The CSGO Lineal Champion

In boxing and MMA, the world champion in a weight class is not determined through an arbitrary world ranking. There is no major to determine a champion. No, instead, to become world champion on boxing/MMA, you have to beat the previous champion 1 on 1, and you can not lose a single match if you want to keep your title. This style of champion is called a “lineal champion”.

In an effort to find the current lineal champion for CSGO, I’ve scrubbed through matches on HLTV dating back to the first professional match in CSGO. Before I present the history of lineal champions, I should outline the rules i used regarding the championship:

  1. For being the undisputed #1 CSGO team at the beginning of the game, for going 87-0, and for winning both the first CSGO match and LAN, NiP have been named the first lineal champion, effective from their first match on August 25, 2012.

  2. To win the championship from the current owner, a team has to beat the current owner in a LAN match. Online matches are not sanctioned. In BOx series, only the overall result matters, not the individual maps.

  3. The championship is awarded to the 3 player core instead of the organization, similar to the majors. A champion may change any number of players as long as a 3 man core can be found between two consecutive LAN matches. Stand-ins don’t count as a player change as long as they are temporarily filling for a player who will return. If a 3 man core can not be found between 2 consecutive matches, that lineup is considered disbanded.

  4. In the rare case of a tie, the championship stays with the current champion.

  5. If a team formally disbands, is unable to maintain a 3 man core as specified in rule 3, or does not attend a LAN within 6 months of their last LAN match, their championship is automatically relinquished. If the championship is relinquished, the championship will be transferred to the previous owner. Additionally, the championship will be recalculated as if any match from the day the current champion was crowned involving the current champion never happend.

Now that I have the rules out of the way, I present to you every lineal champion of CSGO:

  1. NiP (Aug 25 2012 – Apr 5 2013)
  2. Virtus Pro (Apr 5 2013 – Jun 17 2013)
  3. NiP (Jun 17 2013 – Jun 30 2013)
  4. Virtus Pro (Jun 30 2013 – Jun 30 2013)
  5. VeryGames (Jun 30 2013 – Sep 14 2013)
  6. NiP (Sep 14 2013 – Oct 10 2013)
  7. VeryGames (Oct 10 2013 – Oct 31 2013)
  8. CPH Wolves (Oct 31 2013 – Nov 2 2013)
  9. Astana Dragons (Nov 2 2013 – Nov 2 2013)
  10. Clan-Mystik (Nov 2 2013 – Nov 28 2013)
  11. fnatic (Nov 28 2013 – Feb 21 2014)
  12. Titan (Feb 21 2014 – Mar 13 2014)
  13. Virtus Pro (Mar 13 2014 – Apr 19 2014)
  14. NiP (Apr 19 2014 – May 2 2014)
  15. NaVi (May 2 2014 – Jun 15 2014)
  16. FlipSid3 (Jun 15 2014 – Jun 15 2014)
  17. Lemondogs (Jun 15 2014 – Jun 16 2014)
  18. Epsilon (Jun 16 2014 – Jun 16 2014)
  19. NaVi (Jun 16 2014 – Jun 16 2014)
  20. NiP (Jun 16 2014 – Jun 27 2014)
  21. Complexity (Jun 27 2014 – Jun 29 2014)
  22. iBuyPower (Jun 29 2014 – Aug 2 2014)
  23. London Conspiracy (Aug 2 2014 – Aug 2 2014)
  24. fnatic (Aug 2 2014 – Aug 3 2014)
  25. Titan (Aug 3 2014 – Aug 3 2014)
  26. Virtus Pro (Aug 3 2014 – Aug 15 2014)
  27. fnatic (Aug 15 2014 – Aug 17 2014)
  28. NiP (Aug 17 2014 – Sep 25 2014)
  29. LDLC (Sep 25 2014 – Sep 26 2014)
  30. Titan (Sep 26 2014 – Oct 18 2014)
  31. LDLC (Oct 18 2014 – Oct 25 2014)
  32. iBuyPower (Oct 25 2014 – Oct 26 2014)
  33. fnatic (Oct 26 2014 – Oct 30 2014)
  34. NaVi (Oct 30 2014 – Nov 1 2014)
  35. LDLC (Nov 1 2014 – Nov 2 2014)
  36. fnatic (Nov 2 2014 – Nov 27 2014)
  37. HellRaisers (Nov 27 2014 – Nov 28 2014)
  38. NiP (Nov 28 2014 – Nov 29 2014)
  39. LDLC (Nov 29 2014 – Jan 23 2015)
  40. CLG (Jan 23 2015 – Jan 23 2015)
  41. Liquid (Jan 23 2015 – Jan 24 2015)
  42. LDLC/nV (Jan 24 2015 – Feb 7 2015)
  43. fnatic (Feb 7 2015 – Apr 17 2015)
  44. Titan (Apr 17 2015 – Apr 18 2015)
  45. Virtus Pro (Apr 18 2015 – May 3 2015)
  46. NiP (May 3 2015 – May 3 2015)
  47. TSM (May 3 2015 – Jun 6 2015)
  48. fnatic (Jun 6 2015 – Jun 7 2015)
  49. TSM (Jun 7 2015 – Jul 2 2015)
  50. Keyd Stars (Jul 2 2015 – Jul 2 2015)
  51. CLG (Jul 2 2015 – Jul 4 2015)
  52. C9 (Jul 4 2015 – Jul 5 2015)
  53. fnatic (Jul 5 2015 – Jul 16 2015)
  54. TSM (Jul 16 2015 – Jul 30 2015)
  55. E-frag (Jul 30 2015 – Aug 1 2015)
  56. mouz (Aug 1 2015 – Aug 2 2015)
  57. HellRaisers (Aug 2 2015 – Sep 25 2015)
  58. Titan (Sep 25 2015 – Oct 29 2015)
  59. Virtus Pro (Oct 29 2015 – Oct 31 2015)
  60. G2 (Oct 31 2015 – Nov 1 2015)
  61. nV (Nov 1 2015 – Nov 26 2015)
  62. NiP (Nov 26 2015 – Nov 26 2015)
  63. fnatic (Nov 26 2015 – Dec 5 2015)
  64. NiP (Dec 5 2015 – Dec 6 2015)
  65. fnatic (Dec 6 2015 – Dec 11 2015)
  66. nV (Dec 11 2015 – Dec 13 2015)
  67. NaVi (Dec 13 2015 – Dec 13 2015)
  68. fnatic (Dec 13 2015 – Jan 14 2016)
  69. nV (Jan 14 2016 – Jan 16 2016)
  70. NaVi (Jan 16 2016 – Jan 17 2016)
  71. fnatic (Jan 17 2016 – Feb 19 2016)
  72. nv (Feb 19 2016 – Feb 19 2016)
  73. fnatic (Feb 19 2016 – Mar 2 2016)
  74. LG (Mar 2 2016 – Mar 2 2016)
  75. NiP (Mar 2 2016 – Mar 30 2016)
  76. LG (Mar 30 2016 – Apr 13 2016)
  77. mouz (Apr 13 2016 – Apr 16 2016)
  78. Godsent (Apr 16 2016 – Apr 17 2016)
  79. NiP (Apr 17 2016 – May 14 2016)
  80. LG (May 14 2016 – Jun 26 2016)
  81. G2 (Jun 26 2016 – Jul 5 2016)
  82. SK (Jul 5 2016 – Oct 1 2016)
  83. NaVi (Oct 1 2016 – Oct 17 2016)
  84. Dig (Oct 17 2016 – Oct 17 2016)
  85. NaVi (Oct 17 2016 – Oct 18 2016)
  86. G2 (Oct 18 2016 – Oct 19 2016)
  87. Dig (Oct 19 2016 – Oct 19 2016)
  88. G2 (Oct 19 2016 – Oct 22 2016)
