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Bombastic StarLeague 11

Greetings to all Bombastic StarCraft’ers!

We managed to get through 2020 - here’s to us, you magnificent nerds. Last year we ran three seasons of the Bombastic StarLeague and we thought we’d fancy doing that again (we mean three more seasons of the BSL, not 2020).

While the whole year hasn’t been planned out just yet, one thing is a given - the eleventh installment in the BSL series is just around the corner. How soon? Next week? Next month? Are we teasing too much?

Before we jump into the technical part of the whens and whats and hows, we’d like to preface by thanking eSport.fund for once again stepping in and providing us with the necessary financial support to keep churning out StarCraft events. They love Brood War and, guess what, so do we.

Of course we’d be amiss to forget about the community who chipped in big-time (we’re looking at youse, Purepat and Crvt) as well as the horde of BSL Patrons (Specially STRFKR, StRyKeR, Andrei (qkrorlqr) and more), whose contributions made this coming season of the BSL possible. We’d like to thank the community for the support we’ve received over the past few seasons and we hope the fruits of our labour will once again live up to everyone’s expectations.

Key Information

BSL11 Proleague will have a whopping prize pool of 5,000$ with an additional 500$ in prizes for the remaining divisions and tournaments.

During BSL11 we will continue to run three separate skill-based divisions, catering to the needs of both experienced players and newcomers to the scene alike. If we will have a large number of competitors signed up for ChoboLeague, we will divide it for a few smaller divisions - also-skill based.

Every Saturday and Sunday we will have ProLeague cast, every Tuesday and Thursday we will have GosuLeague casts, Choboleague cast dates will be announced.

The fun doesn’t stop there - here’s a few bonus goals / rewards to sweeten the deal:

  1. If we reach ~$3500 in donations during BSL Season 11, eSport.fund will extend their support through BSL Season 12* (same prize pool and format as BSL11).
    a) BSL Season 12 is set to start right after the BSL Season 11;
    b) TOP4 ProLeague and TOP4 GosuLeague players of BSL Season 11 will be seeded into BSL Season 12 ProLeague.
  2. The TOP 3 finishers from BSL Season 11 and BSL Season 12 (if it will happen) will get a direct seed into the Ro16 of RCG 2021. (Sick crossover episode, btw.)

This is also the bit where we invite you to visit the eSport.fund website and show them your gratitude.

How do I sign up?

  1. Create a new account using the BSL- tag on any gateway
    BSL-YourNickName, e.g.: BSL-Hatchet, BSL-Awerti, BSL-ZZZero, ... NOT BSL11-!
  2. Head over to: https://bombasticstarleague.com/
  3. Register on the site and add your in-game account to the rankings
  4. Launch StarCraft: Remastered and start laddering! The Ladder Stage commences on January 23 and closes on February 14 at 23:59 CET

If you want to play a SMURF during a ladder stage, you must notify Admins about it. This information will remain among BSL admins until the end of the ladder phase. People who qualify on a smurf without notifying the administrators will be removed from the tournament.

How do I qualify for each division?

  1. The top 4 players from the Ladder Stage get seed into BSL11 ProLeague Ro16 [Required minimum 50 games]
  2. The top 5 - 28 players from the Ladder Stage get seeded into BSL11 ProLeague Ro24 [Required minimum 40 games]
  3. Players ranked #29 to #61 from the Ladder Stage get seeded into BSL11 GosuLeague [Required minimum 30 games]
  4. All remaining Ladder Stage participants who completed at least 20 ladder games get seeded into BSL11 ChoboLeague [ChoboLeague might be divided into few tiers - depends on number of participants]

After ladder stage is done, confirm your participation on BSL Discord

Continue improving your BSL ladder placement even after qualifying - the player with the higher ladder placement will be given priority during map vetoes in Ro8.

Format

PROLEAGUE

GOSULEAGUE

CHOBOLEAGUE

Same as previous season, newcomers of Choboleague will have an opportunity to have some coaching from the best Gosu and Pro League players. If you feel like you need some help in improving, this is the best league for you!

BSL Season 11 Format

Format Info
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BSL11 ProLeague schedule

24.01.2021 - 20.02.2021 - Ladder Stage
23.02.2021 - Ro24 Group draw ceremony
26.02.2021 - 18:30 CET - Ro24 A&B
27.02.2021 - 18:30 CET - Ro24 C&D
28.02.2021 - 18:30 CET - Ro24 E&F
28.02.2021 - Ro16 Group draw ceremony
06.03.2021 - 18:30 CET - Ro16 A
07.03.2021 - 18:30 CET - Ro16 B
13.03.2021 - 18:30 CET - Ro16 C
14.03.2021 - 18:30 CET - Ro16 D
20.03.2021 - 18:30 CET - Ro8 Day 1
21.03.2021 - 18:30 CET - Ro8 Day 2
28.03.2021 - 18:30 CET - Ro4
04.04.2021 - 18:30 CET - 3rd place and Grand Finals

We reserve the right to change schedule if necessary.

