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PGL Season 4(2008-2009)

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[e][h]PGL Season 4(2008-2009)
League Information
Organizer:
华竞互动公司(China Esports Interactive),Turtle Entertainment
Sponsor(s):
ESL,Kappa,Gigabyte,Cherry,四川电信
Type:
Offline
Location:
China China
Format:
1v1
Prize Pool:
¥190,000 CNY
(≃ $27,792 USD)
Start Date:
2009-01-01
End Date:
2009-01-10
Liquipedia Tier:
Participants
Number of Players:
16
Protoss 6
Terran 5
Zerg 3
Random 2
Maps

General Information[edit]

PGL Season 4 (Kappa PGL第四赛季) 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.
Affected by the 2008 financial crisis, ESL reduced its investment in PGL, and PGL Season 5 of Starcraft was cancelled.

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".

Talents[edit]

  • Host, Commentator:
  • Host, Commentators:

Prizes[edit]

Total prize pool was CN¥ 190,000.[2]

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]

Grid[edit]

Upper Bracket Semifinals
Upper Bracket Semifinals
UB Semifinals
UBSF
Upper Bracket Final
Upper Bracket Final
UB Final
UBF
Qualified
Qualified
Qual.
Q
Lower Bracket Semifinal
Lower Bracket Semifinal
LB Semifinal
LBSF
Lower Bracket Final
Lower Bracket Final
LB Final
LBF
Qualified
Qualified
Qual.
Q

Individual Qualifiers[edit]

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

Group A
January 3rd, 2009
1. South Korea Terran kkong ► "Extra Matches" 2-0
2. Ukraine Protoss White-Ra ► "Extra Matches" 2-1
3. China Terran LeiLei --Eliminated 1-2
4. United States Protoss Nony --Eliminated 0-2
Group B
January 4th, 2009
1. South Korea Terran PuMa ► "Round of 8" 2-0
2. China Protoss Pj ► "Round of 8" 2-1
3. China Terran Super ► "Extra Matches" 1-2
4. Ukraine Terran Strelok ► "Extra Matches" 0-2
Group C
January 4th, 2009
1. South Korea Zerg Orion ► "Extra Matches" 2-0
2. China Zerg EVA ► "Extra Matches" 2-1
3. China Terran ChinaTTTT --Eliminated 1-2
4. China Zerg Fengzi --Eliminated 0-2
Group D
January 3rd, 2009
1. South Korea Protoss Nbs ► "Round of 8" 2-0
2. China Protoss Lx ► "Round of 8" 2-1
3. China Protoss LeiChe ► "Extra Matches" 1-2
4. China Zerg LBH ► "Extra Matches" 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.

Group 1
1. South Korea Terran kkong 2-0
2. Ukraine Protoss White-Ra 2-1
3. China Zerg EVA 1-2
4. China Zerg LBH 0-2
Detailed Results
South KoreaTerrankkong
2
1
ChinaZergLBH
UkraineProtossWhite-Ra
2
0
ChinaProtossVulture
ChinaZergLBH
1
2
ChinaProtossVulture
South KoreaTerrankkong
2
0
UkraineProtossWhite-Ra
UkraineProtossWhite-Ra
2
1
ChinaZergEVA
Group 2
1. South Korea Zerg Orion 2-0
2. China Protoss LeiChe 2-1
3. China Terran Super 1-2
4. Ukraine Terran Strelok 0-2
Detailed Results
South KoreaZergOrion
2
0
UkraineTerranStrelok
ChinaTerranSuper
2
0
ChinaZergEVA
ChinaZergEVA
2
1
UkraineTerranStrelok
South KoreaZergOrion
2
0
ChinaTerranSuper
ChinaProtossLeiChe
2
0
ChinaTerranSuper

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]

Upper Bracket Quarterfinals
Upper Bracket Quarterfinals
UB Quarterfinals
UBQF
Upper Bracket Semifinals
Upper Bracket Semifinals
UB Semifinals
UBSF
Upper Bracket Final
Upper Bracket Final
UB Final
UBF
Grand Final
Grand Final
Final
GF
South KoreaTerranPuMa
0
ChinaProtossLx
2
ChinaProtossPj
0
South KoreaZergOrion
2
ChinaProtossLx
0
South KoreaZergOrion
2
South KoreaTerrankkong
2
ChinaProtossLeiChe
0
South KoreaProtossNbs
2
UkraineProtossWhite-Ra
1
South KoreaTerrankkong
1
South KoreaProtossNbs
2
South KoreaZergOrion
3
South KoreaProtossNbs
0
Lower Bracket Round 1
Lower Bracket Round 1
LB Round 1
LBR1
Lower Bracket Quarterfinals
Lower Bracket Quarterfinals
LB Quarterfinals
LBQF
Lower Bracket Semifinal
Lower Bracket Semifinal
LB Semifinal
LBSF
Lower Bracket Final
Lower Bracket Final
LB Final
LBF
South KoreaTerranPuMa
0
ChinaProtossPj
2
South KoreaTerrankkong
0
ChinaProtossPj
2
ChinaProtossLeiChe
2
UkraineProtossWhite-Ra
1
ChinaProtossLx
0
ChinaProtossLeiChe
2
ChinaProtossPj
L
ChinaProtossLx
W

Final Four[edit]

Semifinals
Semifinals
Semis
SF
Grand Final
Grand Final
Final
GF
South KoreaZergOrion
3
South KoreaProtossNbs
0
ChinaProtossPj
1
ChinaProtossLx
3
South KoreaZergOrion
3
ChinaProtossLx
1

VODs[edit]

External Links[edit]

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