NAVI on top, FaZe return to relevance in July Team Ranking

We have updated our Global Team Ranking for July 2021, the month that saw the return of tier-one Counter-Strike to LAN.

Coming on the back of IEM Cologne and in the middle of the official tournament break, this month's ranking is rather unique. Although we only witnessed about two weeks of tier-one action in July, plenty of key moves took place all over the top 30, and a couple of teams made massive strides that deserve attention.

As the biggest event of the year so far and the first to take place on LAN in nearly a year and a half, IEM Cologne far outweighed everything else that took place early in the month. The $1 million event produced staggering results, with some teams being able to surprise after capitalizing on the "LAN buff," while others fell short of the mark and couldn't replicate the form they had shown online.

Not quite the full arena we had hoped for, but it did the trick

The impact? A new name at the top, a legendary team's return to relevance, and a leap from Down Under.

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 August 2, 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
165
300
965
+1
2.
463
200
232
895
-1
3.
344
110
208
662
-
4.
235
63
114
412
+4
5.
214
82
96
392
+1
6.
151
131
88
370
+30
7.
191
55
95
341
-3
8.
134
105
78
317
-3
9.
141
79
71
291
-
10.
140
75
49
264
-
11.
108
64
73
245
-4
12.
130
68
46
244
+2
13.
108
71
53
232
+2
14.
90
71
60
221
-1
15.
124
42
55
221
-4
16.
96
58
38
192
-4
17.
58
80
26
164
-1
18.
52
76
24
152
-1
19.
49
32
26
107
+2
20.
35
41
21
97
-1
21.
24
48
18
90
+29
22.
21
58
9
88
+7
23.
37
35
11
83
-5
24.
24
48
10
82
-4
25.
23
46
11
80
+3
26.
25
42
9
76
-2
27.
10
58
7
75
-5
28.
16
36
17
69
-5
29.
15
45
7
67
-3
30.
20
30
14
64
-5

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

NAVI steal the top spot with back-to-back titles

Natus Vincere had played second fiddle to their biggest regional rivals, Gambit, for most of 2021, but in July they finally turned things around with consecutive titles at StarLadder CIS RMR and at IEM Cologne.

The second Regional Major Ranking tournament of the year saw the two rivals clash three times in just four days, with Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev & co. still struggling to get over the line in the first two attempts before they broke the streak the third time around. A comeback from a 0-2 deficit in the title decider served as a massive confidence boost and a sign of things to come from Natus Vincere as well as from s1mple himself, who played a stellar tournament as always and hit some incredible peaks to secure the MVP medal.

The CIS squad was in action in Germany just a few days later and quelled initial signs of a slow start in their return to LAN competition, turning around map deficits against Renegades and Vitality to secure first place in their group without too many issues. Gambit didn't stand in their way in the playoffs this time, but Natus Vincere went on to brush aside FaZe, the team that had eliminated Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov's side, and clinched the second trophy of the month after a much closer repeat of the 2020 IEM Katowice final against G2.

FaZe come back from the dead

FaZe's form ahead of IEM Cologne was worrying, to say the least. The team had struggled to a degree far beyond anyone's imagination following the exciting signings of Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen and Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken, sporting a measly 40% win rate three months after the organization made the two blockbuster additions. They seemed to have no answer to their problems, and things didn't improve once Marcelo "⁠coldzera⁠" David decided to step down from the team, either — at least not at first.

Olof "⁠olofmeister⁠" Kajbjer returned to FaZe once again in a move that had many wondering how long it would last this time, following another lengthy break that looked like it could have meant the Swede's retirement. Often referred to as the glue of the team, he wasn't able to make the European mixture stick and give them the final push they needed to convert some tight series into wins online, but everything changed once they arrived on LAN at IEM Cologne.

Close losses turned into close victories as FaZe passed the Play-in with flying colors and went on to display unbelievable resilience at the main event. karrigan's squad were sent to the lower bracket immediately after a close loss to Astralis and came back from the brink of elimination, beating Spirit, Vitality, and Heroic in consecutive series to make it to the playoffs.

