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Fantastic five: The best CS:GO teams of 2017

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In order to define the five most successful teams of the season, we've analysed tournament statistics provided by HLTV.org. The top is based on events, the prize fund of which is more than $100,000. So, we've looked into 36 tournaments and chosen the 5 most successful teams of 2017.

5.  Astralis 3 wins

  1. January  ELEAGUE Major 2017  $500.000
  2. March  IEM Katowice 2017  $104,000
  3. June  ELEAGUE Clash for Cash $250,000 (only 2 teams participated)

 Astralis is the only team of our five that has had 2017 without any roster changes. Besides the fact that at the middle of November,  dev1ce was forced to go inactive due to health issues. Having lost the main AWP, the team didn't manage to cope with  SK in the final of BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen 2017. Thus, the Danes from  Astralis finished fourth at ECS Season 4.

 Astralis' highlights:

4.  G2 3 wins

  1. May  DreamHack Open Tours 2017 $50,000
  2. June  ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals $225,000
  3. September  DreamHack Masters Malmö 2017 $100,00

In Fabruary of 2017,  shox decided to gather around himself and  bodyy a new team. Thus,  NBK-,  apEX and  kennyS joined  G2. The main victory of the team in this year was the championship at the ESL Pro League Season 5 finals.

 G2's highlights:

3.   Gambit 3 wins

  1. April  DreamHack Open Austin 2017  $50,000
  2. July  PGL Major Krakow 2017 $500,000
  3. December  ROG MASTERS 2017 Grand Finals $117,500

Team  Gambit brought the CIS region the first victory at the major tournaments, though after the historical triumph, the organization couldn't keep the in-game leader and the coach. Since  fitch joined the roster on a trial basis, the team has started to rebuild their gameplay. 
 Gambit managed to win the December ROG MASTERS, which gave the team even more motivation.

 Gambit's highlights:

2.  FaZe 4 wins

  1. April  SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals  $125,000
  2. September   ESL One New York 2017  $125,000
  3. October  ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017  $500,000
  4. December  ECS Season 4 Finals  $250,000

In 2017,  FaZe Clan acquired real stars. The first one to join was  NiKo and then a month later the team got their first championship for the updated roster. In August, the team underwent big changes with  olofmeister and  GuardiaN joining the team. As we can see, such a shake bring benefits to  FaZe and thus the team gained momentum. At the last tournament of the year, the star five earned the trophy of ECS Season 4 thus starting the holiday season with an excellent mood.

 FaZe's highlights:

1.  SK Gaming 8 wins

  1. April  cs_summit Spring 2017  $63,750
  2. May  IEM Sydney 2017  $100,000
  3. June  DreamHack Open Summer 2017  $50,000
  4. June  ECS Season 3 Finals  $250,000
  5. July  ESL One Cologne 2017  $100,000
  6. October   EPICENTER 2017  $250,000
  7. November  BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen 2017  $125,000
  8. December  ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals  $225,000

 SK Gaming couldn't repeat the success of 2016 and didn't win a single major tournament this year. Of course, such a result is hardly acceptable for the Brazilians. After losing to 
 Virtus.pro within the semi-final of ELEAGUE Major 2017 SK Gaming spent almost three months with no championships. The team started to gain momentum later, though. The failed PGL Major Kraków 2017 (5th-8th place) didn't break the players down, and so the team continued fighting for the wins.

In October, the team decided to replace  felps with  boltz. The new player allowed  SK Gaming to earn three more titles. The most important tournament of the end of 2017 for the Brazilians was the finals of ESL Pro League Season 6. The final battle of  SK Gaming and  FaZe Clan was to find the best team of 2017. The Brazilian five managed to defeat the enemy and show the entire CS:GO world who is the best here.

 SK Gaming's highlights:

Made it into Top 4

Besides the top of tournament winners, we've prepared data on teams that made it into the top 4 more often than the others. It's based on events with the prize fund starting from  $100,000. The best five is different, according to these figures:

  1.  SK Gaming – 14 times in the top 4
  2.  Astralis – 12 times in the top 4
  3.  FaZe  11 times in the top 4
  4.  Cloud9 /  Virtus.pro   8 times in the top 4
  5.  North Heroic  6 times in the top 4

Bonus

Results of all tournaments with the prize fund of above $100,000, running in 2017:

1. WESG 2016 World Finals $1,500,000

  1. EnVyUs
  2. Kinguin
  3. Virtus.pro

2. DreamHack ASTRO Open Leipzig 2017, Jan 13th – Jan 15th 2017 $100,000

  1. FlipSid3
  2. BiG
  3. LDLC
  4. Heroic

3. ELEAGUE Major 2017, 22.01 – 29.01  $1,000,000

  1. Astralis
  2. Virtus.pro
  3. SK
  4. Fnatic

4. DreamHack Masters Las Vegas 2017, Feb 15th – Feb 19th 2017  $450,000

  1. Virtus.pro
  2. SK
  3. Astralis
  4. North

5. IEM Katowice 2017, Mar 1st – Mar 5th 2017 $250,000

  1. Astralis
  2. FaZe
  3. Immortals
  4. Heroic

6. SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals, Apr 4th – Apr 9th 2017  $300,000

  1. FaZe
  2. Astralis
  3. Natus Vincere
  4. HellRaisers

7. cs_summit Spring 2017, Apr 20th – Apr 23rd 2017 $150,000

  1. SK
  2. Gambit
  3. OpTic

8. DreamHack Open Austin 2017, Apr 28th – Apr 30th 2017 $100,000

  1. Gambit
  2. Immortals
  3. G2
  4. Heroic

9. IEM Sydney 2017, May 3rd – May 7th 2017 $200,000

  1. SK
  2. FaZe
  3. OpTic
  4. Astralis

10. DreamHack Open Tours 2017, May 6th – May 8th 2017 $100,000

  1. G2
  2. HellRaisers
  3. mousesports

11. ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals, May 30th – Jun 4th 2017 $750,000

  1. G2
  2. North
  3. Liquid
  4. SK

12. ELEAGUE Clash for Cash, Jun 16th 2017 $250,000

  1. Astralis 

13. Adrenaline Cyber League 2017, Jun 18th 2017 $100,000

  1. Virtus.pro
  2. Natus Vincere

14. DreamHack Open Summer 2017, Jun 17th – Jun 19th 2017 $100,000

  1. SK
  2. Fnatic
  3. CLG

15. ECS Season 3 Finals, Jun 23rd – Jun 25th 2017 $660,000

  1. SK
  2. FaZe
  3. Cloud9
  4. Astralis

16. ESL One Cologne 2017, Jul 4th – Jul 9th 2017 $250,000

  1. SK
  2. Cloud9
  3. Natus Vincere
  4. FaZe

17. Gfinity Elite Series Season 1 Jul 8th – Sep 2nd 2017 $110,000

  1. Epsilon
  2. Prophecy
  3. EnVyUs Academy

18. DreamHack Open Valencia 2017, Jul 13th – Jul 15th 2017 $100,000

  1. NiP
  2. Red Reserve
  3. EnVyUs
  4. Heroic

19. PGL Major Krakow 2017, Jul 16th – Jul 23rd 2017 $1,000,000

  1. Gambit
  2. Immortals
  3. Virtus.pro
  4. Astralis

20. DreamHack Open Atlanta 2017, Jul 21st – Jul 23rd 2017 $100,000

  1. EnvyUs
  2. Heroic
  3. HellRaisers

21. DreamHack Masters Malmö 2017, Aug 30th – Sep 3rd 2017 $250,000

  1. G2
  2. North
  3. NiP
  4. Gambit

22. ESG Tour Mykonos 2017, Sep 7th – Sep 10th 2017 $235,000

  1. Mousesports
  2. Liquid
  3. SK Gaming
  4. Virtus.pro

23. DreamHack Open Montreal 2017, Sep 8th – Sep 10th 2017 $100,000

  1. North
  2. Immortals
  3. Cloud9

24. ESL One New York 2017, Sep 15th – Sep 17th 2017  $250,000

  1. Faze
  2. Liquid
  3. Cloud9
  4. SK

25. ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017, Sep 8th – Oct 13th 2017 $1,000,000

  1. FaZe
  2. Astralis
  3. Cloud9
  4. North

26. Gfinity Elite Series Season 2 Oct 7th – Dec 9th 2017 $110,000

  1. EnVyUs Academy
  2. Epsilon
  3. Reason

27. DreamHack Open Denver 2017, Oct 20th – Oct 22nd 2017 $100,000

  1. Cloud9
  2. Big
  3. mousesports

28. EPICENTER 2017, Oct 24th – Oct 29th 2017  $490,000

  1. SK
  2. Virtus.pro
  3. G2
  4. Astralis

29. SL i-League Invitational Shanghai 2017, Nov 2nd – Nov 5th 2017  $150,000

  1. Renegades
  2. Virtus.pro
  3. HellRaisers
  4. Heroic

30. iBUYPOWER Masters 2017, Nov 11th – Nov 12th 2017 $100,000

  1. Cloud9
  2. Renegades
  3. Liquid

31. IEM Oakland 2017, Nov 14th – Nov 19th 2017 $300,000

  1. NiP
  2. FaZe
  3. Cloud9
  4. SK

32. BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen 2017, Nov 24th – Nov 25th 2017 $250,000

  1. SK
  2. Astralis
  3. FaZe
  4. North

33. DreamHack Open Winter 2017, Dec 1st – Dec 3rd 2017 $100,000

  1. Natus Vincere
  2. Mousesports
  3. EnVyUs
  4. Gambit

34. ROG MASTERS 2017 Grand Finals, Dec 6th – Dec 9th 2017  $235,000

  1. Gambit
  2. Tyloo
  3. Vega

35. ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals, Dec 5th – Dec 10th 2017 $750,000

  1. SK
  2. FaZe
  3. Fnatic
  4. Misfits

36. ECS Season 4 Finals, Dec 15th – Dec 17th 2017 $750,000

  1. FaZe
  2. mousesports
  3. Fnatic
  4. Astralis

 

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