Byun ‚Byun‘ Hyun Woo continues to dominate the Starcraft 2 World Ranking but his closest rivals change once again. This time it’s a young American.
Byun remains the best player in the Starcraft 2 World Ranking of May. His advantage over everyone else in the ranking is high enough that the Korean didn’t need to win anything in April to defend his lead. With his sixth consecutive month at the top, he is racing for a new record. Only INnoVation stood longer on rank 1 – for eight months back from November 2013 to June 2014.
Staying at the top will be even tougher for Byun in the upcoming month though. First, he hasn’t had any strong performance in a while. Winning the World Cyber Arena in December was his last great effort. Second, new challengers arise every few weeks.
Neeb is the youngest foreigner on rank 2 in the Starcraft 2 World Ranking
This time it’s Neeb. The 19-year-old American just won WCS Austin on the weekend. It’s his first major title and the first time a foreigner won a major tournament in almost a year. ShoWTimE was the last when he was victorious at the WCS Spring Circuit in May 2016.
Needless to say, Neebs second place is also a career-high for the young American. He is the youngest foreigner and fourth youngest player to ever reach World Rank 2 or higher after. Only Life (16 years 79 days, April 2013), PartinG (18 yr 130 days, January 2013) and TaeJa (18 yr 365 days, January 2014) were younger. That’s a nice outlook for Neeb since all of the above mentioned went on to have wonderful Starcraft careers.
WCS Austin shaped the Starcraft 2 World Ranking this month
In a month that was shaped by WCS Austin it’s of course the successful players of that tournament that improved significantly in the Strarcraft 2 World Ranking. Runner-up Nerchio rises from World Rank 6 to 5. The third placed [major] climbs to a new career high on rank 16 while TRUE enters the top10 for the first time in his career. German player Showtime improved from rank 8 to 6.
How is the Starcraft 2 World Ranking calculated you ask?
The current World Ranking includes 976 players from 60 countries. It is calculated based on tournament success including 28,295 results of 1,221 tournaments and leagues. If you want to know more, check our calculations page.