GOMTV Global StarCraft II League

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The GOMeXP Global StarCraft II League (or GSL for short) is a large tournament-based League held on location in South Korea and holds multiple events each year. Having started in late August 2010, the league was first step towards a professional league in South Korea for StarCraft II. The event is broadcast 3 nights a week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) on GOMeXP.[1] The Team League is broadcast the remaining 2 weekdays. (Thursday and Friday)

Tournaments[edit]

The first tournament in the league was the GOMTV StarCraft II Open 1 and ran from August 28 to October 2, 2010.

GSL Events[edit]

Event Date Winner Runner-Up Score TL Articles
2010 Open Seasons
Globe.gif 2010 TG Sambo Intel StarCraft II Open Season 1 2010 (2010-08-28 – 2010-10-02) Zicon small.png FruitDealer Ticon small.png RainBOw 4-1 R&S
Globe.gif 2010 Sony Ericsson StarCraft II Open Season 2 2010 (2010-10-09 – 2010-11-13) Zicon small.png NesTea Ticon small.png MarineKing 4-3 R&S
Globe.gif 2010 Sony Ericsson StarCraft II Open Season 3 2010 (2010-11-15 – 2010-12-18) Picon small.png MC Ticon small.png Rain 4-1 R&S
2011 Sponsorship League
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2011 Sony Ericsson Global StarCraft II League January

2011 (2011-01-02 – 2011-01-29)

Sicon.png Ticon small.png Mvp Sicon.png Ticon small.png MarineKing 4-0

R&S

Aicon.png Ticon small.png TOP Aicon.png Ticon small.png ByuN 4-3
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2011 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ GSL March

2011 (2011-02-21 – 2011-03-19)

Sicon.png Picon small.png MC Sicon.png Zicon small.png July 4-1

R&S

Aicon.png Zicon small.png LosirA Aicon.png Ticon small.png SuperNova 4-3
Trophy icon small.gif 2011 LG Cinema 3D World Championship Seoul 2011 (2011-03-28 – 2011-04-09) Ticon small.png Mvp Ticon small.png MarineKing 4-2 R&S
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2011 LG Cinema 3D Global StarCraft II League May

2011 (2011-04-18 – 2011-05-14)

Sicon.png Zicon small.png NesTea Sicon.png Picon small.png InCa 4-0

R&S

Aicon.png Ticon small.png Bomber Aicon.png Ticon small.png Mvp 4-2
Globe.gif 2011 LG Cinema 3D GSL Super Tournament 2011 (2011-05-23 – 2011-06-18) Ticon small.png Polt Ticon small.png MMA 4-0 Recap
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2011 Pepsi Global StarCraft II League July

2011 (2011-06-27 – 2011-07-30)

Sicon.png Zicon small.png NesTea Sicon.png Zicon small.png LosirA 4-0

R&S

Aicon.png Picon small.png Puzzle Aicon.png Picon small.png Tassadar 4-2
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2011 Pepsi Global StarCraft II League August

2011 (2011-08-08 – 2011-09-10)

Sicon.png Ticon small.png Mvp Sicon.png Ticon small.png TOP 4-1

[ R&S]

Aicon.png Ticon small.png GanZi Aicon.png Ticon small.png MarineKing 4-3
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2011 Sony Ericsson Global StarCraft II League October

2011 (2011-09-19 – 2011-10-22)

