Team of the Year 2015

With 2015 drawing to a close, HLTV.org has been compiling and creating an end-of-year top organisations and lineups article powered by EGB.com.

2015 was an undeniable breakout year for CS:GO, with increased viewing numbers, increased prize-pools, the return of numerous legendary players and the debut of relative neophytes, and an overall improvement to the infrastructure of competitive Counter-Strike.

It was a year of never-ending lineup changes, intermittent dramatic meltdowns, and various tweaks to the meta of CS:GO, including novelties such as a much improved coaching role.


fnatic are 2015's top organisation and top lineup

There was also a degree of remarkable consistency to the trajectory of team placings at events this year with a core elite of five-to-six teams generally finishing in the top four of the largest tournaments.

Therefore, underdog runs such as Cloud9's second place finishes in the middle of the summer or Luminosity's streak at the FACEIT Stage3 Finals at DreamHack Winter stand out all the more.

It is perhaps indicative of such consistency that creating a top teams list for 2015 was imperative. The work was carried out as always by our rankings scientist Julien "topeiko" Hottias. However, there are certain issues that have determined the format which we have decided to use for our ranking.

Our original idea was to create a nameplate top 20 list based off of three-man cores, however dramatic lineup changes undertaken by Luminosity and Titan this year meant that a more stable option was to rate organisations via the same metrics.

We therefore begin with a list of the top organisations in 2015 based off of achievements and placings at the numerous tournaments that transpired this year. Flags before the organisation's name do not reflect where the organisation is based but are rather representative of each organisation's most successful lineup.

Top Organisations of 2015 Powered By EGB.com

1 Sweden fnatic 1000
2 France EnVyUs 735
3 Poland Virtus.pro 680
4 Denmark TSM 677
5 CIS Na`Vi 573
6 Sweden NiP 524
7 United States Cloud9 313
8 France Titan 304
9 Brazil Luminosity 200
10 United States Liquid 172
11 Germany mousesports 157
12 United States CLG 154
13 Denmark dignitas 152
14 Europe G2 126
15 Ukraine FlipSid3 108
16 CIS HellRaisers 94
17 Australia Renegades 71
18 Brazil Keyd Stars 71
19 Europe Kinguin 69
20 France LDLC 63

However, without an actual and accompanying list of the top CS:GO lineups in 2015, the above list would be quickly derided as inane and fall prey to the same issues which plagued other organisation's attempts to rank CS:GO teams earlier this year.

We will thus delve into the actual top 20 lineups of 2015, with appropriate write-ups for those that merit attention.

Top 20 Lineups of 2015 Powered By EGB.com

1. Sweden JW, olofmeister, KRIMZ, flusha, pronax (fnatic) 795

The most succesful lineup of 2015 is not surprisingly the fnatic squad which was led by Markus "pronax" Wallsten before the Swede was replaced in mid-November.

Despite a rough start at MLG X Games Aspen at the beginning of the year, this lineup went on to place first at ClutchCon, Inferno Online Pantamera, ESL One Katowice, DreamHack Open Tours, Gfinity Spring Masters II, ESL ESEA Pro League Season 1 finals, and ESL One Cologne.

Hidden in the impressive panoply of first place finishes are two major wins, which were back-to-back victories for fnatic, a feat no other CS:GO outfit has accomplished to date (EnVyUs are potential challengers if they win MLG Columbus in 2016).


The undeniable kings of Counter-Strike (in 2015)

Although a drop-off in form was undeniable for this team as the year went on, leading to pronax's ousting after a paltry performance at DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca, it was this Swedish lineup which showed the world how dominance in CS:GO could be achieved.

Mixing raw firepower combined with braggadocio in the form of Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer in addition to gimmicky and swift play via Jesper "JW" Wecksell and the stability provided by Robin "flusha" Rönnquist and Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson, this fnatic outfit unveiled a new zenith for competitive Counter-Strike in 2015.

2. Denmark karrigan, cajunb, Xyp9x, dupreeh, device (?/TSM/dignitas) 712

It's worthwhile to note that this lineup has maintained its five for the entire span of 2015, and aside from some late-year organisational issues, these five Danes have continued grinding out high level placings at events time and time again.

It should also be mentioned that this lineup competed at MLG X Games Aspen under the dignitas organisation's banner and as ? at the ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2 Finals at the end of the year.

Finn "karrigan" Andersen and his wily band first broke the curse of being unable to advance from semifinals back in April with a stunning best-of-three win over their fnatic rivals to win the CCS Kick-off Season finals.

