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StarCraft® II: Heart of the Swarm™ Featured in Major League Gaming Winter Season

Major League Gaming (MLG) today announced that Blizzard Entertainment’s highly anticipated StarCraft II?: Heart of the Swarm™ is featured in the MLG Winter Season via two invite-only competitions:

????????? Online Winter Season Showdowns - Broadcast starts Monday, February 4 at 5pm ET?????????

????????? Exhibition Tournament at the Pro Circuit Winter Championship in Dallas, Texas: March 15– 17?

Online Winter Season Showdowns

The invite-only, Winter Season Showdowns features 56 of the top StarCraft II players in the world playing StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm before it is released to the public on March 12. From Monday, February 4 through Friday, March 8, each weeknight, and select Sundays, at 5pm ET, MLG will broadcast one Showdown at www.majorleaguegaming.com and www.twitch.tv/team/MLG.?? The complete broadcast schedule is available here. The 28 players who win their Showdowns will advance to an invite-only, exhibition tournament at the Winter Championship.?

Exhibition Tournament at the Winter Championship

The Winter Championship in Dallas, Texas, from March 15-17 will include an invite-only, 32-player, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm exhibition tournament just days after the game is released.? The 28 players who win their Winter Season Showdowns will join the top four (Life, Leenock, Flash, Bomber) from the MLG 2012 Fall Championship to compete in a single elimination bracket for $75,000 and a first place prize of $25,000.? All matches will be broadcast via two streams.

Additional details about the Winter Season for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is included below and online .??

More information about the MLG Winter Season and other featured games is available at www.majorleaguegaming.com.

Major League Gaming Winter Season: StarCraft? II: Heart of the Swarm™ Details:

Winter Season Showdowns Overview:

56 of the world’s best StarCraft II players will compete in one Showdown Match each, playing StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm before it is released to the public on March 12.

Format:?????????????? Invite-Only online matches; Winner takes all, Best of five games

Broadcast:????????? February 4–March 8: 28 Matches, 28 Days broadcast each weekday at 5pm ET and select Sundays online and Twitch. Schedule below and online.

Prize:???????????????????? The 28 winners will receive placement at the Winter Championship in Dallas from March 15-17 where they will compete with Life, Leenock, Flash and Bomber.

Winter Season Showdowns Broadcast Schedule:

All Broadcasts begin at 5pm ET online and Twitch. Schedule below and online.????????????????????????????????????????

Monday, 2/4:???????????????????? Parting vs Fantasy

Tuesday, 2/5:???????????????????? Roro vs Hero

Wednesday, 2/6:????????????? Innovation vs Ty

Thursday, 2/7:?????????????????? Soulkey vs Last

Friday, 2/8:????????????????????????? Rain vs Flying

Sunday, 2/10:???????????????????? Sase vs Snute

Monday, 2/11:?????????????????? Nerchio vs BabyKnight

Tuesday, 2/12:?????????????????? Stephano vs Titan

Wednesday, 2/13:??????????? Mana vs Bly

Thursday, 2/14:???????????????? Socke vs Thorzain

Friday, 2/15:?????????????????????? Ret vs Feast

Broadcast dates for the following matchups will be announced soon:

Grubby vs Dimaga

Sen vs Moonglade

MC vs Alive

Taeja vs Violet

Hero vs Polt

Creator vs Nestea

Mvp vs Curious

Sniper vs Seed

MarineKing vs Gumiho

DongRaeGu vs Jjakji

Scarlett vs Goswser

Idra vs Ddoro

Fenix vs State

Vibe vs Illusion

Suppy vs Maker

Killer vs Qxc

Huk vs Sasquatch

Winter Season Showdowns - Players

KESPA (5) - 10 KESPA players competing for 5 spots

Parting vs. Fantasy

Rain vs. Flying

Innovation vs. TY

Roro vs. Hero

Soulkey vs. Last

ESF (5) - 10 ESF players competing for 5 spots

DongRaeGu vs. Jjakji

MarineKing vs Gumiho

Mvp vs Curious

Creator vs Nestea

Sniper vs Seed

Independent/Western (3) - 6 Western+ Independent Korean players competing for 3 spots

MC vs Alive

Hero vs Polt

Taeja vs Violet

North America (7) - 14 NA players competing for 7 spots

Killer vs Qxc

Huk vs Sasquatch

Scarlett vs Goswser

Idra vs Ddoro

Suppy vs Maker

Fenix vs State

Vibe vs Illusion

Europe (7) - 14 EU players competing for 7 spots

Stephano vs Titan

Nerchio vs BabyKnight

Mana vs Bly

Grubby vs Dimaga

Socke vs Thorzain

Ret vs Feast

Sase vs Snute

Southeast Asia (1) - 2 SEA players competing for 1 spot

Sen vs Moonglade

Winter Season Showdowns Maps:

Akilon Wastes

Bifrost

Cloud Kingdom

Daybreak

Entombed Valley

Korhal City

Newkirk City

Ohana

Planet S

Star Station

Whirlwind

Note: In each Showdown, both Players will veto three Maps.? The Map Pool will be trimmed down to seven for the Exhibition Tournament at the Winter Championship.

Exhibition Tournament at the MLG Winter Championship:

Dates:????????????????? March 15 - 17???

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Format:?????????????? Invite-only, exhibition tournament (no open bracket) with all matches taking place on the main stage and one feature station.

32-Player Single Elimination Bracket (Bo5s&7s) featuring:

????????? 28 Players from Winter Season Showdowns

????????? Life, Leenock, Flash, Bomber - Top 4 Players from 2012 Fall Championship?

Prizes:?????????????????? $75,000 total

??????????????? 1st = $25,000

??????????????? 2nd = $15,000

??????????????? 3rd = $9,000

??????????????? 4th = $6,000

??????????????? 5th = $3,000 (4 Players)

??????????????? 9th = $1,000 (8 Players)

Broadcast:????????? 31 Matches, 3 Days - all matches will be broadcast via two streams

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