LoveTV Starleague Season 2

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[e][h]LoveTV Starleague Season 2
League Information
South Korea South Korea
Prize pool:
₩4,000,000 KRW
(≃ $3,918 USD)
Start Date:
End Date:
Liquipedia Tier:
South Korea  Killer
South Korea  Modesty
South Korea  hero
Player Breakdown
Number of Players:


LoveTV BJ Starleague Season 2 (2차 LovETv BJ스타리그) was announced on the 7th of March 2014.[1]

In the post-KeSPA era, there have been very few reoccurring tournament series featuring former professional players, such as the SonicTV BJ Starleague (SSL). The second season of the LoveTV BJ Starleague emerged with a very strong field, with two-thirds of the 32 player field having had previous OSL or MSL experience. The competitor roster spanned the strongest players of the day, such as Killer and Sea, to rising younger stars who had cultivated a large fan-base streaming on Afreeca, such as Mong and Larva, while including an MSL champion in Mind and few older names who, although past their peak, channeled forth fond memories from yesteryear, such as Midas and Zeus.

The entire tournament was broadcast online and casted by LoveTV. Notably, the tournament started immediately after the 9th SonicTV Starleague, thus avoiding conflicting schedules, with many players from SSL 9 competing in LoveTV BJ Starleague Season 2.

Tournament Information[edit]

Prize Pool[edit]

₩4,000,000 KRW was distributed among the top placing players per the following:

(Converted USD prizes are based on the currency rate on 2014-06-18: 1 KRW ≃ 0.001 USD.)

Around ₩1,100,000 KRW in balloons shall be distributed as a bonus for each game won:

  • 100 balloons (~7 USD) for the round of 32 and round of 16
  • 200 balloons (~14 USD) for the quarterfinals
  • 300 balloons (~21 USD) for the semifinals


Protoss Protoss (13) Terran Terran (9) Zerg Zerg (10)
South Korea Britney South Korea Ample South Korea beast
South Korea free South Korea HiyA South Korea hero
South Korea GuemChi South Korea Iris South Korea Jy
South Korea Lazy South Korea Midas South Korea Killer
South Korea Mini South Korea Mind South Korea Kwanro
South Korea Movie South Korea Mong South Korea Larva
South Korea Pure South Korea PianO South Korea Modesty
South Korea Pusan South Korea Sea South Korea Starcue
South Korea Tyson South Korea sSak South Korea Terror
South Korea Shuttle South Korea ZerO
South Korea Sky
South Korea Snow
South Korea Zeus


Ro32 Group Stage
  • 32 players divided up equally into 8 groups of 4 players each
  • Dual tournament group stage format
  • Top 2 players in each group advance to second group stage
Ro16 Group Stage
  • 16 players divided up equally into 4 groups of 4 players each
  • Round robin group stage procedure
  • Top 2 players in each group advance to single elimination bracket
Elimination Stage
  • 8-player single-elimination bracket
  • Quarterfinals are Bo3
  • Semifinals and third place match are Bo5
  • Finals are Bo7
  • All games of the series are played for additional balloons.

Map Pool[edit]


Round of 32 Group Stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Group A lrthread Watch VOD
March 18, 2014
1. South Korea  PianO ► Advances 2-0
2. South Korea  Snow ► Advances 2-1
3. South Korea  Mind --Eliminated 1-2
4. South Korea  Kwanro --Eliminated 0-2

Group B[edit]

Group B lrthread Watch VOD
March 20, 2014
1. South Korea  sSak ► Advances 2-0
2. South Korea  ZerO ► Advances 2-1
3. South Korea  Midas --Eliminated 1-2
4. South Korea  Zeus --Eliminated 0-2

Group C[edit]

Group C lrthread Watch VOD
March 23, 2014
1. South Korea  Sea ► Advances 2-0
2. South Korea  Modesty ► Advances 2-1
3. South Korea  Sky --Eliminated 1-2
4. South Korea  beast --Eliminated 0-2

Group D[edit]

Group D lrthread Watch VOD
March 25, 2014
1. South Korea  Mong ► Advances 2-0
2. South Korea  Pure ► Advances 2-1
3. South Korea  Pusan --Eliminated 1-2
4. South Korea  Jy --Eliminated 0-2

Group E[edit]

Group E Watch VOD
March 30, 2014
1. South Korea  Killer ► Advances 2-0
2. South Korea  Ample ► Advances 2-1
3. South Korea  free --Eliminated 1-2
4. South Korea  StarCue --Eliminated 0-2

Group F[edit]

Group F lrthread Watch VOD
April 1, 2014
1. South Korea  Mini ► Advances 2-0
2. South Korea  hero ► Advances 2-1
3. South Korea  Lazy --Eliminated 1-2
4. South Korea  Britney --Eliminated 0-2

Group G[edit]

Group G
April 6, 2014
1. South Korea  Movie ► Advances 2-0
2. South Korea  Larva ► Advances 2-0
3. South Korea  Iris --Eliminated 0-2
4. South Korea  Terror --Eliminated 0-2

Iris and Terror no show.

