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2014 StarCraft II World Championship Series




Overview[edit]

The 2014 StarCraft II World Championship Series is a series of events organised by or in cooperation with Blizzard Entertainment. They are designed to include three major StarCraft II broadcasters, ESL, NASL, GOMeXP. There will be a 1.6 Million USD prize pool, that will be spread out among multiple events throughout the year. Those events are split into regions with WCS Europe, WCS America, WCS Korea. There will be three seasons of the regional events. Players will earn points throughout the seasons to qualify for the overall final.

This 2014 edition also marks the return of GSL Code S and GSL Code A, which were rebranded as WCS Korea Premier League and Challenger League in 2013.

Format[edit]

Regional Events[edit]

Compared to 2013 WCS, the system has been simplified to avoid overlap between Challenger League and Premier League.

WCS America and Europe[edit]

  • Qualifiers will be tournaments giving 16 players access to the Challenger League.
  • Challenger League contains 32 players vying for a spot in the Premier League for the current season.
    • Only one round, consisting of 16 best-of-five Up-and-Down matches. The losers are eliminated from the WCS season, while the winners proceed to the Premier League.
  • Premier League, contains the top 32 players in the tournament.
    • Both Ro32 and Ro16 consists of a dual tournament group stage where the top 2 moves on in the tournament. The losers from Ro32 move down to the Challenger League. Players reaching the Ro16 are automatically seeded into the next season Premier League.
    • The top 8 players compete in the Regional Season Finals.

Exceptionally, for Season 1, 24 players qualify for Challenger League, 24 players drop out of Challenger League, and 24 players qualify for Premier League.

GSL[edit]

The GOMeXP Global StarCraft II League operates slightly differently:

  • Qualifiers will be tournaments giving 24 players access to Code A.
  • Code A, the equivalent to Challenger League, contains 48 players vying for a spot in the Premier League for the current season.
    • One round, consisting of a dual tournament group stage. The top 2 moves to Premier League, while the bottom two will fall out of Code A and have to re-qualify for it.
  • Code S will operate as Premier League, with two group stages and a final elimination tournament.

Exceptionally, for Season 1, 36 players qualify for Code A.

WCS Global Events[edit]

As for the 2013 series, partner events will give the opportunity to players to gain WCS points outside of the league. Three tiers have been created to determine the number of WCS points given out, depending on factors like prize pool, map pool, qualifier and tournament format.

Global Finals[edit]

TBD

Prize Pool[edit]

1,600,000 USD are divided among participants for the whole year. In America and Europe, 131,000 USD will be awarded in Premier League, and 9,600 USD in Challenger League. In Korea, the prize pool will be 160,200,000 KRW for Code S, and 16,800,000 KRW for Code A.

WCS AM/EU[edit]

Premier League[edit]
Place Prize (USD) Points
1st $25,000 2,000
2nd $15,000 1,000
3rd-4th $7,500 750
5th-8th $5,000 500
9th-12th $3,000 300
13th-16th $3,000 200
17th-24th $2,000 150
25th-32nd $2,000 100
Total $131,000 10,500
Challenger League[edit]
Place Prize (USD) Points
1st-16th $0 Premier League
17th-32nd $600 50
Total $9,600 800
Exception in Season 1, with 48 players in Challenger League.
The top 24 players advance and the bottom 24 earn $600.

GSL[edit]

Code S[edit]
Place Prize (KRW) USD Points
1st ₩70,000,000 $66,430 2,000
2nd ₩15,000,000 $14,235 1,000
3rd-4th ₩8,000,000 $7,592 750
5th-8th ₩4,000,000 $3,796 500
9th-12th ₩2,400,000 $2,278 300
13th-16th ₩2,400,000 $2,278 200
17th-24th ₩1,500,000 $1,423 150
25th-32nd ₩1,500,000 $1,423 100
Total ₩160,200,000 $152,030 10,500
Code A[edit]
Place Prize(KRW) USD Points
1st-24th ₩0 $0
25th-48th ₩700,000 $664 50
Total ₩16,800,000 $15,943 1,200

Global Finals[edit]

Place Prize (USD)
1st $100,000
2nd $50,000
3rd-4th $15,000
5th-8th $7,500
9th-16th $5,000
Total $250,000

Non-WCS Events[edit]

WCS Tier 1[edit]
Place Points
1st 1,500
2nd 800
3rd-4th 550
5th-8th 400
9th-16th 250
Total 7,000
WCS Tier 2[edit]
Place Points
1st 750
2nd 500
3rd-4th 375
5th-8th 250
9th-16th 125
Total 4,000
WCS Tier 3[edit]
Place Points
1st 300
2nd 200
3rd-4th 150
5th-8th 100
9th-16th 75
Total 1,800
Minimum prize pool for Tier 1 = $75,000, Tier 2 = $25,000 and Tier 3 = $10,000.

