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Month: January 2017

Astralis wins ELEAGUE Major 2017

Image from: @astralisgg
Image from: @astralisgg

After a long week of exciting games and multiple upsets, the ELEAGUE Major 2017 has come to an end.

16 teams battled it out to claim a “Legend” Status (granted to the top eight teams) and get invited to the next major, with only one claiming the ELEAGUE Major 2017 title.

Astralis takes home the tournament grand prize of $500,000. Second place, and $150,000, went to Virtus.pro.

More than one million unique viewers watched the ELEAGUE Major grand finals on Twitch, smashing the records for the most viewers on a single channel (the previous one was 890k viewers and it was also a CS:GO record).

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The first map of the series was Virtus.pro’s choice of Nuke, and the Polish team went on to win it 16-12. The second map of the best-of-three series was played on Overpass (Astralis’s choice). The Danish squad had a difficult start, but managed to deny the Overtime to Virtus.pro and closed the map 16-14.

The deciding map of the series was Train. After a rough first half, the score was 6-9. But Astralis managed to turn the game around and won 16-14 after being down 12-14.

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OPBOX: WIN A $10,000 PC FROM OPSkins (yes, another one)

Want a dream PC but don’t want to do anything crazy to win it? Enter the OPBOX Dream PC Giveaway – one lucky winner will win a dream PC worth $10,000. The contest is based on a simple points system and we’ll be randomly drawing the winners from the entry pool – so the more entry points you earn, the better your chances of winning the giveaway.

How to Enter to Win the OPBOX Dream PC:

  • Visit https://opskins.com/?loc=giveaway
  • Login to OPSkins or create a new account (earn 1 entry)
  • Visit OPSkins and Roccat and share the giveaway post on facebook (3 entries) and Twitter (2 entries)
  • Answer a short survey about OPSkins (earn 5 entries)
  • Buy and sell on OPSkins (earn 1 entry for every $10 purchased)

The more points you earn, the better your chances of being drawn as a winner.

1st Place Prize – the OPBOX

  • MSI X99A GodLike Gaming Carbon LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate (CL-W007-PL12BL-A) Enthusiasts Class Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 360MM
  • SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5″ 1TB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-75E1T0B/AM (3)
  • EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 T2 220-T2-1000-X1 80+ TITANIUM 1000W Fully Modular EVGA
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit – OEM
  • Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Professional Grade Wired/Wireless Gaming Mouse
  • LG Electronics 14x SATA Blu-ray Internal Rewriter
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1080 DirectX 12 GTX 1080 SEA HAWK X 8GB 256-Bit GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support (2)
  • G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 128GB (8 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Intel X99 Platform Extreme Performance
  • Corsair Gaming STRAFE RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – Cherry MX Red
  • Thermaltake CL-F014-PL14BU-A 140mm Pure 14 Series BLUE LED High Airflow Case Fan (2)
  • Intel Core i7-6950X 25M Broadwell-E 10-Core 3.0 GHz LGA 2011-v3 140W BX80671I76950X Desktop Processor
  • Thermaltake Core X9 Snow Edition E-ATX Stackable Tt LCS Certified Cube Chassis CA-1D8-00F6WN-00
  • Acer Predator X34 Curved IPS NVIDIA G-sync Gaming Monitor 21:9 WQHD Display with Built-in Overclocking 100Hz
  • Samsung SSD 950 PRO 512GB NVMe M.2 Series PCI-Express 3.0 Internal MZ-V5P512BW with 2.5″ SSD Plastic case
  • SteelSeries ST61302 – Siberia 800 Wireless Gaming Headset

There are also some sweet 2nd and 3rd place prizes.

2nd Place Prize – Roccat Gear Bundle

3rd Place Prize – StatTrak M9 Bayonet | Fade

And in case you needed one final reason to enter, here’s our first 3DMark test (no overclocking).

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ELEAGUE Atlanta 2017 Stickers and Graffiti: Available on OPSkins January 20

With only weeks away from the first CS:GO Major of 2017, Valve has released the Team Stickers for the ELEAGUE Atlanta Major that will run January 22 to January 29 at the Fox Theatre.

As is the custom by now, 50% of the proceeds from Team Stickers and Autographed Stickers purchased in-game will go to the players and organizations. The same deal will apply to the Team Graffiti.

The Group Stage for the tournament will be played using the Swiss-system, in which teams are divided into small groups that will face each other at random. There will be five rounds of games and the top eight teams will advance to the playoffs.

Image from: Eleague.com
Image from: Eleague.com

The stickers and graffiti will be available on OPSkins once they become tradeable on January 20.

As we’ve discussed in the past, the CS:GO Tournament Stickers are great collectibles and memorabilia, but are also a good investment that might pay off on the long run. The best example of that are the Katowice 2014 ( originally sold in-game for $5), that currently sell for over $25 with some of them going for over three figures.

You can use the stickers as decoration and memorabilia, and during the tournament you can also use them as “game pieces” to participate in the “Pick’Em Challenge.” There will be three types of trophies awarded to those participating in the Pick’Em Challenge that can be displayed next to your avatar in-game.

Team Graffiti. Image from: Counter-strike.net
Team Graffiti. Image from: Counter-strike.net

Most of the teams participating in this year’s major already had stickers in-game from previous Majors, however there are two teams that will see their first stickers added to the game: Team GODSENT composed by former players for Fnatic, and Team North.

For those unfamiliar with North, it is a Danish eSports organization affiliated with F.C Copenhagen and Nordisk Film, comprised by ex-Dignitas players.

