Skin trading is a world that needs you to really bite into to be understood. The rules which it stands on are quite simple, but many nuances come into play. This is why an alternative mesh for an AWP can either cost a couple of cents or… a yearly salary of a East-European CEO. How?
If there is one skin that is recognized globally even outside the gaming-and-trading world of CS:GO, it’s AWP | Dragon Lore. The worth of this sniper rifle skin has been a topic of much debate, especially after it legendary, all time highest official trade. That’s understandable. It is beautiful, and it’s rare. Today, we will talk about this ultra-famous CSGO skin in detail, and we’ll dissect its origin and it’s real trade value. Zoom in!
AWP Dragon Lore – In Depth
Dragon Lore is a skin for AWP in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. AWP itself is one of the most powerful weapons in the whole CSGO that can score you an instant frag on one body shot. However, to make it more balanced, a number of features was introduced over the years. Scope blur effects, movement penalty, kill award of only $100 (with $4750 cost of AWP) and scoped accuracy dependant on standing still are all the changes that took place. Still, the sheer firepower makes AWP one of the most important weapons in pro and semi-pro CSGO gaming. It is also theoretically possible to achieve an ace (5 kills) with only one shot, given that it will be all headshots. Thus, this seems very unlikely, not to say impossible.
Dragon Lore, as mentioned before, is one of the available finishes for the AWP. It is a custom paint finish with a knotted roaring, flame-breathing dragon. The color palette of beige, orange, yellow and olive give it a neat and sorta ancient feel. Check it out yourself – just type in CS GO AWP Dragon Lore in YouTube or Google.
Below you may find a wear float visualization for AWP Dragon Lore skin:
Even so, it’s not only the looks that got it so hyped up. When Valve added it to the game, they decided to make it a covert skin – and as you know, it means it’s extremely rare.
Where can you get AWP Dragon Lore?
It is a part of The Cobblestone Collection case introduced in July 2014 as a souvenir drop, meaning it can be dropped only during Major tournament. It is calculated that the chance to get a Dragon Lore AWP finish is equal to 0,0004%. That is awfully low. However, please remember that on top of that, it comes out of Cobblestone case that could be dropped as a souvenir case for those watching a game of CSGO that took place on map Cobblestone. The drop rate for the Cobblestone Major watchers was estimated between 1-2%. This means Dragon Lore is one of the most elusive and hard to get skins in the entire history of CSGO skin trading. If you dropped one, you probably ran out your entire life’s luck.
What is the average AWP Dragon Lore price in 2020?
I know a simple “it depends” won’t be enough for you curious beasts, but it really does. On one hand, there aren’t many of those, and a bunch of people who have those would never dream of selling them. On the other hand, it is available in several wear levels and some of them go around the market. Let’s look at several examples of prices bottom up. We’ll be looking at prices scouted by SteamAnalyst in the second half of May.
Battle-Scarred: The cheapest offer here seems to be from DMarket, having one for mere (don’t look at me like this) $950. Keep in mind that half of the design is gone in its highest float values. There’s also one listed on Steam with double that price – maybe someone’s counting on a rookie mistake while shopping for a monthly salary.
Well-Worn: SkinBaron has one for $1099. Usually they are listed for around $500 more than that.
Field-Tested: Both SkinBaron and DMarket have offers of those for around $1500. There are also some Souvenirs (we’ll get to that in a moment) in this float – the cheapest one for $3,622, the most expensive one for $8,862.
Minimal Wear: The numbers start to rise. Although there’s one promotional listing of this one on DMarket for $1500, the average price could be estimated at $3800. There’s also a Souvenir Minimal Wear AWP Dragon Lore on CS.Money for $10,872.
Factory New: Skincay (noticed a difference?) tries to promote their catalogue with a listing of a relatively lower price of $3,205, but they go as high as $5,800. There’s also one Souvenir Factory New on CS.Money listed for $17,644. But that’s still not the most expensive price it has ever reached. Why?
How did AWP Dragon Lore become most valuable skin?
Even though an average of about $4500 for one skin sounds crazy, the price of an actual most expensive AWP Dragon Lore was much higher than this. Over twelve times higher. A particular piece of Dragon Lore was sold for over $61,000 in January 2018. The price came from a very specific combination of exterior quality, version, and stickers. It was a souvenir AWP Dragon Lore Factory New from the Boston Major with Cloud9’s Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham unscratched sticker who was an MVP for ELEAGUE Boston Major 2018 which Cloud9 won.
That was a unique piece that will be never available again with an equally unique price. This was one of these moments when the mainstream media gasp at the price of a texture pack that doesn’t make you any better at game, nor it boosts any weapon statistics. And that’s what this whole trading clique is about – a CSGO weapon skin becoming an active or a passive investment.
Buying and Selling AWP Dragon Lore
Steam Market is a go-to, inside trading system made by Valve through which people can list, sell, buy and generally trade skins for different games. This is your first search stop. The biggest in number are Dragon Lores of Field-Tested exterior quality, which still rarely go over 10 at the same time. This means, the price for Dragon Lore is very stable and buying one can be considered a good money saver or even an investment protecting your cash from the inflation.
Other than Steam Community Market you may want to try out your luck at third-party markets and websites. Those AWP Dragon Lore Factory New available for less than $2000 sem from one thing – all money made through Steam Market lands in your Steam Wallet and cannot be paid out. As third-party markets give you a way to pay out your funds, the prices are naturally lower. Moreover, taking into consideration the sheer price and popularity of Dragon Lore many people will try to scam you out of your money during the trade, for example, by employing a middleman that will help them scam you. Thus, it is always good to check everything thoroughly, a few times if needed, and never go through with a trade that seems fishy.
If you want to sell an AWP your options are very similar. You can sell your skin at the Steam Community Market securing the highest Dragon Lore AWP Price available but barring yourself from easy access to your funds. You can sell it on the third-party market – but the process may be time-consuming and isn’t preferable when you need money fast. The third option is to sell it to us through Skinwallet. The biggest advantage of our service is that you’ll receive your funds quickly, no question asked.
To sell a CSGO AWP Dragon Lore skin at Skinwallet, start by logging in to Skinwallet with your Steam credentials. Please, remember to set your inventory visibility to public. Otherwise, Skinwallet won’t be able to see your inventory. When logged in, please add your Steam Trade URL to the system, so our bot can send you a valid trade offer. Now, find the Dragon Lore AWP you want to sell and click on it. You will see the price we are willing to pay for it, right here, right now. If it is satisfactory, click on the green button and proceed to the transaction from the pop-up link. This is the safest way to trade with Skinwallet bot. Please check if every element of the trade is valid and accept the trade offer. Your balance should update very shortly. If you want to transfer your funds, configure your payment method of choice with needed details and proceed to cash out.
In this article you’ve got to know about the most famous and iconic CSGO skin – AWP Dragon Lore. We talked about its price, rarity and special circumstances behind the most expensive CSGO skin transaction on one skin… At least one that we know of.
Do you own or owned a Dragon Lore AWP skin? What would you do if you had one? Please, tell us in the comments down below. Happy hunting and stay tuned for more posts, articles and guides on CSGO skin trading!