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Thorin’s CS:GO World Rankings – 27th November 2019

Published: 27/Nov/2019 18:21 Updated: 27/Nov/2019 18:28

by Duncan "Thorin" Shields


When I originally launched my CS:GO World Rankings concept in 2014 there were no other attempts at a global ranking, regularly updated, of the world’s top teams.

Other rankings have since risen up and over time been tweaked to provide an accurate and reliable charting of the rise and fall of the many teams in the scene. What is lacking is an expert’s eye, to adjust for factors point-based systems cannot address, and explanation of the various positions.

My rankings run over an exact three month span, extending back three months prior to the date they are published, and encapsulating all offline results within that time span. This allows for a sense of how good a team is to be established after they have had time to accomplish multiple placings, but without unduly letting teams who were fantastic many months ago hang on to top rankings when the game and time has moved on.

As well as placings, the value of which is determined by the prestige of the tournament and the quality of the opposition in attendance, the opponents a team beats counts to their ranking. Teams who defeat Top 10 opponents, with the higher ranked teams more valuable scalps to claim, help determine their overall ranking and break ties with other teams who have similar kinds of placings. Likewise, victories in Best-of-3 (Bo3) series are of more value than Bo1 results and a single map won in a series over teams of a similar level. Unlike past editions of my rankings, I will also list the victories teams have had over ranked opponents.

When a team changes players then past results are counted at a proportionally lower value, based on how many remaining players were present at that time.

The key approach which changes the nature of these rankings is the addition of a tier-based system as well, taking cues from the “class” vernacular of the StarCraft: Brood War community of the 2000s and recent rankings by Esports Kingdom. S class are the elite teams, who can be expected to win tournaments. A class are the teams below them, good and capable of competing with them but not expected to be the favourite at tournaments featuring all the teams. B class are the teams below both of the previous tiers, solid sides and capable of being ranked but not top teams.

The importance of this change is that it prevents situations where the scene, perhaps due to roster moves or a lull in form, has few elite sides and so a team finds themselves ranked fifth who likely will never win a big tournament. In other eras, perhaps even the fourth and fifth ranked teams are championship material. The class system will signify as much.

27th August – 27th November 2019

Tournaments impacting the ranking (due to teams ranked attending)

Aug 23 – Sep 08 StarLadder Berlin Major 2019
Sep 09 – Sep 09 Arctic Invitational 2019
Sep 13 – Sep 14 BLAST Pro Series: Moscow 2019
Sep 18 – Sep 22 V4 Future Sports Festival – Budapest 2019
Sep 20 – Sep 22 Games Clash Masters 2019
Sep 26 – Sep 29 ESL One: New York 2019
Oct 01 – Oct 06 DreamHack Masters Malmö 2019
Oct 21 – Oct 27 StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 8
Nov 01 – Nov 02 BLAST Pro Series: Copenhagen 2019
Nov 07 – Nov 10 Intel Extreme Masters XIV – Beijing
Oct 08 – Nov 18 ESL Pro League Season 10 – Europe
Oct 08 – Nov 18 ESL Pro League Season 10 – Americas
Nov 20 – Nov 24 CS:GO Asia Championships 2019

B Class – Ranked but not top teams

10. Ninjas in Pyjamas [REZ, f0rest, Lekr0, Plopski and twist] [NEW]


Recent form:

  • StarLadder Berlin Major (15th-16th) [GTR]
  • BLAST Pro Series: Moscow (3rd) [GTR]
  • V4 Future Sports Festival – Budapest (5th-6th) [GTR]
  • DreamHack Masters Malmö (5th-6th)
  • StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 8 (7th-8th)
  • BLAST Pro Series: Copenhagen 2019 (2nd)


Bo3: EG (SLTV S8), Vit (EPL)

One map: AVAN (Blast Moscow), Na’Vi (Blast Moscow), mouz (DH Malmo), Ast (Blast Cop), TL (Blast Cop)

NiP entering the rankings again was not something many expected and even more so in such a feisty and competitive period. Sure, their line-up seems destined to be broken apart in the near future, but top eight at Starladder came with a ranked series win over EG and their finals run at Blast Copenhagen had them placing ahead of a number of much more favoured sides. NiP can fall so easily and probably will, but for now they again are considered a top 10 side.

