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Calling All Operatives – Operation Wildfire is Here!

Wildfire Coin
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That’s right, it’s finally happened, a new CS:GO Operation called Operation Wildfire. We can finally enjoy a new and long overdue Operation to take our minds off of Competitive again. Plus, we all know that when a new Operation comes knocking, that means a new weapons case with all new weapon skins as well as a new knife. It also comes with the standard Operation Coin that ranks up as you complete missions, and receive stars from the Operation Wildfire missions and Gemini Campaign. Personally I like this coin the most out of all the previous Operation Coins, as it looks very well done. There is also a re-work of the old map de_Nuke, but I’ll be discussing more about that in a later post.

With Operation Wildifre comes with new Missions as well as the new Campaign. However unlike it’s predecessors, the Operation Wildfire campaign Gemini has only one path to choose from with several run-off missions, as opposed to the two-path layout from the previous campaigns. It exclusively features the Co-operative missions, or Guardian Missions, that were rather enjoyable from Operation Bloodhound and were very replayable. There are also the usual missions for Arms Race, Deathmatch, and other game modes that were available in the other Operations, which is always to be expected.

Bowie Knife Skins

There is a new case on the playground, the Wildfire Case, which features various well-designed and beautiful new skins: the M4A4 | Battlestar, FAMAS | Valence, AWP | Elite Build, Mag-7 | Praetorian, and the Desert Eagle | Kumicho Dragon, which seems to be a new cousin of the Dual Berettas skin Dueling Dragons.

As stated before there is also the new Bowie knife which, based on the opinions of my co-workers and friends, looks much better than the previous Shadow Daggers that came from the Shadow Case. It certainly reminds you of the old Counter-Strike 1.6 knife, back when that was the only one around. As with all new Skins and Knives the prices will vary wildly for a little while before they settle down. We can expect to see them selling like hot cakes on the market, both on Steam and on, when the seven day un-tradeable period is over.

FAMAS Valence

With this new operation, the community can look forward to having something to do over the next few months while waiting for the next Counter-Strike: Global Offensive majors to happen.

Onward to glory, Operatives!


Rainbow Six Siege Makes Their Way into eSports

Image from: ESL
Image from: ESL

Ubisoft is making their way into the eSport competitive scene with their game Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six. Rainbow Six Seige brings a new pace to the FPS competitive scene – the game is characteristically slower and extremely tactical.

The game features two teams, one defending and the other one attacking, but here is where it gets different from most FPS games: the defending team will reinforce a room and set traps and gadgets to try to hold a hostage, while the attacking team will try to breach in and extract it.

Ubisoft has partnered with Xbox and ESL to bring the first ever Rainbow Six tournament, titled “Rainbow Six Pro League,” a competition that will debut at the Intel Extreme Masters season X in Katowice, Poland.

“ESL Pro Leagues have become synonymous with professional gaming across the esports industry. We are delighted to add Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege to the line-up of games, and are excited for what is sure to be a great opening season of play. Our online ESL Play community has rallied around Rainbow Six Siege competition, and we’re sure that with our partners at Ubisoft and Microsoft, we can take the Pro League to the next level.”

David Hiltscher, VP Gaming Communities at ESL

Rainbow Six Pro League will begin in March on both Xbox One and PC and the IEM tournament will mark the first LAN tournament for the game. The league will continue in the following weeks after the event with tournaments in North America and online, meaning that this only marks the beginning of Rainbow Six’s competitive scene as a whole.

The Rainbow Six Pro League will bring the top eight teams from each region and platform to the stage (top two for each region, four for each platform). Only the best teams will advance to the Season Finals with a shot at a prize pool of US$100,000 in total, to be split equality between each platform.

The teams are already battling their way for an invite to IEM, and the top teams in the Go4R6’s (online competition open to everyone) monthly rankings by the 22nd of February on the European and North American servers (both for PC and Xbox One) will have a chance to compete in the Pro League.


CS:GO eSports: Intel Extreme Masters Season X Qualifiers in Katowice

Image from: IEM
Image from: IEM

We officially have the 12 CS:GO teams that will compete at the Intel Extreme Masters Season X in Katowice, Poland. The tournament will take place at the Spodek arena and will run from March 2nd until March 5th. In addition to CS:GO, the tournament will hose multiple eSports events including League of Legends and StarCraft II.

