We're fast approaching the launch of Blizzard's unified Starcraft 2 eSports league, the 2013 World Championship Series. The WCS Korea is already underway, and within the next few weeks, both WCS Europe and WCS America will be providing free streamed Heart of the Swarm matches for viewers worldwide. Today they've announced the kick-off dates for each part of the upcoming season, and revealed the adjusted selection process being used to pick the inaugural competitors.
StarCraft II World Championship Series
Dan "ViBE" Scherlong enjoyed a convincing victory at the USA Nationals StarCraft 2 tournament in Anaheim earlier this month. On his way to finishing first among American StarCraft players, securing a spot in the Battle.net World Championship, and winning $12,000, Scherlong beat talented American players like fellow Zergs Greg "Idra" Fields and Peter "daisuki" Yoo. In late August, he'll play in the Battle.net North American Championship.
Scherlong was something of a surprise winner at the USA Nationals, and the North American Championship will put him up against some of the very same players he beat on his way to winning the Nationals, along with the best players from Canada and Mexico. I had the chance to talk to him about his unexpected success in Anaheim, how this has affected his career, his views on the World Championship Series, and where he comes from.
With so many leagues around the world, each with its own championship, it's impossible to say who is the world's best StarCraft player. It is a game without a clear champion. Blizzard aims to fix that with today's announcement of the Battle.net World Championship, an international competition that "will be the culmination of more than 30 eSports events run by Blizzard and tournament organizers." Together, these events will comprise the "StaCraft II World Championship Series".