CS:GO Team Ranking: November 2012

After finally putting several international events behind us, we are ready to bring back our Team ranking feature, now for CS:GO. It's no surprise that NiP are on top and that VeryGames are in 2nd place, but how far ahead are they from the rest? Which other teams make up our Top 20 and in what order? Check out all that and more below.

It's been a while since we worked on our Team ranking, so for those of you who haven't seen yet what it is all about, you can read the introduction in our first post about it, back in August 2011.

The goal is to as objectively as possible rank the teams based on their achievements and results in international and continental competitions. With focus now of the professional scene moved to CS:GO and with DreamHack Winter and ESWC behind us, we now have enough information to put together our Top 20 for the last few months.

Without further ado, here is our Top 20:

TOP 20 2012-11-30

Rank Teams Points
1. Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 387.65
2. France VeryGames 243.60
3. United States Area 51 51.60
4. United Kingdom mousesports 45.35
5. Sweden Lemondogs 41.60
6. Denmark CPH Wolves 30.23
7. Germany n!faculty 23.35
8. Brazil proGaming.TD 23.02
9. Poland ESC Gaming 20.71
10. Denmark Anexis 20.13
11. Germany mousesports 20.03
12. United States Dynamic 19.30
13. Sweden Absolute Legends 17.17
14. Russia dAT 14.86
15. Portugal k1ck 13.90
16. France JaS 13.87
17. Finland Hawks 12.98
18. Germany Alternate 12.81
19. Russia Virtus.pro 10.83
20. Russia zNation 8.55


1. Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas

1st DreamHack Winter 2012
1st ESWC 2012
1st DreamHack Valencia
Total prize money : 27,602€

The Swedish squad made a clean sweep at international events without a single map lost. They faced and won over VeryGames 3 times in row in finals. And each time, it seems to widen the gap with the French team according to the scores. With 17 wins in a row at lan and 3 titles from 3 tournaments brought back home, Ninjas in Pyjamas has became the reference and legitimately the current best team in the world.

Top matches                    
vs France VeryGames 16 - 09   16 - 01      
vs France VeryGames 16 - 03   16 - 14      
vs France VeryGames 16 - 10   16 - 12      
vs United States Area 51 16 - 10              
vs United Kingdom mousesports.uk 16 - 05   16 - 14      
vs United Kingdom mousesports.uk 16 - 14              
vs Brazil ProGaming.TD 16 - 05   16 - 10      
vs Brazil ProGaming.TD 16 - 13              
vs Germany n!faculty 16 - 07   16 - 05      
vs Poland ESC Gaming 16 - 10              


  W T L   RW   RL   RD
DreamHack Winter 2012 5 0 0   112   45   +67
ESWC 2012 6 0 0   128   68   +60
DreamHack Valencia 6 0 0   144   74   +70
TOTAL 17 0 0   384   187   +197

2. France VeryGames

2nd DreamHack Winter 2012
2nd ESWC 2012
2nd DreamHack Valencia
Total prize money : 15,110€

The French CS:Source stars made a great transition to CS:GO without any lineup changes. Finishing in the second place 3 times in row, each time behind NiP, they are indisputably the second best team in the world at this moment. They also have some impressive results with 12 wins after 17 LAN matches, but despite these statistics, the French giant seems to be in danger from other potential top teams because of their map lost against Area 51 in ESWC semi-final, but also because of their draws in group stage respectively against ASES at DreamHack Valencia and Anexis at ESWC.

Top matches                    
vs United States Area 51 16 - 19   16 - 05 16   - 11 
vs Sweden Lemondogs 16 - 09   16 - 05      
vs Germany n!faculty 16 - 04              
vs Poland ESC Gaming 16 - 02              
vs Denmark Anexis 15 - 15              


  W T L   RW   RL   RD
DreamHack Winter 2012 3 1 1   101   46   +55
ESWC 2012 4 1 1   112   88   +24
DreamHack Valencia 5 0 1   122   89   +33
TOTAL 12 2 3   335   223   +112

3. United States Area 51

1st ESEA invite season 12
3rd ESWC 2012
Total prize money :  10,780€

With their single excursion at ESWC, the American team has made a very good impression by finishing third. They have also been the first team that has taken a map against VeryGames besides NiP. After their recent win at the ESEA Invite season 12, they take hold as the current best team of the North American continent. We can expect other great performances from them for their next participations at international events.