Katowice never ceases to amaze its spectators and it’s been the host to multiple eSports tournaments in the past, including the CS:GO Major that took place at the same venue (Spodek Arena) last year and saw team Fnatic claim the first place against NiP.

The tournament will feature eight invited teams, plus three teams qualified in their respective regions (two for Europe and one for North America), and the last spot given to the IEM Taipei Champion for a total of 12 participating teams.

The invited teams that will participate will be:

  • Fnatic
  • Astralis
  • Team EnVyUs
  • Natus Vincere
  • Virtus Pro
  • Luminosity Gaming
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • FaZe Clan

The European qualifiers were split into two. The “European Qualifier #1” saw team Esports Club come victorious over team Gambit Gaming, and granted them the first qualifying spot. The European Qualifiers #2 saw team mousesports work their way to the finals and beat the Copenhagen Wolves for the last European spot.

The North American qualifiers was a different story and surprised many. Earlier this year the organization Tempo Storm acquired Brazilian team Ascendancy, and with that expanded their organization to include a CS:GO team (the organization is mainly known for their Hearthstone squad). Team Storm surprised everyone at the North America’s qualifiers, and after beating CLG and Team Liquid they worked their way into the qualifier’s finals. After beating Cloud9 2-0, they claimed the only North American spot for the event leaving teams OpTic Gaming, Team Liquid and CLG without an invite.

The format for this tournament will split the teams into two groups of six, and the teams will compete on a round robin. The winners of each group will be placed into the tournament’s semifinals and the second and third place will compete on a playoff to decide who goes to the semifinals.

The two groups will split up as following:


The teams will compete for more than $250,000 spread among four teams, the exact distribution of the prize pool is yet to be determined.



CS:GO Knives: Damascus Steel Skins

Damascus Steel Skins: The CS:GO equivalent of jewelry and as expensive as the real-life thing. This skin set sports a very clean look and is one of the newer additions to the CS:GO skin arsenal. It drops from the Chroma and the Chroma 2 cases and pays homage to a real life type of steel said to be manufactured during the Middle Ages in the capital of Syria.

Bayonet Damascus Steel Factory New

We could talk about all of them at once but that would make most of you think “Yeah, tl;dr.” For that reason we’ll start at the beginning (naturally), with the simplest patterns and make our way up to the more complex ones. So lets get the easy patterns out of the way.


In its Factory New version(shown above) the suggested price starts at $165.53, while the StatTrak starts at $268.10. We can’t really delve into sales volume because all knife skins are extremely rare, you can get a lower grade knife and that is fair game as well. You can pretty much be sure that it will earn you money in the long run because of its exclusivity.

M9 Bayonet Damascus Steel

M9 Bayonet

Nothing short of a sword, this is the upgraded version of the Bayonet. It sports a serrated spine and a thicker blade, plus a suggested price tag that ranges between $117.00 and $221.00.

Flip Knife Damascus Steel Factory New

It’s available in Factory New, Minimal Wear, Field Tested, Well Worn and Battle Scarred, but only the first three have a StatTrak. The price depends on the state of the skin, so the higher the amount of wear, the lower the value of the knife.

Flip Knife

Gut Knife Damascus Steel Factory New

One of the smallest stocks in our marketplace, we only have 27 of them at the moment. You’d think this makes it a very rare and expensive skin. Actually, it isn’t that expensive when compared to other knife skins. The most expensive one sells for about $140.00 and the cheapest goes for $60.00; that being said, it still manages to include Factory New, Minimal Wear, Field Tested, Well Worn and Battle Scarred in our store, plus several of them come with StatTrak.

Gut Knife

StatTrak Karambit Damascus Steel Factory New

With a higher amount of units in our marketplace (61), but cheaper than the Flip Knife, the most expensive is sold for about $110.00 while the cheapest has an asking price of $42.00. It also has a Factory New, Minimal Wear, Field Tested, Well Worn and Battle Scarred versions. This skin also sports StatTrak that starts at about $60.00 and can be acquired from the Chroma and Chroma 2 cases, if you’re lucky.


