MLG Announces Global StarCraft 2 Invitational

BY Andrew Miesner / September 10, 2011

Yesterday, via MLG’s website, the organization announced the MLG Global StarCraft2 Invitational, a 24 player online event that will play host to some of the world’s best players. Taking place over a 2 month span, the players will compete in three regional brackets, featuring North America, Korea, and Europe.  Players from each region will look to battle their way through the bracket in the hopes of making it to the Grand Final, held live at the 2011 MLG National Championship in Providence, RI on Friday, November 18th.

MLG provided the following information with the announcement:

The Format

Each bracket will consist of eight players from that region, who will compete in best-of-three matches in a double elimination tournament. In the end, the winner of each region will take home $2,000 in cash, and will also earn an all-expenses paid trip to MLG Providence, where they will take on the winners of the other two regions, and the Blizzcon Champion. These four players will play best-of-three matches in a single-elimination Finals for the Championship. The winner of the Global Invitational Finals will take home an additional $3,000, bringing the total winnings for 1st  Place to $5,000.

Full Prize Breakdown


  • 1st in Region = $2,000 per player = $6,000 Total (plus all-expenses paid Providence trip)
  • 2nd in Region = $1,000 per player = $3,000 Total
  • 3rd in Region = $500 per player = $1,500 Total
  • 4th in Region = $250 per player = $750 Total
  • Blizzcon Winner = All-expenses paid Providence trip


  • 1st place Global = $3,000
  • 2nd place Global = $1,000

The Players

MLG has reached out to some of the best players in the world from each of the three represented regions. Here are the full rosters:


  • Naniwa
  • Sjow
  • Ret
  • Haypro
  • Thorzain
  • White-Ra
  • Jinro
  • SaSe

North America:

  • Idra
  • KiwiKaki
  • Slush
  • Sheth
  • Tyler
  • Major
  • Destiny
  • iNcontroL


  • MMA
  • MVP
  • Losira
  • Boxer
  • Puma
  • Hero
  • Bomber
  • CoCa


North America

JP McDaniel and Artosis will be providing live casting of each match via, though some matches may be casted off of replays due to the time-zone differences. More information, including the broadcast schedule and map pool can be found by clicking here.