Team Ranking: December 2018

MIRAA
January 8th, 2019 03:20

We’ve updated our Global team ranking — powered by EGB.com — for December 2018.

December was far from being a normal month in terms of Counter-Strike action as it only had two Big Events due to the break during the holiday period. The first big competition was the ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals, where Astralis made history as they beat Liquid to secure the first Intel Grand Slam title and the $1 million cheque that came with it.

The Danish giants refused to rest on their laurels, though, and traveled to Portugal looking to end the year with another victory. At BLAST Pro Series Lisbon, Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander's side topped the round-robin stage without dropping a single map before taking down Natus Vincere in a three-map final, adding another piece of silverware to their trophy cabinet.

Astralis ended 2018 with a perfect 1000 points

Elsewhere, fnatic won the PLG Grand Slam, in Abu Dhabi, after beating G2 2-0 in the grand final to take home the bulk of the tournament's $100,000 prize pool. This was not the only medium-sized international event of December: Bucharest hosted an ESL Invitational, where AVANGAR reigned supreme over Vega Squadron, Mumbai had its own DreamHack tournament, where Bravado came out on top, and Dallas staged the ESEA MDL Season 29 Global Challenge, where 3DMAX were crowned champions.

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 January 7, 2019, 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.

RANK
TEAM
ACHV
FORM
LAN
TOTAL
POINTS
+/-
1.
500
200
300
1000
-
2.
262
39
146
447
-
3.
192
68
125
385
-
4.
144
73
87
304
+1
5.
139
68
74
281
+3
6.
117
34
89
240
+1
7.
118
5
101
224
-3
8.
101
52
66
219
-2
9.
55
40
77
172
+2
10.
66
35
44
145
-
11.
58
44
32
134
-2
12.
41
33
48
122
-
13.
39
38
37
114
+6
14.
30
34
42
106
+9
15.
46
34
23
103
-2
16.
31
41
18
90
+2
17.
28
41
17
86
+11
18.
26
26
27
79
+3
19.
24
23
29
76
-5
20.
24
27
23
74
+5
21.
5
45
18
68
+3
22.
22
12
32
66
-5
23.
16
12
31
59
-8
24.
16
14
29
59
-2
25.
12
28
16
56
+2
26.
22
24
8
54
-6
27.
11
27
15
53
+65
28.
6
30
15
51
+2
29.
5
30
11
46
+21
30.
2
44
0
46
+5

Please note that the +/- gain on this table differs from our weekly rankings page, and it is related to the ranking update of December 3, 2018.

Even without as many tournaments as a normal month, Decenber still saw plenty of changes in the top places, some of them motivated by roster changes. Here are some of the key takeaways from our December update:

FaZe edge closer to the bottom of the top 10

The last eight weeks of the year were very quiet for FaZe, who could not qualify for the offline finals of either ECS or the ESL Pro League, thus missing out on a valuable opportunity to make up ground on the teams sitting above them in the ranking.

With only a handful of BLAST Pro Series Lisbon best-of-one games to show, FaZe have just five points in the "form" column, the least of any team currently in the top 30. To make matters worse, the team also lost a fair chunk of points after making a line-up change as Finn "karrigan" Andersen made way for Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev, who will be standing in for the team through the IEM Katowice Major.

Inactivity and a change see FaZe slide out of the top 5

However, all is not lost and there is no need for FaZe fans to panic: the team will be in action at the upcoming iBUYPOWER Masters, where they will be looking to gain some precious points to move up in the ranking, which would be a timely boost ahead of the Major.

fnatic re-enter the top 10

A poor run of online form saw fnatic miss out on spots at the ECS and EPL Finals, but the Swedes still had reasons to smile at the turn of the year as they broke into the top 10 for the first time since September.

