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Top 10 Esports Teams

Top 10 Esports Teams

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What are the top ranked Esports teams?

  1. Faze Clan
  2. Team Liquid
  3. Cloud9
  4. 100 Thieves
  5. Fnatic
  6. G2 Esports
  7. Team Vitality
  8. Optic Gaming
  9. Evil Geniuses
  10. NRG Esports

1. FaZe Clan

FaZe clan is generally regarded as the top Esports organization in the world because of its vast media influence and far reaching player skill levels. The Esports organization was founded in 2010 and currently houses 35 professional players, most of which compete in high dollar tournaments year round. The top games that members of Faze clan compete in are Counter Strike Global Offensive, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, Fortnite, and Playerunknown's Battlegrounds. For FaZe, top placements in 2019 included 1st place finishes in the GLL Grand Slam for Playerunknown's Battlegrounds and the BLAST Pro Series for Counterstrike. FaZe also performed in the Fornite World Cup and PUBG Global Championship, despite not taking home trophies. FaZe clan teams have earned over $8.5 million in tournament winnings in addition to high dollar sponsorship deals with brands G-fuel, SteelSeries, and Scuf Gaming. FaZe has successfully engrained itself into gaming culture, both competitively and casually, all of which contributes greatly to its organizational value of $350 million. Top competitive gamers in FaZe Clan include:

  • Harvard "Rain" Nygaard (Counterstrike:Global Offensive)
  • Nikola "NiKo" Kovac (Counterstrike:Global Offensive)
  • Dennis "Cloakzy" Lepore (Fortnite/Call of Duty)
  • Turner "Tfue" Tenney (Fortnite)
  • Nick "Nickmercs" Kolcheff (Fortnite/Call of Duty)

2. Team Liquid

In terms of tournament performance, there is certainly an argument to be made that Team Liquid houses the most talented gamers on the planet. After all, Team Liquid has gained over $35 million in winnings while competing in over 1,700 tournaments worldwide to go along with 60+ high profile players. In 2019, Team Liquid earned first place in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive events: ESL One Cologne, DreamHack Masters, and the ESL One Event. These wins helped Team Liquid overtake Astralis as the top CS:GO team in the world. As of late, they have also improved drastically on the mobile gaming front, taking home first place in the Clash Royale League (CRL) Finals. To top it off, Team Liquid had top finishes in both the 2019 Fortnite World Cup and the PUBG European League. Some of the top Team Liquid players that compete in these events include:

  • Ivan "MinD_Control" Ivanov (DOTA 2)
  • Kuroky "KuroKy" Takhasomi (DOTA 2)
  • Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)
  • Thomas "72hrs" Mulligan (Fortnite)
  • Jake "POACH" Brumleve (Fortnite)

3. Cloud9

Next up on the list in none other than Cloud9, also known as Astralis Group. It is impossible to mention Cloud9's success without first mentioning their complete and utter domination of the Counter-Strike Competitive scene in the past decade. In 2019 alone, they took home the 1st place trophy at the Starladder Berlin Major and both the Valve Majors In addition to top CS:GO players, Cloud9 also has a much improved League of Legends roster, resulting in competitive finishes at the LEC Spring Finals and LCS Playoffs. They were also semi finalists at the Rocket League Championship, an extremely impressive feat for a team known for its first person shooter performance. In just 732 tournaments, Cloud9 has earned nearly $10 million from tournament play and only seems to be growing. Top players in Cloud9 include:

  • Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham (Counterstrike:Global Offensive & Valorant)
  • Jakey "Stewie2k" Yip (Counterstrike:Global Offensive & Valorant)
  • Zachary "Sneaky" Scuderi (League of Legends)
  • Timothy "Automatic" Ta (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)
  • Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek (Playerunkown's Battlegrounds, Apex Legends & Counterstrike Global Offensive)

4. 100 Thieves

100 Thieves is an Esports team known just as much for its content creation as it is for its competitive scene. Not only do they house dozens of players from all over the gaming world, but they also support countless other streamers that play strictly for entertainment purposes. From a competitive standpoint, 100 Thieves is best known for its League of Legends performances, and although they did not perform up to expectations in 2019, their 2018 NACLS championship appearance and countless other high place finishes cannot be underestimated. Overall, 100 Thieves is without a doubt a constant presence in the Esports community very way you look at it. A few top players that compete for 100 Thieves include:

  • William "Meteos" Hartman (League of Legends)
  • Liyu "Cody" Sun (League of Legends)
  • Diego "Arkhram" Palma (Fortnite)
  • Aaron "AZR" Ward (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)
  • Jack "CouRageJD" Dunlop (Fortnite)

5. Fnatic

Next on the list of top Esports teams is Fnatic, the Swedish built organization that specializes in Counter-Strike, League of Legends, and Dota 2. Fnatic may not be the flashiest team in all of Esports, but it is impossible to deny their consistent performance across all of the Esports competitive community. In 2019, they placed number one in the DreamHack Masters for Counter-Strike as well as a close second place finish in multiple LEC events. Overall, they are valued at over $250 million, fueled by over $15 million in tournament winnings and sponsorships with BMW and Monster. Because Fnatic plays most of their events overseas, they are a bit overlooked in the United States, but according to the stats, they certainly shouldn't be. A few of the top players in Fnatic include:

  • Jesper "JW" Wecksell (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)
  • Freddy "KRiMZ" Johansson (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)
  • Paul "sOAZ" Boyer (League of Legends)
  • Robin "flusha" Ronnquist (League of Legends)
  • Chong "Ohaiyo" Xin Khoo (DOTA 2)

