Team Ranking: July 2019 and EPC winner

We have updated our Global team ranking - powered by EGB.com - for July 2019, highlighted by Liquid's unyielding dominance.

July was a busy month in CS:GO, witnessing three Big events in ESL One Cologne, BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles and IEM Chicago. All three of the aforementioned tournaments saw Liquid convincingly lift the trophies, furthering the gap between the North American squad and the rest of the competition.

Liquid lifted three trophies in July

Additionally, the month saw all four Minor precursors to the upcoming StarLadder Major Berlin played out, as well as the Minor Play-in, rounding out the participants' list of the first stage of the $1,000,000 tournament.

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 August 5, 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.
222
75
165
462
+1
3.
230
51
103
384
+1
4.
191
35
131
357
-2
5.
138
64
86
288
+1
6.
140
39
86
265
-1
7.
105
51
89
245
+6
8.
91
76
73
240
-
9.
79
67
67
213
+1
10.
89
45
71
205
-3
11.
82
33
53
168
+3
12.
58
38
47
143
-3
13.
42
54
42
138
+3
14.
72
28
38
138
-2
15.
70
32
17
119
-4
16.
24
41
20
85
+1
17.
50
10
17
77
-2
18.
10
30
28
68
-
19.
13
38
15
66
+4
20.
15
12
35
62
New
21.
7
40
7
54
+8
22.
11
28
13
52
+2
23.
8
33
5
46
-1
24.
15
13
17
45
-5
25.
13
25
5
43
+5
26.
11
6
23
40
-
27.
9
23
8
40
+6
28.
16
16
8
40
+6
29.
7
21
10
38
-8
30.
17
12
9
38
-10

Please note that the +/- gain on this table differs from our weekly rankings page, and it is related to the ranking update of July 1.

Liquid continue their reign

Liquid remain unmatched at the pinnacle of the world rankings, as the North American representatives closed out a further three LAN tournaments over July, securing first-place finishes on all occasions. Two of the events saw best-of-five finals, where Liquid bested world #2 and #4, Vitality and ENCE, in Cologne and Chicago, respectively. In the latter match-up, the Finns stood absolutely no chance against Liquid, as only five rounds were accrued in the first two maps by Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen and company, with only the third coming down to the wire.

Not a single match-up loss was witnessed for Liquid over the three events

Liquid have demonstrated unprecedented dominance in one of the most competitive periods of CS:GO, which is a testament to the gap between them and the rest of the competition. Five consecutive victories at Big events, coupled with an immense in-game cohesion has engraved Liquid as one of the most impressive squads to have graced the game since conception, and it would seem that there is more to come.

Cloud9 on the ascent

On July 3, Cloud9 announced a revamp of their roster, witnessing the addition of Damian "daps" Steele, Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas, Kenneth "koosta" Suen and Tyson "TenZ" Ngo as part of a massive restructuring, leaving only Timothy "autimatic" Ta from the previous iteration of the roster. Over the course of the month, the team demonstrated promising form, assuming #20 on our rankings after the roster rehaul left the team unranked. Their rise was a result of the team's performance at BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles, where Cloud9 successfully made the semi-final, subsequently falling to current #1 of the world rankings, Liquid. On their way to the playoffs, the roster tied against the likes of NRG and MIBR, while securing a victory and loss against FaZe and Renegades, respectively.

daps and company are looking to bring Cloud9 glory

With a brand new spring to their step, a reinvigorated Cloud9 will look to improve as time goes by, and the squad has sufficient time to do so, as the team will not participate at the upcoming Major. With their next LAN tournament, Arctic Invitational, set to take place on September 14th, Cloud9 will seek to remind the scene that it is capable of contending against the best, something the previous iteration of the roster struggled with.

Natus Vincere return to top 10

Following the departure of Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev, a lull period void of LAN events followed, where Natus Vincere quietly grafted, working on integrating newcomer Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov into their system. The team's LAN debut took place at ESL One Cologne 2019, where the newly-adjusted roster was able to make playoffs in convincing fashion, losing to subsequent victors, Liquid, in two best-of-threes.

Boombl4's addition to the squad has yielded its first payoff in Cologne

While it might be early days to make a call on the new version of the team, it is indeed apparent that Boombl4 brings much-needed firepower and a breath of fresh air to the Natus Vincere roster that has struggled to realise its full potential for some time. The team's closest event is the StarLadder Major, which will give a better gauge regarding their form and whether their new recruit has bought innovation to the playbook.

AVANGAR experience growing pains

AVANGAR are considered one of the fiercest contenders from the CIS region, however, as of late, the squad has experienced difficulties. In late June the team added veteran player, Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev, who was projected to bring much-needed firepower and experience to the relatively young roster. The team secured a spot in ESEA MDL Season 32 Europe, but faltered against FURIA at the EMF CS:GO World Invitational.

