Byun is still number one in the Starcraft 2 World Ranking but his advantage is dwindling. The winners of 2017s first GSL are on his heels.
Byun leads the Starcraft 2 World Ranking this month for the fifth time in a row but his advantage isn’t as high as it used to be. That is the fault of this years first GSL – which simply wasn’t Byuns tournament. He only finished on the 17th place at one of Starcrafts most important tournaments. It was his worst performance since February 2016. And his fifth place at the IEM World Championships, last months second big tournament, also wasn’t satisfying.
A bad month for foreigners
This means that others step up to fight him for the throne. TY, winner of IEM, is now the new runner-up in the World Ranking. Stats who won GSL and was second in Katowice is now third. Both however have yet to close a gap of nearly 6,000 points – which is equal to winning another global tournament with more than 100,000 dollar prize money.
GSLs runner-ups soO, sOs and Ryung also made great jumps in the Starcraft 2 World Ranking. soO is now 24th, his best rank since October 2015, sOs is 17th and Ryung 26th – which is his best since 2014. IEMs runner-ups aLive improved from World Rank 41 to 23 while Dark stays on rank 4.
Two big tournaments with mostly korean players means that there wasn’t much glory for foreigners in March. Consequently they fall in the ranking though still four are among the top10. While Neeb (5.) and ShoWTimE (7.) defended their spots, Snute (from 2. to 9.) and Nerchio (from 3. to 6.) lost ranks. On the other hand, Scarlett who participated in GSL rises from Rank 15 to 13 and uThermal from 19 to 15. The Dutch was one of the few foreigners in Katowice.
How is the Starcraft 2 World Ranking calculated you ask?
The current World Ranking includes 953 players from 60 countries. It is calculated based on tournament success including 27,165 results of 1,158 tournaments and leagues. If you want to know more, check our calculations page.