The new Chroma 3 case, introduced in the April 27th update, brings us a whole new arsenal of skins. 17 new skins makes for a pretty decent load-out, including rifles, sniper rifles, SMGs, handguns, shotguns and LMGS. While there are no new knife skins, there is the possibility of unboxing a rare knife from the original Chroma series.
The current price of the case itself on our marketplace is between $6.00 and $7.00. The quantity is low at the moment, but expect a gradual increase in volume in the near future.
The new skins in this case are: the PP-Bizon Judgement of Anubis, M4A1-S Chantico’s Fire, AUG Fleet Flock, P250 Asiimov (Yes Asiimov), UMP-45 Primal Saber, CZ75-Auto Red Astor, Galil AR Firefight, SSG 08 Ghost Crusader, Tec-9 Re-Entry, XM1014 Black Tie, Dual Berettas Ventilators, G3SG1 Orange Crash, M249 Spectre, MP9 Bioleak, P2000 Oceanic, Sawed-Off Fubar and SG 553 Atlas. All of them will be available in our marketplace 7 days after unboxing (so around May 3rd).
The price of the new skins ranges from $2.15 to $483.77 but at this moment it’s anybody’s guess because the weapons are barely a day old, so there aren’t many of them.
At the moment it is difficult to tell if the price will go up, down or in circles since there is little to no information with regards to market behavior. We can assume that the M4A1-S Chantico’s Fire could remain the most expensive weapon in the case (apart from knives), but we can agree that all of the skins look sick and I for one, can’t wait to get my hands on a Galil AR Firefight.
Got a Chroma 3 Case? Sell it on the largest marketplace in the world of its kind, OPSkins. Otherwise, happy unboxing.
We are extremely excited to announce our participation in DreamHack Austin 2016 at the Austin Convention Center in Texas from May 6-8. Make sure to drop by and say hello at our OPSkins booth, where we’ll be selling merchandise and doing giveaways (follow us on Twitter and Facebook for exclusive details).
We will also be sponsoring the MONSTERCAT AFK LAUNCH Pre-Party on Thursday May 5th where you can listen to some great beats and party with some awesome people.
For noobs unfamiliar with DreamHack, it’s a well-known event that includes Tournaments, Expo and one of the biggest LAN Party Events. This will be the first event held by Dreamhack in the Americas, and will be followed by one in Montreal, Canada in mid-August.
For the eSports component of Dreamhack, visitors can watch some of the top CS:GO, Starcraft II, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Pokkén Tournament players compete.
In addition, attendees will have the chance to participate for cash prizes in BYOC Tournaments (bring your own computer) that will take place for several games such as Rocket League, TF2, Dota 2, CS:GO, Hearthstone and Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void.
We’ll be sponsoring the CS:GO BYOC tournament and want to see you compete! If you have a team and want to participate in the BYOC Tournaments, make sure to sign up here.
Stay tuned for more DreamHack information and news, and browse OPSkins.com for your pre-tourney skins.
With Hearthstone’s newest expansion “Whispers of the Old Gods” releasing on April 26th, Blizzard has announced some balancing adjustments to prepare for the new standard format that will be available at launch. Cards are being toned down because standard will always have access to fewer cards when compared to wild; in turn this means the decks will most certainly be weaker, and have a lower overall “power level.”
Several themes are present in these card changes: reducing the efficiency of the silence mechanic, dismantling non-interactive combos, and mana cost re-evaluation.
One last note before we dive into the changes, these cards can be disenchanted for full dust when the expansion is released, more information here.
As most of us expected Druid had the most class cards adjusted, but the real surprise was that only three cards were changed. One Hunter card and two Rogue cards were also modified. Additionally, six neutral cards received changes for a total of 12 cards.
Big. Game. Hunter. The most polarizing card in all of Hearthstone. Originally intended to keep turn 4 Mountain Giants in check, this card has influenced the meta more than any other card I can think of. Being an auto-include in almost any deck, Big Game Hunter has prevented people from playing certain cards simply because they die to BGH. This also puts a strain on Blizzard to design cards that are playable even if they die to BGH, or cannot be targeted by BGH.
A change that would have been fair is to switch the effect of BGH and Hemet Nesingwary. However, the mana cost adjustment is almost the same.
When the possibility for changing old cards was announced back in February, everyone knew that Druid’s Force of Nature + Savage Roar combo was done for. The 9 mana, 2 card combo dealt 14 damage without any opponent interaction, save for taunt minions. In tournament games with a druid involved, the opponent knew going below 14 health meant they were in the danger zone.
This shows Blizzard is taking a firm stand that they dislike combos that include little to no setup or interaction from opponents.
