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10 amazing skin concepts that should be in CSGO’s next case

Published: 30/Jun/2020 13:30

by Connor Bennett

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players are always coming up with ideas for their own weapon skins. Here, we take ten different ones that we’d like to see inside the next CS:GO case. 

Counter-Strike has, and always will be, about proving your first-person shooter skills but some fans use it to showcase their creative skills. Some decide to build maps, interesting game modes, and plenty of other things. The most creative ideas usually come in the form of skins. These skin ideas usually set social media ablaze and have fans begging Valve to add them to their next case release. 

Here, we’ve compiled a list of ten incredibly impressive skin ideas –  ranging from your standard pistols, to knives, and the AWP – that should be added to CS:GO in the near future.

Flying Tiger | AWP

The first concept comes in the form of the “Flying Tiger” AWP skin from ssslifer. The World War 2 plane inspired look gives the iconic sniper a real bite – literally, with teeth at the end of the barrel.

It draws some comparisons to the Spitfire Famas skin that is already available in Global Offensive, however, with this being the AWP, it would no doubt be highly sought after by players. 

Warplane | AUG

Keeping with the military aircraft theme, next up on our list is the Warplane idea for the AUG that comes from Mad Polygon. 

Unlike the Flying Tiger, there isn’t exactly an iconic finish to the skin but the impressive exhaust illusions that are located just below the scope would really give the assault rifle a unique look compared to its counterparts.

Prey | M4A4

Getting our feet back on the ground, the next idea comes from Reddit user condorviii, who put forward their M4A4 – Prey concept. 

The white assault rifle skin uses the image of a huge, fearsome-looking Raven amongst a flock of others to strike fear into the heart of enemies. It invokes the spirit of the hugely popular Howl skin, but has the label of Prey marked onto the magazine so the enemies know whats hit them. 

Anemoia | M4A4

Keeping with the M4A4 theme, hollandje’s Anemoia concept would add a funky violet, pink, and black variant of the CT assault rifle to the mix of skins that are already available. 

The skin depicts two people on a trail against the backdrop of a night sky as well as the outline of distant mountains and balloons. It would certainly stand out amongst the rest.

Valkyrie | P90

One idea stand that might not stand out, especially if you’re playing on Anubis, is the P90 | Valkyrie – with the added bonus of being able to own some virtual hieroglyphics.

The Egyptian themed skin comes from skin creator K A S I, with its gold and black popping look adding a style of skin that is currently missing from CS:GO. 

Blocked | Glock

Moving away from assault rifles and into pistols, Reddit user Hoxton_Workshop had the fun idea of giving the T side a Lego-themed Glock. 

The impressive multi-color, multi-bricked skin might fit in more with a game like Fortnite than the serious CS:GO, but it would certainly bring a smile to faces during pistols rounds – especially if you’re deep in the hole at half time.

CVBER Flowers | USP-S

On the opposite side of the default pistols comes the USP-S | CVBER Flowers from mokryi. The CT pistol has a long line of impressive skins like Neo Noir and Kill Confirmed, but this impressive concept could certainly stack up against them and be able to hold its own. 

Obreron | Desert Eagle

Looking at more powerful pistols, millenia3d conjured up the idea of giving CS:GO a bit of Fallout feel. Fallout: New Vegas, to be precise.

The Obreron Desert Eagle concept gives the deadly sidearm a railgun-like look perfectly, switching it’s light blue color at the back to orange-tinted barrels the further forward you get. It’s certainly an eye-catching idea.

Mechanized Purple | CZ-75

The last gun concept idea comes from OniLolz, as they put forward their impressive-looking purple ‘Mechanized’ CZ-75.

The idea is just a small part of their wide-ranging collection but the purple stands out from the pack. Don’t worry about the loose wires that appear to be dangling from the side though, they won’t hurt you. 

Zebra Tooth | Bayonet

Last but not least, knives have got to get some love as well. They might be incredibly hard to get from a CS:GO case, but having something like the Crimson Web Bayonet or Karambit Fade can really set you apart from the crowd.

Filipforslin’s Tiger Tooth-inspired skin would give the classic skin a Zebra-themed design – switching from the yellow and black pattern to white and black. It’s such a clever idea that you might be mistaken for thinking that it’s come from Valve themselves.


Of course, these are just skins that we’d like to see in CS:GO’s next case, and though Valve does use fan concepts now and again, they might have a few ideas of their own coming down the pipeline.

We’ll just have to wait and see.

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NAVI win BLAST Premier Global Final: Final placements & recap

Published: 24/Jan/2021 23:20

by Albert Petrosyan

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NAVI were crowned the champions of BLAST Premier Global Final, taking home the lion’s share of $1 million! Here’s how the event developed. 


  • NAVI defeated Liquid, Vitality, and Astralis for the title
  • Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev claims the MVP
  • NAVI ran the gauntlet from the lower bracket

BLAST Premier Global Final: Final Placements

Eight teams are battling it out for their share of $1 million… Additionally, BLAST are gifting the winners an exclusive TW Steel watch to complement the $600k in cash.

Placement  Team Prize
1 Natus Vincere $600,000
2 Astralis $200,000
3 Team Vitality $80,000
4 Team Liquid $50,000
5-6 G2 Esports $20,000
Evil Geniuses
7-8 Complexity $15,000
FURIA

BLAST Premier Global Final: Results & recap

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Day 1 — Tuesday, January 19

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Astralis 2-1 Evil Geniuses 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R1 G2 2-1 FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Astralis & G2 edge through to semi-finals

Astralis opened by taking on Evil Geniuses in a three-game series, with the first map (Inferno) going the way of EG (16-14). The North American’s ability to convert pistol rounds was not enough to guarantee a second map, as both Overpass (16-8) and Vertigo (16-6) were claimed by the Danes. Xyp9x’s AUG proved too hot to handle on Overpass — will we see it again?

