September Team Ranking: Copenhagen Flames break into top 20, Vitality rise to third

Our Global Team Ranking has been updated for September, with ESL Pro League and IEM Fall having the most impact.

A few important events have taken place since we last brought you a monthly ranking update, most notably the playoffs of ESL Pro League Season 14 and IEM Fall. With the latter yet to finish there is still ground to be gained and lost, but more than enough has happened this month to see some major shifts in the top 30.

Vitality crack the top three for the first time since February

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 Monday, October 4, 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.
361
75
113
549
-
3.
197
154
108
459
+6
4.
225
44
135
404
-1
5.
175
103
105
383
+2
6.
155
146
73
374
+2
7.
142
101
107
350
-1
8.
136
90
99
325
-4
9.
170
58
82
310
-4
10.
120
104
58
282
+4
11.
115
69
52
236
-1
12.
98
67
46
211
+1
13.
52
91
31
174
+11
14.
97
44
30
171
-2
15.
83
54
32
169
-4
16.
60
72
25
157
+2
17.
75
58
21
154
-
18.
62
49
28
139
-2
19.
9
113
3
125
+14
20.
71
36
16
123
-5
21.
25
71
9
105
+5
22.
23
71
10
104
+3
23.
26
40
34
100
+37
24.
1
82
1
84
New
25.
8
70
1
79
+2
26.
15
58
3
76
+3
27.
10
58
6
74
+19
28.
10
55
5
70
+12
29.
27
36
6
69
-6
30.
8
58
0
66
+2

Please note that the +/- gain on this table differs from our weekly rankings page, and it is related to the ranking update of September 7.

Copenhagen Flames shock and awe at IEM Fall

A fantastic month of Counter-Strike from yet another impressive Danish lineup secured this month's record leap in the rankings for Copenhagen Flames. Ever since the squad came together in May of this year it has been a steady ascent, without much exposure to tier one. That all changed at the end of September.

They kicked off the month with a loss to Virtus.pro at Pinnacle Fall, an understandable result for a team with precious little experience against tier-one opposition. The Danes did not let the experience quell them, and what followed was nine series wins out of 10, securing top-four at Funspark ULTI Regionals and a 3-0 record in the Elisa Invitation Fall. In the midst of this intense schedule they secured an all important spot at IEM Fall by besting Fiend in a tight series. This would prove to be a vital victory.

Coming into IEM Fall at the end of the month, Copenhagen Flames were clearly in good form, but were not considered a favourite to get out of a group containing the likes of world #4 G2 and top-20 stalwarts MOUZ and BIG. Surely a relatively new team, made up of leftovers from the previous MAD Lions roster plus some young Danish talent, could do very little damage amongst such a strong field.

All expectations were blown out of the water, with Copenhagen Flames tearing through their group with five straight wins, including limiting MOUZ and BIG to single digits in convincing victories. Off the back of some stellar performances from Jakob "⁠jabbi⁠" Nygaard and Nico "⁠nicoodoz⁠" Tamjidi, both of whom are currently amongst the top 10 rated players at the event, the Danes wildly surpassed all expectations, and only got better as the group stage went on.

With a coveted spot at the Major on the line when playoffs for IEM Fall EU kick off October 7, all eyes will be on the underdogs to see if their run through the best-of-one groups was a fluke, or if we have yet another Danish team that will take up long term residence in the world top-20.

Vitality rise towards the top once again

The Frenchmen came into this month with a solid albeit unspectacular progression through the ESL Pro League group stages behind them, and a very winnable first round playoff draw against Complexity on the horizon. Would Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut continue the resurgent form he was beginning to show, and would the team continue to fine-tune the balance between the rest of the squad?

The boys in yellow set about answering both of those questions emphatically with an incredible run through the playoffs, getting better and better as they did so; a solid 2-1 victory over Complexity was followed by an even more impressive 2-0 against world #2 Gambit, and then they comfortably brushed aside OG, who had only dropped a single map thus far, 2-0 in their semi-final.

Their biggest test came in the final where they faced the best team and best player in the world, Natus Vincere and Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev, in a best-of-five grand final. They took the CIS squad all the way, eventually succumbing 2-3 and settling for second place. The team looked in excellent shape, with ZywOo the second highest rated player at the event and the rest of the team contributing impact frags and clutches to supplement the AWPers carry performances.

Their BLAST Premier Fall Groups performance was a professional one, not quite hitting the peaks of some of their performances at ESL Pro League, in particular the grand final, but never looking in doubt of taking first place in the group. A win over Liquid and two over Astralis amounted to a pleasing performance especially considering Jayson "⁠Kyojin⁠" Nguyen Van, the newcomer who has at times struggled, found himself topping the scoreboards in the final series against the Danes.

