The big movers this week were two teams who surprised many at the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice event in Poland.
The now No. 9 Immortals had been quiet outside of North America, having not competed in an international competition for quite some time and never with this new lineup including Lincoln "fnx" Lau. The team had won seven of its last ten matches, with two of those losses coming against its Brazilian brothers in No. 3 SK Gaming prior to traveling to Poland. With question marks going into IEM Katowice, Immortals did well to help put its fans minds at ease.
Immortals now hold a record of 5-5 in its last ten matches, however, it made a semifinal run, taking down the likes of No. 1, 7, and 10, Astralis, NiP, and Fnatic respectively in best-of-one matches on its way to the playoffs. In the playoffs, the Brazilians managed to defeat No. 5 North in a best-of-three, an impressive feat and one that helped to solidify its abilities as best-of-three matches certainly hold more weight than one and done games. Immortals will need to find consistency in these results to move any higher than its current placement as the top level is fierce. Should the squad bomb out at the next event, it will quickly find itself back outside the top 10.
Now No. 18, Heroic was the No. 21 team in the WWG CSGO Team Rankings heading into IEM. The third-best Danish squad was joined by the recognized top two teams in Denmark in the playoffs, showcasing the countries dominance in CSGO currently.
Heroic has seen highs and lows but over the last few months after seeing Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander leave the squad for Astralis, the team has put up better results. Wins over No. 8, 14, 16, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports, and mousesports respectively, in the last month showed the team could compete. Victories against North and Virtus.pro in this event as well as pushing Astralis to the brink with two 12-16 maps has only added stock to the roster who recently rounded out its squad with the addition of Jakob "JUGi" Hansen.
If Heroic can keep its momentum moving forward, it has the makes to become a top 12 team with an event or two under its belt.