Top matches                    
vs Germany n!faculty 16 - 01   11 - 16 16 - 09 
vs Brazil ProGaming.TD 16 - 00              
vs Germany mousesports 15 - 15              


  W T L   RW   RL   RD
ESWC 2012 3 1 2   135   117   +18
TOTAL 3 1 2   135   117   +18

4. United Kingdom mousesports

3-4th DreamHack Winter 2012
Total prize money : 4,081€

Well-known at the CS:S scene, the British team has proven their reputation after finishing second of their group at DreamHack Winter, just behind the NiP giants against which they have given a tight fight for the first place with a 14-16 defeat. Finishing at the 3-4th place of the event, mousesports has thrown a strong signal to the current top 2, that they will be a dangerous challenger in the future.

Top matches                    
vs Denmark CPH Wolves 16 - 11   16 - 03      
vs Poland ESC Gaming 16 - 06              


  W T L   RW   RL   RD
DreamHack Winter 2012 3 0 2   97   82   +15
TOTAL 3 0 2   97   82   +15

5. Sweden Lemondogs

3-4th DreamHack Winter 2012
Total prize money : 4,081€

The Swedish team managed a 3-4th place at DreamHack Winter after getting out of the BYOC qualification. After a groupstage without a single loss, they reached the semi-final by beating Absolute Legends in the quarter. They have showed that the Swedish scene is not restricted to NiP and we must count on them for the next events in which they will participate.

Top matches                    
vs Germany n!faculty 15 - 15              
vs Denmark Anexis 15 - 15              


  W T L   RW   RL   RD
DreamHack Winter 2012 2 2 1   92   86   +8
TOTAL 2 2 1   92   86   +8


Main Stats

NiP & VG Domination

The graph below shows that so far there have only been two big teams on the scene.  Their total amount of points earned is equivalent to 57% while all the other 53 teams registred in the ranking got only 43%.

points amount of a team / total points amount of all the teams (%)


Ranking per points

Here are ESWC & DreamHack Winter rankings in accordance with the points earned:

ESWC 2012   DreamHack Winter 2012
1st Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas   1st Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas
2nd France VeryGames   2nd France VeryGames
3rd United States Area 51   3rd United Kingdom mousesports
4th Germany n!faculty   4th Sweden Lemondogs
5th Germany mousesports   5th Denmark Cph Wolves
6th Poland ESC Gaming   6th Sweden Absolute Legends
7th Denmark Anexis   7th Brazil ProGaming.TD
8th Brazil ProGaming.TD   8th United States Dynamic



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: DreamHack Winter 2012, ESWC 2012
Medium: DreamHack Valencia
Low: ESEA Invite season 12, DreamHack Winter international qualifer, SLTV groupstage, EMS groupstage 

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 2012 update.

