2009-2010 NATE MSL

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[e][h]NATE MSL
League Information
Series:
Organizer:
Sponsor(s):
NATE
Type:
Offline
Location:
South Korea Seoul
Format:
1v1, Single-elimination
Prize Pool:
₩116,000,000 KRW
(≃ $100,520 USD)
Start Date:
2009-11-26
End Date:
2010-01-23
Liquipedia Tier:
Links
Player breakdown
Number of players:
32
Protoss 8
Terran 8
Zerg 16
Maps
Chronology

Overview[edit]

After the uneventful Avalon MSL MBCGame looked to turn things around. It saw that it needed to rectify two problems in order for the MSL to compete with the OSL: the high number of Zerg in the later stages as well as less popular players in the final. The theme for the MSL was "Forget the past", and the plan was to make this MSL the biggest and best of all time, including having a final that would be talked about for years to come. Despite having trouble finding a sponsor, NATE stepped in at the eleventh hour to become the biggest sponsor the MSL had had in a while. Despite these noble aims, there was much controversy along the way, as the dubious ranking systems that reworked the brackets was seen by some fans as a form of rigging the tournament to ensure that the bigger names would advance.

Everything seemed to go as it should, with the generally-considered better players qualifying and going deeper in the tournament. However, NATE was not without upset. In the round of 32, Guemchi and Bogus shocked fans by knocking out Bisu and sAviOr in their group. Fans were expecting Bisu and sAviOr to meet in the winners' match in a rematch of their famous final in the 2006 GomTV S1 MSL. However, Guemchi and Bogus both won their respective games leaving Bisu and sAviOr to battle it out in the loser's match. Bisu defeated sAviOr but then lost to Bogus's proxy factory, knocking him out of the MSL early.

Perhaps the last big upset of the tournament came in the round of 16 when Stats defeated JangBi in a best of 3 series. The KHAN Protoss showed sloppy play which was ineffective against the focused Stats. One of the best series of the Round of 16 was ZerO trying to stop Flash's dominance in TvZ. The exciting games showed great play and some incredible micro from both players, though ultimately Flash came out on top on his way to the finals.

The Ro8 was full of one-sided games with three 3-0 results and one 3-1. Flash showed a revival of his incredible TvP to oust BeSt; Jaedong continued his ZvP streak by taking out Stats, and Kwanro showed he was not a fluke by taking out Light, making it to his second consecutive MSL semifinals. In the only 3-1 of the round, Kal defeated Hwasin and showed off his new emerging PvT prowess.

As the Ro4 loomed, fans were getting excited at the prospect of a Flash/Jaedong grand finals and their hopes didn't go unrealized. Flash and Jaedong both demolished their respective opponents 3-1 and 3-0, respectively, to show fans that they were at their best and ready to win the MSL. However, during the Kal vs Jaedong series an image appeared towards the end of the final game. On-screen, a picture of Flash faded in with the caption "I'll see you in the finals" (translated from Korean). This caused a stir among some fans as not only a way of being rude to Kal in the game, but as a way of flaunting MBCGame's "rigging" of the tournament so that they could force a Flash/Jaedong finals.

The image of Flash appears near the end of Kal and Jaedong's series

The Grand Final between Jaedong and Flash sparked a lot of controversy when, during the third game, a power outage occurred. It led to KeSPA's decision to award the game to Jaedong (who took the fourth game and the series 3-1).[1]

Tournament Information[edit]

Prize Pool[edit]

Maps[edit]

Participants[edit]

Results[edit]

Round of 32 Group Stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Group A
November 26, 2009
1. South Korea Protoss BeSt 2-0
2. South Korea Terran Light 2-1
3. South Korea Terran fOrGG 1-2
4. South Korea Zerg Calm 0-2
Detailed Results
ZergCalm
0
1
ProtossBeSt
ZergCalm
ProtossBeSt
TerranLight
0
1
TerranfOrGG
TerranLight
TerranfOrGG
ProtossBeSt
1
0
TerranfOrGG
ProtossBeSt
TerranfOrGG
TerranLight
1
0
ZergCalm
TerranLight
ZergCalm
TerranfOrGG
0
1
TerranLight
TerranfOrGG
TerranLight


Group B[edit]

Group
November 26, 2009
1. South Korea Zerg Kwanro 2-0
2. South Korea Terran Hwasin 2-1
3. South Korea Zerg Shine 1-2
4. South Korea Zerg HoGiL 0-2
Detailed Results
ZergKwanro
1
0
ZergHoGiL
ZergKwanro
ZergHoGiL
ZergShine
0
1
TerranHwasin
ZergShine
TerranHwasin
ZergKwanro
1
0
TerranHwasin
ZergKwanro
TerranHwasin
ZergShine
1
0
ZergHoGiL
ZergShine
ZergHoGiL
TerranHwasin
1
0
ZergShine
TerranHwasin
ZergShine


Group C[edit]

Group
December 5, 2009
1. South Korea Terran Flash 2-0
2. South Korea Zerg Saint 2-1
3. South Korea Terran Iris 1-2
4. South Korea Zerg hyvaa 0-2
Detailed Results
TerranIris
0
1
ZergSaint
TerranIris
ZergSaint
Zerghyvaa
0
1
TerranFlash
Zerghyvaa
TerranFlash
ZergSaint
0
1
TerranFlash
ZergSaint
TerranFlash
TerranIris
1
0
Zerghyvaa
TerranIris
Zerghyvaa
ZergSaint
1
0
TerranIris
ZergSaint
TerranIris


