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[e][h]PGL Season 4
League Information
Type:
Offline
Location:
China China
Format:
1v1
Prize pool:
€40,000
Start Date:
January 1st, 2009
End Date:
January 10th, 2009
Liquipedia Tier:
Winners
South Korea  Orion
China  Legend
China  Pj
South Korea  Nbs
Player Breakdown
Number of Players:
16
6
5
3
2
Maps

General Information[edit]

PGL Season 4 was hosted by the PGL Committee in Chengdu, China from the first to the tenth of January, 2009. The tournament was one of the rare occasions when top-level foreign players, Chinese, and Korean progamers met. Another notable aspect of this tournament was that it featured one of the largest prize pools for StarCraft Brood War not organized by KeSPA. Most of the coverage was provided by the Danish multi-gaming clan Meet Your Makers, which had sent most of the foreign representatives, while China's largest Brood War fan page, WFBrood, provided streams and VODs.

Besides Brood War, other titles such as Warcraft III were a part of PGL.

The System[edit]

Initially, the tournament was to consist of 16 players that qualified for the main event through online tournaments. However, the selection system was changed to an invite-only format in late 2008 by the PGL committee.[1] The participants were selected from their respective regions: four Koreans, three foreigners, and seven Chinese players made it into the final tournament, joined by the last season's winner and runner-up.

In the first days of the tournament, the players were put randomly into four even groups. To ensure that only the strongest of the competitors would advance, an unconventional selection method was used:

Each group became a team that would face off against other teams, and each player had to undergo another qualifier tournament after this clan war stage, using the same system as seen in the OSL Dual Tournament Stage. Depending on their teams' success in the clan war stage, the players could either advance directly into the final tournament from the second qualifying stage or win the option to move on indirectly through the "extra matches" option.

The reason this system was used was to avoid a "Group of Death".

Prizes[edit]

Clan War Stage[edit]

The clan wars were played out using the All-Kill Format in a Best of Seven series. 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. Each team had a mutual interest to do as well as possible, because attaining the top spot for the team would minimize the probability of every player on it being eliminated before reaching potential money-earning matches.

The winner and the second place team would send their two most successful players directly into the Round of Eight after the Individual Qualifiers, while their third and fourth place players still had the option to qualify through the Extra Matches. The other two teams' top two players could only win a card to the Extra Matches, while their third and fourth place players would be eliminated.

Initial Groups[edit]

Team A
Player
Ukraine  White-Ra
South Korea  kkong
USA  Nony
China  LeiLei
Team B
Player
China  Pj
South Korea  Puma
Ukraine  Strelok
China  Super
Team C
Player
China  FengZi
South Korea  Orion
China  ChinaTTT
China  EVA
Team D
Player
China  Legend
South Korea  Nbs
China  Vulture
China  LBH

Grid[edit]

Semifinals
  Group A
2
  Group B
4
  Group C
2
  Group D
4
Winners' Finals
  Group B
1
  Group D
4
Losers' Round 1
  Group A
4
  Group C
3
Losers' Finals
  Group B
4
  Group A
2
Grand Finals
  Group D
N
  Group B
A

Detailed Results[edit]

Day 1[edit]

Group A 2 - 4 Group B
Player 1 Map Player 2
USA  Nony Destination Ukraine  Strelok
USA  Nony Athena China  Super
China  LeiLei Harmony China  Super
Ukraine  White-Ra Colosseum II China  Super
Ukraine  White-Ra Blue Storm South Korea  Puma
South Korea  kkong Harmony South Korea  Puma
Group C 2 - 4 Group D
Player 1 Map Player 2
China  EVA Blue Storm China  Vulture
China  ChinaTTT Sin Chupung-Ryeong China  Vulture
South Korea  Orion Athena China  Vulture
China  Fengzi Colosseum II China  Vulture
China  Fengzi Destination China  LBH
China  Fengzi Medusa South Korea  Nbs

Day 2[edit]

