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CS:GO Market Recap January 2022

Monthly CS:GO-News: January

Welcome to our second monthly CS:GO market recap! For those who haven't read the previous one, these will include the latest news regarding CS:GO skins and the market. Following points are in the creating process:

-New rare and unique unboxes;
-New expensive and/or rare sticker crafts (Katowice 2014, Krakow 2017, contraband stickers etc);
-Market changes (items going down/up in price);
-Official skin related content (new cases mostly, but anything from valve);
-Uncategorized (New marketplaces, skins recently registered on or off databases);

by @oJoFace & @Thorben



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Dreams and Nightmares and its ripple on the market

The new case finally got released after three months of waiting and with the new skins we also saw some movements on the market. If you want to read more about the skins themselves, you can do so here.

For us, our favourite skins from the new case are:

- The new Ak-47 Nightwish with its bright, colourful design and the pearlescent effect, which is perfect for crafts with holographic stickers.
- The Mac-10 Ensnared. The pixies on the gun, the pupils they get while reloading in the correct lighting, a simple yet good use of the pearlescent effect.

While December was a slow time of the year for Kato crafts, January definitely picked up speed! We have a few CRAZY new crafts! And many of them are 1 of 1 crafts, get ready to see many different crafts below and feel free to share your favourites on our socials!

Market changes

Now, Dreams and Nightmares affected the market quite a bit actually. With the new case releasing, an old case got removed from the active drop pool, said case was the Danger Zone! Due to it becoming a new rare drop (only 1% of case drops are rare drops), the case had an immediate increase in price.

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This is usually the case whenever something gets removed from the active drop pool. An instant increase in price due to all the people who want to buy them as an investment.

At the same time, with the recent uprising in players due to the winter season, cases and liquid items in general are on the rise at the moment. Some cases like the Revolver one for example have gone up almost 50% since the start of January!

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January and its crafts

January was huge in terms of stickers applied. A total of nine high-tier Katowice 2014 crafts were created! To break it down even further: 35 high-tier stickers were applied, many of them on M4A1-S skins.

Firstly, we start off with a skin that got a lot of attention this month. Ever since the M4A1-S got its buff, the Printstream seems to be a favourite skin for crafters all around the world. This explains why we saw notable crafts this month.

First we got a StatTrak™ M4A1-S Printstream with 4x Vox Eminor (Holo) | Katowice 2014 applied!

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M4A1-S Printstream with 4x Virtus.Pro (Holo) | Katowice 2014.

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And a StatTrak™ M4A1-S Printstream with 4x Titan | Katowice 2014

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The other Katowice 2014 crafts of January

AWP Dragon Lore with 4x Virtus.Pro (Holo) | Katowice 2014

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For such a beautiful craft you’d expect it to already exist, right? However, after almost 8 years, this craft is the first of its kind, making it very unique and special.


AWP Dragon Lore with 3x Titan (Holo) | Katowice 2014

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You may see four stickers on the AWP, however, the owner was being smart with this one and bought the Dragon Lore with a sticker already applied, meaning he applied just three of them. This is at least the rumour in the CS:GO community. The owner has made this move twice before in recent months, applying 3x 3DMAX (Holo) Katowice 2014 and 3x Titan Holos on a Howl.


Ak-47 Case Hardened pattern 661 with 4 Titan (Holo) | Katowice 2014

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While on the surface this craft may seem normal as the float of this Ak-47 is .22, which is nothing special, the owner applied four stickers himself which cost around $180,000! For the same price, he could have bought a 661 Scar Pattern with a better float and a Titan already applied, thus saving money and getting a better float in one go. Instead, he spent more money on a “worse” weapon. Why would he choose to do this? We might never know...


M4A4 Howl with 3x 3dmax (Holo) | Katowice 2014

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An interesting fact about this craft is that before being crafted, it already had a 3DMAX on the best position, however, the owner accidentally scratched it once and decided to go all the way and scratch it off. Afterward, he applied three more stickers on the other positions to preserve the artwork, and yes, this is the same person who made the AWP Dragon Lore with the 3 Titan holos.


Ak-47 Wild Lotus with 4 Reason Gaming (Holo) | Katowice 2014

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You may see this AK and think “wait, wasn't this already crafted?” That´s correct, twice actually, this is the third of its kind. However, when the first one was crafted, the price of a Reason holo was around $10,000, and now it is around $40,000, meaning for the same price of the current craft, you could’ve crafted four of them back when the original one was made.

AWP Wild Fire with 1x Vox Eminor | Katowice 2014

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Surprisingly, this AWP is the first of its kind, even though this AWP is one of the "cheaper" crafts this month, we still chose to include it with how unique and good looking it is!

Expensive Non Katowice-2014 crafts

There were also some interesting (and expensive) non-Katowice 2014 crafts this month, of which included:

For example a StatTrak™ M4A1-S Printstream with 4x Harp of War (Holo) stickers. An interesting fact about this craft is that it was made to match the owner's Desert Eagle Printstream, which has the exact same sticker combination applied.

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After already starting the category "discontinued stickers" we will continue with a really low float (2nd lowest in the world) Glock Neo-Noir with 4x Winged Defuser that got crafted as well.

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Furthermore, we saw a craft on an AK-47 Neon Rider (2nd lowest in the world as well) with 4x Winged Defuser, altogether a really lovely combo!

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We think it is always nice to see old or discontinued stickers applied to newer skins. Often resulting in great combinations nobody ever thought of!

It is crazy to think that there already is a StatTrak™ MP9 | Starlight Protector crafted with 4x Harp of Wars! Somebody was really hyped for that release!

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The rainbow effect matched the whole theme of the skin really well. Absolutely approved by us!


Unboxes

Very recently, on the 25th of January, a very special Nomad Blue Gem was unboxed. With a pattern seed of 700 we´re talking about a dual-sided blue-gem, with a float of 0.09. Even more interesting: It´s the second ever Nomad Case Hardened with that pattern after around three years since it was first released.

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Now while that Nomad is very impressive, it's nothing compared to the new 403 Skeleton Knife | Case Hardened unbox. Now to the average person, that means nothing, but in case you aren't aware pattern 403 is the #1 pattern for the Skeleton Knife Case Hardened, which oddly enough, has been unboxed three times since November.

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A CZ-75 Midnight Palm with a float of 0.00000000208616 was unboxed as well! Which sounds really low, right? Because it is! That’s the second lowest float weapon in the entire game!! (not including bugged floats) The owner decided to apply 4x dAT team (Holo) | Cologne 2014 on it which are worth around 100 bucks each!

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A PP-Bizon | Runic with a float of 0.99999988079071

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*All pictures are taken on the broskins and ohnePixel servers!

Summary

All in all January was absolutely crazy in terms of crafts, but also unboxes. We´re excited for the upcoming months and can´t wait for our next report. Hopefully you enjoyed reading though it and make sure to share your favorites below in the comments on our socials! We always try to include everything, if we missed a piece let us know as well. See ya all at the end of February!


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