NAVI and Gambit top December Team Ranking, GODSENT on the up

IEM Winter and BLAST Premier Global Finals have the biggest influence over the rankings in December.

2021 has come to an end, seeing off two more big tournaments before the winter break. As the new year begins, we bring you the first monthly ranking update of 2022, showing how the teams fared in the last two events of the year and if anyone was able to close the gap to the all-conquering Natus Vincere.

The CIS squad came into 2022 maintaining their spot at the top of the mountain, comfortably leading by 503 points ahead of closest rivals Gambit.

NAVI continue to reign supreme

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, January 3, 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.
278
95
124
497
+2
3.
235
88
133
456
-1
4.
210
80
112
402
-1
5.
150
46
71
267
-
6.
143
44
78
265
+1
7.
118
67
60
245
-1
8.
75
60
50
185
+1
9.
60
61
24
145
+1
10.
57
34
51
142
+1
11.
68
43
30
141
-3
12.
34
47
19
100
+6
13.
42
30
25
97
+1
14.
44
19
23
86
-1
15.
37
26
21
84
+7
16.
44
25
13
82
-
17.
45
22
13
80
-2
18.
23
23
12
58
-1
19.
18
25
12
55
-
20.
16
19
7
42
-
21.
16
19
5
40
-
22.
9
25
4
38
+1
23.
12
19
5
36
+7
24.
6
25
4
35
+1
25.
5
24
3
32
+3
26.
5
22
4
31
+8
27.
7
20
4
31
+2
28.
9
16
4
29
+7
29.
7
19
3
29
+3
30.
5
20
3
28
+7

Please note that the +/- gain on this table differs from our weekly rankings page, and it is related to the ranking update of December 6.

NAVI end the year on top

No surprises there, Natus Vincere have been the big fish in the CS:GO tank for a while now, and their victory at BLAST Premier Fall Final was not going to be their last.

After deciding to skip IEM Winter, Andrey "⁠B1ad3⁠" Gorodenskiy's squad came into the last tournament of the year at BLAST Premier World Final with the intention of finishing their dominant run on a high note, and they delivered. Despite an opening loss to Liquid, Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev and co. ran the lower bracket gauntlet, beating Heroic, Liquid, G2, and Vitality.

Gambit awaited the CIS giants in the grand final and it took a reverse-sweep from Natus Vincere to come up victorious, claiming another trophy, and a record-breaking MVP for s1mple. Their victory at BLAST marked the third consecutive title for Natus Vincere, firmly locking them at the top of the rankings going into 2022.

Gambit go into 2022 in second place

The CIS youngsters that had held the top step on the podium at times in 2021 finish their year trailing behind only Natus Vincere. Despite Gambit's placement, their points tally pales in comparison to the one currently held by their rivals.

IEM Winter was Gambit's first outing in December, but their adventure in Stockholm was far from perfect. Despite a comfortable opening game against fnatic, the CIS squad was unable to hold onto their spot in the upper bracket of Group B, falling to Virtus.pro after an incredibly close match. Now facing elimination, Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov's boys got to work against FaZe, dispatching the European squad after an entertaining three-map series.

The last obstacle between them and the last spot in the playoffs was a rematch against fnatic. Gambit forced the decider after another close game on vertigo before blowing the Brits out of the water on Overpass. Their campaign would, however, not last much longer as they were eliminated by eventual champions Vitality on the opening round of playoffs.

nafany's boys played at both IEM Winter and BLAST

Right after leaving Stockholm, it was time for BLAST Premier World Final in Copenhagen. Gambit got off to a much better start in Denmark, comfortably taking a 2-0 victory over Heroic before continuing their rule over the upper bracket. Wins over Liquid and Vitality secured the CIS squad a spot in the grand final, but unfortunately for them, Natus Vincere would join them following their impressive lower bracket run. Despite winning the first map and coming into the match with momentum on their side, Gambit failed to seal the deal and were reverse-swept by their regional rivals.

Liquid start afresh after core changes

The North American squad has dropped out of the list after losing all their points following core changes.

Liquid's 2022 project will see Gabriel "⁠FalleN⁠" Toledo, Jake "⁠Stewie2K⁠" Yip, and Michael "⁠Grim⁠" Wince removed from the starting lineup after an underwhelming year for the organization. The team suffered issues around in-game leadership, and with the captaincy being periodically passed between Stewie2K and FalleN, it was difficult for the squad to reach their potential. In fact, Liquid ended the year with only one trophy taken from cs_summit 8, far from the excellence they showed in the summer of 2019.

Despite it being known for some time that Liquid were going to make changes, there was still speculation around who would be filling in the gaps. The first step in the rebuilding project came in late November, with the announcement that Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic had extended his contract with the organization. Less than a month later came the aforementioned benching of the three players, with two of the spots being quickly filled by the arrival of Josh "⁠oSee⁠" Ohm and Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon from Extra Salt and Vitality respectively.

There is still one open slot on the Liquid line up and reports suggest that it will be former captain Nick "⁠nitr0⁠" Cannella making his return to Counter-Strike to fill the void.

