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H1Z1 Items on OPSkins.com – Cases, Skins, Emotes & More

I am excited that along with Dota2 and others, we are now able to list H1Z1 Skins and emote on OPSkins.com! This is very exciting for me and should be for everyone else that has been playing H1Z1 for a long time. As many of you know, Daybreak Game Company announced about three months ago that all newer crates skins will not be able to be put up for sale on the Steam Marketplace. A quote from a Daybreak Games moderator for the H1Z1 subreddit said:

I wanted to give you all a heads up on some changes in this next patch. We’re making adjustments to the way our crate system works. ..

Looking at our own past experiences, talking to the community and taking learning’s from the industry as a whole, we are making a few tweaks to the crate system. In doing so, Mercenary Crate items will only be available to be traded on the Steam Marketplace, meaning you can post them for trade but you will not be able to list them for sale. You will still have the option to sell the unopened crates, including the Mercenary Crate on the Steam Marketplace.

But they are for sale on OPSkins. As part of the community myself, it is so great to know that now there is huge, reliable, and safe marketplace where everyone can list the items for sale and/or purchase them. I don’t know about everyone else, but I have been dying to get my hands on the newer skins such as Showdown skins, Renegade skins, and Mercenary skins. Unboxing crates and searching online for trade offers was just not working for me. Now I can even get my favorite streamer’s skin swagger on for when I want to stream snipe them, Kappa. You can even buy all the new dancing emotes to take tea bagging a dead body to a whole new level.

Another positive is that now people can price check the newer skins for trade offers, or if they unbox a brand new skin.

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Picture taken by Mattias

Now go suit up and battle zombies and the living looking like a million bucks!

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Dota 2: EHOME claims their first International LAN title

Image from: EHOME
Image from: EHOME

Out of four Chinese teams participating at the MarsTV Dota 2 Winter League, it was EHOME who managed to keep the trophy at home, securing the first international LAN victory for a Chinese team since Starladder 12 in April 2015, when Vici Gaming won 3-1 against Invictus Gaming.

The Chinese scene had it rough by the end of 2015 and while some teams still made it to the finals at least once (LGD lost to Alliance at the WCA finals), the Chinese scene was struggling to find a proper style for the meta and the West stayed dominant. But EHOME (led by LaNm) was up for a challenge and showed that the Chinese scene can adjust to the new meta and bring their innovative drafts to the next level (drafting Ursa and Enchantress) and defeat the strongest teams.

EHOME crushed Evil Geniuses in the finals and took the trophy after a 3-0 run.

First Game: The boys in blue (EG) had a complicated first game, where the unexpected Ursa last pick took them by surprise, leading to a 1-0 in favor of the Chinese team.

Second Game: During game two, EHOME showed that they can adjust to the new meta and drafted Lone Druid (both Lone Druid and Earth Spirit are two of the most picked and banned heroes for 6.86). Evil Geniuses was doing great at holding the game but they were unable to close it, leaving room for Lone Druid and Weaver to farm their core items, leading to EHOME to victory on game number two.

Third Game: Game three was very balanced and it could have gone in EG’s favor. EG had a rough start on their carry Clinkz (played by Arteezy), but SumaiL’s Lina delayed it long enough to create space for Arteezy to catch up. A bad fight left EG without buybacks and after being unable to hold the push, EG called GG and EHOME took game three along with the $124,000 prize pool for their first place win.

Nine out of the ten teams that participated in the MarsTV Dota 2 Winter League will appear at the upcoming Shanghai Major, taking place from March 2nd to March 6th. MDL Winter was a perfect event both for the teams and the spectators, as it shows what the new patch can bring to the table, and what are the teams capable of.

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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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OPSkins Marketplace 101: Cashing out on OPSkins

Update: 1/21/17 – We also now offer many new cashout methods using the Paylution platform, you can read more about it here.

You’ve sold your items, you got the item you wanted and you made some money on the side. What now?

Remember that possibly the best thing about OPSkins is that you can transform your earnings into real world money. You provide your Paypal email or bitcoin address, press a button, magic happens, and boom, in the next few days you’ve got your money.

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Exchange your items and skins for real-life money

Let’s break it down for you:

OPSkins Cashout FAQ’s

Error message: “You do not have enough funds in your wallet to cashout. You currently have $0.00 in pending cashouts. $50.00 cannot be cashed out.”

You can only cashout funds earned from item sales. Some of you might have more than $5.00 on your account and still get this message. And you might think, “but why?” This, my fellow virtual arms dealers, means that even though you have funds in your wallet, they cannot be cashed out because these funds were not earned through the sale of skins in the market place but were added by using one of our payment methods.

“But it’s my money, and I need it now.” If you open a support ticket and request a refund for funds you purchased, our support team will be more than happy to issue one.

How do I change my Cashout PayPal email address?

If you have 2 Factor Authentication enabled on your account, you can change it yourself. If you don’t, open a support ticket under “Cashout Issues” and keep in mind that you will only be able to change it one time this way.

How do I cashout to bitcoin?

If you wish to cashout using bitcoin (BTC), you will have to provide your BTC address. You will also have to be whitelisted by following the instructions on your account page.

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OPSkins Cashout Page

Why is the cashout date on the homepage a few days behind?

“It’s January 11th. and the site says: Next PayPal Cashout: January 8th, wtf?” This means that the standard cashouts requested on January 8th are next to be issued.

Where is my cashout?

“I issued a request on January 8th, it’s January 12th and I still haven’t got my money!” Standard cashouts are issued 4-7 days after they’re requested, so it can take up to one week. We also offer one-hour cashouts to your PayPal account for a 5% fee.

