NOTE: This Ranking does not factor in the recent roster shuffles. Once they are fully complete we will update them all together, in order to keep consistency with place changes.
1. Team Empire (-)
Empire remains on top of the Rankings despite their failure to qualify for the Season 10 Finals in Japan. Their back-to-back titles in Season 9 and the Raleigh Major makes them the most dominant team in recent history, filling the vacancy filled by the decline of the G2 dynasty. Barring a catastrophic performance in the upcoming Pro League split, Empire will enter the Six Invitational 2020 as the number one team, and look to improve upon last year’s result where they reached the finals and fell 0-3 to a dominant G2 Esports.
Placements: (last six months)
2. G2 Esports (-)
G2 retains their spot at #2 in the ranking, but their position becomes ever more precarious. After failing to reach Tokoname and a group stage exit at Dreamhack Montreal, their run to the finals in Raleigh is looking more like a fluke than the return to form that their fans were hoping for. The upcoming OGA Pit Minor will determine if the team can right the ship, as well as serving as one of the squad’s last remaining chances to reach the Invitational to defend their title.
3. Natus Vincere (+9)
Na'Vi gains nine spots in the ranking after bringing home a title from Japan. The team had already risen quite far in the ranking after a surprise showing in the team’s first-ever season of Pro League, being placed twelfth heading into the event without having proven themselves on LAN. After winning Season 10 they’ve cemented themselves squarely as a contender in the months to come.
4. DarkZero Esports (+4)
The team that was longtime considered to be a strong team online but unable to put it together on LAN has broken through the quarter-final curse and achieved a top placing. Now widely considered to be the top team in NA, the upcoming US Nationals event should serve as a way to cement their status by winning the event, or pulling it back into question if they fail to come away with a title.
5. Team Secret (-)
Team Secret remains a top contender despite their failure to qualify for Pro League Season 11. After winning the Allied Esports Minor several months ago, and reaching the semi-finals of the Raleigh Major, the squad once again proved its strength by beating both Chaos and forZe 2-0 to reach the OGA PIT Minor, where the team will once again be tasked with proving themselves on LAN.
6. forZe (-2)
A team with a similar run of recent form to Team Secret, the Russian squad was just strong enough to earn a place in relegations where they claimed their Pro League spot next season, continuing the influx of CIS talent into the European Pro League, following in the footsteps of Team Empire. They were unable to qualify for the OGA Pit Minor after losing to Team Secret in the final game. After being given a second chance due to an APAC team dropping out of the event, the team was beset with technical woes, forfeiting a map and playing another with their coach in a loss to BDS. Now forZe will look to the Invitational Qualifiers to earn a spot at the world championship next year.
7. Giants Gaming (-4)
The Giants, who many in Europe were hoping would finally break their streak of early disappointments at tier-one LAN events, maintained their reputation by exiting in the first round of the Tokoname Finals. No less, they lost to APAC challengers Aerowolf, who had never played a game so significant as the S10 Finals, and had no business upsetting the European veterans. Because of this disappointment they drop from contenders for the top spot in the world to once again a quality team who can’t seem to make it happen in the big moments.
Fortunately for Liquid (but unfortunately for their LATAM rivals), the team remains the top team in Brazil largely due to the visa issues that plagued both FaZe and NiP leading up to the Season 10 Finals. Despite their shaky online performances before the Raleigh Major (the team gained ground towards a lan spot in the past three months, but came up one game short), on LAN the team has been solid, with a finals appearance at Dreamhack Montreal and victory over FaZe in the BR6 finals. Liquid will get another chance to prove themselves in OGA PIT, but face BDS as a formidable first-round opponent, in a ‘win or go home’ situation.
9. Team SoloMid (-2)
TSM, shortly after having their future look so bright as one of the rising teams in North America, now faces uncertainty after multiple roster swaps that leaves the team looking very different from the rosters which placed top-eight at the Raleigh Major and subsequently won Dreamhack Montreal. After these swaps the team was able to improve their performance in Pro League enough to avoid a relegations spot, and so looks to further improve in the upcoming Season 11 and the Six Invitational.
10. Team Reciprocity (+4)
Reciprocity returns to the top ten after a long drought of middling results following the team’s previous high point: a top four placing at the Six Invitational last February. Following that performance the team declined somewhat, failing to reach Pro League Finals in Milan, as well as failing to qualify for the summer Major. On LAN they had mixed results as well, reaching top eight at Dreamhack Valencia but were eliminated in groups in Montreal. Now the team has had a resurgence, narrowly edging out longtime powerhouse Evil Geniuses to reach Tokoname and earning a top-four spot once there, including a close match where they took a map off eventual-champions NaVi. Now the squad looks to continue to prove themselves at the upcoming US Nationals and the Six Invitational.
To read more about how the ranking is calculated, check out our blog post explaining the system.
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