Global StarCraft II League
The Global StarCraft II League (or GSL for short) is a large tournament-based League held on location in South Korea and holds multiple events each year. Having started in late August 2010, the league was first step towards a professional league in South Korea for StarCraft II. The event is broadcast up to 2 nights a week (Wednesday and Friday) on AfreecaTV. GOMeXP (formerly GOMTV) organized it until the third season of 2015.
The first tournament in the league was the GOMTV StarCraft II Open 1 and ran from August 28 to October 2, 2010.
GSL Events organized by GOMTV and GOMeXP
|2010 Open Seasons|
|2010 TG Sambo Intel StarCraft II Open Season 1||2010-08-28 – 2010-10-02||FruitDealer||RainBOw||4-1||R&S|
|2010 Sony Ericsson StarCraft II Open Season 2||2010-10-09 – 2010-11-13||NesTea||MarineKing||4-3||R&S|
|2010 Sony Ericsson StarCraft II Open Season 3||2010-11-15 – 2010-12-18||MC||Rain||4-1||R&S|
|2011 Sponsorship League|
2011-01-02 – 2011-01-29
2011-02-21 – 2011-03-19
|2011 LG Cinema 3D World Championship Seoul||2011-03-28 – 2011-04-09||Mvp||MarineKing||4-2||R&S|
2011-04-18 – 2011-05-14
|2011 LG Cinema 3D GSL Super Tournament||2011-05-23 – 2011-06-18||Polt||MMA||4-0||Recap|
2011-06-27 – 2011-07-30
2011-08-08 – 2011-09-10
2011-09-19 – 2011-10-22
|2011 Sony Ericsson Global StarCraft II League November||2011-10-27 – 2011-12-23||jjakji||Leenock||4-2||[R&S]|
|2012 Sponsorship League|
|2012 Hot6iX Global StarCraft II League Season 1||2011-12-19 – 2012-03-03||DongRaeGu||Genius||4-2||[R&S]|
|2012 Hot6iX Global StarCraft II League Season 2||2012-03-10 – 2012-05-19||Mvp||Squirtle||4-3||[R&S]|
|2012 Monsieur J Global StarCraft II League Season 3||2012-05-21 – 2012-07-27||Seed||MC||4-1||[R&S]|
|2012 Hot6iX Global StarCraft II League Season 4||2012-08-27 – 2012-10-20||Life||Mvp||4-3||[R&S]|
|2012 Hot6iX Global StarCraft II League Season 5||2012-10-22 – 2012-12-14||Sniper||HyuN||4-3||[R&S]|
|2013 Sponsorship League|
|2013 Hot6iX Global StarCraft II League Season 1||2013-01-06 – 2013-03-09||RorO||Symbol||4-2||[R&S]|
|2013 StarCraft II World Championship Series|
|2013 WCS Season 1 Korea GSL||2013-03-04 – 2013-06-01||Soulkey||INnoVation||4-3||[R&S]|
|2013 WCS Season 3 Korea GSL||2013-08-06 – 2013-10-19||Dear||soO||4-2||[R&S]|
|2014 StarCraft II World Championship Series|
|2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 1||2014-01-15 – 2014-04-05||Zest||soO||4-3||[R&S]|
|2014 GSL Global Championship||2014-04-19 – 2014-04-26||Zest||PartinG||4-3||[R&S]|
|2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 2||2014-04-09 – 2014-06-28||Classic||soO||4-2||[R&S]|
|2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 3||2014-07-16 – 2014-10-04||INnoVation||soO||4-2||[R&S]|
|2015 StarCraft II World Championship Series|
|2015 Global StarCraft II League Season 1||2015-01-07 – 2015-03-22||Life||PartinG||4-3||Recap|
|2015 Global StarCraft II League Season 2||2015-04-01 – 2015-06-28||Rain||ByuL||4-1||[R&S]|
|2015 Global StarCraft II League Season 3||2015-07-08 – 2015-10-04||INnoVation||ByuL||4-2||[R&S]|
GSL Events organized by AfreecaTV
|2016 StarCraft II World Championship Series|
|2016 Global StarCraft II League Season 1: Code S||2016-02-27 – 2016-05-01||$194,480||32||Seoul||Zest||TY||4 - 2|
|2016 Global StarCraft II League Season 2: Code S||2016-07-06 – 2016-09-10||$194,480||32||Seoul||ByuN||sOs||4 - 1|
|2017 StarCraft II World Championship Series|
|2017 Global StarCraft II League Season 1: Code S||2017-01-04 – 2017-03-26||$142,660||32||Seoul||Stats||soO||4 - 2|
|2017 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 1||2017-04-06 – 2017-04-09||$26,940||16||Seoul||herO||aLive||4 - 2|
|2017 Global StarCraft II League Season 2: Code S||2017-04-19 – 2017-06-24||$152,100||32||Seoul||GuMiho||soO||4 - 2|
|2017 GSL vs the World||2017-08-03 – 2017-08-06||$96,000||16||Seoul||INnoVation||TY||4 - 0|
|2017 Global StarCraft II League Season 3: Code S||2017-07-05 – 2017-09-16||$152,100||32||Seoul||INnoVation||sOs||4 - 3|
|2017 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 2||2017-09-28 – 2017-10-01||$26,940||16||Seoul||Rogue||herO||4 - 3|
|2018 StarCraft II World Championship Series|
|2018 Global StarCraft II League Season 1: Code S||2018-01-06 – 2018-03-31||$159,452||32||Seoul||Maru||Stats||4 - 2||Recap|
