Jul 27 2017 - 12:07 pm

Thorin's CS:GO Top 10 World Rankings - 27th July 2017

Thorin ranks the top 10 CS:GO teams in the world
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CS:GO has always struggled for a consistently updated and coherent set of World Rankings, with so many teams attending different events and the difficulty of judging the context of which event's results should count for more than another. Rather than construct some kind of elaborate point system and place my expertise into the task of allocating which would receive how many points, I've instead looked back over the recent form of each of the teams out there and determined, according to my own analysis and intuition, which team ranks where in my global top 10.

Offline results are the only ones I take into consideration. In general, I consider the results of a team across a range of around three months, with those at the beginning of that period being weighted a little less, in contrast to more recent tournament results. Finishes, consistency, current form and opponents faced are all factors to be weighed up and considered.

Since the last edition of the rankings we've had the PGL Krakow major and Dreamhack Atlanta.

These are my CS:GO Top 10 World Rankings for the 27th of July, 2017.

1. SK Gaming (coldzera, FalleN, fer, TACO and felps) [-]

Courtesy of ESL and Helena Kristiansson

Recent form:

IEM XII Sydney (1st)

EPL S5 Finals (3rd-4th)

DreamHack Summer (1st)

ECS S3 Finals (1st)

ESL One Cologne (1st)

PGL Krakow (5th-8th)

SK had perhaps the toughest outcome from the major, losing one of the best teams in the world in the quarter-final and only having been put in that position by losing a single Bo1 prior to that. A top eight at the major is decent enough for teams at the bottom of the rankings, but with SK sat at the top it doesn't mean a whole lot. Of course, neither does SK face the risk of dropping down, having such fantastic results over the last three months. Their resume of wins is so far ahead of others, in terms of both titles and games won, that they will retain this top spot for some time to come still. They did lose their cs_summit result, but that didn't feature many ranked wins.

2. FaZe (NiKo, Rain, kioShiMa, allu and karrigan) [-]

Courtesy of ESL

Recent form:

IEM XII Sydney (2nd)

ECS S3 Finals (2nd)

ESL One Cologne (3rd-4th)

PGL Krakow (15th-16th)

The major was a nightmare and disappointment for a FaZe team who legitimately were gunning for the title itself. Despite such an epic failure, FaZe's accomplishments over the last few months have been strong enough to ensure they continue to retain the second place here. Astralis is creeping closer, and now has a better resume of games won, so the battle for second place will be closely watched over the next couple of months.

3. Astralis (device, dupreeh, Kjaerbye, Xyp9x and gla1ve) [+1]

Recent form:

ELEAGUE Clash for Cash (1st)

IEM XII Sydney (3rd-4th)

ECS S3 Finals (3rd-4th)

PGL Krakow (3rd-4th)

Astralis have not made it to the final of any tournament in the last three months, but they have continued to finish in the top four of every tournament they have played at and the major was no different. Of course, Astralis looked on to potentially win the major after their win over SK, but top four is still a strong enough finish to move them past G2. Astralis have their big finishes at better tournaments than the French and have a very solid number of Bo1 and Bo3 wins.

4. G2 (shox, kennyS, apEX, NBK and bodyy) [-1]

Courtesy of Dreamhack and Jennika Ojala

Recent form:

Dreamhack Austin (3rd-4th)

Dreamhack Tours (1st)

EPL S5 Finals (1st)

ECS S3 Finals (5th-6th)

PGL Krakow Qualifier (Qual'd)

ESL One Cologne (5th-8th)

PGL Krakow (9th-11th)

G2 are another team crushed by the major but their inability to add a good placing didn't change the positive results they had a few months back and their heavy activity has helped keep them in good stead. G2 have a surprisingly good amount of ranked wins, with four Bo3 series as well as numerous single map wins. The major having so many upsets and particularly so many unranked teams going deep means that G2's own failure wasn't such a big problem, as the teams below them couldn't advance up to and past them.

5. Gambit (AdreN, mou, Dosia, HObbit and Zeus) [+2]

Courtesy of Dreamhack and Jennika Ojala

Recent form:

Dreamhack Austin (1st)

DreamHack Summer (5th-6th)

PGL Krakow (1st)

Gambit have been a ranked team since February of this year, but the highest they had reached was sixth, back in May. What always held Gambit back was lack of series wins, which has been where they have made strides in the last month or two. Winning the major is a massive result, but lack of activity has meant Gambit only had a win at the tier 2 tournament Dreamhack Austin to go along with it. Series wins over IMT and FNATIC look a lot better when put alongside a fresh Bo3 series win over Astralis.

