Team Ranking: April 2017
We have updated our Global Team Ranking — powered by EGB.com — for April 2017.
Following up on March's ranking post, it's time for our monthly ranking update. At the start of April, FaZe won the SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals, the most important tournament of the month, which helped them to move up in the ranking.
Astralis continue to hold the No.1 place
Besides StarSeries, cs_summit and Copenhagen Games were two other important tournaments. At the former, SK secured first place after beating Gambit 3-1, while Singularity won the latter with a victory over dreamchasers (2-0) in the final – which helped them make their way to 19th place in the ranking.
Although the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals will start on May 31, IEM Sydney and DH Open Tours will be the two main competitions during the current month. In the Australian tournament, only two teams – ViCi and Chiefs – are not ranked in our top 30. As for DreamHack Open's French stop, only Misfits are below the top 30 teams, but this comes as an opportunity for them to prove their value.
Here's a summary of our ranking for new readers:
Our team ranking is based on teams' achievements over the past year (with severe decay in points throughout each month), recent form over the last 2 months, and performance at offline events in the last 3 months.
Each team is required to have a three-man core in order to retain their points and online results are included but have minimal effect (only affecting 'Form') at the top of the table and mainly serve to put new teams on the map.
Here is the current top 30 table as of May 1st, 2017, which goes more in-depth into the way points are distributed – or you can check our special page where you will be able to find the latest, weekly version of our ranking. You can see the lineup for each team by hovering over their name in the table.
Please note that the +/- gain on this table differs from our weekly rankings page, and it is related to the ranking update of April 3rd, 2017.
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*Hover over each team name for the full lineup.
Here's an explanation on the top 15 teams' history during April.
|Nicolai "device" Reedtz||21||1.13|
|Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth||21||1.07|
|Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye||19||1.05|
|Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen||24||1.04|
|Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander||21||0.90|
April was a slow month for the Danes in terms of LAN competitions. They only competed in Kiev at the SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals, where they placed second after losing to FaZe 1-2 in the final. Despite failing to beat the European mixture in the title match, they remain the No. 1 team in our ranking.
Astralis remain focused on their goal
|Nikola "NiKo" Kovač||20||1.19|
|Håvard "rain" Nygaard||22||1.09|
|Aleksi "allu" Jalli||24||1.04|
|Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey||22||0.99|
|Finn "karrigan" Andersen||27||0.94|
With their latest results, karrigan's team continues to move up in our ranking. At the SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals, FaZe lost two maps in the Swiss stage: 10-16 against HellRaisers and 13-16 versus North. In the playoff stage, they were able to win best-of-threes against G2, HellRaisers and Astralis to secure first place.
FaZe rise to the No.2 spot
After their Kiev run, FaZe returned to their online commitments, winning all but one of the five best-of-two matches they played. At IEM Sydney, they will be looking to pick up more points in our ranking as they target Astralis' No1. spot.
|Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski||29||1.03|
|Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski||23||1.03|
|Paweł "byali" Bieliński||23||0.98|
|Filip "NEO" Kubski||29||0.90|
|Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas||30||0.85|
April was a rough month for the Polish team. The main factor was their poor performance at the SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals, where they placed 12-14th. It was the only LAN tournament Virtus.pro played during the past month and they won just one match there, against MVP Project, having been soundly beaten by SK (2-16), NIP (5-16) and fnatic (2-16).
Despite a slow month, the Poles remain top 3
Despite Virtus.pro's current poor run of form, their first place from DreamHack Masters Las Vegas and second place from ELEAGUE Major back in January are still relevant enough to keep them above SK in our ranking.
|Marcelo "coldzera" David||22||1.31|
|Fernando "fer" Alvarenga||25||1.21|
|João "felps" Vasconcellos||20||1.09|
|Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo||25||1.01|
|Epitacio "TACO" de Melo||22||0.96|
After felps joined the squad, the Brazilian team had some problems at LAN events – placing 11-12th at IEM Katowice and 9-11th at the SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals last month – but they still managed to come out on top at cs_summit 2017 after winning all of their matches, including a best-of-five series against Gambit (3-1) in the final.
SK will play in Sydney in two days
In May, SK are confirmed for two events, IEM Sydney and the ESL Pro League finals. With several top teams in attendance in both competitions, the Brazilians will have the chance to cement their raking placement and even move up a few places.
|Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke||20||1.16|
|René "cajunb" Borg||27||1.13|
|Emil "Magisk" Reif||19||1.07|
|Philip "aizy" Aistrup||20||0.97|
|Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen||22||0.93|
The last time the Danes were at a LAN event was at the SL i-League StarSeries Season 3, where they lost out to HellRaisers in the quarter-finals after beating Immortals, Astralis and FaZe in the Swiss stage. After that, they lost one online match against FaZe and recorded wins against Kinguin, LDLC and NIP.
North are also confirmed for IEM Sydney
Although they couldn't reach a higher placement when compared to March's update, North have been improving of late, and they have two events coming up: IEM Sydney and the ESL Pro League Season 5 finals.
6. Natus Vincere
|Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev||19||1.17|
|Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács||25||1.07|
|Egor "flamie" Vasilyev||20||1.02|
|Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev||29||0.96|
|Denis "seized" Kostin||22||0.89|
At the beginning of April, Natus Vincere placed 3rd-4th at the SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals after losing to Astralis in the semi-finals. During the rest of the month, the team had one win, one draw and two defeats in their online league matches.
