Team ranking: November 2011

reakq
April 22nd, 2012 22:03

The next update of our Team ranking comes from the end of November, shortly after one of the events with the most interesting results in 2011, DreamHack Winter.

In the fourth installment of our Team ranking feature, we look at the situation and the happenings in November. If you missed our previous updates, you can check out the October ranking here, while the detailed explanation of the ranking can be found at the beginning of the August and September editions.

Events in November

November contained three notable events, the main of which was DreamHack Winter. This major tournament in Sweden ended up with a somewhat surprise final between two home teams where fnatic defeated Lions, while Natus Vincere added another podium finish to their tally as 3rd placed.

DreamHack Winter
1st Sweden fnatic
2nd Sweden Lions
3rd Ukraine Natus Vincere
4th Germany mousesports
5-8th Sweden SK Gaming
5-8th Poland AGAiN
5-8th Denmark Anexis
5-8th Sweden ESC Gaming

MSI BEAT IT Russia took place a week before DreamHack, where fnatic showed signs of things to come by finishing 2nd, behind the surpring victors Moscow Five. DTS finished 3rd at that event, while they also won the online tournament ICSC9, which started back in August.

ICSC 9 MSI BEAT IT Russia
1st Ukraine DTS 1st Russia Moscow Five
2nd Poland AGAiN 2nd Sweden fnatic
3rd Sweden Lions 3rd Ukraine DTS
4th Sweden ESC Gaming 4th Ukraine Natus Vincere

Which changes occured in the top10 after November? fnatic came into the month as 4th in the overall ranking, far behind the big three, but did they manage to break in after this successful month? How do they fair in the monthly ranking?

The Top 10
of the month

Let's take a closer look at the top 10 teams of November and see what affected their place on the list.


10
. Sweden SK Gaming

The number one ranked team overall and the Team of the month from October, SK Gaming, had their appearance at DreamHack Winter cut short by their arch-rivals Natus Vincere. In another one of their classic encounters, the Swedes were outplayed in the quarter-final by the Ukrainians in two maps, the second one including triple overtime.

Due to this early exit from their only tournament in November, but still reaching the playoffs, they are found at the 10th spot of the monthly ranking.

Top matches: Sweden SK Gaming 16-11 France eSahara
  Sweden SK Gaming 16-4 Denmark Anexis
       
Results: 5-8th at DreamHack Winter

9. Denmark Anexis

The Danes of Anexis were as active as they could have been in November, attending both big LAN events at their disposal. They've been having troubles reaching the playoffs at major events for a while, and at MSI BEAT IT Russia they were once again knocked out too soon, this time in the 1/8 final.

For DreamHack Winter they strengthened themselves with a stand-in in form of Martin "trace" Heldt. Following an important comeback draw against eSahara in the group stage, Anexis finally reached the quarter-final of a tournament, but were unable to go any further after meeting up with fnatic.

They also finished in a respectable 5-6th position at ICSC9, although their adventures in that event ended back in October with a loss to Lions.

Top matches: Denmark Anexis 15-15 France eSahara
  Denmark Anexis 15-15 Russia Virtus.pro
       
Results: 5-8th at Dreamhack Winter
  5-6th at ICSC 9


8
. Sweden ESC Gaming

After an almost inactive two-month period, when they attended only ESWC without making it through the group stage, ESC Gaming were finally back in action. Having Karl-William "kalle" Haraldsen back in the team also helped, as the Swedish-Norwegian squad showed a much better performance at DH Winter, topping their group ahead of AGAiN and fighting a solid battle with mousesports in the quarter-final.

Their ICSC9 campaign was put to a stop in the lower bracket final at the end of October, when they lost to Lions in three maps.

Top matches: Sweden ESC Gaming 15-15 Poland AGAiN
  Sweden ESC Gaming 2-1 Russia Virtus.pro
  Sweden ESC Gaming 2-0 Ukraine KerchNET
       
Results: 4th at ICSC 9
  5-8th at DreamHack Winter


7
. Germany mousesports

Following their 3rd place finish at ESWC, mousesports came into their next major event with big hopes. They almost repeated that result, defeating ESC Gaming to reach the semi-final. However, this time they lost both of their last matches, 2-1 to fnatic and Natus Vincere to finish in 4th place.

