Team Ranking: November 2019 and EPC winner
We have updated our global team ranking — powered by EGB.com — for November 2019 and announced the winner of this month's EPC Shooting Stars prize, awarded to the best climber inside the top 30.
November brought a large variety of LAN tournaments, from the regional eXTREMESLAND Asia Finals to the middle-of-the-field DreamHack Open stops in Atlanta and Jönköping, all the way up to the biggest events of the month in IEM Beijing and ECS Season 8 Finals, where teams tend to make the most headway in the rankings.
The top end largely remains similar from October, with the top-four teams shifting a spot upward or downward, as Astralis reclaimed their crown from Evil Geniuses on the back of their IEM Beijing win, while 100 Thieves have entered the top-five thanks to a runners-up finish at the Chinese tournament. Further down, TYLOO, GODSENT, and Spirit have made big strides, jumping into the top 30.
Below is the current top 30 table as of November 4th, 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 November 4th.
Astralis back on the throne with maximum points
After a brief period at the end of October that saw Astralis fail to win a title three events in a row and concede the No.1 spot to Evil Geniuses, the Danes returned to reclaim the throne as they went back to winning ways at IEM Beijing. In China, they looked as amazing as ever with one of the most dominant runs we have ever seen and secured the No. 1 spot again on the following Monday.
As the month came to a close, Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander's squad traveled to the other side of the globe to the ECS Season 8 Finals and added another trophy to their cabinet (when it gets out of customs, anyway), defeating all of the other top-four teams in the process in fnatic, Evil Geniuses and Liquid, to solidify their spot at the top and maximize their points at 1,000 — an amount they had not had for over six months (April 29).
Redemption stories for 100 Thieves and ENCE
100 Thieves had already shown improvements before their move to the North American organization, culminating their time with Renegades with top fours at the StarLadder Major and StarSeries i-League Season 8 in October, but the team was still missing a grand final appearance at a big event.
Aaron "AZR" Ward's men crossed that bridge immediately after siding with Matthew "Nadeshot" Haag's organization at the beginning of the month. Making it to the final at IEM Beijing with wins over ENCE and Vitality before the behemoth of Astralis stopped them at the last hurdle, 100 Thieves earned a place in the top five for the first time since early April.
On the other hand, ENCE's rut dating back to the addition of Miikka "suNny" Kemppi in September carried over into November, as despite an entire month's worth of preparation the Finns couldn't make it past the Australian squad on two separate occasions and barely beat ViCi in Beijing, suggesting they still had ways to go before their new lineup could reach the former's glory.
The CS:GO Asia Championships, two weeks later, marked an important milestone in the ENCE camp, however, as they won their first series against top-20 teams, beating mousesports and MIBR en route to their first appearances in playoffs and a grand final, in which they ended up falling at the hands of Finn "karrigan" Andersen's side in the rematch to conclude the Chinese event in second place. Having dropped out of the top-ten in October, the Finnish squad are on the way to recovery at No.10.
Na`Vi reach new lows
November was a quiet month for Natus Vincere, who attended just one event, BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen - featured in the October monthly ranking. The Russian team lost 100 points in the last month and now lie in 14th place - their lowest rank since December 2017.
Na`Vi will have two more chances to right the ship and end the year on a positive note. First, they will attend the ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals, where they must survive a group featuring FaZe, MIBR, fnatic, Evil Geniuses and 100 Thieves. Then, they will take part in EPICENTER, where they will try to win the title they lost to FaZe at last year's event. After spending the first half of the year inside the top five, Na`Vi have been on a downward spiral and it is hard to see light at the end of the tunnel.
Huge strides from GODSENT
Skipping over to the top 20, two teams around that mark made massive strides over the course of November. Firstly, it's GODSENT, who had been trying to break into the top 30 unsuccessfully for months under the NoChance and SMASH banners but could only do it in November, after making the Swedish organization their new home.
Going undefeated at WePlay! Forge of Masters Season 2 Finals, Kevin "kRYSTAL" Amend's men clinched their first international title to smash their way into the top 30, and at the end of November they added a semi-final finish at DreamHack Open Winter, peaking at No.21 for the time being.
EPC winner: TYLOO secure Shooting Stars prize
Although very impressive, GODSENT's jump from 31st to 21st place was not enough to claim the EPC Shooting Stars prize because TYLOO outdid them with a 15-spot climb to the 20th place as the most-improved team of November, winning a seven-day bootcamp for six people at the Kinguin Esports Performance Center in Warsaw, Poland.
The Chinese side had been struggling to make their mark, a trend that continued during the first week of November, when Hansel "BnTeT" Ferdinand & co. couldn't challenge Vitality or Evil Geniuses at IEM Beijing. However, later in the month they enjoyed success with a regional win at eXTREMESLAND Asia Finals and, more importantly, an impressive run at CS:GO Asia Championships, where TYLOO barely missed out on the grand final due to a huge comeback from mousesports after taking down G2 and MIBR.