9. FaZe Clan [NiKo, coldzera, rain, olof and broky] [NEW]


Recent form:

  • StarLadder Berlin Major (13th-14th) [GuardiaN and NEO]
  • ESL One: New York (7th-8th)
  • BLAST Pro Series: Copenhagen 2019 (1st)
  • Intel Extreme Masters XIV – Beijing (3rd-4th)


Bo3: Vit (EPL), EG (IEM Beijing), EG (IEM Beijing)

One map: mouz (Starladder Berlin), Ast (Blast Cop), Na’Vi (Blast Cop), Vit (IEM Beijing)

New York made FaZe’s coldzera move seem far from worth the enormous price it cost them monetarily. Recent form suggests there may yet be another chapter in the NiKo IGL story. Victory at Blast Copenhagen came against a seemingly strong field, but didn’t add many ranked wins, as is the nature of Blasts.

Top four at IEM Beijing doesn’t sound too crazy, but had olof and the gang beating EG in two Bo3 series, which absolutely should cause many around the scene to prick up their ears and get interested in FaZe again. They are fragging out, as has been the FaZe formula for some time, but when they all contribute to an event they again look like a line-up with a really high level aggregate of individual ability.

8. Team Liquid [EliGE, Twistzz, NAF, nitr0 and Stewie] [-6]


Recent form:

  • StarLadder Berlin Major (5th-8th)
  • ESL One: New York (3rd-4th)
  • DreamHack Masters Malmö (9th-12th)
  • BLAST Pro Series: Copenhagen 2019 (5th)


Bo3: Ren (EPL), North (Starladder Berlin), mouz (Starladder Berlin)

One map: Ast (ESL NY)

From indomitable monsters of the summer, Team Liquid have fallen rapidly following the major. Their only recent activity was a Blast Copenhagen appearance where they did essentially nothing. They’ve been to two tournaments in a row without even a ranked win. With such placings and wins I’m even forced to drop TL all the way down from S Class to B Class, even if the eye test suggests they’re better than some of the squads ranked above them. These are troubling times for the most skilled line-up CS:GO has ever seen.

7. mousesports [karrigan, ropz, chrisJ, frozen and w0xic] [+2]


Recent form:

  • StarLadder Berlin Major (9th-12th)
  • V4 Future Sports Festival – Budapest (3rd-4th)
  • DreamHack Masters Malmö (5th-6th)
  • StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 8 (9th-12th)
  • CS:GO Asia Championships 2019 (1st)


Bo3: EG (DH Malmo), AVAN (CAC), EG (CAC), ENCE (CAC)

One map: North (Starladder Berlin), Vit (DH Malmo), ENCE (CAC)

As one of the teams who didn’t make a roster move, mouz seemed sure to be muscled out of relevance by all of the big on-paper upgrades the scene seemed to be receiving. Instead, they climb two places by virtue of a victory at the CS:GO Asia Championship. ENCE might be a lot of empty calories in the server, but they are a ranked squad and they count as a win. Likewise, AVANGAR aren’t world beaters, but lose to mouz they did. Beating EG, for the second time in three events, was a big deal and showed some of the potential mouz has repeatedly hinted at but rarely capitalised upon.

Certainly, if TYLOO wins another round on inferno in regulation then mouz doesn’t have this new charge but that’s the nature of the game we play. mouz is a team with a decent set of placings and a pretty strong set of ranked wins, especially for a team in seventh place.

