Team Ranking: June 2017
We have updated our Global Team Ranking—powered by EGB.com—for June 2017.
The start of a new month brings our monthly ranking update. June was a very busy month, with a number of LAN events taking all over the world, including several Minors and the offline qualifier for the next Major.
With the Asia Minor and the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals having already been taken into consideration for our May ranking update, we will only look at the second week of June onwards. In Santa Ana, California, Cloud9 topped the Americas Minor after beating Immortals, with both teams advancing to the Major qualifier. Elsewhere, Vega Squadron placed first at the CIS Minor following a 2-0 victory over Tengri in the final.
Meanwhile, Astralis and Virtus.pro travelled to Atlanta to compete at the ELEAGUE Clash for Cash, a winner-takes-all best-of-three match, with $250,000 up for grabs. The Polish team got off to a great start and won the first map, only to get slaughtered on the next maps by the Danes, who took home yet another hefty winners’ cheque. Just days later, and while still suffering from jet lag, Virtus.pro attended the Adrenaline Cyber League, in Moscow, where they beat HellRaisers and Natus Vincere to secure a $65,000 payout.
At the same time, PGL’s studio hosted the European Minor, which saw BIG, PENTA and Dignitas stand on the podium and secure the three spots at the Major qualifier that were up for grabs. In Sweden, SK were crowned DreamHack Summer champions after defeating hometown favourite fnatic 2-1 in the final, with CLG and Immortals placing third-fourth.
The ECS Season 3 Finals kicked off on June 23, featuring eight top teams, six of which in our top 10 at the time. Once again, SK acquitted themselves really well, topping a group that also featured FaZe and G2 before defeating Astralis and Finn "karrigan" Andersen’s men in the playoffs to clinch their second title in just a month.
Finally, Bucharest staged the Main Qualifier for PGL Major Krakow, with eight spots at the Valve-sponsored event up on offer. Liquid, OpTic and HellRaisers, three teams in our top 20, all failed in the tournament, while Eastern European duo Vega Squadron and FlipSid3 soar in the ranking after finishing top eight.
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 July 3 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 June 5 2017.
Top 30 Team Ranking Powered by EGB.com
|20.||Ninjas in Pyjamas||50||41||7||98||-4|
Here's an explanation on the top 15 teams' history during June.
*Hover over each team name for the full lineup.
1. SK Gaming
|Fernando "fer" Alvarenga||25||1.26|
|Marcelo "coldzera" David||22||1.22|
|Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo||26||1.10|
|João "felps" Vasconcellos||20||1.08|
|Epitacio "TACO" de Melo||22||0.98|
June was a dream month for SK, who were able to leapfrog Astralis after romping to big wins at DreamHack Summer and at the ECS Season 3 finals. For the first time since November 2016, the Brazilians enter a new month at the top of the food chain, which is a considerable boost ahead of the Major.
After a semi-final run at the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals, SK travelled to Europe for an intensive preparation bootcamp. The field at DreamHack Summer was not particularly impressive - only one more top 10 team at the time was in attendance -, but the Brazilians were still made to work hard to finish first, dropping a map to Immortals in the group stage and then playing out three-map series against both CLG and fnatic in the playoffs.
At the ECS finals, we saw SK at their finest once again. They bested FaZe, G2 and Astralis - the other teams in the top four -, en route to the final, in which they once again defeated the European mixture, this time in a nail-biting series with two maps that went to overtime.
|Nikola "NiKo" Kovač||20||1.23|
|Håvard "rain" Nygaard||22||1.19|
|Aleksi "allu" Jalli||25||1.06|
|Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey||22||1.05|
|Finn "karrigan" Andersen||27||0.94
FaZe remain in second place despite having attended just one event since our last monthly update - the ECS Season 3 Finals, where they twice beat G2 in the group stage to secure a berth to the playoffs.
After moving past Cloud9 in the semi-finals, FaZe set up a thrilling final with SK. It was a match that could have easily gone FaZe's way, but the European team showed little composure at times and wasted a handful of match points.
It was the second final in a row that FaZe have lost to SK and the third time this year that they have been eliminated by the Brazilians. They seem to have a mental block every time they face FalleN's men, which could hurt their chances at the PGL Major. Before that, however, they will be at ESL One Cologne, and winning the tournament would certainly bolster their claim to the number one ranking.
|Nicolai "device" Reedtz||21||1.14|
|Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth||21||1.13|
|Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen||24||1.09|
|Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye||19||1.09|
|Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander||22||1.02|
June was not a kind month to Astralis, who dropped down two spots to third despite winning one tournament - the two-team ELEAGUE Clash for Cash, where they bested Virtus.pro in a best-of-three match to secure a $250,000 prize.
