Team Ranking: March 2022

It's the first Monday of a new month, which means it's time to see the biggest moves in the ranking from the past four weeks.

March is well and truly behind us and we've seen a four-week group stage take place at ESL Pro League Season 15 in Düsseldorf, the largest event to run this month, as well as a plethora of other smaller competitions such as the Pinnacle Winter Series and Pinnacle Cup, and various BLAST Premier Showdown and RMR qualifiers.

Just like every Monday we have now released the latest ranking update, which also marks the first update of a new month, so we're here to look back at the past four weeks to pinpoint the most significant movers, up or down.

Liquid are back in the top 30 with their new team

The Düsseldorf tournament naturally had the biggest effect, so it should come as no surprise to see a lot of the moves come as a result of teams' successes or failures in the group stage there. However, we're still yet to see ESL Pro League results' true impact due to the event only affecting the Form sub-ranking for now, before the playoffs conclude this week and the full placings are processed for the Achievement and Recent Events categories in time for next Monday.

For new readers or if you need a refresher, here's a summary of how the HLTV World Ranking by 1xBet works:

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, April 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
198
898
-
2.
202
196
300
698
+2
3.
301
155
200
656
-1
4.
229
127
288
644
-1
5.
201
193
154
548
+2
6.
161
114
152
427
-
7.
135
146
80
361
+1
8.
182
51
54
287
-3
9.
85
114
67
266
-
10.
48
153
33
234
+5
11.
56
134
43
233
+3
12.
70
82
41
193
+5
13.
72
71
41
184
-1
14.
60
52
64
176
-4
15.
33
93
47
173
-2
16.
34
102
24
160
-
17.
35
83
32
150
+5
18.
20
122
8
150
+13
19.
47
54
42
143
-8
20.
34
60
37
131
+1
21.
7
83
13
103
+21
22.
29
34
27
90
-3
23.
20
47
15
82
-3
24.
29
28
21
78
+3
25.
13
49
15
77
+9
26.
29
34
5
68
-8
27.
7
45
10
62
+12
28.
10
44
6
60
-3
29.
10
36
11
57
+12
30.
4
45
7
56
+2

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

After six months, the #1 spot could be up for contention

Ever since September, Natus Vincere have had a firm grip on the No. 1 spot after claiming the Intel Grand Slam at ESL Pro League Season 14, extending their lead over Gambit, and went on a spree of several more tournament victories including PGL Major Stockholm and the BLAST Premier World Final before the year closed.

Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev and company were so dominant that they capped out at 1000 points and at times more than doubled the number the second-best team was sitting on, with the largest gap they recorded being a whopping 547 points between them and Vitality at the end of November following the two teams' grand final showdown at the BLAST Premier Fall Final in Copenhagen.

But after six months of NAVI's terrifying reign, the throne could be up for contention this week. After their title-winning streak came to an end at IEM Katowice, s1mple and company are no longer capped in all categories and sit on 898 points, with FaZe and Gambit not too far behind at 698 and 656, respectively — a gap that one of the two main challengers could manage to bridge if they were to win ESL Pro League this Sunday, or at least come close.

A stroke of bad luck — or fate, call it whatever you'd like — had it so that the three teams all ended up on the same side of the bracket this week, so they'll have the chance to take out the competition for No. 1 in direct head-to-head matchups, with FaZe set to meet the Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov-led side in the round of 12 before the winner faces Natus Vincere in the quarter-finals, a match that will produce the indisputable favorite of the rest of the tournament.

NAVI look to defend their claim to the throne this week

NA has two teams in the top 30 again

North America has had a very limited representation in the ranking over the past few months following the shake-up that happened in the region during the last winter off-season. Liquid and Evil Geniuses dropped out altogether after changing their core lineup and, for a few weeks last month, so did the former Extra Salt core that linked up with Michael "⁠Grim⁠" Wince and Paytyn "⁠junior⁠" Johnson in Complexity; a dark time for NA as for a brief period they had zero teams in the top 30.

Although the new Evil Geniuses have little to show for their efforts so far, still stuck outside of the ranking's front page after a winless ESL Pro League appearance, the other two biggest teams in North America are now #21 and #25 and showing signs of promise going into the future.

