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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.

Tournaments[edit]

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[edit]

Event Date Winner Runner-Up Score TL Articles
2010 Open Seasons
2010 TG Sambo Intel StarCraft II Open Season 1 2010-08-28 – 2010-10-02 Korea (South)  FruitDealer Korea (South)  RainBOw 4-1 R&S
2010 Sony Ericsson StarCraft II Open Season 2 2010-10-09 – 2010-11-13 Korea (South)  NesTea Korea (South)  MarineKing 4-3 R&S
2010 Sony Ericsson StarCraft II Open Season 3 2010-11-15 – 2010-12-18 Korea (South)  MC Korea (South)  Rain 4-1 R&S
2011 Sponsorship League

2011 Sony Ericsson Global StarCraft II League January

2011-01-02 – 2011-01-29

Korea (South)  Mvp Korea (South)  MarineKing 4-0

R&S

Korea (South)  TOP Korea (South)  ByuN 4-3

2011 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ GSL March

2011-02-21 – 2011-03-19

Korea (South)  MC Korea (South)  July 4-1

R&S

Korea (South)  LosirA Korea (South)  SuperNova 4-3
2011 LG Cinema 3D World Championship Seoul 2011-03-28 – 2011-04-09 Korea (South)  Mvp Korea (South)  MarineKing 4-2 R&S

2011 LG Cinema 3D Global StarCraft II League May

2011-04-18 – 2011-05-14

Korea (South)  NesTea Korea (South)  InCa 4-0

R&S

Korea (South)  Bomber Korea (South)  Mvp 4-2
2011 LG Cinema 3D GSL Super Tournament 2011-05-23 – 2011-06-18 Korea (South)  Polt Korea (South)  MMA 4-0 Recap

2011 Pepsi Global StarCraft II League July

2011-06-27 – 2011-07-30

Korea (South)  NesTea Korea (South)  LosirA 4-0

R&S

Korea (South)  Puzzle Korea (South)  Tassadar 4-2

2011 Pepsi Global StarCraft II League August

2011-08-08 – 2011-09-10

Korea (South)  Mvp Korea (South)  TOP 4-1

[ R&S]

Korea (South)  GanZi Korea (South)  MarineKing 4-3

2011 Sony Ericsson Global StarCraft II League October

2011-09-19 – 2011-10-22

Korea (South)  MMA Korea (South)  Mvp 4-1

Recap

Korea (South)  Curious Korea (South)  Oz 4-0
2011 Sony Ericsson Global StarCraft II League November 2011-10-27 – 2011-12-23 Korea (South)  jjakji Korea (South)  Leenock 4-2 [R&S]
2012 Sponsorship League
2012 Hot6iX Global StarCraft II League Season 1 2011-12-19 – 2012-03-03 Korea (South)  DongRaeGu Korea (South)  Genius 4-2 [R&S]
2012 Hot6iX Global StarCraft II League Season 2 2012-03-10 – 2012-05-19 Korea (South)  Mvp Korea (South)  Squirtle 4-3 [R&S]
2012 Monsieur J Global StarCraft II League Season 3 2012-05-21 – 2012-07-27 Korea (South)  Seed Korea (South)  MC 4-1 [R&S]
2012 Hot6iX Global StarCraft II League Season 4 2012-08-27 – 2012-10-20 Korea (South)  Life Korea (South)  Mvp 4-3 [R&S]
2012 Hot6iX Global StarCraft II League Season 5 2012-10-22 – 2012-12-14 Korea (South)  Sniper Korea (South)  HyuN 4-3 [R&S]
2013 Sponsorship League
2013 Hot6iX Global StarCraft II League Season 1 2013-01-06 – 2013-03-09 Korea (South)  RorO Korea (South)  Symbol 4-2 [R&S]
2013 StarCraft II World Championship Series
2013 WCS Season 1 Korea GSL 2013-03-04 – 2013-06-01 Premier League Korea (South)  Soulkey Premier League Korea (South)  INnoVation 4-3 [R&S]
2013 WCS Season 3 Korea GSL 2013-08-06 – 2013-10-19 Premier League Korea (South)  Dear Premier League Korea (South)  soO 4-2 [R&S]
2014 StarCraft II World Championship Series
2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 1 2014-01-15 – 2014-04-05 Korea (South)  Zest Korea (South)  soO 4-3 [R&S]
2014 GSL Global Championship 2014-04-19 – 2014-04-26 Korea (South)  Zest Korea (South)  PartinG 4-3 [R&S]
2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 2 2014-04-09 – 2014-06-28 Korea (South)  Classic Korea (South)  soO 4-2 [R&S]
2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 3 2014-07-16 – 2014-10-04 Korea (South)  INnoVation Korea (South)  soO 4-2 [R&S]
2015 StarCraft II World Championship Series
2015 Global StarCraft II League Season 1 2015-01-07 – 2015-03-22 Korea (South)  Life Korea (South)  PartinG 4-3 Recap
2015 Global StarCraft II League Season 2 2015-04-01 – 2015-06-28 Korea (South)  Rain Korea (South)  ByuL 4-1 [R&S]
2015 Global StarCraft II League Season 3 2015-07-08 – 2015-10-04 Korea (South)  INnoVation Korea (South)  ByuL 4-2 [R&S]
= Global Event (ongoing)
= Global Event (finished)

