NESL Iron Lady

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NESL Iron Lady
League Information
Organizer: Electronic Sports League
Game Version: Wings of Liberty
Patch 1.3.4Patch 1.4.3
Server: North America
Event Type: Online
Format: 1v1, Double-elimination
Start Date: 2011-06-25
End Date: 2012-04-28
Links: Website


The Iron Lady is a series of tournaments for women only, run by National ESL on the North American server co-founded by the Head Admin pHaRSiDe and Team FemFX founder Yui. The aim of the organization is to give an opportunity for the top female gamers to break out into the scene and network with other female gamers they may not have even know existed and to every month have a series of tournaments for all skill levels that run for hundreds of dollars in various prizes.[1] Iron Lady did however go on an almost two-month hiatus between Champion Cup #4 and Champion Cup #5 and an even longer one after the Leetgion Tournament.


  • Double-elimination bracket.
  • Best of 3 in all matches until grand finals
  • Best of 7 in grand finals


Iron Lady usually run different prizes for different tournaments. All of the Champion Cups have had a 175 USD prize pool with 100 USD to the winner, 50 USD to second place and 25 USD to third place.[2] The bunny cups have featured a 2 pound chocolate bunny for the winner and the MousePAD Challenges have had a special Iron Lady mousepad at stake.[3] With the co-operation of a sponsor in the Leetgion cup tournament, the prize pool was stepped up to 350 USD, with 200 USD to the winner, 100 USD to second place and 50 USD to third place.[4]


# Date Name Gold.png Silver.png Bronze.png #Players
#1 2011-06-25 Iron Lady Champion Cup #1 USA Zicon small.png AuRora Mexico Zicon small.png Sylvanas Sweden Zicon small.png MaddeLisk 24
#2 2011-07-09 Iron Lady Bunny Cup #1 USA Ticon small.png flo Sweden Zicon small.png Nattkatt Singapore Zicon small.png Polaris 9
#3 2011-07-16 Iron Lady Champion Cup #2 USA Zicon small.png AuRora USA Ticon small.png flo Singapore Zicon small.png kellyMILKIES 14
#4 2011-08-06 Iron Lady Bunny Cup #2 Canada Zicon small.png DaSakura France Picon small.png ChiXi Sweden Zicon small.png Nattkatt 9
#5 2011-08-13 Iron Lady Champion Cup #3 Canada Zicon small.png DaSakura Taiwan Picon small.png luway USA Zicon small.png AuRora 9
#6 2011-08-14 Iron Lady MousePAD Challenge Bronze to Gold Canada Ticon small.png Karen USA Picon small.png ladyinsanity USA Picon small.png NyxRose 3
#7 2011-08-14 Iron Lady MousePAD Challenge Platinum to Diamond Sweden Zicon small.png MaddeLisk Singapore Zicon small.png Polaris Sweden Zicon small.png Nattkatt 4
#8 2011-09-10 Iron Lady Bunny Cup #3 Canada Zicon small.png DaSakura USA Zicon small.png KTdonut Sweden Zicon small.png MaddeLisk 8
#9 2011-09-11 Iron Lady MousePAD Challenge 2 Bronze to Gold Canceled 0 (0)
#10 2011-09-11 Iron Lady MousePAD Challenge 2 Diamond to Platinum Singapore Zicon small.png Polaris Sweden Zicon small.png MaddeLisk USA Zicon small.png SaltNVinegar 4
#11 2011-09-17 Iron Lady Champion Cup #4 Canada Zicon small.png Scarlett Canada Zicon small.png DaSakura United Kingdom Zicon small.png CadenZa 13
#12 2011-11-12 Iron Lady Champion Cup #5 Canada Zicon small.png Scarlett USA Zicon small.png AuRora USA Zicon small.png KTdonut 17
#13 2012-01-07 Iron Lady Champion Cup #6 South Korea Ticon small.png Aphrodite Canada Zicon small.png DaSakura USA Zicon small.png AuRora 16
#14 2012-01-14 Iron Lady MousePAD Challenge 3 Bronze to Gold USA Picon small.png ladyinsanity France Ticon small.png S4KuR4 Canada Ticon small.png Livinpink 6
#15 2012-01-21 Iron Lady MousePAD Challenge 3 Diamond to Platinum USA Zicon small.png Pandii Canada Zicon small.png Sunlily USA Picon small.png Silvare 4
#16 2012-02-18 Iron Lady Champion Cup #7 Sweden Ticon small.png MaddeLisk United Kingdom Zicon small.png CadenZa USA Zicon small.png KTdonut 8
#17 2012-04-07 Iron Lady MousePAD Challenge 4 Bronze to Gold USA Zicon small.png Lox Germany Zicon small.png Schnappi Sweden Picon small.png Guilly 5
#18 2012-04-07 Iron Lady MousePAD Challenge 4 Diamond to Platinum Canada Picon small.png justBunneh Ireland Ticon small.png Chicks USA Picon small.png LittleAtari 6
#19 2012-04-28 Iron Lady Leetgion Tournament Canada Zicon small.png Scarlett South Korea Ticon small.png Aphrodite South Korea Ticon small.png Eve 21