Albeit unsuccessful in the end, Complexity managed to hang with some of the best teams in Düsseldorf, playing several close maps against Natus Vincere and Heroic and taking Astralis to their limit in the group they shared with EG. The week before that, although far from convincing in a group that was largely viewed as the weakest, Liquid advanced to the playoffs, where they will first face off against Heroic on Wednesday. Perhaps it's too early to say North America is healing, but at least it's a start.

Vitality are about to slip out of the top 10

After starting the year still fresh off a peak the previous roster reached at the end of 2021, Vitality have slowly been taking on water after bringing in their new players and coach in former Astralis trio Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen, Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif, and Danny "⁠zonic⁠" Sørensen in time for 2022.

Vitality continue to sink after a slow start with the new lineup

A successful BLAST group stage has so far been the only positive takeaway for the new French-Danish combination, as amid some map pool issues and Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut looking quite far off his game, Vitality went out of IEM Katowice in 9th-12th place — admittedly facing a tough draw in Heroic and Gambit — and things didn't look great for them in March, either.

Beating only Sprout before being ousted at ESL Pro League due to losses to ENCE, FURIA, and FaZe, Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire's team suffered another early exit in 13th-16th place, and after returning from Düsseldorf they went on to lose to SKADE at Pinnacle Cup III, an event in which they were hoping to get a few more reps in official matches and gain some much-needed confidence.

Vitality are now sitting in eighth place and are likely going to drop out of the top 10 next week given that four out of the five teams directly below them (Astralis, ENCE, FURIA, and Entropiq) are about to compete in the playoffs of a big event in Germany. Should that happen, it would mark the first time the French organization has sunk below that threshold since June last year.

ENCE and Movistar Riders soar after impressive EPL runs

On a more positive note, two of the biggest risers of the month are ENCE and Movistar Riders, who have enjoyed great success at ESL Pro League Season 15 so far as they made playoffs in Düsseldorf on the back of impressive showings.

SunPayus led the way with the AWP for the Riders

The Spaniards' performance in particular came as a complete shock, with the team around Alejandro "⁠alex⁠" Masanet going undefeated in a group that featured the world's #3 squad playing the event under the neutral Players banner, Liquid, and BIG — far more experienced teams at this level of competition when compared to the rather green Movistar Riders. It marked a big resurgence from the Spanish side, who disappeared from tier one play for months following their PGL Major Stockholm showing and did not look competitive whatsoever at the IEM Katowice Play-in stage.

Over in Group B, ENCE have put up their best result so far with their newest addition Pavle "⁠Maden⁠" Bošković after going 4-1 in the round robin, which included wins over FaZe, Vitality, and Outsiders. Only a close loss to FURIA tarnished Marco "⁠Snappi⁠" Pfeiffer's team's resumé, but nevertheless their campaign will continue in the playoffs, where they have a favorable draw in fnatic in the round of 12 and the Movistar Riders awaiting the winner in the quarter-finals.

