November Team Ranking: Vitality's last dance, Astralis and fnatic on the rise

The BLAST Premier Fall Finals have the biggest effect on the top end of the rankings during November.

With the year winding down, the last two months of the year serve as the final outings of many teams looking to make changes during the player break as well as opportunities for those who had success at the Major and are seeking to capitalize on their momentum.

Natus Vincere further established their complete dominance of the scene, holding an absurd 531 point lead over the second ranked team — over double the number of points held by Vitality.

Will the BLAST World Final be the final rodeo for this duo in Vitality?

Here's a summary of the HLTV World Ranking by 1xBet 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, December 6, 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.
218
97
154
469
+4
3.
227
104
115
446
-1
4.
225
87
104
416
-1
5.
205
74
120
399
-
6.
112
89
57
258
+1
7.
115
54
84
253
-3
8.
107
62
50
219
-
9.
69
75
75
219
+10
10.
76
75
36
187
+2
11.
81
44
54
179
-1
12.
72
53
44
169
+2
13.
60
28
43
131
-2
14.
53
47
31
131
-5
15.
55
30
42
127
-
16.
63
33
26
122
-
17.
53
38
28
119
-4
18.
25
64
21
110
+14
19.
23
38
16
77
-2
20.
19
43
11
73
-
21.
23
26
12
61
+8
22.
14
35
10
59
-
23.
15
31
6
52
+7
24.
13
31
8
52
-3
25.
6
33
5
44
+9
26.
3
35
2
40
+13
27.
13
21
5
39
-3
28.
7
26
4
37
+25
29.
9
22
6
37
+4
30.
9
24
3
36
+18

Please note that the +/- gain on this table differs from our weekly rankings page, and it is related to the ranking update of November 8.

Vitality playing without pressure

Vitality came out of the Major with a modest top eight placing, losing to the champions Natus Vincere. The match loss is nothing to scoff at however, as they got double digits on both maps, and got much closer to defeating to CIS giants than most other teams at the Major did.

Nonetheless, the team seemed to be looking to shake up the roster, and soon after reports emerged of the French organization going international and bringing on Astralis trio Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen, Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif, and Danny "⁠zonic⁠" Sørensen to replace Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon, Jayson "⁠Kyojin⁠" Nguyen Van, and Rémy "⁠XTQZZZ⁠" Quoniam. The change moved one step closer to reality with Astralis' announcement of their new lineup featuring Kristian "⁠k0nfig⁠" Wienecke, Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer, and Alexander "⁠ave⁠" Holdt, leaving out the aforementioned trio.

Regardless of any intent to alter the lineup, no changes could be made until the end of the year, and there were still three more events remaining in the year that the team had to play out. While it may seem counter-intuitive, dead lineups historically sometimes play better once they know changes are coming, mostly due to the lack of pressure put on players to perform under normal circumstances.

Vitality decided to make the best of the final events of the year, and put in a quite strong performance at the BLAST Premier Fall Final, making second place after defeating Liquid as well as the new-look Astralis in two series. They also managed to take a map off of Natus Vincere in the grand final, despite the eventual loss. At the ongoing IEM Winter, their play has been even more impressive with wins over both Ninjas in Pyjamas and Gambit on their way to the semifinals, where they will face Virtus.pro on December 11.

Astralis return to the top ten

In an explosive debut, the newest edition of Astralis shocked many a fan with their performance at the BLAST Fall Finals, particularly with their complete domination of Danish rivals Heroic. The new lineup took an interesting direction, primarily with in-game leader Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander picking up the AWP, while rookie Philip "⁠Lucky⁠" Ewald found himself on rifles or SMGs most of the time.

These non-traditional roles didn't stop the Danish powerhouse from securing a third-place finish at their first event, though, and the team looked to carry their momentum forward into IEM Winter. The fire had definitely cooled off however, as after easily taking down MOUZ in the lower bracket, Astralis was beaten by Liquid 0-2 for the first time in years and eliminated from the tournament.

Lucky is a man of charity, donating the big green gun to his IGL

The additions of k0nfig and blameF have already proven to be incredible, and the former Complexity have easily slipped into the star positions within the squad. The roster's biggest question going into December and the next year is that of the AWP role, which has yet to be truly filled since the departure of Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz to Ninjas in Pyjamas. gla1ve acting as the sniper is unlikely to work in the long-term and the organization may be eyeing potential replacements for Lucky in the new year.

fnatic rank up with smooya

After finally moving away from a Swedish-majority lineup for the first time since 2013, fnatic finally seem to be recovering from the void they found themselves in during 2021 following the departure of Robin "⁠flusha⁠" Rönnquist. After the addition of British duo Alex "⁠ALEX⁠" McMeekin and William "⁠mezii⁠" Merriman in August, the lineup showed promise but was unable to take that step up to the next level.

