Posts Tagged ‘Code-S’

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In this episode we take a look at the sacrifices that were made during the development of StarCraft II, for eSports, some Heart of the Swarm release date news, NASL, GSL & TSL Updates, PonyCraft II, some Day[9] stand-up comedy, art updates & More!

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Pulse 41, at last! I suppose this episode went well enough, I was really, really tired, I hope it doesn’t show too much! (Not more than usual, at least) Otherwise, I will be doing the Diablo news along with even more Starcraft news early next week, as I mentioned. Stay tuned for more, enjoy and remember to subscribe if you like it! 😀

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Happy StarcraftingYou can read more about the amazing artwork used above at the bottom of the post!

Happy Starcrafing! 😀 I just wanted to say a few things here before getting to the news. You will realise, when you head into this rather lengthy post, that I have added a smalls section to the start of both the Tournament & Event News and Community News sections. This little summary of news posts makes it a little easier to set these posts up. I throw all the news in there that I feel is not really worth actually elaborating on in the post, while still keeping it in there for all those die-hards out there. Sooo be sure to skim over those and make sure you aren’t missing something you don’t want to miss! Otherwise, enjoy the news and thanks for all the support!

Starcraft II Patch 1.2

Starcraft II Patch 1.2 – Release Date?

To start this off I just wanted to give everyone a heads up, Blizzard confirmed that they’ve been doing more fixes and testing on an internal PTR and that Starcraft II Patch 1.2 is expected to come hit the live servers next week, if all goes well. That is really great news, so, if you want to prepare for the changes that are coming I suggest you give the latest version of the PTR patch notes a quick read, you can find them below, along with the official announcement of the patches release. Enjoy!

StarCraft II Patch 1.2 Release Plans *1/5 – Starcraft II Official Forums

StarCraft II Patch 1.2.0 PTR Notes – Starcraft II Official Forums

1/5/11- After additional testing and feedback from the community on the PTR, we’ve identified and fixed several issues and are now targeting next week for patch 1.2. We will update this thread should there be any further delays.
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GSL 2011

GSL – Code-S / Code-A

The GSL play-days are flying by fast and we are being treated with more and more extremely high quality play. There really have been some amazing games, but, there have also been a few upsets. So let’s have a look how all our favourite Code-S and Code-A players are doing. There is an amazing thread up on the TeamLiquid forums that was put together by a user named motbob and well, look no further for your GSL results.

In the Code-A big names such as IMJunwi, aLivefOu, oGsTOP, sCfOu, Loner and ST.July. have made it through to the next round. Well known players that failed to advance in the Code-A include TankboyPrime.WE, ST.Ace and LiquidRet.

Players that have advanced to the next round in Code-S are IMNesTea, TheBestfOu, IMMvp, oGsZenio, SlayerS_BoxeR, oGsHyperdub, choyafOu,  TSL.sSKS, NSP.Genius, ST.RainbOw, oGsMC and finally oGsNaDa.The Code-S has not been without upset, though. The following big names failed to progress – Polt & MakaPrime, The Fruitdealer, who lost to IMMvp and oGsZenio, HongUnPrime, oGsTheWind, KyrixZenith, TSL_Rain, LeenockfOu, sanZenith and oGsInca.

There are more matches to be played tomorrow, so as I mentioned, if you check the post linked below out you will get a much clearer picture of what’s going on right now. It really is well put together and gives all the right information. Keep checking back here for more GSL updates, though.

[R&S] GOM Code S/Code A Jan 2011 – TeamLiquid

 GSL Official Map Change Coming Soon

In some more GSL related news, GSL Code-S pro-gamer NSPGenius posted a thread on PlayXP about an upcoming, and official, GSL map change. According to NSPGenius, the four bad maps that are set to be pulled out from GSL maplist are Steppes of War, Delta Quadrant, Blistering Sands and one last unknown one. The maps set to replace those maps are the following: Aiur Garden, Tal’Darim Altar, Biohazard, Crossfire and Terminus Re. According to a reply from GSL staff it seems like the Gisado Star-Challenge is now testing the new maps for next GSL season. I guess we will just have to wait and see if these new ones will actually get used, or if Blizzard will step in and step up with their maps. Who knows, see images of the new maps below along with the full quotes, enjoy!