At the moment, Natus Vincere are placed 6th in the ESL Pro League Season European division, which means they are likely to compete in the offline finals. Before it, though, s1mple's squad will play at DreamHack Open Tours, from May 6-8.
|Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev||27||1.12|
|Abay "HObbit" Khasenov||22||1.09|
|Rustem "mou" Telepov||25||1.06|
|Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov||28||0.97|
|Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko||29||0.90|
Gambit lifting their DreamHack Austin trophy
After that, they went on to Gambit place second at cs_summit 2017 and win DreamHack Austin against Immortals. They will be looking to build on that at DreamHack Tours, which kicks off in just three days.
|Kenny "kennyS" Schrub||21||1.15|
|Richard "shox" Papillon||24||1.11|
|Dan "apEX" Madesclaire||24||1.06|
|Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro||20||0.97|
|Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt||22||0.97|
For the Frenchmen, April began with a 5th-8th place at the SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals. After that, G2 had a great online run, winning four matches and drawing three. They are currently placed third in ESL Pro League, which means they have one foot at the season finals, in Dallas.
Last weekend, kennyS and co. placed 3rd-4th at DreamHack Austin 2017 after losing in the semi-finals to Gambit, the team that eventually won the tournament. Their next test will be DreamHack Tours, which will start in just a few days.
|Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow||27||1.08|
|Patrik "Zero" Žúdel||18||1.06|
|Martin "STYKO" Styk||21||1.05|
|Vladyslav "bondik" Nechyporchuk||23||1.00|
|Bence "DeadFox" Böröcz||22||0.99|
In between those tournaments, ANGE1's squad lost online league matches against Astralis, fnatic and MOUZ. Later this week, the team will travel to France to compete at DreamHack Tours, for which they qualified at the start of April.
|Henrique "HEN1" Teles||21||1.11|
|Lincoln "fnx" Lau||27||1.10|
|Ricardo "boltz" Prass||20||1.06|
|Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles||21||1.02|
|Lucas "steel" Lopes||23||1.00|
The Brazilian team didn't succeed in Kiev at the SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals, placing 9th-11th, but they made up for that with a runners-up finish at DreamHack Austin, where they beat North American duo Liquid and Cloud9, and Danish team Heroic. In their online league matches, fnx and his teammates picked up three wins and two draws.
As of now, Immortals are confirmed to play at the Esports Arena Showdown Championship, in a few days' time.
|Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer||25||1.07|
|Dennis "dennis" Edman||26||1.01|
|Jesper "JW" Wecksell||22||1.00|
|Robin "flusha" Rönnquist||23||0.99|
|Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson||23||0.91|
dennis and co. have had ups and downs since renewing their team. Last month, they reached the quarter-finals at the SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 event before losing out to Natus Vincere. After returning from Kiev, the Swedes won just one out of four best-of-twos, with the remaining three matches ending in 1-1 stalemates.
Will fnatic ever get back to their 2016 form?
fnatic do not have an event lined up for May, but since they are placed seventh in the ESL Pro League, they still have a chance to qualify for the season finals, in Dallas.
|William "draken" Sundin||21||1.13|
|Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund||26||0.97|
|Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg||28||0.96|
|Richard "Xizt" Landström||26||0.91|
|Adam "friberg" Friberg||25||0.89|
Right after adding draken to the roster, NIP placed 9th-11th at the SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 finals following losses to G2, HellRaisers and fnatic. At cs_summit, they took 5th-6th as a 2-0 win over GODSENT was sandwiched out by defeats against Liquid and Cloud9.
|Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas||21||1.10|
|William "RUSH" Wierzba||22||1.06|
|Keith "NAF" Markovic||19||0.99|
|Tarik "tarik" Celik||21||0.97|
|Jason "jasonR" Ruchelski||22||0.85|
At the start of April, the North American team placed second in the iBUYPOWER Invitational Spring 2017 after losing to Cloud9 0-2 in the final. They would get their revenge against Timothy "autimatic" Ta's men at cs_summit, picking up a 2-1 win in the Lower Bracket final before losing out to Gambit in the consolidation final, finishing the event in third place.
In their online leagues, OpTic got off on the wrong foot, with three draws and two defeats before cs_summit, but they ended the month on a high, beating Ghost and Winterfox. Later this week, OpTic will attend IEM Sydney with James "hazed" Cobb as a stand-in, and they could also attend the ESL Pro League finals as they are currently just three points adrift of a top-six spot.
|Timothy "autimatic" Ta||20||1.14|
|Jake "Stewie2K" Yip||19||1.14|
|Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham||23||1.07|
|Mike "shroud" Grzesiek||22||0.96|
|Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert||26||0.92|
Cloud9 began the month with a bang, defeating Selfless, Luminosity and OpTic to win the iBUYPOWER Invitational. Days later, they travelled to Los Angeles, where a 1-2 defeat against OpTic - after beating them in the first round - meant that they had to settle for fourth place.
Cloud9 are all but confirmed for the ESL Pro League finals as they currently sit second in the North American division, with 48 points.
|Jakob "JUGi" Hansen||20||1.07|
|Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen||18||1.06|
|Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså||21||1.06|
|Andreas "MODDII" Fridh||27||0.94|
|Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer||26||0.86|
The Danish team ended April with a semi-final run at DreamHack Austin after beating Luminosity and HellRaisers, and losing to Immortals, but they still drop to 15th in our ranking following some mixed online results.
Besides failing to qualify for the SL i-League Season 3 Finals after losing to GODSENT in the first round of the playoffs, Heroic won just one of the three ESL Pro League matches they played over the course of the month. With DreamHack Tours looming on the horizon, Heroic will have another chance to break into the top 10 in the ranking.