PGL Season 3
The PGL Season 3 was hosted by the PGL Committee in Chengdu, China from 4th to 14th June 2008. The tournament was one of the rare occasions when top level foreign players, Korean and Chinese professionals met. In addition, this tournament featured one of the largest prize pools for StarCraft Brood War outside of KeSPA organized tournaments. Most of the coverage was provided by the Danish multi gaming clan Meet Your Makers, that sent out most of the foreign players, while China's largest Brood War Fanpage WFBrood provided streams and VODs.
Besides Brood War other titles such as Warcraft III were part of PGL.
The tournament was divided into four stages.
- The first was the team (aka groups) phase. This determined the top two teams. After the team ranks are known, each team had an internal tournament. From the top two teams, two on each team advanced directly to Stage III and the bottom two players move to Stage II. From the bottom two teams, the two losing players from the internal tournament wwere eliminated. The two winning players advanced to Stage II.
- Eight players had to play this stage. A double-elimination tournament was held with the winner bracket and loser bracket finalists advanced into Stage III.
- Stage III was the knockout stage. A bracket was held with the losers continuing to play until 2 losers remain - those two gamers were knocked out.
- Final stage of the tournament: Semi Finals and overall Finals and consolation Finals.
The clan wars were played with the All-Kill Format, the mode was a Best of Seven. The most interesting aspect of this stage was, that the players could determine the order of the matches, e.g. who to send out first. The mutual interest to finish as good as possible was in the best interest for everyone, as a top spot would minimize the probability to get eliminated before the pay out places.
The Individual Qualifiers were held on the third and fourth day of the main event.
|1.||FengZi ► Stage III||2-0|
|2.||Horang2 ► Stage III||2-1|
|3.||RushGoon ► Stage II||1-2|
|4.||White-Ra ► Stage II||0-2|
|Group A Matches|
|1.||F91 ► Stage II||2-0|
|2.||ChinaTTT ► Stage II||2-1|
|Group B Matches|
|1.||Legend ► Stage III||2-0|
|2.||Tazza ► Stage III||2-1|
|3.||Idra ► Stage II||1-2|
|4.||Vulture ► Stage II||0-2|
|Group C Matches|
|1.||Pj ► Stage II||2-0|
|2.||Bomber ► Stage II||2-1|
|Group D Matches|
The extra matches were the indirect way to qualify for the Quarter Finals and the final stage of the tournament. They were played on the fifth and sixth day of the PGL.
In the first day of Stage III the eight remaining players were seeded into two groups and had to play a Double-elimination tournament. The first two players to lose two games in a row were eliminated. The rest advanced to the second day of this stage.
Losers' Round 1
Losers' Round 1
On the second day of Stage III the remaining six players were put into another double elimination like tournament. The players coming from the loser brackets of Day 7 were automatically seeded in the lower bracket again, thus giving the winners a second chance if they failed in their first try.
The Stage IV was held on the tenth day of the event, the day in between the stages was free.