  89. SK (Oct 22 2016 – Oct 23 2016)
  90. Virtus Pro (Oct 23 2016 – Oct 23 2016)
  91. Dig (Oct 23 2016 – Oct 27 2016)
  92. FaZe (Oct 27 2016 – Oct 28 2016)
  93. NiP (Oct 28 2016 – Oct 30 2016)
  94. SK (Oct 30 2016 – Oct 30 2016)
  95. C9 (Oct 30 2016 – Nov 13 2016)
  96. Immortals (Nov 13 2016 – Nov 16 2016)
  97. Astralis (Nov 16 2016 – Nov 20 2016)
  98. SK (Nov 20 2016 – Nov 21 2016)
  99. NiP (Nov 21 2016 – Nov 30 2016)
  100. Astralis (Nov 30 2016 – Dec 3 2016)
  101. Optic (Dec 3 2016 – Dec 9 2016)
  102. Astralis (Dec 9 2016 – Jan 22 2017)
  103. Godsent (Jan 22 2017 – Jan 23 2017)
  104. Gambit (Jan 23 2017 – Jan 24 2017)
  105. Virtus Pro (Jan 24 2017 – Jan 29 2017)
  106. Astralis (Jan 29 2017 – Feb 19 2017)
  107. Virtus Pro (Feb 19 2017 – Mar 2 2017)
  108. NaVi (Mar 2 2017 – Mar 2 2017)
  109. North (Mar 2 2017 – Mar 2 2017)
  110. SK (Mar 2 2017 – Apr 6 2017)
  111. G2 (Apr 6 2017 – Apr 8 2017)
  112. FaZe (Apr 8 2017 – May 3 2017)
  113. Astralis (May 3 2017 – May 4 2017)
  114. SK (May 4 2017 – May 31 2017)
  115. G2 (May 31 2017 – Jun 23 2017)
  116. SK (Jun 23 2017 – Jul 4 2017)
  117. Space Soldiers (Jul 4 2017 – Jul 4 2017)
  118. Optic (Jul 4 2017 – Jul 5 2017)
  119. Liquid (Jul 5 2017 – Jul 7 2017)
  120. FaZe (Jul 7 2017 – Jul 8 2017)
  121. SK (Jul 8 2017 – Jul 18 2017)
  122. BIG (Jul 18 2017 – Jul 21 2017)
  123. Immortals (Jul 21 2017 – Jul 23 2017)
  124. Gambit (Jul 23 2017 – Aug 31 2017)
  125. NiP (Aug 31 2017 – Sep 3 2017)
  126. G2 (Sep 3 2017 – Sep 8 2017)
  127. NaVi (Sep 8 2017 – Sep 8 2017)
  128. FaZe (Sep 8 2017 – Oct 25 2017)
  129. SK (Oct 25 2017 – Nov 15 2017)
  130. Astralis (Nov 15 2017 – Nov 25 2017)
  131. SK (Nov 25 2017 – Dec 5 2017)
  132. Optic (Dec 5 2017 – Dec 6 2017)
  133. North (Dec 6 2017 – Dec 6 2017)
  134. NiP (Dec 6 2017 – Feb 8 2018)
  135. Liquid (Feb 8 2018 – Feb 9 2018)
  136. C9 (Feb 9 2018 – Feb 11 2018)
  137. Liquid (Feb 11 2018 – Feb 17 2018)
  138. Astralis (Feb 17 2018 – Feb 18 2018)
  139. G2 (Feb 18 2018 – Feb 23 2018)
  140. mousesports (Feb 23 2018 – Mar 23 2018)
  141. Virtus Pro (Mar 23 2018 – Mar 25 2018)
  142. mousesports (Mar 25 2018 – Apr 19 2018)
  143. NiP (Apr 19 2018 – Apr 21 2018)
  144. fnatic (Apr 21 2018 – Apr 22 2018)
  145. Astralis (Apr 22 2018 – May 6 2018)
  146. FaZe (May 6 2018 – May 17 2018)
  147. NaVi (May 17 2018 – May 19 2018)
  148. Liquid (May 19 2018 – May 20 2018)
  149. Astralis (May 20 2018 – Jul 7 2018)
  150. NaVi (Jul 7 2018 – Jul 28 2018)
  151. Liquid (Jul 28 2018 – Jul 29 2018)
  152. Astralis (Jul 29 2018 – Aug 30 2018)
  153. North (Aug 30 2018 – Sep 5 2018)
  154. HellRaisers (Sep 5 2018 – Sep 6 2018)
  155. Liquid (Sep 6 2018 – Sep 22 2018)
  156. Astralis (Sep 22 2018 – Nov 2 2018)
  157. NiP (Nov 2 2018 – Nov 3 2018)
  158. NaVi (Nov 3 2018 – Nov 6 2018)
  159. eUnited (Nov 6 2018 – Nov 7 2018)
  160. fnatic (Nov 7 2018 – Nov 10 2018)
  161. Astralis (Nov 10 2018 – Nov 22 2018)
  162. mibr (Nov 22 2018 – Nov 25 2018)
  163. Astralis (Nov 25 2018 – Jan 21 2019)
  164. Liquid (Jan 21 2019 – Feb 28 2019)
  165. ENCE (Feb 28 2019 – Mar 3 2019)
  166. Astralis (Mar 3 2019 – Apr 13 2019)
  167. mibr (Apr 13 2019 – Apr 13 2019)
  168. Liquid (Apr 13 2019 – Apr 13 2019)
  169. FaZe (Apr 13 2019 – May 1 2019)
  170. NRG (May 1 2019 – May 4 2019)
  171. fnatic (May 4 2019 – May 5 2019)
  172. Liquid (May 5 2019 – May 24 2019)
  173. Vitality (May 24 2019 – May 25 2019)
  174. ENCE (May 25 2019 – May 25 2019)
  175. Ghost (May 25 2019 – Present)