GSL official map change SOON™ – TeamLiquid

GOMtv Send Your Favourite Player To Korea

GOMtv has sent out a request to the community seeking their opinions on which foreigners to invite to participate in the next season of the GSL, starting in February. They let us know, in the same quote, that there will be at least four spots to fill. This means that players who cannot play in the preliminaries or were not able to win a spot in the qualification has still the chance to play in the Global StarCraft 2 League’s main event. So if you are keen to help out or just see what others are saying you can head on over to the GOMtv support forums to check it out.

Discussion thread for 4 seeded foreign players in next GSL – GOMtv


In GSL Feb, which will take in February we plan to invite 4 notable foreign players who will be given seeds to be invited to play in Code A. Which players do you feel deserve such chance?
Discuss and name the players who will be worthy of receiving such seeds. Your discussion will provide valuable feedback for us and help to make more interesting GSL.

ex)name : your opinion

Thank You.

Tournament & Event News

Tournament & Event Smalls:

Go4SC2 & Craft Cup Monthly Finals

Tying in with the weekly cup winners we have the Go4SC2 and Craft Cup Monthly finals coming up soon. Yes indeed, the four winners of last month’s CraftCups are set to battle it out on each first Sunday of the new month for a 500$ Price Pool. As you all probably know, the Go4SC2 Monthly Finals work in pretty much the same way, too. So if you want to read about all the big names set to take part in both these events, or just when exactly both are set to start, check the links below for all of that and more!

Go4SC2 – Monthly Final December! – TeamLiquid

CraftCup EU – King of the Month – TeamLiquid

Kas Wins TeamSpeak TL Open #8 (VODs & Interview Included!)

TeamSpeak TeamLiquid Starcraft II Open #8 has been completed and Kas has taken the first place. It is worth noting that this event was also a qualifier for the PokerStrategy.com TeamLiquid Starleague 3. That does in fact mean that Kas has qualified for the TSL3 and the top 16 finishers of the event also earned quite a few qualifier points to help thems earn their own spot. You can see the full results, read an interview with the winning player, Kas, and watch the VODs of the TS TL Open #8 below.

[VODs] TeamSpeak TL SC2 Open #8 – TeamLiquid

PokerStrategy.com TSL3 Qualifier #1 Recap – TeamLiquid

Machinima Realm Starcraft II Invitational

Machinima Realm has announced their first venture into the world of Starcraft, an invitational including the teams Liquid, ROOT, EG, mousesports and Prime, who all will be competing for the prize pool of $2,500! The tournament is going to be a best of 7 clan war containing both 1v1’s and 2v2’s. Dates are apparently not finalized yet and the matches will, as far as I can tell, be played when the players have the time for them. (That sounds a little loose?) Lucky for us, though, the replays will be cast by none other than Crota, from the BlizShouter channel. You can read more about the event and watch the announcement videos below!

Machinima Realm Invitational – GosuGamers

StarCraft 2 XMG Series By TaKe

The German ESL TV commentator, TaKe has introduced his very own tournament series, the StarCraft 2 XMG Series. The series is set to be split into four tournaments. The participants will have the chance to win 100 Euros in each one as well as a ticket to the offline finals, to be held in Hannover, Germany. In Hannover, the players will battle it out for the grand prize of a XMG Notebook worth more than 2,000 Euro, sponsored by MYSN. The first of the series of tournaments is actually set to take place on the 11th of January! Stay tuned for more information about this and, if you want to know more about where to watch this or about where to sign up you’d better follow the link below. 

StarCraft 2 XMG Series by TaKe – GosuGamers

IMMvp Wins Gainward Starcraft II Tournament

The terran playing IMMvp managed to take former GSL winner, clanmate and zerg player IMNesTea down in the finals of the Gainward Starcraft II Tournament in Korea. In the grand finals he won with a convincing score of  3 to 0 to take hom $4,300 and the first place trophy. The top three at the event were as follows:

  1. IMMvp
  2. IMNestea
  3. MarineKingPrime

You can find the full results and read more about the event and all that transpired there in the link provided below!

