Team Ranking: April 2021

We have updated our Global team ranking for April 2021, which features a new No.1 team and plenty of changes across the top 30.

The biggest ranking changes in April were influenced by a handful of events, the most important of which being ESL Pro League Season 13. Not only was the $750,000 tournament crucial to Gambit's rise to the top and Heroic's ten-spot jump to second, but it also helped teams like ENCE and Endpoint stabilize in the top 30.

Hobbit reached the top of the rankings for the first time in his career

BLAST Premier Spring Showdown and FunSpark ULTI 2020 Europe Finals were surprisingly competitive — the first featuring seven top-10 teams and the latter two —, adding importance to high placings of G2 and BIG at the events.

Additionally, Elisa Invitational and the playoffs of ESEA Premier Season 36, as well as the cutthroat qualifiers for IEM Summer and Flashpoint 3, provided a lot of chances for teams in the lower part of the top 30 to prove their worth. SKADE, who reached a new peak at No. 20, are the squad that made the most of that opportunity.

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 May 3, 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
2.
370
188
262
820
+10
3.
459
67
107
633
-1
4.
382
56
152
590
-3
5.
335
59
171
565
-1
6.
371
49
115
535
+2
7.
270
111
144
525
+3
8.
237
148
120
505
+3
9.
308
62
126
496
-4
10.
236
82
129
447
-1
11.
209
54
133
396
-4
12.
286
43
28
357
-6
13.
168
52
107
327
-
14.
128
80
45
253
+4
15.
99
71
71
241
+2
16.
116
72
35
223
+4
17.
79
92
52
223
-1
18.
105
37
73
215
-3
19.
80
73
57
210
+2
20.
26
125
17
168
+8
21.
39
101
25
165
+1
22.
88
23
46
157
-8
23.
41
79
20
140
+12
24.
46
57
36
139
+12
25.
49
63
26
138
+16
26.
100
19
14
133
-7
27.
19
66
13
98
+2
28.
12
54
29
95
-3
29.
12
68
8
88
+4
30.
26
53
8
87
-6

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

Welcome the new No. 1, Gambit

Changes at the top have been brewing for a couple of months now following Gambit's triumphant IEM Katowice run at the end of February. Since then, Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov and company have only continued to impress as they have solidified their place as the undisputed best team in the world, all the while snatching the top spot away from none other than their biggest regional rivals, Natus Vincere.

Busy as ever, Gambit won ten out of 11 matches over four different tournaments in the past month. The beginning of April saw Gambit clinch another title in the Pinnacle Cup before they finished off their run in the ESL Pro League Season 13 playoffs in second place, suffering their only loss in almost two months, to Heroic in the best-of-five title decider.

Gambit took the crown from NAVI in April

The Russian side managed to shake off the tough loss quickly and immediately returned to winning ways, beating Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller's squad to a spot at the BLAST Premier Spring Final in an exhilarating rematch from the Pro League grand final, and advancing to the DreamHack Masters Spring semi-finals undefeated following wins over Fiend, G2, and Natus Vincere.

Enter Heroic, the challengers to the throne

Gambit cannot afford to rest on their laurels, however, as they have their biggest rivals of the past month hot on their heels in second place. After six months of middling results, Heroic have managed to return to the top following the arrivals of their two newest members, Rasmus "⁠sjuush⁠" Beck and Ismail "⁠refrezh⁠" Ali. Johannes "⁠b0RUP⁠" Borup's and Nikolaj "⁠niko⁠" Kristensen's departures seemed like a sudden and perhaps even premature change at the time, but no one can argue with the results the moves have brought, as the new Heroic lineup has amassed a 15-1 match record (or 31-7 in maps, an 82% map win rate) in just two months.

cadiaN & co. set their sights on reclaiming the No. 1 spot

cadiaN's men have also been the only team to be able to consistently challenge the No. 1 side lately, with the current map score between them and Gambit sitting at 4-4 following their encounters in the ESL Pro League grand final and the BLAST Premier Showdown semi-final, which has given the fans a new exciting rivalry to look forward to. Heroic might get the chance to strike back against the CIS-based team and usurp the throne as early as next week after they both came out on top of their respective groups, should the two meet once more in the DreamHack Masters Spring final.

Vitality in freefall

As foreshadowed in the ranking update article for March, Vitality's departure from the elite was just a matter of time. Not only did the French powerhouse bomb out of the group stage of ESL Pro League — the results of which only fully came into effect after the event's conclusion in April —, but they also exited the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown after one match, with a shocking loss to underdogs 9z.

