Team Ranking: January 2019

We have updated our Global team ranking - powered by EGB.com - for January 2019.

January welcomed Counter-Strike back to our screens, after December 2018 had hosted as few as two Big Events. Over the course of the month we witnessed four regional precursors to the IEM Katowice Major - the Europe, CIS, Americas and Asia Minors. Parallel to the Major circuit, two events took place in the United States, namely iBUYPOWER Masters and the recently-concluded ELEAGUE Invitational.

The regional Minors, coupled with their successor in the Minor Play-ins, decided the last ten participants for the New Challengers stage of the upcoming Katowice Major. Over in Los Angeles, we saw Liquid best Astralis in a best-of-three grand final of the iBUYPOWER Masters event, copping $100,000 as their first prize of the year. Not only was this an important event in the context of Liquid’s historical struggle against the Danes, but it also meant that the quintet reaffirmed their place in the rankings.

FaZe won the last event of the month, the ELEAGUE Invitational

The most recent event, which took place over in the Eastern state of Georgia, witnessed FaZe close out their second event of 2019 on a positive note, defeating Cloud9 2-1 in the grand final. The refreshed international mix, host to Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev, walked away with an $80,000 cash prize, as well as much-needed confidence ahead of the Major.

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.

Below is the current top 30 table as of February 4, 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.
230
155
147
532
+1
3.
238
69
75
382
-1
4.
146
60
71
277
+3
5.
75
91
81
247
+4
6.
100
87
60
247
+2
7.
57
101
47
205
+7
8.
95
0
92
187
-4
9.
82
40
59
181
-4
10.
111
14
54
179
-4
11.
67
54
41
162
-1
12.
48
77
32
157
-
13.
41
71
34
146
-
14.
14
111
20
145
+7
15.
62
40
32
134
-4
16.
41
32
37
110
+4
17.
26
58
17
101
-
18.
41
38
21
100
-3
19.
3
87
6
96
+20
20.
8
79
7
94
+17
21.
6
73
12
91
+28
22.
29
50
9
88
-4
23.
5
67
11
83
+6
24.
24
36
14
74
-5
25.
10
46
15
71
+2
26.
3
65
2
70
+4
27.
3
60
4
67
+24
28.
16
8
39
63
-5
29.
19
34
9
62
-3
30.
4
50
7
61
+5

Please note that the +/- gain on this table differs from our weekly rankings page, and it is related to the ranking update of January 7.

With the amount of action that took place over January, we saw some shifts in the rankings, most of which happened as a result of successes at LAN events, specifically those mentioned above. Below are five key takeaways from January’s rankings shift:

Liquid reaffirm second place

The aqueous quintet exploded into 2019 with a victory at iBUYPOWER Masters, defeating arch-rivals Astralis in a best-of-three grand final. This was the North American roster’s first LAN victory against the Danes in the past three months, bolstering the team’s confidence going into the imminent Major.

Liquid regained #2 after their victory at iBUYPOWER Masters

In addition to providing the team with reassurance, the victory in Los Angeles meant that Liquid were able to re-establish themselves as the No.2 side in the world, knocking CIS representatives Natus Vincere into third. All parameters of the North American squad saw an increase, the most drastic of which expressed as an 88.5 point gain in form since the publishing of December’s rankings.

Liquid are now in the process of preparing for the LAN finals of the IEM Katowice Major, and, judging by their start to 2019, we may just see the team close the disparity between themselves and the reigning #1, Astralis.

FaZe leap into top 5

The international roster continue their ascent through the rankings despite a roster adjustment in the form of AdreN’s arrival. Contrary to their recent result, 2019 kicked off with a lacklustre performance at iBUYPOWER Masters, where the team was knocked out 1-2 in the group stage decider match by local representatives, Ghost.

NiKo's leadership brought FaZe back into a top 5 position

The European mix was able to redeem itself shortly after, as a solid all-around performance at the ELEAGUE Invitational resulted in a victory over Cloud9 in the grand final, yielding Nikola "NiKo" Kovač's troops their first trophy of 2019, as well as a significant boost in our rankings.

In line with all other participants of the upcoming Major, FaZe are focused on preparatory efforts for one of the year’s most important events. Fully incorporating AdreN into the team's system in time for the $1,000,000 event will be key if the squad aim to return to their once legendary status.