Top matches: Germany mousesports 16-10 Portugal k1ck
  Germany mousesports 2-0 Sweden ESC Gaming
       
Results: 4th at Dreamhack Winter



6
. Ukraine Natus Vincere

The Ukrainian giants Natus Vincere were once again unable to find their way to a major title, but they still had quite a solid month. They finished in 3rd place at DreamHack Winter, after defeating SK Gaming in the quarter-final and mousesports in the 3rd place decider, while Lions were the ones to better them in the semi.

Their campaign at MSI BEAT IT Russia had a similar outcome, defeating their other rival from the big three in the quarter-final, 2-1 versus AGAiN, only to lose to fnatic and DTS in the end to miss out on a podium place.

Top matches: Ukraine Natus Vincere 16-12 Russia Moscow Five
  Ukraine Natus Vincere 2-0 Sweden SK Gaming
  Ukraine Natus Vincere 2-1 Germany mousesports
   Ukraine Natus Vincere 2-1 Poland AGAiN
   Ukraine Natus Vincere 16-2 Russia Virtus.pro
   Ukraine Natus Vincere 16-14 Denmark Anexis
       
Results: 3rd at Dreamhack Winter
  4th at MSI BEAT IT Russia

5. Russia Moscow Five

November will surely be a month Moscow Five will remember, as this was the time they won their first international title by topping MSI BEAT IT Russia. On their way to 1st place they overcame Anexis, WinFakt, DTS and finally fnatic.

After that, they came into DH Winter with high expectations, but exited disappointed, being unable to make it out of the group of death due to falling to fnatic and Natus Vincere.

Top matches: Russia Moscow Five 2-0 Sweden fnatic
   Russia Moscow Five 2-1 Ukraine DTS
   Russia Moscow Five 2-0 Finland WinFakt
   Russia Moscow Five 2-1 Denmark Anexis
       
Results: 1st MSI BEAT IT Russia


4
. Poland AGAiN

The Poles without an organization, still named AGAiN, didn't have such a successful month as their 4th place might indicate. They faced disappointing quarter-final exits at both MSI BEAT IT Russia and DreamHack Winter, firstly to Natus Vincere in the match that included the famous "ghosting" accusation, and later to Lions in the Swedish tournament.

They even lost the final of ICSC9 to DTS in two best-of-three matches, but their 2nd place finish in this competition brought them to the 4th place of the month.

Top matches: Poland AGAiN 2-0 Ukraine KerchNET
  Poland AGAiN 2-1 Ukraine DTS
  Poland AGAiN 15-15 Sweden ESC Gaming
  Poland AGAiN 16-8 Ukraine KerchNET
  Poland AGAiN 16-13 Finland WinFakt
       
Results: 2nd at ICSC 9
  5th at MSI BEAT IT Russia
  5-8th at DreamHack Winter


3
. Ukraine DTS

One of the surprises of the month was surely the Ukrainian side DTS, who topped ICSC9 ahead of AGAiN in an impressive fashion, winning four maps in a row in the final. But topping that online tournament wasn't their only success in November, as they achieved a podium finish at MSI BEAT IT Russia following a victory over Natus Vincere in the 3rd place decider.

That earned them the 3rd place in the monthly ranking, despite not attending the biggest event of the month, DreamHack Winter.

Top matches: Ukraine DTS 2-0 Poland AGAiN
  Ukraine DTS 2-1 Sweden Lions
  Ukraine DTS 2-0 Denmark Anexis
  Ukraine DTS 2-0 Russia Virtus.pro
  Ukraine DTS 2-0 Poland Fear Factory
       
Results: 1st at ICSC 9
  3rd at MSI BEAT IT RUSSIA


2
. Sweden Lions

Lions have constantly been showing potential to beat the big teams, but they were never able to do enough damage and they even fell out of the top 10. But it would turn out that their time has come at DreamHack Winter, where they achieved a 2nd place finish, all thanks to their amazing victories over big favorites AGAiN and Natus Vincere in the quarter-final and semi-final, respectively.

