2020 has crossed the halfway mark and despite worldwide healthcare issues, the CS:GO esports scene is alive and well. Let’s have a quick look at the ladder, focusing on the TOP 10 CS:GO teams in August 2020.
10. Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP), 335 pts / Sweden
hampus (in-game leader), THREAT (coach), REZ, Plopski, twist, nawwk
We open up the listing with NiP, a team that entered the CS:GO scene in 2012, but had participated in CS tournaments well before. The CS division was disbanded in 2007. They are the first CS:GO team to win a significant tournament with a stand-in - at SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 in 2016.
9. OG (Omega Gamers), 341 pts / International
Aleksib (in-game leader), ruggah (coach), NBK-, valde, ISSAA, mantuu
Multiple nationalities bound by friendship. A balanced team of CS:GO veterans and fresh blood. They began their journey in 2019 and their recent achievement is the 2nd place at Intel Extreme Masters XV - New York Online: European Qualifier in August 2020. They have a characteristic shield that they take with them to tournaments.
8. Heroic, 345 pts / Denmark
cadiaN (in-game leader), HUNDEN (coach), stavn, b0RUP, TeSeS, niko
The Danish heroes began their ascension in the ladder in 2016, and immediately after the team’s formation, they won Power-LAN 2016. This year’s achievements include the 1st place at #HomeSweetHome: Week 5 in May and LOOT.BET/CS Season 6 in June.
7. fnatic, 373 pts / Sweden
Golden (in-game leader), Samuelsson (coach), KRIMZ, JW, Brollan, flusha
A very successful team that joined CS in 2004 and had their first significant win in CS:GO in 2013. Their more recent significant achievements are 1st place at DreamHack Masters Malmö 2019 and 2nd place at ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals. Both wins were highly lucrative for the team, granting them a total of $180.000.
6. Faze Clan, 420 pts / International
NiKo (in-game leader), YNk (coach), rain, coldzera, broky, Kjaerbye
Faze joined competitive CS:GO in 2016 and some consider the team to be the first to include a truly international roster. Their recent achievements include 1st place at BLAST Pro Series: Copenhagen 2019 and 1st place at BLAST Pro Series: Miami 2019. Faze Clan is also known for their involvement in charity. In 2018, together with Legia Warsaw they prepared unique shirts that were sent to a the charity auction website – Charytatywni Allegro. More recently, in March 2020, they revealed the Fight 2 Fund, an event to support people affected by the pandemic, which raised more than $124.000.
5. Natus Vincere, 422 pts / Ukraine-Russia
Boombl4 (in-game leader), B1ad3 (coach), flamie, s1mple, electronic, Perfecto
Their name is the Latin for “born to conquer”, which reflects their achievements quite well. The team made its transition to CS:GO in 2012. Their most recent achievements include 1st place at StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7 where they won a whopping $250.000 prize, and another 1st place at Intel Extreme Masters XIV - World Championship that added another $250.000 sum to their bank. The Prime Minister of Ukraine met with the team in 2010 and they discussed the development of the IT industry in the country. The meeting also resulted in the enrollment of new Ukrainian players, supported by the government.
4. G2 esports, 535 pts / International
nexa (in-game leader), maLeK (coach), kennyS, JaCkz, AmaNEk, huNter-
The first CS roster for G2 Esports was established in 2015. So far the team has won a total of $2.296.354 in CS:GO only, which constitutes slightly above 2% of the game’s all-time prize pool of nearly $100.000.000. Their more recent achievements include 1st-3rd place at BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 Regular Season and the 2nd place at Intel Extreme Masters XIV - World Championship in March 2020.
3. Complexity, 618 pts / International
blameF (in-game leader), keita (coach), oBo, RUSH, k0nfig, poison
The organization deployed their first Counter-Strike team in 2004 and is one of the oldest teams that is still active on the Counter-Strike scene. In 2020, they achieved 1st place at BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals and 4th-6th place at BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 Regular Season. In late 2019, Complexity joined forces with Extra Life to support Children’s Hospitals in the USA.
2. Team Vitality, 640 pts / France
apex (in-game leader), XTQZZZ (coach), RpK, ZywOo, shox, misutaaa
The team has join CS:GO competitive gaming in 2018 and since then have acquired $1.145.204 in prize money. Their this year’s notable achievements include 1st-2nd place at BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Showdown in June and 2nd place at BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals the same month.
1. BIG (Berlin International Gaming), 978 pts / Germany-Turkey
tabseN (in-game leader), tow b (coach), tiziaN, XANTARES, syrsoN, k1to
With a huge advantage of over 300 pts, the 1st place on the podium goes to BIG, which had an incredible streak of success in recent months. The team climbed back in the ladder after significant roster changes in 2020. They won this year’s last six major tournaments, including DreamHack Open Leipzig 2020, #HomeSweetHome: Week 1, #HomeSweetHome: Week 2, DreamHack Masters Spring 2020: Europe, cs_summit 6 Online: Europe and DreamHack Open Summer 2020: Europe, solidifying their dominance in 2020.
BIG is on a killing spree this year, and it will be interesting to observe whether some team manages to finally dethrone the titan. With CS:GO tournaments happening right now, as well as several upcoming events, we will see if there are any unexpected rises and falls in the Top 10 World Ranking for CS:GO.