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Top 10 esports organizations of the decade

Published: 30/Dec/2019 19:49

by Scott Robertson

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As the decade comes to a close, we’re looking at the top 10 esports organizations of the 2010s, and the accomplishments and achievements that helped them stand out above the rest.

The growth of esports has been incredible in 2010, and as the scene has grown, so too has the number of companies looking to leave their mark on this rising industry.

Some orgs have fallen off and disappeared, while others are doing just fine, but some have risen to unimaginable heights in the past 10 years. Here are the 10 orgs who have set the standard for esports, whether it be in CSGO, Call of Duty, League of Legends or even a variety of games.

10. T1 (formerly SK Telecom T1)

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T1 won three LoL Worlds titles this decade.

When it comes to League of Legends and Starcraft, no organization has quite dominated Korea, and perhaps the world, like T1.

Prior to finalizing their rebrand this year, SK Telecom T1 have been the shining example of LoL dominance this decade. In their five Worlds appearances, the worst finish they posted was 3rd/4th in 2019, and they won three over four years between 2013-2016. While many star players have donned that jersey, none have shone brighter than the iconic and unflinching Faker.

T1’s Starcraft players have been winning events since the beginning of the decade, even as the scene shifted from Starcraft I to II. While they no longer compete in Starcraft, the T1 organization is already setting its sights on new scenes to dominate, including Dota 2, Apex Legends, and Fortnite.

9. Natus Vincere

StarLadderNatus Vincere have won titles in CSGO, Dota and Rainbow Six.

Natus Vincere have been a shining example of esports excellence in the CIS region. In the early years of the decade, during the Counter-Strike 1.6 era, the Ukrainian roster representing Na’Vi was one of the world’s best, and dominated 2010.

Since then, they’ve expanded their operations and built a winning culture around prolific stars across multiple esports titles. In CSGO, that star is s1mple and, although a Major eludes them (they came close at FACEIT London 2018), he has led Na’Vi to multiple championships, 

Earlier in the decade, their Dota 2 roster claimed the very first International, and appeared in the grand finals of the next two behind the iconic Dendi.

They also took home the Rainbow Six Siege Pro League Season 10 championship to close out the decade.

8. Astralis

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Astralis have been the best CSGO team this decade.

The other teams in this list have achieved success across multiple esports titles, and while Astralis have only ever competed in Counter-Strike since 2016, their dominance in that scene is so spectacular that they can’t be denied a spot in this list.

Astralis were formed from the core of the Team SoloMid CSGO roster, which they acquired from Dignitas. After adding in-game leader gla1ve and rounding out the roster with magisk, the familiar trio of dupreeh, xyp9x, and dev1ce emerged as a dominant force in Counter-Strike.

Astralis hold the record for most CSGO major victories at four, and have won the last three. They cruised to the first-ever Intel Grand Slam, and have become widely regarded as the best Counter-Strike team of all time.

7. Envy (formerly EnVyUs)

ActivisionEnvy won Cod Champs in 2016.

The Envy organization is known for its success in shooters, and they are maintaining their presence as franchising takes over.

Prior to moving its operations to North America, Envy’s French CSGO team had an impressive run in the middle part of the decade, when they were known as EnVyUs. From 2015 to 2017 they claimed titles at multiple events, and appeared in two straight Major grand finals in 2015, winning the second one at Dreamhack Cluj-Napoca.

Envy have been a mainstay in Call of Duty, Halo, and Overwatch. Their pre-OWL Overwatch team emerged as one of the scene’s best under the leadership of the late, great INTERNETHULK, before joining the league as the Dallas Fuel. They won multiple titles across numerous versions of Call of Duty as well, including a World Championship in 2016. They are still going, too, having joined the upcoming CDL as Dallas Empire.

6. OpTic Gaming

MLGOpTic Gaming’s CoD roster was the most popular in the world.

While today’s OpTic looks drastically different from the one that was on top of the world, the impact of this legendary organization can’t be denied.

OpTic was synonymous with the Call of Duty scene, and for good reason. They built stars within Call of Duty, not just by providing them an environment to win multiple championships, but by creating content around them that turned pro gamers into superstars. OpTic’s ability to compete in various shooter games, including Halo, CSGO, and Overwatch, and make good content around those rosters, was unparalleled.

While their lofty plans for expansion would backfire, what OpTic accomplished in CoD and other esports is more than enough to earn a spot on this list.

5. FaZe Clan

MLGFaZe have enjoyed success in content creation as well as competitive gaming.

The FaZe organization has built one of, if not the most impressive brands in all of esports. What started as essentially a YouTube channel dedicated to Call of Duty highlights has transformed into a global brand that is as much a lifestyle as it is a competitive esports organization.

