Team Ranking: March 2021

We have updated our Global Team Ranking for March 2021, which featured little change at the top but saw a couple of big jumps in the bottom section of the top 30.

March featured the world's best teams competing in the only elite event of the month, ESL Pro League Season 13, while tournaments such as the Pinnacle Cup, Snow Sweet Snow, and DreamHack Open March filled in the gaps with mixed levels of competition.

Results in qualifiers for BLAST Premier Spring Showdown and DreamHack Masters Spring also influenced changes, albeit to a smaller degree as they only impacted the Form sub-category.

Vitality remain in the top 6, but a drop in the rankings is looming

Similarly, ESL Pro League results have only affected the team's Form as the tournament is still running and placements weren't taken into account for the ranking update of April 5. Therefore, the upper half of the top 30 stays relatively unchanged from last month's update, but massive shifts are expected soon following the event's conclusion as teams such as Complexity, FURIA, and ENCE made deep runs.

Big jumps are seen in the bottom half of the top-30, starting with HAVU, who are up 39 spots after winning 24 of the 28 matches played in March. Making similar strides were AGO, Copenhagen Flames, and SKADE, all rising at least 20 positions in the ranking, while Extra Salt showed promise ahead of their European trip by dominating North American opponents and climbing to number 21.

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 April 5, 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.
437
75
300
812
+1
2.
500
87
193
780
-1
3.
277
200
203
680
+1
4.
267
128
200
595
-1
5.
258
122
150
530
+1
6.
356
33
78
467
-1
7.
177
96
148
421
+1
8.
287
28
80
395
-1
9.
152
117
68
337
+2
10.
158
91
57
306
-1
11.
134
83
62
279
-1
12.
124
106
47
277
+2
13.
114
66
64
244
-1
14.
104
48
70
222
-1
15.
93
66
59
218
+3
16.
40
103
49
192
+39
17.
64
60
62
186
+2
18.
91
26
47
164
-3
19.
85
13
64
162
-3
20.
92
39
24
155
-3
21.
20
86
33
139
+7
22.
9
82
10
101
-
23.
12
52
25
89
+21
24.
23
52
14
89
-3
25.
10
47
23
80
+9
26.
9
58
11
78
+34
27.
18
51
7
76
-4
28.
1
73
2
76
+23
29.
6
65
4
75
+4
30.
17
51
5
73
-4

Please note that the +/- gain on this table differs from our weekly rankings page, and it is related to the ranking update of March 1.

All quiet on the northern front

The latest monthly update brings little change in the elite ranks because the sole Big Event that was held in March, the ESL Pro League Season 13, is still underway and, as such, only affected the Form sub-category. Natus Vincere may have regained the top spot from Astralis, but they could soon take a big hit after crashing out of EPL in the first round of the playoffs. The Danes are hot on NAVI's heels, but they'll need to be wary of the threat posed by Gambit, who have gained over 100 points since the previous update and will want to continue to make history.

NAVI reclaimed top spot — but for how long?

One change of note sees Vitality lose their place in the top five for the first time since June. The French side ended 2020 among the best, but this year has not been kind to them, with only one playoff appearance so far, in the BLAST Premier Global Final. ESL Pro League, their first event since returning to a five-man setup, ended in disaster as they finished fourth in their group, behind NIP, ENCE and G2, and a similar frustrating story in the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown is likely to raise serious questions about the direction in which the team is heading.

Dream month for HAVU

The Finnish squad was quick to find success after reforming their roster at the start of the year, but they hit a new level in March to break into the top 30 and place as high as 16th. Carrying the banner as the only Finnish team competing against the best, HAVU have surpassed the now-international ENCE by a significant margin, spurred on by their rival's former duo of Jani "⁠Aerial⁠" Jussila and Sami "⁠xseveN⁠" Laasanen.

Aerial is a reformed player after leaving ENCE

The two riflers were brilliant in March, averaging 1.25 and 1.19 ratings respectively, followed by the team's primary AWPer, Lasse "⁠ZOREE⁠" Uronen, at 1.17 and the in-game leader, Olli "⁠sLowi⁠" Pitkänen, at 1.11. Strong form across the board translated into a 47-14 map win-loss record over the course of the month, during which the team secured series wins over NIP, ENCE, and BIG. The Finns also managed to take a map off of a red-hot Gambit in the final of the Pinnacle cup, ending the Russians' winning streak on Mirage in the process.

