October Team Ranking: G2 take number two spot, Copenhagen Flames enter top 10

With PGL Major Stockholm finished, our rankings have been updated to reflect results from the biggest event of the last two years.

With October coming to a close, it is time to once again bring you a monthly ranking update. This is an important one, as these rankings reflect the results of the first Major in two years, PGL Major Stockholm.

Let's take a moment to reflect on what was a fantastic celebration of Counter-Strike, and see where it has left some of the biggest movers and shakers as we enter the last couple of months of the year.

G2 made a run to the grand final in Stockholm, where they were felled by NAVI

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, November 8, 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.
304
115
141
560
+2
3.
287
103
128
518
-1
4.
182
172
127
481
+2
5.
225
108
133
466
-
6.
187
136
142
465
-3
7.
150
96
77
323
+2
8.
123
113
55
291
-1
9.
66
148
43
257
+10
10.
109
73
65
247
+10
11.
77
107
54
238
+2
12.
75
88
39
202
+5
13.
72
73
36
181
+2
14.
78
55
46
179
-2
15.
75
52
51
178
-5
16.
68
61
26
155
-5
17.
24
106
19
149
+7
18.
29
58
18
105
+7
19.
16
57
27
100
NEW CORE
20.
11
73
9
93
+7
21.
10
57
10
77
+13
22.
12
50
12
74
+14
23.
32
28
11
71
-9
24.
17
42
8
67
-2
25.
11
46
7
64
+8
26.
17
29
9
55
-5
27.
10
41
4
55
+8
28.
7
43
5
55
-
29.
20
17
17
54
-13
30.
12
38
4
54
-1

Please note that the +/- gain on this table differs from our weekly rankings page, and it is related to the ranking update of October 4.

G2 rise to the occasion

G2 came into the month of October with everything to prove, considering the staggering drop in form the team had experienced since placing top-two at IEM Cologne just prior to the player break.

They kicked the month off in underwhelming fashion, with their playoff run at IEM Fall seeing them immediately relegated to the 5-8th decider bracket after a loss to ENCE. The European squad managed to recover with a comfortable 2-0 victory over then world #31 Fiend, but then followed this up with a disappointing loss to Movistar Riders to bow out of the event in 6th place. Importantly, though an underperformance, the result secured them a seeding directly into the Legends Stage for the upcoming Major.

This was followed by a performance at BLAST Premier Fall Showdown that could be described as lukewarm at best. The event began with G2 fumbling a map against Chinese underdogs Lynn Vision who were 112 places below them in the world rankings at the time — though they did take the series 2-1 — and finished with yet another disappointing loss, this time to a sub-top-30 MAD Lions. This earned them a 5-8th place finish.

The results were not that of a top-five team in the world, but it was not for lack of trying by their superstar player, Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač. The Bosnian rifler was putting up stellar numbers and performances despite his team’s struggles, posting a 1.26 rating at IEM Fall and an event-topping 1.42 rating for BLAST Premier Fall Showdown. With the most important event of two years on the horizon, the PGL Stockholm Major, it seemed that G2 had slumped at the worst of times, and that their star player would be forced to settle for a placing that belied his individual prowess.

Once the Major arrived, G2 stepped up to the plate. They tore through the Legends Stage without dropping a single map, taking victories over young Danish upstarts Copenhagen Flames, a FaZe team on a good run of form, and Entropiq. This propelled them into the playoffs, where they continued to impress, crushing home favourites NIP 2-0 before squeaking past Heroic in a tightly contested semi-final, 2-1. This set up a meeting with the undefeated Natus Vincere, and whilst they fought hard on the second map of Nuke, it was not enough to deny Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev his date with destiny and they took home a silver medal.

With a raft of roster changes on the horizon for many other top teams, and IEM Winter and the BLAST Premier World Final still left to play in 2021, G2 will be hoping to carry the momentum from their fabulous Major run into the rest of the year and challenge Natus Vincere for that coveted top spot in the world rankings.

The Copenhagen Flames burn brighter still

The newest arrivals at the top of an already stacked Danish scene are Copenhagen Flames, and they have only continued their recent meteoric rise. The month started with something of a wobble, losing to Vitality in their opening playoff game of IEM Fall, an understandable result to be sure, but then were dispatched by Movistar Riders 2-0 in a series they will probably feel they should have done more in. They did recover to battle through two overtime maps against Fiend, taking the series 2-0 and securing 7th place and a coveted spot at the PGL Major Stockholm.

