2009 NATE MSL

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[e][h]NATE MSL
League Information
Series:
Sponsor:
NATE
Type:
Offline
Location:
South Korea Seoul
Format:
1v1, Single-elimination
Start Date:
2009-11-26
End Date:
2010-01-23
Links
Winners
South Korea Zerg Jaedong
South Korea Terran Flash
South Korea Protoss Kal
South Korea Zerg Kwanro
Player Breakdown
Number of Players:
32
Protoss 8
Terran 8
Zerg 16
Maps

Overview[edit]

After the uneventful Avalon MSL MBCGame looked to turn things around. It saw that it needed to rectify two problems in order for the MSL to compete with the OSL: the high number of Zerg in the later stages as well as less popular players in the final. The theme for the MSL was "Forget the past", and the plan was to make this MSL the biggest and best of all time, including having a final that would be talked about for years to come. Despite having trouble finding a sponsor, NATE stepped in at the eleventh hour to become the biggest sponsor the MSL had had in a while. Despite these noble aims, there was much controversy along the way, as the dubious ranking systems that reworked the brackets was seen by some fans as a form of rigging the tournament to ensure that the bigger names would advance.

Everything seemed to go as it should, with the generally-considered better players qualifying and going deeper in the tournament. However, NATE was not without upset. In the round of 32, Guemchi and Bogus shocked fans by knocking out Bisu and sAviOr in their group. Fans were expecting Bisu and sAviOr to meet in the winners' match in a rematch of their famous final in the 2006 GomTV S1 MSL. However, Guemchi and Bogus both won their respective games leaving Bisu and sAviOr to battle it out in the loser's match. Bisu defeated sAviOr but then lost to Bogus's proxy factory, knocking him out of the MSL early.

Perhaps the last big upset of the tournament came in the round of 16 when Stats defeated JangBi in a best of 3 series. The KHAN Protoss showed sloppy play which was ineffective against the focused Stats. One of the best series of the Round of 16 was ZerO trying to stop Flash's dominance in TvZ. The exciting games showed great play and some incredible micro from both players, though ultimately Flash came out on top on his way to the finals.

The Ro8 was full of one-sided games with three 3-0 results and one 3-1. Flash showed a revival of his incredible TvP to oust BeSt; Jaedong continued his ZvP streak by taking out Stats, and Kwanro showed he was not a fluke by taking out Light, making it to his second consecutive MSL semifinals. In the only 3-1 of the round, Kal defeated Hwasin and showed off his new emerging PvT prowess.

As the Ro4 loomed, fans were getting excited at the prospect of a Flash/Jaedong grand finals and their hopes didn't go unrealized. Flash and Jaedong both demolished their respective opponents 3-1 and 3-0, respectively, to show fans that they were at their best and ready to win the MSL. However, during the Kal vs Jaedong series an image appeared towards the end of the final game. On-screen, a picture of Flash faded in with the caption "I'll see you in the finals" (translated from Korean). This caused a stir among some fans as not only a way of being rude to Kal in the game, but as a way of flaunting MBCGame's "rigging" of the tournament so that they could force a Flash/Jaedong finals.
The image of Flash appears near the end of Kal and Jaedong's series

The Grand Final between Jaedong and Flash sparked a lot of controversy when, during the third game, a power outage occurred. It led to KeSPA's decision to award the game to Jaedong (who took the fourth game and the series 3-1).[1]

Tournament Information[edit]

Prize Pool[edit]

Maps[edit]

Fighting Spirit Ultimatum Odd-Eye Match Point
Fighting Spirit Ultimatum Odd-Eye Match Point


Qualified Players[edit]

Seeded into the Ro32[edit]

Bisu
ZerO, Calm, Jaedong, Kwanro, EffOrt
Iris, Canata

Through 18th MST Survivor[edit]

Movie, GuemChi, Stats, Best, Kal, Stork, JangBi
Hero, Type-b, HoGiL, Saint, Firefist, Hyuk, Shine, July, Crazy-Hydra, Hyvaa, sAviOr
fOrGG, Hwasin, Flash, RuBy, Light, Bogus

Results[edit]

Round of 32 Group Stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Group A
1. South Korea Protoss BeSt 2-0
2. South Korea Terran Light 2-1
3. South Korea Terran fOrGG 1-2
4. South Korea Zerg Calm 0-2


Group B[edit]