= GOMtv World Championship

GSL Events organized by AfreecaTV[edit]

Event Date Winner Runner-Up Score TL Articles
2016 StarCraft II World Championship Series
2016 Global StarCraft II League Season 1 2016-01-08 – 2016-05-01 Korea (South)  Zest Korea (South)  TY 4 - 2 -
2016 Global StarCraft II League Season 2 2016-05-27 - 2016-09-10 Korea (South)  ByuN Korea (South)  sOs 4 - 1 -
2017 StarCraft II World Championship Series
2017 Global StarCraft II League Season 1 2017-01-04 – 2017-03-26 Korea (South)  Stats Korea (South)  soO 4-2 -
2017 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 1 2017-04-06 – 2017-04-09 Korea (South)  herO Korea (South)  aLive 4-2 -
2017 Global StarCraft II League Season 2 2017-04-19 – 2017-06-24 Korea (South)  GuMiho Korea (South)  soO 4-2 -
2017 GSL vs. the World 2017-08-03 – 2017-08-06 Korea (South)  INnoVation Korea (South)  TY 4-0 -
2017 Global StarCraft II League Season 3 2017-07-05 – 2017-09-16 Korea (South)  INnoVation Korea (South)  sOs 4-3 -
2017 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 2 2017-09-28 – 2017-10-01 Korea (South)  Rogue Korea (South)  herO 4-3 -
2018 StarCraft II World Championship Series
2018 Global StarCraft II League Season 1 2018-01-06 – 2018-03-31 Korea (South)  Maru Korea (South)  Stats 4-2 Recap
2018 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 1 2018-04-05 – 2018-04-08 Korea (South)  Stats Korea (South)  Dark 4-3 Recap
2018 Global StarCraft II League Season 2 2018-04-18 – 2018-06-23 Korea (South)  Maru Korea (South)  Zest 4-0 Recap
2018 Global StarCraft II League Season 3 2018-07-04 – 2018-09-15 Korea (South)  Maru Korea (South)  TY 4-3 -
2018 GSL vs. the World 2018-08-02 – 2018-08-05 Finland  Serral Korea (South)  Stats 4-3 -
2018 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 2 2018-09-27 – 2018-09-30 Korea (South)  Classic Korea (South)  sOs 4-3 -
2019 StarCraft II World Championship Series
2019 Global StarCraft II League Season 1 2019-02-02 – 2019-04-13 Korea (South)  Maru Korea (South)  Classic 4-2
2019 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 1 2019-04-18 – 2019-04-21 Korea (South)  Classic Korea (South)  GuMiho 4-1
2019 Global StarCraft II League Season 2 2019-04-29 – 2019-06-22 Korea (South)  Dark Korea (South)  Trap 4-2
2019 Global StarCraft II League Season 3 2019-07-03 – 2019-09-28 Korea (South)  Rogue Korea (South)  Trap 4-0
2019 GSL vs. the World 2019-08-15 – 2019-08-18 Finland  Serral Poland  Elazer 4-2
2019 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 2 2019-10-03 – 2019-10-06 Korea (South)  Dark Korea (South)  TY 4-0
ESL Pro Tour 2020/21
2020 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 1 2020-03-18 – 2020-03-28 Korea (South)  Maru Korea (South)  Dark 4-3
2020 Global StarCraft II League Season 1 2020-04-?? – 2020-06-?? TBD TBD
2020 Global StarCraft II League Season 2 2020-??-?? – 2020-??-?? TBD TBD
2020 Global StarCraft II League Season 3 2020-??-?? – 2020-??-?? TBD TBD
2020 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 2 2020-??-?? – 2020-??-?? TBD TBD
= Global Event (ongoing)
= Global Event (finished)

