Team Ranking: August 2018
We have updated our Global Team Ranking — powered by EGB.com — for August 2018.
Two tournaments were played coming back from the player break, the smaller ZOTAC Cup Masters 2018 Finals and the main course, DreamHack Masters Stockholm, which saw most of the best teams in the world go head-to-head with North taking the lion's share of the $250,000 prize pool in a Danish derby against Astralis. In China, it was MIBR who expectedly came out on top, raising the ZOTAC trophy after winning seven maps in three matches.
The return of Counter-Strike sees a tightly stacked group of contenders fighting for the 3rd-6th spots, as all of the teams in that pack are within 25 points ahead of the FACEIT Major in London. Another area of contention are the 13th-21st places in the ranking, where the teams are within 50 points of each other.
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.
And here is the current top 30 ranking as of September 3, which delves into how the points are distributed between the three categories. You can also check our ranking page, where you can find the current weekly ranking as well as its history.
Here's an explanation of the top 15 teams' history since our last monthly update:
|* Ratings used are from August 6-September 3
|Nicolai "device" Reedtz||22||1.24|
|Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth||22||1.17|
|Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen||25||1.16|
|Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander||23||1.10|
|Emil "Magisk" Reif||20||1.09|
Despite a tough loss against Danish rivals North in the grand final of the first big tournament of the season, DreamHack Masters Stockholm, Astralis still hold on to the first place on the rankings thanks to the solid results the team has been putting up, which you can read all about in Milan “Striker” Svejda’s feature story Astralis: A legend in the making. While a second place may taste like defeat for the Danes, Astralis still showed they are currently the team to fear most in the circuit.
In Stockholm, Astralis showed their first sign of weakness when they lost a three-map series to North in their group stage winners’ match, but seemed to get better and better as the tournament progressed, beating TYLOO in three maps and then MIBR and NIP without giving a map up in both matches on their way to the final, where they were once again surprised by their bête noire in the tournament, North.
While a second loss to North in Stockholm came as a surprise, Astralis are still maxed out in their achievement and Recent LANs columns, and remain well ahead of all opposition on the ranking, which they have now topped for over four months. Going into the FACEIT Major as one of the favorites—despite having to qualify through the Challengers Stage—, Astralis will now have a chance at cementing themselves as one of the most successful teams in CS:GO.
|Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev||20||1.34|
|Denis "electronic" Sharipov||20||1.15|
|Egor "flamie" Vasilyev||21||0.98|
|Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev||30||0.92|
|Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko||30||0.90|
Natus Vincere, who had been on an absolute tear before the player break with three first places and a semi-final in their last four tournaments, showed signs of weakness at their first event this season, DreamHack Masters Stockholm, where the best they could do was make the playoffs as s1mple and electronic’s 1.34 and 1.15 ratings at the event weren’t enough to propel the CIS side deep into the playoff bracket this time around.
Known for shaky starts, Natus Vincere kicked off their run in Stockholm with a loss to Ghost in the best-of-one opener. Natus Vincere were then able to reverse sweep NRG and Ghost, taking revenge on the latter. Unable to find their best selves, Natus Vincere eventually went out to the champions, North, in a one-sided quarter-final match in which no player from the losing side was able to reach a 0.80 rating.
Despite the hiccup that was DreamHack Masters Stockholm for a team that is now expected to not only make playoffs, but to make deep runs and be a title contender, Natus Vincere will have a chance to redeem themselves at the FACEIT Major. With solid numbers in their Recent LANs and Achievement columns, Natus Vincere still hold a significant lead over the pack of teams in third to sixth place on the ranking.
|Nick "nitr0" Cannella||23||"-"|
|Keith "NAF" Markovic||20||"-"|
|Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski||21||"-"|
|Epitacio "TACO" de Melo||23||"-"|
|Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken||18||"-"|
Thanks to a strong finish last season, Liquid have risen a spot in the ranking due to other teams' points decaying. Since they decided to take the first big event of the season off as stated by TACO and Twistzz in an interview during ELEAGUE Premier in order to prepare for the FACEIT Major, strong finishes at events like ELEAGUE Premier, ECS Season 5, and ESL One Belo Horizonte mean Liquid lead the pack of teams that are all within arm’s reach.
