Esports historian and award-winning journalist, Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields, has put together his top 10 CS:GO teams following the Dreamhack Malmo 2019 tournament, with important competitions including the StarLadder Berlin Major and ESL One New York contributing.
Rankings run typically over a 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.