= GSL vs the World

Invitationals organized by GOMTV and GOMeXP[edit]

Cup Events[edit]

Event Date Winner Runner-Up Score TL Articles
2011 GSL Blizzard Cup 2011-12-12 – 2011-12-17 Korea (South)  MMA Korea (South)  DongRaeGu 4-3 Recap
2012 GSL Blizzard Cup 2012-12-17 – 2012-12-22 Korea (South)  Life Korea (South)  PartinG 4-2 [ R&S]
2013 Hot6ix Cup 2013-12-04 – 2013-12-08 Korea (South)  Rain Korea (South)  Soulkey 4-2 Recap
2014 Hot6ix Cup 2014-11-18 – 2014-12-07 Korea (South)  sOs Korea (South)  MarineKing 4-1 [ R&S]

Arena of Legends[edit]

Event Date Winner Runner-Up Score TL Articles
Arena of Legends 1 2011-09-17 – 2011-10-01 Korea (South)  MarineKing Korea (South)  DongRaeGu 4-1 [ R&S]
Arena of Legends: Team Ace Invitational 2011-11-03 – 2011-11-13 Korea (South)  Mvp Korea (South)  GanZi 3-2 [ R&S]
Arena of Legends: The King of Kongs 2012-01-02 – 2012-01-05 Korea (South)  DongRaeGu Korea (South)  LosirA 4-1 [ R&S]

Other Invitationals[edit]

Event Date Winner Runner-Up Score TL Articles
GOM TV All-Stars Invitational 2010 2010-11-18 – 2010-11-21 Korea (South)  Kyrix Korea (South)  MarineKing 2-0 [ R&S]

Tournament Format[edit]

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 .

Code S[edit]

  • 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 places fourth in the group, will fall to Code .
  • The loser of the Winner’s match and the winner of the Loser’s match will face each other in a fifth match.
  • The winner gets second place in the group and advances to the Ro16.
  • The loser places third in the group and will fall to Code .
  • Ro16: Dual Tournament format.
  • Best of 3.
  • The 4 players of each group in Ro16 will face off similar to Ro32.
  • Players who place 3rd and 4th in their group will fall to Code .
  • Ro8: Single elimination playoffs.
  • Players who reach Ro8 will retain their Code status.
  • Round of 8: Best of 5.
  • Semi Finals: Best of 7.
  • Finals: Best of 7.

Code A[edit]

  • 48 players from the Qualifier are matched up against each other.
    • The winner of the Bo5 advances to the Code Round of 32.
    • The loser of the Bo5 is eliminated and may qualify through next season's qualifiers.