Removing Cédric "⁠RpK⁠" Guipouy from the roster to make way for rookie Jayson "⁠Kyojin⁠" Nguyen Van didn't do any favors to their ranking either, as Vitality lost additional ranking points with the swap. Looking at the bright side, a 7-8th finish in the 22-year-old's debut event, DreamHack Masters Spring, was the French squad's best placing since January, giving hope that Vitality can soon put a stop to their atrocious run of form in 2021.

Is a new player going to save Vitality?

Getting back to the top 10 will be no easy task, though, as the gap to Complexity is significant and an abundance of teams are looking to bridge it. Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut's 1.53 rating from DreamHack Masters Spring confirms that the prodigy isn't going to fail Vitality any time soon, but is that alone going to be enough to fight off a Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz-powered NIP, an ever-dangerous Spirit, and a fresh OG?

Spirit fail to hang with the big boys

The addition of Abdul "⁠degster⁠" Gasanov to an already exciting foundation of Spirit resulted in a spicy squad that raised eyebrows right after its debut in January. The 19-year-old AWPer seemingly provided exactly what the CIS team was missing, helping them win their first event together, DreamHack Open January Europe, and place top four in IEM Katowice 2021. But after a strong start, Spirit have failed to rise to the occasion in crucial matches, leaving their fans frustrated.

Were the early results just a flash in the pan?

While Spirit's April was far from catastrophic, their only losses coming against top sides like G2, Gambit, and Virtus.pro, Leonid "⁠chopper⁠" Vishnyakov and co. have failed to capitalize on their good results earlier in the year and show that they are here to stay. As an organization that isn't partnered with any of the major tournament circuits, opportunities to play premier events can be hard to come by - and Spirit will have to do better to capitalise on them in the future.

forZe and Dignitas show promise after changes

Once a mainstay in the top 30, forZe lost their coveted spot in this group for the first time in over a year and a half in February (apart from a brief drop in late November 2020). A period of stagnancy saw them opt for roster changes — a rare sight when it comes to the Andrey "⁠Jerry⁠" Mekhryakov-led team, who for a time held the longest-standing five —, with Aleksandr "⁠KENSI⁠" Gurkin and Aleksandr "⁠zorte⁠" Zagodyrenko joining the team in lieu of Dmitriy "⁠facecrack⁠" Alekseyev and Bogdan "⁠xsepower⁠" Chernikov.

After a few weeks outside of the top, forZe have reminded everyone that they shouldn't be forgotten amidst all the hype surrounding CIS teams with their run to third place in the FunSpark ULTI Europe Final. In the process of grabbing bronze in the $250,000 tournament , the Russian side defeated two top-ten teams — Virtus.pro and Complexity.

Dignitas have also shown sparks of life, proving that they could be more than just the borderline top-30 side that the Swedish-Norwegian squad had been since its inception. Jonas "⁠Lekr0⁠" Olofsson's arrival has made all the difference for Dignitas, who have picked up wins against some serious competition, including the likes of Liquid and Evil Geniuses in the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown and FunSpark ULTI, reaching their highest-ever ranking at No. 23 in the process.

