GOMTV is hosting its third official Global StarCraft II Team League!
Top 8 teams that have garnered points throughout the GSL May will compete against each other. Nothing is impossible in the world of GSTL. Which team will claim the title of the best SC II team in the world in May?
Teams that will be participating in this exciting GSTL will be: oGs, Prime, MVP, TSL, fOu, ZeNEX, ST and SlayerS. Ro8 through Ro4 will be Bo7 and the final will be Bo9.
GSTL May will be held from May 16th to May 19th, 2011.
Dear GOMTV.net users:
GOMTV will be hosting its third team league, GSTL May, next week.
The following is the bracket for the league:
After the bracket has been released, a lot of people have been having discussions on community sites about the absence of IM in GSTL May.
When GSTL was first organized there were total of 8 StarCraft 2 teams. Since the number of teams that could participate in GSTL at the time was 8, we proceeded with Ro8 tournament format.
As you already know, StaCraft 2 is currently being stabilized at a remarkable speed.
Teams are being built and organized at a pace faster than we have anticipated. We thought that the transfer of players from one team to another would be very flexible but the structure of each team has been established very quickly.
Some people are expressing their dislikes toward our system that selects GSTL participants by assessing the number of individual league participants from each team.
Please let me explain our original intention.
We have seen individual players suffering from the disharmony between the teams in the history of eSports. We also have experienced how one individual can be so powerless in front of an organization.
Thus we thought that even though it's a team league, if we use points from GSL participation (a tournament in which everyone can participate in freely) then we could prevent individual players from receiving unfair treatments from their teams. Of course we are not saying that certain teams are treating their players unwell. However, we believe that there should definitely be a system that can protect the players.
IM is a traditionally strong team and a great team that always advances to the final whether it be GSL or GSTL.
However, GSTL participation rule has been announced at the beginning of this year and due to the rule, teams like MVP or NSHoseo could not participate in the previous 2 GSTLs. IM team was given the "same" opportunity to participate in the upcoming GSTL.
Currently, the policy that was designed to protect the individual players is little by little leaning towards giving more teams the opportunity to participate in GSTL.
GSTL May will feature teams that have followed the rule that has been already announced.
However, the committee, the teams, and related people are continuously having discussions about the expansion of GSTL and we want to tell you that the talks are very positive.
We are thinking a lot about the players and the teams more than it appears to be.
I was the first generation progamer (even though not many would remember and even my memory is fazing...)
and I would very much like to maintain the ecosystem of eSports.
There are mistakes we have made but GOMTV and eSports fans are walking towards the same goal. And even though we share a same goal, the routes that lead up to it could be different. However, I promise that in the end we will all rejoice at the finish line.
Mr. Chae, GSL Director
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