Maps[edit]

The GSL map pool is an ever-evolving set of maps. Players are each allowed to veto one map for each match.

Current Pool[edit]

Coverage[edit]

The GSL broadcasts on AfreecaTV and Twitch.

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:

Awards[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • GSL 3 saw the qualification of the league's first Random player Korea (South)  GuMiho (though he later found more success after picking Terran).
  • GSL 3 and GSL 4 saw Sweden  Jinro reach the Ro4 twice, the only foreigner to do so.
  • Korea (South)  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 (Korea (South)  Mvp vs. Korea (South)  MarineKing)
  • Korea (South)  MC was the only Protoss player to win GSL, until Korea (South)  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 Korea (South)  Mvp vs Korea (South)  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.(Korea (South)  NesTea and Korea (South)  LosirA)
  • GSL 9 saw Korea (South)  MC fall into Code B, the first GSL champion to do so.
  • Korea (South)  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 Korea (South)  BoxeR and Sweden  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.
  • Korea (South)  MMA won the first Blizzard Cup in 2011, 4-3 over Korea (South)  DongRaeGu.
  • 2012 GSL Season 3 saw the first PvP finals, held between Korea (South)  MC and Korea (South)  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 Korea (South)  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 Korea (South)  PartinG.
  • In GSL 2012 Code S, Korea (South)  MarineKing was the only player to advance to the Ro16 in all 5 seasons.
  • 2014 GSL Season 2 saw Korea (South)  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.
  • Korea (South)  soO is the only player to lose in six GSL finals.
  • 2015 GSL Season 2 saw Korea (South)  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 Korea (South)  ByuN become the first teamless player to win a Korean premier league in the history of both Starcraft: Broodwar and Starcraft 2.
  • Korea (South)  NesTea was the only player to win two consecutive Code S titles, until Korea (South)  Maru won 2018 GSL Season 1 and 2018 GSL Season 2.
  • 2018 GSL Season 1 saw Canada  Scarlett become the first foreigner to reach the Round of 8 since Sweden  NaNiwa in 2012 GSL Season 3, as well as being tied with Canada  HuK with the longest foreigner Code S streak at 5 seasons.
  • 2018 GSL Season 3 saw Italy  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 (Italy  Reynor and United States of America  Neeb)
  • Korea (South)  Maru is both the first player to win two consecutive Code S finals since Korea (South)  NesTea's May and July 2011 wins, and the first player to win a Code S finals 4-0 since Korea (South)  NesTea in July 2011 GSL.

Medal Counts[edit]

  • 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.

Medals won per Race[edit]

As of July 2018:

Race Total
Terran Terran 16 11 32 59
Zerg Zerg 11 14 14 39
Protoss Protoss 11 11 24 46

Medals won per Player[edit]

Gold[edit]

Korea (South)  Mvp  -  Korea (South)  INnoVation  -  Korea (South)  Maru
Korea (South)  NesTea  -  Korea (South)  Life  -  Korea (South)  Zest
Korea (South)  MC  -  Korea (South)  MMA  -  Korea (South)  Stats  -  Finland  Serral
Korea (South)  FruitDealer  -  Korea (South)  Polt  -  Korea (South)  jjakji  -  Korea (South)  DongRaeGu  -  Korea (South)  Seed  -  Korea (South)  Sniper  -  Korea (South)  RorO  -  Korea (South)  Soulkey  -  Korea (South)  Dear
Korea (South)  Classic  -  Korea (South)  Rain  -  Korea (South)  ByuN  -  Korea (South)  herO  -  Korea (South)  GuMiho  -  Korea (South)  Rogue