Milan "Striker" Švejda contributed to this story

France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1499
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
Russia Dmitriy 'facecrack' Alekseyev
Dmitriy 'facecrack' Alekseyev
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1537
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1108
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
652
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.54
Russia Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
482
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1295
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Russia Aleksandr 'KENSI' Gurkin
Aleksandr 'KENSI' Gurkin
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
179
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.64
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
903
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1664
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Johannes 'b0RUP' Borup
Johannes 'b0RUP' Borup
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1177
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1084
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
Russia Aleksandr 'zorte' Zagodyrenko
Aleksandr 'zorte' Zagodyrenko
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
397
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.63
Russia Bogdan 'xsepower' Chernikov
Bogdan 'xsepower' Chernikov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
982
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.58
Denmark Rasmus 'sjuush' Beck
Rasmus 'sjuush' Beck
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
645
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.64
France Jayson 'Kyojin' Nguyen Van
Jayson 'Kyojin' Nguyen Van
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
27
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.67
Russia Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1231
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
805
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
808
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.62
yay
2021-05-04 01:15
1 reply
gambit LAN 300 KEKW(rip El Risitas the absolute legend)
2021-05-04 10:12
nice
2021-05-04 01:15
#3
 | 
Finland Cucumber))
Nice EZ4HAVU EZ4FPX EZ4HEROIC EZ4ENCE
2021-05-04 01:16
Extra Salt #1 in 6 months
2021-05-04 01:16
5 replies
#28
 | 
United States t1rbr
+1 ez4nacs
2021-05-04 01:58
#69
 | 
Brazil Khart
you should stop using meth
2021-05-04 07:59
2 replies
No he’s using salt
2021-05-04 10:15
Tell Comando Vermelho to stop sending it to me
2021-05-04 17:35
#74
 | 
Russia r2geboy
na cs doesnt exist
2021-05-04 08:38
#6
 | 
Brazil F_FOR_MIBR
cool
2021-05-04 01:16
#7
OK | 
United States maidz4
AWsd
2021-05-04 01:17
1 reply
only W for arT
2021-05-04 06:29
Mouz top 10 soon lets goo
2021-05-04 01:17
colo
2021-05-04 01:20
#10
 | 
Brazil S0N1CANGEL
FURIA will be TOP 3 next month
2021-05-04 01:25
LAN - 300 XDDDDD
2021-05-04 01:25
2 replies
... are we really gonna laugh about this every single month since Online?
2021-05-04 13:14
1 reply
first time I'm seeing it
2021-05-04 13:46
#12
 | 
Poland rabusjr
Epg family 21? It has to be joke, they should be atleast 17
2021-05-04 01:25
3 replies
#16
 | 
Belarus jugadorJJ
maybe even higher
2021-05-04 01:38
1 reply
#18
 | 
Poland rabusjr
True but i typed atleast, 21 is a joke
2021-05-04 01:41
Why lmao
2021-05-04 11:16
Gambit LAN 300 XD
2021-05-04 01:27
O Plano
2021-05-04 01:34
#15
 | 
Belarus jugadorJJ
18. FaZe 22.Evil Geniuses 26. Fnatic So sick.
2021-05-04 01:37
Where's C9?
2021-05-04 01:38
1 reply
disbanded in 2018
2021-05-04 17:09
online scene so fkin boring
2021-05-04 01:43
1 reply
maybe because ur country getting vac/day?
2021-05-04 09:16
#20
 | 
Europe dontrax
Astralis way too high G2 too low
2021-05-04 01:43
4 replies
Indeed too much smoke abuse in reality
2021-05-04 01:52
2 replies
danish site always insanely favors astralis, any other team drops their best player and they drop out of top 10, astralis does and gains points??
2021-05-04 01:57
1 reply
still top 6 in Dreamhack lol
2021-05-04 04:05
#96
 | 
Denmark RasmusseN
Yea idk why astralis is still #3. Clearly shouldnt be there
2021-05-04 13:43
#21
 | 
Serbia Optimus33
Prepare for EMIPOWER
2021-05-04 01:44
EZ4ES
2021-05-04 01:44
Gambit and heroic are the only contenders for no.1 spot right now, who wouldve thought
2021-05-04 01:50
1 reply
maybe not about heroic, but about gambit u would have start to think when they were grinding tournaments
2021-05-04 17:11
Heroic cheater cheat with Hunden. Gz that hltv support cheater so hard
2021-05-04 01:51
nice gamb1t