At the ECS Season 3 Finals, the Danish team survived the group stage, though not unscathed, having lost to Cloud9 before dropping a map to Liquid in the decider match. Finishing second in the group may well have cost them a spot in the final as they were pitted against SK in the last-four stage, with the Brazilians running out 2-1 victors after a very close series.
Astralis' decision to skip ESL One Cologne may come back to haunt them in the next ranking update. The Danes have decided to prioritise the next Major, where they will try to defend the title that they conquered in Atlanta. With G2 hot on their heels, Astralis will be under pressure to retain a top three spot - but a good run in Krakow could also see them move up to second by the end of the month.
|Kenny "kennyS" Schrub||22||1.18|
|Richard "shox" Papillon||25||1.12|
|Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt||23||1.09|
|Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro||20||1.07|
|Dan "apEX" Madesclaire||24||1.06
Another team who remain unaltered are G2. The French team ended May on a high by winning both DreamHack Tours and the ESL Pro League Finals, but the ECS finals showed that, despite their unquestionable tablet, they still lack the consistency that currently puts SK, FaZe and Astralis on a different level from the rest of the pack.
G2 knew that they would have to be at their best to survive a group with SK and FaZe, but what is alarming is that they were simply outclassed by the duo in the group stage. This shows that shox's men may not be quite ready to mount a serious challenge for a top three spot as they have a tendency to blow hot and cold.
ESL One Cologne will be another opportunity to see where G2 stand. Right now, they look to be strong contenders for a spot in the semi-finals at ESL One Cologne and at the Major as they consistently beat teams below them. However, the results from London show that they may struggle to overcome the trio of teams who sit above them.
|Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke||20||1.20|
|René "cajunb" Borg||27||1.13|
|Emil "Magisk" Reif||19||1.09|
|Philip "aizy" Aistrup||21||1.07|
|Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen||22||1.00
June was a very slow month for North, who maintain their fifth position in the ranking despite losing almost 100 points. After finishing runners-up to G2 at the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals, at the start of the month, the Danish team did not have any other LAN appearances or online showings, making it impossible for them to move up in the table.
North have stepped up their preparation for the next two events as they will be desperate to prove that their second place in Dallas was not a fluke. The Danes have shown that they are able to cause upsets in best-of-one matches, but they will be requiring deep runs at the events ahead to prove their doubters wrong and have a shot at catching up to G2.
|Jake "Stewie2K" Yip||19||1.18|
|Timothy "autimatic" Ta||20||1.14|
|Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham||23||1.04|
|Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert||26||1.01|
|Mike "shroud" Grzesiek||23||0.99|
Cloud9 are one of the big winners of this monthly update, not only because of their recent accomplishments but also because of how poorly most of the teams around them have performed in recent weeks.
After a frustrating group stage exit at the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals, Cloud9 made headlines by winning the Americas Minor over Immortals. DreamHack Summer was another massive failure for the North Americans, but they made up for that with a semi-final run at the ECS Season 3 Finals before qualifying for the Major with wins over BIG, GODSENT and FlipSid3.
Like North, Cloud9 have shown their ability to win maps off elite teams in best-of-one matches, so the Swiss stage at ESL One Cologne and at the Major is where they will truly be able to shine. Deep finishes at either event look like an unlikely scenario, but with Liquid missing out on a spot in Krakow, Stewie2K's men should hold on to the title of North America's strongest team for the foreseeable future.
|Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer||25||1.08|
|Robin "flusha" Rönnquist||23||1.07|
|Jesper "JW" Wecksell||22||1.06|
|Dennis "dennis" Edman||26||1.03|
|Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson||23||1.01|
fnatic made amends for their disappointing ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals early exit by reaching the final of DreamHack Summer, where they picked up wins over Cloud9, Gambit and Immortals, and even took a map off of SK.
The Swedish giants have had very little time to figure things out before ESL One Cologne, and their performances in London have given fans some cause for concern. Unless they step up massively, they could very well be in for some trouble and move down some places in the ranking next month.
|Ricardo "boltz" Prass||20||1.16|
|Henrique "HEN1" Teles||21||1.15|
|Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles||21||1.11|
|Lucas "steel" Lopes||23||1.05|
|Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe||22||1.01|
Immortals continued to show their inconsistency by having mixed results over the last month, most surprisingly at the Americas Minor, where they seemed to be clear favourites to win the title but could not fend off the challenge of Cloud9 in the final, even though the match itself mattered little as both teams were already qualified.
The Brazilian team then wowed the community by pulling off convincing victories over MOUZ and SK in the DreamHack Summer group stage before losing out to fnatic in the semi-finals. Last weekend, they finally broke their duck and qualified for the Major, but it was a very messy task and at one point they found themselves on the brink of elimination.
