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Useful Tools to Easily Find the Best Priced Items on OPSkins

OPSkins is always working to make your buying and selling experience faster and easier on our marketplace. During the last few months we’ve launched a few goodies that you probably want to know about if you want to make the best trades. These tools are all intended to help you find the item you’re looking for quickly, at the best price, and with minimal effort. Here’s a summary of each:

OPSkins Weapon Builder

Use the OPSkins Weapon Builder when you want to preview any CS:GO skin/sticker combination. The Weapon Builder will find and display the exact item you are looking for. Narrow your search down by weapon type, skin, wear, and stickers – then see if it’s for sale on OPSkins, and which current listing is the cheapest. Basically you can design your dream CS:GO weapon, then see which one on OPSkins is the best one for you to buy. It’s pretty simple to use but we made a brief tutorial for you, or you can check out the Weapon Builder for yourself here: OPSkins Weapon Builder.

OPSkins Item Database – CS:GO

The OPSkins Item Database is a catalog of items that includes every pattern index for important pattern-based skins. This tool enables you to view and research nearly all current skins, including wears and patterns, to give you a better idea of which skins are out there on the market. The Item Database then gives you the OPSkins and Steam Community Market pricing for the item you selected, and the links to browse it in either market.

The item database also holds a registry of images for the skins that have randomly generated patterns. Skins such as Case Hardened, Fades, Marble Fades, Dopplers, Gamma Dopplers, Slaughters and Crimson Webs will have a registry of images that you can use as a reference. All skins with a variable pattern and reference images will have the symbol ✓ Patterns. Check out the Item Database for yourself: OPSkins CSGO Item Database.

OPSkins Item Database – H1Z1

In addition to CS:GO, we now have an H1Z1 Item Database where you can discover new H1Z1 skins, and check out their price history. View it here: OPSkins H1Z1 Item Database.

OPSkins Item Database Fade Tool

We also have the Fade Tool within the OPSkins Item Database. This shows you the knife’s, well, fade. Use the slider to change the pattern index, and view how it affects the knife’s fade in the image. Try it out for yourself here: OPSkins Item Database Fade Tool.

OPSkins Item Explorer

The OPSkins Item Explorer shows you the lowest-priced items on OPSkins that match your filters for CS:GO, Dota 2 and H1Z1. This one is also pretty simple – just select the game, then item type that you’d like to search for, then the subcategory. Rather than scrolling through duplicate listings of the same item to find the lowest priced one, the OPSkins Item Explorer displays it for you. Try it out here: OPSkins Item Explorer

Enjoy the goodies, and let us know in the comments what other tools would make your buying and selling experience on OPSkins faster and easier.


CS:GO Graffiti is Back

Image courtesy of Valve

Sprays are back! Well, sort of.

The popular Counter-Strike graffiti feature that used to leave your mark on the maps, distract opponents, and sometimes amuse them, has been brought back by Valve for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. And while in previous iterations of the game the feature was available for free and could be customized, these new sprays have a few guidelines. They’re available for sale now on

In previous Counter-Strike installments, the player had access to an unlimited number of charges – now they can only have 50. After the charges are consumed, the player will have to acquire new ones, be it in the form of a weekly in-game drop by ranking up, through graffiti boxes that can be purchased, or by purchasing an individual graffiti from OPSkins or through the Steam Market.

Past versions of Counter-Strike allowed you to create custom graffiti with any image you wanted from the web (they could even be R-rated images) by going to a folder in the game’s files and pasting it there. You could add animation to the graffiti by using a .gif file as the source image and if the server moderator or the player didn’t want to see them, they could turn off the feature and still be able to play.

Now, there are two types of graffiti patterns available: monochrome and multi-colored. The first you can acquire as a rank up drop and the latter can be acquired through the purchase of a graffiti box. Part of the earnings from the graffiti box sales will go to the community of artists behind the patterns, which means that they can continue to produce new work in the future. Both types of patterns can also be traded and sold on OPSkins or the Steam Market.