Sicon.png Ticon small.png MMA Sicon.png Ticon small.png Mvp 4-1

Recap

Aicon.png Zicon small.png Curious Aicon.png Picon small.png Oz 4-0
Globe.gif 2011 Sony Ericsson Global StarCraft II League November 2011 (2011-10-27 – 2011-12-23) Sicon.png Ticon small.png jjakji Sicon.png Zicon small.png Leenock 4-2 [R&S]
2012 Sponsorship League
Globe.gif 2012 Hot6iX Global StarCraft II League Season 1 2012 (2011-12-19 – 2012-03-03) Sicon.png Zicon small.png DongRaeGu Sicon.png Picon small.png Genius 4-2 [R&S]
Globe.gif 2012 Hot6iX Global StarCraft II League Season 2 2012 (2012-03-10 – 2012-05-19) Sicon.png Ticon small.png Mvp Sicon.png Picon small.png Squirtle 4-3 [R&S]
Globe.gif 2012 Monsieur J Global StarCraft II League Season 3 2012 (2012-05-21 – 2012-07-27) Sicon.png Picon small.png Seed Sicon.png Picon small.png MC 4-1 [R&S]
Globe.gif 2012 Hot6iX Global StarCraft II League Season 4 2012 (2012-08-27 – 2012-10-20) Sicon.png Zicon small.png Life Sicon.png Ticon small.png Mvp 4-3 [R&S]
Globe.gif 2012 Hot6iX Global StarCraft II League Season 5 2012 (2012-10-22 – 2012-12-14) Sicon.png Zicon small.png Sniper Sicon.png Zicon small.png HyuN 4-3 [R&S]
2013 Sponsorship League
Globe.gif 2013 Hot6iX Global StarCraft II League Season 1 2013 (2013-01-06 – 2013-03-09) Sicon.png Zicon small.png RorO Sicon.png Zicon small.png Symbol 4-2 [R&S]
2013 StarCraft II World Championship Series
Globe.gif 2013 WCS Season 1 Korea GSL 2013 (2013-03-04 – 2013-06-01) Premier League Zicon small.png Soulkey Premier League Ticon small.png INnoVation 4-3 [R&S]
Globe.gif 2013 WCS Season 3 Korea GSL 2013 (2013-08-06 – 2013-10-19) Premier League Picon small.png Dear Premier League Zicon small.png soO 4-2 [R&S]
2014 StarCraft II World Championship Series
Globe.gif 2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 1 2014 (2014-01-15 – 2014-04-05) Sicon.png Picon small.png Zest Sicon.png Zicon small.png soO 4-3 [R&S]
Globe.png 2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 2 2014 (2014-04-09 – 2014-06-28) Sicon.png TBD Sicon.png TBD [R&S]
Globe.png 2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 3 2014 (2014-07-16 – 2014-10-04) Sicon.png TBD Sicon.png TBD [R&S]
Globe.png = Global Event (ongoing)
Globe.gif = Global Event (finished)

Trophy icon small.gif = GOMtv World Championship

GOMTV Organized Invitationals[edit]

Cup Events[edit]

Event Date Winner Runner-Up Score TL Articles
2011 GSL Blizzard Cup 2011 (2011-12-12 – 2011-12-17) Ticon small.png MMA Zicon small.png DongRaeGu 4-3 Recap
2012 GSL Blizzard Cup 2012 (2012-12-17 – 2012-12-22) Zicon small.png Life Picon small.png PartinG 4-2 [ R&S]
2013 Hot6ix Cup 2013 (2013-12-04 – 2013-12-08) Picon small.png Rain Zicon small.png Soulkey 4-2 [ R&S]

Arena of Legends[edit]

Event Date Winner Runner-Up Score TL Articles
Arena of Legends 1 2011 (2011-09-17 – 2011-10-01) Ticon small.png MarineKing Zicon small.png DongRaeGu 4-1 [ R&S]
Arena of Legends: Team Ace Invitational 2011 (2011-11-03 – 2011-11-13) Ticon small.png Mvp Ticon small.png GanZi 3-2 [ R&S]
Arena of Legends: The King of Kongs 2012 (2012-01-02 – 2012-01-05) Zicon small.png DongRaeGu Zicon small.png LosirA 4-1 [ R&S]

Other Invitationals[edit]

Event Date Winner Runner-Up Score TL Articles
GOM TV All-Stars Invitational 2010 2010 (2010-11-18 – 2010-11-21) Zicon small.png Kyrix Ticon small.png MarineKing 2-0 [ R&S]

Tournament Format[edit]

The New GSL Sponsorship League format.

The GSL is an elaborate tournament which is separated into two tiers:

  • Code S contains the top tier players who are competing against each other to win the GSL
  • Code A contains players who are competing against each other to enter Code S.

Code S[edit]

  • Ro32: Dual Tournament format.
  • Best of 3.
  • The 4 players of each group are split into two pairs and play each other.
  • The winners of these matches will then face each other in the Winner’s match.
  • The victor places first in the group and advances to the Ro16.
  • The losers of the initial matches face each other in the Loser’s match.
  • The loser places fourth in the group, will fall to Code A Ro48.
  • The loser of the Winner’s match and the winner of the Loser’s match will face each other in a fifth match.
  • The winner gets second place in the group and advances to the Ro16.
  • The loser places third in the group and will fall to Code A Ro32.
  • Ro16: Dual Tournament format.
  • Best of 3.
  • The 4 players of each group in Ro16 will face off similar to Ro32.
  • Players who place 3rd and 4th in their group will fall to Code A Ro24.
  • Ro8: Single elimination playoffs.
  • Players who reach Ro8 will retain their Code S status.
  • Round of 8: Best of 3.
  • Semi Finals: Best of 5.
  • Finals: Best of 7.