This period was something of a halcyon spring for the Danes as they went on to win FACEIT Stage 1 finals in London and Fragbite Masters Season 4 before cooling off somewhat during the summer.


"Ave, karrigan, morituri te salutant" 

The ascendance of TSM did not halt then however, as the team were still able to snatch first place finishes at FACEIT Stage 2 finals in Valencia and PGL Season 1 finals before the year was up. The team also have a string of multiple second place finishes this year (such as at ESL ESEA Dubai and IEM San Jose), all of which suggests a strong portfolio for 2015.

Much like the next team in this list, it is a feat in and of itself that ex-TSM (or "?" as the team is now called) have racked up so many points by virtue of the same lineup.

3. Poland TaZ, NEO, pashaBiceps, byali, Snax (Virtus.pro) 680

A team of Poles who frustratingly belie all attempts at categorisation and consistency: that is who Virtus.pro are.

So despite first place finishes this year at the ESEA Season 18 Global Finals, CEVO-P Season 7, ESL ESEA Dubai, and CEVO-P Season 8, it takes a deeper look at other tournaments and at the longevity of this lineup to understand how it is this year's third most successful.

When all things are considered, blowouts such as VP's 0-16 loss to Kinguin at the FACEIT Stage 2 finals in Valencia which sent the team out in the group stages (or Virtus' first stage loss to Liquid at IEM San Jose) are relative outliers and Virtus.pro have otherwise kept up a solid pattern of top four finishes that continue to deliver points for the team.


NEO and company kept it cool and inconsistently consistent this year

While a major win is ever elusive since EMS Katowice 2014, Virtus.pro made semifinals at two majors this year in Katowice and Cologne and only began to disappoint from Cluj-Napoca onward, losing the quarter-finals to G2 there.

A recovery win at CEVO Season 8 and a semifinals run at the FACEIT Stage 3 Finals before losing a close series to fnatic definitely helped the Poles regain some grace and close off the year with a commanding third place position.

4. Ukraine Edward, Zeus, Slovakia GuardiaN, Russia seized, flamie (Na`Vi) 524

The great Egor "flamie" Vasilyev acquisition of 2015 has reaped numerous dividends for the previously embattled CIS-region squad that is Natus Vincere, and a steady flow of first and second placings grows this lineup's impressive portfolio.

Na`Vi's win at the ESL Pro League Winter 2014/15 Finals shortly afterwards cemented flamie's place in the team as a fragcentric player, and the lineup has managed to tie together a few more notable wins this year after that moment: StarSeries Finals XIII, ESWC 2015, and a first place win at IEM San Jose in addition to two big-name runs at DreamHack Cluj-Napoca and EEPL Season 2 Finals, finishing second at both.


A rare picture of Na`Vi not wanting to kill each other 

Said lineup has not been without its turbulent moments, with Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko's notorious surly nature notwithstanding; rumours flew of a roster change after a disastrous run at ESL ESEA Dubai, for example.

Regardless, with Sergey "starix" Ischuk calling the shots from the back and Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács delivering the mythological performances as necessitated of him up front and center, Na`Vi continued to electrify and defy in 2015.

5. Sweden f0rest, GeT_RiGhT, Xizt, friberg, Finland allu (NiP) 449

NiP manage to enter the top five lineups in 2015 precisely due to the fact that EnVyUs' roster shuffle so neatly splits the core team's achievements down the middle.

However, we should not discount this particular Ninjas in Pyjamas roster's achievements ever since Finn Aleksi "allu" Jalli signed for the team in late February. That allu has also recently left the team is all the more reason to look back on NiP's 2015 and examine where the team succeeded and where they did not.

"No gold medals for NiP" is the name of the game in 2015 (at least since allu joined since NiP did win ASUS ROG Winter in January with Mikail "Maikelele" Bill) and yet the Swedish-Finnish brand name displayed strings of solid finishes throughout the year that have allowed them to farm points in an effective manner.


NiP with allu was as enigmatic as social conventions in Finnish culture

The great Finnish lineup change of February swept in second place finishes at ESL One Katowice, Gfinity Spring Masters I, StarSeries XII, and FACEIT Stage 1 Finals. It was only after this period, beginning with a 5-10th place finish at Gfinity Spring Masters II, that this iteration of the team began to truly slump.

All roads led to Montreal where NiP were embarrassed by a FlipSid3 team using Spencer "Hiko" Martin as a stand-in in the quarter-finals. Your correspondent personally witnessed the NiP players at the event appearing rather despondent after the match and for the rest of the weekend, and it's no surprise that roster change rumours began then.