2021-05-04 01:53
Astralis - No Device, still #3 Speaks volumes of them as a team.
2021-05-04 02:04
4 replies
wont be for long
2021-05-04 02:11
3 replies
Till they take #1? Agreed.
2021-05-04 02:26
2 replies
lul
2021-05-04 02:37
never again
2021-05-04 17:11
BIG Top 6 ?
2021-05-04 02:06
1 reply
its a bug
2021-05-04 17:11
fnatic #26 Might be time for some major changes. Just sayin' !
2021-05-04 02:07
1 reply
from #1 in 2015 to #26 in 2021 LUL
2021-05-04 03:19
FAZE LUL VITALITY LUL FNATIC LUL
2021-05-04 02:10
Just saying, he probably wrote this while listening to Rasputin all day
2021-05-04 02:25
#36
 | 
Poland sosiad
Lol fnatic
2021-05-04 02:33
onliners top 1 era
2021-05-04 02:51
O PLANO
2021-05-04 03:03
BIG at #6 must be a joke
2021-05-04 03:15
only me who not understand what astralis doing in top 10 and virtus pro?
2021-05-04 03:19
1 reply
#47
 | 
Brazil Gauzika
*virus pro
2021-05-04 04:29
#43
fnx | 
Portugal lovessd
disgusting online era
2021-05-04 03:45
1 reply
everything checks out
2021-05-04 17:12
astralis and navi doesnt deserves their places
2021-05-04 04:24
2 replies
cause lost to top1 16-13 in semi/quart final decider game? br brain
2021-05-04 17:13
1 reply
no, bad results in the epl
2021-05-04 18:39
Why is G2 placed so low? Their recent performances were very great. And how the hell is Astralis placed #3?
2021-05-04 04:36
6 replies
G2 should be 5th atleast. how does big is top 6? they won a shit tier3 tournament and sucked their ass in dh masters.
2021-05-04 04:52
2 replies
Learn to dive into the fucking rankings. Lazy fucks.
2021-05-04 05:01
1 reply
You enjoy these rankings until LAN comes back. You'll get back to your original place outside the Top10 after this online shit.
2021-05-04 07:00
cause the only team they won placed higher than them is vp
2021-05-04 17:15
2 replies
If that's how it works then Astralis lost to teams much lower than them, why aren't they deranked yet?
2021-05-05 03:48
1 reply
hltv always supports astralis
2021-05-05 07:21
Mouz work paying off lets go
2021-05-04 04:53
From academy team to top1 HLTV.
2021-05-04 04:54
2 replies
#57
 | 
Hungary szia
Its dumb that they were still "youngsters" for so long. The youngsters were gambit only team for 17 months and then they finally decided they weren't their academy team anymore
2021-05-04 05:25
1 reply
it would be so much better if they still were youngsters just to getting fun of pro scene
2021-05-04 17:17
Big still 6 ez lol
2021-05-04 05:17
#56
 | 
Hungary szia
BIG is coming back
2021-05-04 05:21
Astralis 3? hahahaha no
2021-05-04 05:25
1 reply
their old achievements decay very slowly
2021-05-04 07:20
Faze eg fnatic not in top 15 lol. This will not happen in Lan because they keep getting invited. Online era not that bad
2021-05-04 05:41
#64
saju | 
Poland LukasX
Where's Anonymo?
2021-05-04 06:46
1 reply
anonymo XDDD nt
2021-05-04 10:05
so, the real tier 1 (based on form) is: gambit 200 heroic 188 g2 148 skade 125 furia 111 epg family 101
2021-05-04 07:20
3 replies
#71
 | 
Germany Koalafire
Imagine Skade having more Form points as Astralis, BIG, Navi, Virtus.Pro etc. lul
2021-05-04 08:22
2 replies
No need to imagine when this is a fact!
2021-05-04 08:37
imagine skade playing vs navi irrelevant rating
2021-05-04 17:18
#68
 | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina Biske
Bug xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2021-05-04 07:44
why do those teams have LAN points?
2021-05-04 08:08
1 reply
2021-05-04 17:18
SKade!
2021-05-04 08:37
how is astralis so high? is this some kind of joke and g2 too low
2021-05-04 09:27
1 reply
no thats how hltv rating works g2 is on their place
2021-05-04 17:19
LAN points ahaha
2021-05-04 10:08
LAN Full points for gambit hahahahahahahahhahahaah
2021-05-04 10:13
#83
 | 
Panama Bill_Bait
Disgusting Heroic cheater don't deserve to be in this ranking
2021-05-04 10:20
#85
 | 
Serbia LtN))
NaVi > Astralis
2021-05-04 11:02
2 replies
like for the whole 2021 nice reaction time
2021-05-04 17:20
1 reply
#114
 | 
Serbia LtN))
Ikr
2021-05-04 17:28
how is big still #6?
2021-05-04 12:13
nice
2021-05-04 12:19
Endpoint Top 15 soon
2021-05-04 12:28
online ranking
2021-05-04 13:52
So happy for Gambit and Hobbit especially. Well done guys, keep doing what you are doing.
2021-05-04 14:48
Hahaha HLTV deletes critical post about Astralis ranking. Hahahahah so obv who pays your bills.
2021-05-04 16:35
1 reply
what was there?
2021-05-04 17:20
endpoint in top 30 makes me smile :)
2021-05-04 17:58
We down bad, deserved tho.... Hopefully Liquid can step up the game and get back to Top 5
2021-05-04 19:04
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