Code A[edit]

  • Round of 48 Single-elimination Bracket
  • First round (Ro48) consists of 40 qualified players and the 8 4th place finishers in the Code Sicon.png Ro32 group stage.
  • Losers in the first round lose their Code Aicon.png status and must compete in the preliminaries next season.
  • The second round (Ro32) consists of the 24 advancing players from the first round and the 8 3rd place finishers in the Code Sicon.png Ro32 group stage.
  • Losers in the second round get a chance to acquire Code Sicon.png by competing in the Up & Down Matches.
  • The third round (Ro24) consists of the 16 advancing players from the second round and the 8 3rd/4th place finishers in the Code Sicon.png Ro16 group stage.
  • Losers in the third round get a chance to acquire Code Sicon.png by competing in the Up & Down Matches.
  • Winners in the third round advance to Code Sicon.png in the next season.

Maps[edit]

The GSL map pool is an ever-evolving set of maps. Players are each allowed to veto one map for each match.

Current Pool[edit]

Coverage[edit]

The GSL broadcasts on GOMtv.net can be either for free or for-pay.

Content available for free includes:

  • LQ live stream (288p)
  • LQ (360p) VODs, first set of each match only

Content available via premium service:

  • SQ (360p) and HQ (540p) live streams
  • complete LQ (360p) and HQ (720p) VODs

The premium service requires a season ticket, usually priced at 19.99 USD (without ads) or 9.99 USD (with ads).

GOMtv also offers a mobile page for iOS and Android devices that enables season ticket holders to watch live and on-demand content formatted for smartphones or tablets.

English streams main commentators are Dan "Artosis" Stemkoski and Nicolas "Tasteless" Plott a.k.a Tastosis. Korean to English translation provided by John "Junkka" Park and "Jay".

Other English Commentators have been:

Trivia[edit]

  • GSL 3 saw the qualification of the league's first Random player South Korea Ricon small.png GuMiho (though he later found more success after picking Terran).
  • GSL 3 and GSL 4 saw Sweden Ticon small.png Jinro reach the Ro4 twice, the only foreigner to do so.
  • South Korea Ticon small.png MarineKing was the first player to reach the finals twice and then first to play in three finals, placing 2nd three times.
  • GSL 4 saw the league's first mirror match and 4-0 final (South Korea Ticon small.png Mvp vs. South Korea Ticon small.png MarineKing)
  • South Korea Picon small.png MC was the only Protoss player to win GSL, until South Korea Picon small.png Seed won the 2012 GSL Season 3.
  • The GSL WC Final was not only a rematch of GSL Jan 2011 Final, but also the second mirror match-up (again South Korea Ticon small.png Mvp vs South Korea Ticon small.png MarineKing).
  • GSL 6 was the GSL to become available for viewing in China.
  • GSL 7 saw the third mirror match-up and second unique mirror match up (ZvZ) and the first team-kill Finals.(South Korea Zicon small.png NesTea and South Korea Zicon small.png LosirA)
  • GSL 9 saw South Korea Picon small.png MC fall into Code B, the first GSL champion to do so.
  • South Korea Zicon small.png NesTea during GSL 7, is the first and only player to win GSL without losing a single game.
  • The Arena of Legends tournament saw the second draw in GOMTV events history. In Group D, game 1 between South Korea Ticon small.png BoxeR and Sweden Picon small.png NaNiwa, BoxeR had floating buildings with no ability to produce units, and NaNiwa had ground units, but no ability to produce air units to attack floating buildings, resulting in a draw.
  • South Korea Ticon small.png MMA won the first Blizzard Cup in 2011, 4-3 over South Korea Zicon small.png DongRaeGu.
  • 2012 GSL Season 3 saw the first PvP finals, held between South Korea Picon small.png MC and South Korea Picon small.png Seed. After this, the GSL finals have seen all six matchups. Additionally, there has been at least one winner of each race in all possible matchups.
  • Features the Nestea award, given to any player to remain in Code S for 10 consecutive season. The first player to win this award was it's namesake South Korea Zicon small.png NesTea.
  • In GSL 2012 Code S, South Korea Ticon small.png MarineKing was the only player to advance to the Ro16 in all 5 seasons.

Total: First event started on the 28th of August 2010. 15 tournaments/ seasons were held since then.

