Natus Vincere’s win at IEM Katowice has brought them within a literal striking distance of Astralis on the HLTV rankings for the beginning of March 2020.
For the second time since 2016, the CIS team Natus Vincere clinches the no.1 spot in HTLV’s CS:GO global rankings, surpassing Astralis’ points and win-loss record from 2019 to 2020. The ranking is widely acknowledged as the most accurate representation of the annual performances and victories of professional CS:GO teams from different regions, including their race for the third Intel Grand Slam. Initially, Astralis and Team Liquid entered 2020 as the two strongest teams in the CS:GO competitive scene. They were head to head for the Intel Grand Slam Season 3 title and prize money, as both of them already clinched first and second seasons. Astralis, for one, has been in the no.1 position for four months after winning IEM Beijing in November 2019. Unfortunately for Astralis, Natus Vincere’s 2020 roster surprisingly became an unstoppable force. Na’Vi first beat Team Liquid’s record, as well as other runner-ups like Mousesports and G2 Esports. Then, they went on to beat Astralis to get to the top of the leaderboard by consistently winning major tournaments hosted by ESL and Dreamhack in 2020. Na’Vi finished second to Mousesports in ICE Challenge 2020, a major event.
This March, the team won IEM Katowice 2020, the first Masters ESL Pro Tour event of the year. Na’Vi eliminated Astralis in the semifinals and defeated G2 Esports in the grand finals of the same tournament. At press time, Na’Vi is 2-0 against Astralis in 2020. Although Astralis has garnered one of the highest point totals in the leaderboard, the team has yet to win a CS:GO major tournament in 2020. The rivalry of the two teams, as well as the other teams’ willingness to rise on top, continue at ESL Pro League Season 11 next week.
Natus Vincere (Latin for “born to conquer”), abbreviated Na’Vi, is an esports organization based in Ukraine. Founded in 2009, the organization has teams and players competing in various games, such as Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, FIFA, World of Tanks, Paladins, League of Legends, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Apex Legends, and Rainbow Six Siege. The Na’Vi Counter-Strike team was the first in history to win three premier tournaments — Intel Extreme Masters, Electronic Sports World Cup, and World Cyber Games 2010 — in one calendar year.
HLTV’s world ranking ranks the best teams in the competitive field of Counter-Strike Global Offensive. The ranking is updated weekly, and teams move up or down based on their recent performance in competitive matches over the last 2 months. While the rankings are widely acknowledged as the de facto leaderboard for CS:GO in the absence of a developer run league, there remain some issues with it. Namely, that some famous teams receive more invites to events than others, leading to many of the same teams remaining on the leaderboards far longer than they deserve, simply because they manage to luck into a win at an event their skill level has no business at. While these invites eventually fade away for teams that fail to perform at a top-level, it does lead to a situation where they take longer to decay off of the leaderboards.