2009 NATE MSL/Round of 32

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Group Selection[edit]

As always for the MSL, the group selection is a lengthy, slightly confusing but overall fun and entertaining experience for fans and the NATE MSL was no different. With players performing their ceremonies and dressing up before getting down to the nitty-gritty business of working out who will play who. For the first time, the group selection was available to English speakers courtesy of the Teamliquid.net Fansubs team who translated the whole group selection.Available here!

Initial Procedure[edit]

The first eight seeds are placed into groups A through H, with the first seed in Group A and the eighth seed in Group H. The first eight seeds may never be moved by any player, they remain in the groups in which they are seeded. Seeds nine through sixteen are determined by previous MSL appearances and performance, with more obviously being better. Seeds nine through sixteen are placed into the other pair in groups A through H, but in reverse order. Seeds eight and nine would be in the same group, then seven and ten, six and eleven and so on up until the first and sixteenth.

Once players are placed into the groups, the remaining players are also ranked based upon previous MSL appearance and performances. Starting with the seventeenth, and ending with the thirty-second, each player takes his own name and places it in an open spot next to the player he wishes to play against.

Changes by Seeds[edit]

After everyone has been placed upon the board, the stealing begins. It starts in ascending order at the sixteenth seed and moves all the way up to the first. Seed nine through sixteen are allowed three options: (1) Exchange himself with another player, (2) Exchange his current opponent with another player, or (3) Pass the turn and exchange no one.

Seeds three through eight work a little differently. They are able to pick two moves from the following: (1) Exchange a player in their group with another player, (2) Exchange any two other players with each other, or (3) Pass the turn and exchange no one. Seed two earns a few more decisions. They are able to switch any player with another player and may do so up to three times or until they wish to pass. The first seed can make 4 changes, but they must make one of these before seed two starts their changes.

Initial Brackets[edit]

Group A
Calm A2
A3 fOrGG
Group B
Kwanro B2
B3 Hwasin
Group C
Iris C2
C3 Flash
Group D
Jaedong D2
D3 July
Group E
Canata E2
E3 Stork
Group F
Bisu F2
F3 sAviOr
Group G
Zero G2
G3 Kal
Group H
EffOrt H2
H3 Jangbi

Brackets after seeds 17-32[edit]

Group A
Calm HoGiL
Guemchi fOrGG
Group B
Kwanro Hyvaa
Stats Hwasin
Group C
Iris BeSt
Light Flash
Group D
Jaedong Ruby
Shine July
Group E
Canata Movie
by.hero Stork
Group F
Bisu Firefist
Saint sAviOr
Group G
Zero Hyuk
type-b Kal
Group H
EffOrt Bogus
Crazy-Hydra Jangbi

Final Brackets[edit]

Group A
Calm BeSt
Light fOrGG
Group B
Kwanro HoGiL
Shine Hwasin
Group C
Iris Saint
Hyvaa Flash
Group D
Jaedong Crazy-Hydra
Stats July
Group E
Canata by.hero
Movie Stork
Group F
Bisu Guemchi
Bogus sAviOr
Group G
Zero Hyuk
type-b Kal
Group H
EffOrt RuBy
Firefist Jangbi


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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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