The run had already been a massive achievement for the team ranked second-lowest at the beginning of the staple competition, and FaZe went one step further in a thrilling series against the world's No.1 side, Gambit. The quarter-final affair seemed a done deal when the Russian side were up 11-1 on the series opener, Ancient, but a stunning effort on the CT side saw the karrigan-led side turn it around against all odds and clinch the series 2-1, in the end. Even though Natus Vincere went on to demolish them in the semi-finals, FaZe had done enough to make the record climb of the month, from 36th to sixth place.

FaZe made a 30-spot leap on the back of their IEM Cologne run

mouz out of top 10 after missed opportunities

It was far from as impressive a story for mousesports, who were in quite the opposite situation to FaZe after having won Flashpoint 3 at the end of May. Christopher "⁠dexter⁠" Nong's squad had dealt with issues of their own after karrigan's departure, with the Australian in-game leader taking some time to adapt to the new scenery, but the sheer dominance the European side displayed out of the blue at the first Regional Major Ranking filled their fans with hope of mousesports' return to the top.

But that didn't happen. Albeit competitive, the team couldn't replicate the same destructive individual form from Flashpoint and came away with last place at IEM Cologne, earning their only two wins in the Play-in against the North American teams, Bad News Bears and Evil Geniuses. Instead of grasping the chance to build on their previous success, mousesports will be haunted by missed opportunities in both of their series in the main event against Gambit and Liquid, where they had 12-6 and 11-5 leads on the deciders.

Renegades seize the challenge

When the coronavirus pandemic broke out at the start of 2020, every CS:GO team had their plans disrupted, but few were as derailed as Renegades. Just when they were looking like a stable top-30 team, the global health situation forced them to return home and miss out on chances to fully establish themselves among the best.

As top teams in Europe and North America took to online play, Renegades were limited to competing locally, dominating their local scene with nine straight tournament wins. That wasn't enough to stop them from tumbling down the rankings, and failing to impress at their first international events in 2021 didn't help either. The Aussies got the chance to compete at the IEM Katowice Play-In and ESL Pro League Season 13 as measures loosened up in March-April, but didn't leave a strong impression in their initial outings without in-game leader dexter.

In July, Renegades finally returned to where they were a year ago — the top 30. Joshua "⁠INS⁠" Potter took the reins of the squad, Alistair "⁠aliStair⁠" Johnston swapped over to the AWP role, and the team made the most out of their latest trip to Europe. Playing on LAN, they managed to claw their way through the IEM Cologne Play-In, edging past MIBR and sending OG packing in a shocking upset victory. Making it to the main event and taking a map off eventual winners Natus Vincere shows that despite all the difficulties Renegades faced over the last 16 months, the scrappy Australian underdogs shouldn't be written off.