Cloud9 return to top 10

Despite an ascent from #14 to #8, January saw a mixed bag of results for the Cloud9 roster. The team’s first performance of 2019 was at the iBUYPOWER Masters event, where nothing outstanding was achieved. The team bombed out in the groups after sustaining losses to Astralis in the winners’ match and to fnatic in the decider series.

Cloud9 are on an upwards trajectory, up to #8 from #14

Much like FaZe, however, the American-majority mix made things right come showtime at the ELEAGUE Invitational. The team made it all the way through to the grand final before eventually losing the trophy to NiKo and co. This was the team’s first grand final since cs_summit 2, setting an improved pace in 2019.

Cloud9 are set to perform at the upcoming New Challengers stage of the IEM Katowice Major with ambitions to cop one of eight available spots at the New Legends stage.

mousesports collapse to #9

The once formidable collective of mousesports has descended to an annual low, as the roster failed to qualify for the IEM Katowice Major following a disappointing performance at the Europe Minor. The team fell apart in the group stage, in which Valiance proved to be their undoing as they were bested by the Serbians in both the opening and decider matches of Group A.

mousesports are in a state of calamity following failure at the Minor

The aftermath of the team's failure at the Minor proved to be severe, as it subsequently emerged that two members in Chris "chrisJ" de Jong and Martin "STYKO" Styk would depart the starting roster, knocking the squad down to just three in Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný, Miikka "suNny" Kemppi and Robin "ropz" Kool.

For the time being, mousesports will be focusing on reconstruction efforts, looking to consolidate their roster with two new players, including an in-game leader. The team's next LAN event will be the StarSeries i-League Season 7 finals, taking place in Shanghai, China on March 30 - April 7, leaving ample time for the organisation to produce a fully-functioning roster.

fnatic bounce back to #5

While not particularly eventful for the Swedish roster, January marked an important resurgence for fnatic, who were able to re-enter the top five for the first time since May 2018. A decent performance at iBUYPOWER Masters saw the Swedes make it into playoffs before being bested by eventual champions Liquid in the semi-finals.

fnatic are at a 6-month high, perched at #5 in the rankings

The general trajectory of the roster indicates improvement, with the Swedes having climbed 17 places since completing their line-up with Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin, little over three months ago.

Having secured top 11 at the FACEIT Major, fnatic now await the start of the New Challengers stage of IEM Katowice. Hopes are high for the Swedish roster to demonstrate a solid performance, aiming to once more experience the previously familiar feeling of playing at the main stage of a CS:GO Major.

Spirit, FURIA on the rise after the Minors

The Russian roster of Spirit has officially hit its highest peak since conception, leapfrogging an astonishing amount of rivals over the course of the past month. From #37 to #20, the team’s recent performance at the CIS Minor was a testament to their progressive growth. Beating fellow CIS representatives Gambit and Winstrike on their way, Spirit demonstrated that they cannot be taken lightly, securing a direct spot at the next Major.

DavCost and co. have reached their ranking peak post-CIS Minor

After crashing out of the previous Minor in last place, FURIA acquitted themselves much better this time around and cruised to second place at the tournament in Katowice, sealing qualification for the Major with a convincing victory over Envy. The Brazilians have gone up 28 places since the start of the year and will attend the Major with confidence running high and star players Yuri "yuurih" Santos and Kaike "KSCERATO" Cerato in stunning form.

Following the conclusion of the Minor, both teams participated in the WePlay! Lock and Load online tournament. There was not much separating the two sides, who played out an enticing overtime game against one another and bowed out of the tournament in the quarter-finals.