Group H[edit]

Group H Watch VOD
April 8, 2014
1. South Korea  HiyA ► Advances 2-0
2. South Korea  Tyson ► Advances 2-1
3. South Korea  Shuttle --Eliminated 1-2
4. South Korea  Guemchi --Eliminated 0-2


The Round of 32 saw very few surprises, with few significant upsets.

Group A was likely the most hotly contested group, featuring four former Starleague contestants. Snow (career 68% PvT win rate[2]) encountered Mind (career 57% TvP win rate[3]) twice, in the opening match and again in the Bo3 final match, with the Protoss player prevailing in all three games, as Snow made liberal use of Arbiters with his macro game-play.

The old guard were quickly eliminated, by and large, with Midas, Zeus, StarCue, Iris, and Pusan failing to advance. Pusan met his demise in group D at the hands of the new guard, Mong, during their winner's match as the Protoss player attempted an ill-advised proxy Gateway play that was quickly discovered and dealt with.

With Protoss competitors forming the plurality of the participant roster, groups F and H were both composed of three Protoss players. In group H, Tyson demonstrated his PvP prowess by defeating GuemChi and Shuttle in three straight games to advance. In the final match of the group, Tyson defeated Shuttle with a subtle army composition advantage on Circuit Breaker, as Tyson opting for Reavers and Dark Templars to counter Shuttle's Archons.

Round of 16 Group Stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Group A lrthread Watch VOD
May 11, 2014
1. South Korea  ZerO* ► Advances 2-1
2. South Korea  Snow* ► Advances 2-1
3. South Korea  Sea --Eliminated 2-1
4. South Korea  Mini --Eliminated 0-3
Sea forfeited tiebreaker[4]

*Advanced by tiebreaker

Group B[edit]

Group B lrthread Watch VOD
May 14, 2014
1. South Korea  hero ► Advances 3-0
2. South Korea  Killer ► Advances 2-1
3. South Korea  Larva --Eliminated 1-2
4. South Korea  Pure --Eliminated 0-3

Group C[edit]

Group C lrthread Watch VOD
May 16, 2014
. South Korea  Modesty* ► Advances 2-1
. South Korea  Ample* ► Advances 2-1
. South Korea  HiyA --Eliminated 2-1
. South Korea  sSak --Eliminated 0-3

*Advanced by tiebreaker

Group D[edit]

Group D lrthread Watch VOD
May 20, 2014
1. South Korea  Tyson ► Advances 2-1
2. South Korea  Mong ► Advances 2-1
3. South Korea  PianO --Eliminated 1-2
4. South Korea  Movie --Eliminated 1-2


The Round of 16 saw a number of challenging groups, where only one player, hero, emerged without a defeat. Notably, players in both groups A and C walked away with forfeits; Sea forfeited his tiebreaker match due to the late time of day (approaching 2:00am) while sSak forfeited after losing both his initial matches and seeing no chance of advancement.

As group play started at 10:00pm and took place in series, the schedule of play forced participants to wait for their group mates to complete their matches before competing themselves. In group A, Sea decided to forgo waiting for his last match(es) of the day. As such, ZerO and Snow competed in the tiebreaker to determine group placement. Snow (52% career PvZ win rate[5]) would succumb to ZerO (career 64% ZvP win rate[6]), who tech'd to early Queens to neutralize Snow's High Templars while attacking with a large Hydralisk force.

In group B, both hero and Killer took full advantage of their group mates in defeating Pure and Larva to advance. Group C featured three Terran players, but it was the lone Zerg, Modesty, who took advantage of his ZvT prowess (career 56% ZvT win rate[7]) to win three of four matches to advance. Ample would defeat HiyA in their tiebreaker match by out-macroing his opponent, five bases to three.

In group D, Tyson, perhaps surprising some, defeated Mong and Movie to advance. Mong would play PianO for the second position on Fighting Spirits, where PianO attempted a one-base Wraith build. Mong, unfazed, countered with Goliaths and switched to two-Starport Wraiths himself to surprise PianO and take the match.

Elimination Bracket[edit]

 South Korea ZerO
 South Korea Killer
 South Korea hero
 South Korea Snow
 South Korea Modesty
 South Korea Mong
 South Korea Tyson
 South Korea Ample
 South Korea Killer
 South Korea hero
 South Korea Modesty
 South Korea Ample
 South Korea Killer
 South Korea Modesty
3rd Place Match
 South Korea hero
 South Korea Ample


The elimination stage appeared to indicate Zerg dominance, with Zerg players taking all three top places, but bracket positioning likely also played a significant role in the final standings. Notably, all three Zerg players, Killer, Modesty, and hero, advanced while each playing his strongest match-ups. Killer (career 54% ZvZ win rate[8]) played three Zerg players on his way to victory, Modesty (career 56% ZvT win rate[9]) played two Terran players to advance to the finals, and hero (career 53% ZvP win rate[10]) advanced to the semifinals over a Protoss opponent.

Killer was dominant in his advancement through the bracket, losing only twice on his way to a 10-2 record and 14-3 overall for the tournament, switching seamlessly between Zergling- and/or Mutalisk-based ZvZ builds on the route to victory.

Racial Distribution[edit]

  Protoss Terran Zerg Random
Round of 32
Round of 16