The graffiti designs are mostly based on previously existing sticker designs, so we could assume that in the future Valve might roll out special edition tournament graffiti. Interestingly enough, one of the actual graffiti patterns features the controversial Howling Dawn design which had to be changed in the past due to copyright infringement; it might just turn out to be one of the more expensive sprays on the market in the future.

Image courtesy of Valve

Players can equip as many patterns as they wish and they can switch them in-game so as to apply a different pattern in each spray, although they are only able to spray once every round or every 45 seconds (whichever comes faster) and the graffiti will last seven minutes on the applied surface until it fades away. According to Valve: “Players can apply graffiti once per round, or every 45 seconds, whichever is shorter. Getting a kill in a round-based game mode will allow the player to apply more graffiti.”

Surfaces on the maps where the graffiti can be applied will display a preview of the graffiti when the player tries to spray on them. If the surface does not show a preview then the player will not be able to graffiti over it.

Since the graffiti are tradeable in the Steam Market that means that you can sell them on OPSkins as well (as long as they haven’t been unsealed) just like any of the previous CS:GO items that Valve has released in the past. We will also keep an eye out for the behavior of the price in our marketplace so you can see which patterns are the most sought after. Currently the sale price of a graffiti on our marketplace varies mostly in the range of $1.00 and $5.00.



The New CS:GO Gamma 2 Case on OPSkins


Second Gamma case in less than a year, and boy do we hope Valves keeps it up with these roll outs. The case comes with 17 new skins for handguns, rifles, machine guns, SMGs and shotguns. The case also carries the knife skins that were introduced in the previous Gamma Case. The skins will be available on OPSkins when they’re tradeable after August 25th.

As with previous cases, this price will drop over time substantially, but it currently has a price range in our marketplace that goes from $3.40 to $15.00.

The featured skin for the case is the FAMAS Roll Cage and the most expensive skin will probably be the AK-47 Neon Revolution since it’s an AK and it’s revolutionary (it even says so in the name!). The case even shows some love to the Negevs by introducing a new skin called the Dazzl, and dazzled we are by its inclusion in the case. Here’s what they look like:

FAMAS Roll Cage
Negev Dazzle
AK-47 Neon Revolution

New Gun Skins in the Gamma 2 Case

The new skins in the Gamma 2 Case are the aforementioned AK-47 Neon Revolution, FAMAS Roll Cage and Negev Dazzle. The case also includes the AUG Syd Mead, MP9 Airlock, Tec-9 Fuel Injector, Desert Eagle Directive, Glock-18 Weasel, MAG-7 Petroglyph, SCAR-20 Powercore, SG 553 Triarch, CZ75-Auto Imprint, Five-SeveN Scumbria, G3SG1 Ventilator, P90 Grim, UMP-45 Briefing, and XM1014 Slipstream.

These skins will be available in our marketplace the following week (start looking after seven days have passed) and we will be following their behavior on the market as we have done with previous new skin releases.

So be sure to keep an eye out for the next few weeks to get your hands on the new skins!


OPSkins Site Update: New Login Method


OPSkins is introducing a change to the website that will increase the security of your account and inventory, and allow you to use OPSkins even when Steam is down.

Effective 8/17/16, you can optionally login to OPSkins with a new OPSkins username and password instead of using Steam to log in. If you want to keep just signing in through Steam, that’s cool too! Here’s why this is a good change:

Increased security: now if your Steam account is ever compromised, your OPSkins account will remain safe because the hacker won’t also automatically have access to your OPSkins account.

Increased usage: you’ll still be able to login to OPSkins if Steam is down, where previously you could not sign in if Steam Community was unavailable. This means that during some Steam outages, you can continue trading.

