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Bombastic StarLeague 16

Hello my dear SC:BW Community

The long-awaited, sixteenth edition of Bombastic StarLeague (BSL) kicks off on the 20th November 2022. During every season of BSL, our goal is to create a healthy competitive environment for players outside of South Korea. Each season we try to raise the bar higher and higher, so that the level of production and organization of the tournament meets the expectations of the most sophisticated StarCraft gourmets.

The BSL16 will be split into four separate skill-based divisions, catering to the needs of both experienced players and newcomers to the scene alike. The four levels of competition are the BSL ChoboLeague, BSL HasuLeague, BSL GosuLeague and BSL ProLeague.

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 labor will once again live up to everyone’s expectations.

Sponsors

In the BSL14 Announcement we informed you that this was our plan for BSL in 2022!

It’s time to launch the most important BSL Season of the entire 2022 year. “click”.

Of course it wouldn’t be possible for us to come back with another season without the support of our sponsors and generosity of you guys, our incredible StarCraft Remastered community!

Big thanks to all of you guys, for enabling us to have yet another season of Bombastic StarLeague! It wouldn’t be possible without your help and support!

But now hold onto your seats, because we prepared an incredible season for you!

Ladder stage starts TODAY, it will end 17.12.2022 23:59 UTC. You can start playing now!

How do I sign up?

  1. Create a new account using the BSL- tag on any gateway BSL-<YourNickName>, e.g. BSL-Hatchet, BSL-LML, BSL-ZZZero, ...
  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 November 20 and closes on December 17 at 23:59 UTC
  5. Join BSL Discord https://discord.gg/rFANYvZ
  6. Confirm your participation on BSL Discord after the ladder stage ends.

How do I qualify for each division?

  1. PROLEAGUE
    The TOP 17 players from BSL 2022 Point Ranking get seeded directly to BSL16 ProLeague RO32
    The top 14 players from the Ladder Stage get seeded directly into BSL16 ProLeague RO32 [Required minimum 40 games]
    The top 15 - 32 players from the Ladder Stage will play in the Last Chance Tournament for the last spot in BSL16 ProLeague. Tournament will be hosted on December 18 before the group draw ceremony;
  2. Players ranked #15 to #47 from the Ladder Stage get seeded into BSL16 GosuLeague [Required minimum 25 games];
  3. Players ranked #48 to #79 from the Ladder Stage get seeded into BSL16 HasuLeague [Required minimum 25 games] **
  4. All remaining Ladder Stage participants who completed at least 25 ladder games and will confirm their participation on BSL Discord will get seeded into BSL16 ChoboLeague

After the ladder stage is done, confirm your participation on BSL Discord -> #Confirm-participation

Players qualified from BSL 2022 POINTS

Qualified Players
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Continue improving your BSL16 Ladder placement even after being qualified - the player with the higher ladder placement will be given priority during map vetoes in Ro8 and forward.

BSL16 Ladder Tournaments

  1. Ladder Tour Open #1 26.11.2022 - 18:00 CET
  2. Ladder Tour Open #2 27.11.2022 - 18:00 CET
  3. Ladder Tour Open #3 17.12.2022 - 18:00 CET
  4. Ladder Tour For Chobo #1 -> 29.11.2022 - 20:00 CET
  5. Ladder Tour For Chobo #2 -> 08.12.2022 - 20:00 CET
  6. Ladder Tour For Chobo #3 -> 13.12.2022 - 20:00 CET

Format

ProLeague

GosuLeague

HasuLeague

ChoboLeague

BSL Season 16 Format

Format Info
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BSL16 ProLeague Broadcast Schedule

20.11.2022 - 17.12.2022 Ladder Stage
18.12.2022 - 18:00 CET RO32 Group draw ceremony
07.01.2022 - 18:00 CET - RO32 Group A
08.01.2022 - 18:00 CET - RO32 Group B
14.01.2022 - 18:00 CET - RO32 Group C
15.01.2022 - 18:00 CET - RO32 Group D
21.01.2022 - 18:00 CET - RO32 Group E
22.01.2022 - 18:00 CET - RO32 Group F
28.01.2022 - 18:00 CET - RO32 Group G
29.01.2022 - 18:00 CET - RO32 Group H + RO16 Group Draw
04.02.2022 - 18:00 CET - RO16 Group A
05.02.2022 - 18:00 CET - RO16 Group B
11.02.2022 - 18:00 CET - RO16 Group C
12.02.2022 - 18:00 CET - RO16 Group D
18.02.2022 - 18:00 CET - RO8 Round 1
19.02.2022 - 18:00 CET - RO8 Round 2
25.02.2022 - 18:00 CET - RO8 Round 3
26.02.2022 - 18:00 CET - RO8 Round 4
04.03.2022 - 18:00 CET - RO8 Round 5
05.03.2022 - 18:00 CET - RO8 Round 6
11.03.2022 - 18:00 CET - RO6 - 6th vs 5th & 4th vs winner (2x bo5)
12.03.2022 - 18:00 CET - RO4 - 4th vs 3rd & 2nd vs winner (1xbo5 1x bo7)
19.03.2022 - 18:00 CET - Grand Finals of BSL16 (1x bo9)

Every game of BSL ProLeague will be casted on BSL’s Official Twitch Channel

RESTREAMING or STREAMING the EVENT without permission is NOT ALLOWED, our goal is to maximize viewers on the official BSL channels, as we’re trying to attract some sponsors.