|2018 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 1||2018-04-05 – 2018-04-08||$28,185||16||Seoul||Stats||Dark||4 - 3||Recap|
|2018 Global StarCraft II League Season 2: Code S||2018-04-18 – 2018-06-23||$159,474||32||Seoul||Maru||Zest||4 - 0||Recap|
|2018 Global StarCraft II League Season 3: Code S||2018-07-04 – 2018-09-15||$159,474||32||Seoul||Maru||TY||4 - 3|
|2018 GSL vs the World||2018-08-02 – 2018-08-05||$94,151||16||Seoul||Serral||Stats||4 - 3|
|2018 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 2||2018-09-27 – 2018-09-30||$26,657||16||Seoul||Classic||sOs||4 - 3|
|2019 StarCraft II World Championship Series|
|2019 Global StarCraft II League Season 1: Code S||2019-02-02 – 2019-04-14||$151,265||32||Seoul||Maru||Classic||4 - 2|
|2019 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 1||2019-04-18 – 2019-04-21||$24,653||16||Seoul||Classic||GuMiho||4 - 1|
|2019 Global StarCraft II League Season 2: Code S||2019-04-29 – 2019-06-22||$151,265||32||Seoul||Dark||Trap||4 - 2|
|2019 Global StarCraft II League Season 3: Code S||2019-07-03 – 2019-09-28||$141,700.18||32||Seoul||Rogue||Trap||4 - 0|
|2019 GSL vs the World||2019-08-15 – 2019-08-18||$82,588.99||16||Seoul||Serral||Elazer||4 - 2|
|2019 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 2||2019-10-03 – 2019-10-06||$25,089.16||16||Seoul||Dark||TY||4 - 0|
|ESL Pro Tour 2020/21|
|2020 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 1||2020-03-18 – 2020-03-28||$30,000||16||Seoul||Maru||Dark||4 - 3|
|2020 Global StarCraft II League Season 1||2020-04-11 – 2020-06-06||$140,000||28||Seoul||TY||Cure||4 - 0|
|2020 Global StarCraft II League Season 2||2020-06-20 – 2020-08-15||$140,000||28||Seoul||Rogue||Stats||4 - 1|
|2020 Global StarCraft II League Season 3||2020-08-29 – 2020-11-01||$140,000||28||Seoul||TY||Maru||4 - 2|
|2020 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 2||2020-12-02 – 2020-12-12||$30,000||16||Seoul||Trap||Stats||4 - 3|
|ESL Pro Tour 2021/22|
|2021 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 1||2021-01-27 – 2021-01-30||$25,600||16||Seoul||Trap||Zoun||4 - 2|
|2021 Global StarCraft II League Season 1: Code S||2021-04-05 – 2021-05-06||$118,000||16||Seoul||Rogue||Maru||4 - 1|
|2021 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 2||2021-05-17 – 2021-05-27||$25,600||16||Seoul||Trap||Zoun||4 - 2|
|2021 Global StarCraft II League Season 2: Code S||2021-06-28 – 2021-07-29||$118,000||16||Seoul||Dark||Trap||4 - 1|
|2021 Global StarCraft II League Season 3: Code S||2021-08-30 – 2021-10-07||$118,000||16||Seoul||Cure||Zest||4 - 2|
|2021 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 3||2021-11-22 – 2021-12-02||$25,600||16||Seoul||Rogue||Maru||4 - 3|
|ESL Pro Tour 2022/23|
|2022 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 1||2022-01-17 – 2022-01-27||$30,500||16||Seoul||Zest||Dark||4 - 3|
|2022 Global StarCraft II League Season 1: Code S||2022-03-21 – 2022-05-05||$123,000||20||Seoul||Rogue||Creator||4 - 2|
|2022 Global StarCraft II League Season 2: Code S||2022-06-06 – 2022-07-29||$123,000||20||Seoul||herO||Maru||4 - 1|
|2022 Global StarCraft II League Season 3: Code S||2022-08-22 – 2022-10-13||$123,000||20||Seoul||TBD||TBD|
|2022 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 2||2022-11-28 – 2022-12-08||$30,500||16||Seoul||TBD||TBD|
Invitationals organized by GOMTV and GOMeXP
|2011 GSL Blizzard Cup||2011-12-12 – 2011-12-17||MMA||DongRaeGu||4-3||Recap|
|2012 GSL Blizzard Cup||2012-12-17 – 2012-12-22||Life||PartinG||4-2||[ R&S]|
|2013 Hot6ix Cup||2013-12-04 – 2013-12-08||Rain||Soulkey||4-2||Recap|
|2014 Hot6ix Cup||2014-11-18 – 2014-12-07||sOs||MarineKing||4-1||[ R&S]|
Arena of Legends
|Arena of Legends 1||2011-09-17 – 2011-10-01||MarineKing||DongRaeGu||4-1||[ R&S]|
|Arena of Legends: Team Ace Invitational||2011-11-03 – 2011-11-13||Mvp||GanZi||3-2||[ R&S]|
|Arena of Legends: The King of Kongs||2012-01-02 – 2012-01-05||DongRaeGu||LosirA||4-1||[ R&S]|
|GOM TV All-Stars Invitational 2010||2010-11-18 – 2010-11-21||Kyrix||MarineKing||2-0||[ R&S]|
The GSL is an elaborate tournament which is separated into two tiers:
- Code S contains the top tier players who are competing against each other to win the GSL.
