CSGO Betting/CSGO Power Rankings | Top 3 teams to watch out for in 2019

CSGO Power Rankings | Top 3 teams to watch out for in 2019

It's really hard to track CSGO power rankings as new teams join the professional CSGO scene on a daily basis. Even though not all of them are quite successful, there are a few that have took the entire scene by storm.

In this article, we will look at the top 3 teams to watch out for in 2019. These CSGO teams have already made a name for themselves in just the first few month of 2019. So if you're looking to place a safe bet at the next big CSGO tournaments, be sure to wager your hard earned cash on the best. Now, let's have a look at everything related to their rosters, starting with tournaments they've attended, money earned in 2019 and a lot more, so read on.

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1. Astralis

Astralis are top dog in our CSGO Power Ranking. Some might argue that this spot should be occupied by Virtus.pro, but these guys came nowhere near Astralis. Furthermore, Virtus.pro was on a run well before professional CSGO scene became as popular.

Astralis won everything that they could possibly get their hands on. This Danish CSGO roster competed in 4 tournaments so far, of which 3, they've come out on top.

These are the tournaments in which Astralis took a part:

  • iBUYPOWER Masters 2019
  • IEM Katowice 2019
  • ECS Season 7 Europe Week 1
  • BLAST Pro Series São Paulo 2019

In their first tournament of 2019, Astralis competed in the US. Many were expecting Astralis to dominate everyone in the iBUYPOWER Masters 2019, but Liquid had other plans, as they managed to edge out Astralis in the Grand Finals decider.

After suffering their first defeat of the season, many CSGO fans thought that their era was over. Yet, they proved everyone wrong as they came back with vengeance in the IEM Katowice 2019 Major where they lost only one map over the entire course of the tournament.

ECS Season 7 Europe Week 1 was the the second tournament in a row where Astralis dominated everyone. No one came close to defeating them here, and once again they claimed that number one spot with ease.

The BLAST Pro Series São Paulo 2019 was the latest trophy in Astralis’ cabinet. Just like at the IEM Katowice 2019, Astralis only lost one map. This time round, Liquid was able to steal a map in front of the Danes.

All in all, Astralis has already won 3 tournaments and added a total of $637,000 to their winnings. It is going to be interesting to see if Astralis will be able to keep up with their streak.

2. Team Liquid

It feels like Team Liquid is always falling behind Astralis in almost every tournament. If you compare their stats in 2018, you will see that Liquid won tournaments that Astralis skipped. However, in early 2019 they were finally able to win a tournament, and they did it with style.

Believe it or not, Liquid played in all the same tournaments as Astralis. These are the tournaments Liquid CSGO roster participated in.

  • iBUYPOWER Masters 2019
  • IEM Katowice 2019
  • ECS Season 7 North America Week 1
  • BLAST Pro Series São Paulo 2019

Even though they were not as successful as Astralis, Liquid achieved solid results in these tournaments. Firstly they were able to edge out Astralis in the iBUYPOWER Masters 2019 grand final.

After an excellent performance at iBUYPOWER Masters, we were expecting great things from Liquid, but that's not what happened. ENCE stunned them in the first match of The New Champions Stage at the IEM Katowice. Liquid was eliminated as the 8th best team on the Major. Horrible result if you ask us.

In the ECS Season 7 North America Week 1, all of us were expecting to see Liquid claiming that number one spot. They barely had any competition in this tournament, and believe it or not, Liquid was eliminated as the fifth best team. Another poor showing from Liquid.

However, ECS Season 7 North America Week 1 was a wake-up call for Liquid. The BLAST Pro Series São Paulo 2019 was the tournament where they really stepped up the game, both at an individual level and as a team. Even though they fell short to Astralis once again, they had an excellent performance. This is their first tournament of the year where they were placed as the second best team of the tournament.

To conclude, Liquid participated in 4 tournaments so far in 2019 and they have won a total of $185,750. Even though some will find these results not so good, we dare to disagree, and we believe that Team Liquid is set to enhance their performance during the rest of the year.

3. ENCE

Unlike Astralis and Liquid, ENCE played 5 tournaments so far in 2019, Even though some of these were actually qualifiers, we will mention them because this young Finnish roster deserves all the recognition they can get.

Even though this CSGO roster did not play in all the tier 1 tournaments, they still competed against some of the best CSGO teams in 2019. Below you can find all the tournaments ENCE participated in:

  • Europe Minor – IEM Katowice 2019
  • ASUS ROG Winter 2019
  • IEM Katowice 2019 Main Qualifier
  • IEM Katowice 2019
  • BLAST Pro Series São Paulo 2019

As you can clearly see from this list, ENCE had to play a lot of qualifying matches prior to IEM Katowice 2019 Major. In the Europe Minor – IEM Katowice 2019 ENCE did not have any competition except Vitality. Yet, they finished as the best team of this qualifier.

After advancing through to the next Major qualifier, ENCE decided to take part in a Finnish CSGO tournament ASUS ROG Winter 2019. They did not have any competition here and they won this tournament without losing a map.

After winning two tournaments in a row, ENCE waited for their opponents at the IEM Katowice 2019 Main Qualifier. Even though ENCE did not claim that number one spot, they were still able to qualify for IEM Katowice 2019.

Despite going 0-2 in the IEM Katowice 2019, ENCE was able to mount a comeback and they were even successful against ever so strong Liquid. However, they had nothing against Astralis in the grand final. Still, this was definitely the best result this team has ever achieved.

After their plays at the IEM Katowice 2019, ENCE deserved their invite for the BLAST Pro Series São Paulo 2019. Once again they played at a high level throughout the entire tournament, but the grand final spot was stolen by Liquid. Sadly, ENCE fell short because of the round difference.

In conclusion, ENCE was able to win two smaller tournaments in 2019. Furthermore, they have also beaten MIBR in the BLAST Pro Standoff and they have also bagged themselves additional $20,000. This means that ENCE earned a total of $232,950 so far in 2019.

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