Global StarCraft II League

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The 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 up to 2 nights a week (Wednesday and Friday) on AfreecaTV. GOMeXP (formerly GOMTV) organized it until the third season of 2015.

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 organized by GOMTV and GOMeXP[edit]

Event Date Winner Runner-Up Score TL Articles
2010 Open Seasons
2010 TG Sambo Intel StarCraft II Open Season 1 2010-08-28 – 2010-10-02 South Korea  FruitDealer South Korea  RainBOw 4-1 R&S
2010 Sony Ericsson StarCraft II Open Season 2 2010-10-09 – 2010-11-13 South Korea  NesTea South Korea  MarineKing 4-3 R&S
2010 Sony Ericsson StarCraft II Open Season 3 2010-11-15 – 2010-12-18 South Korea  MC South Korea  Rain 4-1 R&S
2011 Sponsorship League

2011 Sony Ericsson Global StarCraft II League January

2011-01-02 – 2011-01-29

South Korea  Mvp South Korea  MarineKing 4-0

R&S

South Korea  TOP South Korea  ByuN 4-3

2011 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ GSL March

2011-02-21 – 2011-03-19

South Korea  MC South Korea  July 4-1

R&S

South Korea  LosirA South Korea  SuperNova 4-3
2011 LG Cinema 3D World Championship Seoul 2011-03-28 – 2011-04-09 South Korea  Mvp South Korea  MarineKing 4-2 R&S

2011 LG Cinema 3D Global StarCraft II League May

2011-04-18 – 2011-05-14

South Korea  NesTea South Korea  InCa 4-0

R&S

South Korea  Bomber South Korea  Mvp 4-2
2011 LG Cinema 3D GSL Super Tournament 2011-05-23 – 2011-06-18 South Korea  Polt South Korea  MMA 4-0 Recap

2011 Pepsi Global StarCraft II League July

2011-06-27 – 2011-07-30

South Korea  NesTea South Korea  LosirA 4-0

R&S

South Korea  Puzzle South Korea  Tassadar 4-2

2011 Pepsi Global StarCraft II League August

2011-08-08 – 2011-09-10

South Korea  Mvp South Korea  TOP 4-1

[ R&S]

South Korea  GanZi South Korea  MarineKing 4-3

2011 Sony Ericsson Global StarCraft II League October

2011-09-19 – 2011-10-22

South Korea  MMA South Korea  Mvp 4-1

Recap

South Korea  Curious South Korea  Oz 4-0
2011 Sony Ericsson Global StarCraft II League November 2011-10-27 – 2011-12-23 South Korea  jjakji South Korea  Leenock 4-2 [R&S]
2012 Sponsorship League
2012 Hot6iX Global StarCraft II League Season 1 2011-12-19 – 2012-03-03 South Korea  DongRaeGu South Korea  Genius 4-2 [R&S]
2012 Hot6iX Global StarCraft II League Season 2 2012-03-10 – 2012-05-19 South Korea  Mvp South Korea  Squirtle 4-3 [R&S]
2012 Monsieur J Global StarCraft II League Season 3 2012-05-21 – 2012-07-27 South Korea  Seed South Korea  MC 4-1 [R&S]
2012 Hot6iX Global StarCraft II League Season 4 2012-08-27 – 2012-10-20 South Korea  Life South Korea  Mvp 4-3 [R&S]
2012 Hot6iX Global StarCraft II League Season 5 2012-10-22 – 2012-12-14 South Korea  Sniper South Korea  HyuN 4-3 [R&S]
2013 Sponsorship League
2013 Hot6iX Global StarCraft II League Season 1 2013-01-06 – 2013-03-09 South Korea  RorO South Korea  Symbol 4-2 [R&S]
2013 StarCraft II World Championship Series
2013 WCS Season 1 Korea GSL 2013-03-04 – 2013-06-01 Premier League South Korea  Soulkey Premier League South Korea  INnoVation 4-3 [R&S]
2013 WCS Season 3 Korea GSL 2013-08-06 – 2013-10-19 Premier League South Korea  Dear Premier League South Korea  soO 4-2 [R&S]
2014 StarCraft II World Championship Series
2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 1 2014-01-15 – 2014-04-05 South Korea  Zest South Korea  soO 4-3 [R&S]
2014 GSL Global Championship 2014-04-19 – 2014-04-26 South Korea  Zest South Korea  PartinG 4-3 [R&S]
2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 2 2014-04-09 – 2014-06-28 South Korea  Classic South Korea  soO 4-2 [R&S]
2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 3 2014-07-16 – 2014-10-04 South Korea  INnoVation South Korea  soO 4-2 [R&S]
2015 StarCraft II World Championship Series
2015 Global StarCraft II League Season 1 2015-01-07 – 2015-03-22 South Korea  Life South Korea  PartinG 4-3 Recap
2015 Global StarCraft II League Season 2 2015-04-01 – 2015-06-28 South Korea  Rain South Korea  ByuL 4-1 [R&S]
2015 Global StarCraft II League Season 3 2015-07-08 – 2015-10-04 South Korea  INnoVation South Korea  ByuL 4-2 [R&S]
= Global Event (ongoing)
= Global Event (finished)