Although HAVU didn't attend ESL Pro League Season 13, where the cream of the crop was competing last month, the victory in Snow Sweet Snow 2 and the runner-up finish in the Pinnacle Cup, along with upsets over top teams, saw the team hit this important milestone.

fnatic's woes continue

After moving down four places to 16th in last month's update, fnatic find themselves almost out of the top 20 after a disappointing run in ESL Pro League, in which the Swedes finished fifth in their group, with only one win from five matches. Their weaknesses were on display once again as they couldn't even take a map in any of the series that they lost — while their sole victory against Evil Geniuses was a three-map affair —, finishing the group stage with a -52 round record, the second-worst overall.

fnatic must go back to the drawing board

fnatic's fortunes seem to have reversed after a promising start to the year following Jack "⁠Jackinho⁠" Ström Mattsson's arrival, and they find themselves in the midst of one of the biggest crises in the team's history. With roster changes ruled out for the time being, the Swedish team has opted for a role swap hoping that it will help them to stop the bleeding, with Jackinho currently being tested as the squad's main AWPer.

Snow Sweet Snow 3 is the next event on the calendar for the Swedish team, who will be hoping to pick up some form and momentum ahead of the first Regional Major Ranking (RMR) tournament of the year. The following weeks will be very challenging for fnatic, whose rank could take a nosedive soon as they will miss the next big event, DreamHack Masters Spring, as well as the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown.

SKADE, Copenhagen Flames hit new peaks

Denmark's most successful "farm team", Copenhagen Flames, has done it again. After selling the likes of Fredrik "⁠roeJ⁠" Jørgensen, René "⁠TeSeS⁠" Madsen, Asger "⁠Farlig⁠" Jensen, Rasmus "⁠HooXi⁠" Nielsen, and Ismail "⁠refrezh⁠" Ali , the organization's new squad, led by returning in-game leader Asger "⁠AcilioN⁠" Larsen, has broken into the top 30 and currently sits at No.26.

The young and unproven roster took down a big few names in March, most notably Gambit in their semi-final run in Snow Sweet Snow 2, inflicting the Russian team's first defeat since February 18, with Endpoint, SAW, MIBR, and TeamOne some of the other teams who fell short against the Danes.

AcilioN led Copenhagen Flames to the top 30 - for the second time

SKADE may not have the glamour of Copenhagen Flames, but they are starting to build a reputation of their own in the second tier of European competition. Following a 13-15th place in Snow Sweet Snow 2 at the start of the month, the team that recently added WESG 2018 Global Finals MVP Georgi "⁠SHiPZ⁠" Grigorov to the fold went on an incredible run.

A victory over fellow Bulgarian side FATE kicked off a 16-series winning streak across multiple tournaments that saw SKADE take down the likes of LDLC, Anonymo, and Winstrike. The team will hope to extend that streak in Snow Sweet Snow 3, in which a struggling mousesports team is the only thing standing between them and a top-four finish.

Extra Salt soar ahead of European test

After a rough month for North American Counter-Strike, Extra Salt's rise to 21st in the rankings gives fans in the region something to cheer about. Johnny "⁠JT⁠" Theodosiou's side have established themselves as the prime force in NA after winning five tournaments in a row, losing only one match all month long (0-2 defeat to Bad News Bears in ESEA Premier).

Extra Salt cannot afford to rest on their laurels, however, and have just landed in Belgrade, Serbia, for a demanding sequence of European tournaments that will see them take on some of the world's best teams in the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown, FunSpark ULTI and DreamHack Masters Spring. It's going to be a completely different ball game now, but they'll be relishing the challenge that lies ahead.

