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TEAM LIQUID PRESENTS: TEAMLIQUID STARLEAGUE 9!
Team Liquid announces a show-stopping tournament for the ages, TeamLiquid StarLeague 9!
As part of the ESL Pro Tour Circuit, this once-in-a-lifetime tournament showcases 32 ferocious Starcraft players from around the globe. This great group of athletes will show us all they’ve got to become the undisputed champion of TSL 9 and a marvel to the world. Best of all, this tournament will be happening OFFLINE, in Utrecht, Netherlands!
That's right, folks. For the first time* in TSL history, Team Liquid will host the final weekend at the spectacular Alienware Training Facility! The top 12 players within the competition are granted a paid flight across land and sea.
This satisfying, superb, and sublime circus of life and color would be impossible without our marvelous sponsors: HyperX, Coinbase, ESL, Twitch, Secretlab, IMC, Monster and of course, the always dependable Shopify!
All of us at Team Liquid are looking forward to presenting our most spectacular grand tournament yet, so step right up and learn more about TSL 9 below!
Shopify TSL 9 is a 32-player double elimination tournament awarding $30,000 USD and 2540 EPT points. All players will battle through the double-elimination bracket from July 29 to August 7, with games happening every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The tournament begins Friday, Jul 29 11:00am GMT (GMT+00:00)
The remaining 12 players will be flown to the Netherlands to compete offline at Team Liquid's Alienware Training Facility from September 2 to 4.
32 players double-elimination bracket, seeded by EPT points (visual bracket)
- Best of 3 (Bo3) Upper Semifinal and Lower Round 4
- Best of 5 (Bo5) Upper Semifinal /Lower Round 4/ Lower Round 5/ Lower Quarter Final / Lower Semifinal
- Best of 7 (Bo7) Upper Finals, Lower Final, and Grand Final (Winner’s advantage)
32 player spots divided amongst 14 regional and server qualifiers.
- Tournament platform: Challonge (Tournament Sign-Up Page)
- All matches are Best of 3 (Bo3) with Best of 5 (Bo5) qualifying matches
- All qualifiers seeded by EPT Points
|Type||# Qualified||# Qualifiers|
Please note: Players must change their display name when signing up with their player name or risk incorrect seeding. We will not be liable for any incorrect seeding if your player name does not match our records.
|Qualifier||Start Time||Qualifier Format||Qualified|
|Europe Regional #1||Jul 08 4:00pm GMT||Double Elimination||Top 4|
|Europe Regional #2||Jul 10 4:00pm GMT||Double Elimination||Top 4|
|Europe Regional #3||Jul 13 4:00pm GMT||Double Elimination||Top 3|
|NA Regional #1||Jul 09 10:00pm GMT||Double Elimination||Top 2|
|Korea Regional #1||Jul 06 11:00am GMT||Single Elimination||Top 4|
|Korea Regional #2||Jul 07 11:00am GMT||Single Elimination||Top 4|
|Korea Regional #3||Jul 12 11:00am GMT||Single Elimination||Top 4|
|China #1||Jul 09 7:00am GMT||Double Elimination||Top 1|
|Latin America||Jul 10 10:00pm GMT||Double Elimination||Top 1|
|TW/HK/JP/MO||Jul 10 7:00am GMT||Double Elimination||Top 1|
|Oceania / RoA||Jul 09 5:00am GMT||Double Elimination||Top 1|
|Asia SERVER||Jul 14 11:00am GMT||Double Elimination||Top 1|
|EU SERVER||Jul 15 4:00pm GMT||Double Elimination||Top 1|
|NA SERVER||Jul 16 10:00pm GMT||Double Elimination||Top 1|
|For double-elimination qualifiers with over 16 participants: the bracket will be single-elimination up to the Round of 16 (Ro16). From Round of 16 onward, the bracket will be double-elimination.|
Community casters who would like to cover the qualifiers should fill out this community caster form at least 24 hours before the specified qualifier match(es) begin(s). You must also be a member of the Discord server with your identifying nickname. For non-English coverage of the main event (beginning July 29), please fill out the form as well, and we’ll be in touch after the qualifiers wrap up.TSL at AWTF-EU
While the facility will not feature a live audience, we’re delighted to bring the last week of the tournament offline to Team Liquid’s AWTF-EU office! The facility features workstations and practice scrim rooms furnished with high-quality equipment, where our players will compete. It’s also where Team Liquid’s StarCraft 2 team trains and boot camps. Our production crew for TSL 9, Waveform, is full of long-time StarCraft fans who are eager to bring TSL to life. Look forward to seeing StarCraft players run rampant in our office!
(Psst. Hey. Even though TSL won’t have a live audience, we hope everyone watches TSL with great company. If you are interested in organizing a BarCraft for TSL, please get in touch! We’d love to support your endeavors.)
We’ll have more information to share within the coming weeks! If you have questions about the tournament, we’ll be glad to answer them here or on our official TSL Discord server. Thanks again to our gracious sponsors and your continued support of StarCraft 2, TSL, and Team Liquid.
It's amazing that after 14 years of TSL history we finally have an offline version! Super happy we can be part of the event once more and I'll be excited to watch!
— Dario "TLO" Wuensch
Head of Player Development, Shopify Rebellion
Thanks for making it all the way to the end of the post! Have some Liquid+ Points, and we'll see you online!- Team Liquid
*: Due to the difference in scale, we are briefly choosing to overshadow TSL 3’s grand finals.