With four teams within 25 points of each other, Liquid will have to show up at the FACEIT Major, where they will be playing the Challengers Stage this week, and prove they can once again beat teams like Natus Vincere and MIBR like they did at ELEAGUE Premier in order to keep that top 3 spot in the world ranking.
|Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså||23||1.19|
|Philip "aizy" Aistrup||22||1.17|
|Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye||20||1.14|
|Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen||23||1.03|
|Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen||20||1.00|
North made a giant leap in the rankings after a great underdog story that saw a team that has been teetering around the line of the top 10 fly into the top 4 thanks to a win at the first big event after the player break, DreamHack Masters Stockholm. The Danish side, who won DreamHack Open Valencia with Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas after dropping Daniel "mertz" Mertz, have now been able to replicate the same result on the big stage with niko in their ranks.
The victory in Sweden, which comes right after the smaller victory in Spain, gives North a maximum amount of points allotted to the Form column. This was one of the main driving forces for the team’s incursion into the top 5, as four big upsets against Natus Vincere, MOUZ, and against Astralis in both the group stage and in the final gave North bonus points.
The Danes will now have to show that this is no fluke going into the FACEIT Major’s Challenger Stage, where they will have to face stiff opposition including teams like Astralis and Liquid in order to hold on to one of the much coveted top 5 positions in the world ranking.
|Robin "ropz" Kool||18||1.18|
|Miikka "suNny" Kemppi||24||1.17|
|Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný||27||1.08|
|Chris "chrisJ" de Jong||28||1.02|
|Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski||25||0.98|
MOUZ hold on to the fifth spot on the ranking after a decent start to the season with a semi-final run at DreamHack Masters Stockholm. The European combine has now held the fifth spot in the ranking since early July and have been a top 5 team since April with the exception of a dip to the #6 position after Snax’s first event with the team, ESL One Cologne. Thanks to their run in Stockholm, MOUZ were able to maintain a 15-point lead over FaZe, securing the fifth place in the standings.
In Stockholm, MOUZ had a semi-final run, their second since the addition of Snax to the team. After beating Gambit, they had a small hiccup, losing to MIBR in two maps, but were able to make it out of the group stage with a two map victory over HellRaisers in the decider match. MOUZ then drew FaZe in the quarter-final, a team hungry to win the event and take home the $1 million from the Intel Grand Slam. Despite a steep loss in the first map, MOUZ were finally able to win the last two to make it into the top 4 at the tournament before going out to North in the semis.
Having proven themselves a steady top 5 team for several months, MOUZ are now fighting with the teams around them to hold on to the top spots in the rankings and will need a good Major run to prove they are still big contenders to the top spots.
|Nikola "NiKo" Kovač||21||1.36|
|Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács||27||1.21|
|Håvard "rain" Nygaard||24||1.08|
|Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer||26||1.01|
|Finn "karrigan" Andersen||28||0.92
FaZe lost three positions in the ranking since the last update—dropping out of the top 4 for the first time since GuardiaN and olofmeister joined the team—, hurt by the point decay of tournaments where they placed high earlier in the year and an underwhelming 5-8th place at DreamHack Masters Stockholm where most of their direct rivals earned more points. FaZe now find themselves on the tail end of a gruesome battle for top 5 spots with Liquid, MOUZ, and North. After the blow of not being able to claim the Intel Grand Slam prize in their last attempt, FaZe will have to focus all of their energy on having a strong Major to stay among the elite teams in the rankings.
During their Stockholm run, FaZe showed their prowess in the opening match against Heroic making a comeback after being down 6-14 to win in overtime, and followed it up qualifying for the playoff as the first team out of the group with a two map victory over OpTic without skipping a beat and giving up no more than 10 rounds the whole match. The quarter-finals showed the European combine’s worst side, however, as they were unable to take MOUZ out despite winning the first map 16-1, getting reverse swept and knocked out of the tournament.