Gainward SC2 Tournament by Absolute Korea (9/01) – TeamLiquid

Bacchus OSL – Ro8 Week One

Even more Brood War goodness incoming! TeamLiquid have, once again, published some amazingly in-depth coverage of the Bachus OSL that’s currently running in South Korea, for Starcraft: Brood War. Although, after seeing Flash and JaeDong’s premature departures, is there really any more excitement left? Well, I guess I will leave that open for debate and let you discover the answer for yourselves. Read about the first week of the round of 8 below , it’s full of great write-ups, results and some funny images to boot! Enjoy!

[OSL] 2010 Bacchus OSL- RO8 Week One – TeamLiquid

Community News

Community Smalls:

Liquid Weekly #21

The 21st Liquid Weekly is out and, as usual, it is packed full of TeamLiquid goodness. While this edition is mostly just GSL news, there is a really lengthy TheLittleOne interview along with some pictures of his playspace, if that’s what you call it. They also spotlight Blamous and his daughter Stargirl from over at the NuubCast on YouTube and give us even more Jinro replays with two all new Jinro wallpapers. A pretty interesting weekly with more than enough to keep us happily reading, watching and enjoying for at least a little while. Check it out below. 

Liquid Weekly #21 – TeamLiquid

eG Recruit DeMusliM & Promises GSL Action

One of the bigger pieces of player and clan news of the past week is that eG bought DeMusliM out of his running contract with mTw in order to add him to their already impressive Starcraft II line-up. eG already currently homes several stars of the RTS scene such as Starcraft II Badboy IdrA, Warcraft III legend Grubby and many others. DeMusliM released an official statement about the transfer that basically just said he was thrilled to be part of eG and that he was glad that the guys from mTw took it so well and supported him throughout. You can read the full details of the transfer below along with DeMusliM’s full statement.

Right after this it was announced that eG have plans to set up a house in South Korea where their players would be able to prepare for and compete in competitions such as the Global Starcraft 2 League and the Global Starcraft 2 Team League. Aditionally, it was revealed that they would in fact be sending Benjamin “Demuslim” Baker to South Korea to participate in the future qualification rounds of the GSL. These articles and quotes are definitely worth a read, they even compare Desmuslim’s marketability to another famous European player’s, Grubby. Read all of that below, enjoy!

 DeMuslim will go to Korea – TeamLiquid

eG acquires DeMusliM – MyM

Starcraft II In Western eSports: Is A Korean Model Needed?

FNATIC recently published an article by Marc ‘frequency’ Onofrio where he argues that there is no need for StarCraft II to be televised in the West for it to gain mainstream popularity and success. He claims that online streaming is a far more efficient and logical way to push the game in the right direction. He says he’d love to hear your opinions on the topic, and any general feedback/questions. It is an interesting concept and, well, one that is actually quite often mentioned and talked about. Obviously streaming and online is the way forward, the whole world can be involved in absolutely any event from absolutely anywhere. But, it’s just not the same as a live event, is it? Ah well, if you are interested, check that out below, definitely worth a read!

StarCraft II in Western e-sports: Is the Korean model needed? – FNATIC

ESL TV: RotterdaM University

The chief of Intel Extreme Masters, Michal ‘Carmac’ Blicharz, is set to be featured in a new show on ESL TV where he will go from a total noob to a Diamond player. How, you ask? Well this will be done with the help of  Kevin ‘RotterdaM’ van der Kooi. The show will be called RotterdaM University and will follow the process of the former WarCraft III  legend RotterdaM teaching Carmac every little thing he needs to know about StarCraft II. Carmac is a well-known eSports journalist, having worked for sites as SK-Gaming and Global Gaming League, but, one thing is certain, he sucks at Starcraft II. So you can watch the incredibly funny trailer for the show above and read more about it in the links below. The first episode is set to air sometime in the month of January.