AdreN's integration into AVANGAR is underway

It is entirely feasible that AVANGAR are still working out their in-game system and adjusting to the arrival of AdreN. With just over a month elapsed since his acquisition, the Kazakh roster likely need more time to fully integrate their new addition into an established system, or if the task at hand is to restructure entirely, then even more time investment will be required in order for consistency, and as such, results, to be reached.

FURIA take a dip

FURIA burst onto the scene, assuming the #1 Brazilian roster position over established side MIBR. Shortly after, the team gradually cooled off, taken over by G2 and mousesports to place seventh in our July ranking update. Over the month, the Brazilians participated at three LAN events in ESL One Cologne, the Americas Minor and EMF CS:GO World Invitational, where they dropped out in groups, qualified for the Major via the lower bracket, and beat AVANGAR in a best-of-five showmatch, respectively. In between, the squad participated in online MDL and ESEA Global Challenge matches, dropping but a single best-of-one to Sprout over their run.

FURIA took a slight step back in the world rankings

FURIA, despite dropping three spots, are still very much the #1 Brazilian contender in the international scene. Andrei "arT" Piovezan and his men have shown that they are a force to be reckoned with, and inspire respect from some of the most seasoned squads in CS:GO today. With time and experience, FURIA will look to cement themselves as a staple of the top competitive tier.

Cloud9 secure EPC Shooting Stars prize

Cloud9 are the most improved team of July, jumping from an unranked position, due to their roster rehaul, to #20 on the world rankings. The international mix is eligible for a seven-day bootcamp for 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.

Cloud9 secured July's edition of the EPC Shooting Stars prize

In the event Cloud9 either decline or are unable to redeem their EPC Shooting Stars prize, forZe are the second-most improved roster of July, jumping from #29 to #21. The Russian team recently showed a spectacular performance at the CIS Minor, qualifying for the New Challengers stage of the Berlin Major.

Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
567
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Canada Tyson 'TenZ' Ngo
Tyson 'TenZ' Ngo
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
349
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
870
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1353
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
582
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
951
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
United States Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
780
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1414
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Brazil Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
485
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
800
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
#2
 | 
United States YankeeM 
CRAZY is winning major.
2019-08-05 20:54
#20
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
only 1? (
2019-08-05 20:59
Now that's CR4ZY
2019-08-05 21:01
#27
 | 
Bulgaria No_1One 
CR4ZY*
2019-08-05 21:01
#76
 | 
Spain MasterTovasko 
Hopefully yes
2019-08-05 22:12
#3
TACO | 
Portugal MSANTOS 
Very nice
2019-08-05 20:54
very cool
2019-08-05 20:54
God
2019-08-05 20:54
#7
Poland Hanse 
Cya VP
2019-08-05 20:54
#8
 | 
Brazil melanch_o_ly 
Good
2019-08-05 20:54
Nice
2019-08-05 20:54
so cloud9 wins one map at invitation tournament and gets granted with a bootcamp? ok legit
2019-08-05 20:55
First event as a team and when they did lose it was close maps to liquid.
2019-08-05 21:27
#53
 | 
Brazil tavin 
+1 and furia should be better ranked
2019-08-05 21:34
No.
2019-08-05 21:53
#107
 | 
Singapore Wadufuk 
5 years contract lolol
2019-08-06 04:36
#108
 | 
Brazil tavin 
Yeah that was dumb
2019-08-06 04:40
#112
 | 
India Frost2639 
Very very dumb
2019-08-06 06:36
#131
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
They lost to INTZ
2019-08-06 11:21
#142
 | 
Brazil tavin 
Bo 1, not a big deal
2019-08-06 16:32
#147
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
And 1 map in BO3
2019-08-06 17:18
+1
2019-08-05 22:43
#110
 | 
United States qzkR 
But ties against the #5 and #14 teams is impressive for an unranked team. Then proceeded to lose to #17 and #1
2019-08-06 05:37
EZ4LIQUID
2019-08-05 20:55
#71
tabseN | 
Germany sinons 
flukequid nt
2019-08-05 21:54
#96
 | 
United States Samsquanch_ 
Yah 7 tournaments in a row and a grand slam 3x faster than astralis; must be a fluke
2019-08-06 00:26
#113
 | 
India Frost2639 
Lol u don't win tournaments like that by luck. They were in form that's y they won and they can take up each other's role perfectly that's the reason they're top 1 now
2019-08-06 06:41
#13
n0thing | 
Poland MTSGOD 
windigo +4, last match 2 months ago? xD
2019-08-05 20:55
No problem, we know that ENCE will win the Major 😎
2019-08-05 20:56
#42
Skadoodle | 
Switzerland VuXn 
Look at the last match from ENCE and repeat it please.
2019-08-05 21:17
Already did
2019-08-05 21:36
#62
frozen | 
Czech Republic PlaSSma 
ENCE even bigger fluke than gambot
2019-08-05 21:43
#99
 | 
Finland Puskaaa 
1st in starseries 2nd in major 1st blast madrid (won astralis in three maps and ended the nuke streak) 2nd in dh dallas 2nd in iem chicago +all finals they lost were or were after that tournament the best team. nice fluke nt
2019-08-06 01:07
+1
2019-08-06 03:25
#115
 | 
United States pedrohuedro 
8 th in starseries pls dont lie dh dallas and iem chicago they had easy opponents major is fluke conclusion:fluke if they meet against navi they will suck a dick again
2019-08-06 07:22
+1
2019-08-06 23:41
de_lusional
2019-08-06 05:38
#117
 | 
India Frost2639 
Grow up u don't compete with top teams and win just like that they've come second in almost every tournament they attended so please stop with this fluke thing
2019-08-06 07:36
#92
 | 
Qatar olaolakaka 
+1 mens
2019-08-06 00:11
#120
 | 
India MihirX27 
Astralis has a more realistic chance than ENCE Though, unless Xseven gets over the AUG slump, and learns to spray consistently with M4A4, similar to how he'd spray the AUG.
2019-08-06 08:17
Tbh I think the same. After the break we'll know how much they improved
2019-08-06 16:25
ez for navi
2019-08-05 20:57
c9 +281
2019-08-05 20:58
#19
 | 
Argentina Chief02 
ok
2019-08-05 20:58
C9 should forfeit that spot, they're a rich org, they can boot camp whenever they want to
2019-08-05 20:59
#29
NEO | 
Poland PSZ 
nvm
2019-08-05 21:02
#66
 | 
Poland Kobel_ 
+1 also they won 1 map on invite-only tournament, so them getting that prize is pretty bs
2019-08-05 21:50
They're not gonna accept it anyways knowing them
2019-08-05 21:54
+ they aren't going to the major (and Forze is, the second most-improved team)
2019-08-05 22:51
agree but c9 to 20 is a joke, forze deserve the facility so much more
2019-08-05 21:01
#143
 | 
North America pieisgood186 
The world of esports love to keep the CIS region down whenever they can. You can see it on every major title.
2019-08-06 16:34
#154
 | 
Sweden crittaN 
?? Pls elaborate
2019-08-07 07:51
Why is Navi still in top 10?
2019-08-05 21:02
Hope we see Faze top 4 until the end of the season
2019-08-05 21:02
#31
 | 
Turkey montpaylit 
c9 hahaha rigged
2019-08-05 21:02
wtf clown9
2019-08-05 21:03
#37
 | 
Brazil P4uloVisk 
lets go FURIA !!
2019-08-05 21:06
#39
 | 
Brazil P4uloVisk 
LETS GO MIBR !!
2019-08-05 21:07
Why Tricked so high ? I miss something ? How they're higher than forZe
