Team Ranking: April 2018
We have updated our Global Team Ranking—powered by EGB.com—for April 2018.
The first half of the month was headlined by DreamHack Masters Marseille, where one of the teams who had not undergone changes prior to the event, Astralis, dominated the competition and came away with their first title in nearly a year, while some of the new lineups such as SK, G2, and Liquid exited the tournament in the groups.
As the second big event of the month, Sydney's Qudos Bank Arena saw FaZe surprisingly return to glory as they clinched their first title in 2018, sweeping the scary-looking Astralis squad 3-0 in an extremely tight series. The Oceanic teams surprised many, as Renegades made the quarter-finals, while Grayhound and ORDER gave some of the world's best teams a run for their money.
Four more smaller-scale international tournaments took place throughout the month, with MVP PK topping the Asia Summit, HellRaisers winning Bets.net Masters, GODSENT grabbing the trophy at Qi Invitational, and VG.Flash triumphing at home at the WCA Finals.
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 7, 2018, which goes more in-depth into how the 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 2, 2018.
Here's an explanation of the top 15 teams' history since our last monthly update:
|* Ratings used are from April 3-May 7|
|Nicolai "device" Reedtz||22||1.22|
|Emil "Magisk" Reif||20||1.19|
|Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen||25||1.15|
|Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth||22||1.14|
|Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander||22||1.10|
It should come as no surprise to see Astralis return to the very top of the rankings, a place they have been trying to reclaim for nearly a year, since their 30-week long streak at No. 1 ended, in June last year.
April started off at DreamHack Masters Marseille for the Danes, who went into the tournament on the back of great online form and proved they can translate that success to an offline setting. Astralis managed a dominant run throughout the French tournament, losing just one map on the way to the title, defeating FaZe, fnatic, and Natus Vincere in the playoffs.
After a week off, gla1ve's team traveled to Sydney as heavy favorites. The Danish side showed some weaknesses during the tournament, as NRG took them to overtime in their first match and mousesports ended their map-winning streak in the semi-finals. Nonetheless, Astralis made their way to their second grand final in a row, but surprisingly lost the best-of-five series to FaZe after three extremely narrow maps.
|Nikola "NiKo" Kovač||21||1.22|
|Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács||26||1.20|
|Håvard "rain" Nygaard||23||1.16|
|Richard "Xizt" Landström||27||0.98|
|Finn "karrigan" Andersen||28||0.95|
The European mixture started the month at the top of the rankings despite the roster change that had seen Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer take a leave of absence and Xizt take the 26-year-old's place in the team for the time being.
FaZe's debut at DreamHack Masters Marseille didn't quite go as planned, as they conceded a series to Cloud9 in groups and met Astralis in the quarter-finals, with the Danes eliminating karrigan & co. after two comfortable maps.
At the start of IEM Sydney, FaZe looked stumped after their narrow loss to Renegades and a surprisingly close win over Grayhound. However, they managed to turn things around with confident series wins against Cloud9 and fnatic, before they beat a strong-looking TYLOO in the semis and shocked Astralis with a 3-0 sweep in the grand final, clinching their first title since the ECS Season 4 Finals, at the end of December.
The triumph wasn't enough to reclaim the No. 1 spot in the rankings, as the aforementioned lineup change cost them a considerable amount of points, but they're back within reach and looking to put their stamp on May, which will begin with ESL Pro League Finals in Dallas.
|Robin "ropz" Kool||18||1.13|
|Miikka "suNny" Kemppi||23||1.11|
|Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný||26||1.06|
|Chris "chrisJ" de Jong||27||0.99|
|Martin "STYKO" Styk||22||0.94
In March, the improving mousesports reached second place following their title-winning campaign at V4 Future Sports Festival, but April sees the chrisJ-led squad fall to third, as they haven't been able to live up to that top-two status.
With oskar looking out of shape, the European side placed 5th-8th at DreamHack Masters Marseille. After NIP had beat them to the first place in their group, mousesports sent SK packing, but Na`Vi were too hot to handle for suNny & co in the quarter-finals.
IEM Sydney at the turn of the month saw mousesports suffer a stunning defeat at the hands of Astralis, but oskar's men were still able to recover, placing third in their group and passing Renegades narrowly as the Czech AWPer found his form. However, a rematch with the Danes ended their journey in the semi-finals, as mousesports couldn't contest two out of the three maps.
|Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev||20||1.43|
|Denis "electronic" Sharipov||19||1.29|
|Egor "flamie" Vasilyev||21||1.02|
|Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko||30||0.94|
|Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev||30||0.93
Natus Vincere continue their climb in the rankings after finding success in the last three months, adding their second runner-up finish after StarSeries, at DreamHack Masters Marseille.
Powered by a god-like performance by s1mple, Na`Vi topped their group after a narrow affair against fnatic, and passed mousesports, as well as Gambit, in the first two playoffs stages, but they were stopped by a fantastic-looking Astralis in the grand final.