Korean Player of the Year – GosuGamers Awards – 2010

GosuGamers have revealed yet another of their Top of 2010 series of posts, this time we are voting for the top Korean Starcraft II players of 2010! So help GosuGamers out by voting for the player who, in your opinion, was the Korean of the year in 2010. The voting will end on January the 14th and the winner will be presented shortly thereafter. There are a bunch of amazing choices here, names I really don’t need to even mention, but will anyway. MC, FruitDealer, Tester, NesTea, MarineKing, Genius, BoxeR, Mvp, Maka and Rainbow. If there was ever a hard choice to make, this is no doubt it. The nominees were carefully chosen by the GosuCrew and I look forward to seeing which if these amazing players comes out on top in the polls. Check it out and read more about all the candidates below, enjoy!

GosuGamers Awards 2010: Korean Player of the Year – GosuGamers

ESL TV: RotterdaM to teach Carmac StarCraft – GosuGamers


Blizzard Fan Art Gallery Update

Blizzard has added six new pieces of artwork to their Blizzard Fan Art Section today. There are a few really, really amazing pieces here. So if you are keen to have a look at the many different interpretations of the StarCraft universe forged by some extremely talented artists, you know where to look!

Blizzard Fan Art Gallery Update – Starcraft II Community Site

Robert Clotworthy Interview

The blog Reactiontime has a pretty interesting interview up with someone we don’t really hear enough from, outside of Starcraft II that is, Robert Clotworthy. Robert is the man behind the voice of Jim Raynor in Starcraft II, if you were wondering. The best part about this interview? You don’t have to read it! Yes indeed, an audio interview with the man himself. You can check that out to hear more about his involvement with Blizzard, voice acting in general and the future of Starcraft II and Jim Raynor. Get to know the man behind that legendary voice, Enjoy!

Interview with Robert Clotworthy – Reactiontime

GSL – Artosis Trolled During Player Interviews

Lastly for those of you that want a bit of a laugh, it seems like Artosis is STILL being trolled during his player interviews at the GSL, quite hard I must add, by the users of the GOMtv forums. The names these guys come up with… really now. Check the video out above, enjoy!

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GameSpot Best of 2010

GameSpot – Best of 2010 Awards

I guess it’s just that time of the year, the time when everyone is just itching to give awards away to all the great games that made our year as amazing as it was. The GameSpot’s Best of 2010 awards are underway and well, Starcraft II needs your help! Get the word out there, get your friends voting and keep our game on top! Starcraft II is nominated for quite a few awards. Best Competitive Multiplayer, Best Implementation of User Generated Content, Best Strategy Game and Best PC GameGame of the Year.   

GameSpot – Best of 2010 – GameSpot

Best Competitive Multiplayer

Best Implementation of User Generated Content

Best Strategy Game

Best PC Game

Game of the Year

Those are some pretty impressive nominations if you ask me. Visit GameSpot below to see how you can help.


GSL – Code S

So if you haven’t heard yet the next GSL season won’t be open for all, like the previous ones were.  Season 4 will mark the beginning of a new age for the GSL, their new ‘Code Hierarchy’ will be in place where players are divided based on past performance.  Newcomers will still be able to qualify, but only for the lowest code. That Code-S is starting to look a lot more valueble right now.

In the group stages every player will play against every player in his group in a three game set, and the top two players in each group will advance to the round of sixteen. As I also mentioned before, after each season the top Code- A players will change places with the bottom Code-S players.

After looking at those groups I gotta say things are definitely going to be intense in the GSL4. You can find the full groups in the link below!

GSL Code S-Groups released – MyM

Code-A Qualifiers Underway

All that said, there’s more going on right now. The Code-A qualifiers are actually currently being played. Don’t let the Code-A status fool you, though, there are a ton of great players competing to make it into Code-A and these games will no doubt be worth checking out!

Today was the first round of the Code A tie breakers. Once again we have groups, the top four players from each group will be qualifying for Code-A in the GSL Season 4. Sadly, there won’t be any English commentary, as these are not official tournament games. However, for those of you that can’t get enough you can find a link to the free-to-watch Korean Stream below!

Korean Code-A Qualifier Stream – GOMtv

In the first play day the following four players made it through:

  • STAce
  • aLivefOu
  • Sync
  • Liquid’Ret

 The next play day is happening tomorrow, the 15th of December. Keep checking back here for more!

