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Bombastic StarLeague 18

Dear StarCraft lovers!

Get ready for the electrifying launch of Bombastic StarLeague Season 18! From a visionary dream eighteen seasons ago, we've emerged as the foremost StarCraft tournament outside of South Korea, and it's all thanks to your unwavering support. As we embark on this new chapter, your support continues to be the driving force behind our mission.

At BSL, our core mission has been to foster and expand the global competitive StarCraft community. We dream about putting foreigners in Korea, and we try to create an environment for players to have motivation to improve. Recognizing the diverse skill levels among players, we proudly present four unique divisions: the BSL ChoboLeague, BSL HasuLeague, BSL GosuLeague, and BSL ProLeague. No matter where your skills lie, there's a place for you in our league.

Our success story is written by the dedication of our hardworking team and the phenomenal support of the StarCraft community. Together, we've built an arena where champions are crowned, rivalries are born, and unforgettable moments unfold. We try to improve each season to motivate and inspire, your presence in this journey is invaluable, and for that, we extend our heartfelt gratitude.

As this season unfolds, my brainchild - BSL - steps into maturity. To mark this transition, we've introduced significant alterations designed to inspire even more of you to engage in an equitable and intense competition for coveted positions within our league.

Sponsors

We were struggling a lot to find funding for this season, times are hard, but there are people who support BSL nonetheless. Let’s thank all of those who made it possible.

Big thanks to all of you guys, for enabling us to have yet another season of Bombastic StarLeague! Everyone who is watching, commenting and sharing info about BSL is helping so much, it wouldn’t be possible without your help and support!

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

BSL Season 18

Ladder stage starts 11.02.2024 22:00 UTC, it will end 06.03.2024 23:59 UTC.

How do I sign up to BSL18?

IMPORTANT CHANGES

Format

How do I qualify for each division?

*We reserve the right to lower the amount of participants in BSL Gosu and Hasu leagues to 16 players each - depending on the amount of participation confirmations. Please remember to confirm participation on BSL Discord!

Continue improving your BSL18 Ladder placement even after being qualified - the player with the higher ladder placement will be given priority during map vetoes in Ro8 and forward.

ProLeague

GosuLeague and HasuLeague

ChoboLeague

BSL18 ProLeague Broadcast Schedule

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.

Maps and Vetoes

BSL18 Mappool
Click the image to see it in full size.

First maps for each round

Ladder tournaments

We want players to practice hard on the ladder to deliver as good games as possible during the tournament, thus we want to give them the right way to test their strengths before the actual season begins. That's why we will run four ladder tournaments, open for every player who has a minimum of 20 games on BSL-Nickname (and is registered).

Prize pool

We were missing $1400 to meet the goal, which would allow us to keep the prizepool on the last season level. We decided to launch the event with the resources we have in our disposal - I believe we will still be able to deliver extraordinary event, nonetheless.

Bombastic StarLeague Season 18 prize pool of $4,700 USD will be distributed as follows:
BSL18 Announcement showmatch: $100
BSL18 GosuLeague: $200
BSL18 ProLeague: $4000
BSL18 Ladder Tournaments: $300

The BSL18 Proleague
1st place - $2000
2nd place - $900
3rd place - $500
4th place - $300
5th - 6th place - $100
7th - 8th place - $50

The BSL18 Gosuleague
1st place - $125
2nd place - $50
3rd place - $25

The BSL18 Ladder Tournaments
1st place - $50
2nd place - $30
3rd place - $20

Talents

Casters & Talents of BSL Season 18:

Producer, Observer & Organizer:
ZZZero

English Main Broadcast

BSL Official Channel - ZZZeroPL on twitch

Talents:
Nyoken
Diggity
Machine
Razz
Doc_Holiday

Spanish commentators
Yu

OliPatrick

Russian commentators
babyMagiK

Dewalt

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.

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 BSL18 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 11-17) can't qualify for Hasu and Chobo leagues. Players who have played in GosuLeague (Seasons 13-17) 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) Smurfs are not allowed, you have to play on your real, most known nickname.
b) Sharing accounts is not allowed - one battle.net / ShieldBattery 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 (Dynamic Turn Rate). 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.

Help us spread the word

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