Team Liquid took out ESL One Cologne 2019 after a hard-fought battle against the French side of Vitality. This win let them take home $1,000,000 and become the second Intel Grand Slam winner, but what did it do for their tier ranking?
Reasons for Selected Teams (Movement or Roster Changes)
Team Liquid (+1): Welcome to the Liquid Era.
Vitality (+1): French CS is back and Vitality showed their grit battling all the way back through the lower bracket to compete with Team Liquid in the Grand Finals.
NaVi (+1): NaVi proved they haven't lost a step with their roster change and time off. Look to see them fighting for upcoming titles.
ENCE (-1): ENCE just looked bad. They have shown the ability to be an A Tier team, but not if they continue to perform like they did in Cologne.
NiP (+1): NiP's run was a pleasant surprise and gave a lot of long-time fans hope to see them in top form again.
FaZe (-1): The roster change clearly isn't working out for them.
BIG (+1): Though not as good as they were at last year's Cologne, BIG performed admirably at their home event.
Heroic (+1): Heroic continues their impressive run of play in recent appearances.
Explanation of Tiers
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.