Better support: our support staff is able to better serve you if you’ve verified your email address (e.g. via password resets)

Important things to note:

– If you already have an OPSkins account, you will be asked to set up a username and password the next time you sign in, and you will be asked to verify your email address.
– Once you have your username and password set, you can sign in using your OPSkins account or continue to login using your Steam login.
– You’ll be able to reset your password via your verified email address.
– You’ll be able to disable Steam sign-ins on your account if you wish for extra security (this is voluntary).
– New users must register a username and password – they won’t be able to just sign in through Steam the first time they log into OPSkins.

This is another of the several features we’ve introduced recently, as we at OPSkins are constantly working to improve our customers’ experience. Let us know what you think in the comments.


OPSkins’ Statement Regarding Valve’s Letter to Gambling Websites

Yesterday Valve Corporation sent a letter to some sites regarding their previously announced restrictions on CS:GO skin gambling. Valve’s letter identified a number of gambling sites and instructed them to cease and desist from using Steam. We understand Valve’s latest enforcement action is intended to directly address unregulated skin gambling. As we expected, OPSkins was not included in the Valve list of offending sites.

OPSkins is not and has never been a gambling site nor has OPSkins ever had any ownership in a gambling site. We appreciate the tremendous trust and support the Steam Community has placed in us and we look forward to continuing to serve you as we enter our 3rd year of operations. As always, we will keep the community updated.


Changes in CS:GO Skins and Keys Pricing since Valve’s Gambling Announcement

As you’re probably well aware, on July 13th Valve issued an announcement regarding CS:GO gambling sites. The announcement stated:

“Using the OpenID API and making the same web calls as Steam users to run a gambling business is not allowed by our API nor our user agreements. We are going to start sending notices to these sites requesting they cease operations through Steam, and further pursue the matter as necessary. Users should probably consider this information as they manage their in-game item inventory and trade activity.”

Following this announcement, many CS:GO players unloaded their item inventories onto OPSkins (which we would like to reiterate is NOT a gambling site, and is a marketplace where buyers and sellers connect to trade their items with each other). As we stated, since we aren’t a gambling site, we don’t know how this will affect us but we don’t believe that we will be asked by Valve to shut down, and are operating 100% normally. What followed was something akin to a stock market crash in our marketplace. Here’s some graphic proof showing the price changes in some of the most popular items sold on OPSkins:


If you remember from a previous post, the lines on this graph represent the six most sold CS:GO skins in our marketplace, with the AK-47 Redline (Field Tested) being the gun skin that moves the most amount of units overall. The lines clearly show a decline starting on July 13th with a drop on July 14th, followed by a climb and somewhat stabilization on July 15th and 16th. It doesn’t look too drastic at first sight but when you look at the variance in average price, you can clearly see the impact the announcement had:

  • AK-47 Redline (Field Tested): 7.11% drop in the average price.
  • AWP Worm God (Minimal Wear): 13.56% drop in the average price.
  • Glock-18 Water Elemental (Field Tested): 10.53% drop in the average price.
  • AWP Asiimov (Field Tested): 9.67% drop in the average price.
  • AWP Worm God (Factory New): 8.00% drop in the average price.
  • Glock-18 Water Elemental (Minimal Wear): 7.50% drop in the average price.

When added together, the average drop for these skin prices was 9.40% between July 13th and July 14th. To put it into context, remember the last time the Dow Jones (a U.S. stock market index) dropped that hard (7%), the world fell into an economic recession.

We can also look at the behavior of the case keys in our marketplace this past weekend since they are also a measurable representation of the skins economy:


Dramatic isn’t it?