Silver[edit]

x6 Korea (South)  soO
Korea (South)  MarineKing  -  Korea (South)  PartinG
Korea (South)  Mvp  -  Korea (South)  ByuL  -  Korea (South)  TY  -  Korea (South)  sOs  -  Korea (South)  Stats
Korea (South)  RainBOw  -  Korea (South)  Rain  -  Korea (South)  July  -  Korea (South)  InCa  -  Korea (South)  MMA  -  Korea (South)  LosirA  -  Korea (South)  TOP  -  Korea (South)  Leenock  -  Korea (South)  DongRaeGu
Korea (South)  Genius  -  Korea (South)  Squirtle  -  Korea (South)  MC  -  Korea (South)  HyuN  -  Korea (South)  Symbol  -  Korea (South)  aLive  -  Korea (South)  INnoVation  -  Korea (South)  Dark  -  Korea (South)  Zest  -  Korea (South)  Classic

Semifinals[edit]

Korea (South)  Maru Korea (South)  Dark
Korea (South)  San  -  Korea (South)  Dear  -  Korea (South)  sOs  -  Korea (South)  Classic
Korea (South)  HongUn  -  Sweden  Jinro  -  Korea (South)  MC  -  Korea (South)  ByuN  -  Korea (South)  Mvp  -  Korea (South)  Rain  -  Korea (South)  TaeJa  -  Korea (South)  Curious  -  Korea (South)  Cure  -  Korea (South)  Ryung
Korea (South)  LiveForever  -  Korea (South)  Ensnare  -  Korea (South)  RainBOw  -  Korea (South)  BoxeR  -  Korea (South)  NesTea  -  Korea (South)  anypro  -  Korea (South)  NaDa  -  Korea (South)  sC  -  Korea (South)  MarineKing
Korea (South)  TOP  -  Korea (South)  Polt  -  Korea (South)  July  -  Korea (South)  GanZi  -  Korea (South)  Happy  -  Korea (South)  Oz  -  Korea (South)  aLive  -  Korea (South)  GuMiho  -  Korea (South)  PartinG
Korea (South)  HerO  -  Korea (South)  DongRaeGu  -  Korea (South)  INnoVation  -  Korea (South)  Leenock  -  Korea (South)  Sniper  -  Korea (South)  Symbol  -  Korea (South)  Soulkey  -  Korea (South)  Life
Korea (South)  soO  -  Korea (South)  TRUE  -  Korea (South)  Zest  -  Korea (South)  MMA  -  Korea (South)  herO  -  Korea (South)  MyuNgSiK  -  Korea (South)  ByuL  -  Korea (South)  Solar  -  Korea (South)  Stats  -  Korea (South)  TY  -  Korea (South)  Trap

Medals won per Team[edit]

  • Note: Medals won per Team shows the team that a player was on when the medal was won, not their current team.
Team Total
Incredible Miracle 8 3 4 15
KT Rolster 4 1 1 6
SK Telecom T1 3 5 4 12
SBENU3 2 4 6 12
Old Generations 2 2 5 9
MVP 2 2 2 6
SlayerS 2 1 1 4
Prime 1 3 7 11
Team SCV Life 1 2 0 3
Teamless 1 1 2 4
SouL1 1 1 1 3
Samsung Galaxy2 1 0 3 4
Woongjin Stars 1 0 2 3
New Star HoSeo 1 0 1 2
mYinsanity 1 0 0 1
Splyce 1 0 0 1
CJ Entus 0 2 1 3
Jin Air Green Wings 4 1 8 9
FXOpen e-Sports 0 1 3 4
AZUBU 0 1 1 2
yoe Flash Wolves 0 1 1 2
SK Gaming 0 1 0 1
Team Liquid 0 0 5 5
ZeNEX 0 0 3 3
Axiom 0 0 1 1
Fnatic 0 0 1 1
For Our Utopia 0 0 1 1
Team Acer 0 0 1 1
True eSport 0 0 1 1
  • (1) Until August 31, 2013, SouL was known as STX SouL.
  • (2) Until September 7, 2013, Samsung Galaxy was known as Samsung KHAN.
  • (3) Until April 28, 2015, SBENU was known as StarTale.[1]

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References[edit]