Brazil Yuri 'yuurih' Santos
Yuri 'yuurih' Santos
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
560
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1441
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Brazil Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
468
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.56
APR:
0.12
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1141
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
977
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
579
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1041
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
648
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1464
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1090
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
#2
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Finland EdiEz 
yes
2019-02-05 00:00
Ence top10
2019-02-05 00:04
#16
 | 
Finland Lehtori 
Ence top kymmenen
2019-02-05 00:04
#19
 | 
Finland EdiEz 
Yeah, EZ4ENCE
2019-02-05 00:05
#75
 | 
Brazil Whillpull 
ENCE4EZ
2019-02-05 01:12
EZ4ENCE EZ4ALLU ALLU AKBAR!!!
2019-02-05 12:22
#33
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United Kingdom alcaz4r 
why does this #2 get kept but my #1 that says "ok" is removed. why do admins make a distinction between "ok" and "yes"?? lmao
2019-02-05 00:08
#60
 | 
Finland EdiEz 
I wondered that also
2019-02-05 00:26
ok=shit post yes=cheering and not shit post
2019-02-05 11:15
#133
 | 
United Kingdom alcaz4r 
just jonathan e being a tyrant again
2019-02-05 17:46
why do u care anyways
2019-02-05 18:52
#138
 | 
United Kingdom alcaz4r 
hmmm, maybe because i regularly use hltv
2019-02-05 18:53
#TOP1ASTRALIS #TOTHESTARS
2019-02-05 06:25
#3
 | 
Germany Sabba1 
good for fnatic making it back to top5 EDIT: dont know why i am being called out for editing if i didnt edit it
2019-02-05 00:04
#8
 | 
United Kingdom alcaz4r 
nice edit
2019-02-05 00:01
#15
 | 
Germany Sabba1 
what do you mean?
2019-02-05 00:04
#24
 | 
United Kingdom alcaz4r 
nt original post said "cool"
2019-02-05 00:05
#27
 | 
Germany Sabba1 
ooops your #1 just got deleted :>
2019-02-05 00:06
#55
 | 
United Kingdom alcaz4r 
xaxaxaxaxa jon e back at it again with the oppression, deleting more post exposing his proposed world order, nt jonathan e, you can ban me, but you can never remove me
2019-02-05 00:17
lmao ur comment where u complained about it got deleted too xdd
2019-02-05 00:20
#140
 | 
United Kingdom alcaz4r 
classic hltv lol
2019-02-05 18:55
Cry is free
2019-02-05 00:29
#139
 | 
United Kingdom alcaz4r 
i no cry men WTF xaxaxaxa
2019-02-05 18:54
no u bwain 2 stupido to understand
2019-02-06 01:45
#148
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United Kingdom alcaz4r 
you write like that "ironically" to make fun of me, but the truly ironic thing is that dumb burgers like you speak that like normally
2019-02-06 01:50
funny you talk S*** but dont even know me, just generalizing all Americans as fat, that's "TRULY" pathetic. Have a terrible one!
2019-02-06 01:52
Who tf cares what his original said....
2019-02-05 03:57
#135
 | 
United Kingdom alcaz4r 
who tf cares what some stupid burger says?
2019-02-05 17:48
anger issues
2019-02-06 01:45
#149
 | 
United Kingdom alcaz4r 
or did i just rephrase what you said? hmmmmm
2019-02-06 01:51
nice edit
2019-02-05 00:10
#38
 | 
Germany Sabba1 
indeed the edit to explain myself is pretty nice
2019-02-05 00:11
nice edit
2019-02-05 00:12
#46
 | 
Germany Sabba1 
the comment isnt edited wtf
2019-02-05 00:13
nice edit
2019-02-05 00:14
#50
 | 
Germany Sabba1 
Reply needs to have actual content reported cya in 10 years
2019-02-05 00:15
haha sorry bro im too tired. Couldnt care less if u edited anything cya in 10
2019-02-05 00:16
#40
 | 
United Kingdom alcaz4r 
what is it with germans and changing history?
2019-02-05 00:11
ye i know man! they would probably edit the history books if they could!
2019-02-05 00:13
#51
 | 
United Kingdom alcaz4r 
that does seem very german
2019-02-05 00:15
could you explain that to me? what did we edit/change?
2019-02-05 01:06
#73
 | 
United Kingdom alcaz4r 
0/8
2019-02-05 01:08
We know that’s your IQ.... Tell us something we don’t know!
2019-02-05 04:00
#134
 | 
United Kingdom alcaz4r 
mind your own business you dumb burger
2019-02-05 17:48
-1
2019-02-06 01:43
some brits get so angry its hilarious, also why do you guys have such bad teeth? Is there a reason for that like did you guys not know about braces? I'm very curious about that so please get back to me on it!
2019-02-06 01:44
#151
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United Kingdom alcaz4r 