2019-08-05 21:20
#121
 | 
India MihirX27 
3rd in Copenhagen Games
2019-08-06 08:19
#45
 | 
Mexico Sevag 
I don't see Gambit Youngsters O.o
2019-08-05 21:22
#51
 | 
France skeudy 
don't really understand the Form of Vitality 75 and the Form of G2 76. Vitality reach 1 final of ESL event like them and G2 win 1 t3 event but vitality have reach semi final to all others t1 tournament.
2019-08-05 21:30
form rank is about ur match results last 2 months, can't say vitality have really better results honestly when comparing as ecs for instance does not count towards it anymore.
2019-08-05 21:40
Clowns9 still in top 20 asxaxaxaxaxxaxaxa
2019-08-05 21:32
#123
 | 
Albania Edjon 
Old roster was clown9, this is cloud9
2019-08-06 08:59
Bruh , he's a Liquid fan , what do you expect.
2019-08-06 10:45
bug b fan.
2019-08-06 13:24
They just won 1 map on FaZe and couldn't even beat M16R with coach, still in top 20 for no reason biggest fluke ever seen.
2019-08-06 13:28
#135
 | 
Albania Edjon 
M16R also beat g2 with coach and took one map off ence so???
2019-08-06 13:35
who
2019-08-05 21:36
Astralis number one
2019-08-05 21:40
How many points Vitality earn from throwing on Lan?
2019-08-05 21:41
OMG Liquid is so deep ahead.
2019-08-05 21:45
#64
 | 
United States WilsonDS 
I kinda hope C9 declines the boot camp thing because they are a big org and I think it will benefit forze more than them
2019-08-05 21:48
cloud9, multi million dollar org, wins bootcamp from hltv Xaxaxaxaxaxa HLTV Logic
2019-08-05 21:49
cloud9 can buy that bootcamp facility rofl
2019-08-05 21:52
Thank you boombla
2019-08-05 21:53
5 danish teams in top20 ... dayum!
2019-08-05 21:58
#73
GuardiaN | 
Other Darge 
HLTV should rework some stuff, one half-decent run and bam! right into the Top 20. It really neglects the hard work small teams do every day.
2019-08-05 22:02
Yeah, sadly when u go big event like this u get good ranking with ok result, being big org like c9 and always getting to play blast is rly big advantage to them for sure .
2019-08-05 22:05
#77
zonic | 
France kurupiii 
When you see that top10, you know it's a pretty weird period (especially Vitality 2nd like wtf lolz). Hope EliGe is right and the scene is gonna be more competitive after the break. Still happy for Liquid that have been really fighting for that number one spot. GG to them.
2019-08-05 22:12
#78
tweNty | 
United Kingdom Ruzkij 
AHAHAHA gamerlegion top22 how what this system is shit when avangar top 30 :D AHAHHAHAHA C9 top 20 HOW ? HOW HOW ? FORZE top22 cmon they should be in top20's ! the system shittt
2019-08-05 22:35
#80
 | 
Other TapioKuusela 
Avangar lost against Gamerlegion 5 weeks ago :)
2019-08-05 22:44
#86
tweNty | 
United Kingdom Ruzkij 
then how the fck windigo and complexity grayhand are there how ? no way i dont believe
2019-08-05 23:34
#114
 | 
Other TapioKuusela 
Yeah thats fucked up for sure, same as cloud9's rank
2019-08-06 06:56
#146
 | 
North America pieisgood186 
The world of esports love to keep the CIS region down whenever they can. You can see it on every major title.
2019-08-06 16:59
8/8 Good ranking
2019-08-05 22:53
Gonna be interesting seeing NaVi for real again
2019-08-05 23:16
#87
s1mple | 
China fu22Y 
Navi gonna show burgers who's the real boss in this major
2019-08-05 23:48
good
2019-08-05 23:56
navi ez win
2019-08-05 23:57
#94
 | 
Asia Korajon 
VAMOUZZZZZZZ
2019-08-06 00:22
#97
 | 
Poland ruhoks 
virtus pro #31 😡😡😡😡
2019-08-06 00:37
Yup, that's too high 🙂😎
2019-08-06 09:15
#98
 | 
Australia opzy 
It literally says "new" next to c9, how can they win most improved if their considered a new team?
2019-08-06 00:46
Astralis needs to step the **** up, for there scene to get any better. Winning the major would be the icing on the cake as that will mark the beginning of a true rivalry between them and team Liquid.
2019-08-06 01:24
Reply needs to have actual content
2019-08-06 01:26
WTF, same post 3 times, good job hltv.
2019-08-06 01:27
forZE 21 clown9 with 1 game 20 hahahahahahahahahha ________________ tricked 19 XAXAXAXAAXXAXAXA
2019-08-06 02:06
#104
 | 
Canada thelegend27 
clown9 win one game and suddenly they go from 368 to 20
2019-08-06 02:46
XD
2019-08-06 02:53
#109
qz | 
Germany maxwe11 
hope smooooooooya could save BIG
2019-08-06 04:57
#119
 | 
Hungary subzera 
i wanna see german cs comeback, but i doubt he will
2019-08-06 07:45
#116
 | 
United States pedrohuedro 
navi won starseries vitality took 5-8 th place, ence same but they higher in this shit ranking ence 13- 16 place on esl nice rankings
2019-08-06 07:30
#138
 | 
Vietnam Kurin 
Move on it was 5 months ago
2019-08-06 14:27
#118
 | 
Hungary subzera 
furia boutta come back at this major
2019-08-06 07:44
SL Major will be one of the best ever in terms of competition right now, unfortunately for mibr and NiP
2019-08-06 08:44
#124
 | 
Denmark Menterx 
5 dk teams in top 20, not too shabby!
2019-08-06 09:11
#128
 | 
United States Trump2020KAG 
Let’s go liquid
2019-08-06 10:19
mark my words liquid will never ever win a major another choke incoming mens
2019-08-06 14:21
#137
 | 
Canada keroMTL 
zywoolity top 2 lul 3 BOT 1 PLAYER 1 GOD and top 2 lululululul
2019-08-06 14:21
Flukia
2019-08-06 14:38
#145
 | 
African Union mikecool 
I'm expecting these ranks to change up highly after the major. Top 5 will likely stay the same probably.
2019-08-06 16:55
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