G2 Esports vs FURIA was a much closer affair. G2 took the initiative on Inferno (16-12), snatching FURIA’s map pick. After falling short on Mirage (14-16), G2 bounced back on Nuke (16-10) to clinch the series. NiKo shined, as he clocked out with +20 frags, going 70-50 in three maps.

Day 2 — Wednesday, January 20

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Vitality 2-0 Complexity 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R1  NAVI 0-2 Team Liquid 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R1 Evil Geniuses 2-1 FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

FURIA bow out early, FalleN’s Liquid surprise Na’Vi

Complexity were unable to perform in their first series of the year, being swept on Mirage (9-16) and Dust2 (8-16). ZywOo shined, delivering 46 kills over two maps. 

A new-look Team Liquid pull the upset against NAVI, dispatching the CIS squad on Inferno (16-6) and Nuke (16-14). S1mple’s 36 kills on Nuke were not enough to keep his team in the upper bracket

Despite a convincing win on Inferno (16-9), FURIA fell short on Mirage (14-16) against Evil Geniuses. Stanislaw and co. followed up with a swift win on Nuke (16-6) to keep their tournament hopes alive.

Day 3 — Thursday, January 21

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R1 Complexity 1-2 NAVI 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R2 Astralis 2-1 G2 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R2 Vitality 2-0 Team Liquid 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Astralis and Vitality secure top-4, Complexity knocked out

Complexity were eliminated by NAVI after a 1-2 series. Electronic was the star of the show with 75 kills over three maps.

Astralis took down G2 Esports following a thrilling series. The Danes followed Dust2 (14-16) with wins on Vertigo (16-8) and Inferno (16-4) with Dupreeh displaying an impressive 91.5 ADR across three maps.

Team Liquid failed to overcome Vitality falling short on Vertigo (11-16) after a close game on Nuke (14-16). ZywOo seemed unbeatable in clutches across both maps.

Day 4 — Friday, January 22

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R2 Evil Geniuses 0-2 Team Liquid 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R2 G2 0-2 NAVI 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

G2 and Evil Geniuses fall short, NAVI and Liquid trough

Team Liquid send Evil Geniuses packing after two swift wins on Inferno (16-12) and Dust2 (16-8). NAF shined for the North American team, delivering 51 kills over the two maps. 

NAVI take down G2 Esports, looking unstoppable on both Train (16-6) and Mirage (16-8). Everyone on the CIS squad was on point, with s1mple standing out with an impressive 94.3 ADR across the series.

Day 5 — Saturday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners Final Astralis 2-1 Team Vitality 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers Final Team Liquid 0-2 NAVI 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

NAVI survive, Astralis through to another Grand Final

Astralis secure a spot in the Grand Final after beating Team Vitality 2-1, managing to steal Dust2 (16-14) and stomping Inferno (16-5). Shox shined on Overpass (16-10) delivering 28 kills and displaying an incredible 122.5 ADR.

NAVI continue their lower bracket run as they take down Team Liquid after two incredibly close maps. B1t helped NAVI edge out Inferno (16-13) while flamie ran the show on Nuke (16-14).

Day 6 — Sunday, January 24

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Consolidation Final Team Vitality 1-2 NAVI 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Grand Final Astralis 0-2 NAVI 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

NAVI opened the series by edging out Nuke (19-17) after an incredible comeback in the second half to secure overtime. Team Vitality managed to take Overpass (16-12) with ZywOo dropping 28 kills. NAVI responded by taking control of Dust2 (16-12) and securing their spot in the Grand Final. The star of the show was s1mple, the Ukrainian hit a +29 K/D across the three maps. 

The Grand Finals saw NAVI open up with a great win on Nuke (16-12) and follow up with a dominating performance on Inferno (16-5). Boombl4 led by example, delivering 22 kills on Inferno on his way to the championship.

Blast Premier Global Final: Teams & players

Eight total teams will be in attendance at this year’s BLAST Global Final, all of them qualifying through a variety of competitions, such as the Spring Finals, Fall Finals, and BLAST Premier Circuit.

Lots of eyes will be on Team Liquid, who will be with their new star acquisition, FalleN, after the Brazilian legend joined their ranks to replace Twistzz.

Team Qualified via Players
Astralis Fall Finals dev1ce, dupreeh, Xyp9x, gla1ve, Magisk, Bubzkji (s), zonic (C)
Complexity European Spring Finals blameF, RUSH, k0nfig, jks, JUGi, keita (C)
Evil Geniuses American Spring Finals Brehze, CeRq, Ethan, tarik, Stanislaw, zews (C)
FURIA Esports BLAST Premier Circuit yuurih, arT, VINI, KSCERATO, honda
G2 Esports BLAST Premier Circuit kennyS, AmaNEk, nexa, huNter-, NiKo, maLeK (C)
Team Liquid BLAST Premier Circuit ELiGE, NAF, Stewie2K, Grim, FalleN, moses (C)
Natus Vincere BLAST Premier Circuit flamie, s1mple, electronic, Boombl4, Perfecto, B1T (s), B1ad3 (C)
Team Vitality European Spring Finals apEX, RpK, ZywOo, shox, misutaaa, Nivera (s), XTQZZZ (C)

The stand out players were expectedly Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev and Mathieu ‘ZywOo‘ Herbaut, however, credit must be given to NAVI’s IGL Kirill ‘Boombl4‘ Mikhailov. The Russian stepped up massively in the tournament, impacting every round that NAVI won.