NAVI climb to No. 1 world ranking after IEM Cologne win

The CIS side heads into the tournament break as the best team in the world.

Natus Vincere has dethroned Gambit, claiming the title of the No. 1 team from their regional rivals thanks to an impressive trophy-lifting run at IEM Cologne.

Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov's team fell to the second spot in the ranking after a 14-week streak at the top, with their 5-6th place finish at the first LAN since March 2020 not enough to keep them on the throne going into the summer break.

How long can NAVI hold on to the No. 1 spot?

This is the fourth time Natus Vincere has reached the top of the rankings in the organization's history, doing so previously in 2016, 2020, and at the start of 2021. However, each of their stints as No. 1 was short, adding up to a total of 19 weeks - just five more than Gambit managed this year.

Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev and co. will have a chance to confirm their status as the best team in the world shortly after the summer break, as they participate in ESL Pro League Season 14 in August - September. At the same event, the CIS powerhouse could write history by becoming the third team to secure an Intel Grand Slam title.

In the rest of the ranking, Astralis, Virtus.pro, and FaZe made forward strides after making playoffs in Germany, while Heroic, NIP, Vitality, mousesports, and OG fell a couple of spots.

Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
730
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1419
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
n1 gambit only to go down in the next following months
2021-07-19 19:05
21 replies
#62
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Europe Top8vk
F to Gambit :(
2021-07-19 19:20
Navi deserved #1, I still think fans are writing off Gambit as a top contender too soon. It was their first top tier lan event and even though they weren’t as good as online (expected due to nerves, inexperience, etc.) they managed top 6. I think they’ll only get better on lan with more experience.
2021-07-19 19:30
4 replies
Only fanboys and trolls are writing gambit off after this one event That choke was so left field and ax1le and sh1r0 played so poorly in relation to basically every other game they’ve had this year it’s barely worth remembering, much like NaVi’s EPL run That said Navi we’re almost certainly gonna win a Gambit v Navi grandfinal If it did happen so top spot is indeed deserved
2021-07-19 21:11
1 reply
HLTV didnt put Astralis at top spot with these semis? Choked!
2021-07-20 14:28
I think Gambit will adapt and show better performance at future events whether it's LAN or online. I wouldn't say they played BAD, but they clearly haven't played their game. I don't think that's because of LAN, it's rather lack of experience: despite being top1 teams for months they still have a lot to learn.
2021-07-20 04:54
#235
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Lithuania Nowne
Lan with no fans. Wait then games will be not just lan, but on big stage with 10k fans. Such teams like NAVI, Faze or Astralis will be even stronger
2021-07-20 16:13
I think they'll stay in Top5 no matter what. Also, well done Astralis <3. For players who are about to go out of contract, coach who is about to leave, and even without an AWPer, they almost got to the Grand Finals of IEM Cologne 2021! This was great, and I'm proud of it!
2021-07-19 19:35
1 reply
#211
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South Africa Ston3Cold
+1 Fully agree and well deserved LAN performance by them :)
2021-07-20 10:20
Gambit out of top1 as soon as lan begins
2021-07-19 22:01
1 reply
Indeed. Playing online and LAN are two very different things. Real players are lan players not online players. Gambit needs to step up on lan to proove they deserved that number one spot, otherwise, they’re just onliners as many other teams
2021-07-20 14:53
they'll be back at no.1 after EPL
2021-07-20 11:22
5 replies
I don't think so, I do expect a good performance from them I think they will stay in top 3 or top 5
2021-07-20 11:30
4 replies
gambit always win because they are the best The players need time to adapt to LAN That's what FaZe fans kept saying and they were right Gambit had such a huge world to prove ahead of them that it's very impressive that they put up such a fight with such mediocre stats It's also very clear they were under a lot of pressure since nafany was the one who said that the pressure wasn't as bad on LAN and he was the one with best stats most of the time Now that they have 1 month to learn to handle pressure, they definately should (and will) claim their spot ALthough jesus christ s1mple majorless GOD
2021-07-20 22:09
3 replies
navi can also beat gambit on online now too so i dont think they'll be no1 now
2021-07-20 22:15
2 replies
Online doesn't matter anymore Once Gambit learn how to handle the pressure they should be no.1 again since Sh1ro is the most passive awper of this planet and they are always at passive crossfires as CTs when it comes to ping TL;DR Gambit best; You're wrong
2021-07-20 22:18
1 reply
sh1ro is a GOOD awper. but its still obvious that s1mple is the best followed by Zywoo and device. i dont know what you watching or if you are watching high? he isnt even awping as half as good as the GOAT. Sh1ro is as boring as device were as an awper, but device is VERY consistent and not missing a lot of shots especially in LAN. sh1ro is overrated for the reason that he isnt even the best player in the team. games shows its hobbit. i dont even remember a game where he clutches or has more impact kills than hobbit. I always remember sh1ro kills when its not an impact frag. internz is much better in impact dude.
