NESL Iron Lady

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[e][h]NESL Iron Lady
League Information
North America
1v1, Double-elimination
Start Date:
End Date:


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


 -  Canada Zerg DaSakura  -  Canada Zerg Scarlett
 -  USA Zerg AuRora
 -  USA Terran flo  -  South Korea Terran Aphrodite  -  Sweden Terran MaddeLisk


 -  Canada Zerg DaSakura
 -  Mexico Zerg Sylvanas  -  Sweden Zerg Nattkatt  -  USA Terran flo  -  France Protoss ChiXi  -  Taiwan Protoss luway  -  USA Zerg KTdonut  -  USA Zerg AuRora  -  United Kingdom Zerg CadenZa  -  South Korea Terran Aphrodite


 -  Sweden Zerg MaddeLisk  -  USA Zerg AuRora  -  USA Zerg KTdonut
 -  Singapore Zerg Polaris  -  Singapore Zerg kellyMILKIES  -  Sweden Zerg Nattkatt  -  United Kingdom Zerg CadenZa  -  South Korea Terran Eve

4th Place[edit]

 -  Sweden Zerg MaddeLisk  -  USA Terran flo
 -  United Kingdom Zerg CadenZa  -  Sweden Terran Laejten  -  Sweden Zerg Nattkatt  -  USA Zerg Navi  -  Singapore Zerg Polaris  -  Canada Zerg MsSpyte  -  Czech Republic Protoss 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
#1 2012-01-28 Aphrodite vs Flo South Korea Terran Aphrodite USA Terran 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 #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