DreamHack Montreal, arguably the Minor with the toughest lineup of teams to date, also produced arguably the most exciting and surprising set of matches ever seen at a Minor.
Read below to see the updated top ten, and check out the full ranking for a detailed breakdown.
To read more about how the ranking is calculated, check out our blog post explaining the system.
1. Team Empire
Team Empire are your defending Pro League champions and are also your Summer Major champions. With a fantastic 2019 so far, including a Grand Final appearance in the Six Invitational alongside their title wins (of which the Pro League was won on debut), it is undeniable that -- of now -- Empire truly are the best in Siege.
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2. G2 Esports
G2 Esports need little introduction, having won the bulk of what was on offer in 2017 and 2018. With their Six Invitational win in 2019, they became the first team to successfully defend their world championship crown, but were unable to hold on to the Summer Major title. Despite a strong run at the Six Major Raleigh, though, their inability to even get to the playoffs of DreamHack Montreal 2019 puts their number two spot in jeopardy.
3. Team Secret
Team Secret have been on a tear of late, having won the Allied Esports Minor title to secure qualification to the Six Major Raleigh, and then repeated their 2018 Summer Major performance to reach the semi-finals. Clearly, Team Secret has clearly been putting in the work and has improved dramatically from Season 9. They find themselves above the Vodafone Giants despite no games played since the previous update thanks to the latter’s achievements starting to fade, and will have to work hard in Season 10 Challenger League to stay there.
4. Vodafone Giants
Vodafone Giants (previously Looking For Org and LeStream Esport) now see themselves sit in fourth after strong second-place finishes in the Allied Esports Minor and DreamHack Valencia 2019, and their qualification to the Six Major playoffs, beating both Ninjas in Pyjamas and Evil Geniuses 2-0. With the Pro League going well for them too, it means that the Giants’ position is well-deserved. However, with their older achievements starting to fade, they slip below Team Secret -- though should have no problem climbing the ranks again once they begin beating Pro League teams once the season restarts.
Coming up in fifth place is forZe, maintaining their status earned in the last ranking release. However, their position is well explained by their run at the Six Major that saw them get to the semi-finals while dropping just one map, having beaten FaZe Clan 2-1, DarkZero Esports 2-0, and Vodafone Giants 2-0. While it is somewhat premature to say that their form is certain to continue, their recent play has made them a team to be feared.
6. Team SoloMid
TSM is the first North American team in the top ten, coming in hot on the Russians' heels thanks to their incredible DreamHack Montreal win after adding Jarvis and Gotcha as a player and coach, respectively. They climb three places after beating the Soniqs, FaZe Clan, Rogue, Team BDS, and Team Liquid in Canada, despite being tied for last place (on points) in NA Pro League. However, their win is a natural progression in their Best-of-Three journey that saw them cruise through the Raleigh Major qualifiers and the groups to make it to the quarter-finals there.
7. Team Liquid
Also climbing three places is Team Liquid, who make it so far after a near-dominant DreamHack Montreal run, despite only being in fourth place in the Pro League. In Canada, defeating Luminosity Gaming and G2 Esports in the groups was followed up by wins over the Soniqs and Evil Geniuses, though they lost to TSM in the Grand Final. Their BR6 victory and the strong second place in Montreal means that Liquid are looking good for a comeback to being feared globally.
8. FaZe Clan
FaZe Clan see drop to eighth after their quarter-finals run at the Six Major was negated to an extent by their failure to make it out of the group stages at DreamHack Montreal. In particular, the fact that FaZe only beat BYOC team Super Nova while losing to both Team SoloMid and the Soniqs means that they see a two-place drop, as their BR6 and Raleigh Major performances grow further away.
9. Spacestation Gaming
Spacestation Gaming marks the second entry in the top-ten from North America, right off the heels of their DreamHack Montreal quarter-finals appearance. Having swapped Chala out for Canadian, they eventually lost to Evil Geniuses and now are just a mere 16 points ahead of them in the rankings. This follows their playoff appearance at the Six Major Raleigh, though that was prior to their roster change and will need time to determine if it was the right choice.
10. Evil Geniuses
Evil Geniuses, on the other hand, suffer yet another drop, going from eighth to tenth place following their DreamHack Montreal semi-finals run after losing Canadian to SSG. This follows a disappointing showing at the Six Major Raleigh, where they failed to make it out of the groups, but with Modigga seeming to fit in well, things are looking up for a post-Canadian Evil Geniuses era.