Ancient of Lore’s change is simply reducing the number of cards drawn from two to one. This card was a staple for druid decks, as it put a sizable threat onto the board while refilling your hand.
Keeper of the Grove’s utility and mana cost will remain the same, but will only have 2 health in the future instead of 4.
Blade flurry will be crippled by these changes. It’s mana cost is being doubled, and the damage will no longer hit the enemy hero. This card paired well with Tinker’s Sharpsword Oil for late game burst damage. Parallels could be drawn between Blade Flurry and Force of Nature, as this card often enabled combos to close out the game.
Master of Disguise’s current effect is a problem because it would be difficult to design cards that wouldn’t be too powerful if they were granted permanent stealth. Just looking at the new card Scaled Nightmare, giving this minion permanent stealth would raise serious problems.
This issue has shown itself before: Dreadsteed was originally designed as a neutral minion, but coupled with the old Warsong Commander, you would have infinite 1/1 minions with charge. This change allows for the design of more cards.
Hunter’s mark will have its mana cost raised from 0 to 1.
Ironbeak Owl was the most commonly used silence minion because of its mana efficiency and beast synergy. However, with this change we might see the return of Spellbreaker. A 4 mana 4/3 is usually better than a 3 mana 2/1 beast.
I would have to say, Knife juggler got off easy only losing 1 attack. With the different ways Blizzard could have manipulated his cost, stats, and effect, this was a slap on the wrist for the ridiculously strong early game card.
Leper Gnome is an auto-include for any “face deck” and almost every aggressive deck included at least one in their deck list. Side note: this is also a stealth nerf to Mekgineer Thermaplugg (if anyone actually played that card).
With the launch of standard, we are returning to a time similar to classic hearthstone, when Handlock was dominant and oppressive. This mana cost change requires the Warlock to be at 5 health for it to be free. With the changes to a lot of combos and charge minions, the game looks like it will be slowing down a fair amount.
Earlier this week Twitch and FACEIT announced the “Esports Championship Series” (ECS) and the list of participating teams. Unlike tournaments like MLG and ESL, the ECS is co-owned by CS:GO teams and players and will function as a League for several weeks. All the matches will be streamed live on FACEIT’s Twitch channel.
The first season of the ECS will have 20 Teams (10 in North America and 10 in Europe) competing over the course of several weeks for a chance to claim part of the biggest prize pool in CS:GO history – a whopping$3.5 million. The organizers will also accommodate and provide financial support for the teams during this first season. All of the teams involved will take part in the organizing committee to help decide and enforce rules and practices for the League.
Season Two will create a platform for new growing talent to participate, expanding the CS:GO competitive scene and giving the chance to shine to new players.
The European side of the Series will feature some of the biggest CS:GO names such as: Astralis, EnVyUs, FaZe Clan, Fnatic, Natus Vincere, Virtus.pro, Team Dignitas, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports and mousesports. G2 and mouz qualified for this season through the “European Qualifiers” that included teams like Gambit, HellRaisers, AGG and SK gaming.
The North American part of the Series will include MLG Columbus Major Champions Luminosity Gaming, plus Team Liquid, Counter Logic Gaming, NRG eSports, OpTic Gaming, Team SoloMid, compLexity Gaming, Cloud9, Echo fox and Without a Roof.
The list of invited teams raised questions as to why North American team Tempo Storm (who qualified first to DreamHack Malmo) was not invited and was excluded from the Qualifier, while teams such as TSM and compLexity were directly invited even though they recently changed their original roster.
Some of the teams (such as Renegades, Tempo Storm and Flipsid3) complained about getting late invitations to the qualifiers, explaining this was the main reason they didn’t participate in the qualifiers for the final two spots on each region. FACEIT’s Vice President Roals “roychez” Van Buuren took to Reddit to answer some of those concerns regarding the invitations, citing a lack of time.
Week 1 Recap:
As of this moment, four matches were played in the North American League and six in the European.
In the first week of the NA ECS, only four teams participated. NRG eSports took a victory over compLexity Gaming 2-0 and OpTic Gaming won 2-0 against Without a Roof.
CompLexity Gaming recently replaced Daniel “roca” Gustaferri with Kia “Surreal” Man and is currently testing one new player. Shawn “witmer” Taylor is taking Danny “fRoD” Montaner’s place in the team and fRoD will be moving to a backup position. The new roster started off on the wrong foot after losing to NRG, and with these results the team starts the league in the 9th position (out of 10). It is important to note that since only four of the 10 teams participated in the first week of the NA ECS, these results will rapidly change as the “bigger” teams such as Liquid and Luminosity play their first matches in Week 2.
