none of them is quite bad and red and hey used to be strong...
anyway, is the ladder perfect? no
could it be much better? hardly, probably fizzer should think in a way to force the top 10 players to play more often between each other
so long as sze, timi and dead piggy play the ladder -- with their main accounts ;) -- the only person capable of sniffing 1st is dreuj. but cracking first will be nearly impossible the closer any new player gets to 25 games completed, if the player can't get there after 15 games.
you'll be in the top 15. with time you could get to first. but it's not as formulaic as the 2v2 ladder. 2v2 ladder is easier: win 3-4 key games and you're king. 1v1 requires winning at least 70% of your toughest games (or getting a lot of lower rated opponents). you'll need some luck.