The beginning of MLG's Spring Starcraft II season is upon us with the announcement earlier today of details regarding the first of two Spring Arenas. The top eight from the MLG Winter Championships are all set to compete at the MLG Studio in New York City for $10,900 in prize money.
For those who need a refresher, those players include:
- MarineKing MLG Winter Championship Champion
The stakes not only include the prize money which is considerable, but also seeding points for the Spring Championship in Anaheim later this Spring. Each player is sure to have practiced their hearts out in preparation for this tournament, playing against every race and build imaginable. Sure to be some Hype Worthy Moments to be had.
Of course, the players are only half the story – the Casters telling the story have also been revealed.
The above casters are among the best in the world and even include a current pro player, Grubby, who is sure to provide some incredible insight into the mind of the curent Starcraft II pro.
Also unique to the Spring Arena is the addition of three analysts set to dissect every strategy and game for you. One player from each race in StarCraft II was selected. In addition, they will break down the history of each of the eight players featured in the Spring Arena, their records against each other, and their strategies. (If one was going to compete in the Spring Championships, this would be something important to watch…) They are:
- Axslav, Protoss
- QXC, Terran
- Sheth, Zerg
So all of this sounds amazing and you're probably wondering how you can tune in and what will be available to watch. Check out the information released right from MLG:
The Broadcast – MLG will be broadcasting the competition LIVE via seven streams all weekend.
- The Central stream: a highly-polished production featuring half the matches of the tournament.
- The Gameplay Stream: a fast-paced, all-action stream, featuring the other half of the tournament's matches.
- Four POV streams: one for each player who's competing on the Central and Gameplay streams.
- The Dr Pepper Ultimate Access stream: free to everyone, all weekend long. The stream will feature interviews, analysis, behind-the-scenes coverage, and a lot more.
- The Central and Gameplay streams will be broadcast in up to 1080p. The POV streams and Dr Pepper stream will be available in up to 720p.
The Schedule (all times ET)
Friday, April 20:
- 6:00 – Midnight: Pool Play
Saturday, April 21:
- 2:00pm – 10:00pm: Pool Play
Sunday, April 22:
- 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Bracket Round 1
- 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Bracket Round 2
- 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Bracket Round 3
- 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Finals
How to Watch – Fans have two ways to watch Spring Arena 1:
- A Spring Arena 1 PPV Pass: This pass is $10 and will soon be able to purchase in the player on the live page.
- A Spring SCII Season Pass: For just $30 ($15 for Gold Members), Season Pass holders get full HD access to Spring Arena 1, the Invite-Only Online Qualifiers, and Spring Arena 2. Paying for each of these events individually would cost you $50.
Are you going to tune in, GameZone? Let us know in the comments below, it's sure to be a helluva show!
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