Grady has returned home from IEM Sydney and that means it is time for the team to sit down and try to figure out a new set of tier rankings. We have 2 teams dropping out of the rankings and three debuts, one of which is the highest debut of all time.


S-Tier
 
Astralis
A-Tier
 
NaVi
 
Liquid
B-Tier
 
ENCE
 
MIBR
 
FaZe
 
NiP
 
Renegades
 
Vitality
 
Fnatic
 
NRG
 
mousesports
C-Tier
 
BIG
 
HellRaisers
 
G2
 
North
 
AVANGAR
D-Tier
 
compLexity
 
TyLoo
 
Furia
 
ViCi
 
Valiance
 
Windigo
 
Heroic
 
Grayhound
 
MVP PK

Reasons for Selected Teams (Movement or Roster Changes)

ENCE (-1): Been almost a month since we've seen them in action.

mousesports (Debut): We think the new roster at least proved that they are able to play with some of the better teams out there. This is an initial ranking, and likley to be highly volatile until we get a good sample size to base a more permanent ranking off of.

AVANGAR (+1): AVANGAR have shown in recent tournaments that they are better than the D-Tier teams, do they belong with the C-Tier teams? Only time will tell.

Grayhound (Debut): A good showing at IEM Sydney has Grayhound back in the rankings.

MVP PK (Debut): Like Grayhound a decent showing at IEM Sydney has MVP PK back in the rankings.

Team Spirit and AGO were removed from the rankings.


Explanation of Tiers

  • S-Tier: Teams you expect to win every tournament they are in. They are the current kings of the Counter-Strike scene.
  • A-Tier: Teams that can be expected to easily beat teams in the tiers below, and may even upset an S-Tier team once in a while. Regularly makes the playoffs.
  • B-Tier: Teams that; Have shown recent potential or Former A-Tier teams with recent and extended periods of poor play.
  • C-Tier: Teams that; Have had decent showings at recent international LANs or Teams that may have dropped off recently, but have historically decent placements and can potentially make the playoffs.
  • D-Tier: Teams that have appeared at a few international LANs recently, likely via qualifiers, but have not shown skill consistently on the level of the other tiers. Rarely make playoffs if they ever have.
  • These rules are not exact, and they are not hard and fast. There are always exceptions. If there were not, it would become impossible to rank teams due to the nature of the game.