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With three years of professional StarCraft 2 guaranteed, why don’t pro Terran players who believe Terran is inherently more difficult switch to Protoss or Zerg?

starcraft 6 - With three years of professional StarCraft 2 guaranteed, why don't pro Terran players who believe Terran is inherently more difficult switch to Protoss or Zerg?
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Terran players have various levels of off-race skill but consider this. Let's say it was true that the game is intrinsically imbalanced against Terran. The game is simply more difficult for Terran. And let's say that imbalance leads to Terran pros being one player tier lower than they should be. I don't want to get too caught up in the rankings so just going by Aligulac. It'd go something like this for foreigners:

Tier 1: Serral

Tier 1.5: Reynor

Tier 2: Clem, HeroMarine, Neeb, ShowTime

Tier 3: uThermal, Elazer, Bly, Scarlett, SpeCiaL

Now last year we saw uThermal place 13th-16th in Winter EU, and then 17th-24th, 17th-24th, and 13-16th in Spring, Summer, and Fall respectively. If he were to repeat those placements this year in the tournament equivalents (I'll use 17th-24th for Winter), he would make $7,900. So what if uThermal changed to Zerg and Zerg was in fact easier than Terran? Well it'll still take some time to learn of course. Maybe he is so bad he drops one tier. The first year, he places 33rd-40th four times for a total of $3200. And then next year he is back in tier three and repeats his results from 2019, earning $7900. Then finally, by the third year he is tier 2, the caliber player he always was if not for the increased difficult of Terran.

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Using ShowTime's placements for 2019 and the prize pools for this year's events (7th in Winter EU I switched to 9th-16th), uThermal would make $13,000. So right now over three years as a Zerg, he has made $24,100, compared to $23,700 had he stayed Terran. But wait there's more. ShowTime also placed 9th-12th at Blizzcon. Assuming a similar prize pool and distribution for IEM, that'd be an additional $12,000. There's obviously more events beyond the ESL Pro Tour but uThermal could potentially increase his earnings by 50% or even more.

Obviously all this relies on the premises that Terran is so inherently more difficult that it makes Terran players perform as well as Zerg and Protoss players who are at least one tier worse than them AND that a Terran could reach their current skill level as Zerg or Protoss in two years. But if both those conditions are true, shouldn't they switch?

tl;dr If the game really is imbalanced and if the pro scene is guaranteed for three more years, should pro Terran players consider switching races to maximize their success?

Edit: Just want to be clear, this is not an attack on uThermal. I just did not want use Clem/HeroMarine as I thought it'd devolve into a discussion about Serral and Reynor and how I tiered them and whatnot

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