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StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm featured in MLG Winter Season

Thursday, 31st January 2013 17:22 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm will be featured in the MLG Winter Season, through two invite-only competitions, it has been announced.

The invite-only, Winter Season Showdowns features 56 of the top StarCraft 2 players battling it out in Heart of the Swarm before it is released to the public on March 12.

From Monday, February 4 through Friday, March 8, each weeknight, and select Sundays, at 5pm ET, MLG will broadcast one Showdown, and the 28 players who win their Showdowns will advance to an invite-only, exhibition tournament at the Winter Championship.

The Winter Championship takes place in Dallas, Texas, from March 15-17 will include an invite-only, 32-player, Heart of the Swarm exhibition tournament just days after the game is released.

The 28 players who win their Winter Season Showdowns will join the top four from the MLG 2012 Fall Championship to compete in a single elimination bracket for $75,000 and a first place prize of $25,000. All matches will be broadcast via two streams.

Here’s the full schedule and more information, courtesy of MLG:

Winter Season Showdowns Overview: 56 of the world’s best StarCraft II players will compete in one Showdown Match each, playing StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm before it is released to the public on March 12.

  • Format: Invite-Only online matches; Winner takes all, Best of five games
  • Broadcast: February 4 –March 8: 28 Matches, 28 Days broadcast each weekday at 5pm ET and select Sundays online and Twitch. Schedule below and online.
  • Prize: The 28 winners will receive placement at the Winter Championship in Dallas from March 15-17 where they will compete with Life, Leenock, Flash and Bomber.

Winter Season Showdowns Broadcast Schedule: All Broadcasts begin at 5pm EST online and Twitch. Schedule below and online:

  • Monday, 2/4: Parting vs Fantasy
  • Tuesday, 2/5: Roro vs Hero
  • Wednesday, 2/6: Innovation vs Ty
  • Thursday, 2/7: Soulkey vs Last
  • Friday, 2/8: Rain vs Flying
  • Sunday, 2/10: Sase vs Snute
  • Monday, 2/11: Nerchio vs BabyKnight
  • Tuesday, 2/12: Stephano vs Titan
  • Wednesday, 2/13: Mana vs Bly
  • Thursday, 2/14: Socke vs Thorzain
  • Friday, 2/15: Ret vs Feast

Broadcast dates for the following matchups will be announced soon:

  • Grubby vs Dimaga
  • Sen vs Moonglade
  • MC vs Alive
  • Taeja vs Violet
  • Hero vs Polt
  • Creator vs Nestea
  • Mvp vs Curious
  • Sniper vs Seed
  • MarineKing vs Gumiho
  • DongRaeGu vs Jjakji
  • Scarlett vs Goswser
  • Idra vs Ddoro
  • Fenix vs State
  • Vibe vs Illusion
  • Suppy vs Maker
  • Killer vs Qxc
  • Huk vs Sasquatch

Winter Season Showdowns – Players

KESPA (5) – 10 KESPA players competing for 5 spots:

  • Parting vs. Fantasy
  • Rain vs. Flying
  • Innovation vs. TY
  • Roro vs. HeroSoulkey vs. Last

ESF (5) – 10 ESF players competing for 5 spots:

  • DongRaeGu vs. Jjakji
  • MarineKing vs Gumiho
  • Mvp vs Curious
  • Creator vs Nestea
  • Sniper vs Seed

Independent/Western – 6 Western plus Independent Korean players competing for 3 spots:

  • MC vs Alive
  • Hero vs Polt
  • Taeja vs Violet

North America – 14 NA players competing for 7 spots:

  • Killer vs Qxc
  • Huk vs Sasquatch
  • Scarlett vs Goswser
  • Idra vs Ddoro
  • Suppy vs Maker
  • Fenix vs State
  • Vibe vs Illusion

Europe – 14 EU players competing for 7 spots:

  • Stephano vs Titan
  • Nerchio vs BabyKnight
  • Mana vs Bly
  • Grubby vs Dimaga
  • Socke vs Thorzain
  • Ret vs Feast
  • Sase vs Snute

Southeast Asia – 2 SEA players competing for 1 spot: Sen vs Moonglade

Winter Season Showdowns Maps:

  • Akilon Wastes
  • Bifrost
  • Cloud Kingdom
  • Daybreak
  • Entombed Valley
  • Korhal City
  • Newkirk City
  • Ohana
  • Planet S
  • Star Station
  • Whirlwind

Exhibition Tournament at the MLG Winter Championship:

  • Dates: March 15 – 17
  • Format: Invite-only, exhibition tournament (no open bracket) with all matches taking place on the main stage and one feature station.
  • 32-Player Single Elimination Bracket (Bo5s & 7s) featuring: 28 Players from Winter Season Showdowns; Life, Leenock, Flash, Bomber – Top 4 Players from 2012 Fall Championship

Prizes: $75,000 total

  • 1st = $25,000
  • 2nd = $15,000
  • 3rd = $9,000
  • 4th = $6,000
  • 5th = $3,000 (4 Players)
  • 9th = $1,000 (8 Players)

Broadcast: 31 Matches, 3 Days – all matches will be broadcast via two streams

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