nip no chance good job hltv
2012-12-02 17:09
rankings, nice
2012-12-02 17:08
cs:go boring to watch, non-competitive scene why i need to watch the final if i know NiP will win ??? wheres the emotion of a final ? no surprises, no amazing strats, no amazing clutchs, teams on very different levels, cs:go sucks !
2012-12-02 23:12
Shut up. Na`vi and Fnatic dominated 1.6 for very, very long times. The game is new and people are still trying to bridge the skill gap. Grow up.
2012-12-03 00:49
LIONS, Mouz, SK, ESC/AGAiN/FX, WinFakt, mTw, m5... A LOT of top teams on one tournament playing together, every single match was a surprise, and when we thought "this team will win this tournament", one other team come on top ! ooooh, the game is new ??? and when cs was started ??? teamZ, e9, X3, SoA, SK, NiP and LnD... theses teams won at least one good tournament... on the end of the year no one know who was better on the year, cuz 2001 had A LOT OF GOOD TEAMS and one unpredictable and competitive scene ! and in cs:go ??? just NiP winning tournaments ? every single final was NiP vs. VG ?? and the game... so boring to watch, noob skins, awp like penis, idiot weapons, retarded recoil and a lot of more things... sorry for my english bro, but u just have poor arguments
2012-12-03 01:06
nobody is forcing you to watch. Go watch 1.6 tournaments, oh wait. I see you have epic arguments like noob skins and dick penis. The recoil is supposed to be different since it's a new game, learn how to control it
2012-12-03 16:55
dont have 1.6 tournaments anymore cuz exists kids like u, who just play one fucking idiot game by the graphics ! and the recoil is a piece of shit anyway, hitboxes that if u shot like a moron u can hit anyway and i preffer watch demos of 1.6 than matches of the fucking cs:go
2012-12-03 22:14
i didn't say anything about the graphics ...
2012-12-04 14:23
By calling banne a kid, you want to say that you are a big, whiny, wimpy grown-up? Sad...
2012-12-05 14:52
brain cancer
2012-12-05 15:17
fer | 
Sweden Hale 
Hahahaha <3 PENIS GUNS? You sir just made my day, doesn't matter what those other guys said, you won this argument in STYLE :D:D
2012-12-05 21:49
im just too lazy to discuss with stupid nerds
2012-12-05 22:07
any doubts which site is better, cadred or hltv?
2012-12-02 17:08
Why does one have to be better? All this bickering is sad and only splits up our scene. I go to HLTV for the international hotmatches gotv ip's and the quickest international news. I go to Cadred for the editorial pieces from the staff and other rumors that Richard Lewis releases. I go to ESEA-News for all my North American team news.
2012-12-03 03:14
2012-12-04 00:01
Other ohai 
"With their single excursion at ESWC, the American team has made a very good impression by finishing third. They have also been the first team that has taken a map against VeryGames." ^first team besides nip to take a map against vg, no?
2012-12-02 17:09
Germany Dok1 
no, myDGB won against VeryGames yesterday ;)
2012-12-02 17:10
Other ohai 
*first* is the key word there and my point is they weren't first i dont think because nip beat them first, so the writer must mean first team besides nip
2012-12-02 17:11
Germany Dok1 
Ah well yeah, didn't notice it ;)
2012-12-02 17:50
Just as first is the keyword "besides NiP" are also the other keywords. They're trying to say even though NiP may have beat VG first, Area51 is the first team besides NiP to have beaten VG in a match. Remember it doesn't saying "Area 51 was the first team to take a map vs VG"
2012-12-02 19:59
winning 1 map during the group stages of a game doesnt count yet they gotta actually finish a tourney before they can be included in the rankings
2012-12-02 17:11
France reakq  
Actually it's all about the date. AMD Sapphire event started in December and this ranking is until November ;)
2012-12-02 17:16
hence the "finish a tourney" comment
2012-12-02 17:16
France reakq  
I didn't say I disagree, I just added some precisions
2012-12-02 17:18
Germany Dok1 
I didn't say that they should be included ;)
2012-12-02 17:51
France reakq  
fixed, thanks
2012-12-02 17:21
Germany Dok1 
lemondogs 5th, wow! :)
2012-12-02 17:09
Sweden maj0r 
2012-12-02 17:10
mouz and a51 gotta practice up and they can get to top1/2
2012-12-02 17:10
2012-12-02 17:11
2012-12-02 17:10
Sweden pani 
2012-12-02 17:10
I think buykey is a good team with potential. Soon some teams will beat NiP, im pretty sure!
2012-12-02 17:11
ScreaM is just a stand-in, so we cannot actually say how good BuyKey really are, since the belgian guy is carrying them.
2012-12-02 17:21
Oh, didnt now that. Anyway, maybe he will stay!
2012-12-02 18:39
No, he plays for JAS
