MLG GameOn StarCraft II Invitational

MLG Welcomes Back SC2 with MLG GameOn Invitational

SC2 to be Featured at MLG Championship in Anaheim, CA June 20-22

Featuring Scarlett, Huk, Minigun, Suppy, Vibe, Qxc, InControl, Nony, Puck, Major, Neeb, Catz and more!

 

I’m happy to announce that we are bringing back StarCraft 2 starting with the MLG GameOn Invitational January 19-26, continuing with additional online competition, and a tournament at the MLG Championship in Anaheim, CA from June 20-22. Our activity will kick off with the GameOn Invitational where 16 players from the Americas, 12 invited players – Scarlett, Huk, Minigun, Suppy, Vibe, Qxc, InControl, Nony, Puck, Neeb, Catz and Major, along with Illusion, State, Desrow and Kane (four players voted in by the fans), will compete for $5000.

 

The background: After taking a close look at the SC2 activity in 2013, we wanted to build something in 2014 that the SC2 community needed and wanted. We all follow the major tournaments in Europe,  the team leagues in Korea, and the overarching WCS, but we realized that outside of Shoutcraft America, the Americas have very little in the way of  online or offline competition. So we began asking players if they would be interested in Americas-only competition. Not surprisingly, the response was a resounding, unanimous, YES. Next, we reached out to Catz to help organize something great, and we decided to launch with GameOn, an Americas-only  competition platform. Lastly, Catz brought Destiny onto the team as our co-caster and we were off and running.

 

We recognize that in the past we were not as transparent and communicative as we should’ve been.  We’ve learned that community interaction and involvement is essential in creating a successful tournament scene.  Therefore, in the spirit of transparency, we want you to know that we are operating this Invitational as a test.  We intend to use the feedback that you provide throughout this activity to help us design competition for February through May that will ultimately be used to qualify players into Pool Play at the MLG Championship in Anaheim.  Full Championship details, including the size of the Open Bracket, are coming soon!

 

We really want to work towards creating something that is enjoyable to watch, fun for players, and helps to develop talent within the Americas. We’ll be reading and incorporating feedback throughout the planning and execution of this activity.  Help us build something great!

 

I’ve included the breakdown for the MLG GameOn Invitational below. Stay tuned for information and thank you for your support.

 

–Adam Apicella (@MrAdamAp)

 

MLG GameOn Invitational: January 19-26, 2014

 

VOTE: January 13-17 – Visit GameOn’s web site (http://gameon.gg/) to vote for your favorite players to take one of the last four spots in the competition. Voting will close at 5 pm EST on Friday, January 17, so make sure you vote every day.

WATCH: January 19-20, 23-26 – The event will be broadcast on www.mlg.tv and embedded on the GameOn site.

FORMAT: The players will begin in WCS-style Group Play (Ro16) with the top two players in each Group advancing to a 2nd Round of Group Play (Ro8).  Finally, the top two players in each Ro8 Group will compete in a 4-player single elimination bracket.

PRIZES:  1st place – $3,000; 2nd place – $1,000; 3rd and 4th place – $500/each

VOD: VOD will be uploaded to YouTube after every match.

REPLAYS: Replay files will be released nightly.

CASTERS: The event will be cast by Catz and Destiny along with other guest hosts.

16 PLAYERS:  Scarlett, Huk, Minigun, Suppy, Vibe, Qxc, InControl, Nony, Puck, Neeb, Catz, and Major, and Four players voted on by the fans – Illusion, State, Desrow and Kane.

MLG GameOn StarCraft II Invitational Groups

Broadcast Schedule:

Sunday, January 19th – Round of 16 – Group A

3:00 PM                                  Match 1
Followed By                           Match 2
Followed By                           Winners Match
Followed By                           Losers Match
Followed By                           Final Match

 

Monday, January 20th – Round of 16 – Group B

7:00 PM                                  Match 1
Followed By                           Match 2
Followed By                           Winners Match
Followed By                           Losers Match
Followed By                           Final Match

 

Thursday, January 23rd – Round of 16 – Group C

7:00 PM                                  Match 1
Followed By                           Match 2
Followed By                           Winners Match
Followed By                           Losers Match
Followed By                           Final Match

 

Friday, January 24th – Round of 16 – Group D

7:00 PM                                  Match 1
Followed By                           Match 2
Followed By                           Winners Match
Followed By                           Losers Match
Followed By                           Final Match

 

Saturday, January 25th – Round of 8 – Groups A & B

3:00 PM                                  Group A – Match 1
Followed By                           Group A – Match 2
Followed By                           Group A – Winners Match
Followed By                           Group A – Losers Match
Followed By                           Group A – Final Match
7:00 PM                                  Group B – Match 1
Followed By                           Group B – Match 2
Followed By                           Group B – Winners Match
Followed By                           Group B – Losers Match
Followed By                           Group B – Final Match

 

Sunday, January 26th – Semifinals & Final

3:00 PM                                  Semifinal 1
Followed By                           Semifinal 2
Followed By                           Final