Team Ranking: March 2019

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

After the frenzy of the Major settled, Counter-Strike enthusiasts did not have to wait long for the next Big Event. São Paulo hosted the first BLAST Pro Series event in the Americas, where IEM Katowice champions Astralis reigned supreme after defeating Liquid in the final, becoming the first team to win back-to-back titles in the history of the competition.

That was the only Big Event held in March, but there was another large-scale tournament drawing a lot of attention during that month. The Chinese city of Chongqing played host to the WESG 2018 Finals, where Windigo were the protagonists of a fairy-tale story as they claimed the grand prize of $500,000 in an unlikely final against AGO.

Astralis won the only Big Event of March

The Bulgarians were not able to repeat that feat at the United Masters League Season 1 Finals, the other medium-sized LAN that took place in March. In Osnabrück, Germany, Windigo had to settle for second place after losing to Valiance in the final of this four-team tournament, which had $100,000 on the line.

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 April 1, 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.
234
64
180
478
-
3.
149
126
148
423
+1
4.
196
78
100
374
-1
5.
123
59
82
264
+1
6.
102
71
67
240
+2
7.
65
115
58
238
-
8.
110
52
72
234
-3
9.
26
106
32
164
+1
10.
56
56
40
152
+2
11.
58
62
22
142
-
12.
55
42
38
135
+2
13.
21
74
23
118
+3
14.
29
67
21
117
-1
15.
26
58
30
114
+15
16.
27
14
57
98
+1
17.
14
63
17
94
+3
18.
40
37
16
93
-
19.
7
68
11
86
+2
20.
16
33
27
76
+26
21.
14
45
13
72
+5
22.
13
37
7
57
+1
23.
19
28
10
57
+4
24.
6
41
8
55
+1
25.
4
47
0
51
-1
26.
2
40
1
43
+3
27.
6
28
7
41
-5
28.
1
38
0
39
+14
29.
11
17
11
39
-10
30.
3
31
5
39
+1

Please note that the +/- gain on this table differs from our weekly rankings page, and it is related to the ranking update of March 4.

Here are five key takeaways from March's rankings update:

ENCE claim podium spot

After a spectacular run at the IEM Katowice Major, ENCE had a solid showing at BLAST Pro Series São Paulo, where they secured third place, defeating the likes of MIBR, NiP and FaZe along the way, only missing out on a spot in the final due to round difference.

In terms of online showings, the squad concluded their participation in ESEA MDL in 9th place with some mixed results - yet another sign that the team has been prioritizing their LAN commitments.

One round separated the Finns from the final in São Paulo

The Finns are no longer considered underdogs in matches against "more established" rosters, as they have developed the consistency and mental endurance associated with some of the finest teams in the scene. Considering the team’s recent performances and general upward trajectory, ENCE are well on their way to becoming one of the most celebrated and feared CS:GO rosters of late - a stark contrast to the roster’s humble beginnings and growing pains.

Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen's troops are currently 2-1 in the Swiss stage of StarSeries i-League Season 7, where they will be looking to go as far as possible to avoid a drop in the rankings in next month's updates, seeing that they will enjoy a few weeks' break from LAN action after returning home from Shanghai.

A new beginning for mousesports and Cloud9

Cloud9 drop down to 138th in the rankings after losing the core of the squad with which they had attended their most recent events. The only points they now only have to their name come from the last four LAN tournaments in which they took part with Maikil "Golden" Selim, the most recent of which being BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen, almost six months ago.

As for mousesports, they disappeared from the rankings altogether after replacing three players, with Finn "karrigan" Andersen, Özgür "woxic" Eker and David "frozen" Čerňanský the new men in town. Since those changes, they have already picked up a handful of points and are now ranked 46th in the world, just 30 points away from a top 30 place.

Cloud9 have just four points to show after their recent roster shuffle

The ELEAGUE Major Boston champions are left in a dire situation, at a time when they have yet to announce their new fifth player. Luckily for them, they will have plenty of opportunities to make up ground: this month alone, they will attend the ESL Pro League Season 9 Americas and BLAST Pro Series Miami, and will feature in the third ECS regular season tournament. mousesports also have a busy month coming up as they will make their offline debut on April 12 at ESL Pro League Europe before flying off to Sydney at the end of the month for the Australian city's IEM stop.

