2004 KT KTF Premier League
(≃ $114,154 USD)
- 1 Overview
- 2 Tournament Information
- 3 Results: Group Stage
- 4 Results: Elimination Stage
- 5 The Finals
- 6 Racial Distribution
- 7 Gallery
- 8 References
The 2004 KT KTF Premier League was held from September 8, 2004 to January 23, 2005 in South Korea. It was composed of 20 of the top players at the time the tournament was held, with the tournament series being 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 KTF Fimm Premier League, which was broadcast on OnGameNet, and the KT Megapass 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 second and last of the series and was preceded by the 2003 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 four finishers in each league. The Elimination Stage then followed as single-elimination brackets.
₩128,200,000+ (~$124,000+) was awarded to the players, with ₩300,000 (~$290) per victory and a bonus of ₩1,000,000 (~$970) for each consecutive victory The winners of each league earned an additional ₩10,000,000 (~$9,700), with the grand champion earning the remainder of the purse. The prize pool distribution was as follows:
|3rd||$5,900||₩6,100,000||NaDa||Pantech & Curitel Curriors|
+: These players were rewarded additional bonuses for playoff victories, but their exact amounts are not clear.
Converted USD amounts calculated on January 23, 2005 with a currency rate of 0.000966 USD per KRW provided by XE.com.
|Protoss (4)||Terran (4)||Zerg (2)|
|Protoss (2)||Terran (5)||Zerg (3)|
Results: Group Stage
The Group Stage enabled the top four finishers to advance to the Elimination Stage. The Group Stage was composed of a series of 1v1 round-robin matches within each league (KTF Fimm and KT Megapass), 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 four 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: KTF Fimm
Playoffs: KT Megapass
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, GoRush and July, faced each other in the KT KTF Premier League.
- 2003 KT KTF Premier League explained on TL
- KT KTF coverage 2004 on TL
- KT KTF coverage on the two leagues in 2004
- KT KTF Premier League at Wikipedia Korea
- KT KTF Premier League 2004 at Donga
- Recap of KTKTF at Daum
- KHGames coverage of 2004 KTKTF
- KTKTF earnings before playoffs
- TL thread on KTF Premier 2004-5
- TLPD on KT KTF 2004-5
- Donga coverage of KTKTF 2004 finals
- Daum post of KTKTF 2004 finals
- Game Chosun coverage of KTKTF 2004 finals