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OPSkins Marketplace at Dreamhack Austin 2016!

DreamHack Austin 2016

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.

Monstercat OPSkins DreamHack 2016 Party

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.

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Versus Saxton Hale – A Hilarious Team Fortress 2 Adventure

Ever experience the moment when a giant muscled Australian man comes flying at you, sometimes literally, with his fist cocked and a target painted squarely on your face? I have. It’s terrifying, to say the least. That is the entire premise of Versus Saxton Hale – the nervous hush, followed by the horror and screams when you realize he’s coming for you.

Versus Saxton Hale is a TF2 game mode where all the players in the server try to kill the iron man, the player who takes on the role of Saxton Hale. Saxton Hale is the CEO of a weapons company called Mann Co., which sells useless weapons to a bunch of idiot mercenaries who like to kill each other for fun in the Team Fortress 2 universe. Come to think of it, he’s much like our own CEO, only taller and more muscled, but don’t tell him I said that.

As Saxton Hale, you have a certain amount of time and health to kill every last player on the opposite team. You have buffed health in the tens of thousands, can almost always kill your target in one hit, can super-jump extreme distances and crush anyone to death if you land on them, and you are as fast as the fastest character. As the opposing team, you need to work together to bring him down. Certain actions, if done correctly, can deal massive amounts of damage to him. But beware, do enough damage and he can rage – an action which stuns everyone in his immediate vicinity for a short period. If you get caught in it, you just have to pray you won’t be targeted.

Saxton Hale - Screenshot by Hades | OPSkins.com
Saxton Hale – Screenshot by Hades | OPSkins.com

As frightening as this game mode can be, it also has it’s share of laughs. Like the moments when you are right around the corner waiting to ambush some poor chap who thought he got away, or when you use the momentum from a sentry gun pushing you away to come back around and crush the Engineer who set it up, or even those times when you accidentally land on a Spy who was invisible and unfortunate enough to happen to be in the exact spot you landed. I can’t think of any game or game mode I’ve had more fun in than this one.

Frightening or laughable, this game has also seen players who would be considered Professionals in their own right. They use skills which give them an edge in the fight against the rest of the players, such as strafing (the act of holding the left or right movement key and turning your character just enough to gain speed and distance in a jump), as well as boost-jumping (Where you fall off the edge of a cliff or building and super-jump mid-air to again gain incredible speed and distance). They could kill everyone before losing even a smidgen of their total health, sometimes even before two or three minutes of the round had gone past.

Yes, Versus Saxton Hale is a game mode which I spent much time on, and my friends I loved every minute of it. Out of all the other game modes, this one was the most fun to replay again and again.

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UPDATE: Team Fortress 2, Dota 2, H1Z1, and Steam Items Now Available on OPSkins

On the one year anniversary of OPSkins.com launching, the largest CS:GO skins marketplace in the world is proud to announce that you can now turn your Team Fortress 2Steam, Dota 2, and H1Z1 items into real-life cash.

To celebrate our one year anniversary and the launch of this exciting next stage for OPSkins and the community, we will be doing a giveaway of $250 in OPSkins Wallet Funds. Click here to follow and retweet us to enter to win. Contest ends on 2/6/16.

Sellers can list their items on OPSkins.com and when it is sold to a buyer, the seller can “cashout” their earnings for real-life money. Buyers can purchase items using a variety of payment methods including PayPal, bitcoin, G2A Pay, or existing OPSkins Wallet Funds.

Examples of trade-able items include:

  • TF2: guns, hats, paint, and keys
  • Steam items: backgrounds, emotes, and trading cards
  • Dota 2 items: couriers, wards, hud, announcer, cursors, and chests
  • H1Z1: clothes, crates, bags, emotes
Steam Items
Steam Items for sale on OPSkins.com
TF2 Items
Team Fortress 2 (TF2) Items for sale on OPSkins.com
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Team Fortress 2 – Nostalgia for Long-Time Gamers, but New for OPSkins Marketplace

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Versus Saxton Hale – Screenshot by Hades | OPSkins.com

Oh, Team Fortress 2. A game which I had spent many of years of my life playing. From Competitive to Community servers, I’ve seen it all. I never would have imagined that years later it would become my job to write about the game for OPSkins.com – the world’s largest marketplace for CS:GO skins that now sells TF2 items.

As a young(er) gamer, Team Fortress 2 was one of those games where you could have endless hours of fun with your friends, and even make a few more friends along the way. While it may not have been the best game in the universe, it certainly made up for it’s shortcomings in comical entertainment value.

I mean, that is basically what it was – stereotypical depictions of characters from various backgrounds and ethnicities pegged on a rag-tag team of mercenaries in a cartoon-like world where the strangest and most unsettling, yet quite hilarious, events that could happen did indeed happen on the regular.

It could range from your un-dead boss telling you to literally roll his rival into the pits of hell, to squaring-off with a bare-chested, hairy, proud, tough, and very patriotic Australian man who thinks of nothing better to do than to beat everyone and everything he sees as threatening to a bloody pulp, to even a washed-up and whiny old wizard who thinks of nothing but revenge against his old room-mate who “killed” him and burned his corpse. It was an honest mistake, I swear! Yes, Team Fortress 2 was a game I had years of fun playing. Cue nostalgia music.

That’s also only scratching the surface of what you could find in the game. There were many game-modes, from those created by Valve to Community-made ones that made the game entertaining. The most popular ones were Versus Saxton Hale, Pass-Time, Jailbreak, TF2Ware, Freak Fortress, Smash Bros, Randomizer, x10, Dodgeball, Fortwars, and Deathrun. Some were good, and some were not so good, but each one made the game what it is.

I am proud that OPSkins.com hosts a new trading marketplace for the game. I definitely feel a bit of nostalgia when I think of my time spent on Team Fortress 2 and how excited I would have been from a gamer kid point of view that OPSkins started selling items.

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Strange Happenings – Screenshot by Hades | OPSkins.com

I will go into detail on the game modes next time. For now, have fun trading!

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