Researchers looked to data on thousands of people in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and the English Adult Dental Health Survey and found the “mean number of missing teeth was significantly higher in the U.S.,” at 7.31 versus 6.97 in England also nice double reply dumbass, typical brainless burger xaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxa cry is free
2019-02-06 01:55
Leave them. They’re called trolls.
2019-02-05 03:59
#7
NiKo | 
Sweden dinolinoxd 
nice
2019-02-05 00:01
Astralis going for #1 for a year
2019-02-05 00:01
#10
 | 
Portugal dabl1w 
Sad...
2019-02-05 00:01
#13
 | 
Ukraine keonazer 
ez4s1mple
2019-02-05 00:03
#17
 | 
Brazil Allistar 
Nice FURIA!
2019-02-05 00:05
#18
 | 
France OtelloO 
No word for Zywoolity ?
2019-02-05 00:05
14th Pog
2019-02-05 00:06
+20 for valiance and not even qualified for the major feelsbadman
2019-02-05 00:05
#68
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Myanmar xdcc 
The worst part is that most of Valiance rating is from form so if they lose to some bad teams they will drop hard. They need UML or Sydney LANs pretty badly to stay after the major
2019-02-05 00:52
Mibr????
2019-02-05 00:05
+1
2019-02-05 00:08
Ye, strange that they’re still in top10. Like hoow??
2019-02-05 00:16
ye still in top10 wtf
2019-02-05 00:19
Hi, this is Bob Ross talking from the grave.Vitality is overrated. At least a little bit... But anyway, I’ve got some mountains that need to be painted
2019-02-05 00:05
Wait until fnatic get another katowice title
2019-02-05 00:06
#83
 | 
Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
can confirm
2019-02-05 03:29
#31
 | 
United States DV19 
C9 > MIBR xd
2019-02-05 00:08
mibr #8 xDDD imgur.com/VCfCfTk
2019-02-05 00:14
WINSTRIKE +28 LUL
2019-02-05 00:14
Fnatic 5th ???????????????????????????????????????????? how
2019-02-05 00:17
"""Achievements"""
2019-02-05 06:53
#59
 | 
Brazil Meop 
fnatic 5th out of nowhere, nip and mibr dropping out due to inactivity you cant even take this seriously
2019-02-05 00:21
#91
 | 
United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
Inactivity? Fnatic, NiP and Mibr played 3 events in last 3 months. They are all on equal terms now. Mibr, Nip were above fnatic in last month because fnatic had only gone to 3 events since ostober while mibr and nip had gone to more events.
2019-02-05 05:34
#136
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Brazil Meop 
they havent played this year so their points from last year will fade, meanwhile fnatic played at ibp
2019-02-05 18:44
#62
 | 
Latvia tkbcsgo 
Bora que bora kscerato
2019-02-05 00:30
#63
 | 
Denmark danishwarrior 
my boys in fnatic got this
2019-02-05 00:32
#64
 | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
Vitality best form besides the top 2 Let's fucking go #VforVictory
2019-02-05 00:33
#65
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Austria I_love_Hltv 
Who cares? What a joke ranking system.
2019-02-05 00:38
#82
shox | 
India iejesus 
+1 lmao
2019-02-05 03:02
#94
 | 
Brazil zLux1 
+1
2019-02-05 06:02
Has there ever been 3 NA teams in the top 7? I don't think so. Slowly, slowly... bit by bit.. better and better. :)
2019-02-05 00:42
Ok. Lets still pretend that north is #11
2019-02-05 00:48
#69
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Norway insy 
Still 1k points on ast, lol
2019-02-05 00:53
#70
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United States stephcurry30 
why is astralis still at max pts after they lost a final?
2019-02-05 00:54
#76
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Spain elskio 
Because you can only see 1000pts at max
2019-02-05 01:47
Because the final was fixed You can see something fishy about it Like why the fuck liquid player are not even hyped or celebrating when they finally beat astralis in the final?
2019-02-05 01:48
OMEGALUL
2019-02-05 05:46
#101
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Europe loonek4 
They were but it was a shitty lan with huge tech problems
2019-02-05 07:09
2/8
2019-02-05 11:46
Why Avangar -4 ?????
2019-02-05 01:06
#74
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
ez4furia
2019-02-05 01:09
#77
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Spain elskio 
Another #1 year for Astralis ez
2019-02-05 01:48
lmfao, renegades, ence, north and nip are ahead of Vitality, makes 0 sense.
2019-02-05 01:55
#80
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United States LJPixels 
Lots of Americas in that top 10... You're slackin EU
2019-02-05 01:55
#97
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Palestine MrZoldiK 
