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GSL vs the World Preview

25 July 2017 17:25

Sixteen of the world’s best StarCraft 2 operators will come together for the 2017 GSL vs the World event in Seoul, South Korea, fighting it out for their share of the $100,000 prize pool. The four-day Legacy of the Void extravaganza from Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th of August is the second World Championship Series Global event of the year, consisting of both individual and team tournaments.

The Individual Tournament

The action begins with the round of 16 over days one and two before the quarter and semi-finals land on Saturday 5th August. The final day of action moves onto the team competition and grand finals.

In the individual event, the top 16 players from the WCS Korea and WCS Circuit will all compete against each other in a one-versus-one, best-of-five single elimination bracket, with best-of-seven finals.

The Day One Round of 16 matches are:

  • Kim “Stats” Dae Yeob v Kim "herO" Joon Ho 
  • Juan Carlos “SpeCIaL” Tena Lopez v Diego "Kelazhur" Schwimer
  • Lee “InnoVation” Shin Hyung v Zhou “iAsonu” Hang
  • Joona “Serral” Sotala v "ByuN" Hyun Woo 
  • Alex “Neeb” Sunderhaft v Kim "sOs" Yoo Jin 
  • Jun “TY” Tae Yang v Sasha "Scarlett" Hostyn – Zerg
  • Artur “Nerchio” Bloch v Park "Dark" Ryung Woo – Zerg 
  • Eo “soO” Yoon Su v Tobias "ShoWTimE" Sieber - Protoss

The Team Tournament

The team tournament will then see the World team take on their Korean counterparts, and the personnel are a mixture of direct invitations and those selected through an online voting process. Four of the respective teams are direct invites, with one player apiece coming from the Zerg, Terran and Protoss maps as selected by the public, with a sole wildcard representative completing the line-up.

The eight-man GSL team is:

Direct Invites:

  • Kim “Stats” Dae Yeob
  • Eo “soO” Yoon Su
  • Lee “InnoVation” Shin Hyung
  • Jun “TY” Tae Yang

Vote Winners:

  • Kim "herO" Joon Ho – Protoss
  • "ByuN" Hyun Woo  - Terran
  • Park "Dark" Ryung Woo – Zerg

Wildcard Representative

  • Kim "sOs" Yoo Jin

Direct invites for the GSL team are based on WCS Korea standings, excluding GSL Season 3 and IEM Shanghai. Kim "herO" Joon Ho is a previous winner of the GSL Super Tournament, whilst, “ByuN” Hyun Woo is the reigning SCII world champion. Wildcard Kim “sOs” Yoo Jin is the only player to be crowned StarCraft world champion on two separate occasions, and they have a very experienced team on paper.

The World team consists of:

Direct Invites:

  • Alex “Neeb” Sunderhaft
  • Joona “Serral” Sotala
  • Artur “Nerchio” Bloch
  • Juan Carlos “SpeCIaL” Tena Lopez

Vote Winners:

  • Tobias "ShoWTimE" Sieber - Protoss
  • Diego "Kelazhur" Schwimer - Terran
  • Sasha "Scarlett" Hostyn – Zerg

Wildcard Representative:

  • Zhou “iAsonu” Hang

Direct invites for the World team are based on WCS Circuit standings before WCS Valencia, where Mikolaj “Elazer” Ogonowski” was crowned StarCraft II champion. Tobias "ShoWTimE" Sieber was the 2016 WCS Circuit champion in what is a strong World outfit.

It’s bound to be a great StarCraft II event, thanks to the unusual concept of players opposing one another in individual battles before coming together and joining forces. Expect eSports of the highest quality.


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Updated on: 2017-08-18

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