First thing to note: The keys listed here are the highest selling volume keys in our marketplace. The price for all of them, except for the Chroma Case Key, seems to have stabilized between July 15th and July 16th, but at an average price lower than before July 13th. The variance in price for each one of the keys was more uniform than the variance in price for the gun skins (mostly because the keys are listed at a similar price and because traders used them to assess the price of a skin). Their variance from July 13th to July 14th was:

  • Operation Breakout Case Key: 6.80% decline in average price.
  • Operation Wildfire Case Key: 6.80% decline in average price.
  • Revolver Case Key: 6.37% decline in average price.
  • Shadow Case Key: 5.88% decline in average price.
  • Chroma 2 Case Key: 5.37% decline in average price.
  • Chroma 3 Case Key: 5.31% decline in average price.
  • Chroma Case Key: 5.24% decline in average price.
  • And the average was of 5.96% variance.

The sales during the next few weeks will be indicative of the state of the changes in the skins trading economy, and we’ll be reporting on it. As the largest online marketplace of it’s kind, OPSkins has worked tirelessly to create a safe trading platform for the community. As we stated in a previous post, we are here to facilitate the trade of CS:GO skins and to protect our customers from fraud. We appreciate the trust our community has placed in us and we will continue to evolve with the market changes to ensure your valuable item inventory and deposits can always be safely managed on OPSkins.


CS:GO Major: MLG Columbus Souvenir Packages

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Souvenir packages are where Valve proves how generous it can be when it comes to their hardcore CS:GO fan base. Especially when you’re one of the thousands of fans tuning in either through Twitch,, GOTV with a linked Steam account. These fans are very much aware that Valve drops souvenir cases for those tuning in and the kind of treat they’re in for.

As the Counter Strike blog states, “While you’re watching MLG Columbus 2016 next week, you’ll have a chance to receive a souvenir package commemorating the event. Each souvenir features a weapon from the collection of the map being played, golden stickers of the teams who were playing, and a golden signature of the MVP from the round where the souvenir dropped.

Each case or “collection” belongs to one of the several maps and they are:

  • The Cache Collection
  • The Cobblestone Collection
  • The Dust 2 Collection
  • The Inferno Collection
  • The Mirage Collection
  • The Overpass Collection
  • The Train Collection


If you’re one of the lucky winners of a souvenir, you have two options. You can either sell the case or unbox the weapon that’s inside. Mind you The Cobblestone Collection kind of jumps out from the list, but I wouldn’t rush to get one just yet. Since no one knows what weapon will be unboxed when you open a collection, you can easily run the risk of scoring a Dragon Lore that you can later sell for four figures or you can end up with a Nova Green Apple that is not even worth $1.90. It’s all or nothing, and do you really want to roll your dice like that?

Besides, you can sell the case and automatically make around $30.00 on OPSkins. Let the number throwing begin:

The Cache Collection

This case will go for as low as $5.08 on OPSkins but when opened you can expect to get, if you’re very lucky, a Galil AR Cerberus in Factory New conditions that will sell for about $258.99 on OPSkins, or you can expect to get any of the following:

  • FAMAS Styx: This one goes from $0.60 if its Battle-Scarred or $42.96 if it’s a Factory New rifle
  • Tec-9 Toxic: It starts at $6.01 as a Battle-Scarred unboxing all the way to $43.79 if it’s Factory New
  • Gloc-18 Reactor: $7.01 Battle-Scarred or $65.55 Factory New
  • XM1014 Bone Machine: From $2.24 in its Battle-Scarred incarnation or $12.02 Factory New
  • MAC-10 Nuclear Garden: $1.22 Battle-Scarred and $10.55 Factory New
  • MP9 Setting Sun: $1.03 Battle-Scarred and $37.90 Factory New
  • AUG Radiation Hazard: $0.92 Battle-Scarred and $3.93 Factory New
  • PP-Bizon Chemical Green: $0.50 Battle-Scarred and $4.94 Factory New
  • Negev Nuclear Waste: $0.84 Battle-Scarred and $0.92 Factory New
  • P250 Contamination: $0.64 Battle-Scarred and $5.75 Factory New
  • Five-SeveN Hot Shot: $0.80 Battle-Scarred and $15.06 Factory New
  • SG 553 Fallout Warning: $0.69 Battle-Scarred and $4.83 Factory New

But what does it all mean?