[GSL] Code S Groups / Code A Tiebreaker – Day 1 – TeamLiquid

[GSL] Code A Tiebreaker Schedule/Groups – TeamLiquid

[GSL] Official Code S Rankings – TeamLiquid

 Code A – Code S (Visualization) – TeamLiquid

Starcraft II Smalls

Starcraft II Smalls

Now for some smaller news that you may, or may now, be interested in! I am testing this smalls system out as it would probably save us both, me typing this and you reading this, a lot of time. Let’s see how it works! (I am aware that some of the smalls are not quite as small as they should be, give it time to evolve!)

SK Champions Trophy: First participants

With a less than a week to go till the start of the next SK Champions Trophy the first of the 32 participants have been announced. Strelok, MaNa, NightEnd, Naniwa and ClouD, to name a few, have been invited. The next and final 16 are to be announced between now and this coming weekend, when the cup is set to kick off. Read more about the final SK Champions Trophy of 2010 below!

Champions Trophy: First participants, 16 to go – SK Gaming

Intel Challenge: SuperCup

Intel is backing yet another huge tournament Starcraft II Tournament. 32 of Europe’s top players will, soon enough, be battling it out in the Intel Challenge: SuperCup. There is a prize pool of 1,ooo USD. I won’t even try to start to mention the calibre of players that are in this event. Everyone that’s anyone is up in that hizzle, ready to compete.

The group stages are to be completed early January. You can read more about the tournament, the group stages, the points system being used, the live stream and all the other stuff about it below, enjoy!

A marathon to glory: Intel Challenge Supercup – GosuGamers

Swedish Challenger Cup – GosuGamers

GosuGamers are hosting a one-day-tournament open for all Swedish residents titled The Swedish Challenger Cup. So if you want to join in or watch your favourite Swede battle his way to the top for the prize pool of 100 Euro, you’d better be here! 

The tournament is happening on Friday, December the 17th at 18:00.

FRIDAY 18:00: Swedish Challenger Cup, win 100€ – GosuGamers

PokerIdol.com Starcraft II Tournament

In association with PokerIdol, Gamerbase will stage a huge tournament featuring a £5,000 prize-pool. It will have an offline final event, too. Thirty-two players will have the chance to win £1,500 for first place during the grand finals, which will be held offline in London on the 8th of January next year.

The first round of online qualifiers will be happening on the 19th of December. This is the first way to qualify. 128 players from all around the world will be competing for 16 of the spots available in the finals. The second way to qualify is via four Poker tournaments that will be held on PokerIdol.com within the next couple of weeks. The two best players from each tournament will receive a spot at the grand final and 250€ to cover their travelling expenses.

That all sounds really amazing and once again I gotta say it’s great that everyone is getting involved and getting even more great tournaments set up. Read more about the PokerIdol Starcraft II Tournament below.

£5000 PokerIdol.com SC2 – TeamLiquid

£5k tournament with offline final – MyM

ESL Pro Series – TLO Qualifies

The relegation tournament for the upcoming ESL Pro Series season was held today in Bruhl. The players that managed to qualify are TLO, Akkis, NarutO and kAra. Check the links below for the full list of players competing.

TheLittleOne qualifies for ESL Pro Series – GosuGamers

EPS Relegation finished – MyM

Linked to this, to further entice the fans and add to the excitement of the games the ESL has remodeled the Pro Series into a group stage / playoff system. I think it will work out much better and will no doubt be easier to follow for us fans!

ESL Pro Series remodeled into group stage, playoff format – GosuGamers

Thanks to GosuGamers for the news!

FNATIC Dominate GameGune

Clan FNATIC players fenix and TT1 managed to clean up at the GameGune Starcraft II Tournament in Mexico. Both players eased through the group stages and faced each other, as expected, in the playoff finals. The FNATIC players were the only internationally known players to attend the event. Read more about GameGune and FNATICS participance there below, enjoy!

