IGN ProLeague Season 1

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Overview   Main Tournament    
IGN ProLeague Season 1
"Best Of The West"
League Information
Organizer: IGN
Game Version: Wings of Liberty Patch 1.3.2
Server: North America
Event Type: Online
Location: US USA
Format: 1v1, Double-elimination
Prize pool: $5,000
Start Date: 2011-04-21
End Date: 2011-05-01
Winners
USA Zerg IdrA
Canada Protoss KiWiKaKi
South Korea Terran SeleCT
USA Protoss Axslav
Player Breakdown
Number of Players: 16
Protoss 6   Terran 5   Zerg 5   
Maps
Metalopolis • The Shattered Temple • Shakuras Plateau • Xel'Naga Caverns • Crossfire SE • Crevasse • Terminus RE • Tal'Darim Altar
Chronology
Season 2 Season 2 

About[edit]

Season 1 of the IGN ProLeague was a 16 player invitational tournament, organized and broadcasted by IGNs eSports division. The top 4 finishers automatically qualified for IPL 2. Commentating was provided by djWHEAT, TotalBiscuit, CatsPajamas, HDstarcraft and PainUser.

IGN ProLeague Season 1 Announcement:[1]
"IGN Entertainment and its eSports division is excited to announce the IGN Pro League! The first season of the IPL is an invitational tournament to showcase what we can provide to you, the viewer, as well as serving as a test run for us for all of our new production and operations mechanisms. 16 players representing 9 different North American based clans will be competing for a prize pool of $5,000 and 4 automatic qualifier spots for IPL Season 2! The goal of the IPL is to bring a professional, polished viewing experience to fans of eSports, as well as supporting the development of eSports both nationally and internationally through a sustainable tournament system that rewards those who play in it."

Pre-announcement buzz & Player Leak[edit]

Rumors regarding IGN ProLeague started circulating around two weeks before the official announcement. The rumors correctly predicted that a tournament would be held and organized by IGN Entertainment's eSports division. A countdown finishing at the 4th of April was already viewable at the official home page.[2] Soon a blog post surfaced, confirming that something was in the works over at IGN Entertainement.[3] Additional information, including the full list of participants, was also found out before the official announcement.[4]

Results Leak[edit]

All matches of IGN ProLeague Season 1 were played out and pre-recorded prior to the first broadcast. The results of these matches were available in a private bracket on Challonge.com, which was leaked before the first match was broadcast.[5] IGN staff commented that measures will be implemented to keep results safer in the future, but also mentioned that viewers always have the possibility to spoil a tournament game before watching it, would they really want to.[6]

Best of The West Tournament[edit]

Competition Format[edit]

A 16 Player Double-elimination tournament, with the first 2 winner's rounds and first 3 loser's rounds Best of 3s. The rest of the rounds will be Best of 5s excluding the grand final which will be a Best of 7.

Prize pool[edit]

Offering $5,000 Spread among players as follows:

Place Prize ID Team
1st $2500 USA Zerg IdrA Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses
2nd $1500 Canada Protoss KiWiKaKi‎ ROOT Gaming ROOT Gaming
3rd $1000 South Korea Terran SeleCT Team Dignitas Team Dignitas

Detailed List of Participants[edit]

16 players representing 9 different North American based clans will be competing for a prize pool of $5,000 and 4 automatic qualifier spots for IPL Season 2.

Protoss Protoss (6) Terran Terran (5) Zerg Zerg (5)
Evil Geniuses
USA iNcontroL
Team Dignitas
South Korea SeleCT
Evil Geniuses
USA IdrA
Evil Geniuses
USA Axslav
Fnatic
Peru Fenix
FXOpen e-Sports
USA Sheth
Fnatic
Canada TT1
VT Gaming
USA Spades
ROOT Gaming
Peru CatZ
Lazarus Gaming
USA Agh
ROOT Gaming
Canada Drewbie
Sixjax Gaming
USA ViBE
ROOT Gaming
USA Minigun
CompLexity Gaming
Canada Stalife
Evil Geniuses
USA Machine
ROOT Gaming
Canada KiWiKaKi

Bracket[edit]

Round of 16
 Canada KiWiKaKi
2
KiWiKaKi Protoss
Terran stalife
 Canada stalife
0
 USA Axslav
2
Axslav Protoss
Zerg Sheth
 USA Sheth
1
 Canada Drewbie
2
Drewbie Terran
Protoss TT1
 Canada TT1
1
 USA IdrA
2
IdrA Zerg
Terran Fenix
 Peru Fenix
0
 Peru CatZ
2
CatZ Zerg
Protoss Agh
 USA Agh
1
 USA iNcontroL
0
iNcontroL Protoss
Terran Spades
 USA Spades
2
 USA Minigun
0
Minigun Protoss
Zerg ViBE
 USA ViBE
2
 USA Machine
0
Machine Zerg
Terran SeleCT
 South Korea SeleCT
2
Quarterfinals
 Canada KiWiKaKi
2
KiWiKaKi Protoss
Protoss Axslav
 USA Axslav
0
 Canada Drewbie
0
Drewbie Terran
Zerg IdrA
 USA IdrA
2
 Peru CatZ
2
CatZ Zerg
Terran Spades
 USA Spades
1
 USA ViBE
0
ViBE Zerg
Terran SeleCT
 South Korea SeleCT
2
Semifinals
 Canada KiWiKaKi
0
KiWiKaKi Protoss
Zerg IdrA
 USA IdrA
3
 Peru CatZ
1
CatZ Zerg
Terran SeleCT
 South Korea SeleCT
3
Winner's Finals
 USA IdrA
3
 South Korea SeleCT
2
Loser's Round 1
 USA iNcontroL
2
iNcontroL Protoss
Protoss Agh
 USA Agh
1
 USA Machine
0
Machine Zerg
Protoss Minigun
 USA Minigun
2
 USA Sheth
0
Sheth Zerg
Terran stalife
 Canada stalife
2
 Peru Fenix
2
Fenix Terran
Protoss TT1
 Canada TT1
0
Loser's Round 2
 USA Axslav
2
Axslav Protoss
Protoss iNcontroL
 USA iNcontroL
1
 Canada Drewbie
0
Drewbie Terran
Protoss Minigun
 USA Minigun
2
 USA Spades
0
Spades Terran
Terran stalife
 Canada stalife
2
 USA ViBE
2
ViBE Zerg
Terran Fenix
 Peru Fenix
1
Loser's Round 3
 USA Axslav
2
Axslav Protoss
Protoss Minigun
 USA Minigun
1
 Canada stalife
1
stalife Terran
Zerg ViBE
 USA ViBE
2
Loser's Round 4
 Peru CatZ
1
CatZ Zerg
Protoss Axslav
 USA Axslav
3
 Canada KiWiKaKi
3
KiWiKaKi Protoss
Zerg ViBE
 USA ViBE
1
Loser's Semifinals
 USA Axslav
1
Axslav Protoss
Protoss KiWiKaKi
 Canada KiWiKaKi
3
Loser's Finals
 South Korea SeleCT
2
 Canada KiWiKaKi
3
Grand Finals
 USA IdrA
3
 Canada KiWiKaKi
2

For detailed results click here.

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