Copenhagen Flames impressed in Sweden despite missing out on the playoffs

With the aforementioned Major looming over them, they dropped some series and games against lesser opposition during Elisa Invitational Fall and ESEA Premier, but once they travelled to Stockholm, we saw the Flames burning at their fullest intensity.

The Challengers Stage was the first hurdle for Copenhagen Flames and they leapt over it with aplomb, confidently brushing Astralis aside 16-6 and defeating BIG 16-11, before capping it off with the most impressive result for the team to date, besting Heroic 2-1 to advance to the Legends Stage 3-0. Not many people would have put that result in their pick’ems.

The Flames only got better as they progressed to the Legends Stage, overwhelming Evil Geniuses 16-2 and then FaZe 16-6, seemingly unstoppable as they marched towards a playoff spot at the first ever Major for every single member of the team. Unfortunately they couldn’t quite get themselves over the line, losing two close series 1-2 against first Heroic and then NIP to exit the tournament, losing the final map in a heartbreaking 17-19 overtime against the latter.

With the organisation looking to sell the line-up to someone with more resources, and a healthy mix of experience and youngsters in the team, the sky seems to be the limit for this roster as they enter the top-10 of our rankings for the very first time.

The Brazilians edge back towards their best

FURIA seemed to be on a slow but steady decline in 2021, seemingly unable to find the right fifth man for the roster as they cycled between Paytyn "⁠junior⁠" Johnson, then Lucas "⁠honda⁠" Cano, and finally the recently added André "⁠drop⁠" Abreu. October would be a big month for the squad, with IEM Fall NA and then the PGL Stockholm Major to play.

Their first test, IEM Fall, was passed with flying colours. They romped through the event with apparent ease, dropping not one single map as they stormed to first place, securing a Legends Stage berth for their upcoming trip to Stockholm.

For FURIA, the Major got off to a rocky start as they were bested by an understrength Astralis 10-16, but they recovered and found their feet with 16-9 wins over both MOUZ and Liquid, setting up a battle for the playoffs with surprise package Entropiq. They solifidied their status as a top-10 team by putting that series to bed 2-1, securing a top-eight placing and being the only team outside of EU or CIS to make such a deep run.

Gambit were simply too much for them in their quarter-final as they were knocked out 2-0, but it was a successful month for the Brazilian squad who cemented their status as the number one team playing in the NA region, and climbed back into the top-10 of these rankings for the first time in six months.

An honourable mention for Entropiq and Movistar Riders

These are two teams who have made huge strides in the rankings in recent months, and October was no exception. They receive an honourable mention together not just because of their similar achievements, but also the similar trajectory of their respective rises.

Entropiq had an impressive run in Stockholm

Both are teams who had been knocking on the door of tier-one following consistent good results in tier-two events, and had their breakout performances at IEM Fall, the CIS edition for Entropiq and the EU edition for Movistar Riders. Both had to battle through tiebreakers to make the playoffs of that event, and both had to recover from opening losses to place well in the playoffs thus securing spots at the PGL Stockholm Major.

At the Major itself their paths diverged, as Movistar Riders fought hard but were unable to make it past the Challengers Stage, whereas Entropiq shocked the world by besting Heroic 2-1 to secure a Legends Stage berth. Once in the Legends Stage Entropiq continued to impress, taking maps off Liquid and Gambit to put themselves on the brink of playoff qualification. Unfortunately they ran out of steam at this point and lost three consecutive series, to G2, FURIA and Vitality to bow out of the event in 9-11th place.

These two rosters will be hoping to continue their good form and finish the year strong, and may get the chance to face each other at V4 Future Sports Festival later in November.

Rostermania

There are a number of teams in this edition of the rankings update that are dropping places due to roster changes, and there are likely to be more before the year is out.

Astralis and Vitality are the two biggest names to feature in that crop of teams, the former picking up Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer and Kristian "⁠k0nfig⁠" Wienecke, whilst the latter scoop up the players and coach that Astralis let go, Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen, Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif and Danny "⁠zonic⁠" Sørensen.

As mentioned there are more moves on the horizon, specifically for forZe and Spirit, whilst Complexity are also on the verge of a rebuild. With all of this change just around the corner, expect more shakeups in the rankings to happen before the year is out.

Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1325
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Age:
35
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
20
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.68
Brazil Lucas 'honda' Cano
Lucas 'honda' Cano
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.84
Maps played:
57
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.69
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1535
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
United States Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
345
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.61
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1867
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Brazil André 'drop' Abreu
André 'drop' Abreu
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
91
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1418
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
740
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.60
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1466
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
#1
 | 
Portugal diogo21031
Ez4NaVi
2021-11-08 23:24
G0-2 ez
2021-11-08 23:24
#3
 | 
Turkey sedo7
nice
2021-11-08 23:24
#4
 | 
Brazil williamhsk1
Nice Furia TOP 10. Now +Saffee to back to TOP 3
2021-11-08 23:25
2 replies
#25
 | 
Brazil GOELFLA_br
just give a chance to drop, he played very well at his first lan on his first's months with furia, and he has been playing very well since he started, its not fair to take him off the team after a major quarter-finals
2021-11-09 00:14
1 reply
He's good, but the lack of a primary AWPer on the team will be missed against top tier teams, a player with this role has a lot of impact on many maps
2021-11-09 02:12
#5
 | 
Spain segment0
g2 disband
2021-11-08 23:25
1 reply
Ok movicuck riders fan
2021-11-09 11:17
#6
 | 
United States post_poster
let's go furia now please get an awp
2021-11-08 23:26
Why did BiG not move up?
2021-11-08 23:26
2 replies
Why would they? Didnt even get legend stage in Major and struggled before that
2021-11-09 03:21
because they cannot win anti ecos
2021-11-09 09:11
#FaZeUp !!!
2021-11-08 23:26
Riders <3
2021-11-08 23:26
#10
 | 
United States _salmoN
let's go mouz let's go ex-FPX
2021-11-08 23:28
BASED Lyngby Vikings and godfromheaven the "force buy KING" in the top 20
2021-11-08 23:32
1 reply
+1
2021-11-09 00:19
#12
 | 
Australia thisba!tes
#GoGoGambit and god Hobbit
2021-11-08 23:33
#13
 | 
Finland AliSabid
Nice and ez NAVI
2021-11-08 23:34
only Na'Vi is true t1 team last 2-3 years. Im not even fan of them, but thats the truth 🙂 Entropiq ♥️
2021-11-08 23:43
3 replies
I disagree. They're definitely on top now, but it's quite recent success mostly. They've had a very good year, but 2-3 years is WAY too much credit to give them. They've been good those years, but claiming they were the only true T1 team is really giving into 'recency bias'. They've had times where they struggled to beat T2 teams last 2-3 years. I'd put them in top 5, though.
2021-11-09 02:15
2 replies
#63
ropz | 
India psn46
0/8
2021-11-09 05:43
+1
2021-11-09 09:10
#15
 | 
Chad kdorek
BlameF in that new Astralis page makes the rest of the team look bad with those arms and pose, holy
2021-11-08 23:35
3 replies
If blameF can't motivate oBo to do a single pushup during his time in CoL don't look to Astralis to make any lifestyles changes :/
2021-11-09 08:02
1 reply
Xdddddddddddddddddd BlameF is just other peoples lifestyle respecter.))))
2021-11-09 09:27
#85
 | 
Europe omn1scient
Why he stands there like he would be in some bodybuilding competition :DDDDD flexing his arms rock hard....
2021-11-09 12:47
#16
 | 
Iran oldHabit
G2 Top2
2021-11-08 23:41
2 replies
#26
 | 
Brazil GOELFLA_br
G2 says everything in their name
2021-11-09 00:15
1 reply
#65
 | 
Australia z3ro_
Bruh Carlos really made the name gamers 2 instead of gamers 1
2021-11-09 07:23
Good ranking, but i would rather have heroic > nip
2021-11-08 23:45
3 replies
