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The second edition of the Stars War is set to take place in a few days (January 21-22), and as such, proper coverage is needed. The event looks to be one of the most challenging of all times, with 15 of the best players in the world heading to Shanghai, China for some intense action. The format for the tournament itself has changed since we last saw it in action, but it looks to be (aside from slightly confusing) rather promising.
However, before we go into the logistics of the event, we shall take a gander at the 3 teams of players taking part in the tournament. These combatants will be playing not only for a nice cash prize, but national (and international) pride, as the teams have been divided into Team Europe, Team Korea, and Team China. Here are the lineups:
As stated previously, the format of the event will be much different from the first Stars War. It's a little difficult to explain, however, thanks to none other than 4K^Grubby, he managed to explain it quite well in a forum post on the 4Kings forums.
The maps are decided by the team which isn't playing; i.e. Team Europe will choose the map order for China vs. Korea. The available maps are Lost Temple RoC, Turtle Rock, Echo Isles, Gnoll Wood and Twisted Meadows.
Spot 1 will be played first, Spot 2 as second, and so on. There are only 2 PC's on a majestic stage, so turns are taken to play.
The losers from the matches are defeated, resulting in a point for the opponent. The first winner from a team will play on Spot 6 against the first winner (if any) from the other team. Whereas the first 5 matches were "WC3L style" [meaning that each player plays their matches regardless of outcome], Match 6 to potentially Match 9 will be "King of the Hill style", as the winner stands and challenges the next winner from the other team. When all 5 players are defeated from a team, they lose.
The most recent rule to be added is that once an entire team has been defeated, the fans have the opportunity to pick one player from the defeated team to come back and play one more time, giving their team one last chance to win.
Team A vs Team B
Spot 1 A < Spot 1 B
Spot 2 A > Spot 2 B
Spot 3 A > Spot 3 B
Spot 4 A > Spot 4 B
Spot 5 A < Spot 5 B
Spot 2 A > Spot 1 B
Spot 2 A < Spot 5 B
Spot 3 A < Spot 5 B
Spot 4 A < Spot 5 B
Team A Player Chosen By Fans < Spot 5 B
Team B wins with 6:4 score.
So, there you have it. Make sure to check in on the 22nd for updated scores of the event, as this one promises to be a doozy. Good luck to all players, and may the force be with you (I'm sorry, it had to be said).
Well, what an event it has been. With a talent pool as large as the one present at this event, it's no wonder how exciting this tournament came to be. We saw some huge upsets pulled off (thanks to WE.Sky), some total domination (thanks to the entire Korean squad), and we even saw Spirit_Moon play 4K^Grubby on LAN, which is quite a spectacle in and of itself. All in all, the event turned out to be a huge success. At any rate, what's done is done, and the only thing to do now is wait for Stars War III :)