The team finished 5-8th at ESL One Cologne and as a result removed coach Joona "natu" Leppänen in the days afterward. Whether it was the lack of a coach's structure, or the knowledge of imminent roster implosion, or perhaps the ongoing (and then as yet unknown) troubles the player's had with the organisation's management, NiP strangely began to play better and in a devil-may-care manner towards the end of the year.

In Dubai, a YOLO-style NiP nearly made the finals after taking TSM to the wire in the semifinals (and taking down EnVyUs 2-0 in the decider). Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund & co. took fnatic to the wire in the Gfinity Champion of Champions event as well, and the icing on the cake was a semifinals finish at the Cluj major that included stumping event favourites TSM.

All in all, the NiP of most of 2015 was a shadow of its former glory, despite the unlikelihood of such runs happening again with a much more level playing field.

6. France Happy, kioShiMa, NBK-, kennyS, apEX (EnVyUs) 398

Both nV lineups neatly split the points up that this organisation has accrued in 2015 (with only five points diffrence), as both team cores were winners of multiple events this year. If both lineups' points were tallied, then EnVyUs would be in second place as a lineup behind fnatic by only four points.

It is the EnVyUs of the latter half of 2015 however, with Kenny "kennyS" Schrub on the keyboard as lead AWPer and Dan "apEX" Madesclaire as bass guitarist in the form of entryfragging, that slightly edges out the earlier nV lineup that so spectacularly imploded after ESWC 2015.


apEX entryfragging both in-game and in-line

Despite a few noteworthy blowouts, such as at ESL ESEA Dubai or at FACEIT Stage 3 Finals, this talent-packed team kicked off its formation with a win at IEM Gamescom, then went the full mile at ESL One Cologne and made the final (where the team then disintegrated), and then a further set of wins at DreamHack Open London, Gfinity Champion of Champions, and a final major win at DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca capped the autumn off.

Although the team has had a fall-off of late, such as losing to Na`Vi in the semifinals of EEPL Season 2, Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer's current team is poised for even greater success in 2016.

7. France Happy, kioShiMa, NBK-, shox, SmithZz (EnVyUs/LDLC) 393

The EnVyUs lineup which won DreamHack Winter 2014 and featured Richard "shox" Papillon and Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux, who are currently on Titan, won numerous events in early 2015 before eventually dropping off and breaking apart at ESWC under ugly circumstances.

The team won MLG X Games Aspen as LDLC and then clinched titles at Gfinity Spring Masters I, StarSeries XII, and Gfinity Summer Masters I; and yet, larger wins eluded this outfit such as at ESL One Katowice or the CCS Kick-Off finals.


Je suis sadboy

It would be safe to say that this nV roster, despite the hype of its major win in 2014 and a few tournament wins in the spring and early summer, fizzled out under the pressure of internal disagreements and a lack of dynamic flexibility against more disciplined rivals in fnatic and TSM.

8. United States n0thing, seang@res, freakazoid, Skadoodle, Canada shroud (Cloud9) 271

The Cloud9 who were shocked by Nihilum at the ESEA S18 Global Finals and took part in an earthshaking North American shuffle in the late spring emerged with a revamped roster that featured AWPer Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham and entryfragger Ryan "freakazoid" Abadir.

After an early roster hiccup at Gfinity Summer Masters I, the team settled into place and led by the crisp anti-strat calls of Sean "seang@res" Gares, Cloud9 gave hope to North American fans in the summer by making the finals of three consecutive events: at ESL ESEA Pro League Season 1, ESWC 2015, and FACEIT Stage 2 Finals at DreamHack Valencia.


Cloud9 had a blockbuster run in the summer

However, starting with CEVO Season 7, and exacerbating in scope and intensity as the months wore on, Cloud9 began a slump that nearly took away all the accolades the team had gathered during their summer run.

It was only in a domestic setting, and already while toying with the idea of a roster change and using stand-ins such as Braxton "swag" Pierce, that Cloud9 won two more events to close out the year: iBUYPOWER Cup and RGN Pro Series. This lineup will no longer be gathering points as leader seang@res has stepped down and the team is searching for a new fifth.

9. Sweden JW, olofmeister, KRIMZ, flusha, dennis (fnatic) 205

Dennis "dennis" Edman, formerly of G2 and then formerly of retirement and even more formerly of LGB, may be a recent addition to 2015's strongest organisation but he has already reaped a bountiful harvest for the team following pronax's departure.

