Obviously last year was very different from before since all tournaments were online-only. We can argue endlessly about who it affects most, bot negatively or positively. However when we take account the whole year, it should give us a more clear picture who was playing better and who worse. The year was interesting in many ways since many players had ups and downs throughout the year, so imo it is very hard to put players into order. Instead I try to do bit more vague listing, especially because I havent followed the Korean scene that closely last year and things seem to fluctuate there more than usually. But here it goes;
PLACES 1-2, best of the best
This was imo the only tier, that was kinda easy for me. Top-2 for this year for me were definitely Serral and Dark.
Serral was very consistent again the whole year and his level of play seems to be on point most of the time. Everywhere he goes, he is one of the favourites to win it. Well, maybe except European tournaments, where he has been struggling with the new kids on the block. Only big miss was the last tournament finals against Dark, which seem to be a total miss for the Finnish Phenom. Otherwise all seem to be upset if he isnt in the finals of every tournament. Who else has those kind of expectations in the whole scene ? Yeah, nobody. And its already been 3 years in a row. One of the legends already for sure.
Dark also had a pretty strong year. I havent had the privilege to watch that many of his games last year, but his match history seems to be pretty solid troughout the year. However, his performances in GSL have been very lackluster, not even getting top-8 on any seasons ? Somebody with more knowledge can perhaps share more info on that. But.....what gives him the top-2 place is the final tournament victory. He played like a madman, crawled his way back from lower bracket to finally destroy Serral in the finals. He beat Rogue, Reynor, Showtime, Maru, Byun in the way. What can be more impressive than that ? For me its pretty hard to decide who of these two was the number one, so I settle for them being the top-2.
PLACES 3-6, near the top
Rogue, very near top-2, won IEM Katowice 2020, still inconsistent as always
Trap, seems to be up there on every tournament. Best protoss 2020.
Maru, bit hard to judge. In better days almost unstoppable. Injuries slowing him down ?
Reynor, all the qualities to be the best. Bit too confident/cocky at times. End of the year seemed to slow him down a bit ? The Bane of Serral.
PLACES 7-10, almost there
Clem, Everybody knows his talent. Star is still rising. Needs to take the last step to be on top. Is very near now, but still tournament results kinda lackluster compared to the talent.
Innovation, The machine. Top-8 in every GSL. On a good day can challenge anybody. However there are also the bad days, and the difference between those two is pretty big.
Buyn, Comeback kid ! Showed to the world he still has got it. Challenged even Serral and Maru quite fast ! Will be one of the most interesting players to watch in 2021. Will he rise to the top ?
Showtime, his rise to the next level was fun to watch. Managed to finally also beat even Serral. Finally we can say that on a good day he can absolutely beat anybody in the world now. Very solid gameplay especially towards the end of the year. Can he challenge the wonderkids in 2021 ?
So, what do you think ? Agree or disagree ? Make your own lists and have some reasoning behind them too. Let the friendly debate (not drama!) begin !