2012-12-02 19:07
2012-12-02 17:11
Achievements 2nd DreamHack Winter 2012 2nd ESWC 2012 2nd DreamHack Valencia :DD
2012-12-02 17:12
2nd THOR qualify
2012-12-02 17:13
Total prize money : 15,110€ Vg players atm: i.imgur.com/dZoaJ.gif
2012-12-02 17:14
Sweden SPORiNG 
2012-12-02 17:21
:D :D
2012-12-02 19:08
Hahahahahaha epic :p:)
2012-12-03 09:49
2nd AMD Sapphire CS:GO Invitational
2012-12-02 17:20
2012-12-02 20:15
Well done NiP. Hope to see VG and other teams of course bringing a bigger chalenge!
2012-12-02 17:14
Anexis 10? O_O no! they are better:) but Area51 is 3,this guyz are sick:)
2012-12-02 17:18
great job hltv! this is exactly what we need to atracct players from other platforms. keep it going guys
2012-12-02 17:23
Amazing job hltv.org you are truly the best CS:GO website right now and it isn't even close
2012-12-02 17:26
very nice job. keep it up!
2012-12-02 17:31
NiP in first till the world ends xD
2012-12-02 17:31
nice ;)
2012-12-02 17:43
f0rest | 
Russia goodjob 
lol nip 27k? lol 10k ESWC ~22k DH Winter and ~4k DH Valencia
2012-12-02 17:45
France reakq  
It's in euros: DH Valencia -> 2,500€ DH Winter -> ~17,402€ (22,600$) ESWC -> ~7,700€ (10,000$) 7,700+17,402+2,500= ~27,602€
2012-12-02 17:50
f0rest | 
Russia goodjob 
oh i missed it :D
2012-12-03 16:48
january 2013 nip fnatic esc <3
2012-12-02 17:48
January 2013 ScreaM joins VG 1. VG 2. NiP 3. fnatic
2012-12-02 17:52
Who would you kick from VG?
2012-12-02 23:11
2012-12-03 00:50
I kinda agree He's the one I would pick as well but that's only because they're not taking advantage of his awp skills (he was so good in CSS) But I could imagine that he also adds a tactical aspect to the game for VG so it's kinda a difficult decision And I don't think ScreaMs playing style would fit in VG
2012-12-03 01:04
f0rest | 
Russia goodjob 
January 2013 even if ScreaM joins VG 1.NiP 2-274182371893172381. any team
2012-12-03 16:49
gosu the best
2012-12-02 17:50
CS:GO made to return swedish teams to the top positions.
2012-12-02 17:51
Good job, reakq ;)
2012-12-02 17:58
WP by swedes. To bad changes is gonna come now, when cajunb is going to the military.
2012-12-02 18:14
nice reaq!
2012-12-02 18:19
2012-12-02 18:28
Tunisia edgg 
dafuq is snyggt
2012-12-02 21:21
smart or nice
2012-12-02 21:53
2012-12-02 22:03
"informantion" nice read btw :)
2012-12-02 18:33
Good job !
2012-12-02 19:01
Interesting read. NIP at the top, only for now :D
2012-12-02 19:15
2012-12-02 20:13
Lemondogs 5th? lawl
2012-12-02 20:22
when you lack imagination you plagerize.
2012-12-04 00:00
why the hell is the ranking banner with a pictures from battlefield? :)
2012-12-02 21:22
bla bla bla rename it in cs:nip:go
2012-12-02 22:50
It is so weird seeing a US and UK flag in the Top 5 rankings O_o
2012-12-02 23:00
*if* certain Euro teams make the right roster changes and other teams play hard and adjust this will be the last time you see that again ;))
2012-12-03 02:59
France reakq  
Coming from 1.6, it's also weird seeing a French flag in the Top 5 ;)
2012-12-03 12:39
United States mah9 
2012-12-02 23:37
couple days ago..there was thread with dream hack 2012 winter cs:go movie can some1 find it for me cause i tried and cant find it. . .
2012-12-03 01:17
nice job
2012-12-03 05:08
only 27k pricemoney, in lol you win double amount in one event. fail game
2012-12-03 09:57
2012-12-03 10:13
the header on the front page is terrible
2012-12-03 12:13
Lithuania fRc_ 
NiP very strong ;/// i hope some one will end this win streak.
2012-12-03 12:20
Progaming is easily top5 team, in eswc they received racist treatment and no respect. maybe in after more real lans the ranking will reveal closer to actuality
2012-12-03 17:12
China A7iE 
cs players >>>>>>> all
2012-12-03 18:36
2012-12-03 20:13
NiP so easy..
2012-12-03 22:36
lol k1ck above virtus zNation and alternate because of the last tournament group section xD
2012-12-03 23:58
why no buykey so ?
2012-12-04 01:35
France reakq  
Quite simply because this is the ranking until November and Sapphire AMD started the 1st December. You can see next to TOP20 the date of the last update.
2012-12-04 11:45
Cs 1.6 was a real c strike ,this what we are watching is call of duty,common there is poor skills of players except NiP and VG ,u kill man like in joke.Cs was something special,not this game of money,valve destroyed game scene ,because they want money.They not looking fans anymore.On any other hltv video u can see there are too much unliked videos.70 precent of likes is from source players ,be really.This is not a interesting game like cs 1.6 was.
2012-12-04 13:53
si si comprende
2012-12-05 08:26
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