Top 10 ESPORTS Teams of 2019 by Competition Results
Many publications dutifully chronicle individual players and rosters regardless of game, and this year The Esports Observer has ranked the best performing team organizations and/or ownership groups based on their competitive performance across the top games. These kinds of lists will appeal to a broader esports audience, but we feel there is valuable insight in seeing which team names consistently rank high across the ecosystem. In traditional sports, many clubs compete across multiple sports, and many North American sports leagues share franchise owners, but esports is rather unique. One esports team brand can be worn across a dozen games, and whenever a new competitive title emerges there is a fever pitch to sign players while salaries are still low.
We assigned a score to every esports team organization or ownership group, based on how their teams placed in top leagues and tournaments in the following games:
- League of Legends
- Dota 2
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
- Call of Duty
- Rocket League
- StarCraft ll
- Clash Royale
- Rainbow 6: Siege
- PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG)
This list includes esports companies that host multiple teams under a single name, and companies which run rosters under entirely different brand names.
The reason for this is, again, to chart how successfully individual team owners and company managers can run an esports business—even if only from the perspective of competition results.
#1 Team Liquid
1st place, ESL One Cologne (CS: GO)
Team Liquid competes in more esports titles than almost any other organization, and its roster of over 60+ players collectively performed at a very high standard. These accomplishments alone would place them at number one, but Team Liquid players also won the Clash Royale League world finals, placed in the top ten in multiple key Fortnite events, and finished in the top five throughout the PUBG European League season and in two international competitions.
#2 Faze Clan
1st place, GLL Grand Slam (PUBG)
Born as a Call of Duty team, Faze Clan. Despite not winning to many championships, its overall strong performance nearly pushed it to the top of the list.
The brand currently hosts one of the best performing PUBG TEAMS, which won two seasonal phases in Europe, runner up at the PUBG Global Championship, and the GLL Grand Slam global event.
The organization´s R6 Team was repeatedly successful in Latin America, and Fortnite FaZe Clan players dominated duos competitions, for both Secret Skirmish, and Fortnite World Cup.
1st Place, DreamHack Masters Malmö (CS: GO)
Fnatic kept up its strong position in European League of Legends this year, taking part in both LEC arena events, including a memorable, close summer final against G2 Esports.
The organization picked up a notable Counter-Strike trophy in Malmö and several second-place finishes. It’s mostly Australian R6 team also won the Asia Pacific division twice in the year, finishing a semi-finalist in the overall season nine competition.
#4 NRG ESPORTS
NRG Esports its affiliated Overwatch League Team, the San Francisco Shock, were season champions and the first team to complete a “golden stage.”
In Rocket League the organization remained dominant with back-to-back North America RLCS victories, as well as a World Championship win in December.
it achieved semi-final finishes in both ECS and ESL Pro League seasons as well as the Berlin Major. Last but not least, NRG also signed on Shane “EpikWhale” Cotton shortly before he placed third in the Fortnite World Cup solos competition.
#5 G2 Esports
1st place, Mid-Season Invitational (League of Legends)
In League of Legends, G2 Esports nearly became the first team in history to win the game’s ‘grand slam,’ having won both its regional seasons and the Mid-season Invitational.
G2 Esports was a runner up in the ESL Pro League Season Nine, and won the Six Invitational 2019 (R6).
ENCE’s PUBG division won the first of three phases that make up the game’s competitive season, in the European league. But it’s in StarCraft II that ENCE earned most of its points, with Joona “Serral” Sotala taking multiple trophies and finalist finishes throughout 2019.
#7 Evil Geniuses
Evil Geniuses have been a staple of the Dota 2 scene since 2011, winning the game’s top tournament, The International (TI) in 2015.
This year the organization reentered CS: GO in September, accomplishing top-six finishes in nearly all subsequent competitions. Its R6 team was also a finalist in the Pro League Season Nine.
#8 Team Vitality
1st place, RLCS Season 7 Finals (Rocket League)
Team Vitality is a great example of an all-around performer in esports. Its League of Legends team made two respectable playoffs runs in the LEC this year.
Team Vitality finalist finishes at ESL One Cologne and Dreamhack Masters Malmö. Rocket League saw the brand at its best, with Renault Vitality lifting an RLCS trophy, and just missing out on lifting a second.
#9 Ninjas in Pyjamas
1st place, StarLadder Ukraine Minor (Dota 2)
NiP was founded as a Counter Strike clan all the way back in 2000, and its CS: GO team dominated the scene between 2012-2014.
In 2019 Dota 2, NiP dropped early from TI9, but did place in the top six in the Disneyland Paris Major and ESL One Katowice events. The NiP name also found some success in the Latin American R6 scene.
#10 Cloud 9 / ASTRAILS
Cloud9 1st place, Starladder Berlin Major (CS: GO)
Astrails Group1st place, DreamHack Pro Circuit: Dallas 2019 (Rocket League)
The Danes won both annual Valve Major championships, building a winning streak from their Major victory in 2018. Cloud9 also won a Counter-Strike Major back in 2018, and though its tournament victories across esports were slim this year, they still performed consistently. The Los Angeles-based brand was the runner-up in the League of Legends Championship Series Summer split regular season and playoffs, acquiring enough championship points to compete in the game’s World Championships.