October is very busy, including three major events at DreamHack Masters Malmö, StarSeries i-League Season 8, and BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen. It also includes small tournaments like the DreamHack Open Rotterdam, as well as the first round of ESL Pro League Season 10
Despite leaving early at DreamHack Masters Malmö, Evil Geniuses still climbed to number 1 in the world after the StarSeries championship. This is an event that neither Astralis nor Liquid attended, making EG's journey easier. Both teams were present at the BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen, but they didn't come in due to poor performance in the group stage.
Now, the top four teams have stabilized, with the number of points markedly different from each other. However, from the top 4 onwards, things are very unstable, especially from the 6th to 12th levels – teams only have a few points apart and are expected to change in the coming weeks.
Here is tSummarize the factors that influence the score of the teams on the rankings each month:
Rankings have the base score of teams based on the achievements they made in the previous year (achievement points). Then there is the "Form" score, which is calculated based on the personal achievements of the Player on the team and the results of the online competitions in the last 2 months. Lastly, there are LANs, which are based on the performance in offline tournaments over the last 3 months.
Also, if a team wants to keep their base score before the new month is counted, their lineup must hold at least three players last month. And as mentioned above, the results of the online competition only slightly affect the score in the "Form" and it is mainly calculated for the purpose of ranking some new teams to the rankings (this is possible. understand that LANs influence so much, teams who don't have offline competitions but want to get into the rankings are forced to try in online tournaments).
Here is the ranking of teams for the month 10/2019, the "+/-" signs represent the promotion and relegation of the teams, and the difference is when compared to the rankings in September 2019, not the rankings of teams by week.
Evil Geniuses takes the throne
Evil Geniuses jumped to No. 1 in the world after the StarSeries i-League Season 8 championship, with an overwhelming victory over fnatic in the final. This is the second title of the former NRG squad to have been in three weeks.
This is also the first time a team other than Astralis and Liquid has been the top team since April 2018. This shows that the two forces have dominated CSGO for the past year and a half. The Danish team has a chance to regain the No. 1 position at BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen but only reached 4th place in the tournament. Instead of returning to No. 1, Astralis now loses to 83 points.
Both Evil Geniuses and Astralis will attend IEM Beijing, starting from Thursday – this will be a ranking battle between the two teams. This will be the first LAN in the next 5 tournaments that the North American team will attend until the end of the year.
Liquid made it to the top 3
After Liquid won 6 major tournaments in a row and won Intel Grand Slam Season 2 in 63 days, it seemed like nothing was impossible with the North American team. However, the team soon returned to the ground after the holiday. In the four events of the season, the team has not yet reached the semi-finals of a LAN tournament and has gone home twice in the group stage.
4th place is Liquid's lowest ranking since August 2018 – when the team still has Epitacio “TACO” de Melo in the squad. Now lost 227 points to Evil Geniuses, while two months ago it was better than its opponent by more than 700 points.
Deciding not to attend IEM Beijing, Liquid will have 4 weeks to rest for the next LAN tournament, ECS Finals at the end of the month. This will be the first chance for Liquid to stabilize, but now the gap is too big to catch up.
ENCE slumps without brakes
The past few months have not been easy for ENCE. Finland team in the first half of the BLAST Pro Series Madrid championship and advanced to IEM Katowice Major with DreamHack Masters Dallas. However, after bringing in Miikka "suNny" Kemppi, things are slowly losing control.
After finishing fifth in the BLAST Pro Series Moscow, ENCE was eliminated from ESL One New York and DreamHack Masters Malmö in the group stage. This defeat pushed them down to 14th, leaving the top 10 for the first time in 9 months.
The next two weeks will be a holiday for the team. IEM Beijing and CS: GO Asia Championships may be the last events of ENCE of the year, and unless the team improves at these tournaments, they are at risk at home playing Christmas without being in the top 20 – here will be a big shock for the team that is largely in the top 5 in 2019.
Stress after top 6
The seven teams within the 70-point difference are a sign that the rankings of the top teams are still not stable, which will surely change much after one or two tournaments. Although the difference is quite small, some teams will definitely rise, while the rest will be relegated.
A good example is FaZe, who recently won the BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen and is currently ranked 9th, climbing 12 places from the previous week (but only 8 compared to last month). Their success combined with the upcoming tournaments – IEM Beijing, the ESL Pro League group stage and the high probability of Finals, as well as the BLAST Pro Series Global Finals – will provide plenty of opportunities for the team to improve their rankings. All these tournaments would mean nothing if FaZe fails to prove himself in Copenhagen; Nikola "NiKo" Kovač and Marcelo "Coldzera" David shone when FaZe defeated Astralis, Natus Vincere, then lifted the trophy when he won NiP.
Similar to FaZe, 100 Thieves (# 8) are a promotion team, NiP (# 7) has climbed up the ranks continuously. On the other hand, the two big names struggling are mousesports (# 11) and Natus Vincere (# 12).
Both teams' scores are slowly evaporating, and no tournament is coming up for themselves to attend. For Natus Vincere, it might be because the squad was new, but with mousesports, they had been together for 7 months, so there was no reason to remove the gauze themselves. mousesports lost to Virtus.pro, m1x, North and Heroic in the past 30 days. Failure that caused them to lose interest in ECS S8 FInals and EPICENTER, then leave early from StarSeries i-Leauge Season 8, certainly the team is relegated.
North reached the lowest rank ever
For many years, North has always been the shadow of Astralis. They try to catch up with their compatriot rivals but never achieve them. Sitting in FC Copenhagen Parken's office, the North management is probably recalling the peak days, while the team's performance is now at its lowest.
Many big names have left North in the past year, including Kristian "K0nfig" Wienecke and Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen. Even so, in their worst times, they were still in the top 15, with the recent highest ranking being 4th, after the DreamHack Masters Stockholm championship. North took René "Cajunb" Borg and looked quite promising under the leadership of Nicklas "Gade" Gade, competing against top teams fnatic and Astralis, beat mousesports in the top 10, and won a map from Vitality.
Things got worse, from October 21, North lost to MIBR and BIG, most importantly, they lost to every Danish team they met in the BO3 series: Copenhagen Flames, Tricked, and Heroic. As a result, North dropped to 20 (previously, North's lowest rank was 16 after mertz replaced k0nfig in February 2018), making things worse. They are now the fourth-ranked Danish team, behind Astralis, Heroic and Tricked.
North's next match on November 13 is the ESL Pro League group stage. During this period, the rebuilding stage is what is expected to happen, to ensure they do not go further into failure.
According to HLTV