2014 StarCraft II World Championship Series Events[edit]

Event Date Winner Runner-Up Score
World Championship
2014 StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals 2014 (2014-11-01 – 2014-11-08) Korea (South)  Life Korea (South)  MMA 4-1

2014 WCS Partner Events[edit]

Event Location Date Points Winner Runner-Up Score
Intel Extreme Masters IEM Season VIII - Sao Paulo Brazil Sao Paulo (2014-01-29 – 2014-02-01) 4,000 Korea (South)  herO Korea (South)  MC 4-1
ASUS ROG Tournaments ASUS ROG Winter 2014 Finland Helsinki (2014-01-31 – 2014-02-01) 4,000 Korea (South)  San Korea (South)  Dear 4-0
Intel Extreme Masters IEM Season VIII - Cologne Germany Cologne (2014-02-13 – 2014-02-16) 4,000 Korea (South)  HerO Korea (South)  Polt 4-2
Taiwan eSports League TeSL 2013-2014 Season 3 Taiwan Taipei (2014-03-01 – 2014-05-04) 1,500 Korea (South)  San Taiwan, Republic of China  Sen 4-0
Intel Extreme Masters IEM Season VIII - World Championship Poland Katowice (2014-03-14 – 2014-03-16) 7,000 Korea (South)  sOs Korea (South)  herO 4-1
Copenhagen Games Copenhagen Games Spring 2014 Denmark Copenhagen (2014-04-17 – 2014-04-19) 1,800 Korea (South)  HyuN Russian Federation  Happy 4-0
GOMTV Global StarCraft II League 2014 GSL Global Championship South Korea Seoul (2014-04-19 – 2014-04-26) 1,800 Korea (South)  Zest Korea (South)  PartinG 4-3
DreamHack 2014 DreamHack Open: Bucharest Romania Bucharest (2014-04-26 – 2014-04-27) 4,000 Korea (South)  Life Korea (South)  Impact 3-0
Lone Star Clash 3 Lone Star Clash 3 United States Austin (2014-05-03 – 2014-05-04) 1,800 Korea (South)  Jaedong Korea (South)  Polt 4-2
Taiwan eSports League TeSL 2013-2014 Season 4 Taiwan Taipei (2014-05-09 – 2014-07-06) 1,500 Korea (South)  Daisy Taiwan, Republic of China  Sen 4-0
HomeStory Cup HomeStory Cup IX Germany Krefeld (2014-06-05 – 2014-06-08) 4,000 Korea (South)  TaeJa Korea (South)  MC 4-0
DreamHack 2014 DreamHack Open: Summer Sweden Jönköping (2014-06-14 – 2014-06-16) 4,000 Korea (South)  TaeJa Korea (South)  HerO 3-0
MLG 2014 MLG Anaheim United States Anaheim (2014-06-20 – 2014-06-22) 4,000 Korea (South)  Trap Korea (South)  Polt 2-0
2-0
Red_Bull#Red_Bull_BattleGrounds 2014 Red Bull Battle Grounds: Atlanta United States Atlanta (2014-07-11 – 2014-07-13) 4,000 Korea (South)  Bomber Korea (South)  Polt 3-1
Intel Extreme Masters IEM Season IX - Shenzhen China Shenzhen (2014-07-16 – 2014-07-21) 4,000 Korea (South)  TaeJa Korea (South)  Solar 4-3
DreamHack 2014 DreamHack Open: Valencia Spain Valencia (2014-07-18 – 2014-07-19) 4,000 Korea (South)  Sacsri Korea (South)  MC 3-2
Gfinity Gfinity G3 United Kingdom London (2014-08-02 – 2014-08-03) 3,375 Denmark  Bunny Korea (South)  HyuN 4-2
Taiwan eSports League 2014 Taiwan eSports Open Taiwan Taipei (2014-08-08 – 2014-08-09) 4,000 Taiwan, Republic of China  Sen Korea (South)  HyuN 4-3
Red_Bull#Red_Bull_BattleGrounds Red Bull Battle Grounds: Detroit United States Detroit (2014-08-22 – 2014-08-24) 4,000 Korea (South)  Polt Korea (South)  TaeJa 3-0
HKESPORTS 2nd Hong Kong eSports Tournament Hong Kong Hong Kong (2014-08-30 – 2014-08-31) 1,800 Korea (South)  RagnaroK Korea (South)  Hurricane 4-3
Intel Extreme Masters IEM Season IX - Toronto Canada Toronto (2014-08-28 – 2014-08-31) 4,000 Korea (South)  Flash Korea (South)  Zest 4-1
KeSPA KeSPA Cup South Korea Seoul (2014-09-12 – 2014-09-14) 7,000 Korea (South)  Zest Korea (South)  herO 4-1
DreamHack 2014 DreamHack Open: Moscow Russia Moscow (2014-09-13 – 2014-09-14) 4,000 Korea (South)  MMA Korea (South)  jjakji 3-1
Red_Bull#Red_Bull_BattleGrounds Red Bull Battle Grounds: Washington United States Washington D.C. (2014-09-20 – 2014-09-21) 2,750 Korea (South)  Bomber Korea (South)  Cure 4-0
DreamHack 2014 DreamHack Open: Stockholm Sweden Stockholm (2014-09-26 – 2014-09-27) 4,000 Korea (South)  Solar Korea (South)  soO 3-0

Racial Distribution[edit]

  Protoss TerranZergRandom
Challenger Leaguehallenger League
533952
Premier Leagueremier League
412233
Premier Leagueremier Champions
21
  Protoss TerranZergRandom
Challenger Leaguehallenger League
412546
Premier Leagueremier League
382335
Premier Leagueremier Champions
3
  Protoss TerranZergRandom
Challenger Leaguehallenger League
403140
Premier Leagueremier League
402630
Premier Leagueremier Champions
3

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