Epic ranking battles of history

Sebastian Lalic
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Illustration by NovaH. Source: ESL

Heroic vs. Vitality, begi- Oh, sorry. We got a bit carried away by the bit there. What we meant to say was: The HTLV ranking has been updated, and Vitality has to be a little peeved.

The French org has been put in #2, which might sound very good, and it is, but the team that’s taken #1? Heroic. The same Heroic that just lost to Vitality in the IEM Rio Grand Final. On paper, that sounds ludicrous, but if you’re not aware: The HLTV rankings are based on consistency over a longer period of time. Heroic has been more successful more often on average, granting them the 31 points they need to be clear of Vitality.

In a peek outside the top 2, the biggest riser in the top 30 is nonother than BIG; A perfect example of how short-term results can affect the ranking when you’re not around the most elite teams. Finishing 5-6th at IEM Rio gave them enough of a platform to get above the teams around them that had their points decay.

Our final team worth mentioning is Astralis, who has fallen down to #21. That’s significant because it’s the first time the organization has dropped below 20th in the world. Their previous low was exactly #20 after Magisk and Dupreeh left the team, really showing just how far they’ve fallen. Thank you Kasper Hvidt!

The updated Top 10 is:

#1 🇩🇰 Heroic

#2 🇪🇺 Vitality

#3 🇺🇦 NAVI

#4 🇪🇺 G2 Esports

#5 🇪🇺 FaZe

#6 🇷🇺 C9

#7 🇺🇸 Liquid

#8 🇧🇷 FURIA

#9 🇪🇺 ENCE

#10 🇷🇺 Virtus.pro

April 27, 2023

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