Medal Counts[edit]

  • Note: Medal Counts per Race, per Player and per Team do not count Code Aicon.png or other GomTV Events, as Code Sicon.png is the Main GSL Platform.

Medals won per Race[edit]

As of April 2014:

Race Gold.png Silver.png SF.png Total
Ticon small.png Terran 7 10 23 40
Zicon small.png Zerg 9 7 7 23
Picon small.png Protoss 5 4 12 21

Medals won per Player[edit]

Gold[edit]

Gold.pngGold.pngGold.pngGold.png Ticon small.png Mvp
Gold.pngGold.pngGold.png Zicon small.png NesTea
Gold.pngGold.png Picon small.png MC
Gold.png Zicon small.png FruitDealer  -  Ticon small.png Polt  -  Ticon small.png MMA  -  Ticon small.png jjakji  -  Zicon small.png DongRaeGu  -  Picon small.png Seed  -  Zicon small.png Life  -  Zicon small.png Sniper  -  Zicon small.png RorO
Zicon small.png Soulkey  -  Picon small.png Dear  -  Picon small.png Zest

Silver[edit]

Silver.pngSilver.pngSilver.png Ticon small.png MarineKing
Silver.pngSilver.png Ticon small.png Mvp  -  Zicon small.png soO
Silver.png Ticon small.png RainBOw  -  Ticon small.png Rain  -  Zicon small.png July  -  Picon small.png InCa  -  Ticon small.png MMA  -  Zicon small.png LosirA  -  Ticon small.png TOP  -  Zicon small.png Leenock  -  Picon small.png Genius
Picon small.png Squirtle  -  Picon small.png MC  -  Zicon small.png HyuN  -  Zicon small.png Symbol  -  Ticon small.png INnoVation

Semifinals[edit]

SF.pngSF.png Ticon small.png Jinro  -  Picon small.png San  -  Picon small.png HongUn  -  Ticon small.png ByuN  -  Ticon small.png TaeJa  -  Picon small.png Rain
SF.png Ticon small.png LiveForever  -  Ticon small.png Ensnare  -  Ticon small.png RainBOw  -  Ticon small.png BoxeR  -  Zicon small.png NesTea  -  Picon small.png anypro  -  Picon small.png MC  -  Ticon small.png NaDa  -  Ticon small.png sC
Ticon small.png MarineKing  -  Ticon small.png TOP  -  Ticon small.png Polt  -  Zicon small.png July  -  Ticon small.png GanZi  -  Ticon small.png Happy  -  Picon small.png Oz  -  Ticon small.png Mvp  -  Ticon small.png aLive
Ticon small.png GuMiho  -  Picon small.png HerO  -  Picon small.png PartinG  -  Zicon small.png DongRaeGu  -  Ticon small.png INnoVation  -  Ticon small.png Ryung  -  Zicon small.png Curious  -  Picon small.png sOs  -  Zicon small.png Symbol
Ticon small.png Maru  -  Zicon small.png Soulkey

Medals won per Team[edit]

  • Note: Medals won per Team shows the team that a player was on when the medal was won, not their current team.
Team Gold.png Silver.png SF.png Total
IMlogo std.png Incredible Miracle 8 3 3 14
OGslogo std.png Old Generations 2 2 4 8
MVPlogo std.png MVP 2 1 1 4
Primelogo std.png Prime 1 3 7 11
Startalelogo std.png StarTale 1 3 5 9
TSLlogo std.png Team SCV Life 1 2 0 3
Soul std.png SouL 1 1 1 3
SlayerSlogo std.png SlayerS 1 1 1 3
Woongjinlogo std.png Woongjin Stars 1 0 2 3
HoSeologo std.png New Star HoSeo 1 0 1 2
Rolsterlogo std.png KT Rolster 1 0 0 1
Khanlogo std.png Samsung KHAN 1 0 0 1
SKT1logo std.png SK Telecom T1 0 2 2 4
FXOlogo std.png FXOpen e-Sports 0 1 2 3
Azubulogo std.png AZUBU 0 1 1 2
Sklogo std.png SK Gaming 0 1 0 1
Liquidlogo std.png Team Liquid 0 0 5 5
ZeNEXlogo std.png ZeNEX 0 0 3 3
Axiomlogo std.png Axiom 0 0 1 1
Fnaticlogo std.png Fnatic 0 0 1 1
FOulogo std.png For Our Utopia 0 0 1 1
Teamless 0 0 1 1

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