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This is my (CSGO) Rifle, There are Many Like It but This One is Mine

“This is my rifle, there are many like it but this one is mine” – Rifleman’s Creed.

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StatTrak™ SG 553 | Cyrex

There are 11 different rifle models and 182 skins, which makes them the most varied weapon in the game. It’s no surprise then that the most famous skins for CS:GO firearms belong to this category. We are going to take a look at the StatTrak™ FAMAS | Afterimage, StatTrak™ G3SG1 | Flux , StatTrak™ Galil AR | Chatterbox, StatTrak™ SCAR-20 | Cyrex , StatTrak™ SG 553 | Cyrex and the StatTrak™ SSG 08 | Blood in the Water. Why? Because StatTrak™.

This post will leave out the AK-47s, M4s and AWPs since each one of them deserves to be reviewed separately. This being said, I’m not covering the most sold rifle skins; if you had the money, would you settle for a Well Worn AUG | Contractor?

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StatTrak™ FAMAS | Afterimage

I thought so.

CS:GO Rifles

StatTrak™ FAMAS | Afterimage

Certainly a looker, this French-made rifle is capable of firing 800 rounds a minute with relative accuracy at mid-range (21 m or 70 ft) and costs only $2,250 to deploy in game. But what about the skin itself? Well it goes for $17.35 now a days and from the looks of it, this number will continue to climb in the future. It is capable of selling an average of three units a day. Well done France! Or Valve’s French division? I’m pretty sure they must get credit for this somewhere.

StatTrak™ G3SG1 | Flux

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StatTrak™ G3SG1 | Flux

Dieses Scharfschützengewehr is one of the slowest selling skins in this post, mostly because of its low numbers in its StatTrak version and partly because the factory in Germany has a quality over quantity approach to its production. It is capable of eliminating targets up to 92 m away and includes a semi-automatic rate of fire, which means that if you miss the first head shot, you still get a second chance. In our marketplace its estimated price is $22.35 and climbing.

StatTrak™ Galil AR | Chatterbox

Israeli-made, internationally distributed and used in game by Terrorists, this gun is aimed at making short work of the enemy players for a low price. It possesses a high rate of fire and acceptable range, not to mention a $71.21 price tag in our marketplace which is also climbing. It does sell at a slow pace, but then again, there aren’t that many and not everyone has $72 just lying around.

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StatTrak™ Galil AR | Chatterbox

StatTrak™ SCAR-20 | Cyrex

The first of the Cyrex series in this post and a joint effort between the United States and Belgium. With a similar range and a semi-automatic rate of fire, this weapon is the counterpart of the G3SG1. You can get one in our marketplace for an average of $21.36.

StatTrak™ SG 553 | Cyrex

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StatTrak™ SCAR-20 | Cyrex

This Swiss-made, Terrorist used assault rifle includes the option of a scope with a high rate of fire which results in precision shots at medium range or a chance to take out another player at a long range; never mind the fact that it possesses armor penetration. If you wish to engage targets from a medium to a long range, this is one of your best bets. Now, if you want a skin that proves to be a good investment, you might want to look somewhere else since its price has been dropping at a steady rate in the last few months.

StatTrak™ SSG 08 | Blood in the Water

The only sniper rifle in this list, it is basically the poor mans AWP, but by no means a let down. It has a shorter range and armor penetration than the AWP, yet it can take out all targets if it lands a head shot. This skin is definitely a good investment as it has a price that is constantly climbing and sells an average of three units per day at $79.13. Anyone can come across poor when compared to one of the most sought after skins in the CS:GO community.

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StatTrak™ SSG 08 | Blood in the Water

Which one would you want to add to your inventory?

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Introduction to Counter Strike: Global Offensive Part Two – The Competitive Scene

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In-game Competitive Lobby – Screenshot by Hades | OPSkins.com

Counter Strike: Global Offensive is well known for it’s Competitive scene. I’ve already discussed the basic rundown in an earlier post, but I will talk a little more in-depth about what happens.

CS:GO has two ranking systems: one is the Competitive Ranking System, the other you gain by getting experience points from matches (or Missions when there are campaigns going on).

The Competitive Ranking System assigns you a rank based on how well you play in the games. It is required that you reach level three in the regular system before being able to start playing in Competitive games. After you play 10 matches, you will then be assigned your starting rank.

