The lights are on
Beginning tomorrow, July 20 at 4:30pm ET and continuing through Sunday, July 22, gamers can tune in to the MLG website and watch professional StarCraft II players from around the world compete for over $26,000 and placement in the Summer Championship next month in Raleigh.
Old names and upcoming newcomers come together in a 32-player tournament. Some of the most noteworthy players set to take the stage are:
Slayers_Alicia - A strong Protoss player from Korea who has placed highly in recent tournaments, coming in second in the 2012 MLG Spring Championship as well as North American Star League (NASL) finals last weekend.
MStephano - Potent Zerg player who hails from France who took the NASL championship last weekend and has won other tournaments like the 2011 Electronic Sports World Cup.
Grubby – A well-known Dutch StarCraft II player and talented caster, Grubby has won over 38 tournaments, 6 of which have been world tournaments. His Protoss play is very well executed.
LiquidSheth – An American Zerg player, Sheth is known for his macro play and tends to place very highly in the tournaments he enters.
CoLqxc – A Terran player from America, qxc is known for popularizing new strategies and for his unorthodox tactics, strong mech vs Zerg play, and aggressive harassment tactics.
LiquidHerO – A world-class Korean Protoss, HerO won Dreamhack 2011 and came in second at the 2011 NASL and is known for using warp prism and mothership play to increase his mobility around the map.
A great aspect of the Summer StarCraft II Arena this year is that Full Sail University is sponsoring the main online stream at MLG. What this means is that the main stream will be free for everyone. Dr. Pepper is also sponsoring another stream with will feature content from behind-the-scenes of the event. If you are really dedicated, you can still purchase an HD pass which will allow you to watch the streams ad-free in HD and access the premium stream which means more games for you to watch!
The full Arena schedule:
Friday, July 20
Main Stream Premium Stream
5:00 PM Winners R1 Winners R1
6:00 PM Winners R1 Winners R1
7:00 PM Winners R1 Winners R1
8:00 PM Winners R1 Winners R1
9:00 PM Winners R2 Winners R2
10:00 PM Winners R2 Winners R2
Saturday, July 21
12:00 PM Losers R1 Losers R1
1:00 PM Losers R1 Losers R1
2:00 PM Losers R2 Losers R2
3:00 PM Losers R2 Losers R2
4:00 PM Winners R3 Winners R3
5:00 PM Winners R3 Winners R3
6:00 PM Losers R4 Losers R4
7:00 PM Winners R4 Losers R5
8:00 PM Winners R4 Losers R5
Sunday, July 22
12:00 PM Losers R6 Losers R6
1:40 PM Top Semifinal
4:00 PM Bottom Semifinal
6:20 PM Final
In addition to all of this, countdown events begin today starting with the top 10 Arena matches of 2012 from now until 8pm ET tonight. At 8pm ET, there will be a re-broadcast of the amazing Nestea vs MVP showmatch. From 9-9:30pm ET casters JP McDaniel and Apollo reveal the MLG Summer Arena bracket on both MLG.tv and Twitch. Following the show fans can vote on the MLG website for which Round 1 match will be shown at 5pm ET on Friday.
Can't wait! GOGO Grubby! I wish Huk was here though.
Stephano is my pick for this one, he has been on fire recently, one of the best Zergs in the world.
I'm so used to DRG and MKP being in the Arenas so kinda sucks that they aren't there, but the roster still looks really stacked. I'd say Stephano has a pretty good chance to take this one.
So excited, I will definitely be watching all of the matches.
Hopefully I can catch some of this. Been a while since I've been able to burn a full weekend on an MLG.
pretty sure i know one of them, though i'm not sure which one.
Call it Terran fanboyism, but I want CoLqxc to win.