2021-07-21 09:30
That waa inevitable Hobbit is the only guy with huge experience others are just too busy onliners Especially seeing AX1LE he is definitely an onliner since he tilted very much on cologne the whole tourney Another story that proves how experience >>>>>> firepower
2021-07-20 14:48
3 replies
Ax1le isn't an onliner he got good stats He just needs time to adapt since he's already an, highly above average rifler on LAn so why not comeback to being the best?
2021-07-20 22:11
2 replies
thats what an onliner is needs time to adapt means he is an onliner obv he will be good in some time on lan but right now , gambit or not there yet + they have not faced the hype of real crowd , it puts more pressure
2021-07-21 09:22
1 reply
gambit are not there but they will be very shortly now that it's baxck online, they should very easily win this and then d othe same n the next big lan also hltv.org/events/4706/msi-mga-2019-finals
2021-07-21 12:28
#FaZeUp
2021-07-20 23:20
astralisss
2021-07-19 19:04
1 reply
? :D
2021-07-19 19:55
#3
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Russia amc20
Navi era?
2021-07-19 19:05
7 replies
+999999999999999
2021-07-19 22:00
1 reply
s1mple era. If he keeps his form (or maybe even 75% of it) they have a clear path to winning the major finally. Although I'm no fan of s1mple, I have to admit its about time for GOAT s1mple to get his major. You gotta appreciate greatness. rest of navi < simple tho.
2021-07-20 11:15
they have to get another really good result in ESL and in the major, then we can talk about an era. if they keep playing this good, of course they can achieve it
2021-07-20 02:45
#184
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Iceland caverat
i dont think
2021-07-20 04:18
Nein, S0mple will get injured next week
2021-07-20 04:19
1 reply
who cars next tournament is in 1 month
2021-07-20 14:55
no because gambit>na'vi they just needed time (and might still need smoe) to adapt to LAN
2021-07-20 22:10
goat s1mple
2021-07-19 19:05
1 reply
s1mple very good men)))
2021-07-20 00:58
#5
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France Uexo
expected
2021-07-19 19:05
wtf im from 2020 where is big
2021-07-19 19:05
7 replies
boy do I have some bad news for you
2021-07-19 19:14
1 reply
Bad news bears
2021-07-19 19:55
big is kil
2021-07-19 22:07
1 reply
Yo le noob, You make phone ring for this?? No
2021-07-21 04:52
BIG is GOATED. But times change. It's how things are.
2021-07-20 00:59
2 replies
Name doesn't check out
2021-07-20 03:11
1 reply
name checks out mens
2021-07-20 11:32
Letsgoo
2021-07-19 19:05
1 reply
+1
2021-07-19 22:00
1 tournament and theyre top1? undeserved
2021-07-19 19:05
18 replies
2 tournaments
2021-07-19 19:06
#16
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Ukraine McSwell
*4 tournaments
2021-07-19 19:06
they also won starladder rmr against Gamb0t so...
2021-07-19 19:06
4 replies
after losing twice before omegalul
2021-07-20 23:59
3 replies
well Gambit used to win against Faze too so...
2021-07-21 16:06
2 replies
the point I made went so far over your head it went into orbit
2021-07-21 16:38
1 reply
what im saying is that now>before
2021-07-21 18:11
1 tournament?
2021-07-19 19:06
#23
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Russia ToughGuy
4 finals in last 5 events with 3 wins, yes underserved af
2021-07-19 19:07
3/5 won recent tournaments and 1 2nd place finish
2021-07-19 19:07
#83
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CIS xMadara
Maybe you need to rewatch all of the tournaments bro. Cologne is a big event anw.
