Team Ranking: January 2021

We have updated our Global team ranking for January 2021.

January brought the return of top-tier Counter-Strike after the player break as BLAST hosted the global final of its 2020 Premier circuit, featuring $1 million in prize money and eight teams, six of which inside the top 10 in the rankings. Natus Vincere ran rampant in the tournament and put in some performances reminiscent of last year's IEM Katowice campaign, but it was not enough for them to overtake Astralis or Vitality in the world rankings, although the second place is now within their grasp.

One of the month's winners was Virtus.pro, who added the cs_summit 7 trophy to the Flashpoint 2 and DreamHack Open December titles that they had won at the tail end of 2020. The CIS team, who did not drop a single map throughout the tournament, are now sixth in the world, their highest rank since November 2019.

NAVI won the first big tournament of 2021, the BLAST Premier Global Final

Smaller tournaments, such as DreamHack Open January and the OMEN WGR European Challenge, also had an impact in the lower half of the top 30, with Spirit moving up to No.14 despite making a roster change, and Dignitas, Movistar Riders and Sinners all making this month's table.

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 February 1, 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.
411
110
263
784
-
3.
382
152
246
780
-
4.
266
87
134
487
-
5.
167
95
108
370
+4
6.
140
99
102
341
+5
7.
240
33
60
333
-2
8.
146
41
101
288
-
9.
166
29
83
278
-2
10.
160
43
65
268
-4
11.
114
45
82
241
-1
12.
103
67
61
231
+2
13.
122
10
61
193
-1
14.
79
69
44
192
+5
15.
113
33
28
174
+2
16.
54
71
44
169
-1
17.
63
39
54
156
+1
18.
89
21
23
133
-2
19.
77
11
29
117
-6
20.
32
32
34
98
+2
21.
11
39
26
76
+3
22.
43
26
0
69
New
23.
15
37
11
63
+4
24.
10
34
15
59
+8
25.
18
34
7
59
+5
26.
23
0
34
57
-5
27.
4
37
9
50
+34
28.
20
22
6
48
-2
29.
1
43
2
46
+11
30.
0
43
0
43
+38

Please note that the +/- gain on this table differs from our weekly rankings page, and it is related to the ranking update of January 5.

NAVI breathing down Vitality’s neck

Natus Vincere began 2021 by securing a trophy in their first tournament of the year, BLAST Premier Global Final. Despite getting off on the wrong foot, the CIS squad bounced back in the lower bracket with victories against Complexity, G2 and Liquid before taking on the two highest-ranked teams in the world, Vitality in the consolidation final and Astralis in the grand final. NAVI’s run was all the more impressive when taking into account that they lost just two maps after being knocked down to the lower bracket in their tournament opener.

Although NAVI did beat both Astralis and Vitality in the BLAST tournament, they could not overtake the aforementioned teams in the ranking and are still in third place, but their victory does put them in hot pursuit of the French squad as they landed just four points shy of second place, closing a gap that was nearly 300 points wide at the end of 2020.

NAVI are now just four points behind Vitality

Up next for Natus Vincere will be the BLAST Premier Spring Groups, in which they will face MIBR before taking on Liquid or FaZe. But the real proving ground for NAVI - and where they will be gunning to overtake the Frenchmen - will be IEM Katowice, in which the CIS team will try to defend their title from last year's event, the last big LAN competition before play moved online because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Virtus.pro close in on top 5

Virtus.pro have climbed to sixth place in the rankings, their highest since November 2019, when the core of this team was still reaping the rewards of their final run at the StarLadder Berlin Major and a victory at BLAST Pro Series Moscow. This time around, it comes off the back of a victory in cs_summit 7, the third tournament in a row they have won following their Flashpoint 2 and DreamHack Open December titles at the end of 2020.