Matches are fast-paced and can leave you struggling if you don’t know what you are doing, so it is best to play with friends so they can teach you the game. Each match is best of 30 rounds, so if a team wins 16 rounds they win the match. They can also tie by each having 15 rounds won. At round 15, the teams switch sides – the Terrorists become the Counter-Terrorists and vice-versa. Either team can call a Timeout as well, which pauses the game for 60 seconds. Due to an honor system, if you abandon a match before it is complete then you can receive a temporary ban from playing other matches. You may also receive a temporary ban for getting voted out of the match by your team.

Players constantly try to test their skills by climbing the rank ladder, vying for the top. It’s a constant battle to rank up, while trying to keep from losing said rank and dropping lower on the ladder. It even spawned it’s famous eSports scene, where professional players make a grab at the top spot in the tournament they currently are playing in, and some good reward money to boot.

Now let’s look at the specific terms and weapons that are used in Competitive games.

Competitive CS:GO Terms:

Spraying is when a player holds down the button to shoot without letting go. Spray Pattern refers to the way a weapon’s bullets fan out when it is fired. Each weapon has a predictable pattern, and can be seen when you shoot against a straight blank wall.

Picks are when a player manages to kill an enemy. An easy definition to understand, but hard to employ.

Lurking refers to when a player doesn’t follow the rest of the group when they go to one of the Bomb Sites, instead they sneak around different areas of the maps in order to get picks.

A Rush refers to when your team tries to take a Bomb Site by going straight in and killing everyone quickly, instead of taking it slow trying to make sure it is clear.

Peeking refers to when a player looks around a corner to try to get a shot on an enemy, or at least see where they are.

Pistol Round refers to the first round in every match, where both teams start with the ability to afford pistols only.

Eco Round refers to when players try to save money in order to be able to buy good weapons the next round.

Competitive CS:GO Weapons:

In-game purchasable weapons are split into five categories; Pistols, Heavy (Shotguns and Light Machine Guns), Rifles, SMGs (Sub-Machine Guns), and Grenades. These categories are mostly self-explanatory as to what you’d find in them, aside from Heavy (more on that below). The Terrorist and Counter-Terrorist teams have some variances to certain weapons that each team utilizes, and alternatives to some of the available weapons.

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Pistols available to Counter Terrorists – Screenshot by Hades | OPSkins.com

Pistols:

Counter-Terrorists have the USP-S (Alternate choice is the P2000), Dual Berettas, P250, CZ75-Auto (Alternate choice is the Five-seveN), and the Desert Eagle (Alternate choice is the R8 Revolver). Terrorists have the Glock-18, Dual Berettas, P250, CZ75-Auto (Alternate choice is the Tec-9), and the Desert Eagle (Alternate choice is the R8 Revolver).

Heavy:

Counter-Terrorists have the Nova, XM1014, Mag-7, M249, and Negev. Terrorists have the Nova, XM1014, Sawed-Off Shotgun, M249, and the Negev.

SMGs:

Counter-Terrorists have the MP9, MP7, UMP-7, P90, and the PP-Bizon. Terrorists have the Mac-10, MP7, UMP-7, P90, and the PP-Bizon.

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Terrorists Available Rifles – Screenshot by Hades | Opskins.com

Rifles:

Counter-Terrorists have the Famas, M4A1-S (Alternate choice is the M4A4), SSG 08, AUG, AWP, and the SCAR-20. Terrorists have the Galil AR, AK-47, SSG 08, SG 553, AWP, and the G3SG1.

Grenades:

Both teams have the same choices for Grenades; High Explosive, Molotov (Terrorist) or Incendiary (Counter Terrorist), Flash, Smoke, and Decoy Grenades.

That concludes the explanation of the Competitive game mode, and of Part 2. See you in Part 3!

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Na’Vi defeats Luminosity and wins DreamHack Leipzig

Image from: DreamHack Leipzig
Image from: DreamHack Leipzig

 

The CIS team had an amazing run at the  DreamHack ZOWIE Open in Leipzig, and claimed the title with a perfect record of 6-0. While this achievement is nothing short of impressive, it is important to note that the biggest contenders were not invited or qualified to the event.  Teams such as Fnatic, NiP and EnVyUs are known for bringing a bigger rivalry into the matches.

Earlier this month  we saw Fnatic demolish Na’Vi at the StarLadder i-League in Minsk (Belarus) with a 2-0 score.

The Brazilian team Luminosity proved once more that they are a team to be feared, and classified to DreamHack’s finals by defeating Team Astralis (former team Questionmark).