As crazy as it might seem for a major winner to be ranked so slow, a major is not worth three times another big tier 1 tournament and Gambit must earn the result of their wins and placings to grab a higher up spot. For example, Gambit only has two Bo1 ranked wins, over G2 and HellRaisers.


6. Cloud9 (Skadoodle, Shroud, n0thing, Stewie2k and autimatic) [-1]

Courtesy of Dreamhack and Jennika Ojala

Recent form:

Dreamhack Austin (5th-6th)

EPL S5 Finals (11th-12th)

Americas Minor (1st)

DreamHack Summer (7th-8th)

ECS S3 Finals (3rd-4th)

PGL Krakow Qualifier (Qual'd)

ESL One Cologne (2nd)

PGL Krakow (9th-11th)

Cloud9's run to top five came without getting many ranked wins, so C9's failure to make up any ground at the major saw them leap-frogged by Gambit's win. C9 hold a solid ranking still, but they only have a ranked series win over Na`Vi. On the positive side, C9's big results came fairly recently, so they won't drop immediately without more placings or wins.

7. Immortals (kNg, HEN1, boltz, lucas1 and steel) [NEW]

Courtesy of Dreamhack and Adela Sznajder

Recent form:

Dreamhack Austin (2nd)

EPL S5 Finals (9th-10th)

Americas Minor (2nd)

DreamHack Summer (3rd-4th)

PGL Krakow Qualifier (Qual'd)

ESL One Cologne (12th-14th)

PGL Krakow (2nd)

Immortals managed the easiest run to a second place finish at the major in the game's history, along the way winning only once against a ranked team by defeating Na`Vi. They did get a map off Gambit, but none of their series wins were against ranked teams. Second place at a major is still worth a lot this far down the rankings, but IMT are not so close to making a deep run and lack a ranked series win of any kind over the last three months.

8. Virtus.pro (Snax, byali, pasha, NEO and TaZ) [NEW]

Courtesy of ESL

Recent form:

ELEAGUE Clash for Cash (2nd)

Adrenaline Cyber League (1st)

ESL One Cologne (15th-16th)

PGL Krakow (3rd-4th)

VP's slump this summer was a killer and saw them disappear from the rankings entire in June. Top four at a major has ensured VP made an appearance again. Surprisingly, VP have three ranked series wins, over HellRaisers, Na`Vi and North. That win at the Adrenaline Cyber League was significant in that sense. There's a long way to go before VP are considered an elite team again, but the major marked a welcome return to the top 10 for the Poles.

9. Na`Vi (GuardiaN, Edward, Seized, flamie and s1mple) [-3]

Courtesy of Dreamhack and Jussi Jaaskelainen

Recent form:

Dreamhack Tours (5th-6th)

EPL S5 Finals (9th-10th)

Adrenaline Cyber League (2nd)

ESL One Cologne (3rd-4th)

PGL Krakow (12th-14th)

A top four in Cologne, which many felt should have been a runners-up finish, was followed up with a poor finish at the major. Na`Vi have some placings to their name, but their only ranked win of any kind was against G2 at the aforementioned Cologne. Is Na`Vi set to drop out of the rankings for the first time in history? The CIS shuffle will seemingly impact that likelihood of that outcome massively.

10. FNATIC (olofm, dennis, KRiMZ, JW and flusha) [-2]

Courtesy of Dreamhack and Adela Sznajder

Recent form:

EPL S5 Finals (7th-8th)

DreamHack Summer (2nd)

ECS S3 Finals (7th-8th)

ESL One Cologne (9th-11th)

PGL Krakow (5th-8th)

FNATIC burst back into the rankings last time around but they could only add a top eight finish at the major. A very solid resume of Bo1 wins is joined by their sole ranked series win, defeating Gambit back at Dreamhack Summer. These results put them ahead of the likes of North, who had the better placings on paper but not in terms of ranked wins. FNATIC are on the brink of exiting the rankings once more, though a number of teams above are set to slip themselves.

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