Group
1. South Korea Zerg Kwanro 2-0
2. South Korea Terran Hwasin 2-1
3. South Korea Zerg Shine 1-2
4. South Korea Zerg HoGiL 0-2


Group C[edit]

Group
1. South Korea Terran Flash 2-0
2. South Korea Zerg Saint 2-1
3. South Korea Terran Iris 1-2
4. South Korea Zerg hyvaa 0-2


Group D[edit]

Group
1. South Korea Zerg Jaedong 2-0
2. South Korea Protoss Stats 2-1
3. South Korea Zerg July 1-2
4. South Korea Zerg Crazy-Hydra 0-2


Group E[edit]

Group
1. South Korea Zerg by.hero 2-0
2. South Korea Terran Canata 2-1
3. South Korea Protoss Movie 1-2
4. South Korea Protoss Stork 0-2


Group F[edit]

Group
1. South Korea Protoss GuemChi 2-0
2. South Korea Terran Bogus 2-1
3. South Korea Protoss Bisu 1-2
4. South Korea Zerg sAviOr 0-2


Group G[edit]

Group
1. South Korea Protoss Kal 2-0
2. South Korea Zerg ZerO 2-1
3. South Korea Zerg Hyuk 1-2
4. South Korea Zerg type-b 0-2


Group H[edit]

Group
1. South Korea Protoss JangBi 2-0
2. South Korea Zerg FireFist 2-1
3. South Korea Terran RuBy 1-2
4. South Korea Zerg EffOrt 0-2


Elimination Bracket[edit]

Round of 16
 South Korea Jaedong
2
Jaedong Zerg
Zerg FireFist
Jaedong thumbed down Ultimatum.
 South Korea FireFist
0
 South Korea Stats
2
Stats Protoss
Protoss JangBi
  
Odd-Eye
JangBi thumbed down Ultimatum.
 South Korea JangBi
1
 South Korea Hwasin
2
Hwasin Terran
Protoss GuemChi
GuemChi thumbed down Odd-Eye.
 South Korea GuemChi
0
 South Korea Kal
2
Kal Protoss
Zerg Saint
Kal thumbed down Fighting Spirit.
 South Korea Saint
0
 South Korea Light
2
Light Terran
Zerg by.hero
by.hero thumbed down Ultimatum.
 South Korea by.hero
0
 South Korea Kwanro
2
Kwanro Zerg
Terran Bogus
  
Odd-Eye
Kwanro thumbed down Match Point.
 South Korea Bogus
1
 South Korea BeSt
2
BeSt Protoss
Terran Canata
  
Odd-Eye
BeSt thumbed down Fighting Spirit.
 South Korea Canata
0
 South Korea Flash
2
Flash Terran
Zerg ZerO
  
Odd-Eye
Flash thumbed down Fighting Spirit.
 South Korea ZerO
1
Quarterfinals
 South Korea Jaedong
3
Jaedong Zerg
Protoss Stats
December 31, 2009
  
Odd-Eye
January 9, 2010
 South Korea Stats
0
 South Korea Hwasin
1
Hwasin Terran
Protoss Kal
December 31, 2009
  
Odd-Eye
January 9, 2010
 South Korea Kal
3
 South Korea Light
0
Light Terran
Zerg Kwanro
December 31, 2009
January 7, 2010
  
Odd-Eye
 South Korea Kwanro
3
 South Korea BeSt
0
BeSt Protoss
Terran Flash
December 31, 2009
January 7, 2010
 South Korea Flash
3
Semifinals
 South Korea Jaedong
3
Jaedong Zerg
Protoss Kal
January 16, 2010
 South Korea Kal
0
 South Korea Kwanro
1
Kwanro Zerg
Terran Flash
January 14, 2010
  
Odd-Eye
 South Korea Flash
3
Finals
 South Korea Jaedong
3
Jaedong Zerg
Terran Flash
January 22, 2010
  
Odd-Eye
 South Korea Flash
1


Racial Distribution[edit]

  Protoss TerranZergRandom
Ro32
8816
Ro16
556
Ro8
332
Ro4
112
Final
11
Winner
1

Notable Games[edit]

TvZ[edit]

  • Flash vs ZerO in the round of 16. ZerO attempts to take down the Terran monster in a clash of great micro and clever strategy:

1st set on Ultimatum, 2nd set on Match Point, 3rd set on Odd-Eye

ZvZ[edit]

References[edit]


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