2000 KBK Masters Season 1
(≃ $27,949 USD)
The 2000 KBK Masters was a larger international tournament organized by Knight Bridges Korea, or KBK, in early 2000 and consisted of the 128 top-ranked players after an online ladder competition. KBK had organized previous tournaments within South Korea, but the 2000 KBK Masters would be the first to include foreign participants. Approximately 100,000 participants competed for spots in the final offline championship, which included divisions for individual 1v1, team 3v3, and women.
Reminiscent of a BlizzCon event, Blizzard Entertainment representatives were on hand to provide previews of the forthcoming Diablo 2 and Warcraft 3. Several matches from the tournament were broadcast on Korean television broadcasts, marking one of the earliest documented instances StarCraft being publicly broadcast.
The matches in the tournament were played in a best of three format on the "Fastest" speed. Individuals played on a custom KBK-made map for both the qualifiers and finals, while the team and women's division used The Hunters for the qualifiers before switching to a custom KBK-made map for the finals.
|1st||$3,000||₩3,000,000||Lee Ji Eun 이지은|
|2nd||$1,000||₩1,000,000||Gang Myeong Hui 강명희|
|3rd||$500||₩500,000||Yun Mo Oh 윤모아|
|1st||$5,000||₩5,000,000||Yang Kyoung Gwon 양경광|
|Jeong Wan Young 정완영|
|Gang Ming Yu 강민규|
|2nd||$2,000||₩2,000,000||Guk Beom Gwon 국범균|
Note: Due to limited availability of information about the participants, race and nationality is not presented for many players. Known player aliases such as TheMarine were used when available.
Due to the limited availability of records, the elimination brackets is largely unavailable.
Limited tournament recaps note that TheMarine defeated I.Love_Star 2-0 to win the championship match.
Non-Korean player performances included Round of 16 finishes for ~jolly~ and (BG)Mr.X, Round of 32 finishes for Grrrr... and Pillars, and a fourth place overall finish for female player TheGirl, who was later interviewed about her experiences.
- Some StarCraft Masters 2000 Photo by EvilMetal on broodwar.com
- Weppy Starcraft Masters 2000 on PPW KOREA
- KBK organizing and Weppy.com sponsoring
- KBK 2000 official site
- 2000 KBK background
- KBK rules and guidelines
- KBK Masters tournament winners
- Prize purses from KBK Masters at Starcraft.org
- KBK Masters prizes from KBK official website
- TL thread including KBK Masters
- TheGirl interview at Nuke Winter after KBK