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CS2 Skins and Items Best Sellers in 2023 (By Purchases on DMarket)

For the Counter-Strike community, this year was absolutely amazing. We left the CS:GO era behind and started new adventures within CS2. This transition certainly affected the skins trading industry.

Sure, all the CS:GO skins are also available in the new game. But some of them look better, which may affect which items are popular among players. Also, the release of CS2 caused a wave of increased activity. Many people returned to shooting matches and shuffled tendencies in buy/sell transactions on skins marketplaces, including DMarket.

Now, as the year is coming to an end, we can take a look at CS2 best sellers in 2023. Checking out the stats on DMarket may help traders make good business decisions. To compare with numbers from the previous year, take a look at the CS:GO best sellers in 2022.

CS2 Items by Purchases

Unlike with other stats on DMarket (for example Dota 2 items in 2023), we divide CS2 skins into specific categories, like weapons in general, top skins for different guns, and misc items, giving percentages for every one of them.

Let’s first look at the division between weapon skins and misc items.

cs2 items by purchases on DMarket
  • Weapon Skins — 41.3%
  • Misc Items — 58.7%

The percentage of exact weapon skins decreased slightly in comparison to 2022, when it was 48%. We look at weapon stats further in the article. Here, we can specify overall percentages for each of the misc items.

  • Cases/Keys — 25.7%
  • Stickers — 15%
  • Capsules — 12.4%
  • Agents — 1.4%
  • Packages — 1.4%
  • Pins/Patches/Passes/Others — 0.8%
  • Graffiti — 0.8%
  • Gloves — 0.7%
  • Music Kits — 0.5%

CS2 cases are quite popular, and that’s natural as they are a chance to get good skins with no big outlay. Stickers may be used to customize skins and even increase their market value. Capsules are also among the best sellers as sources of stickers.

Weapon Type by Purchases

cs2 weapon type by purchases on DMarket
  • Pistols — 32.8%
  • Rifles — 28%
  • SMG — 15.5%
  • Sniper Rifles — 11.9%
  • Shotguns — 6.3%
  • Knives — 3.5%
  • Machine Guns — 2%

The general division of popular weapon skins is quite understandable; it’s clearly dictated by the game’s features. Pistols are kind of a universal weapon, so every player uses them now and then regardless of their preferred primary weapon. Rifles are very effective and relatively easy to use in Counter-Strike. SMGs may play their role in many different situations, like eco matches. Sniper rifles are cool but require very high skills.

Item Exteriors by Purchases

cs2 item exteriors by purchases on DMarket
  • Field-Tested — 38.6%
  • Minimal Wear — 25.9%
  • Factory New — 17.8%
  • Well-Worn — 9.1%
  • Battle-Scarred — 8.6%

It feels like the popularity of specific weapon exteriors is based on the balance of the skins’ appearance and their price. Field-Tested and Minimal Wear look quite good and cost less than Factory New. Well-Worn and Battle-Scarred are cheaper, but the scratches are quite notable.

Top Pistol Skins By Purchases

top cs2 pistol skins by purchases on DMarket
Top Pistol Skins Starting Price
USP-S | Ticket to Hell $0.18
USP-S | Cortex $1.04
Desert Eagle | Trigger Discipline $0.19
Glock-18 | Moonrise
Desert Eagle | Light Rail

USP-S is a starting pistol for CT, and naturally, players want to appear in matches with style. Desert Eagle is a super impressive gun, and using it effectively emphasizes your skills in CS2. USP-S | Ticket to Hell is a relatively new skin, released in January 2022 as part of the Dreams & Nightmares case. USP-S | Cortex looks very different; it’s bright punk compared to the dark style of the CS2 pistol top seller.

Top SMG Skins By Purchases

top cs2 smg skins by purchases on DMarket
Top SMG Skins Starting Price
MP9 | Food Chain $0.96
MAC-10 | Disco Tech $1.15
MAC-10 | Allure $0.20
MAC-10 | Ensnared
MP7 | Bloodsport

MP9 is relatively cheap in the game with a high shooting speed. This SMG is exclusive for CT, while MAC-10 is a T weapon with similar features.

MP9 | Food Chain is part of the Snakebite case from 2021, and its fantastic images look just awesome. If you enjoy this style, you may also like MAC-10 | Allure.

Top Rifle Skins By Purchases

top cs2 rifle skins by purchases on DMarket
Top Rifle Skins Starting Price
AK-47 | Slate $1.22
M4A1-S | Night Terror $0.36
AK-47 | Elite Build $0.53
AK-47 | Uncharted
AK-47 | Ice Coaled

In this category, we have four AK-47s in the top 5. It’s a very practical rifle, exclusive to the Terrorist team. M4A1-S is an alternative for Counter-Terrorists.

AK-47 | Slate is simply black, but that may give players a sense of power. It’s from the Snakebite case, added to the game in 2021. M4A1-S | Night Terror is also quite dark, with red inscriptions and a pretty unsettling face on it.