Montenegro Pavle 'Maden' Bošković
Pavle 'Maden' Bošković
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
624
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1353
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
United States Michael 'Grim' Wince
Michael 'Grim' Wince
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
852
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
840
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1515
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1945
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
United States Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
445
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1895
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Spain Alejandro 'alex' Masanet
Alejandro 'alex' Masanet
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1251
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.27
Maps played:
962
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.62
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1521
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.64
Cool
2022-04-04 21:53
1 reply
#70
lulz | 
Denmark Daweh
NA and Vitality throwing hard.
2022-04-05 10:47
#2
 | 
Spain x676
ez 4 Riders
2022-04-04 21:53
liquid is coming 4 ur favorite team
2022-04-04 21:53
4 replies
to give a bj or..?
2022-04-04 22:44
3 replies
to sound you
2022-04-04 22:45
Lol
2022-04-05 03:18
Lamoooo
2022-04-05 08:56
FAZE still 2? lmao this site...
2022-04-04 21:54
10 replies
Who should be above them lul?
2022-04-04 21:55
#19
 | 
India Relunk
Agreed, should be #1
2022-04-04 22:18
NaVi still 1? lmao this site...
2022-04-04 22:19
2 replies
#44
Sw1ft | 
Germany Joyex
Honestly... I just think they had a bad start after having vacation. Their last match vs Heroic in EPL. I think they are back on track to be dominant.
2022-04-05 00:07
1 reply
#66
 | 
Netherlands SpiceNut
So far in EPL they are dominant Yeah there were some close maps, but 5-0 is dominant I'd say And the fashion they did it in was mostly dominant
2022-04-05 06:48
Gambit still 3? They don’t exist. Lmao this site
2022-04-04 23:58
#49
ropz | 
Portugal Antnio
Vitality in tier1. Lmao this site
2022-04-05 00:25
#50
 | 
North America soduk_db
Trollolololololol
2022-04-05 00:31
it is actually lucky when you consider that they won Katowice with standin that isn't there anymore. Other lost for player drop 10 rank positions.
2022-04-05 05:55
1 reply
Learn how to read the ranking hltv.org/ranking/teams/2022/april/4/deta.. They only got 80% of the points because of jks
2022-04-05 07:56
GG NAVI
2022-04-04 21:54
gg
2022-04-04 21:55
#8
 | 
Poland paputekk
why ence not nr1
2022-04-04 21:57
#9
 | 
United States _salmoN
karrygan so goated
2022-04-04 21:58
expected but this ranking is only for 30 teams in news
2022-04-04 22:00
the navi vs faze/gambit match up will probably decide which team makes top 1 next week, if navi ends up winning they are probably guaranteed to sit on the throne for the remaining 4-5 weeks to break the astralis record
2022-04-04 22:00
Ez4Navi expected
2022-04-04 22:01
ez4ENCE fr
2022-04-04 22:01
astralis top10 needs to be a joke
2022-04-04 22:01
#15
 | 
Ukraine Slavv_Boss
Sad to see either Faze or Gambit to get knocked out so soon in the epl
2022-04-04 22:01
2 replies
Yeah and then the winner meet navi lol.
2022-04-04 23:01
1 reply
#36
 | 
Ukraine Slavv_Boss
I mean it’s kinda fun and exciting, but I would like to see those match ups later on in the event
2022-04-04 23:06
maden getting like a +0.15 rating increase really helped ence
2022-04-04 22:02
2 replies
It was mostly Hades with improved performances that was key in the wins they had
2022-04-05 01:34
1 reply
Firepower in ENCE is sick
2022-04-05 07:02
Why did CPH gain so many positions above?
2022-04-04 22:05
#18
 | 
United States charybids
How in the world is Astralis at #9? They almost lost to coL
2022-04-04 22:05
5 replies
and almost win to navi and heroic, we can say they should had won it
2022-04-04 22:22
4 replies
#24
 | 
United States charybids
Heroic on LAN LUL
2022-04-04 22:29
3 replies
#61
 | 
Argentina atriX^
Well, they reached semis at Katowice and the major. Their online vs LAN placings are much more consistent than Gambit’s for example.
2022-04-05 03:22
2 replies
That just isnt true lmao, gambiy have made the playoffs of basically every big lan theyve played, whereas heroic have multiple playoff missed events, u brought up the major, which good team did heroic beat at the major? They had a easy path to the semis
2022-04-05 23:06
1 reply
#75
 | 
Argentina atriX^