 

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OPSkins Improves The H1Z1 Sales Process: Set the item price after the 7 day hold is lifted

You know the struggle: You want to sell an H1Z1 item, so you list it for sale at the current market price. But there’s that annoying seven day trade hold.  So a week later when the item goes on sale, it’s listed at a week old price that’s no longer relevant. The market has fluctuated by then, and now you’ve either listed an overpriced item and have to lower the price, or the item sold immediately because the price you selected last week was lower than the current market value.  You could have made more money if you had been able to set the price at the current market value.

We fixed it. Beginning today, you can deposit your H1Z1 item on OPSkins without setting a sales price by utilizing your OPSkins Inventory (you can read more about your OPSkins Inventory here).

OPSkins H1Z1 Trade Hold Pricing

When you list an H1Z1 item with us, you can select “Addon” and then choose the option “Deposit to my OPSkins Inventory.” Your item still goes into the game publisher-mandated seven day trade hold because we can’t prevent that. But now, the item gets deposited into your OPSkins Inventory without a stipulated sales price.  So when it’s tradeable seven days later, you can go back into your inventory page and put the item up for sale at the current market price. Keep in mind that the item will not appear in your inventory until the trade hold period is up.

We’ve included a short video clip here that walks through the simple process of depositing your H1Z1 item into OPSkins Inventory:

This is an optional feature. If you prefer the old way of setting a price when you deposit it and before the trade lock, you may still do that the same way you always have.

Get started – list your H1Z1 items for sale here.

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The Glove Case: Average Prices and Trends Since Release

Solid numbers on the CS:GO Glove Case are in – it took a while but that is because Valve decided to make the gloves just as rare as knives, so units were slow to list and so true averages were slower to determine. This does not mean that the gloves and the other skins in the case are slow sellers. On the contrary, the few units of every single Glove skin posted and most would be bought almost immediately, which meant that some days OPSkins had stock of one skin, and the next day stock of the others.

The lack of consistency reflects the scarcity of the skins. But we believe that these gloves will become more common in our marketplace. Here are the averages:

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The Glove Case’s suggested price on our marketplace is $0.52, but you can find units that sell for even less at $0.32. Like any other CS:GO case, the price tag started out high at $10, but as the market got flooded by new units (1,420 units sold on its second day) the price plummeted. Its current average price is $0.39 and it seems to keep dropping but a a slower rate. You could hold on to one of these if you wanted to, but seeing its performance and unless you want to open it in the future, you are probably better off selling it.

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The most expensive gloves currently on our market are the Specialist Gloves Foundation, this could be because the owner of the gloves is trying to establish a trend since there is no previous market price, meaning that there haven’t been any units of this skin with this specific wear sold before in our marketplace. Then again, they are pretty cool looking gloves.

Since there is no previous sale history on these gloves, we cannot tell what will happen with the suggested price. What we can say is that if these gloves sell for their current asking price, the following units will be cheaper because that is how the skin market usually behaves – the first units sold are usually the most expensive, then the price lowers, and climbs back up just below the initial asking price when it stabilizes.

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Next up, the Specialist Gloves Crimson Kimono with a similar predicament but with a lower price. No units have been sold on our marketplace yet but if these sell then they will definitely set a trend. The price tag may look steep but remember it is the first unit being listed of a set of skins that is very rare.

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The third most expensive skin in the case and one that has a decent sale history. It has been selling units almost every day since the first one was bought, and the price went from $499.99 on the first sale to $560.00 and back to $514.89. Its price rose again to $540.00 but there are still no signs of any stable price. For that matter it is anyone’s game when it comes to the price at which they want to sale their gloves. This can be good if you’re selling right now and someone decides to buy them at the price you have set. If you’re buying and you already know how the skins economy works, you will probably hold off for a bit longer until the price comes down or buy the same skin with more wear; a Field-Tested pair of these is worth around $300.00.

It is worth mentioning that the Specialist Gloves Emerald WebHand Wraps Slaughter and Sport Gloves Pandora’s Box have a suggested price over $400 and asking prices between $500.00 and $600.00, so if you have any laying around, it is a good idea to put them up for sale.

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Now, on the topic of weapon skins (because they have been selling), we have better information regarding the behavior of their prices in our marketplace. They are not as expensive as the gloves, but they still pack quite a punch and are easier to obtain.

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The most expensive weapon in the case is the StatTrak™ M4A4 Buzz Kill. The Factory New version started it’s sale history at $174.49, then it jumped to $199.00, stayed there for a while, to come back down to $153.00. If you have any lying around in your inventory it would be a good idea to keep them around since they’re few and far in between.

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The StatTrak™ SSG 08 Dragonfire has an interesting sale history. It is currently $8 over the it’s lowest suggested price but it is anyone’s guess at this point since the suggested price plummeted, then rose, fell, rose again and in it’s latest drop it lost $53.00 on its suggested price. However, if you’re looking to buy a decent sniper rifle that is not an AWP, you can opt for this skin, which some are dubbing it the “Budget D-Lore”.

It is a good thing then that these are the most expensive items in the case because the others have really god paint jobs. Honorable mentions include the Sawed-Off Wasteland PrincessDual Berettas Royal Consorts and the M4A1-S Flashback. All of these skins are under $15.00, in stock and really easy on the eyes.

Let us know what are your thoughts on the Glove Case and the new gloves and the new skins the case brought to CS:GO.

The suggested prices on the charts were taken from OPSkins on of December 19th, 2016.

The suggested prices on the images were taken from OPSkins on of December 20th, 2016.

 

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