PGL Season 1

[e][h]PGL Season 1
League Information
Type:
Offline
Location:
China China
Format:
1v1
Prize pool:
$7,000
Start Date:
May 22nd, 2007
End Date:
June 2nd, 2007
Liquipedia Tier:
Winners
Poland  Draco
South Korea  Enfury
China  Pj
China  Legend
Player Breakdown
Number of Players:
16
2
7
6
1
Maps

General Information[edit]

The PGL Season 1 was hosted by the PGL Committee in Beijing, China in May and June 2007. The tournament was one of the rare occasions when top level foreign players, Korean and Chinese professionals met. In addition, this tournament featured one of the largest prize pools for StarCraft Brood War outside of KeSPA organized tournaments. Besides Brood War other titles such as Warcraft III were part of PGL.

The qualifiers for the foreign players (minus China) was organised by the German broadcasting company ESL TV. This marks one of the first moves of foreign companies to enter the Chinese eSport market.

Prize Pool[edit]

Note: Each Winner of the Showmatches got an additional prize of 100$.

Foreign Qualifiers[edit]

Shortly after the tournament was announced a qualification system was organized by ESL TV, mostly covered in English, despite the page featuring mostly German content. The system had three stages, although being arguably less complicated than the system used for the main event. In the first two weeks of April a ladder was hosted on ESL's Brood War page with an implemented Auto-Match Maker, similar to the one WGTour.com used for its ladder. Every day the ladder was reset and the former best players advanced to a group stage. The 24 players were seeded into four even groups, with the best two advancing into a double elimination grid.

The flight, food and hotel costs were covered by the event team for any player that would qualify.

ESL received a lot of criticism for their rulings during the group stage of the qualifiers.[1] CocoA accused fraer of not uploading/reporting a replay of his series against the Russian Protoss Bruce. Instead of a clear 2-0 frear did lose one of the games - which would have resulted in a tie breaker with the American Zerg. However, ESL Administration only reacted with kicking an admin instead of ruling in favour of CocoA, even after Bruce admitted the abuse.[2] Only two weeks after the incidenent the remaining administrator released a statement, saying that only screen shots are not enough proof. [3]

Group Stage[edit]

Team A
Place Player Win Lose Detailed Score
1 Ukraine  White-Ra 4 1 9:3
2 Canada  IefNaij 4 1 9:3
3 Portugal  sYz 4 1 8:5
4 Poland  MistrZZZ 2 3 6:6
5 Poland  Youngp 1 4 2:8
6 Russia  Sudden 0 5 1:10
Team B
Place Player Win Lose Detailed Score
1 Poland  Draco 4 1 8:3
2 Canada  Smuft 4 1 8:4
3 Canada  Testie 3 2 7:4
4 USA  Artosis 2 3 4:4
5 Ukraine  Strelok 1 4 4:8
6 Spain  Squall 1 4 4:9
Team C
Place Player Win Lose Detailed Score
1 USA  Idra 4 1 8:2
2 Russia  Advokate 3 1 7:2
3 Poland  Hullah 3 2 7:6
4 Russia  Ex 3 1 6:4
5 Lithuania  Kr 1 4 3:8
6 Canada  Worked 0 5 1:10
Team B
Place Player Win Lose Detailed Score
1 USA  Skew 5 0 10:2
2 Ukraine  fraer 3 2 8:5
3 USA  CocoA 3 2 7:5
4 Russia  Notforu 2 3 6:6
5 Russia  Bruce 2 3 4:7
6 Spain  Darakian 0 5 0:10

Bracket[edit]

Quarterfinals
 Ukraine White-Ra
L
 Ukraine fraer
W
 Poland Draco
L
 USA Idra
W
 USA Skew
L
 Canada IefNaij
W
 Canada Smuft
W
 Russia Advokate
L
Semifinals
 Ukraine fraer
L
 USA Idra
W
 Canada IefNaij
W
 Canada Smuft
L
Winners' Finals
 USA Idra
L
 Canada IefNaij
W
Losers' Round 1
 Poland Draco
W
 Ukraine White-Ra
L
 Russia Advokate
W
 USA Skew
L
Losers' Round 2
 Canada Smuft
L
 Poland Draco
W
 Ukraine fraer
L
 Russia Advokate
W
Losers' Round 3
 Poland Draco
W
 Russia Advokate
L
Losers' Finals
 USA Idra
L
 Poland Draco
W
Grand Finals
 Canada IefNaij
L
 Poland Draco
W

Changes and Visa Issues[edit]

Draco, Idra, IefNaij and Advokate qualified for the PGL Finals, but only the Polish Protoss eventually went to China. Idra did not attend the flight and was replaced by fraer. However, fraer and Advokate both had difficulties with their visa.[4]. The Russian got replaced by the Chinese Terran RushGoon, whereas Testie receive the invite for the Zerg.