The first map played was Train. Luminosity was off to a good start on game one against Na’Vi and after turning the first half into a 9-6 in their favor (playing CT), they were in motion to take the first game off of Na’Vi. But the CIS team stayed strong and performed accordingly on CT, bringing the game to a 14-11 score. Luminosity fought it until the end, and managed to push the game into overtime, just to lose it 19-16 to a stronger Na’Vi.

Game two was more of the same story. Luminosity was off to a good start on Cobblestone but Na’Vi showed dominance and turned the game in their favor, forcing Luminosity to fight for the last two points, bringing the game once into overtime, just to lose it to Na’Vi 19-16.

The year is just starting and we are getting closer to the first CS:GO Major. We finally get to see some trends in the map pools and play styles, the teams are starting to let de_train go through the veto and both Mirage and Cobblestone are some of the all time favorites. While some teams still struggle to play around Train, we are excited to see the strategies that they come up in order to turn this slightly balanced map in their favor.

On the skin side of things, we are not too pleased with the map selection, the best item we can see from the Train Collection is a Tec-9 Quartz, and the Mirage collection is no better. Hopefully we get to see a lot of Cobblestone and overall (putting skins aside) some good Counter-Strike.

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OPSkins Marketplace 101: Adding Funds to your Wallet

As we said in a previous post, most large sales or purchases used to take place in forums, where buyers and vendors often got scammed. Now we eliminate that risk by absorbing it ourselves, and transacting skins is now as easy as buying an item on eBay. Buyers add funds to their OPSkins Wallet using a variety of payment methods, and then use their Wallet funds to purchase skins on the site. Let’s go through the basics of getting started with buying skins from the OPSkins Marketplace.

Setting Up Your Account:

By clicking on this link, you will be automatically sent to a site where we will ask you to create an account by using your existing Steam account. After you’ve created your account, you’ll be prompted to activate your 2FA by means of downloading Google Authenticator on your mobile phone. If you’re not familiar with this term, please uninstall CS:GO and Steam from your computer, throw it away, and proceed to put yourself in a nursing home.

One more hurdle left to go. After setting up your 2FA, we will need you to go into your account and fill out all the required information. Now you might be thinking: “Why do you do this? This is BS, it’s just a skin, why do I have to give my personal information?” Well we do this in order to prevent fraud and identity theft. The foundation of our company was built on fraud prevention and since we are the ones absorbing the risk of the transaction, we need to do our due diligence to ensure that fraud does not take place on our site.

On that same account page you can see your transaction history, including items sold, money earned and spent. When you’re done setting up your account, you can proceed to add funds to your wallet.

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Account information entry page

In order to do this you will click on a tab on the top of the site that says Add Funds. Let the purchase begin…

Payment Methods:

Adding OPSkins Wallet Funds

You can acquire a set amount of funds that can be used in the marketplace from $10 to $500. Add them to your shopping cart by clicking on the orange box that says “Add to cart” and the amount will be added to the cart (deep). Now you’re able to proceed with the checkout. We offer four payment methods, which each have various pros and cons:

  • PayPal
  • Paymentwall
  • Bitcoin
  • G2A Pay

PayPal: is by far the cheapest but it also requires the most amount of time to set up. You see, after a certain amount, we will have to verify your account in order to make sure that neither of us (you, the customer and us, the service provider) are made vulnerable to fraud. For this reason we will ask for three pieces of documentation that prove your identity. If you’re thinking that this is harder than getting a gun in most states, you may be right. But by using PayPal, and this is a big but, you will not have to pay the additional fees that are associated with our other payment methods. Please note that you are also unable to add $500 or more every 48 hours when paying with PayPal. Funds generally process immediately once you are whitelisted.

Paymentwall: uses a system that lets OPSkins accept gift cards that were purchased in a local convenience store or a Subway. This is ideal for people with limited access to liquid funds. Funds generally process immediately and there are no transaction limits.

Bitcoin: is similar to paying a for your skin with stocks. You must open a bitcoin wallet (examples include Coinbase.com and Circle.com, but there are many others. Research and decide which wallet is right for you) and proceed to deposit money in your bitcoin wallet that you can then use to add funds to your OPSkins wallet. Funds process within one hour as they need to be verified by the blockchain network. There are no transaction limits when paying with bitcoin.