There you have it. Every team to hold the lineal championship. Ghost currently holds the championship, and as they have no LANs slated for the future currently, it looks like they will hold the title for a while. Now for some side notes:

  • Since round robin is a relatively rare format to find in CSGO tournaments, the lineal championship often follows the winners of big tournaments. To add to this, the only team to win a major and not hold the championship as a result was C9, who missed out on it as NiP, then the holder of the title, did not qualify. They were able to take the title at the next tournament cs_summit 2 for 2 days though.

  • As I mentioned before, Ghost has no LANs in the near future. As a result, they might be the first team to activate rule 5. Since I didn’t do that great of a job succintly explaining rule 5, I’ll use Ghost as an example of how it would work.
    If Ghost were to disband before losing another LAN match, their title would go back to ENCE. Since ENCE lost the title to Ghost in the 2nd match of a double-header at the end of cs_summit 4’s group stage, the title goes back to ENCE at the 1st match of the double-header. Then the title is simulated onwards with all Ghost matches being ignored. For example, ENCE played Vitality after Ghost, so the title transfers to Vitality. If rule 5 was activated on Ghost, these teams would be added to the end of the list:
    ​176. ENCE (May 25 2019 – May 26 2019)
    ​177. Vitality (May 26 2019 – May 28 2019)
    ​178. North (May 28 2019 – May 28 2019)
    ​179. Liquid (May 28 2019 – Present)

  • As stated in rule 4, the title does not move in the event of a tie. However, I did find out who would own the title if it moved to the other team in a tie, or if the title split in two. There have been 3 ties involving a title holder, as well as another that would’ve involed a title holder if there were different tie rules. As a result, these are the 4 different possibilities if rule 4 was different:

Alt Branch 1 (born from Main Branch at 22):
1. fnatic (Aug 2 2014 – Aug 2 2014)
2. Merged back into Main Branch at 24

Alt Branch 2 (born from Main Branch at 43):
1. Virtus Pro (Feb 7 2015 – Mar 14 2015)
2. fnatic (Merged instantly into Main Branch at 43)

Alt Branch 3 (born from Alt Branch 2 at 1):
1. NiP (Feb 7 2015 – Feb 7 2015)
2. fnatic (Merged instantly into Main Branch at 43)

Alt Branch 4 (born from Main Branch at 130):
1. North (Nov 25 2017 – Nov 25 2017)
2. NiP (Nov 25 2017 – Nov 25 2017)
3. G2 (Nov 25 2017 – Jan 26 2018)
4. C9 (Jan 26 2018 – Feb 9 2018)
5. Merged back into Main Branch at 136

  • Finally, I want to ask you guys a question: would you have done anything different? Would you have changed the rules regarding ties, or whether the title is owned by players or org? Is 6 months of no LAN activity too long or too short? Would you want to see a version that takes into account online matches? Do you want this to be a constantly updated thing? I’d be willing to consider any changes you guys suggest.

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