In the European League, Astralis took their first win against German team mousesports 2-1. Virtus.pro lost to Dignitas 2-1 and the French team EnVyUs took their first victory against G2 Esports 2-1. In the second week of the EU League, we will see the first matches for important teams such as Fnatic, Na’Vi, NiP and FaZe. For the moment Astralis, EnVy and Dignitas are ranked first in the EU League with 3 points each.
The Second Week of the EU and NA ECS is set to begin on April 18th with the first game being played between NiP and Na’Vi for the European League, and OpTic Gaming vs Echo Fox for the North American one.
Dreamhack Malmö starts today, and we’ll be bringing you the latest info on the roster changes, the participating teams, and important announcements.
The DreamHack Malmö tournament takes place at Malmö, Sweden from April 12th to April 17th. The group stage games will be played on a closed studio from April 12th to 15th. On the 16th the teams will compete live at the Malmö Arena for a spot in the semifinals, leaving the last day of the event for both semifinals and finals. The winner of this tournament will be crowned “Master Champion” and will claim a $100,000 prize.
The Participating Teams:
Eight teams were directly invited and the eight remaining spots went to teams that qualified through the Region Qualifiers during February and March.
For the invited teams we have: Astralis, Team EnVyUs, FaZe Clan, G2 Esports (taking Fnatic’s spot), Luminosity Gaming, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas and Virtus.pro.
The eight qualifying spots went to: mousesports, Lounge Gaming, Team Dignitas, GODSENT, Counter Logic Gaming, Team Liquid, Tempo Storm and TyLoo.
Injuries and roster changes:
Fnatic won’t be participating at the DreamHack Malmö due to a recent injury in Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer’s wrist that forced him to step out of the team temporarily. Niclas ‘Plessen’ Plessen will be taking Olof’s place in future tournaments until the player recovers. G2 Esports will be replacing Fnatic at this tournament.
NaVi’s awp player Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács won’t be attending this tournament due to a wrist injury and will be replaced by Na’Vi’s coach Sergey “starix” Ischuk.
FaZe’s player Mikail “Maikelele” Fiey won’t be participating at this event. The player announced his intentions of leaving the team but is still under contract with them. The European team acquired French player Fabien “kioShiMa” Fiey who will be playing for the first time with them in Malmö.
North American Team Liquid will be replacing Eric “adreN” Hoag with Kenneth “koosta” Suen. This will be Kenneth’s first appearance at an international Lan event.
While is not considered a “roster change,” NiP will be playing with their team including Jacob “pyth” Mourujärvi. The Swedish squad was unable to compete with their full team at the Columbus Major, as pyth could not get his visa on time for the tournament, forcing NiP to play with their Coach as a stand-in.
On the first day we’ll see a round robin on the group stage. Here the top two teams will be picked, leading to the Qualifiers which will play out on April 16th at the Malmo Arena
Below you can see the four groups of teams that will be fighting it out for a spot in the playoffs.
Not only are stickers a visual modification to make your gun look cooler, but they’re also memorabilia from a tournament, making them potentially valuable collectibles. Anyone with a Pokemon Card can tell you nowadays, collectibles can be worth a lot of money over time.
Sticker prices can go up slowly, or skyrocket overnight (as was the case with teams that had players banned or were forced to close down shop). Not many stickers will add value to the skin, unless you sell it to someone who actually wants a skin with a sticker or they come with a souvenir gun. So unless you just want a cool looking customized skin for yourself, you’re better off not putting the sticker on a gun if you want to resell it.
Due to their limited availability, most tournament stickers are worth buying. Team stickers and stickers autographed by professional CS:GO players are available for purchase in-game during the time of the tournament with 50% of the proceedings going to the players and the organizations. You can buy the sticker or a sticker capsule in-game a couple of weeks before and during the tournament; the day of the final, the stickers for that tournament will have a discount on their price. The ones that serve as a commemoration for past tournaments hold a higher value for memorabilia’s sake.
And stickers, like all other CS:GO items, will find their way to OPSkins Marketplace to be bought and sold. Here’s an analysis of sticker prices and trends on OPSkins:
The Most Expensive CS:GO Stickers
Usually tournament stickers are the most expensive in our market. Anything from Katowice 2014 goes for no less than $30, when they initially sold for $2.04. That was over a span of two years.
Katowice 2015 stickers however sell for much less. You can get a cheap one from TSM Kinguin for as low as $1.17. This sticker started out at $1.14, and now it’s worth 3 cents more. Woohoo.
