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2016 StarCraft II World Championship Series

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The 2016 StarCraft II World Championship Series is a series of events organized by or in cooperation with Blizzard Entertainment. They are designed to include four major StarCraft II broadcasters, ESL, DreamHack, AfreecaTV and SPOTV Games. There will be a 2 million USD prize pool, that will be spread out among multiple events throughout the year. WCS will be essentially split between the WCS Circuit and WCS Korea, only reunited in WCS Global Events and in the WCS Global Playoffs that conclude the season.

Sixteen spots in the WCS Global Playoffs will be available, either by winning specific events (WCS Circuit championships or WCS Korea seasons), or by being one of the top-ranked players of the WCS Circuit or WCS Korea.


The WCS system is split in two: WCS Korea and WCS Circuit. Both systems have their standings, with points earned at various events.

Throughout the year[edit]

WCS Korea[edit]

There will be two seasons of Global StarCraft II League (GSL) and StarCraft II StarLeague (SSL) awarding points.


The Global StarCraft II League is organized by AfreecaTV, and operates as follows:

  • Qualifiers will be tournaments giving 24 players access to Code .
  • Code A contains 48 players vying for a spot in Code S for the current season.
    • Only one round, consisting of 24 best-of-five Up-and-Down matches. The losers are eliminated, while the winners proceed to Code .
  • Code S has two group stages and a final elimination tournament. The top 8 players are automatically qualified in Code for the next season.

Exceptionally, for Season 1, 30 players qualify for Code .


The StarCraft II StarLeague is organized by SPOTV Games, and operates as follows:

  • Qualifiers will be tournaments giving 12 players access to the Main event
  • The Main Event will have 16 players competing for the championship:
    • Single elimination until the semifinals
    • Double-elimination with the four remaining players, automatically qualified in the main event for the next season

Exceptionally, for Season 1, 16 players qualify for the main event.

WCS Circuit[edit]


There will be three WCS Circuit Championships (Winter, Spring, Summer) awarding points. These events are run by third-party tournament organizers.

Regional Challenger tournaments will seed into the championships, and provide additional points.

Circuit Events[edit]

Additionally, WCS Circuit events will give the opportunity to earn more points. They will be split in two categories:

  • 5000-point events, with a minimum of 16 players
  • 2500-point events, with a minimum of 8 players

Global Events[edit]

WCS Global Events will reunite players from both regions, awarding 7500 points.


2016 WCS Format overview

Global Playoffs[edit]

At the end of the year, eight players from each region qualify to the 2016 WCS Global Playoffs:

  • WCS Korea: 4 seeds from the GSL and SSL events, 4 seeds from the standings
  • WCS Circuit: 3 seeds from the Circuit Championships, 5 seeds from the standings

If a player has won multiple GSL/SSL events, or multiple Circuit Championships, then there will be one more seed from the standings.

There will be four groups of four players :

  • Two players from WCS Korea, two players from WCS Circuit
  • Dual Tournament format
  • Best-of-three
  • Top two qualify to the WCS Global Finals

Global Finals[edit]

The 2016 WCS Global Finals will feature 8 players qualified from the Global Playoffs, playing in a single-elimination bracket, with Bo5 matches leading to a Bo7 grand final, crowning the 2016 WCS Champion.

2016 StarCraft II World Championship Series Events[edit]

Event Date Winner Runner-Up Score
World Championship
2016 StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Playoffs and Finals 2016-10-27 - 2016-11-05 South Korea Terran ByuN South Korea Zerg Dark 4-2
WCS Korea Season 1
2016 Global StarCraft II League Season 1 2016-01-08 – 2016-05-01 South Korea Protoss Zest South Korea Terran TY 4-2
2016 StarCraft II StarLeague Season 1 2016-01-07 – 2016-04-09 South Korea Zerg Dark South Korea Protoss Stats 4-2
2016 WCS Korea Season 1 Cross Finals 2016-05-22 South Korea Protoss Stats South Korea Zerg Dark 3-1
WCS Korea Season 2
2016 Global StarCraft II League Season 2 2016-05-27 – 2016-09-10 South Korea Terran ByuN South Korea Protoss sOs 4-1
2016 StarCraft II StarLeague Season 2 2016-06-02 – 2016-09-11 South Korea Zerg Solar South Korea Zerg Dark 4-3
2016 WCS Korea Season 2 Cross Finals 2016-09-25 South Korea Zerg Dark South Korea Zerg Solar 3-2
WCS Circuit
2016 WCS Winter Circuit Championship 2016-03-02 – 2016-03-05 South Korea Terran Polt Norway Zerg Snute 4-2
2016 WCS Spring Circuit Championship 2016-05-14 – 2016-05-16 Germany Protoss ShoWTimE Poland Zerg Nerchio 4-3
2016 WCS Summer Circuit Championship 2016-08-12 – 2016-08-14 South Korea Zerg TRUE South Korea Terran Polt 4-1

2016 WCS Circuit Events[edit]

Event Location Date Points Winner Runner-Up Score
DreamHack 2016 DreamHack Open: Leipzig Germany Leipzig (2016-01-22 – 2016-01-24) 5,000 France Protoss PtitDrogo Ukraine Zerg Bly 4-1
Gold Series Gold Series International 2016 China Shanghai (2016-03-21 – 2016-03-26) 5,000 Netherlands Protoss Harstem Norway Zerg Snute 4-1
DreamHack 2016 DreamHack Open: Austin United States Austin (2016-05-06 – 2016-05-08) 5,000 South Korea Zerg Hydra United States Protoss Neeb 4-2
DreamHack 2016 DreamHack Open: Valencia Spain Valencia (2016-07-14 – 2016-07-16) 5,000 Poland Zerg Nerchio France Terran MarineLorD 4-0
Intel Extreme Masters IEM Season XI - Shanghai China Shanghai (2016-07-28 – 2016-07-31) 5,000 Netherlands Terran uThermal United States Protoss Neeb 4-2
World Championship Series WCS Copa Intercontinental Mexico Mexico City (2016-09-10 – 2016-09-11) 4,100 Norway Zerg Snute Germany Protoss ShoWTimE 4-2

2016 WCS Global Events[edit]

Event Location Date Points Winner Runner-Up Score
KeSPA 2016 KeSPA Cup South Korea Seoul (2016-09-27 – 2016-10-03) 7,500 United States Protoss Neeb South Korea Protoss Trap 4-0

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