A remarkable thing has just happened that I think might have snuck under the radar: Europe is 1, 2, and 3 on Aligulac rankings.
Serral, Reynor and Clem have proven their metal against foreigner and Korean opponents alike this year. Only 3 years ago it seemed unfathomable that something like this could happen.
Slowly but surely foreigners have chipped away at the Korean monopoly. Neeb of course was the first to legitimately challenge for one of the top rankings over an extended time, before Serral rose to his throne and began a streak that has been unmatched by any other in sc2. His three years in the top 2 of ratings is unparalled, and along with his record breaking haul of premier tournament wins, he is now clearly the greatest player of all time in Starcraft 2.
The rise of Serral not only put the Koreans on notice; he has simultaneously dragged the competition in Europe up to meet him. The European beast has grown three heads - a triumvirate of Serral, Reynor and Clem is without doubt the strongest lineup foreign sc2 has ever boasted at a single point in time.
And with the recent Dreamhack results that saw Maru, Trap, TY and others bow out unceremoniously, it finally feels like we can say Korea is no longer the number 1 region.