Later in October, they made the bold move of picking up Owen "⁠smooya⁠" Butterfield to replace Jack "⁠Jackinho⁠" Ström Mattsson on a trial contract. Things began to click immediately for the Swedish-British mix, as they speed-ran qualification for IEM Winter, won DreamHack November without dropping a map, won REPUBLEAGUE Season 2, and put in an impressive showing at IEM Winter, pushing Gambit to the absolute limit in the lower bracket decider game in Group B.

While we don't know the full tournament schedule going into 2022, fnatic are an ESL partner team, which gives them a leg up against the competition in returning to the top through guaranteed spots at all ESL Pro League seasons, as well as other potential tournament or qualifier invites. smooya has proven himself time and again to be capable of being one of the best AWPers in the world, and with the likes of mezii and Freddy "⁠KRIMZ⁠" Johansson supporting him, fnatic are looking quite dangerous going into the new year.

Eternal Fire, MOUZ NXT, and K23 make big strides

The remaining three big changes see Eternal Fire, MOUZ NXT, and K23 all enter the top 30, gaining at least 13 places each from last month. The former two are both new cores finding the place in the landscape, while the latter CIS side made changes following the final RMR tournament and failing to qualify for the Major.

The Turkish superteam got off to a pretty slow start, notably failing to qualify for IEM Fall despite receiving an invite to the closed qualifier, and soon enough a change was inevitable. Citing trouble with meshing with the Turkish core, Eternal Fire replaced Jordanian Issa "⁠ISSAA⁠" Murad with resident Turk Yasin "⁠xfl0ud⁠" Koç, who had brief stints with both Sangal and GORILLAZ. It was when Özgür "⁠woxic⁠" Eker took over in-game leading duties however that things started to turn for the better, beginning with a series win over Virtus.pro in REPUBLEAGUE.

MOUZ NXT sit only 9 ranks below MOUZ

In what is easily the strongest academy team within the CS:GO circuit right now, MOUZ NXT have not only won both seasons of the WePlay Academy league but have found much success in the tier two of competition. With the prowess of young Hungarian AWPer Ádám "⁠torzsi⁠" Torzsás they have picked up series victories over Dignitas, BLINK, and HAVU in their Pinnacle and Malta Vibes cup runs.

K23 wasted no time upgrading their roster following the end of IEM Fall CIS, replacing long-time Kazakh duo Rustem "⁠mou⁠" Telepov and Dauren "⁠AdreN⁠" Kystaubayev with former forZe star player Bogdan "⁠xsepower⁠" Chernikov and Daniil "⁠X5G7V⁠" Maryshev, who gained notoriety with his impressive play with INDE IRAE at IEM Fall. While they haven't had any big time placings at larger events, they've had a high volume of games culminating in their recent win at Funspark ULTI 2021 Europe Season 4, picking up victories over SKADE and ECSTATIC.