Zvonimir "Professeur" Burazin contributed to this story

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1336
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.61
Australia Alistair 'aliStair' Johnston
Alistair 'aliStair' Johnston
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
975
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Australia Joshua 'INS' Potter
Joshua 'INS' Potter
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
864
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.65
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
730
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1215
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Australia Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
856
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1851
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1494
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1419
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
xantares to faze confirmed
2021-08-03 00:17
10 replies
disgusting
2021-08-03 09:27
6 replies
#135
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Indonesia lumayan
???????????????????????????????????????????? bro he will contribute so much more than botolof lol.
2021-08-03 14:33
5 replies
Xantares will make a turk super team and send sweden and jermany back to tier 2
2021-08-03 14:38
Bruh literally shut it u have 0 knowledge about the game nor team cs just hush
2021-08-03 21:16
2 replies
+1
2021-08-03 21:54
#153
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Czech Republic JameS_19
+1
2021-08-04 15:22
How can a man be so wrong
2021-08-03 21:54
#111
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Hungary saxxo
Xanteres goes back to his turky fellows with woxic. Mark my words.
2021-08-03 09:31
#114
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Ukraine volod1m1r
A good caption. Hltv literally accepting Faze were irrelevant
2021-08-03 09:39
1 reply
In the tier 1 scene, they weren't.
2021-08-03 10:03
ok
2021-08-03 00:17
s1mple top 1 2021 /closed
2021-08-03 00:18
11 replies
dev1ce*
2021-08-03 00:20
9 replies
#24
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Liberia rationale
As a rifler he's been god awful this year. As an awper he was among the best, but awping alone can only get you so far.
2021-08-03 00:38
7 replies
His AWPing hasn't been the best either in NiP. He was good in Cologne but prior to that, during the online season, he was painfully average. Not something you associate with Device of all people.
2021-08-03 05:14
6 replies
It is exactly sth you associate device with: being average :)
2021-08-03 08:52
4 replies
that's exactly what you don't expect from the best player in the world.
2021-08-04 04:32
3 replies
Device has zero top1 to back up the best player in the world claim :(
2021-08-04 04:49
2 replies
But device has 4 majors and a consistent top 5 for 5 years straight.. Their team structure needed device a more passive awper to lockdown pushes, thus u see sometimes device rifling in t side occasionally. But #1 spot belongs to the flashiest, pure killer player in the game. That's why s1mple and zywoo take those. Device on the other side is arguably the best awper for team cs. He's been mister consistent for all those years with the most accomplishments of all... No need #1.. Not a device fanboy, just saying that he is literally the god of team cs.
2021-08-05 01:01
1 reply
Thanks for a laugh, will shit in this take once I find motivation to do so :)
2021-08-06 16:10
#137
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Liberia rationale
Yeah, online he wasn't performing but that's online.
2021-08-03 14:54
no
2021-08-03 13:16
+1
2021-08-03 09:19
#9
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Denmark N1nQa
nice
2021-08-03 00:19
Navi form only 165. hmmmm
2021-08-03 00:19
7 replies
NaVi 3 finals in a row form 165 FaZe 1st top 4 finish this year form 131 HLTV XDDDDDD
2021-08-03 09:20
4 replies
cry
2021-08-03 09:28
1 reply
flair
2021-08-03 10:02
#113
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Europe Teutzu
where can u see team form? cant find it unless there is an upcoming match
2021-08-03 09:36
+1 lul
2021-08-03 10:02
Gambit LAN 230 G2 LAN 208 HLTV biggest baiters
2021-08-03 16:45
1 reply
#157
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Russia Thfthf
Its because of 1st lan, either stupid would be giving points just for one lan, so it will be balanced in the near future.
2021-08-08 03:15
+30 damn what a comeback
2021-08-03 00:20
nav0 luckiest
2021-08-03 00:26
5 replies
why?
2021-08-03 00:20
2 replies
why?
2021-08-03 00:49
1 reply
#129
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United Arab Emirates Gooneev
Why?
2021-08-03 12:37
flakeflagger... change flag now, stop using my countrys beautiful flag
