What a run by Byun ‚Byun‘ Hyun Woo. The 24-year-old Korean leads the Starcraft 2 World Ranking once again in September – but his lead is shrinking.
Byun leads the Starcraft 2 World Ranking and thus breaks a four years old record set by PartinG. Both Koreans are now the only players who held the top position for ten consecutive months. If Byun makes it another time in October he will be the sole record holder. PartinG lead the World Ranking from February to November 2013 – and coincidentally dropped out of it just this month due to being inactive for more than a year now.
If Neeb wins WCS Montreal he will claim the throne
But it will be a challenge for Byun to stay at the top. His once enormous lead over everybody else has shrunk to just about 2,000 points. And next month, the 24-year-old will loose the ranking points he gained in September 2016. They were quite a lot, but luckily for the Korean there are a lot of high stakes tournaments this month. He already finished the GSL Season 3 with a solid fifth place.
It comes down to the performance of his closest rival Neeb at WCS Montreal this weekend. Should the young American win the tournament, he could pass Byun. In that case he would become the 14th player and just the fourth foreigner after Stephano, Nerchio and Snute to lead the Starcraft 2 World Ranking. Two of them will try to beat him in Montreal though – Nerchio and Snute also attend the tournament. They sit on ranks 6 and 15 respectively in the World Ranking right now.
Innovation returns with a big exclamation mark
The top10 greets three new faces this month: INnoVation made the biggest jump, six ranks up from rank 11 to 5. He owes that to two tournament wins in August. The bigger one was the GSL vs. the World tournament in which he beat TY in the finals. This puts him back in the top 10 for the first time in one and a half years and also increases his count to 22 tournament wins. With this achievement he passed Solar and is now the player with the fifth most tournament wins in all of Starcrafts history. Theoretically he could add an important one in a few weeks as he one of last three men standing in the current GSL season. It could be his third GSL victory.
Besides him, Kelazhur enters the top 10 for the first time and as the first brazilian player ever. The 21-year-old won the Copa America for the second time this year boosting him five ranks up to rank 8. The last new player in the top 10 is GuMiho. Though being around since the release of Starcraft 2, Gumiho just recently entered the top10 and now returns for his second visit.
How is the Starcraft 2 World Ranking calculated you ask?
The current World Ranking includes 1,202 players from 62 countries. It is calculated based on tournament success including 29,723 results of 1,289 tournaments and leagues. If you want to know more, check our calculations page.