6. G2 Esports

G2 Esports, a largely European organization comes in at number 6 on this list of the top Esports teams in the world. Similar to Fnatic, G2 is not as popular in the United States because of their high profile play in strategy games like League of Legends and CS:GO as opposed to fan-friendly games like Call of Duty and Fortnite. Nevertheless, G2 turned in a number of top performances in 2019, most notably a 1st place finish in the Mid-Season Invitational (League of Legends) as well as a 2nd place finish in the ESL Pro League. In over 407 tournaments, G2 teams have earned over $7 million in winnings, contributing to its $240 million team evaluation. Top players in G2 include:

  • Luka "Perkz" Perkovic (League of Legends)
  • Rasmus "Caps" Winther (League of Legends)
  • Kenny "kennyS" Schrub (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)
  • Lennart "Jaeger" Warkus (League of Legends)
  • Richard "Shox" Papillon (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)

7. Team Vitality

Next up is the up and coming "Team Vitality" who have excelled in both the extremely competitive League of Legends and CS:GO scene, as well as the more unique Rainbow Six Siege and Rocket League scene. Specifically, team Vitality placed in the RLCS Season 7 Rocket League Finals in addition to multiple top CS:GO finishes in various ECS Championship events. Team Vitality is a great example of a well rounded Esports team, as they field great players in so many different types of games. In an Esports community that requires a high skill level, it is refreshing to see a team stretch their limits in such different ways. Apparently, wide ranging strategy has been successful, as the newly formed team has already amassed over $3 million in tournament winnings. Some of the top players in Team Vitality include

  • Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)
  • Dan "apEX" Madesclaire (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)
  • Cedric "RpK" Guipouy (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)
  • Victor "Fairy Peak" Locquet (Rocket League)
  • Amadeau "Attila" Carvalho (League of Legends)

8. OpTic Gaming

Returning to a more popular Esports team, OpTic Gaming, a Los Angeles based team comes in at number 8 on this list of top Esports teams. OpTic Gaming was once an all world esports organization that competed in all of the major games, including League of Legends, Counter-Strike, and Call of Duty dating back to 2006. As of now, they have scaled back their CS_GO global play, while specializing more in Call of Duty, a game that is much more popular in the United States compared to overseas. Nevertheless, OpTic stays extremely competitive, as they have taken home multiple Call of Duty titles across all versions of the game. OpTic's run of great success began in 2010 with a top 5 finish at the MLG National Championship (Call of Duty:Modern Warfare) and has continued through the 2019 season with qualifying finished in the 2019 CWL Pro League. OpTic is not as relevant today from a holistic perspective, but they are certainly one of the all time best teams, not only within American Esports, but worldwide as well. A few of the most successful players for OpTic include

  • Blake "Vengeance" Campbell (Call of Duty)
  • Brandon "Dashy" Otell (Call of Duty)
  • Damon "karma" Barlow (Call of Duty)
  • Ian "Crismix" Porter (Call of Duty)
  • Seth "Scump" Abner (Call of Duty)

9. Evil Geniuses

Besides having quite possibly the cleverest Esports team name of all time, the members of Evil Geniuses are also some of the most talented players in all of Esports. Much like team Fnatic, Evil geniuses specialize in Counter-Strike:Global Offensive, as they are among the top few teams at virtually every event they play. In 2019, they won the ESL One New York for this game, while becoming equally as prevalent on the Dota 2 scene. In fact, Evil Geniuses took home the Dota 2 International just a few years ago, despite being a heavy underdog. In whatever game they compete in, Evil geniuses are some of the most successful, earning a whopping $24 million over their 800 plus tournament appearances. A few top players in Evil Geniuses include:

  • Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan (Dota 2)
  • Saahil UNiVeRsE" Arora (Dota 2)
  • Clinton "Fear" Loomis (Dota 2)
  • Tarik "tarik" Celik (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)
  • Patrick "Aches" Price (Call of Duty)

10. NRG Esports

Last but not least, the NRG esports organization comes in at number 10. NRG is another one of those up and coming teams with extremely competitive players across the globe and across all different games. They play in Rocket league, Counter-Strike:Global Offensive, Overwatch, and even Fortnite. It is safe to say that NRG currently houses the most unique gamers of their time. In any case, their most recent triumph came in 2019, as they became the Overwatch League Champions, a feat that is not easily completed by non blue blood teams. In addition, they also came in 3rd in the 2019 Fortnite World Cup. NRG is not the most popular team, but they will be a large presence for years to come. Top players in NRG include...

  • Shane "EpikWhale" Cotton (Fortnite)
  • Garrett "GarrettG" Gordon (Rocket League)
  • Benjy "BenjyFishy" Fish (Fortnite)

FAQ

FaZe clan is undoubtedly the most popular organization in the Esports community, especially in the United States. There is no other brand like FaZe, and quite simply, they are just different. Every little kid who grows up playing video games wants to be in FaZe because they are the epicenter of cool gaming culture. (Not to mention, they are worth over $300 million dollars)

Which esports team is the richest?

Depending on how you calculate it, a number of different teams could be the richest. Although Faze is widely regarded as the most popular esports team, they do not have the most profitable tournament earnings - That honor goes to Team Liquid with a combined tournaments earnings upwards of $36,000,000. However, neither Faze or Liquid has as much of a total net worth as the Cloud9/SoloMid enterprise, as they have an estimated worth of over $500 million dollars.

Who is the highest paid esports gamer?

The highest paid gamer in the world is Tyler "Ninja" Blevins. Interestingly, Ninja is not actually a super competitive player comparatively speaking despite making about $17 million in 2019. Most of this revenue came from sponsorship deals with Red Bull and Mixer, all of which have been facilitated through his social media accounts and twitch streams. He continues to play Fortnite and Valorat at a fairly high level, but has never really contended at major events.