You are misinterpreting what I said. I said that Heroic's level of performance was more consistent in the sense that they were reaching playoffs back then (and having good runs) and they are doing it now. Gambit DOMINATED and won multiple events while now they can barely contend. Context matters. Gambit reached semis while playing ENCE, Entropiq, VP, NIP, and FURIA. FURIA was the easiest team in playoffs and Gambit struggled on Inferno. They lost Vertigo vs Entropiq and required Hobbit to drop 39 frags in regulation vs VP to win 16-14. They got schooled by NAVI in semis. You could argue that it was NAVI's major to win but they could've at least pushed them like G2 did. In the Major, Heroic had to beat Vitality, Astralis, and Copenhagen Flames, and also had NAVI in the first round. They beat VP in quarters and nearly beat G2 in semis. IEM Winter was trash. No excuses there. And I won't consider Blast World Finals since stavn wasn't there. Katowice 2022 was good, they beat OG, Vitality and then destroyed VP though I have to agree that run was stained by how easily FaZe disposed of them. Heroic keep playing the same type of CS they used to Online. Fake-heavy and very dynamic in pace. It might not always work but it's how they play. stavn was their star back then and it's their star now. Pretty much all players kept playing to the same level except maybe for TeSeS. You can't say that for Gambit.
2022-04-05 23:24
faze #2 = biggest fluke
2022-04-04 22:22
2 replies
who's better? Blast Spring Groups: 1st place Katowice: 1st place G2? KEKW Vitality? LMAO Gambit? quaterfinalist of Katowice
2022-04-04 23:02
1 reply
ye that's sad
2022-04-05 00:12
vitality still top 10?
2022-04-04 22:28
3 replies
#46
 | 
United States Shmikeb0b
MOUZ top 30? Liquid top 30?
2022-04-05 00:14
2 replies
mouz and liquid accurate, but vitality should be swapped with furia and its accurate
2022-04-05 00:15
Yes?
2022-04-05 16:09
#25
 | 
Finland RPGWiZaRD
CPH Flames at #12, next update it'll be -3 ~ -5 I can say with great confidence, biggest fluke apart from Movie Riders at #18, roughly similar fluke ranking they belong more at 22-25 or so. SKADE will probably continue to show good form and I expect to continue climb a few places, Liquid will likely climb quite a few spots and Complexity too in the next update. MIBR I didn't think highly of but they have showed to be suprisingly good, so should continue to climb too.
2022-04-04 22:48
#28
fnx | 
Brazil Cidd
GODSENT = total disappointment GO! IMPERIAL
2022-04-04 22:50
ENCE Top 10 wow
2022-04-04 22:52
lets gooo riders
2022-04-04 22:52
In which world Astralis is in top 10 right now? Realistically they are not top 20 and arguably in top 30
2022-04-04 22:57
1 reply
They did fine in Blast Groups (7-9) and in Katowice (7-8) and are now in the Play-offs of EPL. I don't think they should contend for the top 8 overall, but they look quite solid right now for about 10th place. There aren't any teams that have a favorable match-up against them below 12th place, but they also don't perform too well against the top 8. They are just one of those 'gate-keeper' teams.
2022-04-05 01:02
#37
 | 
Brazil MrLucas
- Ence, good performance (2nd) in the hardest group: +5 - Furia, even better performance in the same group (1st), defeated Ence: +3 10. Ence 11. Furia Do I need to ask?
2022-04-04 23:24
7 replies
bro algorithm ranks teams its 2022 now
2022-04-04 23:29
1 reply
#40
 | 
Brazil MrLucas
Just doesnt look right mens((
2022-04-04 23:44
Yes like how thats make sense?
2022-04-04 23:51
2 replies
Furia lost to Faze (rank 2) Ence won Vs Faze Brasil brain
2022-04-05 01:29
1 reply
#73
 | 
Brazil Froogss
so explain how Astralis is in top 10? Furia beat Outsiders (VP) top 6, Vitality top 8 and Ence top 10, and Astralis beat the biggest Complexity top 25, AGO top 44 and EG top 46, but they are in 9 and Furia in 11. Thorin fan brain
2022-04-05 16:38
They played an extra tournament after groups and won it without dropping a map. It was a tier 2/3 tournament, but the algorithm still counts it. They then lost to CPH 2-0, but I guess that's just how it works.
2022-04-05 01:05
1 reply
#57
 | 
Brazil MrLucas
ok that is reasonable
2022-04-05 02:27
It would be nice to be able to see more them the top 30 of this rank.
2022-04-04 23:37
heet will improve more after their win
2022-04-05 00:04
#51
 | 
Brazil hugoooo
ENCE ONE POINT ahead of FURIA...
2022-04-05 00:48
#56
 | 
Brazil eyeShot
ridiculous for astralis with low performance in the last championships to rise in the ranking and Furia with a good record in the ESL to lose positions in the ranking... 🙄
2022-04-05 02:03
furia under ranked as always
2022-04-05 03:03
#59
 | 
Saudi Arabia St4ck
n1
2022-04-05 03:17
astralul better than ence and furia lul
2022-04-05 03:44
#63
 | 
Germany Azalot
lets go big
2022-04-05 04:28
#65
 | 
Finland AliSabid
s1mple goat
2022-04-05 06:08
Astralis still top 10....LMAO the bias is insane
2022-04-05 16:18
#76
arT | 
Albania Osmy
why so serious
2022-04-05 23:24
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