and here I'm thinking getting into diamond here is hard (been stuck in plat for the past 4 months), i guess i would barely be able to get into silver. Good to know though, cause at least when I play against you, I will learn some different strategies, so far ive been using mostly european and american styles (very passive, no HEAVY early pressure in 1v1, no proxies, no all Ins)
i started out knowing NOTHING about sc2 (started quite late too, late september) and i started out with a record of 5-21, bronze of course. (LOL) on the korean servers 1vs1. i started to get slowly better and better, and on 1v1, and upon, turning gold, my record was 79-61. (not TOO bad of a ratio considering i started out with so many losses) found out all my childhood friends in US were playing sc2, wanted to play with them, so went ahead and bought a copy just to play the US version.
won all my placement matches, and lost 3 right away after that. (havent played in over 10 days after placement, so super super rusty... and internet cafe was cold so my hands were frozen lol) after i got warmed up, got to diamond and is currently at 22-10 on diamond. im holding off playing 1v1 ladder until i get a pc at home, which should be real soon, so ive been practicing 1v1 on custom with a bunch of 18~2400 diamonders from the other forum i post in. (currently 10-3 playing with those guys =P) so not too bad.
but yeah, somehow my post got super long, but yeah... its just an example of how a guy that is slightly above average here, that took about a month to get to gold here, got to diamond quite easily in NA (4 days game playing days to be exact) and can consistently take on 2000+ diamonders here. the major difference that a lot of people agree on, is players outside of korea tend to have a much more broad, unique style of play, more strategies and what not... players in korea don't have that many strats, but prefer to perfect those little strats they use. i admit the times i lost on NA region were all weird strats I wasn't ready for, when the game went over the 12 minute mark I dont think ive lost a single one yet.