The Six Dragons that had risen to dominate the scene in 2008 continued their dominance through the first quarter of 2009 with Stork and Bisu at the top of the KeSPA Ranking in January and February/march respectively.
The year 2009 was marked by more strict regulations from KeSPA, leading to a significant increase of disqualifications and causing a lot of debate about if KeSPA's regulations were too strict or not. The most notable and controversial of the changes was the stricter typing rules. They also included a ban on offensive ceremonies.
Another hot topic during this year was the GOMTV/KeSPA controversy where Blizzard came in conflict with KeSPA when Blizzard chose to sponsor GOM TV's StarCraft tournaments. KeSPA responded by making some of the proteams to refuse to sign up for GOM events. The future of GOM and weather or not there would be an Averatec-Intel Classic Season 4 were subjects debated and speculated in due to this controversy.
On a less controversial topic, 2009 also marked the year that KeSPA released their homepage in English.
New progamers on the scene
- (News) Death of (z-zone)Khan
- KeSPA's New Rules on Typing.
- New PL Rules: No offensive ceremonies
- Kespa VS. Blizzard 1:0
- No GOM Classic Season 4?
- KeSPA Opens English Homepage.
- 910 Retires
- (News) Three SKT1 Players Retire - Topic about RainBOw, AnomiA and MuJuk retiring
- (News) Free Agency period signings (Jaedong up for grabs)
- HoOny Retires
- (Retirement) keke
- maGma retires...
- (News) Max (Woongjin Stars) Retires.
- Memory Retires
- (Interview) Oversky's Finale
- Hwaseung Oz's ToSky Decides to Retire.
- Proleague Maps Updated - Article about Neo Moon Glaive, New Tornado and New Heartbreak Ridge
- Proleague 09-10 Map Preview
- SPL Maptest TLPD entry
- (New Map) Holy World
- NATE MSL New Maps