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G2A Pay: is by far our easiest method of payment because it functions as an online store. This payment method will allow you to add funds to your OPSkins wallet by several means, all of which you can view here. This is however one of our slower methods of payment because the transaction must go through their security check which can take up to a few hours. So bear in mind that if you chose this method, we recommend you use it before you go into the market looking for a skin since you will likely not be able to purchase the skin immediately due to the security check delay. There are no transaction limits when pay with G2A Pay.

After you’ve made a purchase with any of these methods, you will receive a confirmation email and the transaction will be registered under your account information. If by any chance you make a purchase and the money doesn’t show on your account within a few hours, you can open a support ticket and our staff will be more than happy to help. Support tickets are answered in the order they’re received and typically in less than 48 hours.

That’s how to purchase OPSkins Wallet funds in order to buy skins on our marketplace. Let us know if you have any questions, support is always happy to help.

 

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League of Legends: New Season and Patch 6.1

I like Counter Strike: Global Offensive as much as the next guy, but if you like eSports and competitive video games, then you must have heard of or play League of Legends. For the noobs: it’s a team-oriented, strategic, competitive, and fast paced MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena). League of Legends holds a special place in my heart, because it was the first game is get me into eSports scene, streaming and competitive gameplay. Similar games would be Dota2, HoN, and Heroes of the Storm. If I had to choose which MOBA is the best out of them all, I would definitely pick League of Legends. I’m sure my colleague Damian would say otherwise, and choose Dota2 as the best and for good reason. I’ll leave the coverage of Dota2 to him just stick to League of Legends.

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League of Legends

The new and exciting season and patch 6.1 is now live for League of Legends. Coming with this new season and patch are big changes to the competitive scene and ranked queues.

The all new Champion select is now live and will affect normal draft pick queues and ranked queues. This new champion select has you pick your primary and secondary roles before your start the queue. This means you can pick your favorite lane and a backup lane so you don’t have to fight over who goes where. After the game decides what position you are, the pick and ban phase then starts and is all new. Everyone chooses their champion before the ban phase happens, and then the three bottom players pick the team bans. This new method of distributing the bans will give everyone on the team the chance to participate, while the top two players have priority champion picks. After the bans, the players then have to lock in their champion picks and can still change champions if needed.

The new champion select still has not seen its day view in the pro scene. They are still using the traditional style of pick and bans, but this new style of champion select is more for building a great team with people you don’t know.

There are still big Meta game changes to the game with patch 6.1. Brand new runes and masteries have been introduced and as always new champions to change team compositions. A lot of the team’s champion selection more so revolves around these new masteries and which champ can utilize them the most. If you’re still playing LoL, then you know I’m talking about the Thunder Lords mastery.

Also another big game changer is the increased death timers. This makes the game more unforgiving and games are much shorter.

Also a lot of changes to items are affecting how a lot of champions are played. For starters, you cannot buy any more green wards from the shop. Only pink wards are purchasable and green wards only useable from items. Hopefully this will motivate people to play more like a team and therefore play more carefully.

Give the game a try if you have never played it! If you are like me and used to play it a lot and got sick of the community, this is a breath of fresh air and can really cut back on a lot of the toxic players in champion select.

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The Great Twitch Emote Purge

Twitch emotes are one of the most important aspects, if not the most important aspect of Twitch as a website. They help set broadcasters and themselves apart from the rest of the internet. Broadcasters have their own emotes that they get to use once they are partnered on Twitch, but Twitch also has its own emotes than can be used in any chat by any user. On January 20th 2016 Twitch decided to remove some of these global emotes from expired promotions. Casualties of this emote purge included but were not limited to OSsloth, OSfrog and all of the tb emotes such as tbBaconBiscuit which were left over from Twitch’s promotion with Taco Bell. Most of these emotes went uneventfully into their good night, but favorites OSslothand OSfrog could not be killed. After much hullabaloo Twitch decided to put it to a vote, they asked the community on Twitter rather they should bring back OSsloth or OSfrog.

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OSfrog and OSsloth, respectively

After the voting Twitch surprised the community by bringing both back. I am personally excited the Taco Bell promotional emotes are gone, as they were mostly used by my chat to tease me with food as I was nearing the end of my streams. I am however excited they decided to keep OSsloth, which has to be one of my favorite under the radar emotes. Were one of your favorite emotes removed in this purge, are you happy about any emotes being removed like I am about the Taco Bell emotes, or did I miss any that were removed? Let me know in the comments below.