6. AVANGAR [Jame, qikert, buster, SANJI and AdreN] [-1]


Recent form:

  • StarLadder Berlin Major (2nd)
  • BLAST Pro Series: Moscow (1st)
  • StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 8 (9th-12th)
  • CS:GO Asia Championships 2019 (5th-6th)


Bo3: G2 (Starladder Berlin), Vit (Starladder Berlin)

One map: TL (Starladder Berlin), Na’Vi (Blast Moscow), ENCE (Blast Moscow)

AVANGAR are giving out wins to a lot of teams, but their previous results cannot help but keep them relevant, for now. Underwhelming runs elsewhere are placed in such context only when looking at the rankings. Look at the team with the eye test and they are performing well enough and often exceeding expectations. I expect AVANGAR to sink once their first placings disappear, but for now they continue to remain a ranked squad. Lack of new ranked wins will start to hurt sooner rather than later, though.

A Class – Top teams, but not championship favourites

5. Vitality [ZywOo, ALEX, apEX, shox and RpK] [-1]


Recent form:

  • StarLadder Berlin Major (5th-8th) [NBK]
  • DreamHack Masters Malmö (2nd)
  • StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 8 (7th-8th)
  • Intel Extreme Masters XIV – Beijing (3rd-4th)


Bo3: mouz (Starladder Berlin), ENCE (DH Malmo), mouz (DH Malmo), Na’Vi (DH Malmo)

One map: North (Starladder Berlin), FaZe (Starladder Berlin), 100T (IEM Beijing), FNC (EPL)

After a near win at Malmo following the shox trade, Vitality have looked rough. Their only ranked wins are two single map wins from EPL and IEM Beijing. Their top four finish at the latter tournament was pretty dry of quality. Vitality are one of the squads who have been feeding the rest of the top 10 wins nonstop and as such they will soon drop unless they can legitimately show themselves to be a top side, just by virtue of pumping up everyone else’s records.

4. 100 Thieves [jks, jkaem, Gratisfaction, Liazz and AZR] [+6]


Recent form:

  • StarLadder Berlin Major (3rd-4th)
  • StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 8 (4th)
  • Intel Extreme Masters XIV – Beijing (2nd)


Bo3: FaZe (Starladder Berlin), G2 (Starladder Berlin), ENCE (Starladder Berlin), FNC (SLTV S8), Vit (SLTV S8), ENCE (IEM Beijing), ENCE (IEM Beijing), Vit (IEM Beijing)

One map:

The former Renegades cracked top four at Starladder prior to moving to new organisation 100 Thieves and then immediately made new owner Nadeshot happy with a runners-up finish to Astralis at IEM Beijing. From hanging on to the final spot in the rankings last time and largely due to their major run, the Aussies have shown strong form and slapped a number of ranked wins on their resume to go with their two additional top placings.

Never before has an Oceanic team ever come close to this kind of ranking and it’s fitting that they are now acknowledged as one of the better teams in world Counter-Strike, not simply the best from their region and in amongst the pack of NA sides, due to their relocation. As matters stand right now, there’s plenty of reasons to imagine 100T can go into next year and continue to be a team reaching semi-finals and matching up well with the rest of the top 10.

3. FNATIC [KRiMZ, brollan, JW, flusha and Golden] [+3]

Recent form:

  • DreamHack Masters Malmö (1st)
  • StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 8 (2nd)


Bo3: Ast (DH Malmo), Vit (DH Malmo), mouz (SLTV S8), Vit (SLTV S8), Vit (EPL)

One map: EG (SLTV S8)

If FNATIC were supposed to be one tournament wonders after their epic Dreamhack run then they sure didn’t get the memo. At StarSeries S8, a double elimination tournament, they were one of the most potent teams in the field and appeared in another big final. Sure, they have feasted on repeatedly beating the new Vitality line-up, a squad they have firmly in their back pocket, but you can only beat who is put in front of you and Vitality were a team whose Summer run meant decay would not be quick.

The eye test tells me FNATIC doesn’t deserve S Class status, but if they continue to put big placings on the board and add more ranked wins then sooner or later they’ll force their way into that grouping.

