It is easy to see that the world of CSGO esports changes rapidly and is absolutely dynamic. Every couple of weeks, the best teams perform roster changes or continue their tenure with multiple trophies, with dynasties and shows of dominance constantly making the tournaments a true competition.
While some teams are technically ‘“better” than their counterparts, there’s no exact single team that absolutely sits at the number one spot on a permanent level. With each passing tournament in 2022, the best CSGO teams change in a constant manner for better or worse, however, we can always look at the present and analyze which teams are playing out of this world.
In this list, we’re taking a look at the best CSGO teams based on their most recent performance and titles gained. We’re also taking into consideration how they match up to their counterparts in this list, via head matches and top finishes.
Let’s first start with a little bit of background. In 2021, there was a dull couple of months in terms of overall talent and ability in the world of csgo betting. It was theorized that this was mostly caused by the change in format to online play, as a result of the pandemic.
However, a return to live for CSGO esports came along thanks to its return to LAN format, as players definitely seem to appreciate the hype coming from the crowd and their teammates. It’s a much more competitive scene nowadays as usual, with the best CSGO players in the world looking to make a name for themselves in front of thousands of live fans and millions of online viewers.
In the section below, we can say that the top three teams arguably are currently the “most dominant” due to their consistency in results, however, upsets did happen in the last few months. It’s an ever-changing and dynamic esports scene, and within a matter of weeks, any lower-ranked teams on this list may have already come to fruition and battle against the teams in the top spot.
Since 2022 kicked off, FaZe Clan came out of the gate swinging, effortlessly reaching heights in all tournaments they have participated in, walking through their opponents, and securing a few trophies along the way. Following a winning streak, Karrigan (a scene veteran), stepped in to fill Olofmeister’s spot, bringing his world-renown in-game leadership abilities to a mechanically star-studded FaZe Clan team. At the start of the year, FaZe Clan finally bolstered its squad with young talent with ropz, something fans were hoping for, as previous iterations of the team focused more on veterancy.
Since competitions in 2022 started, FaZe Clan has blinked to the top of both the ESL and HLTV rankings. The team achieved first place at the IEM Katowice tournament, stomping G2 in a 3-0 final that awarded them a $400,000 prize. Just a couple of weeks later FaZe Clan won the ESL Pro League Season XV, granting them a $190,000 prize. Lastly, at the start of February, the team secured a 1st and 3rd finish in the BLAST Premier Spring Groups competition.
At this point, it is expected for FaZe Clan to continue their dominance this year, as they are definite favorites due to their consistency and now good core between veterans and mechanical young prodigies.
Right at the end of 2021, Na’Vi breezed through the PGL Stockholm Major, and the best player in the history of CSGO S1mple secured his first-ever Major victory. It was a huge moment for both the team and the Ukrainian superstar as it finally consolidated his legacy. Since then, Na’Vi has remained a relatively strong force in the CSGO environment. In 2022, Natus Vincere was still at the top of the HLTV CSGO rankings by a long shot, however sadly dropping behind FaZe Clan around the April mark, due to the lack of 1st place finishes compared to last year.
In terms of individual talent, there are some incredible players within Na’Vi’s current roster. Behind their direct rivals FaZe Clan, Natus Vincere sits in second place on most of the analysts’ rankings. They’re expected to rival FaZe in all competitions this year, currently with a head-to-head record of 1-1 in competitions, particularly on the Major tournament stages.
Na’ Vi is looking to come back to their old form from 2021, as currently, they have managed to win just one major trophy, the BLAST Premier: Spring Finals 2022. Unfortunately due to the recent controversy surrounding the roster including their in-game leader Boombl4, it will be harder to start bringing more titles home.
By this point, G2 is a staple name within the CSGO esports and competitive scene. Starting in 2013, G2 Esports has been working hard to become one of the strongest organizations in the industry, and its history within CSGO definitely has some ups and downs. In recent years, G2 has become one of the best CSGO teams to watch and follow in recent tournaments. While G2 had a hard year in 2021 that led to many unfortunate second-place finishes, there are high expectations for the team to go above and beyond in the rest of 2022.
Last year, G2 almost won the top prize at the BLAST Premier: Spring Showdown, IEM Cologne, the PGL Major Stockholm event, and at IEM Katowice in February of 2022. It is sadly a trend for them at this point, but G2 has only lost to the best teams in CSGO, such as FaZe Clan and Na’Vi. We still give some consideration to them, as G2 has managed to gain a pretty stable amount of prize money in the last year, despite not landing any first-place finishes.
What we expect from G2 in the rest of the 2022 esports cycle, is for the incredible roster to step up in big occasions. As the roster itself has, similarly to FaZe Clan, veterans such as Niko and Hunter paired with mechanical younger players like M0nesy and Aleksib. We strongly believe it is a matter of time G2 will gain some traction into a 1st place finish in a major tournament, thus ending their dry streak.
Heroic achieved a huge rise in popularity all the way throughout 2020 and 2021, quickly establishing themselves as one of the best CSGO teams in the scene. It was definitely a prolific year for Heroic in 2021, with the team coming out of its shell to secure some pretty serious prize money at a couple of the biggest CSGO tournaments around. The name of the game for Heroic is consistency, something hard to achieve with a roster mainly gathered with potential instead of immediate results. Nevertheless, we expect to see Heroic at least achieve a top 4 finish in every event they attend.
Many CSGO betting sites fans have attributed the success of Heroic to key members of the squad. For example, Casper ‘CadiaN‘ Møller, the in-game leader and mental force behind the Heroic squad. It is widely believed that Heroic will achieve another great year in 2022 with CadiaN as their leader. As the year opened up, Heroic logged two big wins, beating out staple names such as Natus Vincere to secure a couple of small first-place prizes. However the nominated “Giant Killers”, recently secured a huge 150.000$ prize after beating Astralis in the finals of the Pinnacle Cup Championship.
We definitely expect sporadic results like this from the dark horse that is Heroic, as under certain circumstances any major team can slip up and if we follow history, Heroic will be there to capitalize.
Last but definitely not least we have ENCE. They are something of an underdog in the world of CSGO tournaments, most of the time they are going against the csgo odds, you never really know which kind of performance they are going to bring in. However, that hasn’t stopped them from becoming known as one of the best current CSGO teams by industry standards.
Starting in 2013, ENCE has been slowly but steadily climbing up the power rankings, working to prove themselves as a legitimate constant contender in the CSGO competitive scene. In 2022, there are high expectations for ENCE, as they are up the HLTV charts to sit in fourth place behind the likes of G2, Natus Vincere, and FaZe Clan.
To this day, ENCE has failed to secure a big major win but has gone up against the best CSGO teams and given them some definite scares while still achieving first-place finishes in medium tournaments. For example in May of 2022, ENCE fought against Astralis in the BLAST Premier: Spring European Showdown 2022, achieving first place and bringing home 20.000$ of prize pool cash.
We will just have to wait and see if ENCE can continue their consistency, while further walking away from the “middle table” pack.
That’s it for our list, be sure to check out the rest of our contest as we share our esports picks featuring most of these teams every week!