Why is my cashout on OPSkins is marked “paid” but there is no money in my PayPal account or bitcoin wallet?

There is sometimes a delay between when we issue the cashout and when you receive the funds. This is completely normal, and you will receive your funds within a few hours. If after 6 hours you still do not have your funds, make a support ticket and we’ll check it out for you.

If you have questions that might not have been answered on this post, you can leave a comment here. For specific cashout issues about your account, you’ll need to open a support ticket and we will be more than happy help.

 

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OPSkins Marketplace 101: Part Two – Buying on OPSkins

You’ve managed to add funds to your wallet and are ready to hit the marketplace for that one-off CS:GO skin. What will you buy? Is it the best deal? Do they have what I’m looking for?

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The range of skins available for purchase will depend on the amount of funds you added (obviously). But it will also depend on the type of skin you want to buy. For example when it comes to firearms, pistol skins are cheaper than SMGs. These in turn are cheaper than rifle skins and so forth.

Knives however are expensive and usually compete with the most expensive rifle skins, and you have to be a high roller if you wish to get one. After you’ve spent your time in our marketplace and have managed to find a skin that you wish to purchase, click on “Add to cart” and you will get a message at the bottom of the screen that reads “Item added to cart.”

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If you look at the top right corner of the screen, the shopping cart symbol will have a number on it. This number represents the amount of items in it. Click on this icon and it will take you to the list of items in it and at the bottom of this list you will see a box that reads “CHECKOUT.” Next to this box there’s another smaller box with the phrase “I have read and agree to the Terms of Use, and I am at least 18 years of age.” Click on the box and you will be ready to proceed with the checkout.

If you’re buying one item, our bots will initiate the trade automatically and if you’re buying several items at the same time you will receive a trade offer with the items that you chose in the marketplace.

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So basically you click here and there, magic happens and you get the items you shopped for. Simple enough isn’t it? Also remember that if you run into any issues during you shopping spree, you can contact our support team and they will be more than happy to help.

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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
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Steam Items for sale on OPSkins.com
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Team Fortress 2 (TF2) Items for sale on OPSkins.com
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Dota 2: Introducing the Winter 2016 Battle Pass, and Items Now on OPSkins

Image from: Dota 2 blog
Image from: Dota 2 blog

With the Dota 2 Winter Major just months away (main event starting March 2nd) Valve decided to try a different approach at the famous “Compendium” – for only $7.99 you will gain access to the new “battleground companion” for the Dota 2016 winter season and the 2016 Shanghai Major Compendium.

The pass includes a new “Quest” system, that lets you choose from three different paths (Support, Carry or Solo) and complete assignments to earn Battle points. Each path offers unique completion rewards, and thanks to community goals you will be able to unlock new styles for your items.

The pass will once more introduce a wagering system, but this time you will receive a balance of tokens to use weekly (during the Frankfurt’s compendium you had to earn the coins in order to wager), that way you get to keep betting every week even if you lose constantly.

The pass will give you access to the winter achievements (additional quests to earn points), a seasonal terrain, battle level rewards (for completing quests and challenges), a season courier, effigies and more.

But this is not all, with the release of the new Battle Pass compendium we are excited to announce that we will be integrating Dota 2 to the list of games available on our site, that way you will be able to turn your items into real-life cash.

To continue with the good news, Valve announced that the three month trade restriction (or delay, as they call it) will be removed from all the items in this Battle Pass, meaning that all the items you can get from the Pass you will be able to sell on OPSkins.

Personally I am extremely excited about both the Battle Pass (I’m a sucker for in game “hats”) and OPSkins adding Dota 2. After all when it comes to Dota, I like giving every hero some love (even the ones I don’t play) since you never know when you will random Meepo and all you have left is to admire your items while you feed the enemy team.

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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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Soviet Legacy: The AK-47

“Today was a good day…” – Ice Cube.

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StatTrak™ AK-47 | Fire Serpent

The worlds most popular assault rifle and the weapon of choice for insurgent militias all around the globe. I’ll let Mr. Cage handle the introduction. It’s been killing people for over half a century now with numbers estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands, it’s right up there with atomic bombs and easily qualifies as a weapon of mass destruction.

Similar to its real life counterpart, the in game Avtomat Kalashnikova is exclusive to the Terrorist faction and is one of the most powerful CS:GO guns in players can get. It will dish out 600 rounds per minute through water, sand and armor, it costs $2700 to deploy and has an effective range of 31 m, thus making it the main choice for its faction.

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StatTrak™ AK-47 | Wasteland Rebel

In its StatTrak™ AK-47 | Fire Serpent incarnation, the gun fetches $1,032.50 and that price seems to be climbing. This is a gun for well funded Terrorists.

Enter the StatTrak™ AK-47 | Wasteland Rebel with a price tag of $487.50 and a float value of 0.062. The limited amount of units means that the price will jump from one date to another in high bounds so it’s a bit of gamble, but a good gamble at that.

Not far behind is the StatTrak™ AK-47 | Vulcan which has a lower price of $375.00 but higher volume of sales. There are more and users are willing to pay for the privilege of owning one.

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StatTrak™ AK-47 | Vulcan

Now watch this.

AK-47 | Vulcan Minimal Wear (No StatTrak™): 148 units sold on average this month at $33.67 each and climbing.

AK-47 | Fire Serpent Minimal Wear (No StatTrak™): 13 units sold at $221.41 and climbing.

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AK-47 | Fire Serpent

Those are handgun volumes with serious prices. You can safely bet that the gun is as popular in our marketplace as it is in real life.

 

 

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AK-47 | Vulcan

 

 

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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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