Team Ranking: June 2019 and EPC winner
We have updated our Global team ranking - powered by EGB.com - for June 2019, highlighted by increased competition in the top 10 ranks.
June saw a total of two Big events take place, the ECS Season 7 finals, where Vitality claimed the flaming trophy at the expense of FURIA, and the ESL Pro League Season 9 finals, where Liquid re-asserted their No.1 status to get just one point away from securing the Intel Grand Slam Season 2 prize. Adding to the list of LAN events for June are Moche XL Esports 2019 and DreamHack Open Summer 2019, where Windigo and OpTic hoisted the respective tournament trophies.
Parallel to LAN on-goings, closed qualifiers for regional Minors took place, determining a list of participants who will be duking it out over the course of July in looks to qualify for the StarLadder 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 July 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.
Please note that the +/- gain on this table differs from our weekly rankings page, and it is related to the ranking update of June 3.
Astralis down to #4
June’s performance was of utmost importance to Astralis’ ranking position, and with underwhelming results amassed over the first month of the summer, the Danes were knocked down to fourth - their lowest ranking since April 2018. The team participated at the two Big Events of the month, crashing out of the ECS Season 7 Finals in the group stage following two defeats against a fired up FURIA before being sent packing by Liquid in the quarter-finals of the ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals.
Despite the underwhelming month, the Danes remain level-headed and understand the road ahead and what it involves. Having accepted that the tournament break hindered their performance and status, Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander and company have their eyes set on regaining the No.1 spot, confident in their ability to do so. The upcoming ESL One Cologne will be a good gauge as to whether the team’s confidence is justified and whether they will successfully take steps to seize the crown that once warmed to their dome.
Na`Vi plummet to #13
Natus Vincere had an extended break from tournament play and have not been seen since the ESL Pro League Season 9 Europe second group stage, in Leicester. CIS' finest squad failed to qualify for the event in Montpellier, and with this result, rumours and speculations suggested possible roster adjustments.
It subsequently emerged that Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev would depart to assume the leadership of Winstrike, while young and hungry Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov would claim his spot on the Na`Vi roster, taking on an apprentice role under Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko. The roster adjustment and inactivity hit the team’s ranking hard, as the black and yellow colours fell from #6 to #13 in our rankings.
From what can be gathered via social media and VLOGs, it would seem that the brand new Natus Vincere roster is coming together well, with synergy and morale levels at a high. The squad spent time bootcamping prior to the imminent ESL One Cologne 2019, a tournament that will give a strong indication regarding the state of the team and its competitiveness at the highest level.
mousesports & G2 breach top 10
Two new contenders enter the top 10 of our rankings in G2 and mousesports, who now assume #8 and #10. Previously at #13 & #14, respectively, the two sides demonstrated great play over the course of June, highlighted by a grand final run in their home country by G2 at the EPL Season 9 finals, and a semi-final exit at the very same event for mousesports.
Prior to their run in Montpellier, Finn "karrigan" Andersen and his men had secured participation at the upcoming Europe Minor. Both showings indicate that the new roster is shaping up well, finding its way into international competition at a respectable pace. Should they have a solid showing in Cologne, mousesports could be looking at another leap in the rankings, this time edging closer to the top five.
As for G2, the Frenchmen will be taking a two-week-long break from LAN events, returning to action at the Good Game League 2019 on July 13-14 in Poznan, Poland. The likelihood of their ranking improving off the back of this tournament is slim, but another chance to rise will be granted come IEM Chicago 2019 later in the month. The individual form demonstrated by the team’s star players in recent times indicates a bounce-back for G2, something that has been missing for the roster for some time. If an upward trajectory continues, Richard "shox" Papillon and company stand a chance at returning to heights they took for granted in a distant past.
NRG & FURIA soar
Both NRG and FURIA have advanced four ranks above their previous positions, securing #6 and #7, respectively. Starting off with the Brazilian squad, FURIA had an action-packed June, when the team demonstrated an outstanding performance in London at the ECS Season 7 finals, famously besting Astralis in a best-of-one and best-of-three series, knocking the Danes out of the group stage of the event as a result. After qualifying for the Minor, the team had a slowdown in Portugal, where they fell to GamerLegion in the semi-finals of Moche XL Esports 2019.
As of today, the squad is the #1 Brazilian team in the rankings, surpassing their experienced compatriots of MIBR by a whopping five positions. This week, Andrei "arT" Piovezan and his men will be seen contending in Cologne, where they stand to further their position in the rankings provided they are able to produce anything comparable to their showings in Dallas and London.
NRG are in for exciting times and edge closer to their peak placement of fourth despite changing one player as Damian "daps" Steele made way for Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz. Over the course of June, the squad consistently demonstrated energetic LAN performances, making the playoffs at both ECS and EPL. Moreover, they qualified for the Americas Minor in convincing fashion after winning just two series.
With changes to their leadership and in-game setup, NRG are currently somewhat of an unknown entity. ESL One Cologne will serve as a good event to test the new system against top-tier opponents, and even if the usual playoff run is not achieved, the tournament will give the squad a good idea as to what needs to be adjusted in time for future tournaments, such as BLAST Pro Series LA and the Minor.
Pressure mounting on fnatic
The Swedish powerhouse witnessed a drop from #7 to #11 in our rankings after a month that saw them fall out in the group stage of the ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals following losses to NRG and Heroic. On a more positive note, the team managed to qualify for the Europe Minor via the upper bracket of the closed qualifier and are set to fight for a spot at the next Major.
As per a statement from Jesper "JW" Wecksell on Reddit, roster adjustments are not a topic of discussion on the squad’s agenda, meaning the team will look to address issues internally instead of looking for an external fix. Set to participate at ESL One Cologne, fnatic are in desperate need of a morale boost, and based off previous iterations of the roster, nothing provides this better for the team than a tournament victory or, at the very least, some improved results.
Ancient secure first EPC Shooting Stars prize
Ancient are the first ever-roster to secure the EPC Shooting Stars prize after jumping nearly 30 positions in our rankings within a month, from 50th to 21st. The Swedish team have earned a seven-day bootcamp for a total of six people at the Kinguin Esports Performance Center (EPC), a premier European esports bootcamp facility located in Warsaw, through a partnership between HLTV.org and Kinguin.
Fredrik "freddieb" Buö's team, who qualified for the Europe Minor and finished in second place at DreamHack Summer in June, could have even moved up further in the rankings had they not lost Nicolas "Plopski" Gonzalez Zamora to NiP - a departure that cost them a fair chunk of points.