S Class – Elite Teams

2. Evil Geniuses [CeRq, Brehze, ethan, tarik and stanislaw] [+1]


Recent form:

  • StarLadder Berlin Major (3rd-4th)
  • ESL One: New York (1st)
  • DreamHack Masters Malmö (15th-16th)
  • StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 8 (1st)
  • Intel Extreme Masters XIV – Beijing (5th-6th)
  • CS:GO Asia Championships 2019 (5th-6th)

Bo5: Ast (ESL NY)

Bo3: Ast (Starladder Berlin), FaZe (ESL NY), Ast (ESL NY), Ren (SLTV S8), FNC (SLTV S8), FNC (SLTV S8)

One map: TL (Starladder Berlin)

EG put another trophy in the cabinet at Starladder, an event which also added some solid ranked wins, but elsewhere they have been lacklustre, especially for a team so clearly capable and vying for the top spot. Not only did their runs at IEM Beijing and CAC end without a top four finish but they also produced zero ranked wins. EG can take the top spot, especially if they continue to prove so difficult a match-up for Astralis, but their inability to take care of lesser teams is omenous for their potential future as the world’s best team.

1. Astralis [device, dupreeh, Magisk, Xyp9x and gla1ve] [-]


Recent form:

  • StarLadder Berlin Major (1st)
  • ESL One: New York (2nd)
  • DreamHack Masters Malmö (3rd-4th)
  • BLAST Pro Series: Copenhagen 2019 (4th)
  • Intel Extreme Masters XIV – Beijing (1st)

Bo5: 100T (IEM Beijing)

Bo3: FNC (EPL), TL (Starladder Berlin), NRG (Starladder Berlin), TL (ESL NY), Vit (DH Malmo), 100T (IEM Beijing)

One map: G2 (Starladder Berlin), EG (ESL NY), TL (Blast Cop)

Failure at Blast Copenhagen might have disappointed the crowd in the Royal Arena but means little for Astralis’ ranking, not least since they followed it up with a flawless run at IEM Beijing, a tournament attended by key rival EG. The Danes have again established the best resume in Counter-Strike, with the best placings and number of ranked wins. Beating 100T in the IEM final brought back a ranked Bo5 to the table. It’s still tight at the top, with EG in theory keeping apace, but Astralis have a good chance of finishing the year as they began, on top.

A video featuring will becoming in a few days which summarises this top 10 and explains the placings in more detail and with more direct contrasts of teams competing for spots.


BLAST Premier Global Final – Vitality and Astralis through, Complexity out

Published: 22/Jan/2021 0:09

by Albert Petrosyan


BLAST Premier Global Final is finally underway! The grand finale of the 2020 BLAST season is going to see the best and most prestigious teams in the world compete for the chance to earn $1 million. Here’s the event schedule, stream and results. 

  • Evil Geniuses vs Team Liquid scheduled for 4:30pm CET
  • G2 fall short to astralis 1-2, Vitality sweep Liquid 2-0
  • NAVI eliminate Complexity 2-1

BLAST Premier Global Final: Stream

As with all other BLAST competitions, the 2020 Global Final will be broadcast live on their official Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded above for your convenience.

The tournament will likely also be live-streamed on BLAST’s YouTube channel, which is also where the VoDs for all the matches will be uploaded, so feel free to check that out if you missed any games throughout the event.

BLAST Premier Global Final: Schedule & results




Day 4 — Friday, January 22

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R2 Evil Geniuses vs Team Liquid 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R2 G2 vs NAVI 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 5 — Saturday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners Final Astralis vs Team Vitality 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 6 — Sunday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Consolidation Final TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 1 — Tuesday, January 19

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Astralis 2-1 Evil Geniuses 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R1 G2 2-1 FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Astralis & G2 edge through to semi-finals

Astralis opened by taking on Evil Geniuses in a three-game series, with the first map (Inferno) going the way of EG (16-14). The North American’s ability to convert pistol rounds was not enough to guarantee a second map, as both Overpass (16-8) and Vertigo (16-6) were claimed by the Danes. Xyp9x’s AUG proved too hot to handle on Overpasss — will we see it again?