EU were barley Inactive this two months , real ranking is after the major
2019-02-05 06:51
#100
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Nigeria Asbhdhsbs 
Barely inactive = active
2019-02-05 07:05
#81
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Ukraine zCainee 
C9 better than mibr in rankings. Thats a one in life time moment.
2019-02-05 01:59
#84
 | 
Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
no , that will be the story for the rest of the year.
2019-02-05 03:31
#90
 | 
United States Doge14 
they were last year after the major xd
2019-02-05 04:31
rip VP
2019-02-05 04:25
Glad to see fnatic top5 again
2019-02-05 04:29
Fnatic top 5 yes
2019-02-05 05:52
S1mple 2 spirit
2019-02-05 06:28
Team Spirit s1mple Natus Vincere Dima Great Reshuffle
2019-02-05 07:22
#128
Zeus | 
Russia Mickeeey 
lmao
2019-02-05 14:11
#103
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Russia foggy54 
WTF Avangar won Minor and lost 4 places, Furia got second place and +28, nice math, hltv !
2019-02-05 07:30
it is cuz they lost their epicenter 3-4th finish from their recent lans, that is better than winning some minor with no one highly ranked in it according to ranking I guess xddd, we can also see most of furia points are from their form ranking thanks to having ton of games played lately which they won rly high %, avangar on the other hand hasn't been playing that many games, just unluko how ranking currently favors teams who play games cuz there isn't top team with high form ranking currently so you can easily gain huge points with winning many games even if they were online and not vs best opponents there is, also many teams have very low amount of events played which further makes form ranking important for low tier teams as when compared to astralis points in other categories won't be that great.
2019-02-05 07:44
#120
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Finland Alko^ 
Can you tell me why ENCE got -4 after winning the minor and North got more points after losing the minor
2019-02-05 12:51
actually ence rose first time to top 10 after minor so that would be untrue, they only lost points and ranking the very next week. edit: actually it was dreamhack open matches they won that they lost from their form ranking that week so nvm earlier answer as they already lost starseries victory from their recent lans sub rank in the week they rose to top 10, regardless these 2 weeks losses were enough to counter points they gained from minor as minor victory and games there didn't rly improve their ranking enough compared to what they lost during these 2 weeks. Also as side note If not for their minor success ence would have dropped even lower so it was still important result considering their ranking too.
2019-02-05 13:13
Next week rank will be very interesting to see cuz form points currently are out of control thanks to no top teams having so great form points and astralis form points should go way down as they lose some of their results in that rank, we might easily see team like vitality way too high in rankings xdd
2019-02-05 07:33
#106
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Singapore Fabregas21 
POORLACKS WHERE ARE YOU? LUL
2019-02-05 08:09
Ez for Astralis
2019-02-05 09:35
ez for godstralis
2019-02-05 10:46
#113
s1mple | 
China fu22Y 
#11 0-3 random Chinese team OMEGALUL
2019-02-05 10:46
#11 needs to disband
2019-02-05 11:45
Stopped reading after astralis 1000
2019-02-05 12:17
How can Astralis have 1000 when they just lost to Liquid 2-0?
2019-02-05 13:01
#123
 | 
Switzerland RU!N 
Ence to top 10 it's so much better than north and maybe even nip
2019-02-05 13:18
#125
 | 
France iNolake 
Vitality :) let's hope they can reach the top 5 this year !
2019-02-05 13:42
Man the real ranking is 1. Astralis 2. Liquid 3. Na'vi 4-100 who even knows they all look on and off and could lose to ghost gaming
2019-02-05 13:49
#127
JaCkz | 
Czech Republic Regon 
Why Astralis have 1000 points ?
2019-02-05 14:07
#129
 | 
United States ChrisBrown 
great ranking
2019-02-05 14:59
#130
 | 
Spain LilWayne 
+1
2019-02-05 14:59
I just hope that Astralis drops down from the 1st place.
2019-02-05 16:47
#132
 | 
Qatar PrisMcsgo 
Ez for cloud9
2019-02-05 17:23
#141
 | 
Argentina Renardo 
c9 #7 lul
2019-02-05 19:21
#142
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Russia ROIDAZOID 
6: NRG AHAHAHAH WHAT HAVE THEY ACCOMPLISHED
2019-02-05 22:31
-Mouse +Ence
2019-02-06 01:25
#152
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United States ChrisBrown 
Good ranking !
2019-02-06 15:21
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