MIBR sink to eighth

March was a difficult month for MIBR, who struggled to address issues that became apparent at their first two post-Major events, the WESG Finals and BLAST Pro Series São Paulo. This is further confirmed by their current standing in Shanghai, where the team sports a 1-2 win/loss record, just one match away from elimination.

Memories of last year's disappointment at the WESG Finals resurfaced in March as the Brazilians, widely regarded as the favourites for the title, were eliminated by Windigo and had to settle for a top-eight finish and a $10,000 prize. Despite the presence of a home crowd at the BLAST event, MIBR faltered once more, dropping out of the tournament in last place with a 0-5 defeat, much to the disbelief of the enthusiastic fans who had traveled to the Ginásio do Ibirapuera.

MIBR had two rough showings in March

Persisting issues suggest a more deep-rooted problem since familiarity and synergy are not factors the quintet should have issues with considering their extensive tenures alongside one another in the past. Many question whether the Brazilian squad will return to their once legendary status and, it seems, for good reason, as the quintet is slowly sinking in the rankings, worryingly close to leaving the top 10.

Windigo hit new peaks

What a month it was for Windigo. The Bulgarian team had failed to reach the playoffs at the Europe Minor, their first LAN tournament of 2019, after losing to ENCE and North, but surpassed even the wildest dreams of their fans as they came out victorious at the WESG Finals, collecting the winner's cheque of $500,000.

In Chongqing, Windigo survived a tricky group with fnatic and Movistar Riders before defeating Furious, MIBR, G2 and AGO in the playoffs, with Valentin "poizon" Vasilev and tournament MVP Georgi "SHiPZ" Grigorov playing equally pivotal roles for the team.

Windigo were one of March's winners

That was not Windigo's sole accomplishment in March, though, as the Bulgarians also qualified for DreamHack Masters Dallas after taking down BIG, G2 and AVANGAR, and placed second at the United Masters League Finals, where they played out an exciting three-map final against Valiance.

Just two months after being put up for sale, Windigo seem to be living the dream. They are now 15th in the rankings - their highest place ever -, and will be looking to consolidate their new found status as one of Europe's most exciting teams at the ESL Pro League event, where they will go up against three big-name squads in Natus Vincere, fnatic and G2.

AGO return to the top 20

Nine months later, AGO are back in the top 20. After losing Michał "snatchie" Rudzki to Virtus.pro, the Polish team went through an identity crisis and spent some months outside the top 30, even going as low as 47th at the beginning of February.

No-one knew exactly what to expect from AGO at the WESG Finals, their first LAN event of the year, but they acquitted themselves quite well. After finishing behind MIBR in a two-team group, the Poles beat the talented Ukraine and Valiance mixes, and shocked fnatic (especially on Inferno, where they ran out 16-0 winners) to book a spot in the final.

AGO proved that there is still some life in them

In the end, overcoming Windigo proved to be a tall order for AGO, but there were plenty of positives for Kacper "kaper" Słoma's troops to take from the event. They will attend DreamHack Open Rio as one the favourites and will be eyeing their first-ever final spot at a tournament of this scale after failing to go beyond the semi-finals at their previous four appearances.