G2 Esports vs FURIA was a much closer affair. G2 took the initiative on Inferno (16-12), snatching FURIA’s map pick. After falling short on Mirage (14-16), G2 bounced back on Nuke (16-10) to clinch the series. NiKo shined, as he clocked out with +20 frags, going 70-50 in three maps.

Day 2 — Wednesday, January 20

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Vitality 2-0 Complexity 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R1  NAVI 0-2 Team Liquid 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R1 Evil Geniuses 2-1 FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

FURIA bow out early, FalleN’s Liquid surprise Na’Vi

Complexity were unable to perform in their first series of the year, being swept on Mirage (9-16) and Dust2 (8-16). ZywOo shined, delivering 46 kills over two maps. 

A new-look Team Liquid pull the upset against NAVI, dispatching the CIS squad on Inferno (16-6) and Nuke (16-14). S1mple’s 36 kills on Nuke were not enough to keep his team in the upper bracket

Despite a convincing win on Inferno (16-9), FURIA fell short on Mirage (14-16) against Evil Geniuses. Stanislaw and co. followed up with a swift win on Nuke (16-6) to keep their tournament hopes alive.

Day 3 — Thursday, January 21

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R1 Complexity 1-2 NAVI 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R2 Astralis 2-1 G2 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R2 Vitality 2-0 Team Liquid 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Astralis and Vitality secure top-4, Complexity knocked out

Complexity were eliminated by NAVI after a 1-2 series. Electronic was the star of the show with 75 kills over three maps.

Astralis took down G2 Esports following a thrilling series. The Danes followed Dust2 (14-16) with wins on Vertigo (16-8) and Inferno (16-4) with Dupreeh displaying an impressive 91.5 ADR across three maps.

Team Liquid failed to overcome Vitality falling  short on Vertigo (11-16) after a close game on Nuke (14-16). ZywOo seemed unbeatable in clutches across both maps.

Blast Premier Global Final: Teams & players

Eight total teams will be in attendance at this year’s BLAST Global Final, all of them qualifying through a variety of competitions, such as the Spring Finals, Fall Finals and BLAST Premier Circuit.

Lots of eyes will be on Team Liquid, who will be with their new star acquisition, FalleN, after the Brazilian legend joined their ranks to replace Twistzz.

Team Qualified via Players
Astralis Fall Finals device, dupreeh, Xyp9x, gla1ve, Magisk, Bubzkji (s), zonic (C)
Complexity European Spring Finals blameF, RUSH, k0nfig, jks, JUGi, keita (C)
Evil Geniuses American Spring Finals Brehze, CeRq, Ethan, tarik, Stanislaw, zews (C)
FURIA Esports BLAST Premier Circuit yuurih, arT, VINI, KSCERATO, honda
G2 Esports BLAST Premier Circuit kennyS, AmaNEk, nexa, huNter-, NiKo, maLeK (C)
Team Liquid BLAST Premier Circuit ELiGE, NAF, Stewie2K, Grim, FalleN, moses (C)
Natus Vincere BLAST Premier Circuit flamie, s1mple, electronic, Boombl4, Perfecto, B1T (s), B1ad3 (C)
Team Vitality European Spring Finals apEX, RpK, ZywOo, shox, misutaaa, Nivera (s), XTQZZZ (C)

BLAST Premier Global Final: Final Placements

Eight teams are battling it out for their share of $1 million… Additionally, BLAST are gifting the winners an exclusive TW Steel watch to complement the $600k in cash.

Placement  Team Prize
1 TBD $600,000
2 TBD $200,000
3 TBD $80,000
4 TBD $50,000
5-6 TBD $20,000
7-8 Complexity $15,000