The surprising comeback against GODSENT has made Immortals a tougher team mentally, and the qualification for the Minor is a huge reward for all their hard work. It is hard to say exactly where they stand, but the Major qualifier exposed a worrying inclination towards tilting when things are not going their way.
|Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski||19||1.17|
|Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken||17||1.17|
|Nick "nitr0" Cannella||21||1.07|
|Josh "jdm64" Marzano||27||1.03|
|Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz||23||0.97|
Liquid suffered a heart-breaking loss to FlipSid3 in the final round of the Major qualifier, but they can still find some solace from the fact that they are one of the new entries into the top 10 of our ranking, even though North American rivals Cloud9 have done a lot better.
Besides the Major qualifier, Liquid were also in attendance at the ECS Finals, where they beat fnatic and played out two close games against Astralis. Having failed to qualify for the Major, the North Americans will place all their chips on ESL One Cologne, but it is possible that we will also see them in action at DreamHack Atlanta, which will, however, lack the grandeur of the Valve-sponsored competition.
10. Natus Vincere
|Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev||19||1.24|
|Egor "flamie" Vasilyev||20||1.06|
|Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács||25||1.04|
|Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev||29||1.03|
|Denis "seized" Kostin||22||0.90|
The first team in the 10-15 segment is Natus Vincere, who move down four places after staying away from all of the big events that took place last month. Their only offline appearance came at the lacklustre Adrenaline Cyber League, where they finished second to Virtus.pro after defeating FlipSid3 in the semi-finals.
The last few months have been very rough for Natus Vincere, whose playoff appearances at events that took place earlier this year are coming off the books. With no good results to show in recent weeks, the CIS team find themselves in a very difficult situation ahead of this Summer's biggest events, and they look a far cry from the team who fought for titles not too long ago.
|Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski||23||1.00|
|Paweł "byali" Bieliński||23||0.99|
|Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski||29||0.97|
|Filip "NEO" Kubski||30||0.86|
|Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas||31||0.81|
Virtus.pro's demise continues as they move down three places to 11th following another quiet month with two quick LAN appearances - a defeat to Astralis in the ELEAGUE Clash for Cash and a first-placed finish at the Adrenaline Cyber League after defeating HellRaisers and Natus Vincere.
Following their failures in the ESL Pro League and in ECS, Virtus.pro turn to ESL One Cologne and to the Major for redemption. Should they fail to get at least one deep finish, their ranking is likely to continue to plummet.
|Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný||26||1.18|
|Robin "ropz" Kool||17||1.11|
|Christian "loWel" Garcia Antoran||20||1.02|
|Denis "denis" Howell||22||0.98|
|Chris "chrisJ" de Jong||27||0.94
MOUZ will have cursed their luck after being paired with Brazilian duo SK and Immortals in the DreamHack Summer group stage. Without surprise, the European team had to settle for third in the group, but that came only after surviving a hard-fought match against Singularity.
oskar's men then gave a much better account of themselves at the Major Main Qualifier, where they went 3-0 after picking up wins over Tengri, GODSENT and PENTA, passing every test with flying colours. With ESL One Cologne and the Major just around the corner, MOUZ could use these events to further cut the gap to the teams sitting just outside the top 10.
|Keith "NAF" Markovic||19||1.15|
|Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas||21||1.14|
|William "RUSH" Wierzba||23||1.07|
|Tarik "tarik" Celik||21||1.06|
|James "hazed" Cobb||28||0.95|
After being thrashed by FaZe and G2 at the ECS Finals, OpTic were eliminated from the Major qualifier without a single victory. As they head into ESL One Cologne, there is very little for OpTic fans to be excited about, and their ranking is very likely to continue to nose dive, come the end of the month.
|Abay "HObbit" Khassenov||23||1.11|
|Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev||27||1.11|
|Rustem "mou" Telepov||25||1.07|
|Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov||29||1.02|
|Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko||29||0.99|
Gambit move down seven places after a quiet month with only one LAN showing. DreamHack competitions are usually their bread and butter, but this time around Zeus' men failed to impress at the Summer event, finishing 5th-6th following defeats to CLG and fnatic.
It is hard to imagine that, just a month ago, Gambit were ranked sixth in the world. They will need a remarkable run at the Major to rise up in the ranking as they will not be in attendance at ESL One Cologne, where a number of teams around them will be in action.
|Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow||27||1.12|
|Patrik "Zero" Žúdel||18||1.04|
|Vladyslav "bondik" Nechyporchuk||24||1.02|
|Bence "DeadFox" Böröcz||22||1.02|
|Martin "STYKO" Styk||21||0.97|
Rounding out our top 15 are HellRaisers, who had disappointing LAN outings at the Adrenaline Cyber League event and at the PGL Major Qualifier. Their latest results confirm that they have been a team in decline since their semi-final appearance at the StarLadder i-League StarSeries event, which at the time saw them surge to seventh in our ranking.
With neither ESL One Cologne nor the Major on the horizon for HellRaisers, it is difficult to make a case for them, and they will have much to improve in the latter half of the year if they hope to break into the top 10 once again.