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Team Ranking: May 2021

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Last month was all about the Regional Major Ranking (RMR) tournaments. These Major qualifying events, held globally, were responsible for some of the biggest changes in the top 30, including mousesports jumping to sixth, their highest ranking in exactly a year, and Akuma entering the top 20 on the back of a controversial third-place finish in EPIC League CIS.

Despite the RMR setback, NAVI moved up to second thanks to their DH Masters Spring triumph

But the RMRs were far from being the sole top-tier tournaments that were held in May. Earlier in the month, Natus Vincere added the DreamHack Masters Spring title to their collection after beating fellow CIS side Gambit in the final, moving up to second because of it. And Fiend were rewarded for their grind as they jumped to 25th – their highest-ever ranking – on the back of deep runs in LOOT.BET Season 9 and Spring Sweet Spring 2.

Roster changes also cost some teams inside the top 30 precious points. FURIA dropped down two places after benching Paytyn “⁠junior⁠” Johnson and promoting Lucas “⁠honda⁠” Cano to the starting lineup, while FaZe saw their ranking sink to 39th after moving Marcelo “⁠coldzera⁠” David to the bench.

Here’s a summary of our ranking for new readers:

Our team ranking is based on teams’ achievements over the past year (with severe decay in points throughout each month), recent form over the last two months, and performance in recent events in the last 3 months.

Each team is required to have a three-man core in order to retain their points. Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, online results, which previously had a minimal effect, now carry more weight as they are also included in the ‘Achievements’ and ‘Recent Events’ sub-categories.

Below is the current top 30 table as of June 7, which goes more in-depth into how the points are distributed — or you can check our special page, where you will be able to find the latest, weekly version of our ranking. You can see the lineup for each team by hovering over their name in the table.

1.

500

200

273

973

2.

418

127

240

785

+2

3.

359

107

300

766

-1

4.

282

179

199

660

+4

5.

351

49

122

522

-2

6.

207

155

134

496

+8

7.

279

105

98

482

-1

8.

275

79

98

452

-3

9.

225

58

139

422

-2

10.

147

101

126

374

+3

11.

236

60

77

373

-2

12.

213

82

64

359

13.

163

80

81

324

-3

14.

168

81

49

298

-3

15.

74

148

47

269

+6

16.

94

125

43

262

17.

68

122

45

235

+8

18.

77

83

57

217

-3

19.

66

75

52

193

20.

32

76

64

172

+118

21.

19

107

14

140

-1

22.

55

37

46

138

-5

23.

36

54

17

107

+11

24.

32

56

19

107

-1

25.

15

79

12

106

+33

26.

27

42

33

102

+23

27.

18

66

16

100

+9

28.

32

36

29

97

-4

29.

63

15

16

94

-3

30.

51

29

12

92

-8

Please note that the +/- gain on this table differs from our weekly rankings page, and it is related to the ranking update of May 3.

mousesports return to the top 10

mousesports‘ ranking hovered around the 15th position in the weeks that followed Christopher “⁠dexter⁠” Nong‘s addition as in-game leader, so it’s understandable that expectations surrounding this team were modest heading into Flashpoint 3, the first Regional Major Ranking (RMR) tournament of the year in Europe.

The international team raised eyebrows with a first-place finish in the closed qualifier, only losing a close three-map affair with Complexity, and then they took it up another notch in the main tournament. Clean victories over fnatic, BIG, Astralis and G2 earned mousesports a spot in the grand final, in which they were able to prevail 2-1 – the only time that they dropped a map in the entire event.

frozen was mousesports’ top performer in Flashpoint 3 (1.35 rating)

The Flashpoint prize – mousesports‘ first relevant trophy in this online era – seems almost secondary to the renewed sense of belief in the team, who are looking like a serious contender heading into IEM Cologne. After a rough start to his European adventure, dexter is starting to silence his critics by putting up the sort of numbers that many expected from him when he took over from Finn “⁠karrigan⁠” Andersen, and extracting great performances from his star players, Robin “⁠ropz⁠” Kool and David “⁠frozen⁠” Čerňanský.

FaZe plummet to a new low

These are tough times to be a FaZe fan. The team seemed to be on the right track when it landed Russel “⁠Twistzz⁠” Van Dulken and re-signed karrigan, but four months on from the Danish tactician’s return, the outlook is still bleak.

FaZe had looked far from an elite team in their first tournaments with karrigan, but only a few would have predicted them to crash out of DreamHack Masters Spring and Flashpoint 3 in last place, though it should be pointed out that their matches were decided by fine margins and could have gone their way.

When will fans get to see the FaZe team they were promised in February?

In the end, the challenges proved insurmountable for FaZe, who are starting to plan for a future without coldzera. The Brazilian will see out his contract on the bench while he analyses his options for a return to competition after the player break.