Yeah, I agree. Don't understand how NiP got 178 pts in form.
2021-11-09 00:20
2 replies
Everyone making playoffs got some I guess
2021-11-09 01:24
They had the RMR result still kicking in Form isnt only the last tournament
2021-11-10 09:01
Will be interesting to see how k0nfig goes, he's always been good individually
2021-11-08 23:51
Finally G2 TOP 2 !!
2021-11-08 23:54
heroic>nip
2021-11-08 23:57
Astralis #19 -konfig -blamef +sanji
2021-11-09 00:05
Does CPH deserve #9?
2021-11-09 00:13
5 replies
yes
2021-11-09 00:17
Well,they did pretty well. So yeah.
2021-11-09 01:01
#58
 | 
New Zealand SWARN151
Definitely
2021-11-09 05:20
Did you see the way they played? Absolutely deserved this ranking.
2021-11-09 05:33
#83
 | 
United Kingdom JupiterACE
no, I don't think a one-off good performance against teams who literally didn't care enough to prepare deserves top 10 ranking
2021-11-09 11:14
Gsecond
2021-11-09 00:16
go falmes!
2021-11-09 00:18
#34
 | 
Ukraine tscXvnx
Spirit((
2021-11-09 00:31
Astralis only changed 2 but stil gets the new label?
2021-11-09 01:24
2 replies
Because more than 2 people left from the team Even if zonic is not a player but a coach , it does count as a team And changing coach can obv lead to new things
2021-11-09 04:14
#50
 | 
United Kingdom fal36
Hltv rankings require a team to have a minimum 3 man core to keep their points Glaive dupreeh magisk and xyp were that core but now they only have glaive and xyp they lose all their points from before lucky joined
2021-11-09 04:25
#40
 | 
United States Sancler
Cph too strong
2021-11-09 01:27
#41
 | 
Germany Ryuzth
Good rank expect for furia
2021-11-09 01:42
#42
 | 
Chile 1cristiaan
THE ROSTERMANIA 🥶🥶
2021-11-09 02:12
Renegades robbed
2021-11-09 02:53
#47
 | 
Russia mcs#
G2 is back boyzz (or not)
2021-11-09 03:28
#48
 | 
United States Cyrusballs
COL looks great all invisible in the rankings 😭
2021-11-09 03:36
G2 should change their name to G1
2021-11-09 04:31
2 replies
#60
 | 
China sharpx
haha...
2021-11-09 05:27
cis scene hates this trick
2021-11-09 07:57
Extra Salt > Navi they just need a chance to play major.
2021-11-09 04:42
2 replies
Then they need to win rmr qualifiers
2021-11-09 05:14
With that logic Navi> extra salt x 100. As they aren't even qualified for the major.
2021-11-09 08:49
#53
 | 
Germany frankturv
Furia should be higher
2021-11-09 04:44
#62
 | 
Denmark Danny D3
Grats Lyngby on top20 :)
2021-11-09 05:43
1 reply
Ty
2021-11-09 06:53
deserved for CPH semi deserved for G2, they did amazing in stockholm but looking at their past results it seemed like a little miracle run also deserved for entropiq a little worried for OG & BIG, hope they find form again before dropping out of the top20
2021-11-09 07:56
1 reply
OG can't find form with a tier5 IGL such as aleksib. Every match is a 4vs5 essentially.
2021-11-09 09:07
I don’t want a new top 10 I want a Niko graffiti from Heaven.
2021-11-09 07:58
1 reply
#79
 | 
Denmark Dral_Shady
Ohh man he would have to look at that forever then :(
2021-11-09 10:03
who cars navi is the only t1 team atm
2021-11-09 09:17
POGenhagen Flames
2021-11-09 09:25
#78
 | 
United States cmohr
Heroic is 100% better than bots in pyjamas
2021-11-09 09:42
Heroic>NiP CPH>Faze
2021-11-09 10:21
furia should be over Copenhagen Flames lol danish website btw
2021-11-09 10:23
#82
 | 
Romania b0jack
nice
2021-11-09 10:43
How can OG be before BIG when OG didn't even play on the major?? wtf is this. Especially in LAN???
2021-11-09 13:31
1 reply
+1 i dont get it
2021-11-09 19:06
Astralis new team pog never seen before
2021-11-09 18:26
#90
 | 
Spain Brauer
proud of Movistar Riders
2021-11-09 21:43
Rigged ranking.
2021-11-09 22:14
#92
 | 
Europe Cr3eP_70
Requiem for NA CS... Until CS adds green spells and flying players and guns looking like if they were made for 8 years little girls, there will be no comeback for NA CS... Rip
2021-11-10 01:19
CIS region is on fire!!!
2021-11-11 04:38
#96
 | 
Iceland suriel666
so ez for DOMINATUS VINCERE
2021-11-12 15:07
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