The Most Popular Skins Among Professional CS2 Players

September 28th, 2023
The Most Popular Skins Among Professional CS2 Players
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With the constant growth of Counter-Strike 2 as a competitive shooter and an esport, players of the title throughout the globe are looking up to their favorite pros to improve at the game. Watching your favorite professional CS2 player in action will enable you to learn new tips, tricks, and mechanics that can help you gain a competitive edge over your opponents in ranked matchmaking. This is why players looking to climb up the competitive spectrum of the game often opt to watch their favorite pros play the game in the highest levels of competitive CS.

While learning from the best in the CS2 scene is quite a common tactic among aspiring players, have you ever wondered about the various skins CS2 pros use for their weapons?

Weapon skins in CS2 might not give you any apparent edge over your opponents due to their design, but if you’re looking to craft a nice inventory for yourself, what better way to gain inspiration than looking at the skins that your favorite pro uses?

In this article, we’re gonna take a look at some of the most renowned CS2 pros and their favorite skins for their weapons and gloves. Also note that we’ll only be covering the primary weapons of each CS2 pro alongside their knives and gloves. Without further ado, let’s get into the list.

s1mple

To call Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev one of the most iconic AWPers in the CS2 scene would be an understatement. The star, along with the Na’Vi roster, secured the 2021 PGL Major and created history by being the first CS2 team to win a major without dropping a single map.

AWP | Dragon Lore

The Dragon Lore is undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous AWP skins that you can get for yourself. However, its incredible rarity and premium looks puts it at a price tag higher than any other AWP you can find in the entire game.

AWP | Dragon Lore (Factory New)
AWP | Dragon Lore (Factory New)
Starting at
$10,853.14

Flip Knife | Crimson Web

The Flip Knife is a popular knife among regular players and professionals in the CS2 scene alike due to its unique pullout animation that makes it stand out from other Knives. The Crimson Web variant of the knife features a spider web-patterned hydrographic over a red base coat that can make any skin collector drool.

★ Flip Knife | Crimson Web (Factory New)
★ Flip Knife | Crimson Web (Factory New)
Starting at
$1,410.00

Hydra Gloves | Case Hardened

The Case Hardened Hydra Gloves are the way to go if you’re looking to get some fingerless gloves for yourself. The Hydra Logo on the back of the gloves further adds to its charm.

★ Hydra Gloves | Case Hardened (Factory New)
★ Hydra Gloves | Case Hardened (Factory New)
Starting at
$569.00
-42%

NiKo

25-year-old Bosnian CS2 prodigy Nikola “NiKo” Kovač is known for his potency with the Rifle as well as his consistent performances with pistols like the Deagle. Over the years, the G2 Esports star has instilled fear among his opponents in the professional CS2 scene with his crisp AK headshots and unbelievable clutches with the Deagle.

Desert Eagle | Blaze

Ask any Deagle user in CS2 what their favorite skin is, and they’ll give you a unanimous answer - the Blaze. The Desert Eagle Blaze was one of the first skins to have been added to the game back in 2013, and it has stood the test of time and still prevails as the Desert Eagle skin to have in any collector’s inventory.

Desert Eagle | Blaze (Factory New)
Desert Eagle | Blaze (Factory New)
Starting at
$535.45
-32%

AK-47 | Vulcan

The AK Vulcan has been custom painted in a sports-inspired design, and it is one of the most premium AK skins that you can get at a reasonable price.

AK-47 | Vulcan (Factory New)
AK-47 | Vulcan (Factory New)
Starting at
$655.41
-27%

Karambit | Doppler

The knife skin that every CS2 player has dreamt of at some point, the Doppler Karambit is about as good as CS2 knives can get. The gorgeous Doppler finish on the sick animations of the Karambit is almost certain to make your teammates envious.

★ Karambit | Doppler (Factory New)
★ Karambit | Doppler (Factory New)
Starting at
$1,174.47
-34%

Specialist Gloves | Crimson Kimono

Dark gloves with a stark red diamond pattern, the Crimson Kimono Gloves are designed to both give and take a beating. These gloves were added to the game as part of the “Brothers In Arms” update in November, 2016.

★ Specialist Gloves | Crimson Kimono (Factory New)
★ Specialist Gloves | Crimson Kimono (Factory New)
Starting at
$8,250.00

Coldzera

Veteran CS2 pro Marcelo “coldzera” David is a household name in the world of Counter-Strike. The 27-year-old Brazilian legend has been termed as the best player of 2016 & 2017 by HLTV and has previously played for big teams like Luminosity Gaming, SK Gaming, MiBR, and FaZe Clan.

M4A4 | Howl

Killer looks, great value as an investment, and incredibly rare, the M4A4 Howl has checked all the boxes when it comes to being a great M4A4 skin. Being a Contraband skin, it’s currently impossible to obtain the Howl by any other means than to buy it straight off the marketplace.

M4A4 | Howl (Factory New)
M4A4 | Howl (Factory New)
Starting at
$5,343.35

USP-S | Kill Confirmed

The Kill Confirmed USP was added to the game through the Shadow Case in 2015, and it has remained a fan-favorite skin for the CT pistol since then. Painted with the image of a bullet shattering a skull, the Kill Confirmed is a delight just to look at.

USP-S | Kill Confirmed (Factory New)
USP-S | Kill Confirmed (Factory New)
Starting at
$136.64
-28%

Talon Knife | Fade

The Talon Knife is one of the newer knives to have been introduced to the game, but it has found decent popularity among CS2 fans since its release in August 2018. It’s unique animations rival that of the Karambit, but its cheaper price tag has encouraged many players and collectors to opt for a Talon instead of the Karambit.

★ Talon Knife | Fade (Factory New)
★ Talon Knife | Fade (Factory New)
Starting at
$1,154.33
-33%

Final Thoughts

Can’t find your favorite CS2 pro or your favorite weapon skin in this list? Don’t worry, you can browse through a list of all the CS2 weapons, find the ones that the professionals use, and much more on our website here.

If the pros’ selections of gun skins don’t manage to entice you, that’s perfectly normal. Weapon skins in CS2 are entirely a matter of personal preference, and you can’t let the pros (or anyone) dictate the inventory that you want in CS2. Browse through the plethora of CS2 skins on our website, and take your time before coming to a conclusion about the skins that you want.

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