Poland Kacper 'kaper' Słoma
Kacper 'kaper' Słoma
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
471
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Bulgaria Georgi 'SHiPZ' Grigorov
Georgi 'SHiPZ' Grigorov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
912
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.12
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
588
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Bulgaria Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev
Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
673
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Poland Michał 'snatchie' Rudzki
Michał 'snatchie' Rudzki
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
848
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.09
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
548
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Slovakia David 'frozen' Čerňanský
David 'frozen' Čerňanský
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
727
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1538
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Turkey Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
739
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
EZ4ASTRALIS #1
2019-04-02 00:12
#4
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
EZ4NORTH #2
2019-04-02 00:12
LUL. North: the astralis that didn't work
2019-04-02 00:16
What is mibr still doing in the top 10, again?
2019-04-02 01:12
KKKKKK Torcedora da astralis ela
2019-04-02 01:15
This is an international site, please weite your comments in English. Comments in another language will be deleted.
2019-04-02 01:18
nice
2019-04-02 01:21
0-10 at home btw.
2019-04-02 01:23
fake brazilian
2019-04-02 01:25
Proof?
2019-04-02 01:26
#138
 | 
Russia Jack_Frost13 
u don't have brazilian player in favourites on hltv, this is 100% proof lol (not my thoughts, andre think so)
2019-04-02 21:07
they shouldn't be in the top 20
2019-04-02 01:18
You mean top 30
2019-04-02 01:23
you mean top 40
2019-04-02 01:24
You mean top 50
2019-04-02 01:25
You mean top 60
2019-04-02 01:36
#80
 | 
United States Azift 
You mean top 70
2019-04-02 02:32
You mean top 100
2019-04-02 03:21
#98
 | 
Lithuania Mr|Julius 
You mean top 200
2019-04-02 04:52
You mean alive
2019-04-02 05:41
You mean exist
2019-04-02 09:17
#125
AdreN | 
Germany YouGin 
You mean?
2019-04-02 09:46
Big #18??? LMFAO should be number #55
2019-04-02 01:13
RIP NORTH
2019-04-02 03:27
shakerbye is the problem
2019-04-02 07:56
#19
 | 
Spain elskio 
+2
2019-04-02 00:15
F4
2019-04-02 00:16
EZ4ENCE #2
2019-04-02 00:48
frist
2019-04-02 00:12
#102
 | 
Nigeria Asbhdhsbs 
uwu
2019-04-02 06:22
#135
 | 
Bulgaria Ju7y 
uwu
2019-04-02 18:36
LUL C9 SAME POINTS AS CLG RED AND DIG FE
2019-04-02 00:12
Lmaooooo wtf
2019-04-02 10:31
#132
 | 
North America Whataburger 
Ez4clown9
2019-04-02 14:06
EZ4ENCE
2019-04-02 00:13
#7
 | 
Algeria tricky8811 
Ez4ence
2019-04-02 00:13
#8
Twistzz | 
Singapore 3st 
april fools?
2019-04-02 00:13
#46
 | 
Finland eMBeJaana 
April 2nd no more fools
2019-04-02 00:56
#49
Twistzz | 
Singapore 3st 
x(
2019-04-02 01:11
EZ4ENCE
2019-04-02 00:13
#10
 | 
Estonia sux3ss 
xd
2019-04-02 00:13
#11
 | 
United States Nohj_10years 
mibr sucks
2019-04-02 00:13
#96
 | 
Sweden fbdd 
+1 Yes, my friend
2019-04-02 04:31
#12
 | 
New Zealand Reubydoobydoo 
Lol astralis points are ridiculous
2019-04-02 00:13
#13
 | 
India HVS 
ASTRALIS ain't ever leaving the top
2019-04-02 00:13
epic
2019-04-02 00:13
EZ4ENCE
2019-04-02 00:13
The Verkkars - EZ4ENCE, literally now listening to this ^^ Good job Ence, my new favorite team.
2019-04-02 00:14
#17
 | 
Germany 1112Leon 
North and NIP overrated af
2019-04-02 00:14
#54
Twistzz | 
Singapore 3st 
how so?
2019-04-02 01:16
north not achieved anything with new lineup or pasts or anything. terrible team that cant achieve anything. couldnt even make major??
2019-04-02 02:26
#81
Twistzz | 
Singapore 3st 
and what about nip?
2019-04-02 02:47
imo they dont consistently beat top teams, should be 11-12th.
2019-04-02 02:58
nice
2019-04-02 00:14
#20
 | 
Italy Fil0Nerd 
Cloud9 omegalul
2019-04-02 00:15
Yes but cloud9 won a major
2019-04-02 01:41
Since they never won anything else it dont count.
2019-04-02 02:23
#94
 | 
New Zealand Eauor 
its literally not the same roster