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The Light Machine Gun: LMG Skin Prices & Features

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Negev | Power Loader

These weapons will make you feel like a Storm Trooper in the sense that you will fire at countless enemies, thinking you can take them all out with your large magazine and rapid rate of fire, only to find out you miss almost every time. If you’re not close enough, you probably won’t be able to spray the opposition with any amount of lead whatsoever. Maybe that’s why they’re not so popular in game. Players will usually opt to buy an SMG (sub machine gun) way before they click on an LMG (light machine gun) and with good reason. The Negev, which is the most expensive LMG in the game, costs $5,700 while the most expensive SMG (the P90) costs half of that. Now, both are close quarter weapons and the Negev has a higher rate of fire, magazine capacity and armor penetration but it all comes at an expense. So if you’re not out there filling people up with lead on every round, it will be quite difficult to get your hands on an LMG during a game, which means that you will have less time to admire any skin that you might have purchased for it. The fact that there are only two models, the M249 and the Negev, doesn’t make the situation any better.

But if you want to troll someone, here are our picks so you can do it with style:

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M249 | Nebula Crusader

M249 | Nebula Crusader

Cartoonish in its name and cartoonish in its looks, it’s no surprise that its performance in the marketplace is also a joke. Its price has been dropping since last year and its future doesn’t seem to good either. You can get one for as low as $0.64 and probably lower if you wait several more days.

M249 | Impact Drill

Nothing impactful about this skin except for the color yellow and it’s supposed to represent a power tool? Even the skin model is unimaginative. Anyway, you can get one of these “tools” for $0.58. You could argue that it’s price will improve over time, but with such low numbers sold it’s as stable as a the Greek economy.

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M249 | Impact Drill

Negev | Power Loader

Because you immediately associate Caterpillar with machine guns, this skin tries to replicate the pattern found in heavy machinery around the world. You’d think a cool looking gun would perform well in the marketplace and… it doesn’t. In fact its price and number of units sold is on a dive and has been for quite a while, sort of like a South American country’s economy. But unlike a South American economy, there is probably no hope for the owners of these guns, so they might as well enjoy them in game.

Negev | Army Sheen

“Stay positive!” Mr. Sheen might say. On the contrary, this gun pretty much flat-lines, although the same can be said for its namesake foreseeable future. The most boring skin we’ve seen until now, it’s price has been and (by the look of it) will always be $0.05.

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Negev | Army Sheen

So there you have it, the LMGs. Devised as the heavy hitters in the game, they have become the heavy trollers both in game and on the marketplace. Hopefully you won’t purchase one of them by mistake, but if you do and after you’ve cried a bit, remember that at least you have a skin.

 

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The Question has been Answered: Team Questionmark forms Astralis

Image from: Team Astralis Facebook
Image from: Team Astralis Facebook

The rumors of the team splitting up or being acquired by a big organization started the same day Team Solo Mid (TSM) dropped them from their CS:GO roster, but the Danish team continued competing under the name “Team Questionmark (?)” The players had some interesting offers, but they opted for building their own team after seeing many players getting “screwed” by their organization, said Xyp9x on an interview.

Team Questionmark (?) will be renamed Team Astralis and will continue to compete with the same roster, below, and new coach Danny “zonic” Sørensen.

  • Rene ‘cajunb’ Borg
  • Finn ‘karrigan’ Andersen
  • Nicolaj ‘devve’ Reedtz
  • Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen
  • Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth
  • Danny ‘zonic’ Sørensen (Coach)

The players will also be co-owners of the organization, and will have full transparency regarding their salaries and financial status, something that is normally kept secret by organizations and players.

On the official announcement Finn ‘karrigan’ Andersen said:

“When we first heard about this project, we all thought it was an extraordinary chance to make our own mark in eSports. We chose this offer over countless others, including far more profitable in the short term, because we believe in building something that will have a lasting impression on the game we love.”

The team disclosed their salary on a follow up interview stating that all players will be paid $9,000 a month, and this will be a monthly average during the following 12 months.

“I hope that the fans that followed us previously will still be behind us when we travel around the world in our attempt to make 2016 our best year we’ve had so far. Our journey only becomes more intense and enjoyable with all the support from the community. Much love to y’all.” – Nicolaj ‘devve’ Reedtz

The team did an AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit about this exciting announcement and you can read more information there.

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An Introduction to Counter Strike: Global Offensive Part One

After a bit of thought, it was decided that we would write up a basic “How-To” series on Counter Strike: Global Offensive for all the new players out there who might want to start playing.