For starters, if you keep the case and decide to sell it, you could easily make more than what you could earn if you decided to open it, since you are more likely to get any of the nine weapons that go for less than $6.00. Then again, the case has dropped from $9.00 to about $6.00, but only because now there’s more of them, and that will only last until Sunday.

Now, if you are feeling lucky, you can still lose money if you get one of the three weapons that can sell for over $6.00 since the Factory New versions are the only ones that really bring home the money. Well at least for two of them, one barely goes over $6.00.

Now, we could drag on with the specifics and analyze each one of the cases in annoying detail, but that’s what charts are made for, so here’s a chart:


As we can see, the Cobblestone Collection is the most expensive case but it is also the one with the highest amount of items that will sell at a lower price than the case itself. It doesn’t matter if they’re Factory New or Battle-Scarred, with this case the risks are high. Then again, the rewards can be higher, land yourself a Dragon Lore, and you can start asking for people’s car keys.

The safest and probably most profitable cases would be The Overpass Collection and the Dust 2 Collection, with The Overpass Collection bringing in the more expensive skins. The items that can be unboxed fetch good sums of money and the probability of getting one of them is higher.

The Mirage collection is a low entry case. You risk very little, but earn less.

As for the other cases – The Train Collection only offers a small chance of actually scoring something that is worth your time, The Inferno Collection is a low entry coin flip, and The Cache collection could unbox a decent skin, but the odds are stacked against you even more than with other cases.

All in all, it really comes down to the price of the case and how lucky you might be feeling or how little care if you were to get a low cost skin.

The prices used on the to gauge the Items Over The Case Price are based on Factory New skins.


USA: Home of the Free, Land of the VAC’d

Popular Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ban recording and reporting site recently released some interesting stats regarding VAC (Valve Anti-Cheat) bans by country. VAC bans are issued by Valve and are a permanent ban from the multiplayer and trading aspects of a specific game, if one is caught cheating or hacking in that game (you can read more about Steam bans here).

The stats released show the United States of America coming up big on the world stage, with almost 13% of total VAC bans. Not only is the USA the top hacking country in the world, second place is not even that close, with Russia representing just three percentage points less, coming in at 9.7%. This represents the largest gap on the chart between any two countries, and these two countries comprising almost 1/4th of the world’s caught hackers. Almost 50% of the world’s cheaters are in the top 7 countries.

VAC ban chart

We can see that, according to steamspy, there are even more players of CS:GO in Russia than there are in the USA making these statistics even more surprising to me, a streamer who is mainly on during EU hours. Due to my timing, most complaints I hear are about Russians, who most of my chat plays with in CS:GO’s main game-play mode, competitive matchmaking.


csgo playerbase by country

Regardless of location, it is clear that hackers are a big problem in CS:GO and will only become a bigger issue as the game becomes more and more popular. Given the constant battle we are all waging against hackers, be sure to do your part the next time you are in a game and report individuals you suspect to be (or that are blatantly) hacking.

See you out there!


So I’m Banned? A Summary of Steam Bans

So you’re trying to buy or sell an item OPSkins, and you get an error message that says either that we couldn’t send you a trade offer due to a ban or cooldown, or you can’t accept the offer we sent you? You might ask, Why do I need to be able to trade in order to use OPSkins? Well, simply put, the only way to move an item between Steam accounts is to use Steam trading. Since we can’t move an item between your account and our bots if you can’t trade, you therefore can’t use OPSkins if you’re unable to trade. We don’t have any control over this – these restrictions are imposed by the Steam platform which we use to send and receive items.

There are quite a few reasons why an account can be unable to trade on Steam. Here are a few of them:

Trade Ban

This is the most obvious reason. If you’re trade banned on Steam, then you can’t trade. A trade ban is issued by Valve itself, and restricts your account from trading or using the Steam Community Market. Depending on the nature of the infraction which got you banned, trade bans may be temporary or permanent. After a trade ban expires, a banned account is usually placed into “trade probation” for some time. Both of these states are visible as red text on the Steam profile, even if the profile is private.

