Helsinki, Finland just got a little more awesome this summer as ASUS announces that it’s Republic of Gamers Tournament will be returning with a Starcraft 2 tournament. The tournament will be taking place over the course of three days and will run in a manner similar to last year – there will be two group stages, and the playoffs after will be a single elimination bracket. Thirty-two players will compete for the $25,000 prize pool, which will consist of a number of invitees and players who have made their way up through qualifiers.
As is expected, there is a free official english stream presented in HD with Thomas “Khaldor” Killian of Germany and Greg “IdrA” Fields, who most recently guest casted SHOUTcraft America. The event is also open to community streams for other languages.
The venue for the event is the same, although it has appeared to come down in size. The prize pool is $5,000 smaller and so far, there has only been one pair of casters announced. Last year saw two pairs of casters commentate, in addition to having four hosts. With smaller prizes to the competitors winning first through fourth places, will it draw top Korean players like it did last year, or will it be European players that come for a shot at the money?
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The StarCraft II eSports scene is as vibrant as ever thanks to the recent release of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm and the launch of the revised World Championship Series. 2013 has been a big year for StarCraft–which just celebrated its 15th anniversary–and it’s about to get even better. We’re happy to announce the comeback of ASUS ROG to the StarCraft II arena this summer, as it returns to Helsinki with the ASUS ROG Summer 2013 StarCraft II Tournament!
The event will take place August 1-3 at ASSEMBLY, with a concept similar to last year’s ASUS ROG Summer 2012. The tournament will run for three days, with two group stages and single elimination playoffs. The roster will consist of 32 players, including those who have qualified and those who have been invited, with the top eight earning a share of the $25,000 USD prize pool. The finals will be played on the main stage where the very first ASUS ROG Champion, DIMAGA, was crowned. A free HD stream with professional commentary will also be provided.
Quick Facts about ASUS ROG Summer 2013
- Time: Thu 1 August – Sat 3 August 2013
- Place: Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland
- Players: 32
- Prize pool: $25 000 USD
- Format: 2 group stages & single elimination playoffs
- Streams: Free HD main stream with Khaldor & IdrA + community streams
- Participation: Invites & online qualifiers
Streams & Casters
The event will feature one free official stream with HD quality. English commentary will be provided by the veteran caster Thomas “Khaldor” Kilian and Greg “IdrA” Fields, who recently made his debut as a caster in the SHOUTcraft America tournament. On top of the official stream, the event is open to community streams so that as much action as possible is broadcasted.
- 1st: $10 000
- 2nd: $5 000
- 3rd-4th: $3 000
- 5th-8th: $1 000
The tournament format is the same as last year in ASUS ROG Summer 2012: two dual tournament group stages and single elimination playoffs. The first group stage (Ro32) is played on the first day, the second group stage (Ro16) takes place on the second day and the playoffs (Ro8 onwards) are played on the third and final day of the event. All matches are best-of-five including the final. The 3rd place match is not played.
The ASUS ROG Summer 2012 tournament was among of the first outside of Korea to adopt the dual tournament format which had been made familiar to the StarCraft II audience by the GOMTV Global StarCraft II League. The feedback from the players about the new format was purely positive and especially the best-of-5 groups were praised being more fair than the more common best-of-3 format. Thus, it is no wonder that we are seeing this format again at ASUS ROG Summer 2013.
There are two ways to gain one of the 32 spots in the tournament, by a direct invite or by an online qualification tournament. In order to receive an invite, players must first request an invite by filling out an application form. Details about the online qualifications will be released later. However, everyone is encouraged to request an invite first, and participate in the qualifiers second if need be.
Republic of Gamers is a gaming sub brand of ASUS that is comprised of cutting edge hardware tailored for serious gamers. The product branches include; Motherboards, Graphics Cards, LCD Monitors, Gaming Peripherals, Desktops and Notebooks. This ASUS ROG Tournament will be solely powered by ASUS and ROG hardware.
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