Luís "MIRAA" Mira contributed to this story

Finland Lasse 'ZOREE' Uronen
Lasse 'ZOREE' Uronen
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1495
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
Finland Olli 'sLowi' Pitkänen
Olli 'sLowi' Pitkänen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
929
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
Bulgaria Georgi 'SHiPZ' Grigorov
Georgi 'SHiPZ' Grigorov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1142
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
Finland Sami 'xseveN' Laasanen
Sami 'xseveN' Laasanen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1083
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Fredrik 'roeJ' Jørgensen
Fredrik 'roeJ' Jørgensen
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
497
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Asger 'AcilioN' Larsen
Asger 'AcilioN' Larsen
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
1463
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.68
Sweden Jack 'Jackinho' Ström Mattsson
Jack 'Jackinho' Ström Mattsson
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
94
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
Finland Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
751
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
South Africa Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
749
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Rasmus 'HooXi' Nielsen
Rasmus 'HooXi' Nielsen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
418
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
784
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
Denmark René 'TeSeS' Madsen
René 'TeSeS' Madsen
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
630
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Asger 'Farlig' Jensen
Asger 'Farlig' Jensen
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
562
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
G2 top 1 in may
2021-04-06 00:15
8 replies
#3
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India OOFmiester
NAVI TOP 1
2021-04-06 00:16
2 replies
GAMBIT should be top 1. And not this bullshit teams over them in the ranking
2021-04-06 02:45
1 reply
Gambit fluke
2021-04-06 07:40
#16
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Finland justuso33
nt mens
2021-04-06 00:19
its still worth it to believe and bash my head on the wall after they dont achieve nothing again
2021-04-06 00:55
#60
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Serbia eliiiiii_
+1
2021-04-06 02:27
+1
2021-04-06 11:55
#107
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Norway Rattyy
+1
2021-04-06 19:18
Vitality pls
2021-04-06 00:17
1 reply
#108
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Germany suriel666
OMEGALUL 3rd last team by "form"
2021-04-06 21:59
Gambit soon #1 in the world
2021-04-06 00:16
1 reply
Valorant is a superior game, they say
2021-04-06 03:27
GL in EU Extra Salt! Wish they couldve tried some more with floppy roster - but lets see what marke and fang can do!
2021-04-06 00:17
Dignitas isn't in it? 🤡🤡🤡
2021-04-06 00:17
3 replies
Snow Sweet Snow 3 is still underway, so they haven't got full points for that yet.
2021-04-06 00:20
2 replies
Before that: 2-0 HAVU (16) 2-1 AGO (23) 2-0 Sprout (24) Sure, Pinnacle Cup was not great but how is a win streak, including that, not worth a top 30 spot?
2021-04-06 00:26
1 reply
hltv.org/ranking/teams/2021/april/5/deta.. As explained here, tournaments are not weighed the same way. The matches you are talking about are from regional qualifiers, and qualifiers don't carry the same weight as tournaments like Snow Sweet Snow (provided that they have quality teams in attendance).
2021-04-06 00:33
Havuja Perkele
2021-04-06 00:17
1 reply
#53
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Finland Nollegee
+1
2021-04-06 01:44
nice
2021-04-06 00:18
why
2021-04-06 00:18
where’s GODSENT?
2021-04-06 00:18
Furia and Col end of year both top 3
2021-04-06 00:18
wheres mibr xaxaxaxaxa
2021-04-06 00:19
Dignitas deserved to be in the top 30 in my opinion!
2021-04-06 00:19
3 replies
They did beat alot of teams ahead of them in the rankings, consistently aswell. Im shocked they are not in here. Also some fake ranking teams. Like extra salt.. They have yet to beat a single team ahead of them in the rankings even.. Or below.. They have played against the same 5 top100 na teams over and over again and beat them.. hurray? The only 2 good na teams have been playing in europe so extra salt points gain is about as hollow as a childs promise.
2021-04-06 00:26
2 replies
I agree shrimpony!!
2021-04-06 00:49
#35
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World Notb8ing
problem with dignitas is they haven't gotten good results in any events that count to ranking so all they got is those match victories, they qualified to blast though and are still in current snow sweet snow so if they do well in these they could climb.
