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Bombastic StarLeague 9

Welcome all the bombastic people!

BSL Season 8 has just wrapped up. We, however, are anything but done. Specially that there is a new threat on the horizon - COVID-19 - we would like to encourage everyone to stay home and play Starcraft - for your own safety and the ones you love. Our motto this season - #StayHomeAndPlayStarcraft. That’s why, we are starting the BSL Season 9 ladder stage RIGHT NOW.

First of all, we would like to give a shoutout to our fantastic sponsors, who are making the BSL dream go on.

1. Blizzard Entertainment

2. eSport.fund

3. Liquipedia

Please take a minute and say thanks to them whenever you will have opportunity. It’s very important, that they know how much this support means for us - the community <3

Through BSL9 you can qualify for BSL10, by winning the whole season or earning BSL Points. Learn more about them below.

Ladder stage starts 23 March 2020! You can start playing now!

How do I sign up?

  1. Create a new account using the BSL9- tag on any gateway
    BSL9-YourNickName, e.g.: BSL9-Hatchet, BSL9-Awerti, BSL9-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 March 23 and closes on April 12 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 20 players from the Ladder Stage get seeded directly into BSL9 ProLeague [Required minimum 40 games]
  2. Players ranked #21 to #53 from the Ladder Stage get seeded into BSL8 GosuLeague [Required minimum 30 games]
  3. All remaining Ladder Stage participants who completed at least 20 ladder games get seeded into BSL8 ChoboLeague

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

Seeded into the BSL9 ProLeague from BSL8:
From BSL8 ProLeague into Ro16: Bonyth, g0rynich, TT1, Dandy
From BSL8 GosuLeague into Ro24: CadenZie, Favorit, KameZerg, Cryoc

GOSULEAGUE

CHOBOLEAGUE

This 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 9 Format

Format Info
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BSL9 ProLeague schedule

23.03.2020 - 12.04.2020 - Ladder Stage
13.04.2020 - Group draw
17.04.2020 (Friday) - RO24 A&B
18.04.2020 (Saturday) - RO24 C&D
19.04.2020 (Sunday) - RO24 E&F
19.04.2020 - Group draw
25.04.2020 (Saturday) - RO16 A
26.04.2020 (Sunday) - RO16 B
02.05.2020 (Saturday) - RO16 C
03.05.2020 (Sunday) - RO16 D
16.05.2020 (Saturday) - RO8 Day 1
23.05.2020 (Saturday) - RO8 Day 2
31.05.2020 (Sunday) - RO4
07.06.2020 (Sunday) - Finals

We reserve the right to change schedule if necessary.

Map pool

Match Point
Monte Cristo
Sylphid
Whiteout
La Mancha
Escalade
Clay-Fields

Download BSL9 map pack

First maps for each round

Ro24 Group Stage:
Game 1 & 2 - Match Point
Winners Match - La Mancha
Losers match & Advancement match - Sylphid
RO16 Group Stage:
Game 1 & 2 - Monte Cristo
Winners Match - Escalade
Losers match & Advancement match - Whiteout

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 BSL9 ProLeague prize pool of $2,000 USD will be distributed as follows:
1st place - $750 + 1500 Bombastic Points + Seed in BSL10
2nd place - $500 + 700 Bombastic Points
3rd place - $300 + 500 Bombastic Points
4th place - $150 + 400 Bombastic Points
5th-8th place - $50 + 250 Bombastic Points
9th-12th place - 25$ + 200 Bombastic Points

BSL Points

BSL Points will be awarded throughout BSL seasons 7, 8 and 9 based on rankings in each division. These points will then be used to determine the 20 players seeded into BSL Season 10.

View the rankings table.

Bombastic Points Distribution

Points Info

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. Therefore, only players that are living outside of South Korea can participate in this tournament.

3. 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.

4. 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.

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

6. 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.

7. Casting the game
Everyone should allow ZZZero or another official caster to join the game for broadcast.

8. 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. The cost of sending funds and commissions are covered by the recipient.

9. 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.

10. Additional info
Anyone who is participating in the tournament and is considered relative of a PEP or SDN/ OFAC listed person must to contact the organizer.

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