Team Ranking: December 2020

We have updated our Global team ranking for December 2020.

The last month of a year is historically packed with high-tier competition, and December 2020 followed the trend with two tournaments featuring elite teams from Europe and North America: BLAST Premier Fall 2020 Finals and IEM Global Challenge. Finishing second in the first and winning the other earned Astralis the No.1 place in the rankings before the Winter break, while Liquid climbed to the top10 with a high placing in the final event of the year.

Smaller tournaments such as DreamHack Open Winter, European Development Championship, and MIDNITE Nine to Five 7 impacted teams in the lower half of the top 30, with forZe climbing back to No. 27 and SAW reaching a new high at No.24.

With Xyp9x and gla1ve, Astralis returned to the #1 spot in December

From the top 30 teams that stayed in North America in December, not a single one played a match since the previous monthly update. Evil Geniuses (#17) continue to slip down the rankings due to inactivity and are just a few spots ahead of ex-Chaos (#20), whose future remains unclear, especially after Anthony "⁠vanity⁠" Malaspina decided to move to VALORANT.

In Europe, Sprout are clinging on to a spot in the top 30 following the departures of the Polish duo Paweł "⁠dycha⁠" Dycha and Michał "⁠snatchie⁠" Rudzki, while North are out of the list after their roster overhaul and a year of disappointing results.

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 January 4, 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
+1
2.
458
144
298
900
-1
3.
315
111
178
604
+1
4.
315
108
157
580
+1
5.
275
48
124
447
-2
6.
231
89
105
425
+1
7.
194
49
129
372
-1
8.
163
57
96
316
+1
9.
157
63
93
313
+7
10.
140
90
79
309
-2
11.
106
94
96
296
-
12.
148
41
74
263
-2
13.
122
17
88
227
-1
14.
106
38
76
220
-1
15.
48
97
45
190
+2
16.
103
26
58
187
-2
17.
120
30
37
187
-2
18.
57
54
51
162
+1
19.
69
44
35
148
-1
20.
50
51
46
147
-
21.
35
50
39
124
-
22.
33
41
35
109
+1
23.
35
39
27
101
-1
24.
14
44
19
77
+8
25.
23
25
26
74
-1
26.
25
18
24
67
-1
27.
21
28
18
67
+7
28.
15
24
22
61
+1
29.
8
41
11
60
-2
30.
15
24
20
59
-2

Please note that the +/- gain on this table differs from our weekly rankings page, and it is related to the ranking update of December 7.

Astralis overthrow Vitality to claim No.1 spot

The Danish powerhouse did it again, finishing the year on top of the world for the third consecutive time. With Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth returning to the fold, Astralis won the last event of November, DreamHack Masters Winter, and entered December in strong form.

After a long lower-bracket run, they placed second in the BLAST Premier Fall 2020 Finals, losing the grand final to Vitality, but an impressive tournament win in IEM Global Challenge was enough for the Danes to pull ahead just before the finish line.

Bombing the final event of the year cost Vitality the top spot

An overall solid year for Vitality, especially the second half of it (visualized in our Top 10 teams of the year video), was in the end spoiled by a group stage exit in IEM Global Challenge, in which they were defeated by BIG and Astralis.

Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire's team are currently 100 points behind Astralis in the rankings, as the Danes have maxed out in all three sub-categories, but the fight for the first spot will be on shortly. The BLAST Global Finals, starting January 19, will feature the top two teams, as well as world No.3 Natus Vincere, with the potential for a new king to be crowned.

Liquid return to top 10

Two months later, Liquid are back in the top 10 following a second-place finish in IEM Global Challenge. The North Americans were eliminated early in DreamHack Masters Winter Europe, but finished the tournament season on a high note, beating Heroic, FURIA and BIG before losing to Astralis in the grand final.

Twistzz has played his last tournament for Liquid

The IEM Global Challenge turned out to be Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken’s last tournament with Liquid. The Canadian rifler, who struggled to reach the same heights of 2019, when he was named the ninth-best player in the world, announced that he was leaving Liquid after the loss to Astralis, with a report by Rush B Media crediting the North Americans with an interest in Gabriel "⁠FalleN⁠" Toledo.