After a semi-final run at IEM Chicago, fnatic went into PLG Grand Slam as red-hot favorites, a tag they managed to live up to despite a few scares along the way. The campaign in Abu Dhabi ended a trophyless period that stretched back to the WESG World Finals and brought the team's first title since picking up Simon "twist" Eliasson and Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin.

fnatic brought the curtain down on 2018 with a title

fnatic have a busy month coming up as they will be competing at the iBUYPOWER Masters and at IEM Katowice, where they will be aiming to make the playoffs after giving a disappointing account of themselves at the previous Major, in London.

Renegades continue upward trajectory

After a semi-final run at Toyota Master Bangkok, Renegades ended the year on a high by making the playoffs at the ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals, beating ViCi, BIG and G2.

The Odense campaign saw the Australians move up to 13th in the ranking, their highest placing since June, when Noah "Nifty" Francis and Karlo "USTILO" Pivac were still on the roster. When Sean "Gratisfaction" Kaiwai and Jay "liazz" Tregillgas were brought in, at the beginning of October, the team were at the foot of the top 30 table, but just three months later they are now very close to their historical peak position (10th).

Renegades are within touching distance of the top 10

Later this month, Renegades will be in attendance at the Asia Minor, where they will be looking to build on their recent success and claim a spot at the Major.

New challengers arise

December saw two teams reach the top 30 for the very first time: Sharks and forZe. Both teams made deep runs at PLG Grand Slam, but the Brazilians had already given a good account of themselves at the ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals, where they had sent North packing in a clean two-map series.

In Abu Dhabi, Sharks beat TYLOO 2-0 and took G2 all the way in the semi-finals, while the Russian side came close to eliminating eventual champions fnatic in the last-four stage after previously beating Richard "shox" Papillon's side, AVANGAR and INTZ, all in convincing fashion.

forZe were one of the big surprises of the PLG Grand Slam

After spending the last couple of months at home, Sharks are set to return to Europe, and with no tournaments in sight, it will be almost impossible for them to retain their spot in the top 30. As for forZe, the Russian side, having failed to qualify for the CIS Minor, will have to make do with action in ESEA MDL and in the recently-announced LOOT.BET HotShot Series Season 1.