The most expensive sticker from that same tournament on our market is the Titan Foil that currently goes for $80.14, and yes there are some sellers asking for $800. At its launch, it was valued at $15.85. Compare that to the Titan Holo from 2014 priced in the lower thousands and you can start noticing the difference. Mind you, this isn’t the most expensive sticker from from 2014; that title goes to the iBUYPOWER Holo, which is currently valued at around four figures in our marketplace.
Although the price of stickers from Cologne, Dream Hack and Cluj Napoca are climbing, they are still in their infancy with price tags under $5 because these tournaments were held last year.
Sticker Prices from MLG Columbus 2016 Teams
If you look at the stickers from MLG Columbus 2016, you can clearly see a difference in price tags.
The teams that participated in this event were Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Astralis, Fnatic, Team Liquid, Counter Logic Gaming, Luminosity Gaming, Virtus.pro, FlipSid3 Tactics, mousesports, FaZe Clan, Splyce, Counter Logic Gaming, Gambit Gaming, Cloud9, G2 Esports.
Most of the stickers vary between $2 and $5 in our market, but there are some that clearly exceed that price range.
Splyce stickers would be first in this list. As a small team that probably won’t appear again in a CS:GO Major, the stickers are very few and far between, making them a desirable rarity. The suggested price for a Foil is already at $25.39, but the current asking price is higher, between $40 and $100.
Obviously winning the tournament brings value to your promotional items. Luminosity stickers have some units valued around $75 (Holo) in our market, which initially had a price tag of $2.55. The Foil version is currently over $150, when it initially sold for $6.00.
Next up, Cloud9 stickers, with prices ranging from $40 to $50 for the Foil version. These stickers went for as low as $9.00 in mid March.
Not a bad investment.
This is only the first tournament for the 2016 season and there are plenty more to come with the next one being in Cologne. All of them with promotional stickers that are worth checking out and acquiring as a future investment to be sold at the worlds largest skins marketplace, OPSkins.
OPSkins is pleased to announce our support of sales for PAYDAY 2 items. You can now buy and sell all of the PAYDAY 2 in-game items on our marketplace in the same way the items for other games (CS:GO, Dota 2, H1Z1, Team Fortress 2) are bought and sold.It’s as simple as dragging and dropping.
As with all the games we support, sellers can “cashout” their earnings for real world money and buyers can purchase items using funds added to their OPSkins wallet via any of our payment methods which include PayPal, Bitcoin, Paymentwall and G2A.
You can sell safes, drills, rifles, machine guns, shotguns, pistols, SMGs, or any other PAYDAY 2 item. Now there’s no excuse for not looking cool while on a heist and making an extra buck on the side when you get tired of your old gear.
Earned a new item via a random drop in the game and want to make money off of it? No problem. Our marketplace is the way to go.
So if you have PAYDAY 2 items in your inventory and are ready to turn them into real world money or are looking for good deals for the items that you want, then look no further than OPSkins, the largest marketplace in the world of its kind with more than 1.4 million users.
The next CS:GO Major will be hosted by ESL One in Cologne, Germany at the LANXESS Arena from July 8th to July 10th. Like MLG Columbus, the tournament will have a $1 million total prize pool.
The first Major of 2016 was claimed last week at MLG Columbus by Brazilian team Luminosity Gaming after beating Natus Vincere 2-0, taking home $500,000 and securing a spot for the next major. The top eight teams from Columbus will receive a direct invitation to Cologne thanks to the “Legend” status that they were automatically awarded. This includes: Natus Vincere, Luminosity Gaming, Fnatic, Team Liquid, Counter Logic Gaming, Virtus.pro, Astralis and Ninjas in Pyjamas.
“ESL One Cologne, the world’s largest standalone Counter-Strike event, has once again been named an official Valve Major. This marks ESL’s fifth Major to date out of an industry total of nine. The stadium event, hosted in Cologne, Germany’s LANXESS arena (July 8-10) will host the playoffs of the US$1 million international esports tournament, with group stages to take place from July 5-7. Competition will feature sixteen of the world’s best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams: eight “Legends” invited directly from the latest Major in Columbus and eight “Challengers” that have yet to be determined.”
Sixteen teams will compete for a chance to take the 1st place and the $500,000 grand prize (the remaining $500k in the prize pool will be split among the smaller prizes). The eight teams that failed to qualify in the Columbus’ Quarterfinals will receive an invitation to compete in June for the eight remaining spots in the Cologne tournament. They’ll be fighting for an invitation against the best teams from the Regional Minor Championships which are held in Asia, Europe, North America and the CIS region.
ESL’s VP announced on his personal twitter that they will be working with PGL to enhance the in game production and overall tournament production. PGL helped during the DreamHack Cluj-Napoca Major last year and will work at the Dota 2 Manila Major to be held June 7-12.
