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NESL Iron Lady

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The Iron Lady is a series of tournaments for women only, run by National ESL on the North American server co-founded by the Head Admin pHaRSiDe and Team FemFX founder Yui. The aim of the organization is to give an opportunity for the top female gamers to break out into the scene and network with other female gamers they may not have even know existed and to every month have a series of tournaments for all skill levels that run for hundreds of dollars in various prizes.[1] Iron Lady did however go on an almost two-month hiatus between Champion Cup #4 and Champion Cup #5 and an even longer one after the Leetgion Tournament.


  • Double-elimination bracket.
  • Best of 3 in all matches until grand finals
  • Best of 7 in grand finals


Iron Lady usually run different prizes for different tournaments. All of the Champion Cups have had a 175 USD prize pool with 100 USD to the winner, 50 USD to second place and 25 USD to third place.[2] The bunny cups have featured a 2 pound chocolate bunny for the winner and the MousePAD Challenges have had a special Iron Lady mousepad at stake.[3] With the co-operation of a sponsor in the Leetgion cup tournament, the prize pool was stepped up to 350 USD, with 200 USD to the winner, 100 USD to second place and 50 USD to third place.[4]


Tournaments with cash prize pool[edit]

Iron Lady Champion Cup[edit]

Iron Lady Champion Cup #12011-06-25$17525World OnlineUnited States  AuRoraMexico  sylvanas2 - 1
Iron Lady Champion Cup #22011-07-16$17514World OnlineUnited States  AuRoraUnited States  Flo4 - 0
Iron Lady Champion Cup #32011-08-13$1759World OnlineCanada  DaSakuraTaiwan  Luway2 - 1
Iron Lady Champion Cup #42011-09-17$17513World OnlineCanada  ScarlettCanada  DaSakura3 - 1
Iron Lady Champion Cup #52011-11-12$17517World OnlineCanada  ScarlettUnited States  AuRora2 - 0
Iron Lady Champion Cup #62012-01-07$17516World OnlineSouth Korea  AphroditeCanada  DaSakura2 - 1
Iron Lady Champion Cup #72012-02-18$1758World OnlineSweden  MaddeLiskUnited Kingdom  CadenZa2 - 1

Iron Lady Leetgion Tournament[edit]

Iron Lady Leetgion2012-04-28$35021World OnlineCanada  ScarlettSouth Korea  Aphrodite2 - 0

Other tournaments[edit]

Bunny Cup[edit]

Prize: 2-pound chocolate bunny

Iron Lady Bunny Cup #12011-07-09-9World OnlineUnited States  FloSweden  Nattkatt3 - 0
Iron Lady Bunny Cup #22011-08-06-9World OnlineCanada  DaSakuraFrance  ChiXi3 - 1
Iron Lady Bunny Cup #32011-09-10-8World OnlineCanada  DaSakuraUnited States  KTdonut3 - 1

MousePAD Challenge Diamond to Platinum[edit]

Prize: special Iron Lady mouse pad

# Date Name #Players
#1 2011-08-14 Iron Lady MousePAD Challenge Diamond to Platinum Sweden Zerg MaddeLisk Singapore Polaris Sweden Nattkatt 4
#2 2011-09-11 Iron Lady MousePAD Challenge 2 Diamond to Platinum Singapore Polaris Sweden Zerg MaddeLisk United States SaltNVinegar 4
#3 2012-01-21 Iron Lady MousePAD Challenge 3 Diamond to Platinum United States Pandii Canada Sunlily United States Silvare 4
#4 2012-04-07 Iron Lady MousePAD Challenge 4 Diamond to Platinum Canada justBunneh Ireland Chicks United States LittleAtari 6

MousePAD Challenge Bronze to Gold[edit]

Prize: special Iron Lady mouse pad

# Date Name #Players
#1 2011-08-14 Iron Lady MousePAD Challenge Bronze to Gold Canada Karen United States ladyinsanity United States NyxRose 3
#2 2011-09-11 Iron Lady MousePAD Challenge 2 Bronze to Gold Canceled 0
#3 2012-01-14 Iron Lady MousePAD Challenge 3 Bronze to Gold United States ladyinsanity France S4KuR4 Canada Terran Livinpink 6
#4 2012-04-07 Iron Lady MousePAD Challenge 4 Bronze to Gold United States Lox Germany Schnappi Sweden Guilly 5

Hall of Fame[edit]

The Iron Lady Hall of Fame documents all the top 3 place finishers at each tournament. It keeps statistics on player rankings as well as race and country rankings. and is all organized by the amount of medals won.

View Hall of Fame page at

Medals won per player[edit]

Excluding the MousePAD challenges


 -  Canada Zerg DaSakura  -  Canada Zerg Scarlett
 -  United States Zerg AuRora
 -  United States Terran flo  -  South Korea Terran Aphrodite  -  Sweden Terran MaddeLisk


 -  Canada Zerg DaSakura
 -  Mexico Sylvanas  -  Sweden Nattkatt  -  United States Terran flo  -  France ChiXi  -  Taiwan Protoss luway  -  United States KTdonut  -  United States Zerg AuRora  -  United Kingdom Zerg CadenZa  -  South Korea Terran Aphrodite


 -  Sweden Zerg MaddeLisk  -  United States Zerg AuRora  -  United States KTdonut
 -  Singapore Polaris  -  Singapore Zerg kellyMILKIES  -  Sweden Nattkatt  -  United Kingdom Zerg CadenZa  -  South Korea Terran Eve

4th Place[edit]

 -  Sweden Zerg MaddeLisk  -  United States Terran flo
 -  United Kingdom Zerg CadenZa  -  Sweden Terran Laejten  -  Sweden Nattkatt  -  United States Zerg Navi  -  Singapore Polaris  -  Canada Zerg MsSpyte  -  Czech Republic Dzejna


January 19, it was announced that Iron Lady would be setting up showmatches of special interest.[5]

The list of showmatches are:

# Date Players
#1 2012-01-28 Aphrodite vs Flo South Korea Terran Aphrodite United States Terran flo


Iron Lady also has a series of interviews, called spotlights, with the winners of their tournaments. Since the participants in Iron Lady are not as well known outside the female scene, these spotlights double as a way to introduce the players to the community.

The list of spotlights done are:


The European part of ESL tried running monthly female-only tournaments after the launch of StarCraft II, and the North American division (National ESL) tried running weekly tournaments, but interest was too low, and consequently the projects were put on hiatus at the end of 2010. The results can be found on this page.

Before the launch of the NESL Iron Lady, the National ESL had already organised a series of weekly female-only tournaments, the StarCraft II 1v1 Ladies Night Cup:

# Date #Players
#1 2010-11-15 United States Navi United States AuRora South Korea Awesome 23
#2 2010-11-22 South Korea Awesome United States PsychonautQQ United States Not determined 10
#3 2010-11-29 United States PsychonautQQ Canada DaSakura Canada Not determined 6
#4 2010-12-06 Cup was canceled - (6)
#5 2010-12-13 Cup was canceled - (2)

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