Three events attended—FACEIT Stage 3 Finals at DreamHack Winter, Fragbite Masters Season 5, and the ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2 Finals—and three events won with two of those events offering $100,000 payouts for a first place finish.


dennis has earned a meal at Denny's from his teammates

With flusha in the driver's seat, and four superbly rounded players able to play a confident Swedish game of Counter-Strike, this new fnatic lineup will likely not only overtake many others in the next year, but also continue to ensure that fnatic reigns supreme in 2016.

10. France kennyS, apEX, RpK, Belgium Ex6TenZ, Switzerland Maniac (Titan) 201

The tenth best lineup of 2015 was carried by kennyS for all intents and purposes.

The French-Belgian-Swiss team had a few notable moments when they made the finals of an event, such as at ASUS ROG Winter, Inferno Online Pantamera, and ESL Pro League Winter 2014/2015 Finals. The team even swept aside domestic competition and the Bulgarians of GPlay (now E-frag.net) by winning Gamers Assembly 2015.


Glory days for "that other French team" 

However this Titan lineup continued to fall-off as the year dragged on (partially due to kennyS's degraded performance), eventually meshing with two EnVyUs players and emerging arguably in a once again weaker position from this French shuffle.

That the new Titan lineup with shox and SmithZz has not made the top 20 in this list paints a woeful picture for this organisation going into 2016.

And the rest:

11. United States reltuC, jdm64, hazed, tarik, Canada FNS (CLG) 125

CLG are a North American team who shone through with moments of potential and who have also managed to win a few domestic events such as WinOut Championship and Northern Arena.

The team had a huge breakout performance after signing Josh "jdm64" Marzano in the early summer, with a best-of-one upset of fnatic at the ESL ESEA Pro League Season 1 finals (anti-stratting the Swedes on their homeground of de_mirage) and an overall semifinals finish at the event.

With Tarik "tarik" Celik and jdm64 sometimes showing up in decider matches at majors such as ESL One Cologne and DreamHack Cluj, and Stephen "reltuC" Cutler providing solid leadership, CLG always gave the impression of being able to upset European teams.

Unfortunately, Pujan "FNS" Mehta's recent departure from the team spells the end for this lineup in 2016.

12. United States Hiko, adreN, nitr0, FugLy, EliGE (Liquid) 118

Liquid are another North American team who showed moments of promise, and it is a mark of relative accomplishment that a lineup that only fully formed in September with Hiko joining up made twelfth on this list.

A few strong showings abroad and at home (such as at DreamHack Open Stockholm and IEM San Jose) move this team up the list, however the assumed departure of Jacob "FugLy" Medina has also doomed any chance for this particular lineup to rack up points in 2016.

13. Brazil FalleN, fer, coldzera, steel, boltz (Luminosity) 102

Despite the hype of the "#newLuminosity" team, it was this Brazilian version (there have been technically three separate lineups this year) which did the most longterm damage, including making it into the quarter-finals of two majors in 2015, in Cologne and Cluj-Napoca.


The Brazilian dream was real

The Luminosity featuring Lucas "steel" Lopes and Ricardo "boltz" Prass may have always lacked an underlying degree of firepower, but the Brazilian squad managed to display more consistent, emotionally mature, and disciplined play than their North American neighbours from Marcelo "coldzera" David's addition in July to the departure of steel and boltz in late November.

14. Germany denis, Spiidi, gob b, nex, Netherlands chrisJ (mousesports) 93

It is actually the Nikola "NiKo" Kovač-less version of mousesports, which comprised a more German-speaking lineup and included Timo "Spiidi" Richter in its ranks, that scored better over 2015.

Achievements include a strong showing at Gfinity Summer Masters I, beating Virtus.pro twice in two best-of-three games, in the month following mousesports' decision to sign three of PENTA's best.

Other results managed to include a second place finish at Acer Predator Masters (only losing a best-of-seven slugfest to HellRaisers at the end), a defeat of a red-hot Cloud9 at CEVO Season 7 (which may have begun that team's downfall), and a decent showing at IEM Gamescom before losing to FlipSid3 in a closely contested elimination match at ESL One Cologne.

15. Denmark Pimp, Kjaerbye, Nico, aizy, MSL (dignitas) 81

This lineup of dignitas which featured Nicolaj "Nico" Jensen (a lineup that lasted until the Dane's removal in September and which then ultimately triggered a whole host of changes for the dignitas organisation) has as its most impressive finishes in 2015 a few bullet points: third place at Copenhagen Games, 5-8th place at ESL Pro League Winter 2014/2015, 3-4th place at DreamHack Open Tours, and finally 3-4th place at Gfinity Spring Masters I.