Map pool

Eclipse
Overwatch
Sylphid
Demonio Azul
Gold Rush
Polypoid
Blade Runner

Download BSL11 map pack

First maps for each round

Ro24 Group Stage (bo1):
Game 1 & 2 - Eclipse
Winners Match - Sylphid
Losers match & Advancement match - Polypoid
RO16 Group Stage (bo3):
Game 1 & 2 - Overwatch
Winners Match - Demonio Azul
Losers match & Advancement match - Blade Runner

Choosing second/third map rules: winner bans one map, loser choose map from remaining maps in the map pool.

Ro8 Bracket:

All matches during the bracket are Bo5. Grand Finals are Bo7. All vetoes and map picks need to be made before the matches. The player with the higher ladder stage ranking can decide if they want to veto first or second. The order for vetoes is AB ABABC for BO5 and ABABABC for BO7.

Example of vetoes for the BO5 match:
player A vetoes a map
player B vetoes a map
player A picks the first map
player B picks the second map
player A picks the third map
player B picks the fourth map
the remaining map will be played in the decider match
Once all vetoes and mappicks are done you can start the matches.

Prize pool distribution

The BSL11 ProLeague prize pool of $5,000 USD will be distributed as follows:
1st place - $2000 + BSL 12 Ro16 & RCG 2021 Ro16
2nd place - $1200 + BSL 12 Ro16 & RCG 2021 Ro16
3rd place - $650 + BSL 12 Ro16 & RCG 2021 Ro16
4th place - $350 + BSL 12 Ro16
5th-8th place - $150
9th-12th place - $50

Ladder Tournaments

Ladder Tour - Open #1 - 30.01.2021 - 100$
Ladder Tour - Some other event - 31.01.2021 - 100$
Ladder Tour - Chobo #1 - 04.02.2021 - SC:R Copy
Ladder Tour - Open #2 - 06.02.2021 -100$
Ladder Tour - Some other event - 07.02.2021 - 100$
Ladder Tour - Chobo #2 - 09.02.2021 - SC:R Copy

Casters

If you are interested in casting BSL, feel free to reach out to us, we will provide you with the clean feed.

Tournament rules

1. Everyone must join the BSL Official Discord channel.

2. The tournament is residency locked
The goal of the Bombastic StarLeague is to focus on the development of players outside of Korea. Citizens of South Korea are not allowed to take part in BSL. There might be exceptions under individual circumstances.

3. Racepicking
Upon confirming their participation, players need to declare race and matchups they play for the entire season.

4. Regular match rules
Players must be online and available on Battle.net channel Op BSL (Europe) 15 minutes before their scheduled match. Secondary channel of communication is BSL Discord server.
15 minutes after scheduled time, if one of the players not responding, his opponent may claim a technical win for one game.
15 minutes after that he can claim a win for the whole series.

5. Playing matches before the schedule
Every match prior to the Elimination Stage can be played ahead of schedule if both players and admins agree.
Contact your opponent and set up the date to play. We strongly suggest using BSL Discord for this so admins can keep track of things.
On the selected day, play your match. Apply the same rules as for a regular match - use Op BSL and Discord to communicate.
If both players were unable to play on their selected date/time or weren't able to set one up, match should be played as it was scheduled.
It is not allowed to livestream your games or announce the result if you are playing your match earlier.
Winner of the match must upload the replays to the admins.

6. Latency
Default Turn Rate setting is DTR. If both players agree, Turn Rate setting can be changed.

7. Disconnects
If one of the players gets disconnected from the game before the 90-seconds mark, the game must be replayed. If one of the players had an advantage after the 90-seconds, the decision is up to the admin.

8. Casting the game
Everyone should allow ZZZero or any other responsible person to join the game for broadcast.

9. Prize distribution
Winners of cash prizes are required to contact the organizer to agree on the desired form of payment of the prize. Contact should be via discord. Prize is payable gross of any tax or commission.

10. Personal data
Anyone who is participating in the tournament agree to the processing of their personal data, which they made available to the organizer or which are accessible publicly.

11. Additional info
Participants are bound to follow common FATF AML/CFT protocols.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask anyone from the Staff on the Discord channel.