Unofficial World Champion
September 14, 2013 - January 17, 2014
Based upon the idea of the Unofficial Football World Championships, the title of "Unofficial World Champion" has been coined for Starcraft II too. It names the "World Champion" according to the logic of a King-of-the-Hill-contest, where the king retains his title until another player defeats him in a major tournament and thus gets to sit on the throne and be the king himself.
For this particular ranking, FruitDealer winning the GSL Open Season 1 is assumed to have been the first 'Unofficial World Champion'. Ever since then, the title has been passed on to the next player who defeated the current 'Unofficial World Champion'. Only tournaments played live or at a LAN and broadcasted on-location are counted for this title (no weekly cups, TSL, online qualifiers - only MLG, GSL, GSTL, etc.).
The concept of "Unofficial World Champion" is endorsed neither by Teamliquid nor by Liquipedia. In comparison to Elo-based ranking systems, such as the Team Liquid Progaming Database (TLPD), its results can appear quite random at times and should therefore only be considered as a playful, unofficial way of judging players.
- Flying was the first KeSPA player who was Unofficial World Champion beating Mvp in the OSL Season 1.
- Jinro was the first non-Korean player who was Unofficial World Champion. He beat MC in the 2011 January GSL Code S. At the same time he became the first European Unofficial World Champion and the first player from a non-Korean team who was Unofficial World Champion.
- MC was the first player to regain the Unofficial World Champion title when he beat Rain in the 2010 GSL Open Season 3.
- HuK was the first North American player to become Unofficial World Champion beating TheStC at MLG Orlando 2011. There have so far only been three Unofficial World Champions from North America - the others being IdrA and Scarlett.
- NaNiwa was the first non-Korean player to regain the title beating KeeN at Dreamhack Summer 2012. He had earlier made Sweden the first nation after South Korea to have more than one Unofficial World Champion.
- MaNa was the first player to become Unofficial World Champion outside of South Korea beating PuMa at IEM Season VI Cologne.
- So far there has not been an Unofficial World Champion from a region other than North American, Europe or South Korea.
- Seed is the only GSL Champion who was never an Unofficial World Champion.
- viOLet is the only MLG Champion who has never been Unofficial World Champion.
- Naama, ThorZaIN, Sacsri, and StarDust are the only DreamHack Champions who have never been Unofficial World Champion.
- White-Ra is the only IPL Champion who has never been Unofficial World Champion.
- White-Ra is the only HomeStory Cup winner who has never been Unofficial World Champion.
- While none of the IEM Season V events' Champions won Unofficial World Champion, every winner of Season VI and Season VII were Unofficial World Champion with exception of viOLet.
- MC became the first player to gain the Unofficial World Champion title without being on a team. ByuN became the second player to do so.
- duckdeok, StarDust, Pigbaby, sOs, Hydra and Lilbow are the only WCS Champions who have never been Unofficial World Champion.
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