Map pool

Butter
Odyssey
Power Bond
Sylphid
Vermeer
Nemesis
Circuit Breakers

First maps for each round

RO32 Group Stage:
Game 1 & 2 -> Butter
Winners Match & Losers match -> Power Bond
Advancements match -> Nemesis

RO16 Group Stage:
Game 1 & 2 -> Odyssey
Winners Match & Losers match -> Sylphid
Advancements match -> Vermeer

Choosing second / third map rules: winner bans one map, loser chooses map from remaining maps in the map pool (no repeats).

RO8 Map Picks
All matches during the RO8 Round Robin are bo3. 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 ABAB ABC for BO3 and AB ABABC for BO5.

Example of vetoes for the BO3 match:
player A vetoes a map
player B vetoes a map
player A vetoes a map
player B vetoes a map
player A picks the first map
player B picks the second map
the remaining map will be played in the decider match
Once all vetoes and mappicks are done you can start the matches.

Grand Finals
After picking the first 7 maps, each player picks one map (as repeat) to play the 8th and 9th match on.

Prize pool distribution

Bombastic StarLeague Season 16 prize pool of $6,650 USD will be distributed as follows:
BSL16 Ladder Tours, Announcement event & GosuLeague - $650
BSL16 ProLeague : $6,000

The BSL16 Proleague:
1st place - $2500
2nd place -$1300
3rd place - $800
4th place - $500
5th place - $250
6th place - $200
7th place - $150
8th place - $100
9th-12th place - $50

The BSL16 Gosuleague
1st place - $125
2nd place - $50
3rd place - $25

Production

If you want to help us spread the news that BSL Season 16 started, here is a graphics pack which you can use during your stream or on your social media. Thank you <3

We reserve the right to change schedules if necessary.

Casters & Talents of BSL Season 16:

Producer, Observer & Organizer:
ZZZero

English cast
ZZZeroPL

Talents:
Nyoken
Diggity
Machine
Razz
SeriOsity
Doc_Holiday

Spanish casts
- OliPatrick
- Yu

Tournament rules

1. Everyone must join the BSL Official Discord channel
------> https://discord.gg/ST6ktnD ←------

2. Confirmation after ladder stage.
Every player who played in the BSL15 ladder stage, has to confirm their participation in the tournament on BSL Discord:
a) ProLeague - within 12 hours after ladder stage ends
b) GosuLeague, HasuLeague & ChoboLeague - within one week from ladder stage end

3. Qualification restriction
Players who have previously played in ProLeague (Seasons 5-14) can't qualify for Hasu and Chobo leagues. Players who have played in GosuLeague (Seasons 6-14) can't qualify for ChoboLeague. Players who weren't able to reach the needed MMR will have to skip this BSL Season.

4. The tournament is residency locked
The goal of the Bombastic StarLeague is to focus on the development of players outside of Korea. Therefore, only players that are living outside of South Korea can participate in this tournament

5. Smurfs
a) Everyone can add up to FIVE BSL15-accounts on bombasticstarleague.com. Highest placed account will appear on the ranking. Using multiple accounts on the BSL website is not allowed. If you want to merge your accounts, please contact admins on Discord. Penalty for breaking this rule is a BAN for the BSL Season. b) Sharing accounts is not allowed - one battle.net account can be used by one player only.

6. Race Picking
Upon confirming their participation, players need to declare race and matchups they play for the entire season.

7. 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 the BSL Open Discord server - players have to be available on Discord during the matches.
15 minutes after scheduled time, if one of the players is 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.
It is not allowed to livestream your games or announce the result before they have been officially casted.

8. 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 Open 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, the match should be played at the official play date and time.
Both players must ensure that the replays are uploaded and available for the admins.

9. ShieldBattery
Any match can be played using ShieldBattery if both players and admins agree. For more info please visit the ShieldBattery website.

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

11. Disconnects
If one of the players gets disconnected from the game before the 2-minute mark, the game must be replayed. If one of the players had an advantage after the 2 minute mark, the decision is up to the admin.

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

13. Unsportsmanlike conduct
Any menace, insults, toxicity, bad manners, racism, homophobia, sexism and any kind of behavior which will be treated as offensive as well as unsportsmanlike conduct will be punished in BSL. If no mitigating circumstances are found, the penalty is the BAN from the BSL season.

14. Prize distribution
Winners of cash prizes are required to contact ZZZero on Discord to agree on the desired form of payment of the prize. Default payment form is via Paypal. Winners must also send Name + Surname and address. The cost of sending funds and commissions are covered by the recipient.

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

16. Additional info
Anyone who is participating in the tournament and is listed in the PEP, SDN or OFAC lists is obligated to contact the organizer.

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