1) Season 2
Ended the season as a diamond player (the top ranked divison of its time) that was confined to approximately 300 players.
2) Pre-Season for Season 3
Was focused on his academics.
3) Season 3
Achieved ranked 1.
4) Pre-Season for Season 4
Achieved ranked 1.
5) Season 4
Achieved ranked 1. Also achieved ranked 1 in the most competitive Chinese server within three weeks.
6) Pre-Season for Season 5
Focused solely on Chinese ranked games, and managed to get three accounts in the top four, but Deft ruined his goal of getting three accounts in the top three positions by getting second.
7) Season 5
Achieves ranked 1 in both Korean and Chinese servers simultaneously.
Considering how he managed to get ranked 1 in Season 6 also, I was wondering how his ranked exploits compared to other top players, and if he could be considered as the greatest solo-que player to exist considering how often he managed to reach the top rating.
I found that getting past records for solo-que ratings was more difficult than I imagined, so I had to rely on two sources. The discussion thread for Inven's solo-que rankings which dates back to April 2012, and the FOMOS feature on reporting the top rated ranked players on a weekly basis which dates back to November 2013.
Getting an exact picture was impossible for me, since the discussion thread on Inven was just remarks made by random posters in response to the actual past ratings (which I failed to find), and FOMOS didn't record any of the season 2 ranked standings. So the landscape of season 2 Korean ranked games will be murky and incomplete.
So without further ado, I decided to do my own summary of the best players in Korean ranked games. Only players who managed to get 1st place are mentioned.
April: Lilac, Woong
May: Mokuza, Woong, MidKing, Mokuza, MakNooN
June: Reapered, MidKing, Reset (before his debut)
July: Lilac, Dade (during his amateur days)
August: Woong, Dade, Ragan
September: Lilac, Ryu
October: Lilac, H0R0
November: Lilac, Faker (before his debut), Lilac (Season 2 ends with Lilac on top)
Lilac managed to get ranked 1 in six of the eight months from what I've read in the Inven thread for top ranked players. He also ends the season as the top ranked player, although Faker makes a strong push for it towards the end of the season.
Pre-Season for Season 3
November: Ssumday, Faker
Faker holds onto his number one position for almost the entire pre-season period, and establishes himself as the original solo-que god.
January: Imp, TrAce (before his debut), Faker, WeiXiao (the first non-Korean to gain number 1)
February: Imp, Dosu (amateur/semi-professional), Kkinsh
March: Lustboy, Hermes
April: Imba (amateur)
May: Choppeu (amateur/semi-professional), Imba
June: MaTa, Apdo (amateur), MaTa, Savilla (before his debut for the infamous member Team Dark)
July: MaTa/MaRin (switches places multiple times), Apdo
September: Deft, MaRin
November: Ambition, Ssumday, Faker (Season 3 ends with Faker on top)
WeiXiao shocks the entire scene by becoming the first non-Korean to gain number 1 despite Imp's attempt to stop him. Unlike ranked one amateurs who would go on to make their debut such as Dade or Faker in the past, we had players like Dosu, Imba, Choppeu, and Apdo who would either fail to make their debut due to their sketchy past, or choose not to go professional. There's nobody that stands out amongst the ranked one players, and Faker barely manages to end the season as the top ranked player thanks to Apdo's trolling against Ssumday.
Pre-Season for Season 4
November (the last period of time that I have to rely on random comments on a thread to figure out who the first placed player was at the time): Ssumday
Weekly ranked updates by FOMOS
Faker pretty much dominates the pre-season once again. And although FOMOS records don't show it, comments from the Inven thread shows that Apdo briefly managed to get the top spot one time in December. Players who managed to get the top spot briefly in between the weekly reports from FOMOS will not be mentioned again.
2014/09/29: Peanut (before his deubt)
2014/11/10: Nagne (Season 4 ends with Nagne on top)
Deft spends an unprecedented 17 weeks at the top and reigns supreme for much of the season.
Pre-Season for Season 5
2014/11/17: Rush (before his debut)
Rush makes a strong impression in the pre-season shortly before joining Team Impulse. MaRin dominates the pre-season.
2015/02/02: Doinbi (before his debut)
2015/02/09: T0m (before his debut)
2015/03/09: The Shy (amateur)
2015/11/09: Scout (Season 5 ends with Scout on top)
Bang dominates the season with an insane 17 week streak at the top.
2016/01/25: 복숭하람 (amateur)
2016/02/01: Give Love ToT (amateur)
2016/02/15: Lehends (amateur)
2016/07/11: Xiaohu (the second non-Korean player to reach rank 1)
2016/11/01: Cuzz (amateur)
2016/11/08: Cuzz (Season 6 ends with Cuzz on top)
Crash is the most dominating force during season 6.
The Most Dominating Players of Korean Ranked Games since the Pre-Season for Season 4
1) Deft: 30 weeks at the top
2) Faker: 22 weeks at the top
3) Crash: 14 weeks at the top
4) MaRin: 6 weeks at the top
4) Blanc: 6 weeks at the top
While Apdo has amazing longevity and relevance as a top solo-que player since Season 3, made more impressive by constraints such as his Chinesestreaming obligations, and consistent bans for his numerous accounts, he has in no shape or form dominated the scene. None of his reign lasted that long, and for an individual as result focused as he is (he likes the results to do the talking), I'm sure he will concede the title of the most dominant ranked players to other more successful players.
Faker has never managed to be the most dominating player for a specific season (Lilac, Deft, Bang, and Crash has managed to do so), but dominated the pre-seasons on two separate occasions. There has been only two solo-que gods during the entire history of the Korean server, and that was Deft during season 4, and Bang during season 5, when both managed to hold the top spot for months on end.