Team Ranking: February 2022
With the first big event of the year in the books, many high performing teams have climbed to stronger positions, while teams who changed lineups over the break have begun to recover and return to their rightful places.
Most notably, FaZe have reached rank #4 following their incredible run to victory at IEM Katowice. This core of players nearly reached their highest ever peak rank, but just missed out as a result of their multiple stand-ins over the course of the event in Poland.
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, March 7, 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.
Please note that the +/- gain on this table differs from our weekly rankings page, and it is related to the ranking update of February 7.
MOUZ and FURIA among biggest Katowice risers
Aside from the aforementioned rise up FaZe into the top 5, other teams that participated in IEM Katowice also found themselves many spots higher. MOUZ, FURIA, and ENCE all had middling performances at Katowice, but had all made some form of roster change over the break. While the increase in points was very large for the likes of MOUZ who were already doing quite poor on top of their large roster shift, ENCE saw more of a recovery back from where they had dropped after the addition of Pavle "Maden" Bošković.
FURIA also participated in the ESL Challenger February event, where they secured a solid second place. Seeming reinvigorated since the addition of a new primary AWPer, the Brazilians are looking to quickly rise back to their level from 2020.
On the flipside, the biggest drop-off within the top 20 is GODSENT, who fell five spots following a Play-In exit in Katowice as well as an early elimination in Pinnacle Winter Series #2 after losing to GamerLegion. The team are still qualified for ESL Pro League Season 15 though, and will look to regain their form in Group C.
RMR qualifiers see Endpoint and Spirit return to top 30
Many effects from the recent open qualifiers for the Europe Regional Major Ranking tournament are already being seen, with big jumps up for teams who made it and some declines for those will miss out on the PGL Antwerp Major.
The biggest upward changes can clearly be seen with Endpoint and Spirit who made massive leaps to return to the top 30. The British-mixed squad ran into trouble in the final months of 2021, with many early exist at lower tier events. The break evidently did some good, as they fought through the second RMR open qualifier, beating Movistar Riders and K23 to earn a spot at the Major qualification event.
The Russian side went through massive roster turbulence following their exit from the PGL Stockholm Major, initially only keeping star Abdul "degster" Gasanov and Boris "magixx" Vorobiev. Eventually though, in-game leader Leonid "chopper" Vishnyakov returned while academy players Robert "Patsi" Isyanov and Pavel "s1ren" Ogloblin got the call up. Having a stable lineup caused things to immediately improve, being able to claim their spot at the RMR quite easily.
ECSTATIC fall to the outskirts
After impressing on the tier two scene and making it to a peak #16 ranking last month, ECSTATIC had to withstand tough losses in tournaments such as the Malta Vibes Knockout Series and Elisa Invitational Winter, as well as the RMR qualifiers. The team around Thomas "birdfromsky" Due-Frederiksen failed to make it far in all of the four open qualifiers for the Bucharest event which took place over the course of the last month, losing to teams such as Nexus, iNation, and MAD Lions in the process.
As a result, the Danish-majority squad suffered the largest fall out of the teams in the top 30, dropping to the outskirts by 11 spots as of the beginning of March.