Should the move be confirmed, we can expect a totally different tactical approach from Liquid in the BLAST Premier Global Finals in two weeks.

sAw reach new peak at No.24

The Portuguese team's slow and steady rise was noticeable for most of 2020, and they managed to hit a new milestone right at the turn of the year. The former Giants trio of Omar "⁠arki⁠" Chakkor, Ricardo "⁠rmn⁠" Oliveira, and Christopher "⁠MUTiRiS⁠" Fernandes linked up with Tiago "⁠JUST⁠" Moura and Renato "⁠stadodo⁠" Gonçalves in January and fluctuated around the top100 until May, when things started picking up.

Portuguese veteran rmn is finding success with sAw

Aside from a ranking dip during the player break, the team made steady progress and collected a few big scalps along the way, ending the year inside the top 30 on the back of a second-placed finish in DreamHack Open December, for which they had to earn a spot through the Iberian qualifier.

MUTiRiS' squad defeated Movistar Riders, Nemiga, and forZe on their way to the grand final, in which they lost a competitive best-of-five to a red-hot Virtus.pro. While retaining their spot will be hard when Counter-Strike gets back into full swing in January, their current ranking should ensure more invites and make that task somewhat feasible.

North drop out of the top 30

North overhauled their lineup in late November after disappointing results throughout the year, taking the next step in their talent development strategy as they benched two veterans — Mathias "⁠MSL⁠" Lauridsen and Philip "⁠aizy⁠" Aistrup — and brought in new blood, with Kristoffer "⁠Kristou⁠" Aamand being recalled from his loan to AGF, and Rasmus "⁠kreaz⁠" Johansson joining the team on trial. North had notably missed out on Danish talent in the past, but according to their head of esports operations, Graham "messioso" Pitt, that will no longer be the case.

gade is once again North's skipper

With Kristou and kreaz onboard and Nicklas "⁠gade⁠" Gade as the new in-game leader, the Danish team attended only one tournament in December — DreamHack Masters Winter Europe. They lost to FURIA in the opening round, knocked Nemiga out of the tournament and were eliminated by GODSENT in a close series. It’s too soon to determine whether this lineup will be successful or not, but it will need to pick up results quickly to bring North back to the top 30.

Leonardo Biazzi contributed to this story.

(Disclaimer: HLTV.org and the Astralis Group)

Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1135
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1750
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1506
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
Portugal Tiago 'JUST' Moura
Tiago 'JUST' Moura
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
494
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
845
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
Sweden Rasmus 'kreaz' Johansson
Rasmus 'kreaz' Johansson
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
374
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
United States Anthony 'vanity' Malaspina
Anthony 'vanity' Malaspina
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
609
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Portugal Ricardo 'rmn' Oliveira
Ricardo 'rmn' Oliveira
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
739
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
Portugal Renato 'stadodo' Gonçalves
Renato 'stadodo' Gonçalves
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
395
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
Poland Paweł 'dycha' Dycha
Paweł 'dycha' Dycha
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
485
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Kristoffer 'Kristou' Aamand
Kristoffer 'Kristou' Aamand
Age:
19
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
304
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1725
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
Spain Omar 'arki' Chakkor
Omar 'arki' Chakkor
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
541
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.68
Poland Michał 'snatchie' Rudzki
Michał 'snatchie' Rudzki
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1116
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1342
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.60
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1701
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.72
Portugal Christopher 'MUTiRiS' Fernandes
Christopher 'MUTiRiS' Fernandes
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
840
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
Vitality > all
2021-01-05 00:00
6 replies
No /closed
2021-01-05 02:02
+1
2021-01-05 04:06
#66
 | 
Serbia LtN))
0/8
2021-01-05 11:33
2 replies
4 majors
2021-01-05 14:19
1 reply
#84
 | 
Serbia LtN))
Astralis and NaVi 2010 yes
2021-01-05 14:36
#90
 | 
Germany Nachofish
best team of the year atleast
2021-01-05 17:53
yeet
2021-01-05 00:01
ok
2021-01-05 00:01
Yes
2021-01-05 00:02
Astralizzz really?? LOL?
2021-01-05 00:02
13 replies
HLTV is owned by a company who has stocks in astralis xd
2021-01-05 07:58
10 replies
So what are the real top 30 and why? Also what are the misdeeds you see, in terms of the corrupt ranking? How are Astratis favored?
2021-01-05 08:24
8 replies
NaVi was the best team in the world but they still give Astralis #1
2021-01-05 09:21
7 replies
navi 2 1st places < astralis 4 1st places just because navi played more tournaments doesn't mean they are the best
2021-01-05 10:54
3 replies
FURIA&BIG also 4 first places? top 1? Navi was the best of 2020, everybody knows that. Except HLTV cuz its Astralis fanclub :O:O:O:O
2021-01-05 12:05
2 replies
i hope you know what tier-a tournaments mean?
2021-01-05 13:11
0/8
2021-01-05 13:16
#71
 | 
Montenegro IzAlaN
shitnavi top5 maximum
2021-01-05 12:06
lmao navi doesnt even deserve top 3
2021-01-05 12:11
1 reply
#83
 | 
Russia Unkind_nu
+1
2021-01-05 14:35
Well hltv dont make a profit by ranking them higher
2021-01-05 13:47
cry is free :)
2021-01-05 08:22
1 reply
flag and flair checks out
2021-01-05 09:21
#6
 | 
Finland lungi_cs
pog
2021-01-05 00:02
#7
 | 
Finland Jambi_
Vitality deserved #1
2021-01-05 00:03
Nice
2021-01-05 00:03
Furia deserved better
2021-01-05 00:03
astralis era residentsleeper
2021-01-05 00:03
#11
 | 
Portugal WillyanI7
POGtugal
2021-01-05 00:06
Where is sangal team
2021-01-05 00:08
2 replies
#33
 | 
United States GGtho
In the trash can
2021-01-05 02:40
1 reply
#99
 | 
Romania DelianCSGO
XDDDDDDD
2021-01-14 11:26
Gambit top15 already. Thats nice.
2021-01-05 00:09
liquid will be #2 soon, just like good old times
2021-01-05 00:09
#15
 | 
El Salvador w7tv
liquid still a joke to be top 10 same to G2
2021-01-05 00:16
3 replies
Wdym?? G2 is good
2021-01-05 00:24
2 replies
#19
 | 
El Salvador w7tv
not to be in top10 this year, they lost almost every single match, only won maps in tier1 events because of bets. 41.7% in last 3 months and most likely the entire year, the literally the punching bag of tier1 as faze
2021-01-05 00:28
1 reply
G2 >>> faze ever since niko joined, they only improved. They were testing jackzz and amanek. Watch them in 2021 now when they have decided on their final 5 man roster.
2021-01-05 12:23
#16
 | 
Portugal sANtiPLoN
PT >>>> all
2021-01-05 00:16
BORA SAW <3
2021-01-05 00:22
ok
2021-01-05 00:42
