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 Zerg FruitDealer South Korea Terran RainBOw 4-1 R&S
2010 Sony Ericsson StarCraft II Open Season 2 2010-10-09 – 2010-11-13 South Korea Zerg NesTea South Korea Terran MarineKing 4-3 R&S
2010 Sony Ericsson StarCraft II Open Season 3 2010-11-15 – 2010-12-18 South Korea Protoss MC South Korea Terran Rain 4-1 R&S
2011 Sponsorship League

2011 Sony Ericsson Global StarCraft II League January

2011-01-02 – 2011-01-29

Code S South Korea Terran Mvp Code S South Korea Terran MarineKing 4-0

R&S

South Korea Terran TOP South Korea Terran ByuN 4-3

2011 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ GSL March

2011-02-21 – 2011-03-19

Code S South Korea Protoss MC Code S South Korea Zerg July 4-1

R&S

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

2011 LG Cinema 3D Global StarCraft II League May

2011-04-18 – 2011-05-14

Code S South Korea Zerg NesTea Code S South Korea Protoss InCa 4-0

R&S

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

2011 Pepsi Global StarCraft II League July

2011-06-27 – 2011-07-30

Code S South Korea Zerg NesTea Code S South Korea Zerg LosirA 4-0

R&S

South Korea Protoss Puzzle South Korea Protoss Tassadar 4-2

2011 Pepsi Global StarCraft II League August

2011-08-08 – 2011-09-10

Code S South Korea Terran Mvp Code S South Korea Terran TOP 4-1

[ R&S]

South Korea Terran GanZi South Korea Terran MarineKing 4-3

2011 Sony Ericsson Global StarCraft II League October

2011-09-19 – 2011-10-22

Code S South Korea Terran MMA Code S South Korea Terran Mvp 4-1

Recap

South Korea Zerg Curious South Korea Protoss Oz 4-0
2011 Sony Ericsson Global StarCraft II League November 2011-10-27 – 2011-12-23 Code S South Korea Terran jjakji Code S South Korea Zerg Leenock 4-2 [R&S]
2012 Sponsorship League
2012 Hot6iX Global StarCraft II League Season 1 2011-12-19 – 2012-03-03 Code S South Korea Zerg DongRaeGu Code S South Korea Protoss Genius 4-2 [R&S]
2012 Hot6iX Global StarCraft II League Season 2 2012-03-10 – 2012-05-19 Code S South Korea Terran Mvp Code S South Korea Protoss Squirtle 4-3 [R&S]
2012 Monsieur J Global StarCraft II League Season 3 2012-05-21 – 2012-07-27 Code S South Korea Protoss Seed Code S South Korea Protoss MC 4-1 [R&S]
2012 Hot6iX Global StarCraft II League Season 4 2012-08-27 – 2012-10-20 Code S South Korea Zerg Life Code S South Korea Terran Mvp 4-3 [R&S]
2012 Hot6iX Global StarCraft II League Season 5 2012-10-22 – 2012-12-14 Code S South Korea Zerg Sniper Code S South Korea Zerg HyuN 4-3 [R&S]
2013 Sponsorship League
2013 Hot6iX Global StarCraft II League Season 1 2013-01-06 – 2013-03-09 Code S South Korea Zerg RorO Code S South Korea Zerg 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 Zerg Soulkey Premier League South Korea Terran INnoVation 4-3 [R&S]
2013 WCS Season 3 Korea GSL 2013-08-06 – 2013-10-19 Premier League South Korea Protoss Dear Premier League South Korea Zerg soO 4-2 [R&S]
2014 StarCraft II World Championship Series
2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 1 2014-01-15 – 2014-04-05 Code S South Korea Protoss Zest Code S South Korea Zerg soO 4-3 [R&S]
2014 GSL Global Championship 2014-04-19 – 2014-04-26 South Korea Protoss Zest South Korea Protoss PartinG 4-3 [R&S]
2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 2 2014-04-09 – 2014-06-28 Code S South Korea Protoss Classic Code S South Korea Zerg soO 4-2 [R&S]
2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 3 2014-07-16 – 2014-10-04 Code S South Korea Terran INnoVation Code S South Korea Zerg soO 4-2 [R&S]
2015 StarCraft II World Championship Series
2015 Global StarCraft II League Season 1 2015-01-07 – 2015-03-22 Code S South Korea Zerg Life Code S South Korea Protoss PartinG 4-3 Recap
2015 Global StarCraft II League Season 2 2015-04-01 – 2015-06-28 Code S South Korea Protoss Rain Code S South Korea Zerg ByuL 4-1 [R&S]
2015 Global StarCraft II League Season 3 2015-07-08 – 2015-10-04 Code S South Korea Terran INnoVation Code S South Korea Zerg 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 Code S South Korea Protoss Zest Code S South Korea Terran TY 4 - 2 -
2016 Global StarCraft II League Season 2 2016-05-27 - 2016-09-10 Code S South Korea Terran ByuN Code S South Korea Protoss sOs 4 - 1 -
2017 StarCraft II World Championship Series
2017 Global StarCraft II League Season 1 2017-01-04 – 2017-03-26 Code S South Korea Protoss Stats Code S South Korea Zerg soO 4-2 -
2017 Global StarCraft II League Season 2 2017-04-19 – 2017-06-24 Code S TBD Code S TBD -
2017 Global StarCraft II League Season 3 2017-07-05 – 2017-09-16 Code S TBD Code S TBD -
= Global Event (ongoing)
= 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 Terran MMA South Korea Zerg DongRaeGu 4-3 Recap
2012 GSL Blizzard Cup 2012-12-17 – 2012-12-22 South Korea Zerg Life South Korea Protoss PartinG 4-2 [ R&S]
2013 Hot6ix Cup 2013-12-04 – 2013-12-08 South Korea Protoss Rain South Korea Zerg Soulkey 4-2 Recap
2014 Hot6ix Cup 2014-11-18 – 2014-12-07 South Korea Protoss sOs South Korea Terran 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 Terran MarineKing South Korea Zerg DongRaeGu 4-1 [ R&S]
Arena of Legends: Team Ace Invitational 2011-11-03 – 2011-11-13 South Korea Terran Mvp South Korea Terran GanZi 3-2 [ R&S]
Arena of Legends: The King of Kongs 2012-01-02 – 2012-01-05 South Korea Zerg DongRaeGu South Korea Zerg 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 Zerg Kyrix South Korea Terran 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.

