I will look into the mightiest teams that ever graced the scene, which did not always mean the most successful, the most clutch, or the most memorable.
In other words, these were the teams that were most unfamiliar with the taste of defeat throughout the entire season. Clutch teams who were able to turn things around towards the end with a miraculous play-off run that ended in glorious triumph will not be mentioned in this blog.
To speak of a footballing analogy, the Mighty Magyars, the legendary Hungarian national team of the 1950s who were undefeated for over four years, may not be the most successful national team in terms of trophies, or the most clutch, but it cannot be denied that the team was one of the most mightiest sides the world had ever seen.
In the same vein, I will rank the top ten ProLeague teams of all time purely from their win rates within the entire span of a single ProLeague season. If there is a tie in terms of overall win rates, the side with the greater number of victories will be ranked higher.
Without further ado, here are the mightiest ProLeague sides of all time.
1. Pantech and Curitel Curriors of SKY 2004 ProLeague R2
Overall record: 21-4 (84.00%)
Ace player: Silver
Percentage of two versus two victories for the ace player: 100%
Team dependence on ace player: 42.86%
Comments: Statistically speaking, the most dominant ProLeague side the professional scene had ever seen, yet one of the least celebrated in history compared to the heights this team managed to reach.
Although most well known for their franchise star NaDa, the team had a healthy balance of decent players such as GoodFriend, SiR@SoNi, and TheROCK. However, the unsung hero of this team was Silver, the cerebral zerg mastermind who managed to build up a fantastic 9-2 record whilst playing solely two-versus-two matches.
For his superlative contributions, Silver was given the ProLeague MVP award.
Although the man is mostly remembered for falling short versus sAviOr in the Pringles MSL S2 finals, there was a time when he was the driving force of statistically the most dominant ProLeague championship winning side of all time.
2. KTF MagicNs of SKY 2004 ProLeague R3
Overall record: 22-9 (70.97%)
Ace player: Nal_rA
Percentage of two versus two victories for the ace player: 44.44%
Team dependence on ace player: 40.9%
Known as the Real Madrid of the Brood War scene, KTF MagicNs had gathered some of the most illustrious players of the time, Nal_rA and Reach, probably two of the greatest protoss players of all time at the time, YellOw and ChoJJa, arguably two of the greatest zerg players of all time at the time, as well as having other notable players such as Sync and TheMarine.
Some may remember this opening for this season of the ProLeague, the most impactful opening sequence of any Brood War tournament, at least in terms of securing a cool image of competitive Brood War for the youth of Korea.
KTF MagicNs was able to dominate their opposition during the regular season with their overwhelming firepower. Nal_rA in particular was able to juggle being a force in both one-versus-one matches, and two-versus-two matches, and was vital to his team's success.
In a cruel twist of fate, their flawless regular season form could not be replicated in the play-off stages, and this side ended up losing the finals to KOR by the narrowest of margins, with ClouD winning the seventh deciding game of the finals versus ChoJJa.
ClouD relishing his triumphant victory that gave the coveted ProLeague trophy to his team was a moment many fans of Brood War will never forget.
3. SK Telecom T1 of SKY 2005 ProLeague R1
Overall record: 35-17 (67.31%)
Ace player: Midas
Percentage of two versus two victories for the ace player: 87.50%
Team dependence on ace player: 22.86%
Ironically, the mightiest SK Telecom T1 roster was formed when iloveoov was banned from the ProLeague for contractual complications. Midas, a newly signed player from GO, was able to fill the void left by iloveoov, and was able to lead his team to newfound heights.
The man responsible for the rise of the SK Telecom T1 as a ProLeague superpower. Midas was the clear ace of the SK Telecom T1 side that won three consecutive ProLeague half-year seasons.
4. Lecaf Oz of Shinhan 2007 ProLeague R2
Overall record: 60-30 (66.67%)
Ace player: Anyime
Percentage of two versus two victories for the ace player: 0%
Team dependence on ace player: 30%
Comments: The only ProLeague side to make it into the list despite playing close to a hundred ProLeague games, the Lecaf Oz side of late 2007 was a complete side in almost every aspect. The protoss legend Anytime focused his entire efforts on leading his inexperienced teammates to greater heights in the ProLeague, and was assisted by first rate rookies such as Jaedong, and HiyA.
Before handing over the torch to Jaedong, Anytime was able to lead by example, and showed Jaedong what it was to truly carry a team on his back all the way to the championship.
5. 4U of KTF EVER Cup ProLeague
Overall record: 30-15 (66.67%)
Ace player: iloveoov
Percentage of two versus two victories for the ace player: 0%
Team dependence on ace player: 29.17%
Comments: In the first ever ProLeague season, we saw the franchise player of 4U, BoxeR, show excellent results in both one-versus-one matches and two-versus-two matches.
However, the true engine behind 4U's success was the then rookie player iloveoov, who BoxeR vouched as the player that would change the face of Starcraft as a we know it.
iloveoov may not have been the best two-versus-two player like Reach, but his unprecedented one-versus-one prowess was pivotal in securing 4U the first ever ProLeague championship over the more favoured Hanbit Stars, lead by the protoss superstar Reach.
One may notice a trend in this particular list. All of the teams that made the list competed in an era where two-versus-two played a significant portion of deciding an elite tier team. After the ProLeague format changed to leave the two-versus-two matches behind in the history books, teams found it more difficult to dominate their rivals like the older generation of teams used to be able to.