In addition to that, they finished 3rd in ICSC9, which guaranteed them the 2nd place in the monthly ranking.

Top matches: Sweden Lions 16-4 Germany mousesports
  Sweden Lions 2-1 Poland AGAiN
  Sweden Lions 2-1 Ukraine Natus Vincere
  Sweden Lions 16-1 Portugal k1ck
  Sweden Lions 2-1 France eSahara
  Sweden Lions 2-0 Denmark Anexis
  Sweden Lions 2-1 Sweden ESC Gaming
       
Results: 2nd at DreamHack Winter
  3rd at ICSC 9


1
. Sweden fnatic

Team of the month in November was without a doubt fnatic. After a good start in October with their refreshed lineup and winning IEM6 GC Guangzhou, they fell during ESWC group stage. But as November came, they were right back on top.

Firstly they finished second at MSI BEAT IT Russia, where they overcame Natus Vincere in the semi-final, but succumbed to Moscow Five in the end. They followed that up with an even better result at DreamHack Winter, winning the gold on home soil while taking out Anexis, mousesports and Lions.

These two results put them far ahead of everyone else in the month and largely helped their cause of getting closer to the overall top 3.

Top matches: Sweden fnatic 16-10 Ukraine Natus Vincere
  Sweden fnatic 16-2 Russia Moscow Five
  Sweden fnatic  2-1 Denmark Anexis
  Sweden fnatic 2-1 Germany mousesports
  Sweden fnatic 2-1 Sweden Lions
  Sweden fnatic 16-8 Russia Moscow Five
  Sweden fnatic 2-1 Ukraine Natus Vincere
       
Results: 1st at DreamHack Winter
  2nd at MSI BEAT IT Russia

 

Let's take a look at the overall table with the top 10 teams of the month.

Place   Points   Teams
         
1.
  287.11   Sweden fnatic
2.
  182.89   Sweden Lions
3.
  167.80   Ukraine DTS
4.
  147.92   Poland AGAiN
5.
  105.15   Russia Moscow Five
6.
  103.36   Ukraine Natus Vincere
7.
  53.37   Germany mousesports
8.
  52.37   Sweden ESC Gaming
9.
  45.03   Denmark Anexis
10.
  35.45   Sweden SK Gaming

 

The Top 20 Teams
overall

After an excellent month, fnatic has reduced the gap to the big three, but SK Gaming, AGAiN and Natus Vincere still hold on to their spots.

The famous Danish side mTw bowed out of the ranking due to their disbandment in October, leaving the 5th place up for grabs. That produced an interesting battle, as five teams are now within short distance of that spot, with mousesports currently holding on to it.

Along with the Germans, Moscow Five also made progress in the top 10 thanks to their MSI BEAT IT Russia victory, as both teams leaped over WinFakt, the Russians by the smallest of margins.

Second place finishers from DH Winter, Lions, returned to the top 10, while DTS broke in there for the first time at the expense of Anexis.

USSR, who were inactive since July, made a comeback in the ranking at the 20th spot due to their solid 7th place finish at MSI BEAT IT Russia.


Let's take a look at the overall table with the top 20 teams, including total amount of points and position change compared to the previous month.

Evo Place   Points   Teams
           
- 1.
  1314.09   Sweden SK Gaming
- 2.
  1190.44   Poland AGAiN
- 3.
  1047.21   Ukraine Natus Vincere
- 4.
 
