Gambit, Heroic, NAVI are the top three of Thorin's rankings
eSports analyst Duncan "Thorin" Shields presented an updated version of his own ranking of the best teams in the world. The first three places were taken by the representatives of the CIS region Gambit, Heroic and NAVI.
Thorin's ranking was based on the results of the professional scene over the past three months. He ranked the ten strongest teams, dividing them into three classes.
- Covers the previous three months, to the date.
- Previously covered only LAN performances but, until the wide scale return of LAN competition, is now entirely online.
- Only real tournaments and not individual qualifiers (i.e. Dreamhack Open qualifier) are counted.
- Results are based on beating a team ranked top 10 at the time on a map or in a series.
- "One map" results can be Best-of-1 (Bo1) or winning a map in a series.
- Team changes result in a reduction in the weight of that result, though during this period I have decided not to punish teams utilising legitimate sixth men, as this has been a development in CS:GO.
- The "Class" system, hailing back to Korean StarCraft: Brood War, helps characterise how strong the teams are beyond mere ranking number and victories.
Time span: 8th March 2020 - 8th June 2021
Tournaments (or tournament portions) impacting the ranking (due to teams ranked attending):
Mar 08 - Apr 11 ESL Pro League Season 13 [Online]
Mar 08 - Mar 10 Snow Sweet Snow #2 [Online]
Mar 08 - Apr 04 Pinnacle Cup [Online]
Mar 10 - Mar 14 DreamHack Open March 2021: North America [Online]
Mar 19 - Mar 21 Winstrike CIS Cup Spring 2021 [Online]
Mar 15 - Apr 07 BLAST Premier: Spring Showdown 2021 [Online]
Mar 23 - Mar 25 Fantasyexpo Cup Spring 2021 [Online]
Apr 12 - May 05 Spring Sweet Spring #1 [Online]
Apr 13 - Apr 18 Snow Sweet Snow #3 [Online]
Apr 19 - Apr 26 Funspark ULTI 2020 [Online]
Apr 29 - May 09 DreamHack Masters Spring 2021 [Online]
May 10 - Jun 02 Spring Sweet Spring #2 [Online]
May 10 - May 30 Flashpoint Season 3 [Online]
May 12 - May 30 EPIC CIS League Spring 2021 [Online] [NEW]
May 20 - May 30 cs_summit 8 [Online] [NEW]
Jun 03 - Jun 13 Intel Extreme Masters Season XVI - Summer [Online] [NEW]
S Class - Elite Teams
- 1. Gambit
- 2. Heroic
- 3. NAVI
A Class - Top teams, but not championship favorites
- 4. G2
- 5. NIP
- 6. Virtus.pro
B Class - Ranked but not top teams
- 7. Astralis
- 8. mousesports
- 9. Liquid
- 10. Team Spirit
Shields noted that in addition to his own opinion of the strength of the teams represented, the rankings were influenced by their matches against each other.