Making CSGO betting predictions means that you are going to need to know who the best CSGO teams are at the moment. All of the best esports betting sites, such as Pinnacle and Betway, offer you odds on the outright winners of the best tournaments, as well as who will win each match, so it’s essential that you recognize who the most consistent teams are.
Most newcomers to CSGO betting often get confused by the sheer quantity of CSGO teams currently operating. Unusual team names like Windigo, AVANGAR and Quantum Bellator Fire certainly aren’t as instantly identifiable as traditional sports teams like Manchester United and Real Madrid. So we are going to have a look at the best CSGO teams of all-time so that you know who is likely to give you a decent return on your next CSGO bet.
Top 10 of All Time – Our rundown of the best CSGO teams ever
Making a shortlist of the best CSGO teams of all-time was never going to be an easy task. We’ve seen great recent form from respected esports organizations like Vitality, BIG and Heroic, but these teams haven’t quite managed to make the cut.
So whilst our rundown of the best CSGO teams is probably going to get a lot of criticism from pages about CSGO betting on Reddit, we think that the following ten esports organizations have given us the best CSGO teams of all time..
There is no denying the fact that the current Fnatic team are easily amongst the all-time greats. Thanks to the efforts of top CSGO players like the dependable KRiMZ and the wildcard star, JW, it seems Fnatic are just going from strength to strength.
They field a stable roster for the past four years featuring Brollan and Golden on top of the already established KRiMZ/JW duo.
And this is exactly what really makes Fnatic formidable as an opponent. They have an unparalleled ability to work together as a team. Ever since they won DreamHack Winter 2015, the team has gone on winning spurts for the last 5 years. Their most recent “big money” achievement is a victory against mousesports and the trophy at ESL Pro League Season 11: Europe.
Fnatic takes the top spot not because of their current form, but as a team that has been at the top of the scene for almost two decades. Read through the following list of names and you will find some of the best CS:GO players ever have all been part of Fnatic over the years: f0rest, cArn, GeT_RiGhT, flusha, Deplan, xizt, Xyp9x, karrigan, olofmeister, Lekr0.
Their ability to scout talent and build formidable lineups year upon year is what makes Fnatic the best CSGO teams ever in our books.
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Whilst Astralis have only been around for a handful of years, they quickly shot up the rankings and stayed at the top for way too long.
Much of the attention on the team tends to fall on the incredible skill of their star player, dev1ce, but it’s the way that CSGO aces like dupreeh and Xyp9x always seem to be in the right place at the right time that makes Astralis such a formidable side. The entire lineup of Astralis should always be a part of your CSGO fantasy esports picks.
The Danish team first came to our attention when they managed to shock the esports world with a triumphant victory over OpTic Gaming in the Esports Championship Series in 2016. And once they managed to destroy FaZe Clan in the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship, we knew that we were in the presence of one of the all-time greats. Over the next years Astralis honed their skill to become the ultimate team to beat in the CS:GO scene.
Even in 2020, Astralis had a horrendous year, dropping out of favor and burning out their players. And yet we’ve seen the greatness of the clan as they quietly re-trained and refocused throughout the summer and came back to top the rankings at the end of the year.
They might not have the legacy and history of some of the teams on this list, but Astralis is definitely the best CSGO team right now.
3. Ninjas in Pyjamas
The Swedish esports organisation, Ninjas in Pyjamas, have always been a dominant force in CSGO. Whilst many people hark back to the 2012-2013 era where the team won the Electronic Sports World Cup in emphatic fashion, or even further back when Tommy “Potti” Ingemarsson founded the organization and shaped the Counter-Strike scene, it’s clear that Ninjas in Pyjamas still offer plenty of value for your esports bets.
NiP lost two of the legendary players that were the heart and soul of the team. Both f0rest and GeT_RiGhT left the roster to pursue their luck with Team Dignitas. The final “great” on the roster in Lekr0 also left the roster in the end of the 2020 season. The team however, has performed surprisingly well after all these departures. They are still considered among the top teams globally despite constantly shifting rosters.
Much like Fnatic, there is plenty of tradition and legacy behind the NiP name and this is what ranks them so high on our all-time list. A season or two cannot dwindle down the greatness of the Ninjas in Pyjamas. It is about time we get to witness them dominate again.
4. Natus Vincere
NaVi have grown to be the ultimate powerhouse in competitive CS:GO and together with Fnatic and Astralis fights for the title of best csgo team of all time. After the glorious three-peat of trophies at IEM Season IV, ESWC 2010 and WCG 2010, NaVi has continued to be the top contender in the CS:GO scene uninterrupted for almost a decade.
Results greatly improved after acquiring now superstar Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev back in 2016. The stability provided by Edward and Zeus who competed in NaVi all the way back from CS 1.6 and the fresh aim by S1mple, NaVi quickly became the fiercest opponent to meet in a best of series.
While the latter two retired from the scene, electronic and flamie are still going strong and providing the stability required for the team to find new talent as the seasons go by.
Natus Vincere is currently the reigning IEM Katowice 2020 champion and was the worlds #1 CSGO team as recently as June 2020.
Mousesports (Mouz) is among the oldest active esports organizations in the competitive scene. Dating back all the way to 2002, mouz has been featured in some of the oldest frag videos and featured in some of the earliest competitive Counter-Strike tournaments.
Together with NiP and fnatic who are both featured on this list, they were the founders of the original G7 Teams. Their storied history continues in 2020 led by Finn “karrigan” Andersen who competed in both the 1.6 and CS:GO lineup of the team.
They are currently among the Top 10 teams in the Global Rankings. Their most recent achievements include the trophies at ESL Pro League Season 10 and ICE Challenge 2020.
