[E-sports dail-E] with Dustin #4
Salutations, sit awhile and listen competitive gaming fans – may want to get some popcorn ready, drama aplenty and so much more today! Let’s get right down to it, shall we?
Activision has released details of their Call of Duty tournament to take place at their Call of Duty XP weekend September 2nd and 3rd, there will be four slots open at the event for teams to qualify via the Gauntlet (I’m assuming this is what they call their preliminary rounds) on September 2nd. The other 28 slots are being competed for currently via Call of Duty Black Ops tournaments around the world. Qualifiers for the CoD XP tournament get their travel and accommodations paid for, so that’s nothing to sneeze at either. The top squad will take home a sizable $400,000 purse. All of this is in addition to receiving a free copy of Modern Warfare 3 Hardened Edition and all of the other activities going on that weekend.
Controversy in the Korean Starcraft 2 scene today as Team SCV Life has been expelled from the Korean Starcraft Association. The drama surrounds two of their former players, Won Ki ‘Fruitdealer’ Kim and Ki-Soo ‘Trickster’ Seo, who had recently transferred to Team StarTales.
The drama stemmed from the manager of TSL (Lee) withholding wages from Fruitdealer and Trickster as a result of them not wishing to participate in team rebuilding after the departure of NASL champion PuMa to team Evil Geniuses last month. Lee lied to his team, saying that his sponsors had stopped funding the team, even though there was clearly evidence he was still receiving funding. He even stooped as low as to slander the two, saying that they were selfish for wishing to be paid their contracted fees when the team had fallen on hard times. After they left the team, TSL continued to use images of Fruitdealer to advertise the team, something that obviously is frowned upon.
The Korean Starcraft Association requested that Lee either pay the duo $60,000 or $46,000 and apologize in an interview. Lee refused, and this resulted in TSL’s ejection from the KSA. The future of TSL looks bleak indeed after losing 3 of its top players and now with this expulsion, many new players will not wish to join the team.
The Global Star League a monthly Starcraft 2 tournament that showcases some of the best Starcraft 2 talent in the world has released the qualifiers into Code A (their lower bracker) as well as folks who fell from Code S (the upper bracket) into Code A. Damn, that was confusing – let me explain how the GSL works.
Code A consists of players that enter the open GSL qualifiers every month and make it to the top 16 in the qualifying tournament, top players from code A of the previous season and players who were knocked out of Code S in the up and down matches (I’ll explain these below). If you finish lower than top 16 in Code A, you are forced to go through the qualifying tournament the next season. Winning the Code A bracket guarantees you a spot in Code S the next season, and placing 2nd through 8th gets you a spot in up and down matches with the bottom 8 players from Code S.
Code S consists of 32 of the best players from around the world (though usually dominated by Koreans). Placement into Code S was originally determined by the GSL qualifiers held before the monthly series began, but after season 1, the top 24 from Code S stay in code S, with the bottom 8 players moving to up and down matches with the top 8 from Code A.
Up and down matches provide a chance for new talent from Code A to be seeded into code S by fighting the lower code S players for their spot. These matches take place at the beginning of a month before the season begins.
Phew. I think that’s just about everything – there’s also group selection for Code S, where players get the opportunity to make decisions on the starting brackets, but this is a complex process that I’m not going to get into here. With that being said, here are the lists for Code A this season:
Code A invites and qualifiers
Dignitas.NaNiwa mYm.SaSe mouz.ThorZaIN FnaticMSI.Fenix FXOTheBest NSHoSeoJjakji MvPDongRaeGu SlayerS_GanZi MaruPrime.WE NEXtreme SlayerS_TaeJa MakaPrime.WE ZeNEXHack TSL.JYP SlayerS_BoxeR MvPSniper FXOLucky SlayerS_YuGiOh
Fell from code S or stayed from last season
LiquidJinro oGsLuvsic oGsInCa FXOLeenock FXOsC NSHoSeoTassadar NSHoSeovanvanth IMYoDa CheckPrime.WE anyproPrime.WE MarineKingPrime.WE MvPDream MvPTAiLS ST.FruitDealer
Some notable names in Code A this tournament are ST.Fruitdealer who won the first GSL, MarineKingPrime.WE who was a runner up in season 2 of the GSL, as well as Naniwa, Fenix and Thorzain who were invited due to high placement in MLG Anaheim.
On to the Code S groups – only one non-Korean this time. Good luck to LiquidHuK of Canada, you’re going to need it. Group B in particular looks fierce, with three former GSL winners in one group.
Group A: Jae-Duck 'NesTea' Lim Joon 'Kyrix' Han Seong Won 'MMA' Mun Ho Jin 'happy' An
Group B: Min Chul 'MC' Jang Jong-Hyun 'Mvp' Jung Seong Hun 'Polt' Choi Doh-Joon 'Noblesse' Chae
Group C: Choi Ji 'Bomber' Sung Dong-Hwan 'viOlet' Kim Chris 'HuK' Loranger Sang-Ho 'Killer' Shin
Group D: Jong Hwan 'CoCa' Choi Kyo-Seok 'Keen' Hwang Yoon-Yeol 'NaDa' Lee Yang 'Alicia' Joon Sik
Group E: Hyun Wo 'Byun' Byun Jung-Min 'Zenio' Choi Lee Dae 'asd' Jin Kim 'Puzzle' Sang Jun
Group F: Ki-Soo 'Trickster' Seo Kim Dong 'Ryung' Won Lee-Seok 'aLive' Han Jung Hoon 'TOP' Kim
Group G: Hong Wook 'HongUn' Ahn Park Joon 'Virus' Yong Kyu Jong 'Clide' Han Young Jin 'SuperNoVa' Kim
Group H: Hwang Kang 'Losira' Ho Sang Cheol 'Ensnare' Kim Sung-Jun 'July' Park Min-Soo 'Genius' Jung
Keep it tuned here to the dail-E for more coverage on the GSL as competition for the August season begins on the 8th. Most likely going to be doing weekly roundups of the competition, but for more daily information, check out www.gomtv.net.
I still get goosebumps every time I watch that... That's it for today's dail-e! Game on, true believer!