FaZe Clan have been competitive as well. They’ve won multiple events in Call of Duty since they began competing in 2012, and will participate in the inaugural Call of Duty League as Atlanta FaZe.

Their success has branched out into other titles as well. Their CSGO roster has won numerous trophies since joining the scene in 2017, and their current roster looks like it could be one of  the world’s best in the next decade, too. They also house one of the biggest and most impressive Fortnite rosters in the world.

4. G2 Esports

Riot GamesG2 were brilliant in LoL in 2019.

G2 are well known for having championship pedigree in a variety of esports. They’ve won championships across Counter-Strike, League of Legends, and Rainbow Six Siege during the past decade, and have been consistent across those scenes as well as others.

Their CSGO division has been competitive since its 2015 inception, having won multiple events with various forms of mostly French rosters. They signed a Rainbow Six Siege team in 2018, and that roster immediately started chaining together trophy wins, resulting in a world championship at the Six Invitational 2019.

Their LoL squad has dominated the recent history of European League of Legends. They’ve won six of the past eight EU LCS/LEC splits, and have performed better and better at each Worlds. Their 2019 roster was considered one of the best rosters ever, and, having won both regional splits and MSI, they were one Worlds series win away from the perfect year.

3. Team Liquid

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Team Liquid have won championships in many different esports.

In a recent piece posted to the Player’s Lobby, Liquid owner Steve ‘Liquid112′ Archanet said he has always done things “the Liquid Way”. Plenty of teams should consider adopting that way for themselves, as the North American organization has racked up multiple championships across various esports.

Liquid began as a Starcraft clan and community site, and from humble beginnings, rose to global status through expansions and mergers. They also set high expectations for their pro players across all the esports they compete in.

Liquid have fielded championship-caliber rosters and players in an unprecedented number of different esports – League of Legends, CSGO, Dota 2, Starcraft, Super Smash Bros., and more.

2. Fnatic

ESLFnatic won two ESL One titles in 2015.

Fnatic were founded in the UK, but they are a global brand which has enjoyed great success in League of Legends and CSGO this decade.

They entered League of Legends in 2011, and have been a big name in the European scene since, claiming seven European LCS splits and making history as the first-ever winners of Worlds in 2011.

Fnatic made their name with an all-Swedish roster in Counter-Strike, starting with Source in 2004, before moving onto 1.6. However, they became truly dominant in CSGO this decade, winning their first major in 2013 and following it up with victories at ESL One Katowice and ESL One Cologne.

After a temporary lull, it looks like Fnatic are resurgent again in CSGO, winning Dreamhack Masters Malmo in 2019 and finishing second at ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals.

Fnatic fields teams and players across multiple titles to this day, but it was the championship pedigree that they established in Counter-Strike and LoL that was essential to building one of the biggest esports brands in Europe.

1. Cloud9 

ELEAGUECloud9 won the ELeague Boston Major in 2018.

Like many of the great North American brands, C9 got their start in League of Legends, when former TSM manager Jack Etienne became owner of the organization and reacquired the former NomNom roster from Quantic Gaming.

The roster of Balls, Meteos, Hai, Sneaky, and LemonNation became the foundation of a beloved American esports franchise, and the Sneaky Lemon Balls trio became the kind of meme material that Cloud 9 would become famous for.

Cloud 9 have appeared at every LoL Worlds since their inception, and have won two LCS splits and four North American Regional Finals. They’ve also won titles in numerous other esports, including a CSGO Major and an Overwatch League title via subsidiary London Spitfire.

Honorable mentions

It was tremendously difficult to narrow a list down to 10, so these organizations unfortunately just missed the cut, but are still worthy of an honorable mention.

  • Team SoloMid – A staple of North American League of Legends with a collection of NA LCS titles in their cabinet.
  • Virtus.Pro – A Polish powerhouse of an esports organization that has fielded legendary rosters in CSGO and Dota 2.
  • Evil Geniuses – A legendary North American organization synonymous with success in Dota 2 and R6 Siege. Ended 2019 on a high note with a long-awaited return to both LoL and CSGO.
  • NRG Esports – Ended the decade with an absolutely stellar 2019. Semi-finals at the CSGO Berlin Major, Overwatch League Season 2 champions with SF Shock, and a Rocket League World Championship along with plenty of other accomplishments.
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BLAST Premier Global Final – Vitality and Astralis through, Complexity out

Published: 22/Jan/2021 0:09

by Albert Petrosyan

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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

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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
TBD
7-8 Complexity $15,000
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