2021-07-19 19:35
2 tournaments in a row. In the last one, they reverse-sweeped Gambit btw. And in this one, Gambit lost to a much lower-ranked team (which costs a lot of points for a Top1 team). Also, tournaments like IEM Katowice, ESL One Cologne, ESL Pro League, BLAST World Finals, and Major, carry lot of points for the winners (300-450 points).
2021-07-19 19:42
Gambit lost to Faze who were the #37 team in the world coming into the event. They are definitely gonna lose a lot of points from that one.
2021-07-19 20:50
how na'vi prime undeserve that? na'vi win a lot tournament .
2021-07-19 20:55
Yoy Fak you right? Haxaxaxa
2021-07-19 21:24
0/8
2021-07-19 22:07
Polish baits 🥱🥱🥱🥱
2021-07-19 22:30
1 reply
Very good bait tbh, 1 billion replies.
2021-07-20 00:59
Fully deserved
2021-07-19 19:05
Finally vp are back in top5
2021-07-19 19:05
2 replies
Wont be for long
2021-07-19 19:28
the best record for the core is top 3 (after Blast moscow) VP will rise again and restore the former glory of godvangar 😎
2021-07-20 01:31
NAVI no 1 s1mple goat
2021-07-19 19:06
1 reply
+1
2021-07-19 19:17
cool
2021-07-19 19:06
1 reply
+1
2021-07-20 15:56
EZZZ
2021-07-19 19:06
gambit should be top 5 max navi > g2 > astralis > faze > gambit
2021-07-19 19:06
2 replies
Oh so thats how it should be Thanks
2021-07-19 19:33
+1
2021-07-19 19:41
"This is the fourth time Natus Vincere has reached the top of the rankings in the organization's history, doing so previously in 2016, 2020, and at the start of 2021. However, each of their stints as No. 1 were limited to just a couple of weeks." Good thing they are guaranteed a longer reign this time lol
2021-07-19 19:06
2 replies
yes lol. no way they can lose this #1 stop now for a couple of weeks
2021-07-19 19:23
1 reply
1 month and couple of weeks * cuz of player break
2021-07-19 19:40
back to 2nd by next event
2021-07-19 19:07
#26
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Russia VelsVivard
3 CIS in the toppers.
2021-07-19 19:07
#28
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Portugal Hmikas
Expected
2021-07-19 19:07
FINALLY I WAS WAITING FOR THIS NEWS ALL DAY))) #nav1nat1ON
2021-07-19 19:07
2 replies
+1
2021-07-19 19:11
#112
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Norway JakkeJ
#navonenatoneon
2021-07-19 20:15
#30
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United States MemeCrea
Faze POG
2021-07-19 19:07
#31
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Ukraine nowaynoway
SIT DOWN GAMBIT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2021-07-19 19:08
finally deserved #1 team
2021-07-19 19:08
Device cry
2021-07-19 19:09
4 replies
+1 xaxaxaxax NaVi top1 Astralis top4 N0P out in groups axaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxax
2021-07-19 19:19
3 replies
Gay
2021-07-19 21:05
2 replies
what
2021-07-19 21:06
1 reply
How
2021-07-20 03:52
pog
2021-07-19 19:09
Deserved
2021-07-19 19:10
Deserved 100%
2021-07-19 19:11
Sprout still not in the top 30 Sadge
2021-07-19 19:12
s1mple > Zywooo
2021-07-19 19:13
4 replies
Always has been and always will be
2021-07-19 19:16
2 replies
hltv robbed s1mple two back to back times
2021-07-19 19:33
1 reply
Nah 2019 was ZywOo's year 2020 was the biggest robbery though
2021-07-19 19:37
#74
cArn | 
Europe m5_cs
zywho?
2021-07-19 19:31
Deserved,fuck offline.
2021-07-19 19:13
1 reply
fuck online you mean
2021-07-19 19:18
#49
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Brazil angryyyy
liquid top 1 inc it will happen when fallen take back igl role
2021-07-19 19:14
1 reply
liquid needs roster change . - stew
2021-07-20 10:51
NAVI TOP 1 #NAVINATION #NAVIDAVI
2021-07-19 19:14
NAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIISSSSSSSSS
2021-07-19 19:15
FAZE #6 NOW WITH JUST 1 LAN EVENT. CAN'T WAIT FOR MORE. #FAZEUP!!!!