Hall of Fame[edit]

The Iron Lady Hall of Fame documents all the top 3 place finishers at each tournament. It keeps statistics on player rankings as well as race and country rankings. and is all organized by the amount of medals won.

View Hall of Fame page at

Medals won per player[edit]

Excluding the MousePAD challenges


Gold.pngGold.pngGold.png  -  Canada Zicon small.png DaSakura  -  Canada Zicon small.png Scarlett
Gold.pngGold.png  -  USA Zicon small.png AuRora
Gold.png  -  USA Ticon small.png flo  -  South Korea Ticon small.png Aphrodite  -  Sweden Ticon small.png MaddeLisk


Silver.pngSilver.png  -  Canada Zicon small.png DaSakura
Silver.png  -  Mexico Zicon small.png Sylvanas  -  Sweden Zicon small.png Nattkatt  -  USA Ticon small.png flo  -  France Picon small.png ChiXi  -  Taiwan Picon small.png luway  -  USA Zicon small.png KTdonut  -  USA Zicon small.png AuRora  -  United Kingdom Zicon small.png CadenZa  -  South Korea Ticon small.png Aphrodite


Bronze.pngBronze.png  -  Sweden Zicon small.png MaddeLisk  -  USA Zicon small.png AuRora  -  USA Zicon small.png KTdonut
Bronze.png  -  Singapore Zicon small.png Polaris  -  Singapore Zicon small.png kellyMILKIES  -  Sweden Zicon small.png Nattkatt  -  United Kingdom Zicon small.png CadenZa  -  South Korea Ticon small.png Eve

4th Place[edit]

Copper.pngCopper.png  -  Sweden Zicon small.png MaddeLisk  -  USA Ticon small.png flo
Copper.png  -  United Kingdom Zicon small.png CadenZa  -  Sweden Ticon small.png Laejten  -  Sweden Zicon small.png Nattkatt  -  USA Zicon small.png Navi  -  Singapore Zicon small.png Polaris  -  Canada Zicon small.png MsSpyte  -  Czech Republic Picon small.png Dzejna


January 19, it was announced that Iron Lady would be setting up showmatches of special interest.[5]

The list of showmatches are:

# Date Players Gold.png Silver.png
#1 2012-01-28 Aphrodite vs Flo South Korea Ticon small.png Aphrodite USA Ticon small.png flo


Iron Lady also has a series of interviews, called spotlights, with the winners of their tournaments. Since the participants in Iron Lady are not as well known outside the female scene, these spotlights double as a way to introduce the players to the community.

The list of spotlights done are:


The European part of ESL tried running monthly female-only tournaments after the launch of StarCraft II, and the North American division (National ESL) tried running weekly tournaments, but interest was too low, and consequently the projects were put on hiatus at the end of 2010. The results can be found on this page.

Before the launch of the NESL Iron Lady, the National ESL had already organised a series of weekly female-only tournaments, the StarCraft II 1v1 Ladies Night Cup:

# Date Gold.png Silver.png Bronze.png #Players
#1 2010-11-15 USA Navi USA AuRora South Korea Awesome 23
#2 2010-11-22 South Korea Awesome USA PsychonautQQ USA Not determined 10
#3 2010-11-29 USA PsychonautQQ Canada DaSakura Canada Not determined 6
#4 2010-12-06 Cup was canceled - (6)
#5 2010-12-13 Cup was canceled - (2)

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. "NESL Iron Lady Launches!"., 10 June 2011.
  2. "NESL Iron Lady Opening Cup - $175 Prize"., 2 June 2011.
  3. "Iron Lady Bunny Cup 1 and Champion Cup 2"., 27 June 2011.
  4. "Iron Lady Leetgion Tournament + Mouse Giveaways!"., 11 April 2012.
  5. "Iron Lady Showmatch: ST.Aphrodite vs Quantic.Flo"., 17 January 2012
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