= GOMtv World Championship

GSL Events organized by AfreecaTV[edit]

Event Date Winner Runner-Up Score TL Articles
2016 StarCraft II World Championship Series
2016 Global StarCraft II League Season 1 2016-01-08 – 2016-05-01 South Korea  Zest South Korea  TY 4 - 2 -
2016 Global StarCraft II League Season 2 2016-05-27 - 2016-09-10 South Korea  ByuN South Korea  sOs 4 - 1 -
2017 StarCraft II World Championship Series
2017 Global StarCraft II League Season 1 2017-01-04 – 2017-03-26 South Korea  Stats South Korea  soO 4-2 -
2017 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 1 2017-04-06 – 2017-04-09 South Korea  herO South Korea  aLive 4-2 -
2017 Global StarCraft II League Season 2 2017-04-19 – 2017-06-24 South Korea  GuMiho South Korea  soO 4-2 -
2017 GSL vs. the World 2017-08-03 – 2017-08-06 South Korea  INnoVation South Korea  TY 4-0 -
2017 Global StarCraft II League Season 3 2017-07-05 – 2017-09-16 South Korea  INnoVation South Korea  sOs 4-3 -
2017 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 2 2017-09-28 – 2017-10-01 South Korea  Rogue South Korea  herO 4-3 -
= Global Event (ongoing)
= Global Event (finished)

= GSL vs the World

Invitationals organized by GOMTV and GOMeXP[edit]

Cup Events[edit]

Event Date Winner Runner-Up Score TL Articles
2011 GSL Blizzard Cup 2011-12-12 – 2011-12-17 South Korea  MMA South Korea  DongRaeGu 4-3 Recap
2012 GSL Blizzard Cup 2012-12-17 – 2012-12-22 South Korea  Life South Korea  PartinG 4-2 [ R&S]
2013 Hot6ix Cup 2013-12-04 – 2013-12-08 South Korea  Rain South Korea  Soulkey 4-2 Recap
2014 Hot6ix Cup 2014-11-18 – 2014-12-07 South Korea  sOs South Korea  MarineKing 4-1 [ R&S]

Arena of Legends[edit]

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

Other Invitationals[edit]

Event Date Winner Runner-Up Score TL Articles
GOM TV All-Stars Invitational 2010 2010-11-18 – 2010-11-21 South Korea  Kyrix South Korea  MarineKing 2-0 [ R&S]

Tournament Format[edit]

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 .

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 .
  • 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 .
  • 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 .
  • Ro8: Single elimination playoffs.
  • Players who reach Ro8 will retain their Code status.
  • Round of 8: Best of 5.
  • Semi Finals: Best of 7.
  • Finals: Best of 7.

Code A[edit]

  • 48 players from the Qualifier are matched up against each other.
    • The winner of the Bo5 advances to the Code Round of 32.
    • The loser of the Bo5 is eliminated and may qualify through next season's qualifiers.

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 AfreecaTV and Twitch.

English streams main commentators are Dan "Artosis" Stemkoski and Nicolas "Tasteless" Plott a.k.a Tastosis. Korean to English translation provided by So Jung Lim, and in the past 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  GuMiho (though he later found more success after picking Terran).
  • GSL 3 and GSL 4 saw Sweden  Jinro reach the Ro4 twice, the only foreigner to do so.
  • South Korea  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  Mvp vs. South Korea  MarineKing)
  • South Korea  MC was the only Protoss player to win GSL, until South Korea  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  Mvp vs South Korea  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  NesTea and South Korea  LosirA)
  • GSL 9 saw South Korea  MC fall into Code B, the first GSL champion to do so.
  • South Korea  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  BoxeR and Sweden  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  MMA won the first Blizzard Cup in 2011, 4-3 over South Korea  DongRaeGu.
  • 2012 GSL Season 3 saw the first PvP finals, held between South Korea  MC and South Korea  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 seasons. The first player to win this award was it's namesake South Korea  NesTea.
  • In GSL 2012 Code S, South Korea  MarineKing was the only player to advance to the Ro16 in all 5 seasons.
  • 2014 GSL Season 2 saw South Korea  soO become the first player to reach three consecutive Code S finals. He then broke his own record the following season by reaching a fourth consecutive Code S final.
  • South Korea  soO is the only player to lose in five GSL finals.
  • 2015 GSL Season 2 saw South Korea  Rain become the first player to win a GSL while playing for a foreign team, after a long era of KeSPA dominance (7 previous GSL seasons were won by players on a KeSPA team).
  • 2016 GSL Season 2 saw South Korea  ByuN become the first teamless player to win a Korean premier league in the history of both Starcraft: Broodwar and Starcraft 2.