2021-04-06 00:50
#14
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Finland justuso33
havu too good mens))
2021-04-06 00:19
Lets go SKADE!
2021-04-06 00:19
#17
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Argentina WaSTe_D
Angels playing disguised with devil's faces
2021-04-06 00:19
#19
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Europe Velurom
Hopefully HAVU can break into top 10 next month. Good luck!
2021-04-06 00:20
Havu +39, future top 10???
2021-04-06 00:22
Navi top1? What?
2021-04-06 00:25
#22
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Finland Eestu
"Aerial is a reformed player after leaving HAVU" Hmmm something doesn't seem right.
2021-04-06 00:26
1 reply
HLTV Leaks: -Aerial -x7 +allu +firepower F, HAVU era over
2021-04-06 13:31
You can't be giving NaVi 300 points for winning IEM Kato 2020. That's flatout ridiculous. Get rid of those LAN points. What happened over a year ago has no bearing whatsoever on the teams today.
2021-04-06 00:29
4 replies
#42
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World Notb8ing
Currently lan rank is about past 3 months online events that are deemed valuable enough as there is no lan play, not about lans from last year but whatever you say I guess... :D
2021-04-06 01:05
#85
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France who_asked
Currently LAN points aren't about LANs but about the most important online events. NaVi have 300 points bcuz of Blast Global finals
2021-04-06 09:46
2 replies
Ah ok, thanks, I was wondering how that sort of thing slipped through since I normally agree with HLTV on point decay
2021-04-06 11:09
1 reply
#102
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France who_asked
You can check it in ranking details hltv.org/ranking/teams/2021/april/5/deta.. 1st scheme - achievement subranking 2nd - form subranking 3rd - events included in LAN subranking (currently only 3 tournaments)
2021-04-06 16:55
So Pain is 2021 Team One in hltv ranking (While Extra Salt is Chaos) You would think they would fix the weigh NA tournaments have after this gyazo.com/d86e47101a9038e69ac777a1abad0a..
2021-04-06 00:30
5 replies
#58
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United States Bhu_Tang
Team One lost their best player and had him replaced with fucking skullz who is easily the worst player on his team now b4rtin isn't playing amazingly on godsent but at least he has a positive rating against t3 EU competition, certainly better than the .85 skullz I don't think him being back on the team would make them incredible in the T2/3 scene but they wouldn't be god awful
2021-04-06 02:25
4 replies
MiBR also lost their best player and despite being bad, they weren't that atrocious. Also, if TeamOne went back to NA they're surely top 3 (And likely beating Pain while having close matches against ES). So I don't see that as a justification as to why NA events still have that much weight on the rankings... You won't see Renegades top 30 for farming ANZ (And they for sure can beat ES and Pain...)
2021-04-06 02:45
1 reply
#66
 | 
United States Bhu_Tang
TeamOne were already worse than BOOM were anyway, and I think TeamOne now, without B4rtin would probably just squeak into premier playoffs. I don't think it's necessarily a justification for why NA events are weighted as highly as they are, because I believe they also shouldn't be, but it can be at least an excuse for why TeamOne has been HORRID in EU.
2021-04-06 03:04
Pain better than teamone imo
2021-04-06 03:10
1 reply
#71
 | 
United States Bhu_Tang
Yeah, I think honestly the time with Chaos in full swing might've been less competitive in NA than it is now. TeamOne even with B4rtin might not be in the Top 5 NA teams tbh
2021-04-06 03:19
EZ 4 ENCE
2021-04-06 00:34
1 reply
#83
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Israel shade175
lost 11 rankings
2021-04-06 08:07
0/8 lan points in 2021
2021-04-06 00:38
struggling mouz LUL get your facts straight Prof, you're talking about the PGL Stockholm winner
2021-04-06 00:38
#31
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Poland rabusjr
Skade and Endpoint under CPH Flames and Sprout? XDDD
2021-04-06 00:40
navi #1 wtf
2021-04-06 00:49
2 replies
Doesn't make sense after losing to everyone in the group and then to Complexity. They just cannot be #1.
2021-04-06 01:02
1 reply
+1 gambit should be above Navi
2021-04-06 01:52
CPH most undeserved spot ever
2021-04-06 00:50
send NaVi to #10 then ill be happy
2021-04-06 00:52
HAVUJA
2021-04-06 00:53
how the fuck can navi be the best CS team in the world when they go out in groups
2021-04-06 00:57
1 reply
#80
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Russia ToughGuy
They go out in playoffs not in groupstage
2021-04-06 06:27
#40
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Brazil OrNeLaS
go pain
2021-04-06 00:58
#43
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Brazil rauni90001
expected