Australia Karlo 'USTILO' Pivac
Karlo 'USTILO' Pivac
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
639
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1371
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1242
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1076
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
New Zealand Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
545
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.12
Australia Jay 'liazz' Tregillgas
Jay 'liazz' Tregillgas
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
557
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.16
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Age:
16
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
401
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
United States Noah 'Nifty' Francis
Noah 'Nifty' Francis
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
670
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.09
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1375
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1114
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
#1
 | 
United States crulix 
Ohh now I see c9
2019-01-08 03:24
Ghost gang is ez to find
2019-01-08 03:22
#10
 | 
United States crulix 
lul
2019-01-08 03:23
Why is m16r still top 5?
2019-01-08 03:25
#59
 | 
Denmark BRCSLUL 
+1
2019-01-08 08:26
#65
 | 
Sweden ConaN007 
+1 lol
2019-01-08 09:59
Proud of their number 20. Who wouldve thought steel qould lead a top 20 team??? Koosta is back, wardell making a name for himself, neptune is establishing his career, and subroza on the main stage. Ez for G H O S T G A M I N G #GhostGang Lookout. Watch them make top 10
2019-01-08 03:25
#20
 | 
United States Ethans^ 
Freak is taking subrozas spot as apparently broza is stepping down and I think with freaks new competitive mind they could become #2 NA as they have a winning record over NRG and seem to be playing better then them on LAN atm sadly due to steels ban they can’t make a good appearance at the major but we shall see
2019-01-08 03:35
Honestly with valve not boosting the major and tier one tournaments catching up i think its easily possible for top 10 at the least and top 5 at most. Ghost can easily be a contending team majors aside. And with freak on ghost you get another veteran to guide neptune and another strong piece for steel. With freak and wardell being the muscle, koosta and steel the unsung heroes, and neptune being another elige in the making youve got some contenders. Fuck dude om so excited for ibuypower masters!!!
2019-01-08 03:39
#50
 | 
United States crulix 
Are you going to iBP irl
2019-01-08 07:09
dud, i love ghost and steel, but top 10? rlly? they are easilly worse then the top 8 teams, even if they beat NRG, doesnt make them the bestter team and fnatic continues to get better and has a bright future, so they wont be touched by ghost, BIG now have the firepower they need, and North are just overall a better team. Top 15 yes, top 10? don't think so
2019-01-08 18:29
Ur smoking dicks lmfao. Id you watch the games ghost play especially on their several series vs navi they are fully outplaying high tier teams and just lose due to inexperienced mistakes. Ie planting for cat but setting up on long. Not calling certain things, and theyve spoken about this even back when they had krystal. Ghost can easily beat nrg a confused fnatic a navi with a retiring igl and a lost nip. 1000% ghost can be top 10
2019-01-08 18:40
i said ghost can beat nrg, doesnt make them a better team (North beat Astrallis not 50%, but quite often. doesnt make them nearly the same team tho) a confused fnatic? tf? steel>xizt, and wardel>JW, but Krimz>Koosta twist>subroza/freak and Brollan>neptune. also they no-where near Navi, sorry. navi will just pick up Ange1 nyways.
2019-01-09 19:00
U obviously havent watch a single navi vs ghost game lol. Like i said a CONFUSED FNATIC, north doesnt do shit vs astralis nowadays, and ur still smoking dick
2019-01-09 19:01