GameGune: Fenix 1st, TT1 2nd – FNATIC.com

eOSL – Nearing Its End

The next set of games in the eGG-One StarLeague Winter have been played. Tuzer has taken down Rouaf. SarenS and MoMan have yet to face each other for the right to play against Tuzer in the finals. See the full results below.

eOSL: TuZeR 3-2 Rouaf – MyM

iNSoLeNCE Wins Competo Cup #18

iNSoLeNCE won Monday nights Competo Cup #18. He took down joe in the finals with a score of 3 to 0. No, I don’t know who these two are either. They did manage to beat players like HasuObs and GOody on their way to the finals, though.

Competo Cup #18 – Competo

Strelok Wins ZOTAC Cup #35

Strelok has managed to take ZOTAC Cup #35 this past weekend. He faced off against Nericho in the finals and managed to take him down with a clean score of 3 to 0.

ZOTAC Cup #35 – MyM

MaNa Wins Go4SC2 Cup #63

MaNa took the 63rd Go4SC2 Cup this past Sunday. The protoss player took down the terran playing Kas in the finals with a neat 3 to 0.

Go4SC2 Cup #63 – MyM

Top 200 Starcraft 2

The Top 200 lists have been updated, yes sir. This time, to make it a nice even four, I have linked the Top 200 Korean list too. Enjoy!

European Top 200 List

North American Top 200 List

South East Asian Top 200 List

Korean Top 200 List

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Cheaters Banned

Starcraft II Players Banned

Blizzard has just recently issued a new round of account suspensions and bans to StarCraft II players who were in violation of the Battle.net Terms of Use for cheating and/or using hack programs while playing. That is great news, as always. Blizzard say that they will be continuing to keep watch on Battle.net and take action as needed. You can read the full quote below, rejoice! 😀

We recently issued a new round of account suspensions and bans to StarCraft II players who were in violation of the Battle.net Terms of Use for cheating and/or using hack programs while playing. In addition to undermining the spirit of fair competition that’s essential to play on Battle.net, cheating and hacking can lead to stability and performance issues with the service. As always, maintaining a stable, safe, and secure online-gaming experience for legitimate players is a top priority for us, and we’ll be continuing to keep watch on Battle.net and take action as needed.
Blizzard Entertainment (Source)

Bob Colayco Interview – Starcraft II In Korea

Bob Colayco, the Blizzard Public Relations Manager, was interviewed by Games.On.Net to talk about the success and challenges of getting Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty into South Korean territory. With Bob was Chris Davey, the Senior Brand Manager for Blizzard in the Australia & New Zealand region. As I actually mentioned a week or two ago here, it has not all been peaches and cream. Blizzard are struggling a little to get the Koreans to fully embrace Starcraft II. I can imagine that it would be a little hard to beat the 11 good years they had with Starcraft 1. So if you want to read about Blizzard wherein they actually talk a little bit about KeSPA, GOMTV, the lack of LAN mode for Starcraft II and their various other endeavours in South Korea you can find the full interview below. Enjoy!

[Interview] Games.On.Net interviews SC2 PR Manager – TeamLiquid

Starcraft II On Touchscreen

Starcraft II is much more fun on a touch screen! Well, it looks like it is, at least! A nice video has been released that shows two guys battle it out against each other in Starcraft II on two pretty big touch screens.  It is, as they say, a completely interactive and immersive experience and wow, am I jealous. You can see that video below along with a description of what’s actually going on and what’s gone into it.

StarCraft II: Much More Fun on Touchscreen – walyou

Starcraft 1 On The iPad

Tying in pretty much 100% with the previous piece of news it seems like you can now also play Starcraft 1 on your iPad. Yes, indeed, and this may well be useful to quite a few more people as I think a lot more people have iPads than those huge touch screens in the previous video. So, if you’re keen to find out how Starcraft 1 works on the iPad,  how it was done or see how well it performs, then you’d better check the post out below.

Let’s Play Starcraft On The iPad! – Kotaku


GSL – Round of 16 – Day 1

There is always GSL news and GSL news is always good news. The round of 16 started today and we see a couple of pretty expected names advancing to the round of 8. When we get to this point the rounds just seem to come so impossible fast. Tomorrow we have the last day of the Round of 16, be sure to check back here soon for more on that.

NesTea, Rain, FruitDealer and HongUn all won their games. Tomorrow we will see big names such as MarineKing, July, Jinro and Mvp playing their games. See the full results of the first day below!

