Welcome to the Collegiate Starleague's awesome thread! Our playoffs are set to begin this coming weekend and we have some exciting stuff planned! If you missed our playoff kickoff event, you can check out the VOD HERE.
Before getting into the juicy details, here's what you all have wanted to hear: what's at stake for the CSL playoff participants? What can you guys win?
CSL Playoff Prizes:
1st. $1,000 + 5 Tt eSports MEKA G1 Keyboards
2nd. 5 Tt eSports Black Gaming Mouse
3rd/4th. 5 Tt eSports Dasher Mousepads
Tt eSports is an extension of Thermaltake, makers of some great CPU cooling and casing systems. Their eSports division makes gaming peripherals for all types of gamers from FPS to RTS. Their sponsorship of eSports events has extended from their home base in Taiwan throughout Europe and North America as well. You can check out all their gear and events at Tt eSports.com!
Justin.tv is fast becoming the premiere streaming solution for all gamers. Their viewership and audience has expanded and their staff works diligently to create the best and smoothest streaming platform possible. Justin.tv has sponsored countless numbers of tournaments and makes it possible for gamers to earn money while streaming with their revenue sharing program. Sign up and stream your games at Justin.tv!
Who's Casting the Playoffs?
Like the Season 2 and Season 3 Grand Finals... this year our Grand Finals will be cast live by Day9 on Friday, May 6th! We will also be joined by Quarter Final and Semi Final casting by Diggity, Ro16 casting by iNcontroL and Gretorp. Other awesome casters from Reddit such as Adebisi and CatsPajamas will be joining us as well, along with our very own Xeris and Hazelynut and many more! We hope you are just as excited as we are to watch the games!
Full Caster Profiles Below
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Robbie “Ghostclaw” Nakamura is a long time member of Teamliquid.net, as well as being a banling
and one of the original founding members of Liquipedia. His game knowledge stems from watching
and playing Brood War since the original rise of Nada. In addition to Starcraft, he also studies Electrical Engineering at UC Irvine, and specializes in building hybrid drive systems for racecars.
Timothy "shindigs" Young is the head organizer of the UC Irvine eSports club and the dedicated
streamer/caster for the UCI CSL team, along with co-casters ghostclaw, alia, and darrenc. His major contributions to eSports include watching streams on TeamLiquid without AdBlock and running into BOTH Artosis and Tasteless on his way to the bathroom at Blizzcon. He was also in very close proximity to SlayerS_'BoxeR'.
Wolf "Wolf" Schroder: "Hi, my name is Wolf, and I'm a StarCraft II commentator. I've been doing this for over a year now, and I have covered many well-known foreign tournaments. I'm also on the FXOpen e-Sports Team. I'm really excited to work with the CSL because I feel like it's a great way for StarCraft players to work together in a team environment not only online, but often face to face as well. "
Muny "Ratanak" Tram and "Cragus" are the co-founders and casters of Waterloo CSL TV. Ratanak
is enrolled in Mechatronics Engineering at Waterloo. As an Asian-Canadian, he eats rice and potatoes. Cragus is studying mechanical engineering. As a Dutch-Canadian, he eats pakoras with English stouts.
Dan "Frodan" Chou is a junior at the University of California San Diego. He first started casting to
stream the weekly games for UCSD's coordinator, Xeris. Since Starcraft 2 was released, he has studied the game day and night. During these CSL casts, he found an increased desire to further dive into the game. He does his best to play SC2 whenever he is not casting to understand the meta-game and offer different insight. He hopes to bring CSL entertaining and fun casts in the future and hopes that you guys tune in! "Be sure to say hi if you ever see me online "
Mona "Hazelynut" Zhang is a proud member of the Princeton 2v2 team (5g speedling all the way!),
closet commentator, and CSL mother since 2009. And (hell), it's about time to dust off her commentating idol days to get pumped for CSL Playoff action! Season 4, 4ever.
Duran "Xeris" Parsi is known as That Guy Who Organizes Every SC2 Tournament. Ever. As a UCSD alum who shed a few manly tears in Season 3 when UCSD took the gold, Xeris is now reluctantly taking the backseat and not smurfing for his team this season. He'll be joining the CSL as commentator in addition to his role as a weekly reviewer in which teams bribe him for highlights.
Mark "DarthThienAn" Ha is a sophomore at Princeton and an "undefined" admin in the CSL (meaning he does all the work). Darth is well-known for 2-0'ing Haemonculus (using DTs), beating Duke's ace Terran (using proxy 4gate), and hosting the ever-so-popular CSL Starjeweled Tournament.
Kevin "CatsPajamas" Knocke is an aspiring eSports broadcaster, emphasizing on exciting play-
by-play commentary. He is thrilled to be casting the CSL. You can find him at http://youtube.com/
catspajamassc2, http://twitter.com/catspajamassc2, and http://facebook.com/catspajamassc2
Mike "Adebisi" Van Driel grew up playing the original Starcraft and has been playing SC2 since he got a beta invite. He plays for Dalhousie University and has managed to not drop a 1v1 yet! He began casting a couple of months ago and is very excited to be casting for CSL, hopefully in the future as well, as he will be graduating soon and this is his eligible last season. Check out his YouTube and stream for more here: http://www.youtube.com/adebisistarcraft and http://www.justin.tv/adebisisc
Geoff "Incontrol" Robinson is no stranger to the community- he's a member of team EG, a coach for gosucoaching.com, and one of the main organizers of the new NASL. See more of him at http://www.justin.tv/incontroltv
Andre "Gretorp" Hengchua, analytical Terran and former Fnatic progamer turned NASL commentator, is joining the CSL because he loves Princeton kids and education. Watch out for his tutorials and streams, or you may learn too much.
Zach "Diggity" Smith is an experienced commentator, harkening back to the days of BroodWar,
including the earliest days of the CSL. He's well known for his work with SC2GG, GosuCoaching, and Reddit, and we're glad to have him returning for another season of the CSL!
Sean "Day" Plott needs no introduction, but here goes: formerly an A+ Brood War player, he has
become perhaps the world's most famous and most loved commentator, and after his spectacular finals cast last season, we couldn't miss the chance to have him back to cast this season's finals!
All playoff matches can be found at CSL @ Justin.tv!
Full Playoff Schedule
Can be found here!
CSL Bracket Contest: Fill out your bracket, March Madness style! Just download the bracket image, fill out your teams, and send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org ! The winner of the contest (who perfectly predicts the result or gets the closest) will receive a prize from Tt eSports and $100 cash!
You can find the full information HERE
LIKE US Contest: We're going to be giving out prizes to our fans on Facebook, and those of our sponsor, Tt eSports! The contest is simple: encourage your friends to "like" the CSL & Tt eSports on Facebook! Your friends must post in the discussion topics saying your name.
At the end of the 1 month contest period, the person whose name is mentioned the most will win a Tt eSports Mouse. Also, one of his/her friends will be randomly selected to win the same prize. The same will be done for the Tt eSports Facebook!
You can find the full information HERE
Once again, we hope you're all hyped for the playoffs as much as we are! We hope you will support the CSL!