If you’re trade banned entirely, then of course you can’t use OPSkins since you can’t trade with our bots. We also prevent users who are on trade probation from using OPSkins, for the safety and security of all of our users. If your trade ban/probation has an expiration date, you will be able to use OPSkins after that date.

Locked Account

Whenever a major change is made to a Steam account, Steam automatically sends an email to the email address on file for that account. Most of these emails include a link that allows the account owner to “self-lock” their account. These locks prevent trading, purchases on the Steam store, access to VAC-secured game servers, and more. When an account is locked, it cannot trade and therefore cannot use OPSkins. Note that if you “self-unlock” your account, you may be further restricted from trading for 7 days.

Accounts can also be locked by Steam Support for violations of the Steam Subscriber Agreement. The same restrictions apply: locked accounts cannot use OPSkins since they cannot trade.

Steam Guard

This is the big one. You’re required to have a very specific configuration of Steam Guard settings in order to be able to trade. Firstly, if Steam Guard is disabled, you can’t trade at all. Once Steam Guard is enabled, you need to wait 15 days in order to be able to trade. This restriction applies to new Steam accounts (Steam Guard is automatically enabled when you confirm your email address, but that merely begins the 15-day waiting period) and also to accounts which disable and then immediately re-enable Steam Guard.

Steam Guard takes two forms:

  • 1. Email authentication
    • Under email authentication, every time you login from a new device or browser, you must enter a code that is sent to your email address.
    • Every time you authorize a new device, you begin a trade cooldown and are unable to trade on that device only for 7 days. After 7 days pass, you can trade on that device as normal, provided you hit no other restrictions.
    • All trades in which you lose items will be held for 72 hours (or 24 hours if you’ve been friends with the other user on Steam for at least a year). During a trade hold, all items in the trade will be removed from both parties’ inventories and be inaccessible. However on March 9th, Valve is extending this trade hold time to 15 days instead of 72 hours
  • 2a. Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator (enabled for less than 7 days)
    • If you’re using the Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator, but it’s been enabled for less than 7 days, then all of the bullet points under “Email authentication” apply.
  • 2b. Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator (enabled for 7 days or more)
    • When using the Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator, every time you login, you must enter a code that is generated by the Steam Mobile app on your phone.
    • There is no new-device cooldown.
    • Trades will only be held if the other party is losing items (you’re receiving items) and they haven’t had the mobile authenticator enabled for 7 days.

Trade Cooldown

It’s possible for a Steam account to enter a “trade cooldown.” These cooldowns are triggered by specific circumstances, and don’t necessarily indicate a ban of any kind.

When you have one or more Steam trades on hold, you are presented with a button that you can click to cancel all of your outstanding trades. If you use this button (and confirm a popup, shown below), all of your pending trades will be canceled (including those on hold) and you will begin a 7-day trade cooldown.

You will also enter a trade cooldown if you do any of the following:

  • Change your Steam account’s email address (5 day trade cooldown)
  • Reset your Steam account’s password via the help site because you forgot it: 7-day trade cooldown, or 30-day trade cooldown if your account hasn’t been used in 2 months. This does not apply if you merely changed your password from within the Steam client.


All of the above restrictions apply to trading across your entire account. However, if you have a VAC ban for any Valve economy game, you will be unable to trade in that game for as long as you are banned. VAC bans are nearly always permanent, unless there is a sweeping wave of false-positives across the entire community. Consequently, a VAC-banned account can never trade away or receive items for the game in which it is banned.

This means that if you’re VAC banned from CS:GO, you cannot buy or sell CS:GO items on OPSkins. You can still buy and sell items for other games, like TF2 and Dota 2.

