PGL Season 4
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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.
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. 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".
|Place||$ USD||€ EUR||Player|
Clan War Stage
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.
The Individual Qualifiers were held on the third and fourth day of the main event.
|1.||kkong ► "Extra Matches"||2-0|
|2.||White-Ra ► "Extra Matches"||2-1|
|Group A Matches|
|1.||Nbs ► "Round of 8"||2-0|
|2.||Legend ► "Round of 8"||2-1|
|3.||Vulture ► "Extra Matches"||1-2|
|4.||LBH ► "Extra Matches"||0-2|
|Group D Matches|
|1.||Puma ► "Round of 8"||2-0|
|2.||Pj ► "Round of 8"||2-1|
|3.||Super ► "Extra Matches"||1-2|
|4.||Strelok ► "Extra Matches"||0-2|
|Group B Matches|
|1.||Orion ► "Extra Matches"||2-0|
|2.||EVA ► "Extra Matches"||2-1|
|Group C Matches|
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.
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.
- Day 2: White-Ra vs. EVA
- Day 2: kkong vs. EVA
- Day 2: Nony vs. EVA
- Day 2: Nony vs. Orion
- Day 2: LeiLei vs. Orion
- Day 2: LeiLei vs. ChinaTTT
- Day 2: LeiLei vs. Fengzi
- Day 2: Puma vs. Nbs
- Day 2: Pj vs. Nbs
- Day 2: Pj vs. Vulture
- Day 2: Strelok vs. Vulture
- Day 2: Super vs. Vulture