First of all, Counter Strike: Global Offensive is sort of similar to other First Person Shooter games out there, in that you are on a team and you have targets to fire at also known as the enemy team. However, that is where the similarities end. One major difference that sets this game apart from the others of it’s genre is that the competitive aspect of it is a lot more team-oriented than other games out there. If you play on a team with four other people, you have to be on the same skill level otherwise you will not do very well. There are a few different game modes to play: Demolition, Arms Race, Deathmatch, Casual, and Competitive.

Various Game modes in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Screenshot by Hades | OPSkins.com
Various Game modes in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – Screenshot by Hades | OPSkins.com

Demolition is a gamemode where on a team of five players vs. another team of five players, one team has to plant a bomb in a certain location within the time limit and defend it while the other team attempts to stop them or defuse it. In this mode you also earn weapons based on kills you make.

Arms Race is an addition to Deathmatch where you have to gain kills to unlock the next weapon in the list of weapons, the final weapon being a golden knife you have to kill someone with in order to win the game.

Deathmatch is a team vs. team game to get the highest amount of kills, which is standard in most team-based games out there.

Casual mode is just a step down from Competitive mode, where you can have a lobby of up to nine other friends and play a more mild version of the gamemode. In Competitive, you have to play the game until it is finished or you receive a temporary ban for abandoning the match after a certain amount of time, whereas in Casual you don’t have that restriction, and you also do not earn or lose ranks either.

Competitive mode is more fast-paced where you start in a lobby of one to four other players. You are then on either the Terrorist or Counter-Terrorist team and earn or lose a rank based on how well you play. Each map has a set location for one of two objectives to complete, based on which map you choose to play:

Objective A: the Bomb Scenario, where the Terrorists have to plant a bomb at one of two locations on the map and defend it until it explodes, while the Counter-Terrorists attempt to defend the locations or defuse the bomb after it’s planted (or you could also kill the opposing team on either side to win).

Objective B: Hostage Rescue, where the Counter-Terrorists have to collect and bring the Hostage to the specified zone while the Terrorists attempt to stop them (again, you could just kill the opposing team in order to win).

Up Next: Part Two

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CS:GO Skins and Cases: Trade-Ups Contracts

Whether you are a big-time weapons case unboxer or a normal player, trade-up contracts can be very helpful and beneficial. On the other hand, you are taking a risk on getting the skin you want, or a different skin that is less valuable. Not everyone will be cleaning their inventories full of Mil-spec (blue items) from tons of case openings. The majority of community will be going for the next best skin in the lineup. This post will teach you the basic of trade-ups and why they can be used as a calculated risk for better skins.

Trade contract

The rarity of skins from lowest to highest is blue, purple, pink and red (golden rarity color is contraband, which means it cannot be acquired through traded ups or unboxings, making the item extremely rare and therefore pricey). 10 skins of the same rarity are required to upgrade to the next rarity. Once you have 10, right click one of the skins and select “Use With Trade Up Contract.”

So let’s say you have 10 pink rarity weapon skins: five pinks from the Phoenix Weapon Case and five from the Huntsman Case. It will be a 50/50 chance of upgrading to a red from either the Phoenix case or the Huntsman case. But both cases have two red weapon skins, so if you are trying to get the AWP Asiimov or the AK-47 Vulcan, it will be a 25% chance of getting that skin. Also another factor to consider is the condition of the skins in the trade up. If half the skins are battle-scarred and half field-tested, mostly likely the skin you traded up to will be well-worn. This is usually how skins with the best float values are created – traded up from 10 factory new skins, you will be guaranteed a factory new skin with a very low float (no scratches). See our previous Blog Post about float values and their effect on the skin’s price.

So how can you make money off of trade-ups? Well other than getting lucky, calculated risks are the way. The most well-known way of profiting big off of trade-up contracts is Dragon Lore trade-ups. This is how most Dragon Lore’s on the market are created – they are not unboxed. If someone was lucky enough to unbox a Dragon Lore, it would be a Souvenir Dragon Lore worth five times a normal one. Since the Dragon Lore is the only red weapon skin in the case it’s from, Cobblestone Souvenir Package, there will be a better chance of getting it per skin in the trade-up contract. This means that for every M4a1-Knight in the contract, consider it another 10% chance of getting a Dragon Lore. I have personally seen people get very lucky and use one or two KnightsDa dlore trade in the trade up contract and receive the Dragon Lore.

Are you feeling lucky today? Lucky for you we provide the cheapest CS:GO skins for your value trade ups.

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