Team Ranking: February 2020
We have updated our Global team ranking - powered by EGB.com - for February 2020, an action-packed month for CS:GO.
The second month of 2020 saw three international events take place in BLAST Premier Spring 2020, DreamHack Open Anaheim and IEM Katowice. Upon their conclusion, the rankings shifted greatly, with significant adjustments in the top 10, with established rosters sinking and teams on the up continuing their climb.
Notable rearrangements include Natus Vincere's leap into second after a spectacular showing in Poland. Naturally, G2 were also part of the climb after convincing showings at back-to-back tournaments, while Liquid find themselves outside the top five for the first time in over 18 months.
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 nine weeks, 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 March 2, 2020, 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 February 3.
Below are the five key takeaways from February's ranking update:
North American teams stumble
North America's finest, Liquid and Evil Geniuses, both participated at the two bigger events of February, BLAST Premier Spring and IEM Katowice. Nick "nitr0" Cannella's troops were considered one of the favorites coming into Poland, but they were unable to go beyond the quarter-finals following 0-2 defeats to the eventual finalists, G2 and Natus Vincere. The top-six finish confirmed some of the issues that the team had encountered in London, where they had twice been outfought by FaZe in a second-place finish in the group.
Evil Geniuses had already shown some worrying signs in the British capital, where they had finished third of their group after twice losing to the newly-arranged OG squad. The team opened their campaign in Katowice with a victory against MAD Lions, but losses to North American rivals Liquid and to 100 Thieves, whom they had previously beaten in London, meant the end of the road for them.
Liquid's lack of silverware or deep runs has finally caught up with them as they find themselves out of the top five for the first time since May 2018 - a worrying sight for a team that looked unbeatable during their incredible summer run last year. After eight consecutive months inside the top five, with a brief tenure at the summit, Evil Geniuses find themselves in seventh place, with losses to opponents that were previously trivial a confirmation of a significant drop in performance. Recent results pale in comparison to their fantastic post-break run last summer, which included two titles, and burnout can no longer be used as an excuse.
Na`Vi breathing down Astralis’ neck
Natus Vincere's latest iteration has sent ripples in the scene after it broke a long title drought at IEM Katowice and dismantled world No.1 Astralis. Their face-off at BLAST Premier Spring had seen an absolutely incredible three-map series that ultimately went Na`Vi's way, but in Poland the CIS giants barely had to break a sweat to move past the Danes, wrapping up the series in less than two hours after two 16-5 beatings. Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov's side went on to dispatch G2 in the final to pick up their first Big Event title since StarSeries i-League Season 7, in April.
In the space of a single month, Na`Vi lept a whopping six ranks, amassing 532 points. This places Natus Vincere just four points short of Astralis, who reclaimed the crown in November after being temporarily dethroned by Evil Geniuses. Considering the early days of Ilya "Perfecto" Zalutskiy are working out so smoothly, one could presume that it's either a honeymoon period or the beginning of something colossal for the young and ambitious team. With their recent performance against the best in the game, the inclination is towards the latter.
G2 reach new heights
French fans rejoiced with the arrival of G2 into 2020, as Nemanja "nexa" Isaković's team followed up on their Champions Cup Finals victory with a solid run at BLAST Premier Spring, topping Group C after beating 100 Thieves and OG (twice). But it was in Katowice where G2 really showcased how far they have come as a team, as on their way to the grand final they took down three teams who were then in the top five in MOUZ, Liquid and fnatic.
The apparent shift in mentality and the outstanding individual performances demonstrated by G2's players have given their fans more than just something to hope for. With vast improvements in Audric "JACKZ" Jug's English and the natural adaptation from the Serbian duo of nexa and Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač, the squad stands as a promising contender for upcoming tournament titles. The Frenchmen have found the golden line between reliance on individual performances and squad-based play, and with further experience they stand only to improve on the foundation that has been built so far.
Gen.G soar after Anaheim victory
Gen.G impressed the scene at their debut LAN in the United States, where the team hoisted the DreamHack Open Anaheim trophy over FURIA. Prior to beating the Brazilians, Damian "daps" Steele's side had bested ENCE, Complexity and North, creating a solid first impression after sitting just outside the top 50 in the rankings at the start of the tournament.
Hansel "BnTeT" Ferdinand has long reserved the title of best Asian talent, and with gradual improvements to his English, he stands to generate more impact down the line. Sam "s0m" Oh, who boasted a career-high 1.33 tournament rating, is in a perfect nurturing environment in the hands of daps, an experienced in-game leader who has demonstrated the capability to utilize his troops to their potential. While it may be early days for Gen.G, their performances on home soil suggest we might see another North American team try to slip closer to the coveted top 10.
MIBR, ENCE and forZe come crashing down
The chinks in ENCE's armor are once more on public display, as the Finns demonstrated yet another uninspiring performance at DreamHack Open Anaheim, exiting the tournament in last place following losses to a debuting Gen.G and a struggling MIBR. This marks the second consecutive tournament Aleksi "allu" Jalli and company finished in such fashion, and the falters have not gone unnoticed, as not a day goes by that the squad isn't reminded of recent results. Whether its roster adjustments, playbook overhaul or role swaps, ENCE need something to give if they are to return to a form reminiscent of their top-five days of past.
DreamHack Open Anaheim only accentuated the continued decline of MIBR, who could not make it out of the groups following consecutive losses to Complexity. The consistent struggles suggest deep-rooted issues within the long-standing core, and while the argument could be made regarding the relatively recent addition of Ignacio "meyern" Meyer, it has now been three months without improvements. What makes the situation trickier is that the squad is seemingly unable to identify the specific issues at hand, and, despite putting in the hours, they find themselves puzzled as to what needs to change to stop the bleeding. Only time will tell whether the Brazilians will fix their issues, but things are looking bleak for the team, whose core had never been outside the top 20 before.
Andrey "Jerry" Mekhryakov's FORZE stumbled a shocking 12 ranks over the course of the past month, as psychological issues hit the Russian team in Anaheim, leading to a last-place finish after losses to North and Endpoint were sustained. To add to the injury, the squad failed to qualify for the WESG 2019 Global Finals shortly afterward, losing against Spirit in a three-map affair. A long winter break proved counterproductive and got in the way of what was one of the most impressive growths seen from a CIS contender for a long while. The situation is nothing new for the team, however, and as previous interviews with the in-game leader suggest, the Russians will buckle up and work through the issues in an attempt to climb back.