2021-07-19 19:16
3 replies
Lets go!
2021-07-20 01:01
1 reply
non toxic BIG fan! Lets go!
2021-07-20 22:20
EZ for twistzz
2021-07-20 04:32
nice, s1mple top 1 hltv confirmed
2021-07-19 19:19
#63
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Uzbekistan Winrate
ESL Pro League S14 will be online or LAN ?
2021-07-19 19:22
10 replies
online
2021-07-19 19:25
Unclear at the moment
2021-07-19 19:28
8 replies
It says Malta on the website though.
2021-07-19 19:58
Type: Offline Location: Malta
2021-07-20 02:36
6 replies
Let's hope it will be offline
2021-07-20 03:54
5 replies
As long as COVID Numbers aren‘t rising like f.e. in Britain again it‘s very likely that its played offline. Maybe not in front of a crowd, but just like Cologne. Still way better than online, so lets pray!
2021-07-20 04:51
4 replies
offline chance - 70% with crowd or viewers - 20%
2021-07-20 06:16
You stupid. UK has lifted these corona bs
2021-07-20 15:48
2 replies
Read again. As Long as numbers are not rising LIKE IN BRITAIN. Doesnt matter anyway, its played online ;(
2021-07-21 00:46
1 reply
It doesn‘t matter if it „raised like in BRITAIN“ bro, they lifted the restrictions. You can‘t take UK as an example. Unless Boris Johnson and his government make a 180 degree turn on their decision, UK „raising number is irrelevant“
2021-07-21 13:41
#64
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Ireland kdorek
Navi to farm entire weeks of nobody playing, rigged for s0mple
2021-07-19 19:23
1 reply
Weak bait.
2021-07-19 19:38
#70
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Ukraine MichiLife
Totaly deserved!NAVI THE BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD
2021-07-19 19:29
#72
cArn | 
Europe m5_cs
EZ deserved
2021-07-19 19:31
Faze up ass down
2021-07-19 19:31
loool faze 6 in world, its harder to go from gold nova to lem it takes more time than from 3rd tier to 6th
2021-07-19 19:32
EZ for S1mple hardware aimbot......
2021-07-19 19:32
#78
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Portugal dracø
deserved
2021-07-19 19:33
Gambit shouldn't be top 3.
2021-07-19 19:34
2 replies
Online events are still included
2021-07-19 19:38
4 tourneys won this year tho, they should be top 3, lan or online
2021-07-19 19:40
GZGZGZ
2021-07-19 19:38
#96
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South America Melegatti
Nice to see Faze there, deserved for Navi, gambit now should drop to top5-top10 in the next lans
2021-07-19 19:46
3 wins in last 5 tournaments and one runner-up finish 2 in a row out of 3 wins and in both finals they sweeped their opponents incredible, deserved top1
2021-07-19 19:46
1 reply
#98
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South America Melegatti
Totally deserved, I hope G2 can reach Top2 now and navi keep Top1 for longer than past times
2021-07-19 19:46
Deserved af
2021-07-19 20:00
Navi to win next 10 major and you can't do shit about it 🙏
2021-07-19 20:09
gambit out of top 10 at the end of the year
2021-07-19 20:14
Gambit back to top1 after EPL14!
2021-07-19 20:25
2 replies
no
2021-07-19 21:08
1 reply
ok
2021-07-20 00:22
#115
B1T | 
Europe Gigska
akuma still top30 EZ
2021-07-19 20:32
simple is a god. no simple, no IEM. be clear,s1mple is GOAT, NaVi is shit. boobl4 is a dogshit. NaVi won that and they deserve it. BOOShit is a get away
2021-07-19 20:51
Deserved
2021-07-19 21:06
gambit top 1
2021-07-19 21:14
deserved but a bit unexpected I thought Gambit will stay #1 for this week due to so many points from other tournaments
2021-07-19 21:26
2 replies
Navi was already close with ~650 points
2021-07-19 23:16
#161
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
+1 same
2021-07-19 23:25
deserved wp pasani all show good teamplay
2021-07-19 21:36
not even a debate at this point.