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 Code S 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 Code S 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 Random GuMiho (though he later found more success after picking Terran).
  • GSL 3 and GSL 4 saw Sweden Terran Jinro reach the Ro4 twice, the only foreigner to do so.
  • South Korea Terran 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 Terran Mvp vs. South Korea Terran MarineKing)
  • South Korea Protoss MC was the only Protoss player to win GSL, until South Korea Protoss 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 Terran Mvp vs South Korea Terran 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 Zerg NesTea and South Korea Zerg LosirA)
  • GSL 9 saw South Korea Protoss MC fall into Code B, the first GSL champion to do so.
  • South Korea Zerg 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 Terran BoxeR and Sweden Protoss 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 Terran MMA won the first Blizzard Cup in 2011, 4-3 over South Korea Zerg DongRaeGu.
  • 2012 GSL Season 3 saw the first PvP finals, held between South Korea Protoss MC and South Korea Protoss 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 Zerg NesTea.
  • In GSL 2012 Code S, South Korea Terran MarineKing was the only player to advance to the Ro16 in all 5 seasons.
  • 2014 GSL Season 2 saw South Korea Zerg 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 Zerg soO is the only player to lose in four GSL finals.
  • 2015 GSL Season 2 saw South Korea Protoss 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 Terran 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 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 Terran Mvp
South Korea Zerg NesTea  -  South Korea Zerg Life  -  South Korea Protoss Zest
South Korea Protoss MC  -  South Korea Terran MMA  -  South Korea Terran INnoVation
South Korea Zerg FruitDealer  -  South Korea Terran Polt  -  South Korea Terran jjakji  -  South Korea Zerg DongRaeGu  -  South Korea Protoss Seed  -  South Korea Zerg Sniper  -  South Korea Zerg RorO  -  South Korea Zerg Soulkey  -  South Korea Protoss Dear
South Korea Protoss Classic  -  South Korea Protoss Rain  -  South Korea Terran ByuN

Silver[edit]

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

Semifinals[edit]

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

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 Incredible Miracle 8 3 4 15
KT Rolster KT Rolster 4 1 1 6
SK Telecom T1 SK Telecom T1 3 5 4 12
SBENU SBENU3 2 4 6 12
Old Generations Old Generations 2 2 5 9
MVP (team) MVP 2 2 2 6
SlayerS SlayerS 2 1 1 4
Prime Prime 1 3 7 11
Team SCV Life Team SCV Life 1 2 0 3
SouL (team) SouL1 1 1 1 3
Samsung Galaxy Samsung Galaxy2 1 0 3 4
Woongjin Stars Woongjin Stars 1 0 2 3
New Star HoSeo New Star HoSeo 1 0 1 2
Teamless 1 0 1 2
MYinsanity mYinsanity 1 0 0 1
CJ Entus CJ Entus 0 2 1 3
FXOpen e-Sports FXOpen e-Sports 0 1 3 4
AZUBU AZUBU 0 1 1 2
Yoe Flash Wolves yoe Flash Wolves 0 1 1 2
SK Gaming SK Gaming 0 1 0 1
Jin Air Green Wings Jin Air Green Wings 0 1 6 7
Team Liquid Team Liquid 0 0 5 5
ZeNEX ZeNEX 0 0 3 3
Axiom Axiom 0 0 1 1
Fnatic Fnatic 0 0 1 1
For Our Utopia For Our Utopia 0 0 1 1
Team Acer Team Acer 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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References[edit]