The System[edit]

The tournament was divided into four stages.

Stage I

  • The first was the team (aka group) phase. This determined the top two teams. After the team ranks are known, each team had an internal tournament. From the top two teams, two on each team advanced directly to Stage III and the bottom two players move to Stage II. From the bottom two teams, the two losing players from the internal tournament wwere eliminated. The two winning players advanced to Stage II.

Stage II

  • Eight players had to play this stage. A double-elimination tournament was held with the winner bracket and loser bracket finalists advanced into Stage III.

Stage III

  • Stage III was the knockout stage. A bracket was held with the losers continuing to play until 2 losers remain - those two gamers were knocked out.

Stage IV

  • Final stage of the tournament: Semi Finals and overall Finals and consolation Finals.


Stage I[edit]

The clan wars were played with the All-Kill Format, the mode was a Best of Seven. The most interesting aspect of this stage was, that the players could determine the order of the matches, e.g. who to send out first. The mutual interest to finish as good as possible was in the best interest for everyone, as a top spot would minimize the probability to get eliminated before the pay out places.

The players could partially select their team's members in a group ceremony. Four players were nominated as team captains. These picked one of the remaining players in the first round of selections. The picked player then continued to add another of the eight remaining players in the second circle, which again could select the fourth players.

Initial Groups[edit]

Team A
Player
China  Super (C)
China  Phoenix66
South Korea  1st
China  RushGoon
Team B
Player
China  Pj
China  loveTT
South Korea  enfury.com
South Korea  bong
Team C
Player
China  Legend
China  Vulture
South Korea  Dinner
Canada  Testie
Team D
Player
China  F91
China  IloveyouKH
Poland  Draco
Canada  IefNaij

Grid[edit]

Semifinals
  Group A
W
  Group B
L
  Group C
L
  Group D
W
Winners' Finals
  Group A
W
  Group D
L
Losers' Round 1
  Group B
W
  Group C
L
Losers' Finals
  Group D
L
  Group B
W
Grand Finals
  Group A
N
  Group B
A


Detailed Results[edit]

Day 1[edit]

Group A 4 - 3 Group B
Player 1 Map Player 2
South Korea  1st Arcadia China  Pj
South Korea  1st Longinus China  loveTT
South Korea  1st Arcadia South Korea  bong
China  Phoenix Longinus South Korea  bong
China  Phoenix Blitz X South Korea  Enfury.com
China  RushGoon Blitz X South Korea  Enfury.com
China  Super Reverse Temple South Korea  Enfury.com
Group C 2 - 4 Group D
Player 1 Map Player 2
South Korea  Dinner Arcadia Canada  IefNiaj
China  Vulture Longinus Canada  IefNiaj
China  Vulture Reverse Temple China  iloveyouKH
China  Legend Longinus China  iloveyouKH
China  Legend Reverse Temple China  F91
Canada  Testie Arcadia China  F91

Day 2[edit]

Group A 4 - 2 Group D
Player 1 Map Player 2
China  RushGoon Longinus China  iloveyouKH
China  Phoenix Blitz X China  iloveyouKH
China  Phoenix Blitz X Poland  Draco
China  Phoenix Longinus Canada  IefNaij
China  Phoenix Reverse Temple China  F91
South Korea  1st Tau Cross China  F91

Stage II[edit]

The Individual Qualifiers were held on the third and fourth day of the main event. Each day two players got eliminated.

Day 3[edit]

  • Group A: Winners to Stage IV, Losers to Stage III
Semifinals
 China RushGoon
2
 China Super
1
 China Phoenix
1
 South Korea 1st
2
Winners' Finals
 China RushGoon
1
 South Korea 1st
2
Losers' Round 1
 China Super
2
 China Phoenix
0
Losers' Finals
 China RushGoon
1
 China Super
2
Grand Finals
 South Korea 1st
Stage IV
 China Super
Stage IV
  • Group B: Winners to Stage III, Losers eliminated
Semifinals
 China LoveTT
 South Korea enfury.com
 China Pj
 South Korea Bong
Winners' Finals
  