In such form it is unsurprising that Vitality have seen the biggest jump in the top 10, and their comfortable qualification from their IEM Fall group even less surprising. Having secured their Major berth with this result, the French squad's eyes will be set firmly on the IEM Fall EU trophy and beyond on a strong finish at the Major itself. In their current form, it might be risky to bet against them.

ENCE transcend tier 2

ENCE spent much of the first half of the year toiling away in tier two, with their share of successes mixed in with some failures. Of particular concern was their consistent struggle to qualify for tier-one events.

ESL Pro League was one tier-one event they did qualify for, and they set about taking that opportunity with both hands. After a successful group stage campaign, they comfortably took down a dangerous looking forZe in the first round of playoffs, the whole team posting solid individual performances and AWPer Olek "⁠hades⁠" Miskiewicz in particular seeming to be in menacing form. A tough quarter-final draw against Natus Vincere saw their run end earlier than it might have otherwise, but it was a successful foray into tier one for the European squad.

Snappi and co. have had a stellar September

Roll on IEM Fall, and a tough group draw greeted them; they were placed in a group with Vitality who had just placed top-two at EPL, and an OG squad who were on a red-hot run of form themselves. Throw in some strong tier-two opposition in the form of Dignitas and MAD Lions, and it seemed a tough ask for Marco "⁠Snappi⁠" Pfeiffer and co.

ENCE rose to the occasion with aplomb, posting four wins in their group including a comfortable 16-8 victory over Vitality. Their only loss came at the hands of OG, and it took the them several overtimes to crack ENCE. In fact, when you examine ENCE's current form, they have only lost two series since the last edition of these rankings, and that was against world #1 Natus Vincere and world #10 OG.

ENCE have put themselves in a prime position to be able to qualify for the Major, a huge achievement for a team who had no RMR points at all coming into IEM Fall. Just like Copenhagen Flames, eyes will be glued to ENCE to see if they can continue to grow their stature, and turn themselves from underdog into a consistent top-10 team.

Movistar Riders debut in top 30

The Spaniards find themselves nestled inside the top 30 this month largely off the back of their gutsy performance at IEM Fall, coming back from 0-2 in the group. They did so by grinding out three close map wins, showing resiliency and determination to best Complexity, Sinners and Endpoint to clinch tiebreakers.

They carried their momentum into the tiebreakers themselves, crushing both Sinners and more impressively Heroic to clinch a playoff spot that looked almost impossible after their first two games. It has been a team effort for Movistar Riders, with three of their players sitting at a 1.12-1.15 rating, the fact that they are relying on their team structure making the story even more compelling.

The Spanish squad will now battle it out for a chance to attend the Major in Stockholm, and already have a solid chance after having secured a playoff berth. They may have their work cut out for them against NIP especially considering Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz's current form, but with the heart and grit that Movistar Riders have shown, it would be foolish to write them off.

1WIN and Lyngby Vikings make big gains

Both of these teams secured impressive victories in tier-two events this month, earning themselves jumps in the rankings to break into the top 30.

1WIN did so courtesy of their victory at Malta Vibes Knockout Series, taking some impressive scalps in the form of Entropiq and Sinners on their way to the trophy. They secured the trophy with victory over the latter in the grand final, with star player Denis "⁠deko⁠" Zhukov putting up a commanding 1.44 rating, miles ahead of his closest teammate.

As for Lyngby Vikings, first place at Funspark ULTI Regionals was more than enough to secure themselves a top 30 placing. They took this event home in spectacular fashion, winning five straight series 2-0 against mostly higher ranked opposition. They did so without a single player inside the top 10 highest rated players at the event, a testament to their teamwork and playbook.