FaZe had a fair amount of points eaten away after the break and with a lackluster first event of the season will now have to show their A game in the upcoming tournaments if they want to get back into the top 4 where except Astralis and Natus Vincere’s two positions at the top—which are more or less secure—the rest are up for grabs.
|Marcelo "coldzera" David||23||1.38|
|Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo||27||1.26|
|Tarik "tarik" Celik||22||1.26|
|Jake "Stewie2K" Yip||20||1.25|
|Fernando "fer" Alvarenga||26||1.10|
The Brazilian-American alliance of MIBR played two tournaments, the ZOTAC Cup in China, where they expectedly won, and DreamHack Masters Stockholm, the first big event ahead of the Major, where they showed signs of improvement after the addition of Janko "YNk" Paunović, but where they went out in 5-8th place after a loss to the #1 team in the world, Astralis. After these two tournaments, MIBR hold on to their 7th place in the ranking.
In China, MIBR swept all of their opposition winning seven maps in a row in two BO3s against Flash and MVP PK, and in the BO5 final against Kinguin to lift the trophy. MIBR then moved on to DreamHack Masters in Stockholm, where the top opposition in the world was waiting. The American team kicked off with a BO1 win against HellRaisers and a dominating victory in two maps against MOUZ, but it was Astralis that brought FalleN & co. back down to earth in the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win.
MIBR has been a big question mark ever since the Brazilian players decided to adopt a new language with the inclusion of Stewie2K and later on tarik, and although they have been showing signs of progress they will need a good run at the Major if they want to make an assault on the group of teams that lie ahead in the standings.
|Fredrik "REZ" Sterner||20||1.28|
|Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg||30||1.26|
|Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson||25||1.07|
|Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund||28||1.05|
|Dennis "dennis" Edman||27||0.89|
NIP made a big splash after the off-season, jumping five spots in the ranking from last month’s update, from #13 to #8. They are back in the top 10 for the first time since May, when, still with William "draken" Sundin on the team, they were #9 in the world. Before the break the Ninjas made a great run at the European Minor, winning it an qualifying for the upcoming Major’s Challenger Stage. Now, NIP showed they can still compete after making a 3rd-4th place finish at DreamHack Masters Stockholm, although their path wasn’t as hard as some of the other teams’.
NIP played DreamHack Masters Stockholm on home soil, and they didn’t disappoint. The Swedes won their opener against NRG and followed it up with a three map series win over Ghost to top Group B. In the quarter-finals NIP once again prevailed, this time against Heroic, before moving on to face Astralis which ultimately proved to be too much for NIP who lost the semi-finals in two maps.
A good showing in Sweden after the break, following the Minor win before the last ranking update, has earned NIP a lot of form points making them one of the teams with the most in the whole ranking. Their first Major since 2016 will be a big proving grounds for the Swedes if they wish to solidify their position in the top 10.
|Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov||18||1.26|
|Ethan "Ethan" Arnold||18||1.14|
|Damian "daps" Steele||25||1.02|
|Jacob "FugLy" Medina||23||0.93|
|Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte||20||0.91|
NRG started their ascent in the rankings in early June, when they were propelled from #21 to #11. By the middle of the month they were in the top 10, and haven’t left it since. Coming in at #9 this month, the same as after the last update, the North American squad is maintaining its streak despite a bad start to the new season with a 13-16th place finish at DreamHack Masters Stockholm.
NRG finished off last season with a bang, winning IEM Shanghai after only giving up a single map, but they were unable to follow it up at DreamHack Masters where they lost two matches in succession and were out of the competition. Two strong challenges in NIP during the opening BO1 and a BO3 against Natus Vincere proved to be too much for NRG, who will have time to go back to the drawing board after failing to qualify for the Major earlier on in the year.
|William "draken" Sundin||22||1.06|
|Robin "flusha" Rönnquist||25||1.06|
|Jesper "JW" Wecksell||23||1.00|
|Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson||24||0.98|
|Richard "Xizt" Landström||27||0.73|
fnatic hold on to the last spot in the top 10, losing two positions from the last update. The Swedes showed some promise late last season with three 5-6th place finishes in a row at ECS Season 5 Finals, ESL One Cologne, and ELEAGUE Premier, but were knocked out of DreamHack Masters Stockholm after two matches against teams below them on the rankings.
