It's 2007. First day of WCG. I know, as last week shew, WCG is a disgrace now. However, back then, it was the best we got. It was the most prestigious tournament for foreigners and the only tournament (not counting blizzcon) outside of Asia where top Koreans participated regularly. I'd say the tournament was more important to foreign community than any of MLGs, DHs, IEMs nowadays, because it happened only once a year and there were no other big tournaments like that (maybe Dreamhack came close). One tournament, one chance, one opportunity to fight Koreans (and most of the times fail miserably).
The tournament structure was kinda similar to one we saw this year. There were 8 groups, 4 players, 2 of them advanced to ro16, which was bo3 (including finals), single elimination. The ro16 pairing was A1 vs H2 and so on.
Every year, Koreans hoped not to face each other before semifinals, not only because considering themselves - rightfully - as top3 players of the tournament no matter who they face.
This year they got unlucky. Winning their groups, Stork and Hwasin were supposed to meet in ro8.
However, as in few previous tournaments, they decided to do something about it. Stork needed to finish the group on 2nd place so he threw his game against white-ra. White-ra then lost the last game in group to russian player EX, creating a tie-break situation, everyone was 3-1. Did white-ra throw his game as well as a protest against poor Stork's sportmanship? Who knows.
Then the tie-breakers came. Stork vs white-ra was the first game to be played. Stork threw the game AGAIN, even more obviously than the first time. Second game Stork played against EX and beat him. In the third game white-ra played against EX. If their original group game was questionable, this one without a doubt wasn't. White-ra let EX take the win because he simply didn't like the way Koeans are trying to fix the tournament. That meant another tie-breaker.
Second tie-breaker was the exact copy of the first one.
In the third tie-breaker, Stork probably realized this strategy wouldn't work out (also, it was 11pm) and won both games. White-ra won against EX and advanced from second place.
Ironically enough, Stork went on to win the tournament, not dropping a single game against Hwasin, Mondragon and PJ (who beat Savior) in finals. White-ra finished 4th.
But to get to a little agressive name of this blog. A true Korean progamer, representing his team and his country was throwing games on purpose trying to fix the tournament bracket.
Was there a reaction from Stork's team? No.
Was there a reaction from WCG? No.
Was there a reaction from KESPA? No.
Was there an outrage among korean netizens? Most likely not.
It was obviously discussed here on TL. People were mostly finding it pathetic, on the other hand though, they understood it. The tournament format was simply terrible.
here's the LR thread at the start of controversy - http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=60363¤tpage=25
few last pages are also interesting.