GSL Ro16 – MyM

[GSL] S3 Ro16 Day 1 – TeamLiquid

Round of 32 Interviews

TeamLiquid has a couple of interesting interviews up with the foreigners that made it the furthest in the GSL, IdrA and Jinro. They talk about their progress, how they felt about the setup and their ‘luck’ on their game days and much, much more. Enjoy!

Code-S List Finalized

GOMTV has finally revealed, on their website, how the points system for ranking players for Code S and Code A works. It is pretty simple, the further you make it the more points you get, the amounts increase very, very fast, just as the prizes do for the GSL. I think it will work really well and we are set for some really competitive play in 2011.

Below you can also find a nice long list containing all the players from the GSL 1, 2 and 3 and their current points and ranks. As expected, Fruitdealer is currently top of the logs with NesTea a close second. It is very interesting and definitely worth a read. The last 8 spots on the Code-S list are resevered for the Top 8 of the GSL Season 3, so good luck to those guys.

[GSL] Official Code S rankings – TeamLiquid

TeamLiquid TeamSpeak Open #2

The second TeamSpeak TeamLiquid Starcraft II Open ( 5th TL Open overall) is set to kick off this Saturday. The tournament will have a $200 prize pool and will be held on the US Battle.net server. There are a bunch of great casters lined up to cast the event and, as all the others, it is open to all. Read more about it below, enjoy!

TeamSpeak TL SC2 Open #5 – TeamLiquid

Chronas Wins Competo Cup #16

Chronas managed to take the latest Competo Cup this past Thursday. In the finals he faced off against, and dispatched, Nbs. Read more about Competo Cup #16 below!

Competo Cup #16 – Competo

Eizcaj Wins Craft Cup Lite #18

The x playing Eizcaj won the 18th Craft Cup Lite this past Tuesday. He faced off against the protoss SLiDeR and took him down with a score of 2 to 1.

Craft Cup Lite #18 – Craft Cup

PlayzoneFury Wins Craft Cup Lite #19

Fury took Craft Cup Lite #19 this past Wednesday. He met up against the zerg playing Skutt in the finals and easily took him down with a score of 2 to 0.

Craft Cup Lite #19 – Craft Cup

Sls Clan Roster

SlayerS (sls) Clan Roster

We have been treated with a look at the Slayers, or sls clan roster. Now, the names on the list are mostly unknowns but there is one that everyone seems to know, Cella, from the former clan werra. There are a lot of interesting names and we knew before that boxer was aiming to get the up-and-comers instead of the already well known big names. Interesting, check that entire list in the link below. I didn’t bother pasting the entire list in my post as most of the names are Asian characters anyway.

SlayerS Clan Roster – TeamLiquid

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GSL Season 3

The GSL3 is carrying on steadily with the first three play-days down and more to come this week. We are, if  you are just catching up with the news now, in the Round of 64. I will start off today by talking about the upsets, instead of those making it through.

Didn’t make it?: HayprO, HopeTorture, RainbOw, TheWind and Kyrix have failed to progress to the Round of 32.

So who made it through, you ask? Well, GSL2 Champ NesTea, SEn, FoxeR aka MarineKing, MakaPrime, Rain, Genius, Ret and the GSL1 winner FruitDealer are a few of the big names moving on to the Round of 32.

The rest of the play days in the Round of 64 are set to be concluded this week so stay tuned for more on those. You can read a lot more about the GSL3 in the nice, nice posts below!

GOMTV StarCraft 2 Open Season 3 – Round of 64 – GosuGamers

[GSL] S3 Ro64 Day 2 – TeamLiquid

[GSL] S3 Ro64 Day 3 – TeamLiquid

GSL 3 Ro64 Day 1 – Battle report – GosuGamers

GSL 3 Ro64 Day 2 – Battle report – GosuGamers

Code-S Clarified

So as the GSL organizers said in the past, 2011’s tournaments will be divided by Class, with S Class being the best of the best of the best.  Quite a few players have already done enough to qualify for the top division next year but now it has been made clear which ones have definitely made it, and which are still in limbo.