2021-08-03 19:07
1 reply
flakeflagger... change flag now, stop using my countrys beautiful flag
2021-08-03 19:16
#18
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Sweden piCt
dignitas top15 when lan returns!
2021-08-03 00:25
#19
 | 
United Kingdom BigTimeCEO
faze should be number one easily
2021-08-03 00:30
I feel physically sick, please move VP fking down one place, they do not deserve to be fifth, FaZe do!
2021-08-03 00:34
Joke that FaZe are on top10 xD
2021-08-03 00:38
3 replies
#42
daps | 
Canada JC_123
well they beat everyone except NaVi that faced them on LAN so it seems justified mens
2021-08-03 01:06
1 reply
lost to astralis and only best gambit because they choked faze top 10 isn't deserved also how is faze form 131 when g2 form is 110 and navi 165?? faze up til now had did nothing but go out almost last while g2 and navi have been top 4 at least
2021-08-03 13:38
#125
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Russia DevilBr0
Joke that VP, Heroic and NIP in top 10
2021-08-03 10:52
FaZeUp EZ
2021-08-03 00:39
#28
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
NaVis era is starting guys, mark this. I know that everyone thinks FaZe is back, but I think that at this event they basically shown how strong their individuals are, but they somehow still can't make it work. And honestly I doubt that they will be a TOP 10 team consistently with this roster. It's been some really unlucky games from mousesports honestly, I think that they will bounce back and this roster will still be probably in TOP 5 after the player break. I also think that Renegades has huge potential to go really far after the player break. It will be interesting.
2021-08-03 00:41
8 replies
I will save this as a copypasta. It's gonna be a great one regardless of whether NaVi dominate or if FaZe get it together
2021-08-03 00:51
1 reply
#132
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
good
2021-08-03 13:37
We'll see after the player break
2021-08-03 01:49
5 replies
#133
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
yeah, but this roster of NaVi seems like the strongest one ever tbh.
2021-08-03 13:38
4 replies
I agree, they look a lot more consistent with this iteration of the roster as well
2021-08-03 17:45
3 replies
#155
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
Because now they have 3 players who can they game on their shoulders, if s1mple has bad day, you still have electronic and B1T, if electronic has bad day, you still have s1mple and B1T, so I think it will be much more consistent roster than before.
2021-08-06 14:14
2 replies
#158
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Russia Thfthf
I remember when navi had a bad streak perfecto and especially boombl4 were trying hard to carry the team and force them playing, so we dont need to underestimate these players as well, not mentioning their special roles
2021-08-08 03:32
1 reply
#160
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
Yes, I think Boombl4 is a really solid entry, like his stats are pretty bad but even when he dies he always gets important info, and he often also gets some entries, and Perfecto is just a good passive supportive style of player, but what I mean is that those players aren't likely to take the game on their shoulders because it's not their also.
2021-08-16 18:13
#FaZeUp Ez
2021-08-03 00:49
Lets goooo #FaZeUp
2021-08-03 00:56
Natus V1ncere
2021-08-03 01:07
4 replies
B0tus Perdere
2021-08-03 03:33
3 replies
My dear Nt_noscene, why do you continue to do this, even with like 3 of your accounts already banned?
2021-08-03 04:04
2 replies
who?
2021-08-03 06:07
1 reply
you, hltv cancer
2021-08-03 10:37
AKUMA TOP 28 IS JUST A JOKE ITS SO OBVIOUS THEY CHEATED IN THE FUCKING RMR QUALIFIER, HALF LIFE TELEVISION CAN YOU GRAB SOME BRAIN CELLS?
2021-08-03 01:12
11 replies
That was not the only tournament they played
2021-08-03 01:17
10 replies
still, the tournaments they played dont justify the top 28. they are obviously cheaters, from destroying VP and Navi to losing to trash teams
2021-08-03 01:19
9 replies
Hltv rlly isn’t the one to judge in this case
2021-08-03 01:19
8 replies
hltv.org/matches/2348986/natus-vincere-v.. after they won mirage and d2 against navi, they banned dust 2 i believe in another game, if they were so dominant and won Navi (arguably one of the best D2 teams in the world) why would they ban D2? its so obvious they were cheating how didnt they get caught?!
2021-08-03 01:22
7 replies
Idk I think esic does investigate
2021-08-03 01:22
6 replies
ESIC is so unrealiable its a joke, (NA MDL), (AKUMA), (Coach spectate bug)
2021-08-03 01:36
5 replies
Na Mdl still a thing I guess, we don’t know, banned
2021-08-03 01:38
4 replies
