However it's nonsense to suggest Dark's year was vastly superior to Serrals, who was in 7 Premier tournament finals and won a team league as well. He has unprecedented consistency and longevity over 24 months to a degree unseen in starcraft 2 before, and has already moved into GOAT discussions.
Anyone still pushing the "foreigners don't mean anything" line is completely naive. GSL vs World proved for good this year that the two scenes are extremely comparable, and Serral/Reynor make 2 of the 3 best players in the world right now. Other foreigners have also demonstrated ongoing success against both foreign and Korean opponents, including Neeb, Special, Time, Elazer and more.
The Korean elitism is seeped in tradition but it is now 3 years since kespa closed its doors. The fact that Korea can't even win nation wars anymore is clear evidence of this.
It astounds me how some people still don't give Serral the credit he deserves, no-one has ever been in the top eschalon for 2 straight years before.