Group B 1 - 4 Group D
Player 1 Map Player 2
China  Super Athena China  Vulture
Ukraine  Strelok Colosseum China  Vulture
China  Pj Blue Storm China  Vulture
China  Pj Harmony South Korea  Nbs
South Korea  Puma Destination South Korea  Nbs
Group A 4 - 3 Group C
Player 1 Map Player 2
China  LeiLei Medusa China  Fengzi
China  LeiLei Colosseum China  ChinaTTT
China  LeiLei Athena South Korea  Orion
USA  Nony Destination South Korea  Orion
USA  Nony Blue Storm China  EVA
South Korea  kkong Harmony China  EVA
Ukraine  White-Ra Harmony China  EVA
Group B 4 - 2 Group A
Player 1 Map Player 2
Ukraine  Strelok Medusa USA  Nony
Ukraine  Strelok Colosseum Ukraine  White-Ra
China  Super Athena Ukraine  White-Ra
South Korea  Puma Destination Ukraine  White-Ra
South Korea  Puma Blue Storm China  LeiLei
South Korea  Puma Harmony South Korea  kkong

Individual Qualifiers[edit]

The Individual Qualifiers were held on the third and fourth day of the main event.

Day 3[edit]

Group A
1. South Korea  kkong ► "Extra Matches" 2-0
2. Ukraine  White-Ra ► "Extra Matches" 2-1
3. China  LeiLei --Eliminated 1-2
4. USA  Nony --Eliminated 0-2



Group D
1. South Korea  Nbs ► "Round of 8" 2-0
2. China  Legend ► "Round of 8" 2-1
3. China  Vulture ► "Extra Matches" 1-2
4. China  LBH ► "Extra Matches" 0-2


Day 4[edit]

Group B
1. South Korea  Puma ► "Round of 8" 2-0
2. China  Pj ► "Round of 8" 2-1
3. China  Super ► "Extra Matches" 1-2
4. Ukraine  Strelok ► "Extra Matches" 0-2


Group C
1. South Korea  Orion ► "Extra Matches" 2-0
2. China  EVA ► "Extra Matches" 2-1
3. China  ChinaTTT --Eliminated 1-2
4. China  Fengzi --Eliminated 0-2


Extra Matches[edit]

The extra matches were the indirect way to qualify for the quarterfinals and the final stage of the tournament, and were played on the fifth and sixth day. At first, the eight player started in two groups, using a similar mode to the one used in the Individual Qualifiers. Instead of playing only in their group, the players that had lost the first match were exchanged between the groups and thus given another chance to qualify.

Day 5[edit]

Player 1 Score Player 2
Group 1
South Korea  kkong 2 - 1 China  LBH
Ukraine  White-Ra 2 - 0 China  Vulture
China  LBH 1 - 2 China  Vulture
Player 1 Score Player 2
Group 2
South Korea  Orion 2 - 0 Ukraine  Strelok
China  Super 2 - 0 China  EVA
China  EVA 2 - 1 Ukraine  Strelok

Day 6[edit]

Player 1 Score Player 2
Group 1a
South Korea  kkong 2 - 0 Ukraine  White-Ra
Ukraine  White-Ra 2 - 1 China  EVA
Player 1 Score Player 2
Group 2a
South Korea  Orion 2 - 0 China  Super
China  Vulture 2 - 0 China  Super

Results[edit]

Qualified Players Part I
Rank Player W L
1 South Korea  kkong 2 0
2 Ukraine  White-Ra 2 1
3 China  EVA 1 2
4 China  LBH 0 2
Qualified Players Part II
Rank Player W L
1 South Korea  Orion 2 0
2 China  Vulture 2 1
3 China  Super 1 2
4 Ukraine  Strelok 0 2

Final Stages[edit]

The final eight players first competed in an eight man double-elimination tournament. The four remaining players (winner bracket finalists and loser bracket finalists) moved on to a four man single-elimination tournament.

Double-elimination[edit]

Quarterfinals
 South Korea Puma
0
 China Legend
2
 China Pj
0
 South Korea Orion
2
 South Korea kkong
2
 China Vulture
0
 South Korea Nbs
2
 Ukraine White-Ra
1
Semifinals
 China Legend
0
 South Korea Orion
2
 South Korea kkong
1
 South Korea Nbs
2
Winners' Finals
 South Korea Orion
3
 South Korea Nbs
0
Losers' Round 1
 South Korea Puma
0
 China Pj
2
 China Vulture
2
 Ukraine White-Ra
1
Losers' Round 2
 South Korea kkong
0
 China Pj
2
 China Legend
0
 China Vulture
2
Losers' Round 3
 China Pj
L
 China Legend
W
Losers' Finals
  
  
Grand Finals
  
  

Final Four[edit]

Semifinals
 South Korea Orion
3
 South Korea Nbs
0
 China Pj
1
 China Legend
3
Finals
 South Korea Orion
3
 China Legend
1

VODs[edit]

References[edit]