As week one of the ESL Pro League wraps up, let's take a look at which teams are poised to make their move up or down in the WWG CSGO Team Rankings. You can get a full look at what goes into the rankings here on the right side of the rankings page. The new rankings come out every Monday and include the addition of any matches played between Monday-Sunday the week prior along with the remainder of matches in the previous 90 days.
Movin' on up:
No. 10 OpTic Gaming: This team was ranked fourth just two weeks ago after an impressive end to the year. However, an earlier than expected exit at the ELEAGUE Major saw the team drop to No. 7 and now No. 10. A 4-0 start in the ESL Pro League will help to increase the teams stock, although not by much as its two opponents aren't exactly top of the pack. Selfless Gaming is unranked and Renegades is No. 18.
No. 17 mousesports: mousesports has struggled for some time now, failing to make any real noise in the scene outside of the occasional win on Cache or Dust2. Electing to bench Chris "chrisJ" de Jong seems to have helped at least in the short term as a 3-1 start to the season had followed. The best part? That record includes a 2-0 sweep of No. 6 Ninjas in Pyjamas and a 1-1 split again the No. 1 team in the world, Astralis. Bad news? It appears star player NiKo is heading to No. 4 FaZe Clan which means the chances of further success just became severely unlikely.
No. 23 Kinguin: Even with its Polish rivals No. 3 Virtus.pro still on the horizon, Kinguin should expect a nice bump in the rankings thanks to strength of schedule alongside a 2-0 victory over FaZe Clan. This team has shown it has upset potential with a win over Virtus.pro as the WESG Grand Finals and should not be completely counted out to take a map from VP. Either way, Kinguin should reach as high as 15 with losses and even higher with wins, however unlikely.
Fallin' on down:
No. 6 Ninjas in Pyjamas: After failing to qualify for the ELEAGUE Major, the first Major without the Ninjas, things have not looked good for the Swedish side. An 0-4 start to ESL Pro League is digging a deep hole for the team to attempt to climb out of. Although No. 13 Heroic is looking good after it's recent results in the IEM Katowice Qualifier, a 2-0 of NiP is still painful to see for fans and following it up with another 2-0 defeat by mousesports is just cruel and unusual punishment. With both teams being ranked to slow, the results should have a significant impact on the Ninjas ranking. NiP elected to steer clear of the Swedish shuffle but unless things change, questions will begin to arise as to whether it was the smartest decision in terms of performance.
Rest of the week:
No. 14 G2 Esports: G2 should see a nice bump of two to three spots if it can defeat its French brothers on No. 8 Team EnVyUs, its only match of the week. A 2-0 sweep would give it a quality bump while potentially moving EnVyUs two to three spots down.
No. 12 Team EnVyUs: As mentioned above, a potential 0-2 against G2 may actually be a 0-4 as the Frenchmen take on No. 4 FaZe Clan in the following match. If this week goes as expected, EnVyUs could switch spots with G2 completely and drop between the No. 13 and 15 rank.
No. 18 HellRaisers: Taking on unranked but solid LDLC could either see little, if any, move up with a win while potentially dropping the team to the bottom of the top 25 with a loss. HellRaisers need to pull off a win here against an LDLC weakened by the loss of Alexandre "xms" Forté to EnVyUs in order to keep its stock from dropping too much. If LDLC pull it off, it could see itself break into the top 25 as high as the 24 spot.