The recent run of poor form, combined with coldzera‘s exit, sees the team nosedive to 39th, which is by far the worst ranking of any FaZe lineup. karrigan‘s troops will return to action in a week’s time in the BLAST Premier Spring Final, and at this point there is nothing that fans can do except hope for better days.

G2 edge closer to the top three

G2 momentarily dipped out of the top 10 in the rankings when Kenny “⁠kennyS⁠” Schrub was removed from the starting lineup, but the team led by Nemanja “⁠nexa⁠” Isaković has since skyrocketed as the return of Audric “⁠JaCkz⁠” Jug has blessed the squad with a fresh approach to the game and a renewed sense of confidence. Since then, the French-Balkan side has gained brilliant form and consistency, making a semi-final run in DreamHack Masters Spring and finishing third in Flashpoint 3 before topping their IEM Summer group.

G2 are closing in on the top teams with a string of deep tournament runs

G2 were only beaten by one team in DreamHack Master Spring, Gambit, in both the group stage and the playoffs, taking the scalps of several of the world’s best teams in Spirit, Virtus.pro, mousesports and Astralis. Later in the month, they were able to start Flashpoint 3 with a 3-0 record thanks to victories over FaZe, Heroic and NIP, but they then suffered defeats against the two finalists, mousesports and NIP, in the upper bracket and consolidation finals.

G2 still added more form points to their tally in the first week of June at IEM Summer as they secured another top-four finish with a clean run in the group stage that puts them straight into the tournament’s semi-finals. Nikola “⁠NiKo⁠” Kovač and company went 5-1 in maps during the group stage, dropping only an Ancient game to FunPlus Phoenix because of an otherworldly display from Pavle “⁠Maden⁠” Bošković .

EXTREMUM bounce back after RMR bronze

EXTREMUM have recently found comfort in their home away from home, North America, where they got some respite with a third-place finish in cs_summit 8 following a tough start to the year in Europe that saw the team take a dive in the ranking. Aleksandar “⁠kassad⁠” Trifunović’s men, who have struggled to find the same form they had when Justin “⁠jks⁠” Savage was still on the team, are now in 23rd place, just one below their best position since linking up with Hansel “⁠BnTeT⁠” Ferdinand at the beginning of the year.

EXTREMUM are once again within shot of the top 20

After dropping to 41st place in April, Aaron “⁠AZR⁠” Ward and company were able to find some better results with playoff runs in FunSpark ULTI Europe Regional Series 1 and Spring Sweet Spring 1 to stop their fall before returning to North America in May, but it was the cs_summit 8 showing that put EXTREMUM back on track and on a clear upward trajectory.

EXTREMUM started out their run at the RMR tournament with a 0-2 loss to Extra Salt, one of the more in-shape teams in North America, but they were then able to find their footing. In their cs_summit 8 gauntlet they took revenge on Extra Salt, beat Bad News Bears, took a map in the series against Liquid, and won 2-0 against Vito “⁠kNgV-⁠” Giuseppe’s O PLANO before finally falling to FURIA and settling for third place.

fnatic continue to spiral downwards

fnatic’s woes continue as the core of Jesper “⁠JW⁠” Wecksell, Freddy “⁠KRIMZ⁠” Johansson and Ludvig “⁠Brollan⁠” Brolin is at its lowest ranking in history, which was previously set at No.28 in September 2019. Having fallen out of the top 20 again in April, the Swedish squad now sit in 29th place following last-place finishes at Flashpoint 3 and IEM Summer. They were also invited to the Spring Sweet Spring 1 and 2 playoffs, where they were knocked out in the semi-finals by EPG Family in the former and in the quarter-finals by Fiend in the latter.

fnatic’s JW, KRIMZ and Brollan are at their nadir as a core

The Black and Orange began 2021 on a high note with a second-place finish at cs_summit 7 after bringing in Jack “⁠Jackinho⁠” Ström Mattsson in lieu of Robin “⁠flusha⁠” Rönnquist, but ever since then, JW and company have chained a series of poor performances leading to consistent early exits at events. fnatic have gone out in last place in three of their four most important tournaments this year after their cs_summit 7 showing, namely the IEM Katowice Play-In, Flashpoint 3 and IEM Summer, and finished near-last in the fourth, ESL Pro League, in 17-20th place.

Their results in the bigger events they played in May and early June, Flashpoint 3 and IEM Summer, are a continuation of a trend that continues nabated. fnatic showed with four straight defeats at the hands of mousesports, Complexity, Virtus.pro and NIP — with only one map won out of eight —, that the problems run deep. The last time things got this bad for the trio of JW, KRIMZ and Brollan, they made two changes, letting go of Richard “⁠Xizt⁠” Landström and Simon “⁠twist⁠” Eliasson to bring back Maikil “⁠Golden⁠” Selim and flusha, after which they soared in the rankings from No.28 to No.4 in a month’s time.

Lucas Aznar Miles contributed to this story

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Dignitas benches Dardoch, promotes Akaadian to LCS starting jungler

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Dignitas, who lost to last-place Golden Guardians tonight, have benched Dardoch and will insert Akaadian into the lineup as the team’s jungler for their match tomorrow against TSM.