Due to visa issues, the CIS-based team were then forced to skip IEM Sydney, which could have been the tournament they needed to progress further in the rankings, as they're now within touching distance of the top-three.
|Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson||24||1.13|
|Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson||24||1.03|
|Jesper "JW" Wecksell||23||1.01|
|Robin "flusha" Rönnquist||24||1.00|
|Maikil "Golden" Selim||24||0.90
fnatic return to fifth place, where they stood at the beginning of March, after losing to the eventual champions of the big events counting towards the April ranking, DreamHack Masters Marseille and IEM Sydney, without even reaching the final.
Astralis played a part in fnatic's fate in both tournaments, as the Danes ended their journey in the semi-finals in Marseille, while at IEM Sydney the two teams met in the group's final, with fnatic facing another stunning defeat. In a rematch of the IEM Katowice grand final, FaZe took their revenge after a two-map battle and sent fnatic packing in the quarter-finals in Australia.
Only 35 points separate the Swedes from third place at the moment, but the gap could very well widen, as fnatic missed out on a spot at the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals, where both Na`Vi and mousesports will be in attendance.
|Tarik "tarik" Celik||22||1.22|
|William "RUSH" Wierzba||24||1.14|
|Timothy "autimatic" Ta||21||1.13|
|Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham||24||1.07|
|Pujan "FNS" Mehta||26||0.89
Cloud9 are beginning their climb back to the top-five after losing Jake "Stewie2K" Yip, though mostly due to SK and Liquid dropping below them rather than due to results, as the American side actually lost more than 80 points throughout April.
Cloud9's first event with FNS led to a playoffs finish, as they beat G2 and FaZe on the way to quarter-finals, where Gambit stopped them. The second time around, at IEM Sydney, however, autimatic & co. conceded a series to TYLOO, only barely survived against ORDER, and were no match for FaZe in Group A's lower bracket final.
With a lot of ground to make up before they reach the top five again, Cloud9 are once again set on a collision course with FaZe in Dallas, which may well set the tone for the team's fate in the tournament.
|Fernando "fer" Alvarenga||26||1.12|
|Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo||26||1.12|
|Marcelo "coldzera" David||23||1.12|
|Ricardo "boltz" Prass||21||1.05|
|Jake "Stewie2K" Yip||20||1.04
The Brazilians stay in seventh place following a month full of issues after swapping Epitacio "TACO" de Melo for Stewie2K, as it seems the language barrier is tougher than SK had anticipated. They did not look like themselves throughout DreamHack Masters Marseille and IEM Sydney, where the team placed 9th-12th and 13th-16th, respectively, with TYLOO and Grayhound eliminating the Brazilians at the latter event.
Much like most of the top-ten, SK will be in attendance at the Pro League Finals, where they'll get another chance to recover ground on the teams standing above them in the ranking.
|Fredrik "REZ" Sterner||20||1.17|
|Dennis "dennis" Edman||27||1.14|
|Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg||29||1.12|
|William "draken" Sundin||22||1.06|
|Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund||27||1.05
NIP move up two places from last month’s 10th position after making it out of the groups at DreamHack Masters Marseille, their only event of the month. In the French city, the Swedish team raised eyebrows by beating both SK and mousesports, but then they fell short against fnatic in a three-map series.
LAN appearances have been hard to come by for NIP, but it is worth mentioning that this was the second time in a row that they managed to reach the playoffs, after placing 5th-6th at IEM Katowice.
Despite finishing second in ESL Pro League’s European division, the Ninjas certainly cursed their luck upon learning that they will be pitted against SK in the first round in Dallas. This will potentially be the only LAN outing of the month for the Swedes, who will be out to defy the odds once again and make it out of a tricky group.
|Keith "NAF" Markovic||20||1.20|
|Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken||18||1.16|
|Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski||20||1.15|
|Nick "nitr0" Cannella||22||1.01|
|Epitacio "TACO" de Melo||23||0.94|
In their only LAN appearance of the month, the North Americans crashed out of DreamHack Masters Marseille in the groups, but they were surprisingly the only team to take a map off of eventual champions Astralis.
In the ESL Pro League, Liquid managed to finish at the top of the table, with an impressive 20-2 record, but their run in ECS has been quite bumpy as they lie in sixth place, three points adrift of the qualification zone, having won just half of the 12 games they have played so far.
Liquid have a very busy month coming up as they will attend the Pro League Finals and StarSeries Season 5 - two events where they will be aiming for deep runs to reclaim the top-five spot that was theirs for almost a month.
|Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov||23||1.03|
|Rustem "mou" Telepov||26||1.02|
|Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev||28||1.01|
|Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov||29||1.01|
|Denis "seized" Kostin||23||0.91|
Gambit are one of the big winners of this monthly update as they re-enter the top 10 after three frustrating months. But it was not all plain sailing for the Kakzahstani side in April, though, as they cut a frustrating figure at the eight-team Bets.net Masters following stunning defeats to GODSENT and Fragsters - two teams sitting below them in the ranking.
