TSL Regular Season Concludes
TSL ran its final matches two weekends ago, and though the top four haven’t shifted, there have been some dramatic results in the final few weeks. Red Alert still holds first place, but not unopposed. 7th Fleet took a 2-1 series off them in week 9, bringing 7th to 5th place overall– very respectable, but one shy of qualifying for the finals. Second place Eclipsis faced a difficult battle against third place Due Prejudice in week 10, and secured their place in the finals with a 2-1 win, including the defeat of a dramatic fighter launch cheese build. Team 21-Zero slides into 4th place, with their most contested end-season match being against 6th-place Skillosophy, which they won 2-1. Cookie, which showed so much promise at the season start, ended in 7th place. Unwanted took 8th place, Lucky Punch 9th, Praxeum 10th, and Mortal Legion brought up the bottom of the league.
There was a captain’s vote about whether or not to expel Mortal Legion from the league after it was discovered that they were consistently bringing in outside players to make the minimum headcount requirements of games. The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of keeping them in the league– since they were not winning the games– not hiring ringers– it seemed that their rule-breaking was purely to keep the league moving forward and the captain’s council voted for leniency accordingly.
TSL Semi-finals take place this weekend, starting February 8th. See the TSL sub-forum and the TSL standings page for more detailed scheduling information and streaming as the matches draw closer.
NA-11 Plans Bog Down
Sudden real-life interruptions for Riker forced him to withdraw from potentially hosting NA-11. As he was doing the lion’s share of the work, the remaining hosts felt unable to continue without replacing him, and not enough people stepped up to the fill the job. The last set of people who expressed interest have since decided to run a different tournament, so it looks like NA-11 is indefinitely postponed. If it starts up again, you can read about it here, or in the tournaments section of the Star Battle forums.
2014 Deep Space Tournament Announced
Loko, Ravencreek, Harlock, Kito and Morz are teaming up to host a tournament March 1-2 on the EU servers. So far, only a preliminary announcement has gone up, but judging by the name, the map will probably be deep space. This promises to be the first official tournament of 2014, and we’re looking forward to it.
SC2 Arcade is Now Free to Play
In Starcraft patch 2.1, Blizzard made the entire Arcade accessible to starter edition players. All that is required to acquire the starter edition of Starcraft 2 is an e-mail address. So if you’re interested in Star Battle and want to try, there has never been a better time. During the initial roll-out, there were a few attempts to exploit the free accounts to troll the game without any repercussions, but these have passed. If you’re an experienced player and see a lot of new people learning the game, give them a friendly hello and teach them the basics. The more satisfied players we have, the more enjoyable the game experience will be for everyone.