8 hours ago | Blizzard Entertainment
Today, Afreeca TV announced that Afreeca TV StarCraft League (ASL) will return for its fifth season on March 11. The return of ASL marks the second season of play in StarCraft: Remastered and you’ll be able to enjoy every minute of the action on the English stream: http://www.afreeca.tv/afasl
ASL Season 5 will run for ten weeks, with games scheduled every Tuesday and Sunday at the Freecup Studio. The round of 24 will be held as a single elimination dual tournament. The twelve players that emerge victorious from the round of 24 will be joined by the top four finishers from ASL Season 4 in the round of 16 for Season 5. The round of 16 will also feature the single elimination dual tournament format, while the semifinals and finals will be best-of-five, single elimination.
“StarCraft is the original epic strategy experience that has driven 20 years of competitive gaming and esports around the world,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re excited that StarCraft esports fans will get a chance to witness spectacular moments from legendary professional players during Season 5 of the ASL.”
“ASL is an esports celebration brought to you by fans and streamers, and I am excited to see its new season kick off,” SooGil Seo, CEO of Afreeca TV, added. “Through the collaboration between Blizzard and Afreeca TV, we will strive to make the best league possible.”
Youngho Lee (Flash), the winner of ASL Season 4, will be joined by fellow top-four finishers Iljang Cho(herO), and HongGyu Lim(Larva), in the round of 16 in Season 5. Bisu, who has recently enlisted in the military to fulfill his mandatory military service, will not be participating and his slot will be determined by a wild card match. Additional details on the wild card match will be announced soon.
Registration for ASL Season 5 starts February 12 (Monday) and continues until 11:59PM Korean Time on February 21(Wednesday) and is open to anyone who goes to the official website (http://starleague.kr/). The preliminaries for ASL Season 5 will be held on February 24 and 25 at the Seoul and Busan Afreeca TV Open Studios.
Details about ASL Season 5 preliminaries and main tournament can be found at the ASL Season 5 registration website (http://starleague.kr).