GODSENT, K23, and Eternal Fire on the up

The Brazilian project headed by Epitacio "⁠TACO⁠" de Melo seems to be making big strides forward. GODSENT lodged themselves in the top 20 thanks to a good run at IEM Winter which saw them secure a playoffs spot after back-to-back victories over Heroic and BIG. Losses to Virtus.pro and NIP prevented the Brazilians from advancing any further, going home with a 5-6th placement.

From the other side of the world, K23 seem to be improving at a good pace. The Russian squad built on their last month's placement on the rankings after taking the trophy from Funspark ULTI 2021 Europe Regional Series 4, only dropping one map in their effort. It is worth keeping an eye on K23 as Bogdan "⁠xsepower⁠" Chernikov and Daniil "⁠X5G7V⁠" Maryshev continue to adapt to their new squad.

Eternal Fire meanwhile continue to settle in the top 30 after breaking into the list in November. The squad has shown some improvement in their last events, seemingly finding their trajectory after Özgür "⁠woxic⁠" Eker's decision to take over the IGL role. Labeled the "Turkish superteam" after their formation, Eternal Fire got off to a really slow start but have shown consistent improvement after internal role changes and the addition of Yasin "⁠xfl0ud⁠" Koç.

MOUZ NXT have dropped out the top 30

Among the teams failing to end the year on the top 30 is SINNERS. The Czech squad had been in a slow decline for a while, and a top-eight placing at ESEA Premier Season 39 was not enough to keep them in.

Similarly, MOUZ NXT are also out of the top 30. The young European squad was previously the only academy side at the top of the list thanks to their accomplishments at WePlay Academy League Season 2 and a few smaller events on the side. A semi-final finish at Malta VIbes Knockout Series 4 fell short of guaranteeing the youngsters a spot on the last rankings of the year. The squad now faces an uncertain future after Ádám "⁠torzsi⁠" Torzsás was promoted to the main roster.

Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1330
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.64
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1323
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
United States Michael 'Grim' Wince
Michael 'Grim' Wince
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
817
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
Hungary Ádám 'torzsi' Torzsás
Ádám 'torzsi' Torzsás
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
380
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.63
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
806
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
Russia Bogdan 'xsepower' Chernikov
Bogdan 'xsepower' Chernikov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1132
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.58
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1491
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.64
United States Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1021
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.63
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1497
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1953
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1481
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1499
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.60
Turkey Yasin 'xfl0ud' Koç
Yasin 'xfl0ud' Koç
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
199
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.64
Russia Daniil 'X5G7V' Maryshev
Daniil 'X5G7V' Maryshev
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
126
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
Turkey Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1045
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
godsent higher than big? xd PS 1st time 1st veri nais
2022-01-04 11:06
2 replies
Every day a different 7-1
2022-01-04 11:47
#44
 | 
Brazil MatNoites
big = KEKW
2022-01-04 13:48
GL top 30 gogo iM
2022-01-04 11:04
nice
2022-01-04 11:04
#4
TaZ | 
Poland Dzangow
NAVI = top1 team SUPERDOMINANT gamb0t = tier2 onliners xaxaxaxa
2022-01-04 11:04
Where #2?
2022-01-04 11:05
2 replies
#8
TaZ | 
Poland Dzangow
you are not alowed to spam here dude, that's why mod deleted it
2022-01-04 11:05
1 reply
it wasnt mine, i just noticed it was missing
2022-01-04 15:33
Nice
2022-01-04 11:05
#9
ropz | 
India psn46
Navi Top 1 2022.
2022-01-04 11:05
6 replies
#12
TaZ | 
Poland Dzangow
+1
2022-01-04 11:06
2 replies
-1
2022-01-04 14:03
1 reply
-1
2022-01-04 14:38
-1 Navi will be Top 2 in 2022
2022-01-04 14:03
2 replies
-1
2022-01-04 14:38
1 reply
Top 2 is quite good though
2022-01-04 15:17
Ence should be +1 not -1
2022-01-04 11:06
godsent top 10 very soon
2022-01-04 11:06
5 replies
#22
 | 
Greece RedWinter
+1
2022-01-04 11:29
#26
 | 
Brazil diixon
+1
2022-01-04 12:00
+0.5
2022-01-04 12:32
Maybe 🙂 or Maybe Bot 🙂 Edit: not*
2022-01-04 14:04
+1
2022-01-04 23:24
deserved fluke by navi
2022-01-04 11:08
6 replies
#14
ropz | 
India psn46
0/8
2022-01-04 11:10
5 replies
in 2021 there was not much competition for navi
2022-01-04 11:11
4 replies
bad ruski, not supporting your home team, makarov is dissapointed in you, traitor.
2022-01-05 14:00
3 replies
i support my home teams, but im not support navi, so shut ur mouth
2022-01-05 14:03
2 replies
Navi IS a "home team" for russians and ukrainians, so shut YOUR mouth. No reason to hate your own home team, athough not supporting would be fine i guess.
2022-01-05 14:05
1 reply
u should shut ur mouth not because Navi home team for russians, but bcz u mad doggie w/o nation, who does not know how to behave in decent society, so.
2022-01-05 14:09
zywoo robbed cant wait for angry defenders
2022-01-04 11:13
2 replies
#18
 | 
Germany Fi4re32
He is not robbed
2022-01-04 11:21
"robbed" well, he tried, and he didn't win, there's no robbery here.
2022-01-05 14:01
godsent lol
2022-01-04 11:15
This point difference reminds me of the end of 2018 aka astralis era
2022-01-04 11:24
1 reply
Exactly what I was thinking
2022-01-04 23:25
Some gaps started to show in NaVis play at those last events, maybe they were just tired but they didn't look unbeatable, their stratbook looked worse than before. Still far better than Gambit tho., I think Gambit needs a more experienced IGL and a new support if they want to challenge NaVi for TOP 1. I'm looking forward to new Liquid project, if they find an IGL that will settle it all out with roles and stuff I think they can challenge NaVi for this TOP 1 spot. I think GODSENT reached their absolute peak with placing TOP 15 in this lineup and they will start falling of quickly. I don't think they will retain their spot in TOP 20 and I think they might even fall outside of TOP 30. This K23 team though, if they find a better leader they really might be another great team from CIS, they're really looking good and they just made changes. Eternal Fire just seems to lack a good support that will enable all the stars of this team to perform, and they can be a great team though, 2022 will be really interesting for many teams.
2022-01-04 11:38
3 replies
#56
 | 
Europe _pedrin
Godsent will not be outside top 20. Their players are very unexperienced, and they commite a lot of individual mistakes due that. With more time they will be more consistent. And they already have a very good strat book, and probably will develop even more. Godsent have the potential to be a top 10 team contender
2022-01-04 14:44
2 replies
I agree they will probably gain consistency, but imo on a level of a team from TOP 20 to TOP 30. Not a TOP 15 team. I just don't think this team has pieces to stay on that level for long. I don't agree, I think getting to TOP 15 is max. that this could team have achieved, and that's their peak. That's just only my opinion and I respect yours.
2022-01-04 14:52
1 reply
They may flirt with Top 15, but they do need one final piece (or one of the current ones to truly step up) to cross that line.
2022-01-04 23:26
NAV1111111
2022-01-04 11:46
cis era
2022-01-04 12:01
#28
 | 
Albania Edjon
lol again they dont even mention BLINK, this sites bias is showing
2022-01-04 12:03
1 reply
Yeah I wonder why the site is biased against online bots
2022-01-04 14:07
#29
 | 
Europe nikyyy
I hope NAVI will get shit on in 2022🙏🏻
2022-01-04 12:03
1 reply
#61
 | 
Latvia pumasiK
NAVI will shit on 2022*
2022-01-04 15:57
Entropiq quite overrated FaZe quite underrated
2022-01-04 12:06
2 replies
faze always stay on trash mode since they have karrigan and rain in team want u or not
2022-01-04 12:33
entropiq>>>>>>>>>vp
2022-01-06 07:38
What a year from Movistar
2022-01-04 12:13
1 reply
+1
2022-01-04 14:08
OG really fell off, glad Valde gonna leave that mess hopefully
2022-01-04 12:18
navi been the 2nd longest team at #1 for a few weeks now, impressive
2022-01-04 12:21
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2022-01-04 12:46
K23 at #23.
2022-01-04 12:47
#40
 | 
France Garow_
When my poneys get signed ?
2022-01-04 12:48
1 reply
It's taking a while... I wonder why.
2022-01-04 23:22
#41
 | 
Russia mshkoda
K23 top-23 gj
2022-01-04 12:54
I'm happy for Fnatic
2022-01-04 13:05
1 reply
+1
2022-01-04 19:18
Lets go godsent!!!!
2022-01-04 13:33
Where is liquid?
2022-01-04 13:58
2 replies
#55
 | 
Australia thisba!tes
- core - points
2022-01-04 14:41
Liquid has been reset. Will have to rebuild their ranking.
2022-01-04 23:22
Fnatic from #60 to #12
2022-01-04 14:11
#58
 | 
Brazil Lok72
now you put furia in top 10 jokerino ranking
2022-01-04 15:00
#62
 | 
China RADNIKEY
Brasilsent
2022-01-04 16:04
Such pro gaming many wow unrealz :O
2022-01-04 16:40
fnatic no achievements ? LOL?
2022-01-04 16:49
I wonder what placement would liquid be on, if they could be listed with the 2021 squad...
2022-01-04 17:11
1 reply
Between 7 and 12, like usual this past year.
2022-01-04 23:21
Navi 1000 then next is 500 pog
2022-01-04 22:46
Go Godsent!
2022-01-04 23:20
#75
 | 
Finland AliSabid
EZ NAVI
2022-01-05 01:24
#76
 | 
North America FAZE_ROPZ
furia went from below top 20 back to top 10. if furia can get hen1 back or find a better 5th man, they will be a threat again.
2022-01-05 06:00
can there be atleast a t2 tournemant in january pls :d
2022-01-06 07:26
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