After that early exit in Kiev, no-one expected much from Gambit in Marseille, but the PGL Major Krakow champions showed that there is still some life in them as they finished top four at the DreamHack event - their first semi-final run at a big competition since the Malmö Masters, powered by a great performance from EVP AdreN.
Gambit’s online woes, continue, however, as they sit on the wrong end of the table in ECS, while they were defeated by Epsilon and AVANGAR in the online qualifiers for ESL One Belo Horizonte and StarSeries Season 5, respectively, - which will seriously hurt their chances of picking up LAN points for the ranking in the near future.
DreamHack Open Tours and Adrenaline Cyber League are the only events on the calendar for Gambit, who may be in for a rough summer if they are unable to secure invites to more events.
|Kenny "kennyS" Schrub||22||1.16|
|Dan "apEX" Madesclaire||25||1.13|
|Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas||22||1.07|
|Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt||23||1.06|
|Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro||21||0.95|
G2 continue in freefall and find themselves out of the top 10 for the first time since April 2017 following a frustrating month that began with an early exit at DreamHack Masters Marseille after just two matches.
Much to everyone’s surprise, G2 received a last-minute invite to IEM Sydney, where they fared a tad better, taking a map off fnatic and beating NRG before falling short against mousesports in a one-sided series.
Adding to their disappointing LAN form, G2 will not be in action at the Pro League Finals for the second season in a row, but they still have a chance to qualify for the ECS Season 5 Finals as they currently sit in fourth place.
|Justin "jks" Savage||22||1.07|
|Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad||24||1.03|
|Noah "Nifty" Francis||20||0.99|
|Aaron "AZR" Ward||25||0.97|
|Karlo "USTILO" Pivac||24||0.92|
Renegades remain in 12th place after a month headlined by a playoff appearance at IEM Sydney, where the Australians most notably beat FaZe and played out a three-map thriller with mousesports. Before that, the Australians had competed in Marseille, where defeats to Natus Vincere and fnatic spelt the end of the road for the team.
Seven victories in the Pro League throughout April lifted Renegades into fifth place in the league, earning them a spot at the offline finals, while in ECS they struggled for form, winning just two of the eight best-of-one games that they played.
After failing to impress in the StarSeries and ESL One Belo Horizonte qualifiers, Renegades will be desperate to make their mark on the Pro League finals - the only LAN event on the calendar for them. Anything less than a deep run in Dallas will certainly see them slip down a few places in the ranking by the time the next monthly update takes place.
|Hansel "BnTeT" Ferdinand||22||1.31|
|Hui "DD" Wu||23||1.09|
|HaoWen "somebody" Xu||22||1.08|
|Ke "captainMo" Liu||28||1.00|
|Kevin "xccurate" Susanto||20||0.97|
TYLOO were one of the busiest teams in the scene in April, and they were rewarded for their persistence with a semi-final appearance at IEM Sydney - their best-ever placing at a big event - after topping their group with wins over SK, Cloud9 and Renegades.
It was a dream end to the month for TYLOO, who had crashed out of DreamHack Masters Marseille after just two matches, and placed second at the Qi Invitational, in Serbia, earlier in April.
With no Pro League action on the horizon, TYLOO will be turning to StarSeries’ Asian qualifier as they push to return to a LAN environment as quickly as possible, to prove their doubters wrong after reaching their highest-ever ranking placement.
|Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye||20||1.16|
|Philip "aizy" Aistrup||21||1.14|
|Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså||22||1.13|
|Daniel "mertz" Mertz||19||1.07|
|Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen||23||1.03|
Away from the biggest stages, North turned to Bets.net Masters, in Kiev, to get some LAN action and a title under their belt, only to be left frustrated as they were bested by HellRaisers in the final.
But that was far from being the only blow that they were dealt in April. A defeat to Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow on the final day of the regular Pro League season cost the Danes a spot at the offline finals, and they also failed to qualify for StarSeries Season 5 and ESL One Belo Horizonte.
|Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski||30||1.08|
|Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski||24||1.04|
|Paweł "byali" Bieliński||24||1.01|
|Michał "MICHU" Müller||21||0.95|
|Filip "NEO" Kubski||30||0.87|
Virtus.pro round out the top 15 after a quiet month in which their only LAN appearance came at Bets.net Masters, where they could not even make it to the podium after losing to Fragsters in the lower bracket final.
The Polish team did not fare much better online, winning just three of the ten matches that they played in ECS (one of them a forfeit victory), while being outclassed by GODSENT in the StarSeries Season 5 qualifier. In case they cannot secure an invitation to the Ukrainian event, Virtus.pro will have to put all their focus on the four-team Adrenaline Cyber League - where they will try to obtain some precious LAN points to stop themselves from falling even further in the ranking.