This week’s changes to HLTV’s CSGO top 30 world rankings feature HellRaisers and INTZ breaking into the list. Both teams will be attending the upcoming StarLadder Major. Can they make it out of the challenger stage?
HellRaisers #29: Lack of shape yet still recognized
The once-feared HellRaisers squad – with Özgür “woxic” Eker and Issa “ISSAA” Murad as the headliners of the team – is history. With woxic now playing on the ambitious mousesports roster, the new roster of HellRaisers with Tomáš “oskar” Šťastný hasn’t been able to find their groove and have even fallen out of the global top 30. One year ago, that would have been unimaginable, as the lineup was shaking up the scene constantly.
Despite their return to top 30, the team has not achieved anything spectacular to attain their new position. The team has recently competed for a spot at ESL One New York, which was ultimately won by OpTic Gaming after a fantastic run at the tournament. HellRaisers was, alongside Sprout, the first team to be eliminated after an initial loss to forZe and a defeat to BIG in a best-of-three battle.
Nevertheless, HellRaisers will attend the upcoming StarLadder Major as the returning challengers from IEM Katowice. Maybe the team will show some edge at the event.
INTZ #30: The Brazilian underdogs
The Brazilian formation failed to qualify for the StarLadder Major via the Americas Minor. However, they did finish in the third place. This granted them another chance at a shot at the Major, as they have defeated MVP PK in the lower bracket at the Minor Play-in. The team, headlined by Vito “kNgV” Giuseppe, will get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to prove themselves.
Their achievement to make the StarLadder Major cut in Berlin has led the Brazilians to take the last spot in the top 30 global rankings. Is it deserved? Qualifying for a Major is an impressive feat, especially if done the hard way: by facing a multitude of teams along the way. Deserved? I think so.
This week’s changes don’t bring many other major changes to the table. The CSGO scene is awfully quiet at this stage, as the teams are preparing for the Major in Berlin. With all of the spots taken, the rankings will not budge until we get some results at StarLadder.
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