- Code A contains players who are competing against each other to enter Code .
- Ro32: Dual Tournament format.
- Best of 3.
- The 4 players of each group are split into two pairs and play each other.
- The winners of these matches will then face each other in the Winner’s match.
- The victor places first in the group and advances to the Ro16.
- The losers of the initial matches face each other in the Loser’s match.
- The loser of the Winner’s match and the winner of the Loser’s match will face each other in a fifth match.
- Ro16: Dual Tournament format.
- Ro8: Single elimination playoffs.
- 48 players from the Qualifier are matched up against each other.
|Old Code A/S GSL Format|
Group Stage Format
Groups always consists of four players and follow an unusual formula, put in place to preempt incentives for match fixing.
Group stages are played as follows:
Up and Down Matches
November 2011 to 2014 WCS Tournaments
Before 2014 season of WCS, GSL ran a complicated three-layers format.
Code S (Premier League)
Code A (Challenger League)
2015 WCS Tournaments
The GSL map pool is an ever-evolving set of maps. Players are each allowed to veto one map for each match.
English streams main commentators are Dan "Artosis" Stemkoski and Nicolas "Tasteless" Plott a.k.a Tastosis. Korean to English translation provided by So Jung Lim, and in the past by John "Junkka" Park and "Jay".
Other English commentators have been:
- Brian "Assem" Fransioli
- Greg "IdrA" Fields
- Jørgen "XeqtR" Johannesen
- Jason Lee
- Kelly "kellyMILKIES" Ong Xiao Wei
- Erik "DoA" Lonnquist
- Thomas "Khaldor" Kilian
- Noah "Moletrap" Kalb
- Wolf "Wolf" Schröder
- Daniel "Unstable" Siddel
- Justin "TheGunrun" Ignacio
- Trevor "TorcH" Housten
- Kevin "qxc" Riley
- Brendan Valdes
- Andrew "mOOnGLaDe" Pender
|GSL Open History|
After successfully negotiating a contract with Blizzard, GOMTV gained the exclusive rights to broadcasting StarCraft II in South Korea. The questions about how GomTV will use this deal were many and on the 5th of August the news broke:
After this news broke many non-Korean teams considered travelling to Korea to take part, most famously the Team Liquid clan Liquid` decided to take their chances and go to Korea to participate in these tournaments. Right after IEM Cologne Nazgul, Jinro and TheLittleOne travelled to South Korea, the latter two to live and practice with the oGs-team.
ClassificationsS-class players and will enter the top division. The players finishing within 33-96th place will be classified as A-class players. Both of these classifications qualifies the player for the 2011 GomTV GSL, with S-class players being seeded.
2010 Open Tournaments
The total prize pool is ₩199 600 000, divided among participants as follows:
* Approximate USD and EUR amounts taken from http://xe.com on December 1st, 2010. [₩1000 KRW = $0.87 USD = €0.66 EUR]
|Broadcast on GOMeXP|
The GSL broadcasts on GOMeXP.com can be either for free or for-pay.
Content available for free includes:
Content available via premium service:
The premium service requires a season ticket, usually priced at 19.99 USD (without ads) or 9.99 USD (with ads).
GOMeXP also offers a mobile page for iOS and Android devices that enables season ticket holders to watch live and on-demand content formatted for smartphones or tablets.
- GSL 3 saw the qualification of the league's first Random player GuMiho (though he later found more success after picking Terran).
