|+1||1||***First of all, if you haven't already read it, please read my explanation for the Feb. Power Rank which will give you insight to my madness.***
Nobody is more terrifying than Leta at the moment. Nobody. While some may hew and cry at the level of his competition, nobody can argue with the results. Leta doesn't just win, he humiliates.
Exhibit A: Leta vs Guemchi on Tau Cross. After getting his expo shoved back in his face, Leta used a single dropship, handful of vultures, and a swig of devil juice to harass Guemchi to little pieces. Yes, hindsight is 20/20. Guemchi could have saved himself a huge headache if he had placed a couple cannons. But the fact is he didn't, Leta saw it, and by the end of the game Guemchi was so frustrated he suicided his army at Leta's tanks and quit the game before losing a nexus.
Exhibit B: Leta vs Luxury on Destination. Verses Luxury, the same Luxury I'll be talking about shortly, Leta won with 5 marines, two tanks, and a wraith. It was pure build order domination from beginning to end, where Leta knew exactly what was coming and played perfectly. Luxury was never in control of that game. Not for an instant.
With the array of weapons he has at his disposal, the results speak for themselves. The man has not lost two TV games in a row since
|+3||1||Whereas Leta is winning with the grace of an eagle, Bisu is an embattled ship on the seas. He is everyman's target, facing ridicule and scorn over his MSL picks and performance.
He looked destined to fade into the background this season, with others taking the spotlight in the two major leagues. Then irony hit BackHo with a ho, in the back, and Bisu had breathing room. He promptly went 6-0, got himself back in the spotlight, and is set up to prove himself in one of the strongest OSL groups in recent memory.
Bisu is, perhaps along with Flash, the most studied progamer around today. Through all the scrutiny, he continues to produce results. Look for him to add a hefty $40,000 payday to his wallet over Jangbi, and another badge on his shirt. Most importantly, look for him to grab the number 1 spot next month if he continues his domination.
|+1||1||A terran, a protoss, and now a zerg. Jaedong has done what he had to since the last PR, winning 4/5 games in the OSL to make the final 16. Other than that, he gets this spot on scariness points. He is 15-5 in his last 20 games *shiver* and the favorite against anyone in the world in a best of 5 *brrr*. He is an autopick to anchor the best team in the world, and has a foot in both major leagues, as should be expected. You can't take a game from Jaedong, you just have to hope he is feeling generous and gives you one.|
|-3||1||Well Janbi, I hope you enjoyed your perch while it lasted. You are going to have to pull off a big upset to get back up there. Fortunately you have been given the chance in the GOM finals.
The thing about Jangbi is that he is overpowering in every single game he plays. When he wins, he wins with ease, dominating people much like Leta does. His recent MSL qualification was a walk in the park over two baffled terran players. Sunday's GOM semi-final was a 3-0 mauling of Free, a pretty good PvPer.
However when he loses, Jangbi is overpoweringly(?) bad. He looked like a timid puppy against Anytime on Tau Cross, getting smacked around the map despite Anytime's disregard for micro. Against Luxury he barely made it out of his base after being crammed in the mouth with mutas for 20 minutes.
Jangbi has the unique ability to not only beat anyone in the world, but lose to anyone as well.
|-2||1||Is it just me, or has the shine come off of Flash just a little bit? To be fair, he hasn't played much this month, and other than losing 2-1 to Bisu in GOM, there isn't much to go on. I am sure he is relieved that Luxury is taking some of the Winners League pressure off of him.
Also, I guess he can be forgiven for his loss to Fantasy (although it did ruin his nice 10 game TvT winning streak). Fantasy is coming up with some nice games these days, spaced in between his lousy ones.
I just can't help but feel that Flash is not so much the "Ultimate Weapon" as he is just a really good player. I just feel it in my guts, and that is definitely the appropriate yard stick here. His OSL group will be an important one to follow. If he crashes out, I'll point to this column here as proof of my genius. If he wins the OSL, well, never trust your pancreas. He is a deceitful little guy.
|-||2||BOOM! Hi, how ya doing? My name is Pack Chan Soo. I've got a brother who also plays zerg, but right now I'm sitting on his head.
I'm well known for being a streaky player, which always relegates me to a notch below S-Class. However, when this new-fangled winners league format came along, and I looked at Flash, I saw a miserable kid thinking he would be playing 30 games a month.
So I said, "put me in coach!". And what's funny is that when I sat down I didn't feel like getting up again. So I decided to win all my games. Then I decided to qualify for an MSL and an OSL at the same time.
So now I'm in both major leagues, and I've won 9 of my last 11 games. I win with both cheese and straight up play. Sometimes I kill people with only mutalisks just for fun.
Stick around, and watch me play. Hold up a sign for me (but please spell my name right this time TL) and you can see me win a title GGPlay style or crash and burn out of both ro16's. Either way, it will be a blast.
|+2||7||Yarnc not only looks like his brother, but is currently playing like him too. Both are in the two major leagues, and both have a difficult OSL group.
He also has an all-kill in the winners league, taking apart MBC with little difficulty (facing all three races too).
Like his brother, he has the ability to produce an epic streak or an epic fail. Hopefully for Park Myung Soo fans, this is just the beginning of something special.
|-||4||July hasn't played enough games recently, but he has done what he needed to. He pounded a hapless Mujuk to advance to the OSL ro16. He was then promptly dumped in a group with Yarnc (under 50% ZvZ), Stork (whose PvZ is easily his worst matchup) and Bisu (whose MSL has left some doubters). It would be perfectly reasonable to see July get through this group. With the five terrans stacked in two groups, the road looks shiny and bright for July to make history as the first four-time OSL winner.|
|-||2||It comes as no surprise that Anytime is doing well. When you live in the house of the best team in StarCraft, and practice with greats like Jaedong and-
O, wait a minute. That's right. Anytime is in the AirForce now. AIR FORCE. The mats of proleague since time immemorial. Suddenly, there is hope on the bench. The players are watching the games rather than hanging their heads. There is hope!
I realize this may be premature. After all, it was just a couple good days at the office. We all have those...
But has there ever been a player more suited for the Air Force scowl than Anytime? Xellos might be close, but for now Anytime has the angry look he earned at basic training on his face and in yours 24/7.
If you are a coach, the one player you need to snipe is Anytime. Just pray he doesn't shoot back.
|-4||1||I stipulate that the most difficult part of the power rank is number 10. There is no clear cut criteria, and more often than not there are several players banging on the door to be let in. However, I am judging by fear, and one would be foolish to not fear Stork. His PvT matchup is still top three in the world, and he has the ability to pull out wins against almost anyone. His real test will be against his OSL group though. He ranks as #3 in my book there, and needs a great game or two to get out of things alive. He better, because his place on the PR depends on it (and what more motivation could any progamer need?)|
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