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
Globe.gif 2010 TG Sambo Intel StarCraft II Open Season 1 2010-08-28 – 2010-10-02 South Korea Zicon small.png FruitDealer South Korea Ticon small.png RainBOw 4-1 R&S
Globe.gif 2010 Sony Ericsson StarCraft II Open Season 2 2010-10-09 – 2010-11-13 South Korea Zicon small.png NesTea South Korea Ticon small.png MarineKing 4-3 R&S
Globe.gif 2010 Sony Ericsson StarCraft II Open Season 3 2010-11-15 – 2010-12-18 South Korea Picon small.png MC South Korea Ticon small.png Rain 4-1 R&S
2011 Sponsorship League
Globe.gif

2011 Sony Ericsson Global StarCraft II League January

2011-01-02 – 2011-01-29

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

R&S

Aicon.png South Korea Ticon small.png TOP Aicon.png South Korea Ticon small.png ByuN 4-3
Globe.gif

2011 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ GSL March

2011-02-21 – 2011-03-19

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

R&S

Aicon.png South Korea Zicon small.png LosirA Aicon.png South Korea Ticon small.png SuperNova 4-3
Trophy icon small.gif 2011 LG Cinema 3D World Championship Seoul 2011-03-28 – 2011-04-09 South Korea Ticon small.png Mvp South Korea Ticon small.png MarineKing 4-2 R&S
Globe.gif

2011 LG Cinema 3D Global StarCraft II League May

2011-04-18 – 2011-05-14

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

R&S

Aicon.png South Korea Ticon small.png Bomber Aicon.png South Korea Ticon small.png Mvp 4-2
Globe.gif 2011 LG Cinema 3D GSL Super Tournament 2011-05-23 – 2011-06-18 South Korea Ticon small.png Polt South Korea Ticon small.png MMA 4-0 Recap
Globe.gif

2011 Pepsi Global StarCraft II League July

2011-06-27 – 2011-07-30

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

R&S

Aicon.png South Korea Picon small.png Puzzle Aicon.png South Korea Picon small.png Tassadar 4-2
Globe.gif

2011 Pepsi Global StarCraft II League August

2011-08-08 – 2011-09-10

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

[ R&S]

Aicon.png South Korea Ticon small.png GanZi Aicon.png South Korea Ticon small.png MarineKing 4-3
Globe.gif

2011 Sony Ericsson Global StarCraft II League October

2011-09-19 – 2011-10-22

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

Recap

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

Trophy icon small.gif = GOMtv World Championship

GSL Events organized by AfreecaTV[edit]

Event Date Winner Runner-Up Score TL Articles
2016 StarCraft II World Championship Series
Globe.gif 2016 Global StarCraft II League Season 1 2016-01-08 – 2016-05-01 Sicon.png South Korea Picon small.png Zest Sicon.png South Korea Ticon small.png TY 4 - 2 -
Globe.gif 2016 Global StarCraft II League Season 2 2016-05-27 - 2016-09-10 Sicon.png South Korea Ticon small.png ByuN Sicon.png South Korea Picon small.png sOs 4 - 1 -
2017 StarCraft II World Championship Series
Globe.gif 2017 Global StarCraft II League Season 1 2017-01-04 – 2017-03-26 Sicon.png South Korea Picon small.png Stats Sicon.png South Korea Zicon small.png soO 4-2 -
Globe.png 2017 Global StarCraft II League Season 2 2017-04-19 – 2017-06-24 Sicon.png South Korea TBD Sicon.png South Korea TBD -
Globe.png 2017 Global StarCraft II League Season 3 2017-07-05 – 2017-09-16 Sicon.png TBD Sicon.png TBD -
Globe.png = Global Event (ongoing)
Globe.gif = Global Event (finished)

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 Ticon small.png MMA South Korea Zicon small.png DongRaeGu 4-3 Recap
2012 GSL Blizzard Cup 2012-12-17 – 2012-12-22 South Korea Zicon small.png Life South Korea Picon small.png PartinG 4-2 [ R&S]
2013 Hot6ix Cup 2013-12-04 – 2013-12-08 South Korea Picon small.png Rain South Korea Zicon small.png Soulkey 4-2 Recap
2014 Hot6ix Cup 2014-11-18 – 2014-12-07 South Korea Picon small.png sOs South Korea Ticon small.png 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 Ticon small.png MarineKing South Korea Zicon small.png DongRaeGu 4-1 [ R&S]
Arena of Legends: Team Ace Invitational 2011-11-03 – 2011-11-13 South Korea Ticon small.png Mvp South Korea Ticon small.png GanZi 3-2 [ R&S]
Arena of Legends: The King of Kongs 2012-01-02 – 2012-01-05 South Korea Zicon small.png DongRaeGu South Korea 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 2010-11-18 – 2010-11-21 South Korea Zicon small.png Kyrix South Korea Ticon small.png 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 Sicon.png.