It was OpTic in the opening BO1 that sent fnatic to the group stage lower bracket, where they then lost to Heroic in a three-map affair. Despite having one of the lowest Form columns in this month’s update, fnatic still manage to hold on to a top 10 spot. Going to the Major as Legends, fnatic will need a good result if they want to stay among the world’s best.
|Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz||23||"-"|
|Johannes "nex" Maget||26||"-"|
|Owen "smooya" Butterfield||19||"-"|
|Tizian "tiziaN" Feldbusch||22||"-"|
|Fatih "gob b" Dayik||31||"-"|
Eight weeks of inactivity have put a big dent in the German team’s placement in the ranking. With a 0 in the Form column, BIG is no longer a top 10 team after falling five positions in this mont's update. BIG was able to make an impressive dark horse run at ESL One Cologne last we saw them, beating teams like FaZe, G2, or MIBR, before falling to Natus Vincere in the final.
The German squad will have a chance at trying to making it back in the top 10 when the Major starts. Their first match will be on September 5th when they square off against Renegades in their opening match of the Swiss New Challengers Stage in London.
|HaoWen "somebody" Xu||23||1.13|
|Hui "DD" Wu||24||1.05|
|Hansel "BnTeT" Ferdinand||23||1.04|
|Kevin "xccurate" Susanto||20||1.04|
|Ke "captainMo" Liu||29||0.85|
TYLOO has been around the top 10 for a while, and with the exception of a small one-week incursion during the last ranking update, they have been unable to make it in. TYLOO’s season started off at the ZOTAC Cup Masters finals in China, where they lost a BO3 to Kinguin and were out. The Chinese-Indonesian team then travelled to Sweden to take part in DreamHack Masters, but were unlucky in the draw, pairing up against the two finalists in the group stage.
In Stockholm, TYLOO were able to take one win in the losers match against Grayhound which was sandwiched in between losses to North and Astralis. Now, the Asian side will have to prove they are a contender at the FACEIT Major in London, where they will face off against Gambit in their opener on Wednesday.
|Patrick "es3tag" Hansen||22||1.04|
|Daniel "mertz" Mertz||19||1.02|
|Asger "AcilioN" Larsen||21||0.93|
|Andreas "MODDII" Fridh||29||0.93|
|Adam "friberg" Friberg||26||0.91|
Heroic make a 10 position leap in the rankings, kicking off the new season with mertz on the big green and a quarter-final at DreamHack Masters with some good showings. The Danish-Swedish side, who had been having some issues finding the right roster constellation, played above what was expected of them in Stockholm to claim a spot in the tightly packed group of teams around the top 15. Having been unable to qualify for the upcoming Major, Heroic will have DreamHack Montreal to look forward to if they want to keep trying to climb in the ranking.
|Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux||29||"-"|
|Kenny "kennyS" Schrub||23||"-"|
|Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans||28||"-"|
|Richard "shox" Papillon||26||"-"|
|Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro||21||"-"|
G2 fall two spots to the #14 place on the ranking in this month’s update. The French squad went through a lot of turmoil last season, with big roster changes sending them all the way down to #26 in the rankings. Since then, G2 have been unable to break back into the top 10.
After 5th-6th places at the ECS Season 5 Finals and ESL One Cologne, the French team had the same placing at a much smaller tournament, DreamHack Valencia, after a group stage loss to Luminosity. A high placement at the FACEIT Major, where the French squad are Legends, will be vital for the team if they want to have a shot at making it back into the top 10 soon.
|Issa "ISSAA" Murad||20||1.12|
|Vladyslav "bondik" Nechyporchuk||21||1.02|
|Özgür "woxic" Eker||25||0.96|
|Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow||28||0.89|
|Bence "DeadFox" Böröcz||23||0.83|
The last team to make the top 15 is HellRaisers, who have seen woxic unable to play the final tournament of last season, IEM Shanghai, due to personal issues, and then missed the first days of DreamHack Masters due to visa issues. The Turkish player was then able to make it to Sweden in time for the decider match that pitted HellRaisers against MOUZ, but it was eventually chrisJ & co. who made it out of the group stage. HellRaisers will now play the Challengers Stage at the Major, where they will face off against North in the opening match on Wednesday.