Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is currently one of the most popular eSports competitions in the world. In the last couple of years, the popularity of this game has increased significantly and with that rise in popularity, we have witnessed the rise of some of the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams ever. Their performances have been one of the main reasons why the popularity of the game has been skyrocketing, especially in the last year.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has been part of the eSports scene for a long period. During that time, many teams have come and gone but several teams have achieved great success that will be remembered forever in the history of eSports.
Brazilian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive powerhouse, SK Gaming, has often been characterized as one of the best CS:GO teams in history mostly because of the results that they managed to achieve in a very short period of time. SK Gaming currently features some of the world's best players, including Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo, Marcelo 'coldzera' David, Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga, Epitacio 'TACO' Pessoa, Joao 'felps' Vasconcellos.
In 2017, SK Gaming managed to win several consecutive tournaments including cs_summit, Intel Extreme Masters XII – Sydney, ESL Pro League Season 5 and those tournaments were held in April. Two months after that, SK Gaming had another amazing serious when they won three consecutive titles at DeamHack Summer 2017, Esports Championship Series Season 3, and ESL One: Cologne 2017.
Danish superteam, Astralis, has been one of the biggest mysteries in the world of CS:GO in the last couple of years. Astralis was created after the split of North American Team SoloMid whose players started to play for this Danish team. Currently, this team features Nicolai 'dev1ce' Reedtz who has been described as one of the best CS:GO players in the world. Besides dev1ce, Astralis also features Peter 'dupreeh' Rothmann, Andreas 'Xyp9x' Hojsleth, Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjaerbye, and Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander.
The biggest problem that Astralis has been facing recently is their performances in the later stages of the tournaments. They would play amazingly the first stage and then they would simply disappear from the matches which led them to lose many important matches. Despite that, Astralis managed to win ELEAGUE Major 2017 and several other big CS:GO tournaments. With their strong aggressive play, many consider Astralis to be one of the greatest CS:GO teams in the world.
Natus Vincere has seen much better days in the CS:GO competitions. Currently, they are going through some tough times as this team has been struggling to return to their top form. However, not that long ago, that was a completely different story. In 2015, Natus Vincere was the second most successful team and they were outperformed only by the outstanding Fnatic.
With players such as Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovacs and Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev who are still members of this team, Natus Vincere still have good chances of returning to the ranks of the top CS:GO teams in the world. Already in the late 2017 season, Natus Vincere has started to resemble the team that in 2015 took down some of the world's best teams and individuals. Because of that, many CS:GO fans want this Ukrainian team to return as they are very important factor in the CS:GO eSports competitions.
2014 Fnatic CS:GO roster is perhaps the best that has ever appeared on the CS:GO scene. For over two years, Fnatic’s fight with Ninjas in Pyjamas for the place at the top of CS:GO history and that was a very good period to be a Fnatic fan. Since then, Fnatic have lost a bit of pace but once in a while, they would show their former selves against some of the world's best CS:GO teams.
Olofm, KRiMZ, JW, pronax, and flusha were the members of that legendary Fantic team that made a lot of fans fall in love with CS:GO. During that time, they managed to win titles at the ESL One Katowice as well as ESL One Cologne. In total, Fnatic has managed to win 13 international titles. Besides that, they finished in the second place in 17 other international tournaments which is still a record that nobody can reach.
Ninjas in Pyjamas
When it comes to the best CS:GO team ever, many would say that Ninjas in Pyjamas' team from 2012 to 2014 was the best team that ever played the game. At that time, Ninjas in Pyjamas featured fOrest, Xizt, GeT_RiGht, friberg, and Fifflaren and these players are still some of the best CS:GO players in the world. Ninjas in Pyjamas managed to win one Major title during that period and it happened at 2014 ESL One Cologne.
Besides that, NiP managed to win 18 international titles and finish in the second place in a stunning 25 international tournaments. Because of that, many consider Ninjas in Pyjamas team from that period to be the best CS:GO team ever.