In reality, this lineup perfectly played the role of a team that fights to stay in the top ten global rankings, with occasional potential to make a semifinal run or pull off a group stage upset.


aizy got to stunt 101 in 2015 dignitas 

And perhaps the most important contribution which this dignitas squad effected in the longrun was functioning as a crucible for the talent that is Philip "aizy" Aistrup to showcase himself before that player was ultimately signed by G2.

While never being a contender for first place in Denmark against the likes of ex-TSM, this dignitas roster proved that some degree of stability was possible for a time in that notorious volatile national scene.

And the rest of the rest:

16. Sweden f0rest, GeT_RiGhT, Xizt, friberg, Maikelele (NiP) 76

17. Norway jkaem, rain, Sweden Maikelele, dennis, Portugal fox (G2) 75

18. Norway rain, Sweden Maikelele, dennis, Portugal fox, Belgium ScreaM (G2/Kinguin) 74

19. Brazil FalleN, fer, coldzera, TACO, fnx (Luminosity) 71

20. Australia jks, AZR, yam, Havoc, SPUNJ (Renegades/Vox Eminor) 71

 

These were the twenty best lineups of 2015. When the scores of each potential lineup's achievements were tallied, it then became possible to compile a list of the best organisations of 2015.

The new year will likely shake up much of this hierarchy, and while it may be possible to assume that the elite core of teams (here taken to assume fnatic, ?/ex-TSM, Virtus.pro, Na`Vi, and EnVyUs for the time being) will continue to score highly in 2016, it is possible for both a flurry of upsets to occur or for a new heavyweight to step up to the plate.

All things considered, 2016 promises to be another year of explosive growth and action for CS:GO.

