Berlin International Gaming, better known as BIG, have become the no.1 team in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive world rankings following their title-winning run at cs_summit 6.
It is the first time the German side have achieved that feat, and it comes on the back of an impressive run of form since Counter-Strike esports tournaments shifted to online play as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Online tournaments are known to produce more upsets than LAN events, and BIG have taken full advantage of the format by winning five titles since the turn of the year. That list includes three high-profile competitions: DreamHack Open Leipzig 2020, DreamHack Masters Spring 2020: Europe, and now cs_summit 6 Online: Europe.
At the cs_summit, the German squad finished second in the group stage but went on to produce a strong run through the playoffs. There, Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz and his crew won the first two rounds against GODSENT (2-0) and Fnatic (2-0) but were unfortunate to lose to Team Vitaly (1-2) in the upper bracket finals. They bounced back, however, edging out OG (2-1) to set up a 3-2 revenge win over Vitality in the grand finals.
By winning cs_summit 6, BIG pocketed 2,000 Regional Major Ranking (RMR) points to go eighth in the standings behind FaZe Clan, Ninjas in Pyjamas, ENCE, GODSENT, Astralis, G2 Esports, and Vitality, who have earned 3,535 RMR points thus far to guarantee a spot at the US $2 million ESL One: Rio 2020 Major in November 2020.
BIG’s performance through cs_summit 6 was just as impressive as their run at DreamHack Masters Spring, where tabseN and co. topped their group, swept FaZe twice, and reverse-swept G2 Esports in the best-of-five (Bo5) grand finals with 16-5 on Nuke, 16-6 on Dust II and 19-17 on Mirage.
The latest CS:GO world rankings update shows BIG at the top of the standings with 851 points, which is just three points ahead of Vitality in second and 96 points ahead of Evil Genuises in third. The former no.1 team and IEM Katowice champions, Natus Vincere, are fourth with 738 points, while G2 Esports are now ranked fifth with 689 points.
The best-performing player for BIG across the past three months has been Florian “syrsoN” Rische (1.21 rating), followed by Ismailcan “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş (1.20), tabseN (1.18), Tizian “tiziaN” Feldbusch (1.06) and Nils “k1to” Gruhne (1.05).
CS:GO world rankings – top 10
- BIG – 851 points
- Team Vitality – 848 points
- Evil Geniuses – 755 points
- Natus Vincere – 738 points
- G2 Esports – 689 points
- Fnatic – 640 points
- FaZe Clan – 579 points
- Team Liquid – 578 points
- FURIA – 540 points
- Astralis – 500 points