Both of the big leagues came to a close and had massive LAN Grand Finals showing exactly what teams are ready to bring it just before the major. There were a lot of teams that underperformed and that is reflected in a number of down-ranks in this edition of the Tier Rankings.


S-Tier
A-Tier
 
Astralis
 
Liquid
 
ENCE
B-Tier
 
NaVi
 
FaZe
 
Vitality
 
NRG
 
mousesports
 
FURIA
 
G2
C-Tier
 
MIBR
 
NiP
 
Fnatic
 
Renegades
 
North
D-Tier
 
BIG
 
HellRaisers
 
AVANGAR
 
CR4ZY
 
Windigo
 
Heroic
 
Grayhound
 
Cloud9
 
OpTic
 
compLexity
 
Ancient
 
GamerLegion

Reasons for Selected Teams (Movement or Roster Changes)

NaVi (-1): When you look at the performance of the other A-Tier teams, NaVi simply does not belong up there

G2 (+1): G2 showed a lot of promise recently and managed to make it all the way to the Grand Finals and put up a good fight against Team Liquid

MIBR, NiP, Fnatic (-1): Three formerly great teams dropped down to C-Tier this week because of recent performances, roster changes and inconsistency.

BIG, HellRaisers, AVANGAR (-1): Some of these teams should have been moved down earlier, but now they will settle into D-Tier unless they can show some good performances in the upcoming tournaments.

Additionally, compLexity has reentered the rankings alongside newcomers Team Ancient and GamerLegion.

Finally, both MVP PK and Ghost Gaming have fallen off the rankings as well in this edition.


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.