A testament to the popularity of this model, this skin is by far the most expensive in this list. Its Factory New StatTrak version easily fetches $472.50 and there are more Karambit skins for sale than any other Damascus Steel skin in our marketplace. You want an investment? This is the way to go, if you have deep pockets. As with the previous models, you can get a Factory New, Minimal Wear, Field Tested, Well Worn and Battle Scarred if you’re scoping for options.

That breaks down the first set of patterns for knife skins, these are part of the simpler sets in our marketplace but there will be plenty more to come.


League of Legends: Riot Games Shutting Down Dominion Mode

The Crystal Scar
The Crystal Scar

Released on September 26th of 2011, Dominion introduced a fast-paced alternative to the classic game modes on Summoner’s Rift and Twisted Treeline. Featuring five capture points on a circular map, it introduced a much different play style when compared to the original 5v5 game mode. It accelerated the game’s pace by spawning the players at level three with additional gold to to skip the laning phase and encourage team fights to happen sooner.

Riot Games announced that they are retiring Dominion Mode and cited several issues such as a lack of dedicated resources, poor matchmaking quality, and continued balancing problems. However, the most shocking statistic was how few League of Legends players actively play the game mode – less than 0.5%.

We want to support game modes delivering consistently engaging and competitive experiences. Fewer than 0.5% of players actively play Dominion and we’re aware some number of even that small population is still bots. We haven’t been supporting Dominion, and we’ve trapped ourselves in a vicious cycle where the queue isn’t large enough to warrant major attention, but falls prey to bugs and periods of imbalance from the introduction of new champs and items (which then drives down the size of the queue, and so on). – Riot Games

The announcement came with a great deal of regret. Riot admitted the game mode could have been salvaged had it been given proper attention, but those resources had been directed to improving Summoner’s Rift instead.

There is a small consolation prize to the most devoted Dominion players. Anyone who has accumulated more than 100 wins in the game mode before February 10th, 2016 will receive an exclusive summoner icon.

It’s not too late to play Dominion before it is removed! The game mode will be retired on Monday, February 22nd. At that time, the Crystal Scar map will also be removed from custom game creation.

All hope is not lost if you enjoy playing Dominion or on the Crystal Scar. The map may possibly return for periods of time in the form of featured game modes such as Ascension.


DOTA 2: ESL One Manila 2016 Announces New Format

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The ESL One Manila 2016 format and schedule were adjusted, and the event will run for one more day. ESL One Manila will now take place starting on April 22 and conclude on April 24th.

The tournament will feature eight teams competing for the $250,000 prize pool in Manila, Philippines.

Instead of the usual single elimination format that was used during ESL One, the event will feature a GSL group stage, leading to the main event. This format was last used at the Dota 2 Frankfurt Major in November of 2015.

In order for the users to understand the format better, ESL One made a simple explanation on their site:

  • Match one: Team A vs. Team B
  • Match two: Team C vs. Team D
  • Winners’ match (WM): Winner of match one vs. winner of match two – winner advances to semifinals
  • Elimination match (EM): Loser of match one vs. loser of match two – loser drops out
  • Decider match: Loser of WM vs. winner of EM – winner advances to semifinals and loser drops out

Adding a double elimination group stage will extend the tournament by one more day, and the games taking place on Friday won’t be played at the Mall of Asia Arena (where the tournament is being held), but they will be viewable on Twitch.

The new schedule will broadcast the Initial Matches as well as the Winner’s Matches on Friday, and the main event will begin on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena showing the Elimination phase as well as the Decider Matches (they will replace the quarterfinals), and will lead to the Semifinals and Finals being played on Sunday at the Arena.

After discussing the event calendar and format with some teams we decided to extend the format of ESL One Manila by an extra day to reduce the risk of travel for teams. We think that in the current dota ecosystem, that this gives a better incentive to teams without risking going home from an immediate loss.

James Lampkin, VP of Pro Gaming at ESL

Team secret will be the last team invited for the ESL One Manila, making that a total of three teams directly invited to the event (EHOME and Team Liquid being the other two). A total of eight teams will fight for first place at Manila, and the last five spots are still yet to be decided from the online qualifiers that are currently on its way.

This is an interesting news since the team commented on Twitter that they wouldn’t participate at this event in January 20th. The same announcement was made by Evil Geniuses’s captain Peter Dager a day before on his personal Twitter.