Poland Olek 'hades' Miskiewicz
Olek 'hades' Miskiewicz
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
436
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.63
Russia Denis 'deko' Zhukov
Denis 'deko' Zhukov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
215
KPR:
0.83
DPR:
0.57
France Jayson 'Kyojin' Nguyen Van
Jayson 'Kyojin' Nguyen Van
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
98
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1425
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Nico 'nicoodoz' Tamjidi
Nico 'nicoodoz' Tamjidi
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
509
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.61
Denmark Jakob 'jabbi' Nygaard
Jakob 'jabbi' Nygaard
Age:
18
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
568
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1752
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.27
Maps played:
879
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.62
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1456
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
expected
2021-10-04 23:08
1 reply
of course, it‘s just the weekly ranking bro
2021-10-04 23:30
#2
 | 
Finland Wege
wow
2021-10-04 23:08
deserved, Vitality has been quite good lately...
2021-10-04 23:09
1 reply
#8
 | 
France Kanignobule
exactly it deserves their ranking of 10
2021-10-04 23:12
#4
 | 
Ukraine McSwell
fnatic +37 Pog
2021-10-04 23:09
2 replies
they lost 5 consecutive matches and they grow wtf? xD
2021-10-05 02:09
1 reply
as they said in the article, its based from 1 month ago. They started out around 60th and then worked their way up after their run in EPL.
2021-10-05 11:59
Real top 10: CPH 1Win NAVI Gambit Sinners Movistar Riders Vitality G2 mouz NXT ENCE
2021-10-04 23:10
14 replies
Your brain… sad
2021-10-04 23:12
#12
 | 
China HEIDASHUAi
Error 404: Brain not found.
2021-10-04 23:19
2 replies
#55
 | 
Indonesia lumayan
its found if u use microscope
2021-10-05 10:02
1 reply
#79
 | 
China HEIDASHUAi
KEKW
2021-10-05 16:29
2021-10-04 23:25
9 replies
#42
 | 
Norway 2kayn
X D
2021-10-05 01:58
Well your IQ must be the lowest, as you link to a scam site smartass... trustpilot.com/review/iq-test-internatio..
2021-10-05 10:18
7 replies
not lowest then your, if you got this... especially for kids like you... L - LOGIC
2021-10-05 12:01
6 replies
😂 Stay off this site until you learn English... kid
2021-10-05 19:56
5 replies
+1 646 474 4379 Viber let’s see who is the real kid here you little clown 🤡🤡🤡
2021-10-05 21:31
4 replies
Well, I hope you are a kid, that would be kind of an excuse for sending people to scam sites and leaving fake numbers. If you are a grown-ass man, then I just feel sorry for you.
2021-10-06 07:57
3 replies
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2021-10-06 10:53
I think you are that random kid who was uply to use this site without thinking and now trying to blame me when it was your fault Right mr “fake number”? 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡
2021-10-06 11:05
1 reply
I take it all back, you dont link to scam sites and post fake numbers. I was completely wrong and you where right. VrMd!
2021-10-08 08:42
Ez 4 Riders
2021-10-04 23:10
EZ 4 God deko
2021-10-04 23:13
Ez 4 zygod
2021-10-04 23:15
#11
 | 
France Khmzbg
Deserved for Vitality but I think its still a big gap between the top 2 and the rest
2021-10-04 23:18
7 replies
The gap between 1-2 is 5x bigger than 2-3…
2021-10-04 23:23
4 replies
I am a big navi fan but that's just not true. Gambit is as good as navi.
2021-10-05 01:37
2 replies
+1 NaVi is in general slightly better rn if you count the online matches but i got a feeling that gambit is gonna fall a bit flat in PGL, something like top 8 or top 4
2021-10-05 12:01
1 reply
I actually agree with both of you regarding team form. I was talking about the points ;)
2021-10-05 15:25
#43
 | 
Norway 2kayn
just as your name says...
2021-10-05 01:59
??? Vitality beat Gambit twice and so close to beating Navi in bo5.
2021-10-05 08:38
1 reply
Yeah, that's exactly why Vitality have the 2nd-best "Form" in the entire list. That guy is probably talking after considering all the aspects like performance at events, LAN, achievements, etc.
2021-10-06 11:06
#13
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Finland Stonkamies
I get kinda emotional when I see Ence that high again.
2021-10-04 23:20
1 reply
Yo le noob, Feels weird without allu🐍, but trust the ENCELADUS!
2021-10-05 11:48
#15
 | 
Chile cristiaan
GO RIDERS 🥵
2021-10-04 23:24
Riders a la gloria
