Pro rosters are locked, and we have our lineups for Orlando. Let's jump right into this.
As we previously announced, MLG Raleigh Champion Bomber and the legendary Boxer will be the first two GSL invites for this Event. We're incredibly happy to announce that the final two Korean pros who will be attending as part of the League Exchange Program are none other than StartaleJuly and HongUn.Prime. July has attended before, but he came on his own and played through the Open Bracket. This time he'll be seeded into the Pools. This will be HongUn's first Pro Circuit Event; please join us in welcoming him!
HongUn won't be the only Korean Protoss playing through the Pools, however. In news which we're sure will excite you as much as it does us, we've confirmed that MC will be returning to the Pro Circuit. He is not attending as part of the League Exchange, but he has enough Rank Points to go right into the Pools.
Here is the full SC2 roster. (You may notice that some Pro Circuit mainstays are not on the list; in cases where players were not able to attend because of scheduling conflicts, the next highest seed has been moved into their place.)
Update: DongRaeGu and Socke will no longer be in attendance, and have been replaced by Tyler and Hero. The lineup, seeding and Pools below are correct and final.
And now for the Pools. It should be immediately apparent that the letter D most certainly stands for "death." (Although the lineup of Pool D has changed, this is still true, except that now it's even more of a Protoss fest- which should be very interesting, given patch 1.4.) The lineups and race balances in all the Pools are going to make for some superb gameplay, but Pool D, well… it might actually be less intense if these five players just beat each other with hammers until only one was left standing. Looking at these Pools is a bit frustrating, because Orlando is a month away, and we want it to be now.
The story going into this Event is, of course, Instinct vs Infamous. Do we have a new dynasty in the making, or was Raleigh a one-off? Only time will tell, but it's clear that neither of them has an easy path through the Pools. Will Turning Point, led by the venerable Walshy, be the team to give Infamous a run for their money, or will Warriors return to form? Classic have been steadily improving over the Season; how will they do against Instinct this time?
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Fear put in a blistering performance in Raleigh, dethroning favorites Optic Gaming and Quantic Leverage. Will these three teams be the ones to make it out of the Pools unscathed, or will another contender emerge? Call of Duty: Black Ops has seen some serious talent develop over the course of the Season; as teams solidify and come into their own, the top tier is becoming more and more defined, but there is still the possibility that undiscovered superstars are waiting in the wings.
There's still a month left to go, but looking at these lineups has already got us hopping up and down in our seats. Whichever game-or games- is your favorite, it's clear that Orlando is going to bring you three days of the sickest of sick competition. Grab a spectator pass and join us in person, or get a Membership and watch everything go down live onstream.