813.94  
Sweden fnatic
+2 5.
 
431.34  
Germany mousesports
+3 6.
 
417.59  
Russia Moscow Five
-1 7.
 
417.54  
Finland WinFakt
- 8.
 
372.94  
Sweden ESC Gaming
+2 9.
 
361.04  
Sweden Lions
+2 10.
 
279.33  
Ukraine DTS
-1 11.
  257.41   Denmark Anexis
+1 12.
  133.69   France eSahara
+2 13.
  100.98   Ukraine KerchNET
+5 14.
  78.25   Russia Virtus.pro
+3 15.
  70.93   Poland Fear Factory
- 16.
  69.21   Germany Alternate
-3 17.
  69.17   United States Evil Geniuses
-1 18.
  68.29   Spain x6tence
+1 19.
  55.87   China TyLoo
+4 20.
  53.85   Russia USSR


Evolution of the Top 11 Teams (points per months)

 

Events

If you are wondering which events were included in the making of this ranking, here is a list in 3 levels (although there are in fact 9, but we merged them for displaying purposes).

High: IEM5 European Finals, IEM5 World, Xperia PLAY, DreamHack Summer, GameGune, e-Stars, ESWC, SEC 2011, GC Guangzhou, DreamHack Winter
Medium: IEM5 American Finals, ICSC 7, ASUS Winter, OSPL Spring, ASUS Spring, ICSC 8, GC Guangzhou EU qual, ASUS Summer, GC New York EU qual, GC New York, ICSC 9, MSI BEAT IT Russia
Low: WGF, Digifest 2011 Solaris, ESEA Invite Season 8, Adepto BH, Balkan Challenge Summer, GC Guangzhou US qual, GC New York US qual, DreamHack south Europe

If you have any questions about the ranking, feel free to ask in the comments below and of course stay tuned to HLTV.org for the December update which is coming soon.