stich writes for HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1079
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
United States Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadir
Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadir
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
783
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
France Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1161
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
France Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1442
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
United States Stephen 'reltuC' Cutler
Stephen 'reltuC' Cutler
Age:
30
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
856
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1573
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Finland Joona 'natu' Leppänen
Joona 'natu' Leppänen
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
188
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1597
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
United States Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1035
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Germany Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1303
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1193
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
United States Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1047
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.59
APR:
0.11
United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
917
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
Sweden Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
956
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
959
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
823
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1528
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1134
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
United States Braxton 'swag' Pierce
Braxton 'swag' Pierce
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
525
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1305
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1611
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1377
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Sweden Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
1199
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1239
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1538
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
573
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1502
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Canada Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
852
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Denmark Nicolaj 'Nico' Jensen
Nicolaj 'Nico' Jensen
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
399
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1329
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1391
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
951
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.17
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1087
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
United States Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
713
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1577
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
#2
CIS Ume 
fnatic ftw!
2015-12-31 18:02
#88
Hong Kong mom! 
5 nip with allu, 11 lg, 9 new fnatic, pathetic egb tops hahahahahahaha
2015-12-31 20:38
#93
Australia BCP 
you arent taking into consideration the fact that LG and the new fnatic only played a few tournaments, yet nip played a lot of tournaments
2015-12-31 20:52
#125
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Australia yourwombat 
don't even try to argue, there's nothing in there
2016-01-01 02:29
Hello from the outside At least I can say that I've tried
2016-01-01 14:37
i arent think that
2016-01-01 19:38
and whos the top player of year 2015?
2016-01-01 13:03
fnatic on top, as always
2015-12-31 18:02
Happy New Year everyone =]
2015-12-31 18:02
#33
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Slovakia VladO.  
you too m8 :)
2015-12-31 18:11
Happy New year <3 By the way NiP over envyus is insanity
2016-01-01 03:51
#57
 | 
Other anarh1st47 
tyty u 2:D
2015-12-31 18:31
you too m8 :)
2015-12-31 19:10
#90
kennyS | 
Turkey J1T_T3R 
you too m8 :)
2015-12-31 20:44
#99
Australia BCP 
you too m8 :)
2015-12-31 21:15
ty <3
2015-12-31 22:01
#104
 | 
United States mmotorcycle 
you too!
2015-12-31 22:14
Happy NY!
2015-12-31 18:11
10/10
2015-12-31 18:02
#105
 | 
United States mmotorcycle 
but no f3 so f3/10
2015-12-31 22:14
#7
Brazil Faizy 
Easy VP
2015-12-31 18:02
yes
2015-12-31 18:02
nt
2015-12-31 18:03
1nd
2015-12-31 18:02
navi best
2015-12-31 18:02
+1 putin > other presidents
2015-12-31 18:10
HAHAHAHA NIP > ENVY IN THE LIST??? LOOOOOOL
2015-12-31 18:03
You didnt read?
2015-12-31 18:06
Dumbs as fuck thats squad not team Envy are the second best Nt world
2015-12-31 18:13
lol still the envy squad is so much better than nip squad lawl.
2015-12-31 18:16
not sure about that they're 2nd best because of team work which nip is sooooooooooo lacking.
2015-12-31 18:18
And that's why they are the better team
2016-01-01 00:44
Less time with same line-up is less points per player attended, is a lower ranking. New Year, new chance to proof it ^_^
2016-01-01 14:45
Well lets see... envy won what 1 time vs NiP overall while nip rekt them 7 times meaning envy cant win them rekt ez gg wp happy new year
2016-01-01 02:17
#14
Ale | 
Finland ksib 
it was rekt from fnatic )
2015-12-31 18:04
Lets 10/10 for once for HLTV
