The WCS Global Finals are a fitting end to the 2017 StarCraft II World Championship Series. Sixteen players (seven from WCS Korea, eight from WCS Circuit, and the IEM World Champion) will throw down for the most prestigious trophy in 2017 when the championship tournament gets underway from October 27 through November 4 in Anaheim, California.These players qualified either by winning one of the seven tournaments providing a direct spot or by earning enough WCS points throughout 2017 season in multiple leagues and events to make it to the championships.The 16 remaining players will compete in the Global Playoffs, in a group stage with the final eight players standing squaring off in the Global Finals, the ultimate culmination of the World Championship Series. The prize pool has been doubled compared to the previous WCS Global Finals up to $500,000. In addition, to that, it has been increased by a further 200,000 from War Chest purchases, bringing the grand total to a mind-boggling $700,000 this year.WCS system is split into two categories. There’s the WCS Korea and WCS Circuit. Both systems have their standings, with points earned at various events. Don’t forget to check the latest e-Sports betting lines, but first, here is a look at the Top Players and the current standings for both, the Korea Circuit and WCS Circuit.
2017 WCS Global Finals Info & Betting Preview
- Jun “TY” Tae Yang, also known as “BaBy”, is a StarCraft programmer from South Korea who is currently playing for Splyce. He played his first StarCraft II official match during the hybrid 2011-2012 Proleague Season 2.
- Kim “Stats” Dae Yeob, also known as “Carno”, is a Protoss StarCraft II programmer from South Korea, currently playing for Splyce.
- Kim “herO” Joon Ho is a StarCraft programmer from South Korea. He plays Protoss and is currently playing for ROOT Gaming.
- Koh “GuMiho” Byung Jae is a Terran (formerly Random) player from South Korea, currently playing for PSISTORM Gaming.
- Lee “INnoVation” Shin Hyung, also known as “Bogus”, is a StarCraft programmer from South Korea. He is currently teamless.
- Park “Dark” Ryung Woo is a South Korean StarCraft II Zerg player. He is currently teamless, following the disbandment of the SK Telecom T1StarCraft II roster.
- Eo “soO” Yoon Su is a South Korean Zerg player in StarCraft 2 and formerly StarCraft: Brood War, who is currently teamless following the disbandment of SK Telecom T1.
- Lee “Rogue” Byung Ryul, formerly known as “Savage”, is a Zerg player from South Korea currently playing for Jin Air Green Wings. He formerly played as “Ryul2” on the Brood War team Hwaseung Oz.
- Alex “Neeb” Sunderhaft is an American Protoss (previously Terran) player who is currently sponsored by Ting.
- Diego “Kelazhur” Schwimer is a Brazilian Terran player currently playing for ROOT Gaming.
- Juan Carlos “SpeCial” Tena Lopez, also known as MajOr, is a Mexican Terran player who is currently playing for Prophecy E-Sports.
- Mikołaj “Elazer” Ogonowski is a Polish Zerg player, who is currently playing for Team QLASH.
- Artur “Nerchio” Bloch is a StarCraft player from Poland, currently playing for EURONICS Gaming and is also sponsored by RedBull.
- Stats – 12,875
- InnoVation – 11,050
- Dark – 7,950
- SoO – 7,750
- TY – 7,500
- GuMho – 6,800
- herO – 6,775
- Rogue – 5,600
- Neeb – 10,350
- Elazer – 5,245
- Serral – 730
- Snute – 760
- Nericho – 710
- Kelazhur – 3,250
- TRUE – 3,170
- SpeCial – 3,030
Global Playoffs (Round of 16)
- Four groups of four players (two players from WCS Korea, two players from WCS Circuit)
- Players seeded by their WCS Korea/Circuit points.
- Dual tournament format
- Matches are Bo (Best Of) 3.
- Top 2 players of each group advance to the Global Finals.
- Global Finals (Round of 8)
- Single-elimination Bracket.
- All matches are Bo5 except Finals which are Bo7.