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 Aicon.png.
  • 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 Aicon.png.
  • 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 Aicon.png.
  • Ro8: Single elimination playoffs.
  • Players who reach Ro8 will retain their Code Sicon.png 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 Sicon.png 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 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 seasons. 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.
  • 2014 GSL Season 2 saw South Korea Zicon small.png 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 Zicon small.png soO is the only player to lose in five GSL finals.
  • 2015 GSL Season 2 saw South Korea Picon small.png 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 Ticon small.png 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 Aicon.png. They also do not count other GOMTV/GOMeXP Events.

Medals won per Race[edit]

As of September 2016:

Race Total
Terran Terran 11 11 29 51
Zerg Zerg 11 12 12 35
Protoss Protoss 9 8 21 38

Medals won per Player[edit]

Gold[edit]

South Korea Ticon small.png Mvp
South Korea Zicon small.png NesTea  -  South Korea Zicon small.png Life  -  South Korea Picon small.png Zest
South Korea Picon small.png MC  -  South Korea Ticon small.png MMA  -  South Korea Ticon small.png INnoVation
South Korea Zicon small.png FruitDealer  -  South Korea Ticon small.png Polt  -  South Korea Ticon small.png jjakji  -  South Korea Zicon small.png DongRaeGu  -  South Korea Picon small.png Seed  -  South Korea Zicon small.png Sniper  -  South Korea Zicon small.png RorO  -  South Korea Zicon small.png Soulkey  -  South Korea Picon small.png Dear
South Korea Picon small.png Classic  -  South Korea Picon small.png Rain  -  South Korea Ticon small.png ByuN  -  South Korea Picon small.png Stats

Silver[edit]

South Korea Zicon small.png soO
South Korea Ticon small.png MarineKing  -  South Korea Picon small.png PartinG
South Korea Ticon small.png Mvp  -  South Korea Zicon small.png ByuL
South Korea Ticon small.png RainBOw  -  South Korea Ticon small.png Rain  -  South Korea Zicon small.png July  -  South Korea Picon small.png InCa  -  South Korea Ticon small.png MMA  -  South Korea Zicon small.png LosirA  -  South Korea Ticon small.png TOP  -  South Korea Zicon small.png Leenock  -  South Korea Zicon small.png DongRaeGu
South Korea Picon small.png Genius  -  South Korea Picon small.png Squirtle  -  South Korea Picon small.png MC  -  South Korea Zicon small.png HyuN  -  South Korea Zicon small.png Symbol  -  South Korea Ticon small.png INnoVation  -  South Korea Ticon small.png TY  -  South Korea Picon small.png sOs

Semifinals[edit]

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

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
IMlogo std.png Incredible Miracle 8 3 4 15
Ktrolsterlogo std.png KT Rolster 4 1 1 6
Sktelecomt1logo std.png SK Telecom T1 3 5 4 12
SBENUlogo std.png SBENU3 2 4 6 12
OGslogo std.png Old Generations 2 2 5 9
Mvplogo std.png MVP 2 2 2 6
SlayerSlogo std.png SlayerS 2 1 1 4
Primelogo std.png Prime 1 3 7 11
TSLlogo std.png Team SCV Life 1 2 0 3
Teamless 1 1 2 4
Soul std.png SouL1 1 1 1 3
Samsunggalaxylogo std.png Samsung Galaxy2 1 0 3 4
Woongjinlogo std.png Woongjin Stars 1 0 2 3
HoSeologo std.png New Star HoSeo 1 0 1 2
Myinsanitylogo std.png mYinsanity 1 0 0 1
Splycelogo std.png Splyce 1 0 0 1
Cjentuslogo std.png CJ Entus 0 2 1 3
Jinairgreenwingslogo std.png Jin Air Green Wings 0 1 8 9
FXOlogo std.png FXOpen e-Sports 0 1 3 4
Azubulogo std.png AZUBU 0 1 1 2
Flashwolveslogo std.png yoe Flash Wolves 0 1 1 2
Sklogo std.png SK Gaming 0 1 0 1
Liquid2017logo 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
Teamacerlogo std.png Team Acer 0 0 1 1
True eSports std.png 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]

External links[edit]

References[edit]