2021-07-19 21:40
Gambots gonna be out of top 5 after next major...
2021-07-19 21:42
2 replies
out of top5 after pro league *
2021-07-19 22:32
Can't even beat faze. Threw 11-1 lead. Not characteristics of a #1 team
2021-07-19 22:34
deserved
2021-07-19 21:57
Expected from the best team in the world :)
2021-07-19 23:14
1 reply
#160
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
+1
2021-07-19 23:24
#154
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United States SoNftw
EZ for s1mple! This next major is NaVi's!
2021-07-19 23:14
1 reply
The competition from now on will be massive
2021-07-19 23:15
Back to top 5! Unexpected but very nice!
2021-07-19 23:15
#159
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
i didn't expect Gambit to lose the top 1 position, but very nice mens))
2021-07-19 23:23
Deserved but I have no idea how astralis are still top 4
2021-07-20 00:05
2 replies
they made semis
2021-07-20 01:03
1 reply
Yeah but this is their first good result since the blast global finals at the start of the year. I don't understand why they are 4th because if you were to ask anyone if astralis was top 5, I doubt they would say yes
2021-07-20 09:29
s1mple the best.
2021-07-20 00:25
Lmao calling CIS region onliners when they are just better what's the excuse now? They are good offliners? XD
2021-07-20 02:45
3 replies
NAVI are the only 1 LAN team. and they have 2 non-CIS players (S1mple and B1T)
2021-07-20 08:50
2 replies
i know ukraine isn't in the CIS org. but if CIS region is a only imaginary region for Russian-speakers in CS, why isn't ukraine a CIS region
2021-07-20 11:20
1 reply
#231
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Russia pohitz
The CIS includes the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan; Ukraine and Turkmenistan as associated membership.
2021-07-20 15:45
never forget that S0mple been banned from IEM for cheating before. so nothing he wins is valid, once a cheater, always a cheater.
2021-07-20 02:52
wasn't easy
2021-07-20 03:29
Navi nation
2021-07-20 04:19
#188
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Sweden LimGardz
Congratulation Na'Vi Well Deserved
2021-07-20 04:42
Expected! Nice
2021-07-20 04:43
Fully deserved .....
2021-07-20 05:45
#194
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Peru SuperGOD
where is NIP?
2021-07-20 05:46
1 reply
They are at 9th place in the world rankings.
2021-07-20 06:21
I want to see Na'Vi era.
2021-07-20 06:20
prediction, in 3 months they'll be top 9-10
2021-07-20 07:31
2 replies
navi?
2021-07-20 07:48
1 reply
yes
2021-07-20 09:29
#199
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United States El_clarko
Gambit (Youngsters) came from top 40 online to #1 within a year. Imagine how little time it’s going to take for them to slap Navi around in LAN.
2021-07-20 07:42
GAMBIT ONLY WON ONLINE LOL ahahahaha
2021-07-20 08:01
gamBOT onliners
2021-07-20 08:50
Na'Vi will be solid if they win Intel Grand Slam + Major, if not then it's gonna be the same thing. Gambit are not onliners, so get your head out of your ass by saying they are only good online they fucked up NiP, a veritable lan team, mouz (i dont know what the fuck happened tbh) and lost in a very close series. You forget these players HAVE NEVER played a T1 tournament lan yet, so give them time if they decay back to top 30 then you can call them onliners but you can't deny the hard effort they put in.
2021-07-20 08:52
1 reply
#230
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Russia pohitz
Totally agree with you. But being a fan of AmaNEk is strong)
2021-07-20 15:37
astralizzz +6?!!! LOL????????? how?
2021-07-20 09:01
Deserved <3
2021-07-20 10:54
S1MPLE
2021-07-20 11:36
#222
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Sweden Akoulad
Yawn
2021-07-20 12:30
ez
2021-07-20 12:30
Well deserved navi Good to see faze back in top 10
2021-07-20 14:54
Undeserved Gambit clearly #1 Natus bots will fall after the summer break. A one man team who peaked early once again
2021-07-20 15:53
2 replies
+1
2021-07-20 16:20
cry more
2021-07-21 18:12
finally real champ is on TOP1.. not those onliners...
2021-07-21 00:17
CIS stronk
2021-07-21 17:48
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