CS:GO was one of the few major esports that quickly welcomed online competition after COVID-19 forced tournament organizers to cancel the events. But it also means that it is a little bit more hard to break down which teams really had the best year.
Overall, it isn’t hard to pick out the team that dominated 2020, but since there wasn’t many inter region competition, the statistics clearly skew to Europe since many of the top teams in the world play in that region.
This just means that European events are more important because the level of competition for squads like Astralis is higher than other teams playing in a normal North American tournament.
With all of that, here are the seven teams that stood out during the wild 2020 format based on positioning at big events, stats from HLTV, and a few other metrics.
OG – CS:GO
In first year operating a CS:GO roster, OG made a huge impact on the competitive scene, quickly becoming a top five finisher at most S-tier tournaments.
Led by former ENCE headliner Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen, the team rose up the ranks and have maintained a top ranking without one of their players being in HLTV top 50.
With a solid team play and coverage, OG finished well in several major events, as well as second at Intel Extreme Masters XV – New York Online: Europe and Flash point Season Two. Heading into 2021, the team will be trying to get its first major win.
As the only Non-EU roster on the list, FURIA finally made the jump many have been expecting, targeting another year of consistent improvement and making the top cut but only in one of the 17 tournaments they competed in throughout 2020.
Yuri “yuurih” Santos, he is a standout player, along with his teammates dominated events in American and managed to play with the best teams in the world too.
FURIA finished up winning four of the events and finishing in the top three in six others, as well as DreamHack Masters Winter 2020: Europe, together with wins against the likes of Heroic and OG.
Astralis – CS:GO
Another top spot for Astralis after closing out 2020 with a total of three big wins, as well as the previous one at Intel Extreme Masters XV: Global Challenge.
This is Astralis third year in a row sitting on the top the CS:GO rankings, including a three peat as the number one ranked team on HLTV’s World ranking.
But the team did struggle over the summer, dropping to their lowest point in the world rankings since Nov. 2016, before jumping right back up to number one by mid-October.
Just observing the final three games, Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz and Astralis played at Intel Extreme Masters XV, they cope and take down Vitality, Na’Vi, and Team Liquid all in a row to win the tournament.
That alone is showing how strong Astralis’ roster is , four years after they came together with the organization.
BIG were plausibly the most dominant squad competing over the summer, winning massive tournaments like Dream-Hack Open Summer 2020: Europe and cs_summit 6 Online: Europe, winning over Team Vitality and Heroic, among other strong players.
They did have a huge drop-off in October. But by the end of the year, Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz had the team come back in top shape, finishing third at BLAST Premier: Fall 2020 and Intel Extreme Masters XV.
Heroic – CS:GO
Heroic are the first of the few teams that made a leap in 2020, breaking into the top tier of the competitive CS:GO rosters by taking on the top team and doing so with a roster that went through a strange change in April.
Casper “cadiaN” Møller and the team were supposed to be procured by FunPlus Phoenix in March, but the deal fell off and after a month of playing with the new organization, all five players went back to the Heroic roster.
After settling back and making some moves, as well as bringing on OpTic Gaming mainstay and former Heroic player Nikolaj “niko” Kristensen, the team was off to the races.
With the wins at DreamHack Open Fall 2020 and ESL One: Cologne 2020 Online – over the likes of Team Vitality and Astralis, Heroic were one of 2020’s biggest success stories.