Virtus.pro are in a close contest for fifth place with Liquid and Heroic

The CIS team were a force to be reckoned with in their first tournament of the year, beating NIP, FURIA, mousesports and fnatic without dropping a single map in the five series played. Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali showed particular good form in his team’s success, ending eight out of the ten maps played with 1.15+ ratings and leading nine different stats categories by the end of the event, which earned him his second career MVP.

After jumping five places in the ranking since last month’s update, Virtus.pro are now right in the middle of a hotly-contested fight for fifth place, 29 points behind Liquid and just eight above Heroic. Without a spot in IEM Katowice's main tournament, Virtus.pro will have to fight their way through the play-in to qualify for the main event, a crucial hurdle in their aspirations to become a top-five team in the world.

FaZe drop to lowest rank in over a year

FaZe are continuing their downward trend from last year amid a roster overhaul, as they kicked 2021 off outside of the top 10, in 13th place, and have now dropped all the way down to 19th. The international squad are now on the brink of falling out of the top 20 after a disastrous 11-12th place in cs_summit 7 following losses to mousesports and MIBR.

FaZe's woes continued at the start of the year before changes were announced

Big news came from the FaZe camp after their cs_summit 7 elimination, however, and Marcelo "⁠coldzera⁠" David and company will be hoping that the high-profile signing of Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken will pay off and help revitalize a team that has been unable to regain flight after losing their star player and former in-game leader Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač to G2 last year.

FaZe will be able to feel out their new configuration with Twistzz at BLAST Premier Spring Groups, in which the Canadian will face off against his former Liquid teammates in the Group C opening match. But the team's first big test will come later in February, in IEM Katowice, in which they will hope to draw on a honeymoon phase to buck their negative trend in a tournament featuring a whopping $1 million prize pool.

Ninjas in trouble

NIP played their last official match of 2020 on November 25 - a 0-2 defeat to Cloud9 in the first round of the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown - and looked rusty when they returned to action in cs_summit 7, in which they recorded one more loss to the 'Colossus' and two against the eventual champions, Virtus.pro. The 2-1 victory against a Dignitas side barely inside the top 30 offered little consolation to the Ninjas, who are now ranked just 18th in the world.

NiP are almost outside the top 20

This is the lowest that NIP have been in the rankings since June 2017, and they could be in for more misery as they have been placed in the only BLAST Premier Spring group with three top-10 sides (Astralis, BIG and OG).

The honeymoon period following Hampus "⁠hampus⁠" Poser's addition is well and truly over, and the cracks in the team are all too evident. Perhaps the recent rebrand could push the management to press the reset button in an attempt to stop the bleeding?

SINNERS break into the top 30

"You will see us in top 30 next year," Tomáš "⁠oskar⁠" Šťastný said during his official unveiling as a Sinners player, exactly two months ago. The Czech team have since climbed 40 places in the world rankings, finally breaking the top-30 barrier in the latest ranking update following a very busy month.

oskar's experience has helped SINNERS to climb up the ladder

Sinners have played 25 official matches since the start of the year, and while results haven't always been stellar, they have managed to defeat some established teams, including Dignitas, HellRaisers, Sangal and Lyngby Vikings. With oskar and Adam "⁠NEOFRAG⁠" Zouhar both putting up solid numbers, the team will be looking to consolidate their place in the top 30 before they can start thinking about bigger things.

