2003 KT KTF Premier League
(≃ $103,345 USD)
The 2003 KT KTF Premier League was held from October 05, 2003 to January 13, 2004 in South Korea. It was composed of 20 of the top players at the time the tournament was held, as selected by the KPGA (predecessor to the KeSPA). The tournament series was sponsored and created by KT KTF, a South Korean telecommunication company, as a complement to the OGN Starleague (OSL) and MBCGame StarCraft League (MSL).
The KT KTF Premier League distributed to 20 players across two separate leagues, the KT Bigi Premier League, which was broadcast on GameTV, and the KTF MegaPass Nestop Premier League, which was broadcast on MBCGame. Matches were generally played on a weekly basis on each of the two gaming networks, with participants competing against both those in their own and their counterpart leagues. The top finishers, one from each league, then advanced to a playoff format competition to crown the grand champion.
The tournament was the first of the series and was followed by the 2004 KT KTF Premier League.
The matches were played as a best of one format in the Group Stage, while the Elimination Stage bracket was a best of three format, until the best of five championship round. The Group Stage, which was played as ten-person round robins, enabled the selection of the top three finishers in each league. The Elimination Stage then followed as single-elimination brackets.
₩121,900,000+ (~$103,000+) was awarded to the players, with ₩300,000 (~$250) per victory and a bonus of ₩1,000,000 (~$850) for each consecutive victory. The winners of each league earned an additional ₩10,000,000 (~$8,500), with the grand champion earning the remainder of the purse.
The prize pool distribution was as follows:
|Place||$ USD||₩ KRW||Player||Team|
|1st||$29,842||₩ 35,200,000||NaDa||Toona SG|
|2nd||$13,649||₩ 16,100,000||BoxeR||SK Telecom T1|
|3rd-4th||$7,376||₩ 8,700,000||XellOs||Suma GO|
|5th-7th||$6,274||₩ 7,400,000||YellOw||KTF MagicNs|
|Kingdom||SK Telecom T1|
|8th||$3,815||₩ 4,500,000||TheWinD||STX SouL|
|9th-10th||$3,222||₩ 3,800,000||TheMarine||KTF MagicNs|
|13th||$1,865||₩ 2,200,000||Reach||Hanbit Stars|
|16th-17th||$1,017||₩ 1,200,000||Junwi||Hanbit Stars|
|JinSu||AMD Dream Team|
|18th||$509||₩ 600,000||Autumn||KTF MagicNs|
|19th||$254||₩ 300,000||JinNam||AMD Dream Team|
|20th||-||-||JoyO||Pirates of Space|
(Converted USD prizes are based on the currency rate on Jan 13, 2004: 1 KRW ≃ 0.00085 USD.)
+: These players were rewarded additional bonuses for playoff victories, but their exact amounts are not clear.
|Protoss (3)||Terran (3)||Zerg (4)|
|Protoss (3)||Terran (3)||Zerg (4)|
The Group Stage enabled the top three finishers to advance to the Elimination Stage. The Group Stage was composed of a series of 1v1 round-robin matches within each league (KT Bigi and KTF MegaPass Nespot), in addition to interleague play between the two leagues, with participants competing against players in the other league.
Participants from each of the two leagues competed against players in the opposing league during this phase of the Group Stage. Each participant generally played two games against members of the counterpart league.
Final Group Standings
The cumulative Group Stage records, totaling the individual league and interleague results, were:
The top three finishers in each league advanced to the Elimination Stage.
Results: Elimination Stage
The two leagues played in independent single-elimination brackets with the winners of each playing in the championship match. The league brackets were a best of three format, while the championship was best of five.
Playoffs: KT Bigi
Playoffs: KTF MegaPass Nespot
The championship match brought together the winners of each respective league. With players largely competing against members of their own league, this was the first time the two finalists, NaDa and BoxeR, faced each other in the KT KTF Premier League.
- 2003 KT KTF Premier League explained on TL
- KT KTF 2003 preview at TL
- PGR21 recap of KT KTF 2003 results
- PGR21 recap of finalists' purses for 2003 KT KTF
- Korean coverage of KT KTF championship
- NaDa wins KT KTF 2003 at PGR21
- PGR21 post on KTF Premier 2003-4
- TLPD on KT MegaPass 2003-4
- TLPD on KTF Bigi 2003-4
- TL thread recap of KTF Premier 2003-4
- KT official site
- KT official site intro page
- KTF official site