Nice
2012-04-22 22:05
sweet
2012-04-22 22:05
#3
Brazil vittJ 
nice
2012-04-22 22:05
nice, SK :)
2012-04-22 22:06
u n1 man
2012-04-23 00:14
oh nice gj
2012-04-22 22:06
what was the roster of fnatic at that moment?
2012-04-22 22:06
gux, xizt, friis, pita, carn
2012-04-22 22:08
#52
 | 
Czech Republic dreamARTz 
carn retired :o karrigan in
2012-04-23 15:44
he asked "at that moment". cArn retired after the IEM6 WC the 2012-03-04 This ranking is about November 2011 (title) 2011-11
2012-04-23 15:53
omg -.-
2012-04-23 17:56
no shit sherlock!
2012-04-23 19:27
#63
Zeus | 
Other Chuckeee 
LAOLOLAOL
2012-04-23 21:31
#7
Sweden cnzTT 
SK! *-*
2012-04-22 22:07
Nice,miss DTS :(
2012-04-22 22:07
#10
Canada habs 
mtw dissapeared :'(
2012-04-22 22:08
nice gj
2012-04-22 22:09
like to c 3teams from UA and RUS in top20, and FF miss EG :(
2012-04-22 22:11
SICK FOR Sk <3 =D
2012-04-22 22:19
small mistake- at top lions matches have team AGAiN russian flag btw gj fnatic Lions
2012-04-22 22:19
fixed, thanks !
2012-04-22 22:26
#15
 | 
Ukraine kalitajke 
DTS :D
2012-04-22 22:20
gogo SK =D
2012-04-22 22:21
gj HLTV
2012-04-22 22:23
miss DTS :(
2012-04-22 22:25
Online event - Points/2
2012-04-22 22:32
good job reakq
2012-04-22 22:32
SK !
2012-04-22 22:33
nice!
2012-04-22 22:43
DTS i miss you :(
2012-04-22 23:05
dts nice !
2012-04-22 23:17
#26
 | 
Macedonia EXTOL[t] 
reakq, dont worry abaut the coment we read it a lot, someone without acaunt :) Just Resume :) Dont Look at so mutch coments
2012-04-22 23:55
fyrte was fcking awesome that month, since then he is the best player in his team and here is when tuscan became a great map for fnatic :D Gj!
2012-04-23 00:07
After reading these statistics i couldn't tell if FX/AGAiN/ESC was the best team or not :S SK was the better team from September to November?! I didn't expect that. SK won everything from April to August. SK best team of 2011?
2012-04-23 00:29
I guess you can't tell the team of 2011 by looking at the ranking, because the recent events are more valuable than the events at the beginning of the year, it's more like a long-term form ranking...
2012-04-23 22:17
indeed you get the point. This ranking wants to give a realistic picture of a specific t time with a deacreasing factor applicated to older months. It shows a tendency. That's why December 2011 ranking won't be the overall ranking of 2011. We will make a special news without depreciating factor to see which is the best team of 2011.
2012-04-23 22:34
sounds good, looking forward to your next articles :)
2012-04-24 16:37
Yet again sk tops the ranking. Waddup now ? They were clearly the best team of 2011.
2012-04-23 00:56
without a doubt imo!
2012-04-23 01:44
#66
2012-04-24 19:02
Nice ;)
2012-04-23 00:58
lets go SK one more month!
2012-04-23 01:44
#34
 | 
Brazil lullaby1 
Lions :( <3
2012-04-23 01:54
SK play very bad :O LOL DTS the best team online :p
2012-04-23 02:22
#36
Peru dbie 
awesome
2012-04-23 03:55
Good job
2012-04-23 05:04
:(
2012-04-23 05:37
Sk n1ce:-3
2012-04-23 05:43
SK best
2012-04-23 06:03
this is for ?
2012-04-23 08:34
fnatic best team ))
2012-04-23 09:07
ESC will top1
2012-04-23 10:04
Fnatic +1
2012-04-23 10:19
SK good,very good!
2012-04-23 11:11
Well done reakq , Your rankings are amazing :D Keep up the good work m8 :)
2012-04-23 12:53
Go Go fnatic <3
2012-04-23 13:23
M5 nice!
2012-04-23 15:15
#49
 | 
Other canano 
ESC Gaming from Sweden? Yay.
2012-04-23 15:15
I guess you are new here. Do a little research, or atleast, you can also read the news, the answer is in.
2012-04-23 15:30
in that time ESC had a swedish squad. MODDII,kalle,tacky,BARBARR & pronax
2012-04-23 21:11
rip mousesports
2012-04-23 15:31
lol! High: IEM5 European Finals, IEM5 World, Xperia PLAY, DreamHack Summer, GameGune, e-Stars, ESWC, SEC 2011, GC Guangzhou, DreamHack Winter Medium: IEM5 American Finals, ICSC 7, ASUS Winter, OSPL Spring, ASUS Spring, ICSC 8, GC Guangzhou EU qual, ASUS Summer, GC New York EU qual, GC New York, ICSC 9, MSI BEAT IT Russia high: GC Guangzhou: fnatic, mousesports, WinFakt medium: MSI BEAT IT Russia: Na'Vi, Moscow Five, fnatic, AGAiN, DTS, WinFakt weird :D:D
2012-04-23 17:47
$$$$$$$$$$$ GC Guangzhou 1. $16,000 + a spot in the World Championship 2. $8,000 + a spot in the World Championship MSI BEAT IT Russia 1. $10,000 2. $5,000 + SteelSeries prizes
2012-04-23 18:44
been waiting for these. thanks
2012-04-23 19:05
n1ce fnatic
2012-04-23 19:21
DTS :(
2012-04-23 19:52
ESC ALL !
2012-04-23 20:59
#64
India pfx 
Nice!
2012-04-23 22:04
Etienne you're such a workaholic..
2012-04-23 22:46
nice top
2012-04-24 20:31
#71
 | 
Russia Ou7bReaK 
ussr in ranking,lol? ussr closed at 2 years ago
2012-04-25 15:26
You can also make a research ;) hltv.org/news/7794-moscow-five-win-msi-b.. Event : MSI Beat It Russia Date : 2011-11-21 Rank : 7th
2012-04-25 15:33
SKK <3
2012-04-26 13:56
Login or register to add your comment to the discussion.
90%
vs
10%