United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
779
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Philip 'Lucky' Ewald
Philip 'Lucky' Ewald
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
395
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Age:
36
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
20
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.68
Hungary Ádám 'torzsi' Torzsás
Ádám 'torzsi' Torzsás
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
377
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.63
United Kingdom William 'mezii' Merriman
William 'mezii' Merriman
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
434
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
27
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1793
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
Russia Bogdan 'xsepower' Chernikov
Bogdan 'xsepower' Chernikov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1117
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.58
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
758
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.60
Kazakhstan Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1489
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1325
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1940
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1767
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
Jordan Issa 'ISSAA' Murad
Issa 'ISSAA' Murad
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
870
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
France Jayson 'Kyojin' Nguyen Van
Jayson 'Kyojin' Nguyen Van
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
140
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
Sweden Jack 'Jackinho' Ström Mattsson
Jack 'Jackinho' Ström Mattsson
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
151
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1867
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1719
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1833
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
Turkey Yasin 'xfl0ud' Koç
Yasin 'xfl0ud' Koç
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
186
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.64
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1566
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1436
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
Russia Daniil 'X5G7V' Maryshev
Daniil 'X5G7V' Maryshev
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
108
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1096
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
Turkey Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1032
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
#1
 | 
India OOFmiester
ResidentSleeper
2021-12-07 11:47
3 replies
MOUZ NXT soon better than MOUZ lol
2021-12-07 12:26
2 replies
+1 lulw
2021-12-07 13:00
1 reply
mouz nxt too stronk
2021-12-07 13:27
Wow
2021-12-07 11:47
#3
 | 
Kazakhstan vaezryyy
nice vp top4 incoming soon
2021-12-07 11:47
#4
anjing | 
Indonesia Fazaa
Yo les noobs
2021-12-07 11:48
#5
 | 
France t3r4byt3
NAVI 2stronk
2021-12-07 11:49
Edward still better than all
2021-12-07 11:49
3 replies
maybe in 2010
2021-12-07 13:03
2 replies
#51
 | 
Netherlands JUNG13
Still, markeloff > Edward
2021-12-08 01:16
and navi still on top? edward top 1
2021-12-08 08:30
Vitality need to win IEM Winter now to make the last dance even better 😁
2021-12-07 11:51
#8
 | 
Sweden axelious
Mouse NXT soon higher ranked then Mouse
2021-12-07 11:51
#9
 | 
Czech Republic forseti12
mouz nxt > mouz soon
2021-12-07 11:51
#10
 | 
United Kingdom Tseden
VP ez top 2 after winning IEM winter
2021-12-07 11:52
We should have a Mouz vs Mouz NXT match xD I'd like to see who wins.
2021-12-07 11:52
1 reply
#28
 | 
Australia mutex
Everyone is getting ahead of themselves. Mouz has been underperforming but they will win over Mouz Nxt for sure.
2021-12-07 13:09
#12
 | 
Albania gamer97
Team Blink
2021-12-07 11:56
#13
 | 
Russia mshkoda
Mouz next to mouz main roster maybe? Like Gambit did a year ago
2021-12-07 11:56
2 replies
Gambit didn’t have a main roster though
2021-12-08 00:28
1 reply
#56
 | 
Russia mshkoda
yeah u right
2021-12-08 12:35
Shouldnt furia be higher, why are faze 8th and furia 11th??
2021-12-07 11:59
5 replies
Furia is underrated for sure
2021-12-07 12:06
2 replies
Lack of matches I guess They're definitely better than the ranking would suggest
2021-12-07 13:03
1 reply
I guess that must be it. They’re not only good but great fun to watch too :)
2021-12-07 13:29
#43
 | 
Ukraine SwissRolls
Furia top 11 sounds right, what do you mean? Maybe faze lower yes but furia around this mark is ok
2021-12-07 14:29
1 reply
Faze have achieved bugger all in the past 6 months, don’t see why they should be 8th
2021-12-07 14:35
"The additions of k0nfig and blameF have already proven to be incredible, and the former Complexity have easily slipped into the star positions within the squad." I feel like this sentence is missing "duo" or "pair" after Complexity or something.. Good read, and heres hoping fnatic keep rising!
2021-12-07 12:08
3 replies
#18
 | 
Pakistan LoOuU2
2022 is UK CS era confirmed. Smooya and Mezii Top 1 & 2.
2021-12-07 12:32
Fnatic rising might get to premier this season
2021-12-07 13:46
#38
 | 
United States 3manu3l
still lost to na
2021-12-07 13:48
#19
 | 
Spain moorakami
Image top2 and top3 team making roster changes. Like wtf do you want.
2021-12-07 12:38
3 replies
Top 1, event wins, duh
2021-12-07 12:47
#34
 | 
Germany tilted_up
Check out newest HLTV confirmed, they explain it here.
2021-12-07 13:40
#50
 | 
Iceland suriel666
they all want to take a map off of NAVI
2021-12-08 01:11
#20
 | 
United States Virgin Islands Mykolkaa
Entropiq top 10 XD
2021-12-07 12:40
#21
 | 
Brazil Anarchybr
why GODSENT wasn’t ranked higher wtf
2021-12-07 12:45
4 replies
+1
2021-12-07 13:07
Don’t know if this is sarcastic or not but it’s because iem winter points haven’t been given yet
2021-12-07 13:47
2 replies
#39
 | 
Brazil Anarchybr
Whoa that’s true I was forgetting it didn’t ended
2021-12-07 13:52
1 reply
taco 200iq antistrating
2021-12-08 03:46
SMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOYA
2021-12-07 13:06
GODSENT went to IEM Winter playoffs and didn't even get a single rank up. Omegalul ranking.
2021-12-07 13:18
2 replies
maybe cuz tournament isn't over yet
2021-12-07 13:30
1 reply
+ 1 lol
2021-12-07 14:08
Azzztralizzz?? Lose 6 games, win 1.. +10 positions..ok
2021-12-07 13:35
EF rocks
2021-12-07 13:46
navi ended vitality
2021-12-07 14:01
legends
2021-12-07 14:03
#45
 | 
United States Festive_
I’m disappointed BLINK was left out of the last part.
2021-12-07 14:38
Astralis rise to top9, not bad.
2021-12-07 16:17
Ez 4 Eternal Fire
2021-12-07 16:26
When is MOUZ NXT going to pass its main team? :P
2021-12-07 17:19
It really makes 0 sense that Heroic is above NIP/VP.
2021-12-08 09:14
1 reply
I'm not a Heroic fan, but to be fair then they made it to semifinals in most of the tournaments they attented. So even though they have sucked in the last 2 tournaments, then they still made it to the semis at the major, even beating VP in the quarterfinals, so got further than both VP and NIP then.
2021-12-09 10:49
BLINK bestest
2021-12-08 11:55
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