- GSL 3 and GSL 4 saw Jinro reach the Ro4 twice, the only foreigner to do so. Neeb reached the Ro4 in 2018 GSL Season 3, the only other foreigner to make the Ro4.
- MarineKing was the first player to reach the finals twice and then first to play in three finals, placing 2nd three times.
- GSL 4 saw the league's first mirror match and 4-0 final ( Mvp vs. MarineKing)
- MC was the only Protoss player to win GSL, until Seed won the 2012 GSL Season 3.
- The GSL WC Final was not only a rematch of GSL Jan 2011 Final, but also the second mirror match-up (again Mvp vs MarineKing).
- GSL 6 was the GSL to become available for viewing in China.
- GSL 7 saw the third mirror match-up and second unique mirror match up (ZvZ) and the first team-kill Finals.( NesTea and LosirA)
- GSL 9 saw MC fall into Code B, the first GSL champion to do so.
- NesTea during GSL 7, is the first and only player to win GSL without losing a single game.
- The Arena of Legends tournament saw the second draw in GOMTV events history. In Group D, game 1 between BoxeR and NaNiwa, BoxeR had floating buildings with no ability to produce units, and NaNiwa had ground units, but no ability to produce air units to attack floating buildings, resulting in a draw.
- MMA won the first Blizzard Cup in 2011, 4-3 over DongRaeGu.
- 2012 GSL Season 3 saw the first PvP finals, held between MC and Seed. After this, the GSL finals have seen all six matchups. Additionally, there has been at least one winner of each race in all possible matchups.
- Features the Nestea award, given to any player to remain in Code S for 10 consecutive seasons. The first player to win this award was it's namesake NesTea.
- Features the PartinG award, given to any player who reach the Ro16 in Code S for 10 consecutive seasons. The first player to win this award was it's namesake PartinG.
- In GSL 2012 Code S, MarineKing was the only player to advance to the Ro16 in all 5 seasons.
- 2014 GSL Season 2 saw soO become the first player to reach three consecutive Code S finals. He then broke his own record the following season by reaching a fourth consecutive Code S final.
- soO is the only player to lose in six GSL finals.
- 2015 GSL Season 2 saw Rain become the first player to win a GSL while playing for a foreign team, after a long era of KeSPA dominance (7 previous GSL seasons were won by players on a KeSPA team).
- 2016 GSL Season 2 saw ByuN become the first teamless player to win a Korean premier league in the history of both Starcraft: Broodwar and Starcraft 2.
- NesTea was the only player to win two consecutive Code S titles, until Maru won 2018 GSL Season 1 and 2018 GSL Season 2.
- 2018 GSL Season 1 saw Scarlett become the first foreigner to reach the Round of 8 since NaNiwa in 2012 GSL Season 3, as well as being tied with HuK with the longest foreigner Code S streak at 5 seasons. Her streak would extend to 6 before breaking off after 2018 GSL Season 2
- 2018 GSL Season 3 saw Reynor become the youngest foreigner, at the age of 16 to advance the Round of 16.
- 2018 GSL Season 3 is the first season since January 2011 to have two foreigners in the Round of 16 ( Reynor and Neeb)
- Maru is both the first player to win two consecutive Code S finals since NesTea's May and July 2011 wins, and the first player to win a Code S finals 4-0 since NesTea in July 2011 GSL. No other player besides NesTea has won 2 in a row.
- Note: Medal Counts per Race, per Player and per Team only count GSL-branded events, except Code . They also do not count other GOMTV/GOMeXP Events.
- Medal Counts include: "GSL Code S", "GSL Super", and "GSL vs World" events.
Medals won per Race
Medals won per Player
|INnoVation - Mvp - Zest|
|Classic - Dark - Life - NesTea - Trap|
|herO - MC - MMA - Rain - Serral - Stats - TY|
|ByuN - Cure - Dear - DongRaeGu - FruitDealer - GuMiho - jjakji - Polt - RorO - sOs - Seed - Sniper - Soulkey|
Medals won per Team
Note: Medals won per Team shows the team that a player was
on when the medal was won, not their current team.
|Jin Air Green Wings||9||6||15|
|Dragon Phoenix Gaming||8||4||12|
|SK Telecom T1||4||5||9|
|The Gosu Crew||2||0||2|
|Team SCV Life||1||2||3|
|New Star HoSeo||1||0||1|
|yoe Flash Wolves||0||1||1|
- Until August 31, 2013, SouL was known as STX SouL.
- Until September 7, 2013, Samsung Galaxy was known as Samsung KHAN.
- Until April 28, 2015, SBENU was known as StarTale.
- SBENU is known as Freecs nowadays.
- GSL Homepage (English)
- GSL Stream (English)
- Interview about the Philosophy of the GSL, trans. by Milkis
- Wikipedia Page
- Photosynth image of GSL's Old Studio Lobby in Seoul, Korea
- GSL at angelhalowiki (Korean)