2015-12-31 18:06
#20
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Ukraine FaZe_UW0TM8 
Nice
2015-12-31 18:06
100/10
2015-12-31 18:08
#23
Ex6TenZ | 
Brazil LeTANK 
lol brazilians will be complaining about these rankings
2015-12-31 18:08
#24
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Sweden NIP Fanboy #1 
NIP top 1 in 2016!
2015-12-31 18:09
#28
Edward | 
United States kUcheRR 
nice
2015-12-31 18:10
" A rare picture of Na`Vi not wanting to kill each other " very accurate LOL
2015-12-31 18:10
#52
Ahmad | 
Egypt 181314 
hahahahahahahaha
2015-12-31 18:20
Hahahaha good one hltv
2015-12-31 18:53
agreed zeus is cancer to navi please leave now zeus, or navi will loose every big tournament in 2016 also
2016-01-01 18:18
Clg liquid >>> lg? Hahababh nicetry
2015-12-31 18:10
#94
Australia BCP 
liquid and clg played much more tournaments, so they are ranked higher. LG changed roster 2 times, liquid and CLG only once.
2015-12-31 20:55
nice
2015-12-31 18:12
#37
cyx | 
Chile FEL1PPE! 
NiP 5? WTF
2015-12-31 18:12
And they got a bigger write up then fnatic.. And fnatic won majority of the events of this year and NiP won nothing. Writer = NiP fanboy, doing anything to make them top 5 in the world LOL
2016-01-01 00:36
#120
cyx | 
Chile FEL1PPE! 
i dont like NiP
2016-01-01 01:13
ez for fnatic
2015-12-31 18:13
#40
REAL | 
Norway kakkopp 
Strange decision but Great job however <3 Also headline should have been best organizations cause it's misleading
2015-12-31 18:22
> NiP with allu was as enigmatic as social conventions in Finnish culture LOL
2015-12-31 18:14
cringy captions
2015-12-31 18:15
New Fnatic > Any 2015 NiP lineup and Cloud9
2015-12-31 18:16
I think every team > Any NiP line up for the rest of time.
2016-01-01 00:35
#45
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
why do you guys even post stuff here when 99% of people can't even read what you write lol
2015-12-31 18:17
The guitar references made this fan giggle, good read stich.
2015-12-31 18:21
Na'Vi improved so much last 3-4 tournaments, lets see what they can bring in new 2016 year.
2015-12-31 18:29
bullshit list. both nv rosters should be 2nd and 3rd
2015-12-31 18:31
You dumb man. If you add the points from Both Line-ups they would actually be First. Its a pretty good List
2015-12-31 18:55
dumb list both nv rosters should be 2nd and 3rd
2015-12-31 19:00
No..The first one not. The first one should be ranked high...but not second. And Fnatic is without any fucking doubt the #1 (of course, the Pronax Line-Up) I don't see how ppl can say, that nV should be placed higher than Fnatic..
2015-12-31 19:04
can you not read? i said both nv rosters should be 2nd or 3rd... not that they should be 1st. fnc is obviously #1 no question about it. but both the nv rosters should be #2 or #3 they were both much stronger rosters than any of the others
2015-12-31 19:36
That's not how it works, envy is obviously still ranked the 2nd best team, it's just that they have had 2 different lineups with different achievements during the year, both linups together rack up more points than the other teams during the year, but one of these lineups alone didn't. Do you really think a lineup that didn't exist throughout the whole year will gain as much points as one that did?
2015-12-31 23:20
which is why the system is shit. both envy lineups were the second best teams in the world
2016-01-01 09:25
Yes both lineups were the second best teams in the world but this is a ranking through 2015 and if you think a team that existed only half the year can be the second best team of the year you don't know how the fuck rankings work.
2016-01-01 17:38
Read the article dumbass the list has to do with how many points every specific LINEUP of players received by doing well at events, combining the scores gets you the best teams of the year as shown in the first list
2016-01-02 03:52
#59
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Estonia ATSO 
fnatic #1 !!!!!!!
2015-12-31 18:33
Kinguin is G2 or G2 is Kinguin? I am confused ....
2015-12-31 18:36
waiting for top20 players
2015-12-31 18:39
well its pretty obv top 4.. olof, flusha, krimz, JW. Who gives a shit about the rest of the failures.
2016-01-01 00:34
who gives a shit about your comment swede?
2016-01-01 00:57
13. FalleN, fer, coldzera, steel, boltz (Luminosity) 102 where TACO Kappa
2015-12-31 18:41
nip > nv? I arent think that
2015-12-31 18:43
nV is 6th... lol?
2015-12-31 18:53
#70
chrisJ | 
Hong Kong Escher 
Because both nv lu played during only ~6 months
2015-12-31 18:57
fnatic top1 ez
2015-12-31 18:56
2015-12-31 19:00
This Post is fucking ridiculous. NiP over both nV Line-ups? That's bullshit. That's just bullshit Or did i missunderstood something? Because this Line-Up Ranking can't be fucking true. Okay.. So, Fnatic on #1..No doubt about it..Of course, the Pronax-Fnatic Second Place is even if you see it on the whole year fucking stupid. The second nV Line-up went fucking ham this Year. Even more than the first. ex-TSM always choked! Always... So, third is VP. IMO it should look like that: 1.FNATIC 2.nV (second one) 3.TSM 4.VP 5.Na'vi 6.NiP (second one) 7.nV/LDLC 8.FNATIC (second one) 9.LG 10.c9 And here again, you really can argue a lot about putting VP over Na'vi. But if you see the whole Year, this might be okay. I don't think, that the top 20, or in my case the Top 10 is accurate in any sense. In Terms of Organisations...I think, this list is quiet accurate. A few changes wouldn't be that bad..but all in one, it's okay.. On the second Ranking, you can see very well, that pure statistics aren't everything.
2015-12-31 19:02
Yea NiP won one event, that nV lineup still did better then they did all year
2015-12-31 20:33
#96
Australia BCP 
