The Royal Road refers to a rookie winning an OSL upon his/her first qualification to that tournament. As of 2012, only seven players have managed to do this.
A player who has walked the Royal Road is called a Royal Roader.
OSL Royal Roaders
Although the terms "Royal Road" and "Royal Roader" are OSL exclusive, the same feat (win the tournament the first time he qualifies) was achieved by these players in the MSL:
- Only two players have won more than one StarCraft league without Royal Roading: Flash and JangBi.
- Grrrr... can be considered a Royal Roader because he won the first official OSL, although its predecessor the Tooniverse Progamer Korea Open is sometimes labelled as the first OSL.
- BoxeR would be the only double Royal Roader as he won the KPGA 1st Tour, which was the first MSL title.
- Mind arguably had the toughest road. He came all the way from the offline preliminaries and beat two bonjwas, sAviOr and iloveoov. In the final he won against Bisu, who was the player to beat at that time.
- ↑ Qualifying for a major individual tournament refers to reaching the first round or higher.