Virtus.pro is an organization that defined the Counter-Strike CIS region for almost two decades. They are also a team that fields a roster uninterrupted since 2003. They do however have severe ups and downs in their performance.
Since 2019, Virtus.pro has a completely different logo, a new lease on life, and an entirely new lineup of players. We assume that most people will avoid betting on Virtus.pro in CS:GO matches because of the previous lineup’s terrible performance during 2018. But the “new” lineup got in some practice together over the past year and crowned the end of 2020 with a double whammy winning Flashpoint Season 2 and DreamHack Open December 2020.
Coming into 2021, VP shows much promise and should once again become one of your top picks as they climb the CSGO Power Rankings.
7. FaZe Clan
Although FaZe Clan have been big players in the Call of Duty scene, there is no denying the fact that they are one of the CSGO all-time greats.
Whilst the side narrowly lost out to Cloud9 in 2018’s Eleague Major: Boston tournament, their decisive victory over Team Liquid in the ESL One: New York competition in 2017 has shown us that they have what it takes to go the distance. They performed exceedingly well in the last few years. The team even managed to to win multiple big events with different stand-ins: IEM Sydney 2018 with Xizt, ESL One: Belo Horizonte 2018 with cromen and BLAST Pro Series: Miami 2019 with AdreN.
The recent retirement of team superstar Nikola “NiKo” Kovač, might cause worry among fans. Yet, the retirement has brought another all time great back to the team in Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer. FaZe Clan excels at harboring the best new talent on the scene and we have no doubt they are making a big show in 2021 as well.
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Complexity Gaming (COL) is another legendary CS:GO team coming to our list. They were defining team for North American Counter-Strike in the early 2000s, and a formidable opponent at major events such as ESWC and CPL.
Their superior results are now part of a bygone era as CoL has struggled to retain relevance in the last few years. The new decade however, might be marked by a resurgence of Complexity on the global scene.
The newly re-formed roster featuring Will “RUSH” Wierzba and Benjamin “blameF” Bremer has shown promising results in 2020. Complexity is now a staple top 10 team at most Major events, and are back on track to becoming a part of the best teams in csgo right now.
Cloud9 had an excellent run in early 2018 as they claimed the ELEAGUE Boston Major trophy in their home country, but they’ve fallen to pieces since then. Constant player drops and roster swaps has put Cloud9 in a very dangerous situation. No matter how hard they try, there’s no denying that Cloud9 will never reach their peak again until they lock down a strong roster of players that can actually play alongside each other.
This is exactly what the organisation decided in 2020, bringing in Henry “HenryG” Greer as a manager and building a 5 million dollar super roster to compete for the title once again. The current roster of floppy, ALEX, mezii, woxic and es3tag is built to take numbers and make money. This year is the defining year for c9, as the team might make or break themselves in the following months.
Made in Brasil or mibr is another legacy name in the CS:GO scene. On the backs of Raphael “cogu” Camargo, mibr brought South America into the Counter Strike world and was the defining team of the entire region. With the rise of CS:GO, the team went under, until Immortals acquired the rights to the name mibr and rebuilt the team by acquiring the SK-Gaming roster.
Once again, mibr was the strongest team coming out of Brasil and a contender for the trophy at every Major CS:GO event. And just as their predecessors, the new roster found internal strife and issues with their organization and mibr found themselves tanking and losing their entire lineup once again in 2020.
They enter 2021 without a coach or roster after FalleN was acquired by Team Liquid. They are now seeking to rebuild once again into a premier CSGO team, and are part of this list simple because we know the great potential mibr has of rising up to the challenge year upon year.
Who didn’t quite make our shortlist of the best CSGO teams?
It’s incredibly difficult to narrow the greatest CSGO teams down to just ten selections. Many CSGO fans will be shocked that we didn’t include teams like Liquid or Vitality in our shortlist.
Similarly, there’s no denying the fact that teams like BIG, G2 and Renegades have been putting in some excellent recent results.
But whilst it pains us to omit top CSGO sides like North, FURIA, and Heroic, we had to keep it limited to just the ten teams who can provide you win regardless of season as they have managed to perform admirably throughout the years.
Knowing the best teams is essential for your predictions
There is no denying the fact that CSGO is a team sport. Whilst there are plenty of top CSGO players like S1mple, Flusha and Karrigan who should always be factored into your esports betting strategies, it’s always how a team operates as whole that will determine your betting success. The players themselves should always be a staple part of your CSGO Fantasy Draft as well, but when it comes to betting a whole team’s performance is what we are after.
The best CSGO teams always seem to have a telepathic ability to work together to crush the opposition. Whilst the leader always coordinates a team’s efforts, the roles of riflers, lurkers and snipers must come together to become more than just a collection of talented players.
Anybody who has asked about CSGO betting advice on resources like Reddit will know that you always get plenty of contradictory answers.
Who are going to be the best CSGO teams in 2021?
There are plenty of “Top 10 CSGO teams right now” rankings and lists out there, but most of them base their rankings on semi flawed methodologies or seasonal performance that doesn’t truly reflect the day to day betting practices. The list below is aggregated based on individual player metrics, most recent team scrims and taking into account team location, player cohesion and coaching staff. With this in mind, here are the expected best CSGO teams this season.
- Natus Vincere
- Evil Geniuses
Concluding thoughts on the best CSGO teams of all time
We have to emphasise the fact that all of the best CSGO teams slip up every now and then. Esports is infamous for its unpredictability, and even the most surefire bet has a nasty habit of letting us down at the worst possible moment.
But rather than letting that fact put you off placing your CSGO bets, it’s a good idea to use it to your advantage by doing plenty of research and carrying out a thorough examination of the bookies’ odds to ensure that even the most risky of bets has a decent chance of providing you with some handy winnings. Through experience we’ve learned that Betway frequently offers competitive odds on top esports tournament.