Astralis keep their first place in world rankings in this week’s updated list.
What’s truly impressive in the feat is the 1,000 points they have accumulated in the last 365 days. If it doesn’t seem like much to you, please let me tell you that Natus Vincere, at the second place, are 426 points behind with a score of 574. Are you not entertained?
Astralis’ lead on top of the world got to astronomical figures in large part thanks to two consecutive victories at major events, namely the ESL Season 7 Finals in Dallas and the ECS Season 5 Finals in London, where they lost a combined total of one map.
As mentioned, Natus Vincere are number two currently. This is more a consequence of FaZe’s semi-final exit from ECS Season 5 Finals than anything Na’Vi did, as they rested last week. FaZe lost points from their winning effort in the ECS Europe qualifier last year and couldn’t make up for them at the ECS Finals which cost them one spot in the rankings.
Mousesports and Liquid are firmly stuck at fourth and fifth position, respectively, with more than 100 points dividing the two and the teams ahead or behind them. SK and fnatic switch places, with SK leapfrogging the Swedes. SK played in the minor Moche XL tournament on the weekend and won it, which proved to be more fruitful than fnatic’s group stage exit from the ECS Season 5 Finals.
NRG is the climber this week, moving ahead of Cloud9, North and NiP to reach eighth position. NRG had a good couple of weeks with a final appearance in the StarSeries i-League Season 5 and a semi-final at the ECS Season 5 Finals. Cloud9 dropped out of the ECS in the group, while North and NiP haven’t played since the StarSeries, all factors that weighed in NRG’s ascent.
A little further down the scale, French team G2 returns to the top 20 despite being eliminated early in London while Bulgarians Windigo enter the top 30 after six consecutive wins in the Balkan League.