2021-04-06 01:09
#44
 | 
Brazil rauni90001
Real top 5 imo: 1-Gambit 2-Astralis 3-VP 4-Furia 5-NAVI
2021-04-06 01:08
3 replies
#48
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Philippines Giogiogio
Furia over spirit?
2021-04-06 01:26
1 reply
#57
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Brazil rauni90001
I miss Furia and Spirit completely rekting other teams when trying to qualify for Majors. Spirit is an underrated yet better version of Furia. I'd say they're lowkey top 4, but let's keep it a secret, mate.
2021-04-06 02:22
+ 1
2021-04-06 01:27
no ence? They have beated a lot of the top 30... and fail to win to some of them as well
2021-04-06 01:09
navi top 1 xD
2021-04-06 01:12
Na Vi on top 1, say whaaat
2021-04-06 01:16
This ranking system has to be the most inaccurate ranking in all of the sports in the universe! Good job hahaahahahahahaahhaaha...really laughable. I mean, how hard can it be.
2021-04-06 01:32
1 reply
+1 broken system
2021-04-06 10:06
NaVI should be 8 or 10 Astralis, Gambit, VP, Liquid, Furia, G2, coL > NaVi And we still have Nip, Heroic and Ence. Navi pls disband
2021-04-06 01:40
REAL TOP5 1/2 - Gambit/Astralis 1/2 - Gambit/Astralis 3/4 - VP 3/4 - Liquid 5 - FURIA
2021-04-06 01:44
2 replies
#74
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Brazil Aim_K1ng
1.Navi 2.Gambit 3.VP 4.Astralis 5.vitality 6.furia 7.liquid 8.big 9.heroic 10.spirit ... ... (My opinion)
2021-04-06 03:30
1 reply
i would argue spirit could beat any of those team in top 10, therefore spirit shouldn't be 10th
2021-04-06 19:02
#54
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Poland sosiad
NaVi top 1 kekw
2021-04-06 01:49
gambit sure made it fast
2021-04-06 02:03
#59
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United States Bhu_Tang
People who complain about NaVi being top 1 don't understand that the rankings won't be updated until Pro League ends.
2021-04-06 02:26
Really that navi is in top1 lol
2021-04-06 02:41
online rankings LUL
2021-04-06 02:41
HAVUUUUUU
2021-04-06 02:44
#67
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United States Festive_
why tf is lan still a sub rating???
2021-04-06 03:05
lan performance should not be considered at this point. NaVi is CLEARLY not #1.
2021-04-06 03:10
#70
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Peru SuperGOD
Clow9?? where?
2021-04-06 03:15
#72
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Brazil Aim_K1ng
Go paiN
2021-04-06 03:22
OMEGALUL
2021-04-06 03:30
Why vitality still top 30?
2021-04-06 06:12
Havujaa that jump
2021-04-06 06:13
#81
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Russia ToughGuy
Damn br fans rly got excited after 1 good event from flukia
2021-04-06 06:28
#84
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Albania HLTV_God
How is it possible dignitas didn't make top 30???
2021-04-06 09:27
What the fuck does mean "form of Spirit<form of havu"?
2021-04-06 10:12
maybe BLINK in TOP 30 in May <3.
2021-04-06 10:18
#90
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
A great article as always, Professeur and MIRAA. :D
2021-04-06 11:41
#91
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Portugal ReallyGuys
Proud PT <3
2021-04-06 11:45
Na'Vi Top 1 xaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxa BUG Top 8 xaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxa
2021-04-06 11:56
very ez 4 Havu
2021-04-06 12:30
NAVI?????????? kkkkkkkkkkkkk
2021-04-06 12:44
#96
Zeus | 
Ukraine Najara
Navi top1 is a joke
2021-04-06 12:57
Fix the ranks after the end of an event. ...why now?
2021-04-06 13:03
#98
Boombl4 | 
Latvia Zau
who df is navi lulw
2021-04-06 13:29
NaVi top 1 BIG top 10 Vitality top 10 OG top 20 like wtf guys? You followed professional csgo the last moth / 2021? :D
2021-04-06 14:36
Furia losing positions wtf
2021-04-06 15:25
#103
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France Theo5607
wow
2021-04-06 18:33
bad ranking who made this maybe a navi fanboy??? NaVi over Gambit? Ence and Dignitas not in top30 BIG 8????
2021-04-06 19:09
#106
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Sweden boyyscout
where is Team One?????
2021-04-06 19:14
Navi cant beat any legit top10 team rn
2021-04-06 22:10
#110
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Poland SebL
I'm really interested in how the ranking will look after EPL will finish. HAVU has been looking really good recently. I'm still surprised that fnatic is able to keep on in TOP 20 having JW and Golden still on the team, both have looked like bots recently, and Jackinho has been really inconsistent to. SKADE has looked great recently, I think they will enter TOP 20 in the next month. Copenhagen Flames have shown a little bit of life left in them, but I doubt that they will enter TOP 20 without changes. Extra Salt has looked insane, and I think they will be in TOP 15 when they will end their EU stay.
2021-04-06 23:49
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