After six weeks of riveting StarCraft II competition, the Team Liquid StarLeague Season 4 (TSL4) Grand Finals are taking place this Saturday! Over the past few weeks we’ve seen some of the best players in the world compete for their share of the $34,500 prize pool, and coveted TSL4 Championship title. The TeamLiquid Star League has always been a popular tournament with epic games, fantastic casters, and great storylines, and this year’s event is no exception.
The top three finishers from the TSL3 had automatic seeds into the TSL4 bracket, and the other twenty nine players qualified for the tournament from open qualifier TL Open tournaments. The bracket was full of top-tier talent such as Jos “Ret” de Kroon, Kim “SaSe” Hammar and Ryoo Kyung “SeleCT” Hyun. Every match-up provided thrilling games, and viewers were treated to best of 5s in both the Round of 32 and the Round of 16, and best of 7s the rest of the way.
The action kicked off with major upsets as both the winner and runner-up of TSL3, ThorZaIN and NaNiwa, were eliminated from the tournament in the Round of 32. As the tournament progressed, it was the up-and-comers who shone in every round. There are no American fan-favorites, established Europeans, or powerhouse Koreans remaining in the TSL4. The stars of these Grand Finals are two of the youngest players in the competitive scene, and are just starting to make names for themselves on the international stage. Despite the stacked roster, young age, and lack of experience, these players rose to the occasion and are coming out on top.
In one corner, there’s the 16-year-old protoss, Jang Hyun “Creator” Woo. Less than two weeks ago, this Prime player had a remarkable run in the South Korea World Championship Series Nationals, ultimately winning the most difficult WCS national event, beating out big names like MC, DongRaeGu, HerO and Polt. Creator has already qualified for both the Battle.net World Championships and the IGN ProLeague 5, and needless to say, he has a busy fall ahead of him. In the TSL4, Creator has made advancing to the Grand Finals look easy. He has only lost two games in the tournament, and both were to Sting in the semifinals.
In the other corner, there’s the 15-year-old zerg, Lee Seung “Life” Hyun. This StarTale player recently advanced to Code S of the Global StarCraft II League (GSL), the most prestigious (and thus most difficult) StarCraft II tournament in the world. Even competing against more experienced players, he’s holding his own and has earned his spot in the Grand Finals by beating big names like elfi, Kas, and Curious.
In the TSL4 Grand Finals, you’ll be seeing up-and-comers Creator and Life battling it out in a protoss vs zerg, best of 7. Also this weekend, the 3rd place match will be taking place between Sting and KeeN. For more information about the tournament, visit the TeamLiquid Star League website. To catch all the TSL4 Grand Finals action, tune in to TwitchTV.