2019-04-02 04:03
#112
 | 
Italy Fil0Nerd 
+1
2019-04-02 07:20
ez windigo and ago
2019-04-02 00:15
windigo will be in top10 in 3 months
2019-04-02 00:19
gl :)
2019-04-02 00:22
#36
ZywOo | 
France Axsii 
Less than 2 month if they continue to bang everyone
2019-04-02 00:24
yeah :D
2019-04-02 00:26
#93
 | 
New Zealand Drag0n_ 
They haven't beaten a single good team, so gl.
2019-04-02 04:02
#23
 | 
Bulgaria vectralsoul 
Windigo top15 Pog
2019-04-02 00:15
Cloud9 need to find themselves again. Dropping from top 10 in the rankings to 138th within a couple weeks is not good. They need to get back to their roots of an NA roster and try to find new young talent like they did back in 2016 and 2017 to get them to the point of winning the major.
2019-04-02 00:16
Problem for them is they changed so many players it is almost totally new team according to ranking, few points they got are from events they did bad in ages ago with golden playing, otherwise they would actually have 0 points.
2019-04-02 00:20
I realize that. They need to just do a full reset.
2019-04-02 00:21
#95
 | 
New Zealand Eauor 
Well the only reason they dropped so far is because they have changed players out, not because of results (because they literally haven't been to any tournaments for ages).
2019-04-02 04:04
I never said anything about results. I said they need to figure out their roster solution so they can get on a winning track.
2019-04-02 06:40
#108
 | 
New Zealand Eauor 
"Cloud9 need to find themselves again. Dropping from top 10 in the rankings to 138th within a couple weeks is not good. " This just sort of implied that they dropped due to poor results, when in reality its barely worth noting their rank because it's not a proper reflection at all.
2019-04-02 07:00
"Find themselves again" menas those past super talented rosters. They have had clear roster issues for about a year now and that's why i included the part about looking for young talent like they did when they found tim and stewie
2019-04-02 07:28
ENCE top 2 if they win star series?
2019-04-02 00:18
i think if they will reach semis or even quarter it's enough for them to go on 2 place on hltv rating
2019-04-02 00:21
Na'vi could get 1st to deny them tho xd
2019-04-02 00:23
yeah,t his is the only way in which ence can't get top 2)
2019-04-02 00:25
100%
2019-04-02 00:22
#32
 | 
African Union Zawwy 
Yes, obvious.
2019-04-02 00:22
#34
chrisJ | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
EZ4MOUZ
2019-04-02 00:23
#39
 | 
World konraderpils 
Noo devils.one?????? Please.... Devils one is easy top 30 better than winstrike forze sprout spirit epsilon......
2019-04-02 00:26
C9 where is you mens)) haha stealing golden and flusha and thinking you can do better than fnatic mens)))
2019-04-02 00:27
#70
 | 
North America SLGam1ng 
um golden and flusha were kicked from fnatic
2019-04-02 01:36
This is where a lot of MDL teams can come and say that their team is better than c9
2019-04-02 00:32
#42
 | 
Argentina Renardo 
c9 #138 lul
2019-04-02 00:33
mibr doesnt deserve 8th honestly
2019-04-02 00:48
#48
 | 
Brazil Collee 
So put them behind teams like Vitality, North, NRG, fnatic and G2? None of these teams even attended BLAST mibr lost to Windigo on WESG, but so did G2, and fnatic were eliminated by AGO. Other than that, none of these teams went to the major playoffs, while mibr finished in the top 4 Although if mibr keep this up, they'll be out of the top 10 soon
2019-04-02 01:07
Lmao. M16r got bodied by NRG and Renegades. 0-10 in their home. #neverforget
2019-04-02 01:25
#76
 | 
Brazil vass28 
+1
2019-04-02 01:54
lel mibr would lose to all of the teams you mentioned, they can only win against tier 400 teams like panda
2019-04-02 19:39
AGO !!! +26 AGO will be next VP :)
2019-04-02 00:50
#47
 | 
Finland eMBeJaana 
next vp means tier 100 trash right?
2019-04-02 00:58
#52
 | 
Poland Htcobakel 
VP 1 major winner, ENCE 0
2019-04-02 01:14
#74
 | 
Finland eMBeJaana 
we live in 2019 xd
2019-04-02 01:46
#75
 | 
Poland Htcobakel 
yep in 2019 ENCE still has 0 majors
2019-04-02 01:50
#104
 | 
Nigeria Asbhdhsbs 
In 2019 AGO has 0 majors In 2018 AGO has 0 majors In 2017 AGO has 0 majors In 2019/2018/2017/2016 VP has how many majors?
2019-04-02 06:28
#117
 | 
Finland eMBeJaana 
This :D
2019-04-02 08:00