The decision by ESL to change the format is nothing but good news for the spectators, as they will be able to watch more matches as well as one more day of the Dota 2 professional scene. We are close to the Dota 2 Winter Major being held in March, and any preview of the meta is welcomed by the viewers and professionals.


Capcom Pro Tour 2016 and a New Game

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Image from: Capcom Pro Tour

Capcom announced earlier this year that the Capcom Pro Tour 2016 Season will bring its brand new game Street Fighter V into the circuit, making it harder to predict who’s going to be the best player for 2016.

And with the new game comes a new format. The Capcom Pro Tour 2016 Season will bring a new tour structure that will let the global community participate, and will leave the door open for new talent to impress.

Qualifying for the Capcom Cup:

This year, the Capcom Pro Tour will feature events spread across four regions. Each region will include 12 ranking events, two online events and a regional final event.

Any player who wins a Ranking Event or an Online Event automatically qualifies for the Regional Final. Capcom will be covering the costs for both the hotel and flight for the participants of the Regional Final event.

Regional Finals:

The Regional Finals will be the last tournament for each region to decide which player qualifies for the Capcom Cup.

An open bracket will determine the players going up to Day Two, which will consist of 16 players (12 players from the Ranking Events, two for the Online Event and two from the previous day) fighting for a spot in the Capcom Cup.

Online Events:

The 2016 season will bring back the Online Events. This will allow online players to participate for the last qualifying spots leading to the Regional Finals.  It’s yet to be announced when the dates and format for the Online Events will be.

EVO 2016:

EVO 2016 will be part of the Capcom Pro Tour once more, and will have a $50,000 added prize pool as well as a direct invite to the Capcom Cup 2016 for the winner.

Global Premier Events:

The Premier events will come back once more, meaning that we (the viewers) get to see some of the action as the pros fight for a qualifying spot to the main cup.

It was stated on Capcom’s site:

Players must place first at a Premier Event to qualify for Capcom Cup. If a player has already qualified for Capcom Cup and wins a Premier Event, it will open up an additional spot on the global leaderboards.

Capcom already confirmed 11 Premier Events and they can be seen below:

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Image from: Capcom Pro Tour


There will be $500,000 on prize pool, split up between the Global Premier Events, EVO and the Capcom Cup. The breakdown for the prize pools will be as:

  • $250,000 base prize pool for Capcom Cup, distributed amongst the top 8 players.
  • $50,000 boost to prize pool for EVO 2016, distributed amongst the top 8 players.
  • $15,000 boost to the prize pool for each Global Premier Event, distributed amongst the top 8 players.

NEW: Even More Cashout Options with OPSkins Direct Cashout Services

We are excited to announce that we’ve enhanced our Cashout process even further through OPSkins Direct Cashout Services. OPSkins has partnered with a leading international payments provider so you can receive your Cashout faster and have more choices when it comes to receiving the funds you earned from item sales.

There are no changes being made to the existing PayPal Cashout process. And in case you missed it, this is in addition to other upgrades we’ve made to our Cashout process this month.

Key features of the OPSkins Direct Cashout Services payment platform:

  • Choose how you want to receive your Cashout funds – We can deposit your Cashout funds directly into your local bank account in 170+ supported currencies, or load it onto a virtual prepaid Visa card. You can even choose to split the funds between these two options or use multiple bank accounts if that suits your needs. The choice is really up to you.
  • Receive your Cashout funds sooner — As always when cashing out on OPSkins, standard cashouts are issued within 4-7 days after they’re requested. When your cashout hits, prepaid cards will receive loads in real-time, while bank transfers take 1-3 business days on average (depending on the country). With OPSkins Direct Cashout Services, we get full visibility into each transaction and can tell you exactly when your funds will arrive.
  • Take home more of your earnings – If you’re depositing your earnings into a bank account, you will enjoy low bank transfer fees thanks to OPSkins Direct Cashout Services’s broad global network. The fees will be about the same as PayPal’s cashout fees.
  • Dedicated customer support – OPSkins Direct Cashout Services will introduce multilingual phone, email, and chat support to answer your questions and quickly resolve any Cashout transaction issues.
  • Alternative payout methods — Based on your feedback, we are planning to add more payout options in the future. For example, we are considering including a cash pickup option through MoneyGram at 350,000+ locations worldwide, as well as direct deposit into mobile wallets. Let us know if either of these methods interest you – your feedback is valuable to us.
  • A consolidated payment experience – OPSkins Direct Cashout Services unifies your earnings dashboard and Cashout optionality within a single environment, delivering your entire payment experience through just one third-party provider.  