Top Sniper Rifle Skins By Purchases

top cs2 sniper rifle skins by purchases on DMarket
Top Sniper Rifle Skins Starting Price
AWP | Atheris $1.15
AWP | Capillary $0.13
AWP | Mortis $1.00
SSG 08 | Fever Dream
AWP | Duality

It’s no surprise to see mostly AWPs among the best-selling CS2 sniper rifles. This gun is legendary, and many players love to use it. Being good with it requires a lot of training, though.

AWP | Atheris is part of the Prisma case, released in 2019. The green snake on it is both beautiful and terrifying. The artistic style of AWP | Mortis is also impressive, highlighting how this weapon brings death.

Top Shotgun Skins By Purchases

top cs2 shotgun skins by purchases on DMarket
Top Shotgun Skins Starting Price
MAG-7 | Monster Call $0.18
Nova | Wood Fired $0.05
Sawed-Off | Apocalypto $0.19
Nova | Windblown
XM1014 | Zombie Offensive

Shotguns in Counter-Strike are generally effective only at close range. MAG-7 is very powerful and exclusive for CT. Nova is cheaper but deals slightly less damage. Sawed-Off is a shotgun for Terrorists with a high spread. All shotguns are rather slow, having long reloads.

MAG-7 | Monster Call has a picture of a monstrous shark, and the skin looks really cool. It’s from the Fracture case, 2020. Sawed-Off | Apocalypto is remarkable thanks to its cosmic zombie style.

Top Machine Gun Skins By Purchases

top cs2 machine gun skins by purchases on DMarket
Top Machine Gun Skins Starting Price
M249 | Downtown $0.28
M249 | O.S.I.P.R. $0.05
Negev | dev_texture $0.15
Negev | Lionfish
Negev | Ultralight

The choice of machine guns in CS2 is very limited, and to be honest, this weapon type is very niche, and used quite rarely. Both M249 and Negev are slow and negatively affect players’ mobility. M249 is super expensive.

M249 | Downtown resembles colorful graffiti in a city center. M249 | O.S.I.P.R. is black, with factory signs.

Top Knife Skins By Purchases

top cs2 knife skins by purchases on DMarket
Top Knife Skins Starting Price
Gut Knife | Doppler $171.84
Bayonet | Doppler $555.00
Shadow Daggers | Ultraviolet $80.05
Huntsman Knife | Black Laminate
Navaja Knife | Marble Fade

CS2 knife skins are luxury items for experienced players. Having one shows your dedication to the game. They each look different but act identically, killing immediately with direct contact. Gut Knife | Doppler has a wooden handle and a red blade. You can get it (if you are very, very lucky) from the three Chroma cases, 2015.

Top Cases By Purchases

top cs2 cases by purchases on DMarket
Top Cases Starting Price
Fracture Case $0.60
Snakebite Case $0.35
Dreams & Nightmares Case $0.85
Clutch Case
Recoil Case

Cases can give you good expensive skins that cover the cost of the container and the key for opening it. But that is a rare occurrence. Random drops of skins from CS2 cases mean that you more likely will get something common and cheap. The risk may be worth the effort, though.

The Fracture case was the most popular on DMarket in 2023. It was released in 2020 and has amazing skins, such as AK-47 | Legion of Anubis and M4A4 | Tooth Fairy. The Snakebite case contains some of the most colorful skins in CS2, such as M4A4 | In Living Color and MP9 | Food Chain which are also among the best-selling SMGs.

Top Capsules By Purchases

top cs2 capsules by purchases on DMarket
Top Capsules Starting Price
Paris 2023 Contenders Sticker Capsule $0.27
Paris 2023 Legends Sticker Capsule $0.28
Paris 2023 Challengers Sticker Capsule $0.26
Antwerp 2022 Legends Sticker Capsule
Paris 2023 Contenders Autograph Capsule

CS2 capsules are similar to cases, but you get a sticker after opening them. The high risk, high reward part is present here too.

Four capsules in our top 5 list are from different stages of the esports event Paris Major 2023. From Paris 2023 Contenders Sticker Capsule, you can get stickers of the teams that started from the earliest Contenders stage, such as Team Liquid, MOUZ, and FaZe Clan.

Top Packages By Purchases

top cs2 packages by purchases on DMarket
Top Packages Starting Price
Paris 2023 Mirage Souvenir Package $2.59
Anubis Collection Package $1.20
Rio 2022 Dust II Souvenir Package $4.47
Paris 2023 Anubis Souvenir Package
Paris 2023 Overpass Souvenir Package

Most Counter-Strike packages are souvenirs that drop during esports events. Therefore they are very rare. Still, such containers as Anubis Collection Package is an exception. It’s a way to deliver new skins with no cases, and, therefore, no need to pay for keys.