In Summary

That’s a (relatively) brief summary of all of the different ways that you can be restricted from trading on Steam, and consequently, on OPSkins. If you’d like, you can try out this step-by-step wizard which tells you exactly why you can or can’t trade or use the Steam Community Market.

Happy trading!


DOTA 2: Team Secret is Your Winter Major Champion

Image from: Dotabuff
Image from: Dotabuff

The finals started with an amazing concert featuring some of the best videogame composers and sound editors of all times. The soundtrack for Dota 2 was played by Academy Award winner Tim Larking and Tommy Tallarico playing (along with an orchestra), and later on we saw an special appearance from Singaporean singer and songwriter JJ Lin.

The finals were played between two European teams, Team Liquid and Team Secret, and saw Team Secret come out victorious after a 3-1 score, and claiming $1,110,000 for their first place prize. Team Liquid took $405,000 for the second place.

Team Liquid:

It was an impressive run for Team Liquid, the team originally qualified through the European main qualifiers and who worked their way through the Upper Bracket, sending teams such as Alliance and MVP to the Lower Bracket. Team Liquid continued their run on the Upper Bracket until they met up with Team Secret on the Upper Bracket Finals. The game went Team Secret’s way and forced TL to play the Lower Bracket Finals against American team Evil Geniuses, but after a great performance (Winning 2-0 against EG), made their way into the finals.

Team Secret:

It was time for Jacky “EternaLEnvy” Mao to break his “second place curse” that has followed him to some of the biggest Dota 2 tournaments (including The Frankfurt Major and the ESL One New York in 2015).

It is the second time in a row that Team Secret makes their way to a Major’s finals, as last year the team lost to a determined OG 3-1 during the 2015 Frankfurt Major. This year the story was different, with Team Secret meeting up with OG in their first game for the Upper Bracket and with a 2-1 score, they dropped OG to the Lower Bracket. In round two Team Secret played last year’s International winners EG, but with a 2-1 score showed once more that they wanted to take the Mystic Staff  (this year’s trophy) home.

The Finals:

The finals started with Team Secret showing a dominant hand in what was initially drafted as a “late game-team fight oriented team,” that ended up being a team that controlled the map fully early on. Thanks to Team Secret’s support duo, they outplayed Team Liquid, taking game one in their favor.

The second game showed a dominant Team Liquid dictating the pace to victory turning the score into a 1-1.

Game three was a display of Team Secret’s mid player (Omar “w33” Aliwi) skills, going 14:0:11 by the end of the game, and taking the lead of the finals for 2-1.

Game four (and the final one) ended after only 25 minutes and was a complete stomp by Team Secret. The game started as a really passive one and continued to be that way with only a couple of fights taking place in favor of Secret. Through time, Team Liquid kept falling behind and was unable to hold the game any longer, crowning Team Secret the Champions of the Shanghai Winter Major.

Valve took to the Dota 2 blog to congratulate the winning team and to apologize for the poor quality and overall less-than-flawless execution that was displayed during the event, a tournament that disappointed many with the production and streaming quality overall.

“While there were amazing performances by all of the teams participating in the Shanghai Major, we recognize that the viewing experience and the overall execution of the event were very disappointing. Dota fans and professional players alike have high expectations for a Major event—expectations that we share—and it is ultimately our responsibility to make sure those expectations are met and exceeded.”

Dota 2 Blog

Rest assured that Valve will take the matter into their hands, and hopefully the next major in Manila will surpass everyone’s expectations so we can focus on the quality of the event and the games themselves.

“Disappointment should come from the elimination of a favorite team in a hard-fought match, not from the experience of just trying to watch a game you love. With that in mind, we will be increasing our involvement moving forward to ensure that future events deliver a high-quality experience.”

Dota 2 Blog

With the winners of the Dota 2 Shanghai Winter Major crowned, we turn our eyes to the next Dota 2 Major taking place in Manila, Philippines in early June.