The TSL strives to be on the cutting edge of Starcraft 2 progaming in every area, from fair play and sportsmanship to the maps that are used in the tournament. Almost two months have passed since we originally announced the PokerStrategy.com TSL3 and a lot has changed since. We've seen a lot of debate about bringing in fresh maps for tournaments recently, notably since the GSL has opted to use it's own maps rather than rely on Ladder maps.
We have evaluated the current maps on offer and we feel that it is too early to be able to properly assess how each map is going to play out. As such, we have selected the eight maps that we feel will offer the best games for the fans and will continue to evaluate their balance as we learn more about them over the coming weeks. These eight maps are not the final map pool for the TSL, we will only be selecting the five or six best maps from this set of maps.
The main tournament of the TSL will use five or six maps from the following GSL/Blizzard map pool:
We realise how important a strong map pool is for a successful tournament. We don't want to rush into things and pick maps that may turn out to be imbalanced. Instead, we will gather as much information as possible to make an informed decision as to which maps are best suited for the TSL - both in terms of balance and spectator enjoyment. As soon as we reach a decision we will announce the maps that will be used in the tournament. We are announcing the candidate maps now so that players who have already qualified have ample time to prepare for the inclusion of some GSL maps.
We also think it is better for the community if similar maps are used across all major tournaments, and we hope that other tournament organizers will choose to have their map pools overlap somewhat with ours (and the GSL's). With a more unified map pool the players will be able to better focus their practice time and thus produce better games for the fans to enjoy. Obviously, things don't have to be identical, but the more similar the map pool - the better it is for the players and fans.
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