The reason why, initially, the region-lock policy was suggested, is to protect the competition environment of foreign players. The skill level gap between Korean players and foreign players was huge at that time. However, the gap is noticeably shrank in this year. I listed the result of foreign players vs Korean players in WCS Final Group Stage down below to show how small the level gap has become.
Dark 3:2 Showtime
Soo 3:2 Special
Soo 3:1 Showtime
Maru 2:3 TIME
Stats 0:3 Serral
Maru 0:3 TIME
Classic 2:3 HeroMarine
herO 2:3 Reynor
HeroMarine 0:3 Classic
Trap 3:1 Elazer
Rogue 3:2 Neeb
Trap 3:2 Elazer
You can see that foreign players showed almost as the same level as Korean players in most of the matchups. Only 2 matches were get 0:3 by Korean players. In my opinion, the fundamental reason that support region-lock policies is no longer exist.
Moreover, if region-lock policy still continued in 2020, GSL will been at stake. There are 9 korean players who confirm retirement/with high possibility to retire in next year. (At least what Chinese community knows). They are Classic, Soo(27), herO, Gumiho(27), Zest(27) , sOs(26), Stats(27), TRUE(27), Innovation(26). If they retire, then the meaning of GSL, a Premier level tournament that as same as WCS tournaments, will be questionable. Korean SC2 will be more deadly than ever. On the contrary, if region-lock policy is cancelled, it might have some new Korean blood that flourish Korean SC2 and makes more high-quality matchups for audience from all over the world.
There’s a vote in Chinese community that support cancellation of region-lock policy. Within 373 voted, 227 of them support that region-lock policy needs to be cancelled. Despite that small number of votes and most of them are TIME’s fans. This is the voice from Chinese community. What’s your voice about this?
Vote source: https://www.scboy.com/?thread-52165-1.htm
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