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Gold Series International 2016 Survival Guide

Gold Series International 2016 Survival Guide

Those who watched the Gold Series International 2016 in Shanghai got to experience a real treat!

Our survival guide below has all the info about the tournament, including links and other resources. Read on for the full details.

The Gold Series International 2016 celebrated the 18th anniversary of StarCraft’s release. It was the first premier tournament of the Gold Series and the second major StarCraft II tournament of the year, featuring 16 top players from across the world in a week-long series of matches.

The winners each took home a slice of the $50,000 prize pool. As a WCS Circuit 5000 event, winners also earned WCS points putting them in the race for the WCS Circuit Standings.

The tournament took place March 21-26, with an extra day of cross-regional competition on March 27 featuring special guest all-star players to compete against the Circuit champions!

Location: World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center Silver Hall in Shanghai, China


  • March 21–24 @ 2 AM Each Day: Ro16
  • March 24 @ 10 PM PDT: Quarterfinals
  • March 25 @ 11:30 PM PDT: Semifinals
  • March 26 @ 5:15 AM PDT: Grand Finals


  • English:
    • Ro16:
    • Quaterfinals, Semi Finals and Grand Finals:

Casters & Hosts:


  • Host: Sue ’Smix’ Lee
  • Host: Ai ’Ali’ Li
  • ENG Commentator: Kevin ’Rotterdam’ van der Kooi
  • ENG Commentator: Jared ’PiG’ Krensel
  • ENG Commentator: Alex ’Zeweig’ Lind
  • ENG Commentator: Lucas ’Tenshi’ Collard
  • CN Commentator: Huang ’Xiaose’ Xudong
  • CN Commentator: Sun ’F91’ Yifeng
  • CN Commentator: Qian ’Nostalie’ Zanqi
  • CN Commentator: Ma ’Mayuki’ Xue

Top players from around the world competed at this event, each of whom first competed in the Gold Series International 2016 Qualifiers. Slots for each region were as follows:

  • 8 slots were awarded via WCS Passport Qualifiers
    • European – Elazer, Nerchio
    • North America – puCK, Scarlett
    • ANZ/Oceania – Sioras
    • Latin America – MajOr
    • Taiwan – Has
    • China – Jieshi
  • 4 slots were awarded to offline qualifiers on March 19
    • Harstem, Snute, TooDming and Coffee
  • 4 slots were given to invited players
    • Circuit event: PtitDrogo, MarineLord, iAsonu, Xigua
    • All-Stars: ByuN, Stork, DongRaeGu, ByuL

The Gold Series International 2016 began with a 16-player dual-tournament group round. All matches from the Round of 16 were determined by a best-of-three, with the playoffs being single elimination, the quarterfinals and semifinals being best-of-five, and the Finals being best-of-seven.

  • Total prize pool: $50,000 and 5,000 WCS Circuit Points divided among the 16 competitors.
  • 1st Place: $16,000 and 1,000 WCS Circuit Points - Harstem
  • 2nd Place: $8,000 and 700 WCS Circuit Points - Snute
  • 3rd – 4th Place: $5,000 and 450 WCS Circuit Points - PtitDrogo, puCK
  • 5th – 8th Place: $2,000 and 300 WCS Circuit Points - TooDming, Nerchio, Has, Scarlett
  • 9th – 16th Place: $1,000 and 150 WCS Circuit Points - Sioras, Elazer, MajOr, iAsonu, Coffee, Jieshi, XiGua, MarineLorD

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