2012 Global StarCraft II League Season 5

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2012 Global StarCraft II League
Season 5
League Information
Organizer: GOMTV
Sponsor: Hot6ix
Game Version: Wings of Liberty Patch 1.5.3
Server: South Korea
Event Type: Offline
Location: South Korea South Korea
Format: Code Sicon.png
Ro32 & Ro16 Group play
Ro8 and on Single-elimination
Code Aicon.png
Start Date: 2012-10-22
End Date: 2012-12-01
Gold.png Zicon small.png Sniper
Silver.png Zicon small.png HyuN
SF.png Ticon small.png Ryung
Player Breakdown
Number of Players: Sicon.png 32   Aicon.png 40
Picon small.png 9   Ticon small.png 14   Zicon small.png 9   
GSL Abyssal City • GSL Antiga Shipyard • GSL Bel'Shir Vestige • GSL Cloud Kingdom • GSL Daybreak • GSL Entombed Valley • GSL Whirlwind
 2012 GSL Season 4 2012 GSL Season 42013 GSL Season 1 2013 GSL Season 1 

GOMTV's Premier 1v1 Global StarCraft II League returns with its fifth and last season in 2012 boasting a prize pool of over $150,000 spread across the 72 participants.


The 2012 Global StarCraft II League Season 5 is the fifth season of the GSL in 2012. The GSL is the league where many of the best Korean and foreign professional gamers come to compete. The format allows up to a week's preparation before each of your matches, promoting well thought out play.

For Season 5, the GSL Code S semifinals and Code S finals—along with the 2012 GSL World Championship—will take place at IPL5 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.[1]


Map Pool[edit]

GOMTV announced that for Season 5 Ohana was removed and Bel'Shir Vestige was added. All maps played are GSL versions which feature a neutral supply depot below a spawning location's ramp, the absence of Gold minerals and tweaks to spawning positions. The resulting map pool is:

Whirlwind • Cloud Kingdom • Entombed Valley • Antiga Shipyard • Daybreak • Abyssal City • Bel'Shir Vestige

Code S[edit]

2012 Schedule compared to 2011.
The New 2012 GSL Sponsorship League format.

This is the GSL's main tournament, where 32 players compete for the Sicon.png championship. See the Code S page for more details.

  • Round of 32:
    • Eight groups consisting of four players each, groups are played in a dual tournament format where all matches are Bo3.
    • 1st and 2nd places will advance to Sicon.png Ro16
    • 3rd place will drop into Code Aicon.png Ro32 and 4th place will drop into Code Aicon.png Ro48
  • Round of 16:
    • Four groups consisting of four players each, groups are played in a dual tournament format where all matches are Bo3.
    • 1st and 2nd places will advance to Sicon.png Ro8
    • 3rd and 4th places will drop into Code Aicon.png Ro24
  • Round of 8:
    • Single-elimination tournament for the Sicon.png championship. Ro8 and Semifinals are Bo5 and Grand Finals are Bo7.
    • All 8 players who make it to this round are seeded in next tournament's Code Sicon.png
  • Code Sicon.png Casters:

Code A[edit]

Simultaneous "tournament" closely integrated with Code Sicon.png. Players who lose in the first round drop out of the GSL entirely and players who win their brackets advance directly to the next season's Code S. All other players play in next season's Up and Down matches.

  • Round of 48:
    • Round consists of 40 qualified players and 8 Sicon.png Ro32 4th place finishers.
    • Winners advance to Aicon.png Ro32, losers drop out of GSL entirely and must re-qualify in next season's preliminaries.
  • Round of 32:
    • Round consists of 24 Aicon.png Ro48 winners and 8 Sicon.png Ro32 3rd place finishers.
    • Winners advance to Aicon.png Ro24, losers will play in next season's Up & Down matches.
  • Round of 24:
    • The Code Sicon.png qualification round
    • Round consists of 16 Aicon.png Ro32 winners and 8 Sicon.png Ro16 3rd and 4th place finishers
    • Winners advance to next season's Code Sicon.png, losers will play in next season's Up & Down matches
  • Code Aicon.png Casters:

Up and Down Matches[edit]

The Up and Down matches take place at the beginning of the season, they are composed of the losers of previous season's Code Aicon.png Ro32 and Ro24 and 2 seeded international players to make 30 Up & Down players. These 30 players are divided into 5 groups of 6 players.

  • First and second place from each group, a total of 10 players, will receive Code Sicon.png status.
  • The remaining 20 players will be in this season's Code Aicon.png Ro48.
  • Up & Down Casters:

Prize Pool[edit]

The total prize pool is ₩172,800,000 (Approximately $153,970 USD, €112,640 EUR) divided among participants as follows.

Code S[edit]

The Code S prize pool is ₩132,000,000 (Approximately $112,551 USD, €88,048 EUR) divided among participants as follows:

Place Prize (KRW) USD EUR Player Team
Champion ₩50,000,000 $42,633 €33,351 South Korea Zicon small.png Sniper MVPlogo std.png MVP
Runner-up ₩20,000,000 $17,053 €13,340 South Korea Zicon small.png HyuN TSLlogo std.png Team SCV Life
Semifinalists ₩5,000,000 $4,263 €3,335 South Korea Ticon small.png INnoVation STXlogo std.png STX SouL
South Korea Ticon small.png Ryung Axiomlogo std.png Axiom

Code A[edit]

Place Prize (KRW) ˜ USD ˜ EUR
Ro12 ₩1,000,000 $852 €667
Ro24 ₩800,000 $682 €533
Ro32 ₩600,000 $511 €400
Ro48 ₩400,000 $341 €266
Total ₩40,800,000 $34,794 €27,220

* Currency conversion is based on the currency exchange rate (taken from xe.com) on May 20th, 2012. [?1000 KRW ˜ $0.85 USD ˜ €0.66 EUR]


Racial Distribution[edit]

  Protoss TerranZergRandom
Code Sicon.png Winner
Sicon.png: Finals
Sicon.png: Semifinals
Sicon.png: Round of 8
Sicon.png: Round of 16
Sicon.png: Round of 32
UD: Sicon.png Promotions
UD: Sicon.png Before
UD: Sicon.png+Aicon.png Total
UD: Aicon.png Demotions
Aicon.png: To Code Sicon.png
Aicon.png: Round of 24
Aicon.png: Round of 32
Aicon.png: Round of 48

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