December 24, 2014
1. South Korea Terran sSak 2-0
2. South Korea Protoss Movie 2-1
3. South Korea Zerg force[Name] 1-2
4. South Korea Zerg ZerO 0-2


Group B

Group B preview lrthread Watch VOD Interview Recap
December 24, 2014
1. South Korea Protoss Mini 2-0
2. South Korea Terran PianO 2-1
3. South Korea Zerg Killer 1-2
4. South Korea Terran firebathero 0-2


Group C

Group C preview lrthread Watch VOD Interview Recap
December 25, 2014
1. South Korea Protoss Snow 2-0
2. South Korea Terran Last 2-1
3. South Korea Zerg Kwanro 1-2
4. South Korea Terran Shinee 0-2


Group D

Group D preview lrthread Watch VOD Interview Recap
December 25, 2014
1. South Korea Terran Mong 2-0
2. South Korea Protoss Sea.KH 2-1
3. South Korea Zerg Hyuk 1-2
4. South Korea Terran ToSsGirL 0-2


Group E

Group E preview lrthread Watch VOD Interview Recap
December 31, 2014
1. South Korea Zerg hero 2-0
2. South Korea Protoss GuemChi 2-1
3. South Korea Terran Major 1-2
4. South Korea Protoss Zeus 0-2


Group F

Group F preview lrthread Watch VOD Interview Recap
December 31, 2014
1. South Korea Protoss Pure 2-0
2. South Korea Zerg Larva 2-1
3. South Korea Terran Sharp 1-2
4. South Korea Zerg By.Spire 0-2


Group G

Group G preview lrthread Watch VOD Interview Recap
January 1, 2015
1. South Korea Terran HiyA 2-0
2. South Korea Protoss free 2-1
3. South Korea Protoss Tyson 1-2
4. South Korea Protoss Lazy 0-2


Group H

Group H preview lrthread Watch VOD Interview Recap
January 1, 2015
1. South Korea Terran Mind 2-0
2. South Korea Protoss JangBi 2-1
3. South Korea Zerg Modesty 1-2
4. South Korea Protoss Shuttle 0-2


Notes

The Round of 32 was held in the Sonic TV Studio on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons over the course of two weeks. The competitive groupings resulted in the elimination of several prominent players, including Shuttle, ZerO, Killer, Modesty and Kwanro, with the latter three being narrowly defeated in their final matches of the dual tournament format. As the conclusion of the round, all but two of the nine Zerg players had been eliminated. Some Zerg players noted the maps selected were not favorable towards Zergs (see also Tournament Statistics) and noted the difficulty of the best-of-one format.[15] The participation of ToSsGirL drew perhaps the most Korean media coverage, with the famed female progamer being eliminated in straight games.

Jung So-rim, Kim Carrier, and TheMarine commentated all the matches as part of the streamed production. Attendance was somewhat mixed, with some matches somewhat sparsely attended; some attributed this to fans being preoccupied during the holiday season and during weekday daytime time slots.

Round of 16 Group Stage

Group A

Group A preview Review
1. South Korea Protoss Mini 3-0
1. South Korea Terran Mong 2-1
3. South Korea Protoss Pure 1-2
3. South Korea Protoss Movie 0-3


Group B

Group B preview Review
1. South Korea Terran Mind 2-1
1. South Korea Protoss JangBi 2-1
1. South Korea Protoss free 2-1
4. South Korea Terran PianO 0-3


Group B Tie Breaker

Group B Tie Breaker preview lrthread Review
January 25, 2015
1. South Korea Protoss free 4-2
2. South Korea Terran Mind 3-3
3. South Korea Protoss JangBi 2-4



Group C

Group C preview Review
1. South Korea Protoss Snow 2-1
1. South Korea Terran sSak 2-1
3. South Korea Protoss Sea.KH 1-2
3. South Korea Zerg hero 1-2



Group D

Group D preview Review
1. South Korea Terran Last 2-1
1. South Korea Terran HiyA 2-1
3. South Korea Zerg Larva 1-2
3. South Korea Protoss GuemChi 1-2

Notes

The Round of 16 marked return of competitive Brood War to OGN as it was held on Thursday and Sunday afternoons over the course of three weeks. The groups were overall quite contentious, with the top two advancing players not decided until the final competition days in three of the four groups (B, C, and D). Notably, groups B and C were both headed towards overtime tie breakers matches to determine the top two slots until hero was eliminated by Sea.KH in group C. free's defeated of Mind in their final group B match did, however, set the stage set for three rounds of dramatic tie breakers, resulting in JangBi's elimination after nine extra games that lasted almost three and a half hours. Besides JangBi, recognized players who were eliminated included PianO, hero, and Larva, thus marking the end for the last two remaining Zerg competitors.

The OGN television broadcast was also streamed live on SonicTV on Afreeca with commentating provided by Jung So-rim, Kim Carrier, and TheMarine. Attendance was generally strong, with many audience members resorting to standing in the back of the venue as all seats appeared to be filled.

Elimination Bracket

Quarterfinals
 South Korea free
1
free Protoss
Terran Mong
January 29, 2015 - 13:00 KST
 South Korea Mong
2
 South Korea Last
2
Last Terran
Terran Mind
January 29, 2015 - 13:00 KST
 South Korea Mind
0
 South Korea Mini
1
Mini Protoss
Terran sSak
February 1, 2015 - 13:00 KST
 South Korea sSak
2
 South Korea Snow
0
Snow Protoss
Terran HiyA
February 1, 2015 - 13:00 KST
 South Korea HiyA
2
Semifinals
 South Korea Mong
0
Mong Terran
Terran Last
February 4, 2015 - 13:00 KST
  
  
Fighting Spirit
  
  
Blue Storm
 South Korea Last
3
 South Korea sSak
3
sSak Terran
Terran HiyA
February 5, 2015 - 13:00 KST
  
  
Fighting Spirit
 South Korea HiyA
0
Finals
 South Korea Last
2
Last Terran
Terran sSak
February 15, 2015 - 14:20 KST
 South Korea sSak
3
3rd Place Match
 South Korea Mong
3
Mong Terran
Terran HiyA
February 12, 2015 - 13:00 KST
  
  
Fighting Spirit
 South Korea HiyA
1


Notes

The elimination bracket saw the Terran players exert their dominance as all the Protoss players in the quarterfinals, leaving TvT battles to determine the champion. Notably, all ten of Last's games in the elimination round were against Terran opponents, while, similarly, eight of sSak's 11 games were TvTs. In a dramatic finals match-up that took the full five games to resolve, sSak was able to execute successful vulture timing attacks in the last two games to earn the victory.[16] Popular Korean singer IU provided a congratulatory performance to end the day's festivities in front of an estimated 2,000 spectators at Jamsil Students' Gymnasium.[17][18]

Racial Distribution

  Protoss TerranZergRandom
Round of 32
12119
Round of 16
862
Quarterfinals
35
Semifinals
4
Final
2
Winner
1

Media

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References