Team ranking: August 2023
A myriad of changes plays out among the top 30 in this month's team ranking as Vitality return to No. 1.
August was the first full month of competition in the fall season, having played host to Gamers8 and marked the beginning of ESL Pro League Season 18. The Saudi event has contributed the biggest shift to the world rankings, which has seen several moves around the top ten and a few new names in the top 30.
A handful of smaller tournaments also unfolded, including IESF World Championship 2023, PARI Dunav Party, PGE Polish Esport League Supercup 2023, and several online competitions and local LAN tournaments held in different parts of the world.
For new readers or those in need of 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 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, September 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.
Vitality return to No.1 in the rankings
Vitality returned to the top of the rankings for the first time since June during this past month. The Dan "apEX" Madesclaire-lead squad went into the player break as the No.1 team in the world following their titles in IEM Rio and the BLAST.tv Paris Major, but were leapfrogged by Heroic after the removal of Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen in favor of Shahar "flameZ" Shushan in June.
The change meant Vitality spent two months at the No.2 spot before returning to the top of the pile after a semi-final finish at IEM Cologne and their trophy lift at Gamers8, where they plowed through MIBR, Natus Vincere, G2, and ENCE, to solidify their claim at the title of the best team in the world.
Their summer roster change garnered a lot of criticism given that Vitality just won the Major with dupreeh in the lineup, but their results after the summer break confirm the organization made the correct decision by going for youthful star power in favor of experience.
Vitality are showing no sign of stopping either, as they breezed through ORKS, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and Movistar Riders to win their ESL Pro League S18 group without a single dropped map. Their success has secured them a spot in the playoffs of the Maltese tournament, with Vitality re-entering the competition at the quarter-final stage.
FaZe drop out of the top five
FaZe have trended downwards for quite some time, their last trophy win coming five months ago at ESL Pro League S17 alongside their Intel Grand Slam title. Their form after that was nothing to write home about as they only appeared in the playoffs once before the season ended — a semi-final exit at IEM Dallas.
Since returning from the break, a loss to Natus Vincere meant that FaZe missed out on the IEM Cologne playoffs, and their next outing at Gamers8 also didn't change their fortunes. The Finn "karrigan" Andersen-led squad went out in the first round after a loss to Virtus.pro and have now been overtaken by Astralis in the rankings, who entered the top five for the first time since September 2022.
New-look Spirit return to the rankings
Spirit's academy project once again provided several reinforcements for the main team during the summer break after Robert "Patsi" Isyanov transferred to Liquid and Ihor "w0nderful" Zhdanov and Pavel "s1ren" Ogloblin found themselves on the chopping block. That left the team three players short, meaning three Spirit Academy players got the call-up to complete the roster.
The squad debuted in several online competitions, such as Pinnacle Cup V and CCT 2023 Online Finals 2, placing second in the latter. Danil "donk" Kryshkovets has been the star for Spirit, as the 16-year-old ravaged his opponents in an online setting.
Spirit then played their first LAN tournament at PARI Dunav Party in Belgrade and won the title alongside a myriad of ranking points, winning the final against Virtus.pro thanks to another fantastic performance by young prodigy donk.
Movistar Riders re-enter top 30
The Spanish squad struggled to regain their momentum after losing Alvaro "SunPayus" Garcia to ENCE and dropped out of the top 30 following the inclusion of Tiago "JUST" Moura and Adam "adamS" Marian to their lineup. Nevertheless, they swiftly bounced back with a remarkable performance in ESL Pro League S18, amassing sufficient points to place themselves just inside the top 30.
Movistar Riders qualified for the playoffs after victories against FURIA and GamerLegion before a loss to Vitality meant they finished second in the group and will enter the playoff stage in the second round.
Two more new rosters have secured their spots on the fringes of the top 30. 1WIN did so due to their win at CCT Central Europe Series 7 and a top-four placing at PARI Dunav Party, while Eternal Fire's online form means they come in at No. 30.
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