Team ranking: July 2020
We have updated our Global team ranking — powered by EGB.com — for July 2020.
July has for most teams meant time for recovery as a large part of the top-tier scene went on a break after the off-season was moved to begin on July 6 this year as opposed to the middle of the month. The inactivity understandably translated into very little movement throughout the entire top 30, even at the bottom where teams used the opportunity to attend some of the off-season tournaments.
There were still some notable exceptions, though, as a few teams shifted by more than one or two spots. Namely, they are MAD Lions, whose loss of Lucas "Bubzkji" Andersen was confirmed earlier this week and caused them to drop below the 20th mark, GODSENT, as well as Gambit Youngsters as one of the most active teams in the lower tier.
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 two months, and performance in recent events in the last 3 months.
Each team is required to have a three-man core in order to retain their points. Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, online results, which previously had a minimal effect, now carry more weight as they are also included in the 'Achievements' and 'Recent Events' sub-categories.
Below is the current top 30 table as of August 3 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 July 6.
Below are the key takeaways from July's ranking update:
MAD Lions lowest in 2020 after the loss of Bubzkji
Rumors of Bubzkji's departure from MAD Lions were finally confirmed after more than a month of uncertainty at the end of July, when Astralis announced the addition of the young Danish star to their extended roster as a replacement for Jakob "JUGi" Hansen. The team had already been dropping for a few weeks beforehand after consecutive early exits from the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown and the cs_summit 6 Regional Qualifier, which saw MAD Lions all but lose out on a chance to qualify for the Major with zero Regional Major Ranking points to their name to this day.
Combined with the player change, the results have caught up with Denmark's No.2 team, who no longer have the Flashpoint 1 triumph holding them up and now fall below the top-20 mark for the first time since the start of the year, with just four players in the roster a few days ahead of the new season. On top of that, their future still looks uncertain, as reports initially linked Asger "AcilioN" Larsen & co. with Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson, but the talks between the two sides apparently fell apart at the last minute, and MAD Lions had to look elsewhere.
GODSENT's delayed rise
Despite being of many teams who have been enjoying time off during the player break, GODSENT are one of the few who managed to improve their position as they jumped four spots to return to the top 20. The European mixture had faltered in May with early exits from LOOT.BET Season 6 and DreamHack Masters Spring and dipped as a result, but at the end of June they managed to impress once again with a great showing at cs_summit 6, adding a considerable number of points in the Regional Major Ranking to reach fourth place ahead of the last tournament of the series.
Gambit Youngsters climb after undefeated run
While there has been nearly no activity at the top for the past month, the action continued at the lower tier with tournament series like Nine to Five and Eden Arena Malta Vibes and gave Gambit Youngsters a chance to show off their dominance and make some headway on the lower end of the top 30.
The Russian side has been in incredible shape, especially in the latter half of the month. Over just two weeks Dmitry "sh1ro" Sokolov's squad won the fourth and fifth Eden Arena cups as well as the CTRL PLAY League and they're heading for a fourth consecutive title as they are about to compete in the playoffs of Nine to Five 2. Since July 21, Gambit Youngsters have looked unbeatable, amassing a staggering 31-1 record in maps and 16-0 in matches as they re-entered the top 30 for the first time this year.
HAVU sink after losing Flashpoints and hoody
The Finnish side hovered around the edge of the top 20 in late April after an impressive campaign in the first season of Flashpoint, where HAVU placed third above the likes of Cloud9 and Gen.G, having lost only to the tournament's finalists, MIBR and MAD Lions. That achievement is now gone, however, and Olli "sLowi" Pitkänen's team has been unable to maintain the same level ever since they returned from Los Angeles and took an extended break afterward.
With no points in the recent LAN section and very little success otherwise to make up for the loss in other categories, HAVU are now ranked only 49th after encountering some stability issues as of late, placing dead last in the cs_summit 6 Europe Regional Qualifier and losing a local tournament to KOVA. On top of that, the team also parted ways with VALORANT-bound Aaro "hoody" Peltokangas and are now a man short just as the fresh season is about to begin.