easy
2021-01-05 00:43
Nice, top 24, very excited for the start of the season, hopefully the boys can go a little further! #sAwtouadar
2021-01-05 00:49
lmao classic biased danishland astralis site
2021-01-05 01:00
4 replies
yuuuuuuup
2021-01-05 07:58
1 reply
Classic salty fans. Love to see it.
2021-01-05 09:05
0/8 too stupid to understand how rankings work
2021-01-05 13:16
1 reply
mr 1 million register user please dont at me you dont know
2021-01-05 14:54
north lul honorable mentioned
2021-01-05 01:08
#sAwtouadar lets go
2021-01-05 01:21
Astralis 1000 pts wtf
2021-01-05 01:21
10 replies
500 200 300 1000
2021-01-05 01:23
9 replies
Yeah fucking nuts. Perfect rating
2021-01-05 01:28
4 replies
the ranking is curved, meaning the 1st place in each category always gets the max points and then everyone else gets points relative to the 1st place. for example: if the 1st place has 2 tournament wins and your team has 1, you get 50% of the max points. if the 1st place has 4 tournament wins and your team has 1, you get 25% of the max points.
2021-01-05 05:55
3 replies
Thanks for this man. +1
2021-01-05 12:28
Not true, see here for instance: hltv.org/news/30259/team-ranking-august-..
2021-01-05 12:53
1 reply
please learn to read. i wrote "the first team IN EACH CATEGORY..." that doesn't mean it's the same team in all 3. of course the curving is done independently for each category. the example i gave is for the lan category.
2021-01-20 18:06
Still waiting for someone to beat them in a grand final
2021-01-05 06:34
3 replies
Vitality beat them at Blast?
2021-01-05 09:06
you waited negative time
2021-01-05 14:37
I meant on major
2021-01-06 10:19
Ez4saw !
2021-01-05 01:28
Kinda weird that Astralis Can have 300 LAN points, when Navi only have 178 ... - Considering there were only ONE LAN tournament in 2020 ... which Navi won ...
2021-01-05 01:34
5 replies
+1
2021-01-05 02:56
LAN doesn't stand for actual LAN here, though. The "elite" 8 Biggest S-Tier events are all Big LAN events category.
2021-01-05 05:04
2 replies
True, however, that doesn’t make it less weird to watch ... - And considering The current situation about CoVid19 ... - Perhaps it should be a seperate category now ?
2021-01-05 08:49
1 reply
Yeah, I tend to agree with that. There are many caveats to online though. Regardless, this year had a mix of both, making any decision controversial. Assuming things will return to normal by the later half of 2021, this same criteria would probably apply again.
2021-01-05 08:56
they switched the LAN to Online very early. They didn't want to add a new catergory.
2021-01-05 06:50
Still no polish team XD TaZ sell this ducking Mercedes-Benz.
2021-01-05 01:36
2 replies
When ASTRALIS won their first MAJOR out of the 4 MAJOR they have won, it went downhill fast, they had no polski csgo players who were good enough, so they swapped them all out with Russians.
2021-01-05 10:32
1 reply
Polish cs meltdown when in vp had argument. Still sad for me we havent good team since then.
2021-01-05 13:42
#sAwtouadar
2021-01-05 02:56
#36
 | 
Brazil parrud0www
Astralis 300 points in lan? It's a joke?
2021-01-05 03:56
4 replies
I guess you didn't see this (Disclaimer: HLTV.org and the Astralis Group) NaVi played 3 LAN finals last year and won 2 including Katowice but still 178 points xd
2021-01-05 09:24
3 replies
u are just too stupid to understand
2021-01-07 10:37
2 replies
nt medkit
2021-01-07 10:38
1 reply
get medical help sam
2021-01-07 10:45
BIG rank is a joke.
2021-01-05 04:31
1 reply
Blast consolation final. IEM top 4 and beat Astralis... So 3 and 3/4th place in tier 1 tournaments. Ony this placements make them actually a top 3 team of December. So yes it is a joke it should be higher.
2021-01-05 06:49
#41
 | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina Foxxeh
EXPECTED
2021-01-05 06:20
Furia top 10 Pepega
2021-01-05 06:47
#46
 | 
Russia SW@G_2
faze should def be higher
2021-01-05 07:50
Very naice
2021-01-05 07:56
#52
 | 
Ukraine Najara
Navi overrated
2021-01-05 08:28
The ranking's just not very credible when the likes of c9 and mibr reside in top30
2021-01-05 09:43
#61
 | 
Germany sommares
liquid top 10 with 4 players? nice joke
2021-01-05 09:54
#62
 | 
Portugal TopFarmer
EZ4SAW
2021-01-05 09:56
there is still a Valorant team in top 20 OMEGALUL
2021-01-05 11:12
Not so ez for Ence
2021-01-05 11:34
#68
alex | 
Poland SebL
Astralis is looking great atm., since like another era might be coming in. If Liquid pick the right 5th, they can be really good. sAw is really good. And North is dead, it would be better for both org. and players to part ways.
2021-01-05 11:37
#69
 | 
Portugal dracø
So proud of SaW, amazing year for them. Keep grinding boys
2021-01-05 11:53
sAw are better at LAN events than online.
2021-01-05 12:59
nice
2021-01-05 19:46
NaVi #1
2021-01-05 19:56
1 reply
#98
 | 
France 444RaVe
Absolutely not Maybe top 5
2021-01-09 15:21
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