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Trainwrecks makes expensive mistake with CSGO souvenir case

Published: 10/Sep/2019 12:21 Updated: 10/Sep/2019 13:07

by David Purcell

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive by opening up an expensive Souvenir Package, only to find out seconds later why it was the worst decision he could have made. 

These Souvenir Packages are available to purchase in the popular first-person shooter game, offering up some of the most expensive and desirable weapons – while also plastering them in the highly-sought-after gold tournament stickers. 

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The packages are only available during the Valve-sponsored Majors, but can be held until after the event is finished and placed on the Steam Community Market for a huge price. While these are expensive commodities to get ahold of, what’s inside can be worth so much more. 

Counter-Strike blogTrainwrecks decided to go for one of the MLG Columbus 2016 souvenir packages.

Unfortunately for Trainwrecks, though, his MLG Columbus 2016 Cobblestone Souvenir Package turned out to be exactly that – a train wreck. 

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After splashing a whopping $175 on the pack, the Twitch streamer left viewers in suspense for a few moments and he built towards the final reveal of its contents. “Oh my god! Oh my god,” he said repeatedly as the package stared back at him on the screen, waiting to be opened. 

There are a number of extremely valuable weapons inside the package, but it chooses – at random – just one for the owner to take away from it. 

One of the best case scenarios at this point would have included the AWP Dragon Lore, which has variants that can sell on Steam for just over $1,400 – according to CS:GO Stash. Landing a weapon like that would pay for plenty of other Souvenir Packages in-game, or perhaps even a vacation for some people!

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However, things couldn’t have gone down much worse than they did as a Souvenir UMP-45 Indigo was the weapon inside. 

For those that aren’t aware, the max price of this souvenir weapon is a mere $12.51 – according to CS:GO pricing at the time of writing. Not only did the player not get back a return on his investment, but this was a heavy loss and he couldn’t quite believe what was happening.

“Shall we get one more dude?” he joked, after taking a moment to let the disappointment sink in. 

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While there might be some incredible things waiting inside these Souvenir Packages at times, it just goes to show how much of a gamble these can be. Maybe next time he’ll think twice about spending so much on one of them. 

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HenryG explains Cloud9’s CSGO player salaries after $400k floppy deal

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:11

by Calum Patterson

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Cloud9 have now confirmed that Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery is the fourth player of their self-proclaimed CS:GO “colossus” roster, in a deal worth over $400,000, bringing their total to around $4 million in player contracts, with another two players still to go.

Floppy joined Cloud9 from ATK in January, and is now transitioning to the new ‘colossus’ roster alongside ALEX, mezii, and woxic.

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The colossus began with the signing of ALEX from Vitality, whose deal is worth $1.65 million. He was joined by fellow brit Mezii on a $426,000 deal. Then, woxic was added from mousesports, in another deal surpassing the $1m mark, at $1,365,000.

This latest deal for floppy takes the total value of this 4-man squad to $3.87 million, and with two players to go (GM Henry  ‘HenryG’ Greer has plans for a six-player roster), is set to surpass the $4 million mark.

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Since HenryG’s move from casting into a management role at C9, he has aimed to shake-up the traditionally opaque nature of esports transfer dealings.

In each of the four signings, Greer has confirmed the length of the player’s contract, and it’s total value over that period. All four players announced so far have been signed to three-year deals.

After the floppy announcement, Greer clarified on Twitter that despite the lower total value of deals for floppy and Mezii (compared to ALEX and woxic), each player’s deal is negotiated on an individual basis.

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“Ricky has received a pay increase from his previous contract and that will be reviewed each year of his stay,” he concludes.

Presumably, salaries could increase based on performance metrics or other value added to the brand by the player, or as thanks for loyalty to the team.

After he was confirmed as the GM of Cloud9, Greer told Dexerto: “My plans for this team are certainly ambitious. I wouldn’t be involved in any sort of General Manager role unless I had absolute full control of the roster and direction we plan to head.

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HenryG is now at the helm of Cloud9’s CS:GO venture.

“C9 have entrusted me with their entire CS:GO dynasty and, honestly, I think that’s one of the boldest moves any org has made in a long time.”

HenryG and Cloud9’s new approach to player deals could very well set off a new trend in CS:GO and esports generally, though for now, they remain on solitary ground.

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