Group D[edit]

Group
December 3, 2009
1. South Korea Zerg Jaedong 2-0
2. South Korea Protoss Stats 2-1
3. South Korea Zerg July 1-2
4. South Korea Zerg Crazy-Hydra 0-2
Detailed Results
ZergJaedong
1
0
ZergCrazy-Hydra
ZergJaedong
ZergCrazy-Hydra
ProtossStats
1
0
ZergJuly
ProtossStats
ZergJuly
ZergJaedong
1
0
ProtossStats
ZergJaedong
ProtossStats
ZergJuly
1
0
ZergCrazy-Hydra
ZergJuly
ZergCrazy-Hydra
ZergJuly
0
1
ProtossStats
ZergJuly
ProtossStats


Group E[edit]

Group
November 28, 2009
1. South Korea Zerg by.hero 2-0
2. South Korea Terran Canata 2-1
3. South Korea Protoss Movie 1-2
4. South Korea Protoss Stork 0-2
Detailed Results
TerranCanata
0
1
Zergby.hero
TerranCanata
Zergby.hero
ProtossMovie
1
0
ProtossStork
ProtossMovie
ProtossStork
ProtossMovie
0
1
Zergby.hero
ProtossMovie
Zergby.hero
TerranCanata
1
0
ProtossStork
TerranCanata
ProtossStork
TerranCanata
1
0
ProtossMovie
TerranCanata
ProtossMovie


Group F[edit]

Group
December 3, 2009
1. South Korea Protoss GuemChi 2-0
2. South Korea Terran Bogus 2-1
3. South Korea Protoss Bisu 1-2
4. South Korea Zerg sAviOr 0-2
Detailed Results
ProtossBisu
0
1
ProtossGuemChi
ProtossBisu
ProtossGuemChi
TerranBogus
1
0
ZergsAviOr
TerranBogus
ZergsAviOr
ProtossGuemChi
1
0
TerranBogus
ProtossGuemChi
TerranBogus
ZergsAviOr
0
1
ProtossBisu
ZergsAviOr
ProtossBisu
TerranBogus
1
0
ProtossBisu
TerranBogus
ProtossBisu


Group G[edit]

Group
December 10, 2009
1. South Korea Protoss Kal 2-0
2. South Korea Zerg ZerO 2-1
3. South Korea Zerg Hyuk 1-2
4. South Korea Zerg type-b 0-2
Detailed Results
ZergZerO
0
1
ZergHyuk
ZergZerO
ZergHyuk
Zergtype-b
0
1
ProtossKal
Zergtype-b
ProtossKal
ZergHyuk
0
1
ProtossKal
ZergHyuk
ProtossKal
ZergZerO
1
0
Zergtype-b
ZergZerO
Zergtype-b
ZergHyuk
0
1
ZergZerO


Group H[edit]

Group
December 10, 2009
1. South Korea Protoss JangBi 2-0
2. South Korea Zerg FireFist 2-1
3. South Korea Terran RuBy 1-2
4. South Korea Zerg EffOrt 0-2
Detailed Results
ZergEffOrt
0
1
TerranRuBy
ZergEffOrt
TerranRuBy
ZergFireFist
0
1
ProtossJangBi
ZergFireFist
ProtossJangBi
TerranRuBy
0
1
ProtossJangBi
TerranRuBy
ProtossJangBi
ZergEffOrt
0
1
ZergFireFist
ZergEffOrt
ZergFireFist
ZergFireFist
1
0
TerranRuBy
ZergFireFist
TerranRuBy


Elimination Bracket[edit]

Round 1
Round 1
R1
Quarterfinals
Quarterfinals
Quarters
QF
Semifinals
Semifinals
Semis
SF
Grand Final
Grand Final
Final
GF
South KoreaJaedong
2
South KoreaFireFist
0
ZergJaedong
ZergFireFist
Jaedong thumbed down Ultimatum.
South KoreaStats
2
South KoreaJangBi
1
ProtossStats
ProtossJangBi
JangBi thumbed down Ultimatum.
South KoreaJaedong
3
South KoreaStats
0
South KoreaHwasin
2
South KoreaGuemChi
0
TerranHwasin
ProtossGuemChi
GuemChi thumbed down Odd-Eye.
South KoreaKal
2
South KoreaSaint
0
ProtossKal
ZergSaint
Kal thumbed down Fighting Spirit.
South KoreaLight
2
South Koreaby.hero
0
TerranLight
Zergby.hero
by.hero thumbed down Ultimatum.
South KoreaKwanro
2
South KoreaBogus
1
ZergKwanro
TerranBogus
Kwanro thumbed down Match Point.
South KoreaLight
0
South KoreaKwanro
3
South KoreaBeSt
2
South KoreaCanata
0
ProtossBeSt
TerranCanata
BeSt thumbed down Fighting Spirit.
South KoreaFlash
2
South KoreaZerO
1
TerranFlash
ZergZerO
Flash thumbed down Fighting Spirit.


Racial Distribution[edit]

ProtossTerranZerg
Ro32
8816
Ro16
556
Ro8
332
Ro4
112
Final
11
Winner
1

Notable Games[edit]

TvZ[edit]

  • Flash vs ZerO in the round of 16. ZerO attempts to take down the Terran monster in a clash of great micro and clever strategy:

1st set on Ultimatum, 2nd set on Match Point, 3rd set on Odd-Eye

ZvZ[edit]

References[edit]


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