Fnatic have climbed their way to the top of CS:GO global rankings for the third time in their history following the Monday's weekly ranking update.
The Swedish CS:GO powerhouse has overtaken the reigning IEM Katowice champions Natus Vincere for the top spot after the IEM Katowice matches expired from the Form sub-cathegory, which only takes into consideration the results over the last eight weeks, and based on those numbers, there is no team that can beat Fnatic.
Natus Vincere spent the last two months as the leading CS:GO team in the world after Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov and co. dethroned Astralis in the wake of their title-winning run in Poland. Unfortunately, the Ukrainian squad failed to solidify themselves as the top CS:GO team in the world after their failed attempts at hoisting the ESL Pro League Season 11 title, as they had to instead settle for a fourth-place finish in which Fnatic beat mousesports to the title.
Fnatic first stood at the top of the global rankings back in October 2015, when the ranking was introduced. The Swedes, however, only held to that spot for merely three weeks, before they got overtaken by Team SoloMid, who featured the core of current Astralis roster, including Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth, Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen and Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz, as well as ex-Astralis IGL Finn "karrigan" Andersen.
The Swedes returned to the top of global rankings before the end of the year and spent almost four months as the No.1 team before they got overthrown by Natus Vincere, who secured two back-to-back silver medals at the MLG Columbus Major and at DreamHack Masters Malmö. Now Maikil "Golden" Selim and co. returned the favour and passed NaVi on the global rankings to be once more officially recognised as the best CS:GO team in the world.
With the rankings update, Fnatic sit at the top with 818 points, followed by NaVi with 788 and Astralis at third with 781 points. Mousesports sit at fourth place with 745 points, Team Liquid at fifth with 586, G2 at sixth with 509, followed by Evil Geniuses with 417, FaZe with 378, Vitality with 317 and 100 Thieves at 10th spot with 295 points next to their name.
The 10th-20th rankings are as follows: FURIA (264), MAD Lions (259), Ninjas in Pyjamas (254), OG (225), MiBR (216), BIG (210), forZe (195), GODSENT (173), Spirit (166) and Virtus.pro (153).
We can expect the rankings to remain mostly the same up until the end of ESL One: Road to Rio tournaments in Europe and North America, which is the next big competition that could potentially shift the balance of power. Just like ESL Pro League Season 11, ESL One: Road to Rio will be treated as achievements, although the tournament is played online and it hardly reflects the true strength of the teams. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the current CS:GO competitive landscape has to settle with online tournaments until the pandemic ends and we can return to LAN tournaments.
As it stands now, Fnatic are sitting at the sixth place in Group A at ESL One: Road to Rio with a 1-1 record. So far they have lost to ENCE (0-2) and defeated Astralis (2-1). Their next match is slated for Tuesday when Fnatic will clash with Dignitas at 15:00 CEST.
Written by KrajnikT
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