u keep talking about ghost beating/nearly beating teams. U obvi havent watched a Navi vs every other team, or a Ghost vs every other team. Navi are quite clearly better, having 2 better induvidual players, a better igl, and flamie who is decent. Fnatic isnt confused, dont rlly understand your point here, as if they are confused how come they continue to do better then Ghost, and North are still decent against Astralis, but yes they rnt as good against them nymore. Also stop saying im "smoking dick", very childish and if u want a proper argument dont use it, or people will never take u seriously
2019-01-09 19:17
#115
 | 
United States Ethans^ 
Ghost just beat FaZe on lan
2019-01-20 05:08
that is true, and I must say they have been looking better then I thought they were. that 16-8 dominant loss against liquid looks bad, but it its against the 2nd best team in the world. I am still yet to be convinced they can truly become a top 10 team, as Faze are about to drop out of the top 10 entirely. Very good for Ghost however
2019-01-20 08:33
#18
 | 
Greece rusty1 
+1
2019-01-08 03:29
#9
zAAz | 
Sweden Jnordz 
Lul
2019-01-08 03:23
Thank refrezh
2019-01-08 10:45
devveGOD
2019-01-08 03:21
#3
 | 
Denmark MakeItHappen 
Firdy
2019-01-08 03:22
here
2019-01-08 03:22
4th very good for me i thinks
2019-01-08 03:22
lol
2019-01-08 03:22
#8
 | 
Argentina Ilike 
Rigged mibr
2019-01-08 03:23
#80
 | 
Denmark BRCSLUL 
+1
2019-01-08 11:24
#11
 | 
United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
GJ French scene for stabilizing, and GL UK CSGO BEST CSGO
2019-01-08 03:24
#12
Thorin | 
United States pZahi 
Faze form is 5 OMEGALUL
2019-01-08 03:24
#17
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Navi form 39 - same shit for top2
2019-01-08 03:27
lel
2019-01-08 03:25
#16
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Gl Forze
2019-01-08 03:26
#19
NiKo | 
Dominican Republic yolinho 
waiting to see new VP in top30 ;)
2019-01-08 03:35
Gonna be a long wait then
2019-01-08 03:42
+1
2019-01-08 10:50
#21
HeatoN | 
World Shaktar 
Shark top 1 2020 up +65
2019-01-08 03:35
#23
 | 
Poland cGev 
Astralis should be banned
2019-01-08 03:41
astralis disband
2019-01-08 03:43
#26
 | 
United States LJPixels 
Stewie is going to be lights out as an awper on liquid.... I can't wait to see them play. Hopefully top 1 in 2019!
2019-01-08 03:47
#45
 | 
Australia vamped 
Obvious bait but then I saw your flare and now I’m not sure
2019-01-08 06:29
#54
 | 
Indonesia v1ctin 
No nitro is awping still
2019-01-08 07:29
#27
 | 
Brazil hugoooo 
Insane how mibr sucked all the year and still a top 5 team. With the full BR roster they will fight for titles again.
2019-01-08 03:48
#30
flusha | 
Poland MBT_yt 
with Astralis? no way maybe Asia Championship or Moche XXL, thats best they can fight for
2019-01-08 03:51
Lmao, the only team that gave a fight recently to Astralis
2019-01-08 10:14
Fnatic, semi-final of IEM Chicago
2019-01-08 10:52
Right, once in the year
2019-01-08 11:41
Faze defeated them with me ezz.
2019-01-08 17:17
TWO HARD FINALS AGAINST ASTRALIS, BRO
2019-01-08 03:58
#38
 | 
Europe Vallon2 
Because the admins here are afraid of being called racist if they scrap them from the top 10. Shitty team.
2019-01-08 04:28
lmao you are so delusional
2019-01-08 08:28
Lmao worst bait
2019-01-08 10:14
Racism? Hahaha stop talking shit
2019-01-08 23:44
#49
 | 
Europe p1peb0mb 
because they are invited to almost every tournament. so even by atteding a lot of tournaments,they can get some points andstill keep to spot. if tournament invites stops coming,ranks will drop. just in the case like vp,g2 etc. those teams needs to qualify in all those tournaments and place decently.else they will stop in bottom for a long while.
2019-01-08 07:07
#91
 | 
Brazil bcmmelo 
Makes no sense. VP sucked all year long and still being invited to all tournaments, even losing them all to tier 5 teams.
2019-01-08 13:53
cringe
2019-01-08 09:41
Sharks +65 WTF
2019-01-08 03:48
#29
flusha | 
Poland MBT_yt 
AstraGODS will remain top1 till end of 2019 without dropping nr 1 spot Im calling it right now! btw devveKING top1 2k19 confirmed preety much
2019-01-08 03:50
They can skip 5 tournaments and still will top1...
2019-01-08 04:52
Sharks and forZe lol so undeserved
2019-01-08 03:53
Faze needs a lot of making up to do. They better perform or I'm disbanding them in my brain forever.