Lucas Aznar Miles contributed to this story

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1292
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.61
Czech Republic Adam 'NEOFRAG' Zouhar
Adam 'NEOFRAG' Zouhar
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
219
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.68
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
936
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.55
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1138
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1364
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1125
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1110
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Wasn't this posted yesterday? I'm sure i saw this before...
2021-02-02 11:41
11 replies
There was an issue which the table, which has been resolved.
2021-02-02 11:44
9 replies
Can we please get a post explaining how all these three scores actually work? I do not think many people understand how these are put together
2021-02-02 11:58
8 replies
exactly you can understand how achieve and form works but how the f... works lan if we have almost 0 lans and astralis have 300 points out of it?
2021-02-02 12:09
7 replies
i think they are counting online wins as lan wins for now
2021-02-02 12:24
4 replies
So do you think in lets say TOP10 achievements = lan? because they have just achievements from the bigger tournaments which if they count as lan its same right?
2021-02-02 12:29
3 replies
hltv just takes the last 5 events they've been i'm pretty sure
2021-02-02 15:15
2 replies
EXPECTED with a population of 6mil we are loyal we are dedicated we are friendly we are Astralis the best team to have ever touched counter strike #Tothestars #Danesarethebest
2021-02-03 06:11
1 reply
good for astralis, i respect the drive they have for the game
2021-02-03 15:16
nowadays LANs = online big tournaments. But when offline will be back, LAN points will work like before the 2020.
2021-02-02 12:32
1 reply
okay thank you :)
2021-02-02 12:43
#24
Rapper | 
United States E_40
Dignitas on the rise
2021-02-02 11:53
AST TOP 1 AGAIN
2021-02-02 11:41
X
2021-02-02 11:41
#4
 | 
Nepal baral25
gud
2021-02-02 11:41
Navi kekw
2021-02-02 11:41
Navi top 1
2021-02-02 11:41
IZI
2021-02-02 11:41
Let's go VP, time to go for top 5.
2021-02-02 11:42
GO SINNERS !!!
2021-02-02 11:42
2 replies
How is oscar doing atm?
2021-02-02 11:44
1 reply
smurfin on these hoes
2021-02-02 11:58
noice
2021-02-02 11:42
o plano
2021-02-02 11:43
G2 top 1 soon
2021-02-02 11:44
#16
 | 
Denmark Marcusft07
This is broken
2021-02-02 11:44
#17
 | 
Brazil Enzote
O PLANO
2021-02-02 11:44
#18
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Russia ToughGuy
next week navi top2
2021-02-02 11:45
SANGAL #53
2021-02-02 11:45
LETSGOOOO SINNERSS
2021-02-02 11:47
Smooya making Movistar Riders great alongside Mopoz, think they can be a Top 20 team with this squad.
2021-02-02 11:49
2 replies
and thats such an humble milestone, I think that team is top 10 material tbh
2021-02-02 11:52
1 reply
Top 10 is bit of a stretch but maybe
2021-02-02 11:58
Navi is 1st mens
2021-02-02 11:50
FaZe #1 soon
2021-02-02 11:54
1 reply
#FaZeUP
2021-02-02 14:51
#26
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Korea zeppyxdxd
WHY DID GAMBIT LOSE SO MANY SPOTS WHEN THEY GOT TO SEMIFINALS OF DREAMHACK, BUT COMPLEXITY & EG ARE STILL AHEAD OF THEM LMAO
2021-02-02 11:57
#27
Xyp9x | 
Turkey JEXA
WHERE IS SANGAL
2021-02-02 11:57
Cloud9 is top20 after how long now? VP are looking actually great. The top3 are pretty stacked and no one is gonna be able to shake them out. Astralis, Navi, and Vitality have been Top3 since like forever (internally their ranks change, but they're always top3). Liquid looking good for the first time since Katowice 2020. G2 is underperforming, tbh. Mouz, CoL, and Faze are kinda unstable. NiP is going down very badly, and Fnatic's trying hard to regain their ground. Smooya was very impressive in movistar's run. Extremum was really entertaining. Team Spirit and Gambit are underrated.
2021-02-02 12:03
2 replies
#69
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Estonia nordjoker
i'm sure that EXTREMUM will rock the pro stage in this year
2021-02-02 15:48
1 reply
+1
2021-02-02 16:57