The players that are definitely Code-S are the following: FruitDealer, NesTea, Zenio, Kyrix, Hopetorture, MarineKing (BoxeR/ FoxeR), Ensnare, BoxeR (SlayersBoxer), LiveForever, Maka, NaDa, IncA, Genius, HongUn and sSKS

After these players there are several others that are, as I said, that are still to be decided and apparently they will be able to decide based on said players performance in Season 3. It has also been said that 32 players will qualify for Code S. Below them will be a 64 player league named Code A. If you want to know more about the technical jumbo that is the GSL 2011, check below!

GSL clarifies Code S players – MyM

Koreans (and HuK) To Dreamhack

The Koreans are going to Dreamhack. Yes, I said it. Due to apparent visa issues Brat_OK won’t be attending, and, the big name zerg IdrA also won’t be attending due to the GSL3. To take their places, oGsInCa and HuK have been invited and InCa is apparently also brining his clanmate TOP along for the fun! TOP will have to play the BYOC qualifications though, unlike InCa who’s already in the tournament. So you can read all about Dreamhack and their drama over at the Dreamhack official site! Also, be sure to try and catch the event live this coming weekened!

All You Need To Know About Dreamhack – TeamLiquid

Dreamhack Official Site

All-Star Replays

A quick mention that GOMTV has actually decided to, to the surprise of many, release the replays from the All-Star Tournament that was held last week. You can find them all in the links below!

GOMTV releases replays from GSL Allstars – GosuGamers

SC2Rep – Starcraft II Replays & VODs

eOSL -Playoffs

The groupstages of the ‘eGG-One StarLeague Winter’ are now over and you can find all the players that are participating in the playoffs below courtesy of MyM.

eOSL: Updates – MyM

NaNiWa Wins ZOTAC Cup #32

Naniwa won the 32nd ZOTAC Cup this past Sunday by taking the zerg player DIMAGA down in the finals with a clean score of 3 to 0.


Sjow Wins Go4SC2 Cup #57

SjoW has managed to win the Go4SC2 Cup #57 by taking down GoOdy in the final with a score of 3 to 1.

Go4SC2: SjoW – MyM

Top 200 EU Starcraft 2

Top 200 Player Lists

The Top 200 player lists have been updated once more. This time, as promised, the SEA region has been included too! 😀

SEA Top 200 – Starcraft II Official Site

US Top 200 – Starcraft II Official Site

EU Top 200 – Starcraft II Official Site

Player and Clan news

IdrA & drooL Interviews

There are, as usual, a couple of interesting interviews floating around this week. PCWorld has an interseting interview up with IdrA about his games at MLG, the GSL and his day-to-day activities in Korea. Needless to say, the bad-boy of the Starcraft II world does not fail to entertain. Competo Caster drooL was also interviewed by the guys over at Competo. He spoke about all the improvements he is making to his casting and his plans for the future. One last small piece of news is that Tarson has joined the clan Millenium to bolster their already impressive Starcraft II lineup. 

GSL Round of 64, DreamHack, Interview with IdrA – PC World

drooL: ‘I am getting better every week!’ – Competo

Tarson Joins Millenium – MyM

Liquid Weekly #17

The latest Liquid Weekly has been released, and in it, there are many cool and interesting pieces of news. They mostly talk about the GSL3 and their players in it. They also talk about their new member, HuK, taking part in this weekends Dreamhack Tournament. As usual it is 100% worth checking out and you can find it below!

Below you can also read about the new and pretty impressive looking TeamLiquid Headquarters in New York.

The Liquid Weekly #17 – TeamLiquid

TeamLiquid HQ – TeamLiquid

300 000 Subscribers for Husky

H to the usky Husky has reached and surpassed the 300 000 subscriber mark on YouTube. Let me just say, that is pretty impressive. To celebrate this grand occasion he, along with Kurt Hugo Schneider and various other people, made a music video. Not just any music video, though, this is a cover of Justin Bieber – Baby. The song is, as you can expect, about Starcraft II, and more specifically, Banelings. It featuresa Lamborghini, Husky rapping, girls dancing and tons of other quirky stuff. You have to check it out, see it above!

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