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I pretty often hear SC2 shoutcasters talking about code A and code S. What is it, exactly ? A league ? Some sort or special ranking for grandmaster ranked players ?

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They are tiers of the Global Starcraft League, held by GomTV in Korea. Players who qualify for Code A (which is inferior to Code S) are considered vastly superior to your average Grandmasters player, even if you can generally find them in GM on the ladder.

From Liquipedia:

The GSL is an elaborate tournament which is separated into two tiers:

  • Code S contains the top tier players who are competing against each other to win the GSL.
  • Code A contains players who are competing against each other to enter Code S.

You will also hear them mention when someone is or was a Code S champion. This title is considered the biggest there is to win in the SC2 scene, and hence, the current and past champions are always big contenders at other events.

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  • Oh ok, so this is related to the GSL :) I had no idea, thanks a lot !
    – Anto
    Commented Dec 8, 2012 at 14:38
  • Don't worry, I know how it works ;)
    – Anto
    Commented Dec 9, 2012 at 0:25
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    There's also Code B which is the requirement to enter the Code A qualifying tournament. Code B players are any non-Koreans and Koreans above some arbitrary ladder cut off, usually high Masters.
    – Decency
    Commented Dec 9, 2012 at 19:46
  • I think you are missing a period or line break formatting. "Code S contains the top tier players who are competing against each other to win the GSL Code A" sounds weird...
    – Alderath
    Commented Jan 16, 2013 at 0:59
  • @Alderath — I copied it verbatim from Liquipedia.
    – mkaito
    Commented Jan 16, 2013 at 1:46

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