Everyone just gonna ignore Epsilon being in top 30?
2019-04-02 01:17
CS is at a strange place right now. Apart from Astralis obviously, 2nd to 10th places almost don't seem to matter. Being second or third should feel like a great achievement in itself but really... the differences between the teams and their results are almost none, all of these teams are under performing on regular basis and get beaten frequently. Na'Vi fourth? FaZe fifth? These teams are currently no better than any of the teams around 8-10th places. It might just be that skill ceiling has somehow levelled up since the existence of global offensive and on top of that, teams are running out of new strategies and ways to surprise the opponent. Hence the new map in the pool maybe.
2019-04-02 01:24
#67
Portugal jfc 
+1 right now only Astralis and Liquid are solid teams, and Na'Vi maybe... I love NIP but 6th? Faze 5th? ENCE 3rd? LOL this say too much...
2019-04-02 01:31
+1 agree
2019-04-02 03:30
I think it's a lot to do in the way valve approach cs go. Most team that already has spot in major became lazy and they practice less, that why a legend spot is somehow is bad for the pro scene. i like dota approach for the major more, every team still need to through qualifier to play in major. And they have the best format for tournament (Double-elimination Bracket), It's lower the chance for an upset to happen, Despite cs go community is bigger than dota2, when came to tournament organizer cs go is so far behind dota2. it's so sad
2019-04-02 04:37
AGO in top 20 and Vp is not even in top 30
2019-04-02 01:34
#77
 | 
Myanmar xdcc 
More like VP not even in top50.
2019-04-02 02:12
At least not 138 omegalul
2019-04-02 06:41
#69
 | 
Brazil skazzi 
8.MIBR Reality: 20. MIBR
2019-04-02 01:35
#84
PokeMon | 
United States Acetk 
You forgot a 0
2019-04-02 03:11
#73
 | 
United States EmperorTrump 
Windogo players will die from coke overdose after that juicy $500k cheque before getting anywhere near top10
2019-04-02 01:44
#82
 | 
China kazuk1 
fnatic windigo G2 Navi -esl group
2019-04-02 02:50
nice april fools joke ence #3
2019-04-02 03:21
For how many years will Astralis stay not being top 1, but being the header of this ranking itself? monkaS 1000/1000 pts jeez
2019-04-02 03:26
#90
sh1ro | 
Russia YML1234 
C9 =(
2019-04-02 03:46
mibr down to 30 soon
2019-04-02 03:47
Who from Ghost is paying to remain in HLTV top20. Way over-rated. And I like Ghost.
2019-04-02 03:57
#99
Friis | 
Denmark baitzera 
How can North go up two positions and be ranked 10? The team is so bad...
2019-04-02 05:03
Lol where tf is mousesports??
2019-04-02 06:05
Mouse didn't do shit this year
2019-04-02 06:26
Still got better rankings in tournaments than no name last 10 teams in this top 30 list of teams.
2019-04-03 06:47
Mibr should be out of top15
2019-04-02 06:39
Mibr 8 is a joke, they need to be out of top 15 for sure.
2019-04-02 07:04
#110
 | 
United States NA_BEST 
mibr should be out of top 30 tbh
2019-04-02 07:10
forze gj
2019-04-02 07:14
Why the fuck is Ghost so high in this ranking ? They shouldnt even be on top 30
2019-04-02 07:40
#115
 | 
Sweden ThorinEk 
I woulsn't count too heavily on this ranking, remember the date. In all honesty, ENCE should obviously be top 1 if it was not a joke.
2019-04-02 07:41
#118
 | 
Finland NUCL3AR 
Enceeee
2019-04-02 08:14
MIBR > Vitality, NRG and Fnatic? Are you kidding me? The one who made this leaderboard is MIBR's fan right? LMFAO
2019-04-02 08:19
Joke9 #138 LUL
2019-04-02 08:42
#121
shox | 
India iejesus 
big lol
2019-04-02 09:02
#122
 | 
Bulgaria AboveYall 
7 bulgarians in top 30 Woooo :D
2019-04-02 09:10
#123
 | 
Turkey Jarrod 
Astralis lol
2019-04-02 09:14
#126
 | 
Japan Jotaro 
Renegades below nip this is a crime
2019-04-02 09:58
#127
Dosia | 
Hungary Joco413 
MIBR #8 wtf?
2019-04-02 10:13
#129
 | 
Germany Deutschland! 
Astralis is just way too strong now.
2019-04-02 11:11
Soez4ence
2019-04-02 12:02
#131
 | 
Sweden Lagge15 
TGL has been together for about 2 weeks and are ranked 35
2019-04-02 12:23
FaZe 5? idk about that
2019-04-02 15:21
ENCE TOP 3 feelsgoodman. #3. Ez. Plus Astralis should win Blast Pro Series Miami 2019... Cuz they're so OP.
2019-04-02 15:27
where is mouz?
2019-04-02 19:04
Epsilon in top 30 what?
2019-04-03 21:27
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