“There are always things we can improve on, and we’re looking to take key learnings from last year to raise the bar even further in 2016 for what will hopefully be a truly legendary experience, both online and off.”
We here at OPSkins are always developing new ways to ensure our customer service is as efficient as possible, and for that reason we recently launched a new support system that is easier to use and more accessible than our previous one.
How to Make an OPSkins Support Ticket
When you’re logged into OPSkins, the link to support can be found on the top of the main site between the “Help” and the “Partners” tabs. By clicking on it, it will display a window with a list where you will be able to see the tickets that you opened and their status.
If you wish to create a new ticket, you click on the green “+Create New” button on the top right corner, right below your account icon. This will send you to a text editor in which you can add the subject, message, item or order that’s giving you issues, provide pictures, and choose the department based on the issue that you’re encountering.
You can review the status of the ticket on our support window to check if it has been updated. You can also keep track of several tickets from this window.
Rules of Thumb for OPSkins Support Tickets:
The more details you provide to us about the problem, the quicker we’ll be able to resolve it. This includes transaction ID numbers for problems with purchases, item ID numbers for item issues, etc.
Submitting your ticket in the right department will send your ticket to the correct support agents to help you with your problem, making the process go more quickly. Ticket departments are detailed below.
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OPSkins Support Ticket Departments:
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Billing: This department takes care of missing funds and provides assistance and guidance with payments. If you made a payment on OPSkins but the funds are not showing up in your account, this is the department to make a ticket in (note that if you pay with G2A, there’s a delay of a few hours and you do not need to make a support ticket unless it’s been longer than that – more info on the different payment methods available on OPSkins can be read here).
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The ticket will appear in the queue for our support staff. Our support team, who works 24/7/365, will go over the information and answer as quickly as possible. On average, a ticket will be solved in about day or less. However some tickets take more time to resolve than others, especially elevated tickets because they generally require more time to search and resolve, and if there are any Steam issues or PayPal issues that are causing problems for a large group of customers.
And as a final note, we solve all the issues that our customers run into. We have yet to see the day when we can’t help a customer in need with an issue on our site and we’re constantly working to prevent problems (although some are inevitable) and improve our users’ experience. If you have an issue with OPSkins, just send us a support ticket and we’ll help you out. It may not be answered immediately, but there are real-life actual living/breathing humans answering your support ticket, so please have a bit of patience and be assured your issue will be addressed.
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Day Six came to an end, and after a long week of amazing Counter-Strike we finally have the MLG Columbus Major Champion.
Luminosity Gaming have won their first ever Valve major, with this result the Brazilian dream was finally achieved and brings hope to the South American region and the eSports scene in general. Luminosity Gaming takes home $500,000 for their first place, and will join the list of legendary teams to win a Counter-Strike Major, along teams like EnVyUs, NiP, Fnatic, and others.
Luminosity Gaming faced Natus Vincere for the MLG Grand Final, and the first map of the series was Mirage, a map chosen by the Brazilians. Luminosity had a rough start, and lost the pistol round to the CIS team, followed by five more rounds putting them in a hard spot with a 6:0 score. Luminosity managed to win the following three rounds but lost all the remaining ones except for one, to end the first half 11:4 in favor of Na’Vi.
Luminosity won the pistol round and claimed the first six rounds in their favor, bringing the score to a close 11:10 (still in favor of Na’Vi). The CIS team took the following round but lost four consecutive rounds for a 12:14. LG wasn’t able to secure the game but was quick enough to deny Na’Vi victory and pushed the game into overtime 15:15.
Luminosity lost the first round in overtime, but the team managed to pick the map with a perfect T Side 19:17.
The second map was Na’Vi’s pick Overpass, the caster speculated over some new boosts that the CIS team had prepared but unfortunately for them, the Brazilians didn’t let them catch a break and they were not able to put said boosts to a test.
Luminosity claimed an early lead 7:0, dropped the two following rounds to Na’Vi but ended up closing the first half 13:2. The CIS team lost the pistol round and from there, it went downhill for them with Luminosity winning the following rounds for a demolishing victory 16:2.
Coldzera was awarded with the MVP trophy for the tournament, a well-deserved appreciation trophy for his amazing play during the semifinals, and his overall performance throughout the tournament.
This is an enormous achievement for the Brazilian team who placed eighth in last year’s major in Katowice after losing 2:0 to Na’Vi. Luminosity got a well deserved victory against Na’Vi and claimed the first place on the first Valve Sponsored Major with the newly implemented prize pool of $1M.