2012 Global StarCraft II League Season 4
(≃ $156,348 USD)
GOMTV's Premier 1v1 Global StarCraft II League returns with its fourth season in 2012 boasting a prize pool of over $150,000 spread across the 72 participants.
The 2012 Global StarCraft II League Season 4 is the fourth season of the GSL in 2012. The GSL is the league where many of the best Korean and foreign professional gamers come to compete. The format allows up to a week's preparation before each of your matches, promoting well thought out play.
KeSPA players participation
During the 2012 GSL Season 3, KeSPA announced that they will consider allowing their players to attempt to qualify for this season of the Global StarCraft II League, however on August 23 KeSPA announced that due to scheduling conflicts their players would not participate in this GSL season.
Today, we have received an official response from KeSPA, stating that their players will, once again, not participate in the GSL Season 4 Code A qualifiers.
This announcement came as a surprise as KeSPA and ESF players have already been competing in the World Championship Series Korea Nationals and were scheduled to face off in the OnGameNet Starleague Season 1, as well as the progress made during the StarCraft II eSports Transition Conference where it was announced that the different leagues and KeSPA would be cooperating. Blizzard Korea staff immediately stated that they are disconcerted by KeSPA's announcement and will look over it and make an announcement about it soon.
The next day on August 24 the eSports Federation announced that its players decided to support GOMTV in this conflict, and that all ESF players will not participate in the OSL until KeSPA's players participate in the GSL. With the OSL Season 1 Round of 16 scheduled to take place on August 28 where the ESF's most prominent players were matched against KeSPA's most prominent players this boycott left KeSPA no choice but to announce that they will allow their players to participate in the next GSL Season, Season 5.
On August 25 the eSports Federation replied to KeSPA's decision regarding GSL Season 5, saying that while this is a step in the right direction, they will not participate in the OSL until KeSPA players participate in the GSL and until KeSPA will allow its players to participate in any future GSL seasons as well.
The conflict was resolved on August 27 when KeSPA annnounced that it will allow its players to participate in this GSL season. GOMTV has agreed to move the qualifiers to September 12 as a result, and announced on August 30 that six KeSPA players will receive seeds with Jaedong and Rain being seeded to Code S and Trap, EffOrt, RorO and sOs seeded to Code A.
GOMTV announced that for Season 4 Atlantis Spaceship and Metropolis were removed and Abyssal City was added. All maps played are GSL versions which feature a neutral supply depot below a spawning location's ramp, the absence of Gold minerals and tweaks to spawning positions. The resulting map pool is:
This is the GSL's main tournament, where 32 players compete for the championship. See the Code S page for more details.
- Round of 32:
- Round of 16:
- Round of 8:
- Code Casters:
Simultaneous "tournament" closely integrated with Code . Players who lose in the first round drop out of the GSL entirely and players who win their brackets advance directly to the next season's Code S. All other players play in next season's Up and Down matches.
- Round of 48:
- Round of 32:
- Round of 24:
Up and Down Matches
The Up and Down matches take place at the beginning of the season, they are composed of the losers of previous season's Code Ro32 and Ro24 and 2 seeded international players to make 30 Up & Down players. These 30 players are divided into 5 groups of 6 players.
- First and second place from each group, a total of 10 players, will receive Code status.
- The remaining 20 players will be in this season's Code Ro48.
- Up & Down Casters:
The total prize pool is ₩172,800,000 (Approximately $156,348 USD).
The Code S prize pool is ₩132,000,000 (Approximately $119,408 USD). divided among participants as follows:
Converted USD prizes are based on the currency exchange rate (taken from xe.com) on October 20, 2012: 1,000 KRW = 0.9046090 USD.
Converted USD prizes are based on the currency exchange rate (taken from xe.com) on October 18, 2012: 1,000 KRW = 0.9053837 USD.
- During the live broadcast before the Code S Round of 32 Group B matches, a foreigner went up to the front of the studio and proposed to his girlfriend.
- The champion Life is the first Royal Roader in StarCraft II history (excluding FruitDealer), as well as the youngest GSL champion.
- Code newcomers: Heart, YoDa, MaNa, Jaedong, Rain, Life
- Code newcomers: Trap, EffOrt, RorO, sOs, Last, Mini, Sirius, BaBy, Bbyong, Bogus, inori, Sang, sSak, Flash, Sparta, hero, RagnaroK, Salmosa, rare, Sleep
|: Round of 8|
|: Round of 16|
|: Round of 32|
|UD: + Total|
|: To Code|
|: Round of 24|
|: Round of 32|
|: Round of 48|
- "Regarding KeSPA players at GSL Season 4 Code A Qualifiers" Gom's announcement
- "KeSPA rejected to join GSL Starcraft2 League" Article by Thisigame
- eSports federation players defer OSL participation
- "After ESF's threat of boycotting OSL, KeSPA decided to participate GSL Season 5". Retrieved 24 August 2012.
- "eSports Federation STILL refuses to join OSL". Retrieved 25 August 2012.
- "KeSPA and ESF conflict resolved".
- "GSL Season 4 Information".
- Proposal at GSL