What are CS: GO Skins and do I need them?
For many new CS: GO players, skins are all the rage, while those with a strong history playing might not be bothered by the concept of skins whatsoever.
Von Christoph Miklos am 24.08.2020 - 23:59 Uhr - Quelle: E-Mail

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For many new CS: GO players, skins are all the rage, while those with a strong history playing might not be bothered by the concept of skins whatsoever. Skins change things up a little in terms of the maps, strategies and load-outs in the game. Some players collect skins and see them as a profitable investment which is a different world entirely.
We've covered the basics of CS: GO skins and the essentials to see if they're simply an in-game cosmetic to you or something you could get a little more serious about. We'll go into CS: GO skins rarity factors, how to obtain them, and most importantly; how much they cost. Let's get going with CS: GO skins!
Understanding the rarity of CS: GO Skins One of the most essential concepts of CS: GO skins is understanding how rare they are when you get them, often referred to as their grade to determine how Valve values them. The likelihood of a skin, gloves or a knife dropping or appearing in a case is determined statistically via that same grading algorithm. Higher grade skins are much rarer to find than lower grade skins. CS: GO uses eight rarity tiers, with each range having a general price or value, and you'll often find the rarer the skins, the higher the value.
How to obtain CS: GO skins In a nutshell, you can find CS: GO skins in the game one way or another merely by playing. The more direct method, the probability and the availability, however, comes down to how rare a skin is. Bear in mind there are many skins that are no longer available. The easiest skins to find are light blue and white which are often dropped after a match. Any grades above these can drop randomly, but CS case opening increases the chances of obtaining them dramatically. You'll need a key for these cases which will set you back around $2.50, and you also need to match the key with your case. Valve officially distribute keys. Although key trading is possible between accounts, keys trading post-update is now unavailable.
If investing in skins and surprise mechanics isn't your thing you could consider using Trade Up contracts. The in-game mechanic allows you to select twelve skins of a single rarity grade and swap them into a higher grade. Luck-based mechanics are entirely possible, but they are pretty risky, providing you with either a rare and high-value item or something very basic.
What are CS: GO skins gonna cost me? It is always worth studying hardcore traders to learn the value of CS: GO skins. Although lower grade skins can drop randomly, many will come straight from weapon cases. As we've mentioned, you'll need a case key to open a weapon case. Using Valve’s $2.50 as a base we could calculate the potential value of a skin by taking the fixed price above and multiplying it by the average amount of keys you'll require to provide a more certain statistic of dropping that skin in particular. Not only that, but factors such as StarTrak technology (where there's a mere 10% probability for each rarity grade), exterior quality, different rarity grades and more also have an impact on the price.
As you can see, there are various different attributes that can influence the overall price of a skin, so it can be difficult to say how much a skin might cost, there’s no blanket approach.
We hope you've got more of an idea of what's involved in CS: GO skins, and as usual, any questions, feel free to drop us a line!
Christoph Miklos ist nicht nur der „Papa“ von Game-/Hardwarezoom, sondern seit 1998 Technik- und Spiele-Journalist. In seiner Freizeit liest er DC-Comics (BATMAN <3), spielt leidenschaftlich gerne World of Warcraft und schaut gerne alte Star Trek Serien.

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