2021-10-04 23:31
#19
 | 
United States okuulanda
man furia are a tier 2 team now even with top 15 player kscerato FUCK
2021-10-04 23:41
1 reply
+1 Art strats....
2021-10-05 12:00
+6? Vitality was third last week already hltv.org/ranking/teams/2021/september/27
2021-10-04 23:47
4 replies
true, hltv drunk
2021-10-05 00:30
read the article, they say that the numbers are comparing to sep 7 (last month)
2021-10-05 12:02
2 replies
That was added later Furthermore, even those comparisons are wrong Faze from 4th to 7th is -1? Astralis from 6th to 8th is -4? OG from 10th to 10th is +4? Etc.
2021-10-05 12:12
1 reply
hmm, true, that is wierd
2021-10-05 12:56
#21
 | 
Europe elefiveS
faze only -1? astralis -4? OG +4? what
2021-10-04 23:49
5 replies
They fucked up the chart somehow, faze actually went -2, astralis +1 and OG stayed the same Got it, they compared the new rankings to August 16th rankings instead of last week's for some reason hltv.org/ranking/teams/2021/august/16
2021-10-05 00:01
#27
 | 
Ukraine Kastrulya
Fnatic +37
2021-10-05 00:10
3 replies
Yeah?)) what’s weird
2021-10-05 00:33
2 replies
#38
 | 
Ukraine Kastrulya
0-5 in group -> +37 Alright
2021-10-05 01:04
1 reply
It’s the whole month !
2021-10-05 01:05
EZ4ENCE
2021-10-04 23:53
Copenhagen flames up and coming team mabye?
2021-10-05 00:06
1 reply
Obviously
2021-10-05 09:04
G2 , lulquid and forze don't belong in top 20
2021-10-05 00:06
#26
 | 
Ukraine Kastrulya
Fnatic +37)))))))))))))()))))
2021-10-05 00:10
fnatic +37 for going 0-5 xd
2021-10-05 00:29
1 reply
count started last month (sep 7) read before complaining.
2021-10-05 12:03
Astralis is holding on to top 10 which is good I guess)
2021-10-05 00:29
@mods you messed up the whole article
2021-10-05 00:32
1 sixt BO1 format and still in top30 what a traxh ......
2021-10-05 00:39
Peftect example that this rating is dumb and having opinion on which team is underdog and which is overdog according to this list is stupid, but sadly most people do that. Fnatic +37 places, just for playing here because they were invited. When they ended it 0/5.... Teams like lingby, movistar, ago definitelly better, but they didnt play here so list puts fnc above them...
2021-10-05 00:43
3 replies
Fnatic didnt go +37, they went -3 #23
2021-10-05 00:54
2 replies
It says +37 there, it doesnt matter which previous chart they are comparing them to, they didnt do anything besides being 9-12 in a fucking qualifier for the IEM Fall. Yes even in qualifier then ended 9-12. Top 50 at best, not top 30...
2021-10-05 00:57
1 reply
#54
 | 
Greece RedWinter
September rankings include EPL, and Fnatic were like rank 60 before that.
2021-10-05 09:55
#35
 | 
Brazil hugoooo
"Movistar Riders debut in top 30" ?? They have been there before
2021-10-05 00:50
3 replies
true
2021-10-05 02:16
With another lineup afair
2021-10-05 09:05
Not with this core
2021-10-05 12:42
#41
 | 
Germany Surcal___
nice
2021-10-05 01:43
top 20 mens))
2021-10-05 02:06
ez4ence
2021-10-05 03:54
#48
 | 
Indonesia FinZzz
Lfg Vitality 🔥
2021-10-05 05:36
#49
 | 
Brazil Vicmar
NIP top1 soon
2021-10-05 05:51
-4 for astralis? WTF
2021-10-05 09:48
11 teams with at least one Danish player on the team in top30. Pretty sick!
2021-10-05 10:24
1 reply
+1
2021-10-05 15:22
#58
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CIS imixiu
-4 for Astralis wtf? They were 8th place one week ago and after iem fall they are 8th also.. They should be 5th minimum.
2021-10-05 10:53
I love that no matter how long this ranking works on its parameters, almost nobody understands it. Admins maybe its about time to switch it?
2021-10-05 12:09
ENCE tier 1 now #EZ4ENCE
2021-10-05 12:29
#69
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Russia mshkoda
Forze overrated, 1win underrated
2021-10-05 12:33
Dignitas should definitely be top 30. Probably better than fnatic right now.
2021-10-05 12:54
1 reply
Though f0rest underperformed on the event a lot, sadly. 0.9 rating overall in the 5 games. Even friberg had slightly better stats.
2021-10-06 16:51
CPH F!
2021-10-05 13:14
vita slowly getting back in form is nice to see
2021-10-05 15:24
Faze at #7! Not bad for the senior citizens of CS. The rumor has it that the Pope is joining the team when Olof decides to retire.
2021-10-05 15:28
Flames playing surprisingly well. Good for them
2021-10-05 15:50
G2 nowhere to be found.
2021-10-06 03:26
Can't believe Na'Vi is still on 1000 total points after a frustrating loss to Gambit in CIS RMR finals (in which only s1mple got positive rating)
2021-10-06 04:31
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