I don't believe one can legitimately create a definitive list of the "Top 30 Tiberian Sun Players Of All Time."
Consider the lists and accusations herein this forum, in which we are relating to the top persons in "skill, tournament wins, and ladder rankings." These characteristics globally (throughout the community from now since 1999) could not possibly describe the "Top Tiberiansun Player."
Perhaps I can explain in a number of ways as to why any sort of illegitimate list like this can not work or much less be true or accurate.
I. Participation in the ladders is in no way a determinate factor of what a "top player" is. It's a short, one month long (correction?) tournament in which players _who opt in to participate_ compete each other. The rank 1 player can not be denoted a "top player" in any category except for that of the player pool containing those participating in the ladder.
My personal experience: I've won the 1v1 ladder at least 4 times. Long ago during these times, at night when my companions got off of work and school, we'd play and I'd get my **** kicked quite a bit by players who did not participate in the ladder. There are players out there who don't participate in the ladder who are much better than many of the people who do.
II. One vs. one skill does not equal two vs. two skill (and so on). Strategies and tactics change in nearly every battlefield situation. Players who have been around for 10 years can generally tell you--"Play like you don't have an ally," which is fantastic from a competitive and skill training point of view. Those same players can also tell you their build orders are different for various maps, numbers of players, player factions and teams, etc.
My experience: I've seen players who destroy like no other on Terrace but suck at Forrest Fires. Some dominate on BGH, but can't produce a dizzy rush effectively within 6 mins on Grand Canyon. I've had experiences where playing with other top players in the ladder suck as allies in pro games, while hardcore players who played in the clan ladders rocked in the same situations.
III. Furthermore: When TS was new, players reaming accounts and clans in the ladders was already old.
So the problem here really is: how do we define what a top player of TS really is?
In my opinion, the "top players" should include those aspects of character involving those who contribute to the community. Like those running legacy C&C websites, they would at the top of my lists if I had them. I also believe true skill in a TS player involves being good at adapting to new mods and ww maps all of the time, including "****" new units and "****" like that. Skill isn't about how fast you can kill someone on Terrace. It's about how durable and how well you can adapt to being an effective player in all kinds of situations, mods and ww.
These lists are opinions, and nothing more.
Edited by TheWOLPRO, 23 April 2010 - 10:47 PM.