2019-01-08 03:55
Ez for nip
2019-01-08 03:55
#36
 | 
Argentina Renardo 
Rest in peace Gambit
2019-01-08 04:06
+1
2019-01-08 10:53
not a team that is even half as good as Astralis loool, proof of how fucking OP they are, history made
2019-01-08 04:12
Faze big oof
2019-01-08 06:11
#Tothestars The legends from Denmark - Astralis..
2019-01-08 06:20
#42
FalleN | 
Lithuania Vaiter3 
R.i.p Vp
2019-01-08 06:20
astralis fall in 19
2019-01-08 06:22
#44
NAF | 
United States Raptorial 
garbage faze
2019-01-08 06:27
#46
 | 
Finland Smoonah 
astralis top 1 forever like 2014-2015 NIP
2019-01-08 06:46
#52
 | 
Europe p1peb0mb 
u mean 2013 nip. also astralis has been in top for 7 months. nip did for more than a year.
2019-01-08 07:26
#97
 | 
Finland Smoonah 
they aren’t done being top 1 yet
2019-01-08 16:46
#47
 | 
Canada Pervati 
1. 1000 2. 447
2019-01-08 06:54
sharks +65 lul why ?
2019-01-08 06:58
#51
 | 
Europe p1peb0mb 
they beat noth,tyloo on a bo3 and took 1 map from g2 in a bo3.also reached semi in plg grandslam
2019-01-08 07:24
lol
2019-01-08 19:13
#53
shox | 
India iejesus 
how the fuck mibr is 4 th
2019-01-08 07:26
#57
 | 
Spain eIskio 
Yes they should be top 1
2019-01-08 07:55
+1
2019-01-08 10:15
+1
2019-01-08 23:45
#108
shox | 
India iejesus 
+1
2019-01-09 08:00
navi>liquid=delirium lol only cuz navi got invite blast liquid no
2019-01-08 07:35
#56
motm | 
Austria TheVirgin 
Expected
2019-01-08 07:49
#58
 | 
Indonesia tsokai 
complexity lul
2019-01-08 07:58
M A J O R L E G E N D S
2019-01-08 09:05
#62
 | 
Turkey Crewbadcool 
sharks next major champion mark my words
2019-01-08 09:06
Ez 2019 for forze
2019-01-08 09:32
#66
 | 
Russia GramDEL 
Imo fnatic' top 10 - undeserved, semi-final on a big event and winning a little one doesn't mean anything
2019-01-08 10:12
Just like navi undeserved top2. 3 bots rofl team) Liquid > navi
2019-01-08 11:01
Yeah, they got points on an invitational. They should lower invitational points.
2019-01-08 11:34
#87
 | 
Russia GramDEL 
Navi achievements > Liquid achievements this year
2019-01-08 12:58
Team ranking: DECEMBER 2018 nt
2019-01-08 13:53
#67
tabseN | 
Germany NatsuS 
Nip top 6 incredible that they still on this level.
2019-01-08 10:14
#71
f0rest | 
Argentina Nawll 
It really surprise me that no NIP player made the top 20 since they've been top 10 team almost all year
2019-01-08 10:32
When u look their stats not that surprising tho xd...
2019-01-08 11:04
#79
f0rest | 
Argentina Nawll 
i mean f0rest and REZ have decent stats this year... also faze is gonna have 3 top 20 and i don't think they've done much better, especially the second half of the year. I think rain didn't deserve to be top 20 this year both ropz and valde were better and they are behind him.
2019-01-08 11:20
their stats still were worse than faze guys, faze team had way better results too
2019-01-08 11:24
Rain didn’t deserve tbh
2019-01-08 11:37
Rain didn’t deserve tbh
2019-01-08 11:37
#88
 | 
Russia GramDEL 
Lol they did. It's just unrevealed yet.
2019-01-08 13:01
#78
 | 
Bulgaria FrostNixon 
Here comes windigo, go for thhe minor.
2019-01-08 11:18
Bold prediction, RNG will drop
2019-01-08 12:09
why Mibr have #4 here and same time they have #7 in best 10 teams of 2018 !!!
2019-01-08 13:29
#90
 | 
Bulgaria Riooo 
Windigo will be at least top 15 in 2019
2019-01-08 13:48
EZ4ENCE
2019-01-08 14:28
hey MIRAA, why are you using the rankings from jan 7 when rankings from dec 31, literally the last day of december, exist? makes no sense at all.
2019-01-08 15:34
2019: Vitality top-5
2019-01-08 15:43
ASTRALIS have big numbers hahahhaha
2019-01-08 15:53
CSGO dead game, 1st place 1000 points, 2nd place less than half of first, 10th place with 1/10 of 1st
2019-01-08 18:57
C9 #2 at the begining of the year and now wtf
2019-01-08 19:59
#104
 | 
Brazil KinngPiN 
Is this the first year that the top 1 and top 2 have such a big point diferencial between each other ?
2019-01-08 20:04
No,almost every year the top #1 team has twice points of #2
2019-01-09 14:26
#105
 | 
Germany sunnyrain 
faze form 5 LUL
2019-01-08 20:48
#114
 | 
Slovakia SLAVak 
How is NiP sixth?
2019-01-11 14:05
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