Like with the capsules, we have many packages from the Paris Major 2023. Paris 2023 Mirage Souvenir Package has a nice set of skins from the 2021 Mirage Collection, such as Desert Eagle | Fennec Fox and MP9 | Music Box.

Top Agents by Purchases

top cs2 agents by purchases on DMarket
Top Agents Starting Price
Special Agent Ava | FBI $9.36
Lt. Commander Ricksaw | NSWC SEAL $6.42
Michael Syfers | FBI Sniper $2.82
Enforcer | Phoenix
Blackwolf | Sabre

CS2 Agents are a way to add personality to your game character. They do not bring the class system, as we have in [Team Fortress 2](link to the TF2 2023 stats), but they allow you to customize your appearance in the game, which is great.

The choice of Agents has become vaster, and the gap between the top 5 best sellers is not big. Special Agent Ava | FBI was added to the game in 2018 as part of the Shattered Web Agents collection.

Top Gloves by Purchases

top cs2 gloves by purchases on DMarket
Top Gloves Starting Price
Broken Fang Gloves | Unhinged $48.80
Driver Gloves | Rezan the Red $64.69
Driver Gloves | Racing Green $37.24
Hydra Gloves | Case Hardened
Hand Wraps | Duct Tape

These items are visible on the screen, and it’s nice to complement cool-looking skins with stylish gloves.

Broken Fang Gloves | Unhinged were added to the game in 2020; they are black and emphasize effectiveness during shooting. We have two racing gloves in the top 5. Hydra Gloves | Case Hardened look really great with the metallic colors.

Top Stickers by Purchases

top cs2 stickers by purchases on DMarket
Top Stickers Starting Price
Sticker | Sting Like A Butterfly $0.10
Sticker | Battle Scarred (Holo) $6.90
Sticker | Drug War Veteran $0.95
Sticker | Gold Web (Foil)
Sticker | Blue Gem (Glitter)

Counter-Strike 2 has a huge collection of stickers. These items can be used for weapon skins to boost their style, and that is their primary role.

The variety of such items leads to having purchases spread across many stickers, so no big percentages in the top 5 list. Sticker | Sting Like A Butterfly shows a wrong usage of a butterfly knife. It’s part of the Espionage capsule from February 2023. Maybe being a new item helped it become the top seller among stickers.

Top Tournament Stickers by Purchases

top cs2 tournament stickers by purchases on DMarket
Top Tournament Stickers Starting Price
Sticker | Team Liquid | Paris 2023 $0.03
Sticker | Grayhound Gaming | Paris 2023 $0.03
Sticker | Complexity Gaming | Paris 2023 $0.05
Sticker | FaZe Clan | Paris 2023
Sticker | Fluxo | Paris 2023

CS2 stickers of this type are connected to specific esports events. They may have names or logos of team participants, and then the tournament results affect the popularity and price. Such stickers can be attached to skins that the team used at a particular event, making the outcome unique and potentially expensive.

All best-selling stickers in 2023 on DMarket are from the tournament Paris Major 2023. Quite interestingly, there are no winner’s stickers here. Maybe people don’t want to sell items connected to Team Vitality yet. FaZe and Team Liquid finished 5–8th. Other teams were lower than 17th.

Top Graffiti by Purchases

top cs2 graffiti by purchases on DMarket
Top Graffiti Starting Price
Sealed Graffiti | NaCl (Shark White) $0.20
Sealed Graffiti | Heart (Brick Red) $0.20
Sealed Graffiti | Heart (Princess Pink) $0.07
Sealed Graffiti | Sheriff (Jungle Green)
Sealed Graffiti | 8-Ball (Cash Green)

With graffiti, CS2 players can add their style to game maps. It may be a good way to proclaim someone’s dominance or state their ambitions.

NaCl (Shark White) was added to the game in 2016. The Heart graffiti has one form but many colors, and two of them are in our top 5.

Top Music Kits by Purchases

top cs2 music kits by purchases on DMarket
Top Music Kits Starting Price
Music Kit | The Verkkars, EZ4ENCE $2.70
Music Kit | Denzel Curry, ULTIMATE $1.83
Music Kit | bbno$, u mad! $2.51
Music Kit | Meechy Darko, Gothic Luxury
Music Kit | Humanity's Last Breath, Void

What custom music do players love to turn on during their CS2 matches?

The Finnish band The Verkkars with their song EZ4ENCE is on top. It was released in 2019, when the Finnish team ENCE finished 2nd in three S-Tier events, which is quite impressive.

We at DMarket look forward to the wonders of the upcoming year. CS2 should remain a great place for super-fun matches and intense competition. May the skin you buy on our marketplace bring you even more joy and victories.

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Eugene Bozhenko is an enthusiastic gamer and professional gaming journalist with 14 years of writing experience. Since 2007 he has been a member of the Ukrainian National Union of Journalists. Eugene has experience writing about culture, sports, modern technology and politics but gaming remains his long-term favorite topic.
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