Congratulations to Team MVP on their win in the first full season of the GSTL. All throughout the season, there were hard fought matches, right up until the finals. In the end, both of the number one seeded teams lost out and the finals were left with Team Prime (who took down the undefeated favorites, Team SCV Life) to get to the finals while MVP took down the winners of the other division (with only one loss, Team NSHoSeo) to earn their place in the finals match.
The match started with Check taking a win over Vampire to bring the early lead to Team Prime. After that, MVP’s Noblesse answered back with three wins over Check, Bumblebee, and (the hero of Prime vs TSL game who got 4 wins) Creator to put the favor squarely with Team MVP. Prime then put out BBoongBBoong to bring the team some wins and he did not disappoint, managing to take down Noblesse as well as MVP powerhouse Genius to tie up the series. MVP then put Keen in the drivers seat and let him play. With DongRaeGu waiting in the wings as the closer, it looked as though Team Prime was in a bad spot. Keen took down BBoongBBoong, putting Prime up against the wall, needing their next player to get 2 more wins before MVP could get one more. For their closing player, Team Prime wisely chose MarineKing. Keen managed to defeat him, thus securing victory for Team MVP.
Congrats to Team MVP on their excellent showing all season in the GSTL and thanks to GOMTV for hosting the games. We here at Members Only Crew can’t wait for the next season to start up.
Well the dust has settled and the GSL August Code S champion has been crowned. The day saw some of the best matches in recent TvT history and in the end, IM_MVP won his third major Korean title joining NesTea (also of team IM) to be the only two players to do this in Starcraft 2.
If you watch one game in the entire set, make sure it is game one. It saw some excellent play from both sides, using ravens and vikings as well as drops in some major battles. The highlight of the match was definitely the drop by MVP using point defense drones to break into TOP’s base, then using several nukes to prevent TOP from sending units in to defend the base.
Before all the fun began, the GSL also had a special event in honor of the one year anniversary of the GSL. In the special event, we saw five showmatches:
FruitDealer losing to Jinro
Losira(T) beating MC(Z)
BoxeR beating July (the best match out of the five, check it out if you have time)
MarineKing(P) beating MMA
Huk beating NesTea
As you can see, some of the players chose to off-race against their opponents. Those matches were very casual and fun to watch. The MarineKing win came as a surprise, prompting some humorous questions as to whether he wanted to switch races. At the end of the day, it was the lovable MarineKing who was crowned MVP of the match and the whole first year of the GSL. He deserves it, hopefully he will experience success now that he has rejoined the ranks of Code S.
Korea, meet your Champions for BlizzCon 2011!
As previously covered by Members Only, the representatives of North America, Europe, and Latin America were selected through winning regional blizzard invitational tournaments; however, the Koreans were chosen due to excellent performance and points won in GSL play. As usual at BlizzCon and in Starcraft in general, the Koreans look like the players to beat. NesTea has won 3 GSL tournaments and Mvp is hot off his MLG Anaheim Victory.
Representatives of China, Taiwan, Russia and Southeast Asia still need to be determined to round out the 16 player field. As it stands there a 4 Zergs and 3 Terran attending with one lone Protoss player, the European NaNiwa.
Who else do you hope will make the tournament? Who do you think will give the best challenge the Koreans?