Major League Gaming returns this weekend to the Anaheim Convention Center for their 2013 Spring Championship. This WCS Tier 1 tournament features a 128-player open bracket with $25,000 and 3,600 WCS Points on the line for any StarCraft II player willing to put their foot in the ring. All matches will be streamed live throughout this weekend at the official MLG website.
The MLG Spring Championship is a storied event, where Jung 'Mvp' Jong Hyun and Park 'DongRaeGu' Soo Ho have taken home titles. This event will be MLG as you have never seen it before; there are no group stages, only one all-encompassing, double-elimination bracket. Viewers at home will be guided by the dedicated casting team comprised of Marcus 'djWHEAT' Graham, Sean 'Day' Plott, John 'TotalBiscuit' Bain, Alex 'Axeltoss' Rodriguez, and Nick 'Axslav' Ranish.
The beauty of the open bracket format is that all players have a direct route to the Grand Finals at the start of the event, but the cruelty of the open bracket cuts a quarter of these potential Cinderella storylines short before they can make it past the second round of competition.
We cannot list all of the possible stories in one blog, but we’ll highlight a few to keep your eye on this weekend: NaNiwa is back and always has the potential to dominate an MLG field, as he did at Dallas 2011. In fact, many players from early MLG seasons are back in the running as NonY, iNcontroL, Select, QXC, Minigun, and Spanishiwa will compete (to name a few). Aspiring talent will also be there as 'Tilea' Flavall brings her dynamite Zerg/Random play to the MLG stage, along with other breakout players from WCS America like Zifeng 'hellokitty' Wang. Root Gaming is also bringing out its newest players, Succeed and Kane, to tear up the field. Past champions of StarCraft II and other Blizzard titles will try their hand, including Grubby, Jaedong, Polt, SaSe, and ThorZaIN.
The final wild card in the MLG Spring Championship alchemy is the 3 qualified Korean eSports Association players sent through special qualifiers. Stats, soO, and Dear battled through a field that featured talents such as Rain, INnoVation, and EffOrt to earn their spots.
The action begins at 5:30 p.m. PDT, on Friday, June 28 in Anaheim, California and continues on Saturday and Sunday. Make sure to tune in on Twitch, the official MLG website, or visit your local BarCraft to see who will make it through to claim this MLG Spring Championship title.