the way the points are earned is by getting placings in tournaments, and since in this version of the ranking there is no decay - because its for all of 2015 - teams cant catch up to other teams if they started in the middle of the year like envy did. i do agree that envy should probably be higher, but this is per lineup so nip have more points since they played double the tournaments. i agree that the top20 doesnt represent the best lineups, but i think thats because its not meant to, rather its meant to represent how solid teams were.
2015-12-31 21:01
It's based on a points system involving specific lineups so lineups that have been around the whole year without changing will be ranked higher
2016-01-02 03:55
Congrats to Fnatec. Deserved.
2015-12-31 19:09
#76
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Vietnam NaMNaMNaM 
19. FalleN, fer, coldzera, TACO, fnx (Luminosity) 71 I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE STICH
2015-12-31 19:09
+1
2015-12-31 19:17
Lol nice find
2015-12-31 23:23
#80
 | 
Portugal Zedonp 
G2 is actually nº9 G2 points+ kinguin points=205
2015-12-31 19:50
like it should be, a team that got a quarter and a semis at 2 majors being ranked at 14/19 it's just one more fail for HLTV long repertoire.
2016-01-01 17:18
#160
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Portugal Zedonp 
They could have done the math, but in truth they did change the main sponsor so...
2016-01-01 20:27
A rare picture of Na`Vi not wanting to kill each other 10/10 Also fnatic top 1 forever, 1 love.
2015-12-31 20:04
Fnatic won't be top 1 4ever.
2015-12-31 20:09
nice
2015-12-31 20:09
RIP LDLC BibleThump
2015-12-31 20:14
#86
Sweden thof 
FNATIC <3
2015-12-31 20:18
NiP with allu was as enigmatic as social conventions in Finnish culture saw this exact line prior to this in another post
2015-12-31 20:39
NAVI > TSM and WTF is titan doing on the list?!
2015-12-31 20:46
fnatic best team in history of CS <3
2015-12-31 20:51
fnatic <3 dominating the cs scene as always.
2015-12-31 21:12
#100
 | 
Hong Kong SHiFT^up 
Lineup changes need to have less of an impact on points
2015-12-31 21:19
Titan and Cloud9 > LG Cloud9 > mousesports Virtus.Pro > TSM CLG > Dignitas, G2 and Flipsid3 WTF HLTV ? B8 ?
2015-12-31 21:50
#102
shox | 
North America HackLMAO 
its true m8
2015-12-31 21:55
#106
 | 
France Kanti 
Titan shouldn't be that high this year
2015-12-31 22:18
stop read at clg>lg
2015-12-31 22:47
more like 1. Fnatic 2. envyus 3. vp 4. who 5. cares 6. for 7. the 8. rest
2015-12-31 23:14
+1
2016-01-01 18:19
#110
Kaze | 
Malaysia Swattax 
LOL TSM TOP ORG? I aren't think that
2015-12-31 23:23
expected
2015-12-31 23:31
just write and article on fnatic, the greatest team of all time that raped this year and will most likely do so in 2016, every other team is a joke.
2016-01-01 00:31
#121
 | 
CIS chlenixon 
HR #16. What a fking disaster. Sort that shit out. Used to be top 10
2016-01-01 01:34
fnatic is the best
2016-01-01 01:35
+1
2016-01-01 02:08
#126
 | 
Sweden godname 
expected
2016-01-01 02:51
#127
nex | 
Germany TiwaZ 
Love you mouz <3
2016-01-01 03:36
#128
 | 
Brazil HunterSk 
Nice LG ^-^
2016-01-01 03:41
I really though they would be higher, they did incredibly well..
2016-01-01 17:56
Fair ranking for me. There is a big gap between fnatic and the rest of the teams but i hope it gonna change in 2016 coz its gonna be boring ...
2016-01-01 03:56
3men-core ranking : 1 Fnatic 1000 2 EnVy 791 (Happy,kioshima,NBK) 3 TSM 712 4 Virtus.pro 680 5 NaVi 576 6 NiP 524 7 Cloud9 313 (sgares,shroud,nothing) 8 Titan 258 (rpk, ex6,maniac) 9 mousesports 195 (spiidi,nex,denis) 10 G2 185 (maikelele,fox,rain) 11 Luminosity 175 (fallen,fer,cold) 12 Luminosity 175 (fallen,fer,boltz,steel) 13 Liquid 172 (fugly,adren,nitro) 14 CLG 162 (retulC,tarik,hazed,FNS) 15 Dignitas 127 (pimp,kjaerbye,Nico,MSL) 16 FlipSid3 109 (worldEdit,blader,bondik) 17 Titan 105 (rpk,ex6,shox, Smithzz) 18 HellRaisers 94 (adren,kucher,dosia,ang1l) 19 Renegades 81 20 LGB 50 (rain, jkaem,polly,zeves, rubino) You can see the problem with 2 LG and Titan with players in both cores. It was a pretty cool ranking if we forget about those 2 imo ;p
2016-01-01 05:07
5 Na`Vi 573 ??? ok bb
2016-01-01 06:18
you can always sniff out the retards on this forum by reading the responses on rankings like these. The criteria are clearly explained, idiots
2016-01-01 07:19
why nothing say about sized??
2016-01-01 08:15
NA balls being sucked again, expected.
2016-01-01 10:45
Yeah, VP still on the podium. Keep going guys!
2016-01-01 11:16
nies
2016-01-01 12:07
#145
 | 
United Kingdom Theodoooore 
lol Keyd stars, LDLC and Kinguin
2016-01-01 16:07
Okay first few places are alright, but C9 top 7? What were they smoking. 3 finals in minor events, then 0-2 in every single major, and zero wins against european teams after the minors. What the hell...
2016-01-01 16:20
EnvyUS should be higher than Na'vi and NiP, it's true they were a lineup for a shorter period of time but accomplished more than Na'vi and NiP combined in 2015, NiP has zero titles and Na'vi only won a couple LANs that no one cares about in the slightest.
2016-01-01 19:23
lg 71 kek
2016-01-01 20:02
xyp9x :)
2016-01-03 11:05
Honestly for me the 'team of the year' would have to be Gamers2. They've grown and improved and changed so much: not only showing the value of an international lineup, but the way their loose style has merit in a pretty structured, slow game. They may not have achieved the most of all the other top-tier teams, but they've proven the concept works, and 2016 COULD be the year they manage to take off.
2016-01-03 19:39
Fair ranking to my eyes, well done.
2016-01-06 19:19
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