#32
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Italy jefry_7
BIG still 4 xdd , this is broken
2021-02-02 12:03
How is BIG holding up in Top4 ? They have been really bad in the last two months, losing to almost anyone
2021-02-02 12:05
3 replies
no one cars, since they r jermans
2021-02-02 12:27
almost lost? Iem semi final DH semi final. Yeah lost everything
2021-02-02 12:35
They made Top 3 in the last 2 big events of 2020 and there has only been 1 relevant event in 2021 which they didnt participate in
2021-02-02 12:36
Liquid should be 4, vp 5, big not top 5 for sure
2021-02-02 12:08
#36
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Czech Republic rohlik
SINNERS WINNERS
2021-02-02 12:10
2 replies
Have you ever seen a Black man in real life?
2021-02-02 15:43
1 reply
#70
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Czech Republic rohlik
Yes? Why?
2021-02-02 16:19
no namers expected that astralis #1
2021-02-02 12:11
22/ EXTREMUM - NEW THIS.
2021-02-02 12:14
LESGO LIQUID wooooo
2021-02-02 12:17
like allways dennmark site shit top
2021-02-02 12:23
ALGA AVANGAR
2021-02-02 12:31
Astralis lost the final form 200 Navi owned them form 152. Hltv part owned by astralis and Danish website Sure there is no contradiction between ranking system that means literally money for the clans and such form calculation. Sure for sure so sure yeah sure.
2021-02-02 12:34
2 replies
hltv.org/disclosure You should take a look
2021-02-02 12:50
Astralis owned Navi in the 2 tournaments before that In the last 4 events Astralis have won 2 and got 2nd 2 times yet you somehow think the rankings should be completely changed based of this most recent final ahahahha jerman brainlet checks out. Also hltv.org/disclosure If anything it's some1 owning HLTV who also owns a very little part of shares in Astralis which you know is completely legal in a free market, but i guess Jerman comunism isnt that far yet. But once again jerman brainlet can't even comprehend the most basic shit. And i guess Astralis also owns ESL rankings right? pro.eslgaming.com/worldranking/csgo/rank.. Delusional jerman.
2021-02-02 13:30
North just getting further and further away from competitive counter-strike is spectacular to watch. Not even in the top 30 and people not expecting them to be either. The leadership of this organization just keeps failing. How can you fail to create a top 30 team with the talent pool present in Denmark? With what i expect is the second largest budget in danish counter-strike?
2021-02-02 13:01
2 replies
North has zero money to buy for, their owners has completely shut the bank for them. Denmark might have the biggest talent pool, but North has zero chance of competing with coL, oG and mouz/faze about the danes who are now in international lineups
2021-02-02 13:31
#59
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Denmark Menterx
Sad to see, if you ask me.
2021-02-02 14:15
vp won a tier 2 event and directly goes to 5 lol
2021-02-02 13:18
NAVI top 1 Stop forcing vitaliti
2021-02-02 13:29
sinners winning a few matches with some bad and low ranked teams and they are already in top 30. it proves to me aonce again that this ranking is a scam
2021-02-02 13:57
1 reply
sinners farming tier 4 teams
2021-02-02 15:20
#57
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Kazakhstan Tarob
GO GO VP
2021-02-02 14:02
#58
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United Kingdom mrpc1901
So Mouz 2-0 Furia, Heroic, and FaZe but don't move up Ok
2021-02-02 14:05
2 replies
#66
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Czech Republic PaYaB
They went down, what a joke. I think that they had some negative points after acor joined.
2021-02-02 15:40
This is for a whole month. And they lost a chunk of their points after replacing one player.
2021-02-02 21:38
#60
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Kazakhstan Tengri7
gogo VP. deserved
2021-02-02 14:23
C'mon FaZe #FaZeUP
2021-02-02 14:52
#65
 | 
Brazil Anarchybr
Im O PLANO fan since the beginning
2021-02-02 15:33
#67
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Estonia nordjoker
EZ4EX
2021-02-02 15:42
#75
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Ivory Coast Jacobiss_
EZ SINNERS
2021-02-08 20:00
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