did you see? earlier this week, they guy that had the leaked voice chats where he said to throw the NA MDL game, got UNBANNED, HOW?
2021-08-03 01:45
3 replies
I think the guy saying things in that recording didn’t get unbanned
2021-08-03 01:47
2 replies
maybe you are right im sorry, i thought it was him not sure.
2021-08-03 01:47
1 reply
One of them did remain banned and logically they would be him right ?
2021-08-03 01:49
Astralis still top 5, crazy stuff)
2021-08-03 01:16
6 replies
#73
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United States kami917
Astralis was the most impressive team for me in cologne, I didn’t think they’d do so well without dev1ce but gla1ve showed up in some huge moments, and magisk is looking really good for the first time in a while.
2021-08-03 02:43
5 replies
Not dead yet is what I liked to post in chat)) so good to see
2021-08-03 02:43
1 reply
#109
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United States kami917
+1
2021-08-03 09:29
How can you say that with your flair? Faze destroyed expectations for this tournament for sure. I hope they can keep this form up :)
2021-08-03 03:37
2 replies
#108
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United States kami917
Because I’ve been watching every match, I knew what they were capable of, they just needed to win a couple matches to gain some momentum, which is why the play-in was perfect from them. Astralis was a way bigger question mark for me than FaZe because of xyp9x and magisk’s recent form and the lack of an awper. But they make it work pretty well. I believe faze can be a consistent top 6 team on LAN, idk about online tho
2021-08-03 09:28
1 reply
I see. I haven't watched many of Faze's matches online but on Lan they looked good. And I see your point. Astralis with Lucky is bound to look better than what we have rn imo. The future looks promising :))
2021-08-03 11:31
lol
2021-08-03 01:19
navi era inc
2021-08-03 01:53
1 reply
+1
2021-08-03 09:21
Akuma GOD !!!
2021-08-03 02:35
#72
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China HEIDASHUAi
Let's go NaVi
2021-08-03 02:38
1 reply
+1 #NAVINATION #NAVIDAVI
2021-08-03 09:21
#75
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Germany sniffy1997
Renegades played one good tournament and that entitles them to place 22 ?
2021-08-03 03:09
3 replies
When they knocked out a top 15 team and took a map off the top team, and said tournament was T1, plus roflstomped the local scene basically the entire time they were here? Yeah, it does.
2021-08-03 10:00
2 replies
Sprout won against faze and they are not in top 30 anymore so make no sense
2021-08-03 22:47
1 reply
Yeah, because that was 3 months ago and they've been losing more than they've won in the time since.
2021-08-04 05:20
+30 Pog
2021-08-03 03:18
who is this new team "FaZe" on place 6? i have never heard of that one before
2021-08-03 03:38
ez navi
2021-08-03 03:58
Why does Gambit have more LAN points than G2?
2021-08-03 06:00
1 reply
+1 gambot onliners
2021-08-03 08:01
nice
2021-08-03 06:14
expected
2021-08-03 06:30
#Na'Vi
2021-08-03 06:39
Fnatic ?!?
2021-08-03 07:27
Awesome. This is a good read. Wow Faze +30 spots
2021-08-03 07:58
1 reply
+1
2021-08-03 09:29
Turkish super team soon top 1
2021-08-03 08:30
I never understood this ranking system. FaZe spent months being lower than 30, it only took 1 good event to make it to top 10 again?
2021-08-03 08:47
EZ4NAVI
2021-08-03 09:21
i like your writing Zvonimir
2021-08-03 09:32
1 reply
but it was Striker?
2021-08-03 10:12
Expected & deserved NAVI Top 1. Big congrats to FaZe 30 ranks up, Renegades 29 ranks up. :O
2021-08-03 10:02
fakuma still in top30 lul
2021-08-03 10:11
Faze +30, that's a legit jump, not like those blatant cheaters, Akuma.
2021-08-03 10:35
#124
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Estonia qoznyyy
navi will never win a major tho
2021-08-03 10:46
#127
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Turkey qmsnn
Mouz was unlucky.They lost gambit and vitality just few rounds.i hope they will be back to top 10 next tournement.
2021-08-03 12:06
Remember that time when onliners heroic said they wanna establish themselves and win t1 tournaments lul
2021-08-03 12:32
renegades +29 is so unfair
2021-08-03 13:38
#138
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Denmark zorglubx
Nice article, although I feel you should have mentioned Astralis, not only be course I am a fan, but they did something there out of the ordinary in context of this year.
2021-08-03 16:07
-s1mple + m0nesY
2021-08-03 18:46
1 reply
-s0mple + me Top 1 till cs is dead
2021-08-04 07:45
Navi form 165 Gambit 200 Hltv you been smoking dick ?
2021-08-03 20:39
#159
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Hungary F1z3s
leggo
2021-08-11 23:27
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