Medal Counts[edit]

  • Note: Medal Counts per Race, per Player and per Team only count GSL-branded events, except Code . They also do not count other GOMTV/GOMeXP Events.

Medals won per Race[edit]

As of September 2017:

Race Total
Terran Terran 14 11 31 56
Zerg Zerg 11 14 12 37
Protoss Protoss 11 9 23 43

Medals won per Player[edit]

Gold[edit]

South Korea  Mvp  -  South Korea  INnoVation
South Korea  NesTea  -  South Korea  Life  -  South Korea  Zest
South Korea  MC  -  South Korea  MMA
South Korea  FruitDealer  -  South Korea  Polt  -  South Korea  jjakji  -  South Korea  DongRaeGu  -  South Korea  Seed  -  South Korea  Sniper  -  South Korea  RorO  -  South Korea  Soulkey  -  South Korea  Dear
South Korea  Classic  -  South Korea  Rain  -  South Korea  ByuN  -  South Korea  Stats  -  South Korea  herO  -  South Korea  GuMiho

Silver[edit]

South Korea  soO
South Korea  MarineKing  -  South Korea  PartinG
South Korea  Mvp  -  South Korea  ByuL  -  South Korea  sOs
South Korea  RainBOw  -  South Korea  Rain  -  South Korea  July  -  South Korea  InCa  -  South Korea  MMA  -  South Korea  LosirA  -  South Korea  TOP  -  South Korea  Leenock  -  South Korea  DongRaeGu
South Korea  Genius  -  South Korea  Squirtle  -  South Korea  MC  -  South Korea  HyuN  -  South Korea  Symbol  -  South Korea  aLive  -  South Korea  INnoVation  -  South Korea  TY

Semifinals[edit]

South Korea  Maru
South Korea  San  -  South Korea  Dear  -  South Korea  sOs
South Korea  HongUn  -  Sweden  Jinro  -  South Korea  MC  -  South Korea  ByuN  -  South Korea  Mvp  -  South Korea  Rain  -  South Korea  TaeJa  -  South Korea  Curious  -  South Korea  Cure  -  South Korea  Ryung
South Korea  LiveForever  -  South Korea  Ensnare  -  South Korea  RainBOw  -  South Korea  BoxeR  -  South Korea  NesTea  -  South Korea  anypro  -  South Korea  NaDa  -  South Korea  sC  -  South Korea  MarineKing
South Korea  TOP  -  South Korea  Polt  -  South Korea  July  -  South Korea  GanZi  -  South Korea  Happy  -  South Korea  Oz  -  South Korea  aLive  -  South Korea  GuMiho  -  South Korea  PartinG
South Korea  HerO  -  South Korea  DongRaeGu  -  South Korea  INnoVation  -  South Korea  Leenock  -  South Korea  Sniper  -  South Korea  Symbol  -  South Korea  Soulkey  -  South Korea  Life
South Korea  soO  -  South Korea  TRUE  -  South Korea  Zest  -  South Korea  MMA  -  South Korea  herO  -  South Korea  MyuNgSiK  -  South Korea  ByuL  -  South Korea  Solar  -  South Korea  Classic  -  South Korea  Dark  -  South Korea  Stats

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 Total
Incredible Miracle 8 3 4 15
KT Rolster 4 1 1 6
SK Telecom T1 3 5 4 12
SBENU3 2 4 6 12
Old Generations 2 2 5 9
MVP 2 2 2 6
SlayerS 2 1 1 4
Prime 1 3 7 11
Team SCV Life 1 2 0 3
Teamless 1 1 2 4
SouL1 1 1 1 3
Samsung Galaxy2 1 0 3 4
Woongjin Stars 1 0 2 3
New Star HoSeo 1 0 1 2
mYinsanity 1 0 0 1
Splyce 1 0 0 1
CJ Entus 0 2 1 3
Jin Air Green Wings 0 1 8 9
FXOpen e-Sports 0 1 3 4
AZUBU 0 1 1 2
yoe Flash Wolves 0 1 1 2
SK Gaming 0 1 0 1
Team Liquid 0 0 5 5
ZeNEX 0 0 3 3
Axiom 0 0 1 1
Fnatic 0 0 1 1
For Our Utopia 0 0 1 1
Team Acer 0 0 1 1
True eSport 0 0 1 1
  • (1) Until August 31, 2013, SouL was known as STX SouL.
  • (2) Until September 7, 2013, Samsung Galaxy was known as Samsung KHAN.
  • (3) Until April 28, 2015, SBENU was known as StarTale.[1]

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