2009 NATE MSL

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[e][h]NATE MSL
NATEMSL banner.jpg
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
Liquipedia Tier:
Links
Winners
South Korea Zicon small bw.png Jaedong
South Korea Ticon small bw.png Flash
South Korea Picon small bw.png Kal
South Korea Zicon small bw.png Kwanro
Player Breakdown
Number of Players:
32
Picon small bw.png 8
Ticon small bw.png 8
Zicon small bw.png 16
Maps
Chronology

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]

Picon.png Bisu
Zicon.png ZerO, Calm, Jaedong, Kwanro, EffOrt
Ticon.png Iris, Canata

Through 18th MST Survivor[edit]

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

Results[edit]

Round of 32 Group Stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Group A
1. South Korea Picon small bw.png BeSt 2-0
2. South Korea Ticon small bw.png Light 2-1
3. South Korea Ticon small bw.png fOrGG 1-2
4. South Korea Zicon small bw.png Calm 0-2


Group B[edit]

Group
1. South Korea Zicon small bw.png Kwanro 2-0
2. South Korea Ticon small bw.png Hwasin 2-1
3. South Korea Zicon small bw.png Shine 1-2
4. South Korea Zicon small bw.png HoGiL 0-2


Group C[edit]

Group
1. South Korea Ticon small bw.png Flash 2-0
2. South Korea Zicon small bw.png Saint 2-1
3. South Korea Ticon small bw.png Iris 1-2
4. South Korea Zicon small bw.png hyvaa 0-2


Group D[edit]

Group
1. South Korea Zicon small bw.png Jaedong 2-0
2. South Korea Picon small bw.png Stats 2-1
3. South Korea Zicon small bw.png July 1-2
4. South Korea Zicon small bw.png Crazy-Hydra 0-2


Group E[edit]

Group
1. South Korea Zicon small bw.png by.hero 2-0
2. South Korea Ticon small bw.png Canata 2-1
3. South Korea Picon small bw.png Movie 1-2
4. South Korea Picon small bw.png Stork 0-2


Group F[edit]

Group
1. South Korea Picon small bw.png GuemChi 2-0
2. South Korea Ticon small bw.png Bogus 2-1
3. South Korea Picon small bw.png Bisu 1-2
4. South Korea Zicon small bw.png sAviOr 0-2


Group G[edit]

Group
1. South Korea Picon small bw.png Kal 2-0
2. South Korea Zicon small bw.png ZerO 2-1
3. South Korea Zicon small bw.png Hyuk 1-2
4. South Korea Zicon small bw.png type-b 0-2


Group H[edit]

Group
1. South Korea Picon small bw.png JangBi 2-0
2. South Korea Zicon small bw.png FireFist 2-1
3. South Korea Ticon small bw.png RuBy 1-2
4. South Korea Zicon small bw.png EffOrt 0-2


Elimination Bracket[edit]

Round of 16
 South Korea Jaedong
2
Jaedong Zicon small bw.png
Zicon small bw.png FireFist
December 17, 2009
December 24, 2009
Jaedong thumbed down Ultimatum.
 South Korea FireFist
0
 South Korea Stats
2
Stats Picon small bw.png
Picon small bw.png JangBi
December 17, 2009
December 24, 2009
GreenCheck.png
  
Odd-Eye
JangBi thumbed down Ultimatum.
 South Korea JangBi
1
 South Korea Hwasin
2
Hwasin Ticon small bw.png
Picon small bw.png GuemChi
December 19, 2009
December 26, 2009
GuemChi thumbed down Odd-Eye.
 South Korea GuemChi
0
 South Korea Kal
2
Kal Picon small bw.png
Zicon small bw.png Saint
December 19, 2009
December 24, 2009
Kal thumbed down Fighting Spirit.
 South Korea Saint
0
 South Korea Light
2
Light Ticon small bw.png
Zicon small bw.png by.hero
December 19, 2009
December 24, 2009
by.hero thumbed down Ultimatum.
 South Korea by.hero
0
 South Korea Kwanro
2
Kwanro Zicon small bw.png
Ticon small bw.png Bogus
December 19, 2009
  
GreenCheck.png
Odd-Eye
December 26, 2009
Kwanro thumbed down Match Point.
 South Korea Bogus
1
 South Korea BeSt
2
BeSt Picon small bw.png
Ticon small bw.png Canata
December 17, 2009
December 26, 2009
GreenCheck.png
  
Odd-Eye
BeSt thumbed down Fighting Spirit.
 South Korea Canata
0
 South Korea Flash
2
Flash Ticon small bw.png
Zicon small bw.png ZerO
December 17, 2009
December 26, 2009
GreenCheck.png
  
Odd-Eye
Flash thumbed down Fighting Spirit.
 South Korea ZerO
1
Quarterfinals
 South Korea Jaedong
3
Jaedong Zicon small bw.png
Picon small bw.png Stats
December 31, 2009
GreenCheck.png
  
Odd-Eye
January 9, 2010
 South Korea Stats
0
 South Korea Hwasin
1
Hwasin Ticon small bw.png
Picon small bw.png Kal
December 31, 2009
  
GreenCheck.png
Odd-Eye
January 9, 2010
 South Korea Kal
3
 South Korea Light
0
Light Ticon small bw.png
Zicon small bw.png Kwanro
December 31, 2009
January 7, 2010
  
GreenCheck.png
Odd-Eye
 South Korea Kwanro
3
 South Korea BeSt
0
BeSt Picon small bw.png
Ticon small bw.png Flash
December 31, 2009
January 7, 2010
 South Korea Flash
3
Semifinals
 South Korea Jaedong
3
Jaedong Zicon small bw.png
Picon small bw.png Kal
January 16, 2010
 South Korea Kal
0
 South Korea Kwanro
1
Kwanro Zicon small bw.png
Ticon small bw.png Flash
January 14, 2010
  
GreenCheck.png
Odd-Eye
 South Korea Flash
3
Finals
 South Korea Jaedong
3
Jaedong Zicon small bw.png
Ticon small bw.png Flash
January 22, 2010
GreenCheck.png
  
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 Vod.png on Ultimatum, 2nd set Vod.png on Match Point, 3rd set Vod.pngon Odd-Eye

ZvZ[edit]

References[edit]


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