  
Losers' Round 1
  
  
Losers' Finals
  
  
Grand Finals
 China LoveTT
Stage III
 South Korea Bong
Stage III

Day 4[edit]

  • Group C: Winners to Stage III, Losers eliminated
Semifinals
 China Legend
2
 South Korea Dinner
1
 Canada Testie
2
 China Vulture
0
Winners' Finals
 China Legend
1
 Canada Testie
2
Losers' Round 1
 South Korea Dinner
2
 China Vulture
1
Losers' Finals
 China Legend
2
 South Korea Dinner
1
Grand Finals
 Canada Testie
Stage III
 China Legend
Stage III
  • Group D: Winners to Stage III, Losers eliminated
Semifinals
 Poland Draco
 China iloveyouKH
 Canada IefNaij
 China F91
Winners' Finals
  
  
Losers' Round 1
  
  
Losers' Finals
  
  
Grand Finals
 Canada Testie
Stage III
 China Legend
Stage III

Stage III[edit]

Quarterfinals
 China LoveTT
2
 China Phoenix
0
 China Legend
2
 Poland Draco
0
 China F91
1
 Canada Testie
2
 China RushGoon
0
 South Korea Bong
2
Semifinals
 China LoveTT
1
 China Legend
2
 Canada Testie
2
 South Korea Bong
1
Winners' Finals
 China Legend
advanced
 Canada Testie
advanced
Losers' Round 1
 China Phoenix
0
 Poland Draco
2
 China F91
2
 China RushGoon
0
Losers' Round 2
 South Korea Bong
1
 Poland Draco
2
 China LoveTT
2
 China F91
1
Losers' Round 3
 Poland Draco
advanced
 China LoveTT
advanced
Losers' Finals
  
  
Grand Finals
  
  

Stage IV[edit]

Phase I[edit]

The idea behind the first phase of the fourth stage was to eliminate the player with most losses. For this some sort of tournament was hosted, with the winners automatically moving on, whereas the player losing three games in a row would be eliminated.

First Round
Winner Score Loser
South Korea  Enfury.com > China  Legend
Poland  Draco > China  Super
Canada  Testie > China  LoveTT
China  Pj > South Korea  1st
Second Round
Winner Score Loser
South Korea  1st > China  Super
China  Legend > China  LoveTT
Third Round
Winner Score Loser
China  Super > China  LoveTT

Phase II[edit]

In the second phase again one of the remaining seven players had to be eliminated. For this one group of four players was created, with the losers descending into some sort of elimination round. The third player to join this elimination group was the player with most losses during the tournament.

First Round
Winner Score Loser
Poland  Draco 2 - 0 China  Super
China  Legend 2 - 0 South Korea  1st
elimination Round
Winner Score Loser
South Korea  1st > China  Super
South Korea  enfury.com > South Korea  1st
South Korea  enfury.com > China  Super

Phase III[edit]

The six remaining players had to play a system similar to the one of Phase II. The losers were put into an elimination group, with the player losing all games being eliminated from the event.

First Round
Winner Score Loser
Poland  Draco 2 - 0 Canada  Testie
China  Legend 2 - 0 South Korea  1st
China  Pj 2 - 1 South Korea  Enfury.com
elimination Round
Winner Score Loser
Canada  Testie 2 - 1 South Korea  1st
South Korea  enfury.com 2 - 1 Canada  Testie
South Korea  enfury.com 2 - 1 South Korea  1st

Phase IV[edit]

For the 11th day two groups have been generated. The losers of each group had to phase the loser of the other group.

Group 1
Winner Score Loser
Poland  Draco 2 - 0 Canada  Testie
Group 2
Winner Score Loser
China  Pj 2 - 0 South Korea  enfury.com
China  Legend 2 - 1 South Korea  enfury.com
elimination Round
Winner Score Loser
South Korea  enfury.com 2 - 1 Canada  Testie

Finals[edit]

Semifinals
 China Legend
1
 Poland Draco
3
 China Pj
2
 South Korea enfury.com
3
Finals
 Poland Draco
3
 South Korea enfury.com
1
3rd Place Match
 China Legend
1
 China Pj
3

Show Matches[edit]

During the event show matches were hosted for the audience. To determine who should play the viewers could vote on the Chinese PGL portal. The winner of each match received around 100 EUR for his win.

History: Show Matches
Winner Score Loser
Poland  Draco 2 - 1 China  F91
Poland  Draco 2 - 1 China  Pj
Poland  Draco 2 - 1 China  Legend

Media[edit]


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