Steven R. November 5, 2020
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is entering a busy season over the next month, and a lot has changed over the last two weeks. DreamHack Open Fall 2020 and BLAST Premier: Fall both wrapped up and resulted in some big changes to the rankings.
Though there weren’t many enormous jumps, there were still some interesting changes that came about. Here is how things stand ahead of IEM Beijing and Flashpoint Season 2:
Vitality tops BIG, Na’Vi with strong October
French squad Vitality had a strong October that included a top-four placement in IEM New York, second place in DreamHack Open Fall, and a top placement in its group in BLAST Premier Fall. Vitality went 10-2 in October against consistently strong competition, which was enough to let Vitality climb up into second place over BIG and Natus Vincere.
Though Vitality is in a great position, it still has a lot of work to do before it catches up to top-ranked team Astralis. The four-time champions welcomed back Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth and the clutch minister is off to a strong start in his return.
For the first time in a long while, Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut and Vitality have started to look consistent. They have some work to do, but they may be up to the task.
Furia tops the Americas after IEM New York
Since online play became standard in CSGO, Furia Esports has been on a serious upswing. With the exception of cs_summit 6, the Brazilian team has placed in the top three of every event it has competed in. Most recently, Furia took first place in IEM New York thanks in part to the team defeating Evil Geniuses in 2-0 fashion twice.
With that, Furia climbed from seventh place to fifth, while Evil Geniuses dropped to sixth. This has Furia also standing above eighth-ranked Team Liquid as the best team in the Americas.
Furia has come as far as it could have in Americas events, but the team could climb further with a strong performance in the BLAST Premier: Fall Showdown. That event will be a big part in determining the next set of rankings, and something all CSGO esports fans should keep an eye on.