The North American Star League, often abbreviated as NASL, is a competitive StarCraft 2 league that was introduced in February 2011. The North American Star League Season 4 is the fourth season of the North American Star League. 45 players compete for an unannounced prize pool over a three-month season. 4 players qualified from the Season 3 open tournament, 4 players qualify from the Season 4 qualifiers, 4 players are invited and the remaining 32 players qualified from their placement in season 3.
Committed to delivering the highest level and most entertaining eSports production possible, the North American Star League has prepared a plethora of improvements for NASL Season 3. To make each week of the season more interesting, the format of NASL Season 3 has been revamped with a new wildcard and playoff system, thereby making each regular season match more important as players fight against elimination and compete for $100,000 in prizing. Similar to previous seasons, the league will consist of 45 players divided into 5 divisions of 9 players each. The season will commence on April 11th with 8 weeks of regular season round robin competition.
To make each match in the regular season more exciting, a $150 prize pool will be on the line for every match. By offering a prize for every single match, players will have a stronger incentive to play at their best, even if they have already secured their desired standing in the league. Furthermore, the addition of a cash prize for every match gives every player in the league a chance to win something.
The NASL Team League will pit eight of the world’s best teams battling each week for a $10,000 prize pool. Four invited teams include the top four finishers from the second season of the GosuCoaching Premiere League – Empire, EG, Mouz, and Liquid. Rounding out the lineup of teams will be four teams from two qualifying tournaments.
The league will be played in a round robin style, with each team playing every other team in the league. Matches will be played KOTH style – with the winning player continuing to fight until he is defeated; a match is won when four of the opposing team’s players are defeated.
The North American Star League aims to be the premiere Starcraft 2 event in North America in terms of prize money and prestige. 40 of the world's best players will be featured weekly and fans can vote for their favorite players to increase their chances of being selected for the league. The players will be fighting for a $100,000 prize.
The North American Star League is the biggest Starcraft II tournament outside of Korea. It features 50 of the world's best players competing for over $100,000 in prizes.