We value your business and commitment to OPSkins, and we want to ensure you are paid quickly for your sales on our marketplace, and in a manner that suits your lifestyle. As always, thank you for your loyalty to OPSkins, we look forward to continuing to enhance your experience on our marketplace.


M4 for my Valentine: The M4A1-S

It’s that time of the year again when people in China get together to launch fireworks, people in South America take to the streets half naked, and North America prepares for the made-up “holiday” Valentine’s Day. In the last of these celebrations, people tend to make romantic gestures to one another based on an obligation created by consumer culture.

Here at OPSkins however, we have a different kind of love story. Ours is a story of long range head shots with almost no sound. The weapon responsible for this? The M4A1-S is one of the few in-game weapons with a silencer. Unlike its unhinged Soviet counterpart or its close-quarter brother, this stealthy weapon excels at long and medium range combat, even though it carries less bullets. For this reason, it is one of the top sellers on our market.

Oh, and the skins look cool.

M4A1-S | Icarus Fell

This skin sells an average of 30 units per day with an average price of $111.19, which makes it one of the highest grossing skins in our marketplace. If you have the cash to get your hands on one of these, do it. The numbers are not limited, it sells really well in the long run and the price is constantly increasing. Sounds like a keeper.


M4A1-S | Hot Rod

One of the most sought after and expensive skins in CS:GO; it’s painted in a distinctive uniform caramel red that looks almost like it just came out of a body shop’s paint booth. It is also a hot item when it comes to trade ups, being the most expensive skin in the Chop Shop collection. It sells 15 units a day on average and has a starting price of $150.45 and climbing, which is why it’s everyone’s sweetheart.


M4A1-S | Knight

A slow seller, but nevertheless a skin worthy of any inventory. It sports a rather discreet paint job for its price of $370.17, making it more than twice as expensive as the M4A1-S | Hot Rod and obviously rarer. Taking her out on a first date might break your wallet, but she will repay the favor in the long run.


Do any of these three ladies call out to you? Or is there another pretty girl that we’re missing. Let us know in the comments.


Hearthstone: Red Bull Team Brawl

Hearthstone isn’t always a single-player game. A team sealed tournament that was hosted by Red Bull eSports applied aspects traditionally found in physical card games to Hearthstone. “Sealed” generally refers to physical card games, where competitors open factory-sealed packs to begin deck construction.

In place of sealed packs, the four teams began by using a pack-opening simulator until they each had a pool of 240 cards. From these pools, the three-man teams had to construct three 30-card decks, while under the stress of a 30-minute time crunch.

Tempo Storm’s sealed card pool generator.

To add to intricacy to the deck building process, the teams could only use each copy of a card once. For instance, if a team received only a single copy of Boulderfist Ogre in their card pool, that team could only include it once across their three decklists. After the 30-minute timer for construction expired, the teams’ deck lists were locked in and no more card swaps could occur.

After the teams had their decks in order, they faced off in group matches consisting of three rounds. Each round involved three simultaneous one-on-one games, and every player faced off against all opposing team members throughout the nine-game group match. These group matches continued until all of the teams have competed against each other.

Tempo Storm and Liquid, the two teams with the most wins in the group stage, moved on to the final match where the deck construction process was repeated. Team Tempo Storm opted to build two aggressive decks – mech mage and midrange paladin, with their third being a slow control priest. Tempo Storm was able to guarantee victory in the best-of-nine match by winning five out of the first six games.

Team members were not only permitted, but were encouraged to help each other choose the best line of play in their games. This offered some fascinating insight into the minds of some of the best Hearthstone players: speculating which cards are in the opponent’s hand, what cards they were playing around, etc.

Drawing more than 35,000 viewers on Twitch, this novelty tournament was extremely entertaining to watch. Blizzard has made a great game, but it can get stale sometimes, and these creative competition rules always make for some unforgettable moments. Congratulations to Firebat, Reynad, and Eloise on being the first Red Bull Team Brawl champions!

Team Tempo Storm. Image from