With the loss to GG, a team that have won three of their six matches this season during the first three weeks of the LCS Summer Split, Dignitas are now 3-4 in the split and 14-11 overall. The team began the split with two consecutive wins before losing to 100 Thieves and Team Liquid. DIG rebounded with a victory against Immortals before suffering a quick loss to Cloud9 to end the second week of competition.

Although the loss is a blow to the team, they still are in control of fifth place in the 10-team league. They remain one game ahead of EG and four games ahead of seventh-place Immortals, which should give DIG fans more comfort for the team’s chances to qualify for the 2021 LCS Championship, which accepts the top eight teams come August.

In tonight’s loss to the Guardians, Dardoch, who played Rumble against Iconic’s Diana, finished the 35-minute game with a 4/4/8 scoreline and 2,000 gold behind Iconic. Among LCS junglers, Dardoch ranks first in kill participation, kill share, and gold share so far in the Summer Split. He ranks sixth in the league in K/DA.

Akaadian has played exclusively for Dignitas’ Academy League team for the past year. He last played in the LCS on June 28, 2020, when Dignitas lost to Evil Geniuses. He was replaced by Dardoch, who joined the team after a tumultuous split from TSM in which TSM president Leena Xu was overheard saying “no one [wanted] to pick up” Dardoch.

Dignitas play TSM tomorrow at 6pm CT in an important match for both teams. A win for Dignitas could stablize the team for the time being, while TSM, who are tied for first place, could gain full control over the top spot in the league with a win and C9 loss to Immortals.

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Shiny Yanma Pokémon GO: How to Catch

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"If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Yanma!"

“If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Yanma!” / Photo courtesy of Niantic

The Shiny Yanma in Pokémon GO is one that many trainers have their sights set on catching at the moment thanks to the brand new Summer Solstice event.

“To celebrate the days getting longer in one hemisphere and the nights following suit in the other, Pokémon GO’s solstice-themed event has returned. Depending on which hemisphere of the world trainers are playing in, they’ll be able to encounter and catch different Pokémon during the event.”

Shiny Yanma has been catchable for a while, but now it will be easier during the event.

As mentioned above, the specific Pokémon that trainers will be able to catch depends on what hemisphere they’re located in.

At the moment, Shiny Yanmas can only encountered in the wild by trainers in the northern hemisphere, along with Chimchar, Summer Form Deerling and more.

On the other hand, trainers in the southern hemisphere will have the opportunity to encounter Pokémon such as Snorunt, Snover, Winter Form Deerling.

Globally, all trainers will be able to encounter Lunatone, Solrock, Spheal and more in the wild.

Of course, actually finding a Shiny Yanma will take a lot of patience and luck, but at least trainers will now know if they have a chance in the first place.

The Summer Solstice event ends Sunday, June 20 at 8 p.m. local time.

For more on Pokémon GO, feel free to check out our guide on how to catch a Shiny Lunatone.

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Results for the PMPL Americas Championship season 1

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The inaugural season of the PUBG Mobile Pro League (PMPL) Americas Championship is here. From June 17 to 20, 16 teams from North and South America will be competing for a share of the $150,000 prize pool.

The teams will play six matches per day for 24 total matches on Erangel, Miramar, and Sanhok to decide the champions. You can watch the competition live on the official PUBG Mobile Esports YouTubeFacebook, and Twitch channels. 

Here are the overall standings and the scoreboard per match of the PMPL Americas Championship season one. The scores are being updated daily.

Overall Standings

Here are the overall standings after 11 matches. 

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Scoreboard per match

June 18 (Friday)

Match one: Erangel

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Match two: Miramar

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Match three: Sanhok

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Match four: Erangel

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Match five: Miramar

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Match six: Erangel

Match is in progress.

June 17 (Thursday)

Match one: Erangel

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Match two: Sanhok

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Match three: Miramar

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Match four: Erangel

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Match five: Sanhok

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Match six: Erangel

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Is Naraka: Bladepoint free-to-play?

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Naraka: Bladepoint is a new battle royale game that will have 60 players running and jumping around with gameplay that mixes martial arts, melee and ranged weapons, and various movement options. 

The game, which is the first project from Chinese developer 24 Entertainment, has been running beta tests throughout the year and will finally be released on Steam and the Epic Games Store on Aug. 12. 

Even though the beta tests were open for almost anyone to try on Steam, the actual launch version of Bladepoint will be a premium release, with the base version of the game going for $20. 

If you want additional items and bonuses, like exclusive costumes, Tidal Crates, and weapons skins, you can also grab the Deluxe or Ultimate editions of the game for $34.99 or $49.99, respectively. And if you pre-order the game before launch, you can get bonus items. 

The game is currently up for pre-order on Steam, Epic, and directly from the Naraka: Bladepoint website.

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