CS:GO Chroma Case Presents Original Knives in New, Exciting Chroma Finishes
Chroma Case is the First to Introduce the Original Chroma Knives to CS:GO
January 2015 kicked the year off right with a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive update. This time, the update addressed some map issues, a few ammo changes, and made a change to case keys. Now, keys purchased from the Steam Community Market were given a seven-day market and trade restriction. This meant that after acquiring a key in-game, players were not able to sell or trade the key for a week. The update also brought the first of three Chroma Cases.
Examining the Chroma Case
The first Chroma Case was released on January 8, 2015. This happened less than two months after the Operation Vanguard Case release and was the first case of five that would take place in 2015. Players would need the Chroma Case Key to unlock the case and gain access to the treasure inside. Ultimately, the Chroma 2 Case (April 2015) and Chroma 3 Case (April 2016) would follow. All three cases would feature the same set of original knives in Chroma finishes.
What’s Inside the CS:GO Chroma Case?
Every Chroma Case contained either one of 14 community-sourced skins or an exceedingly rare knife. The designs in the case featured a variety of styles, patterns, and colors. From intricate details, to abstract art, to more classic looks, this case has something for everyone.
One skin with a little something extra is the Chatterbox for the Galil AR. When inspecting the weapon, players will be able to see the words “Feed Me” on the right side. In addition, the location of the skull on the side of the firearm gives the appearance of opening its mouth each time the weapon is fired. This particular weapon is not available in Factory New or Minimal Wear conditions.
Of the entire Chroma Case Collection, only two skins have no float value caps, the Naga skin for Desert Eagle and Deadly Poison for MP9. Half of the remaining 12 skins have a float cap between 0.47 and 0.5. While this means they can exist in all conditions, it leaves very little room on the Battle-Scarred side of the spectrum. The highest float you’ll see on the other skins is 0.85. However, the AWP Man-o’-war exists only in the range between 0.10 and 0.20 which means players will only find it in Minimal Wear and Field-Tested conditions. The full list of skins from the Chroma Case includes:
- Glock-18 | Catacombs
- M249 | System Lock
- MP9 | Deadly Poison
- SCAR-20 | Grotto
- XM1014 | Quicksilver
- Dual Berettas | Urban Shock
- Desert Eagle | Naga
- MAC-10 | Malachite
- Sawed-Off | Serenity
- AK-47 | Cartel
- M4A4 | 龍王 (Dragon King)
- P250 | Muertos
- AWP | Man-o'-war
- Galil AR | Chatterbox
The Chroma Case is also where the original knives made their first appearance with the new Chroma finishes. These same finishes are repeated on these knives in both the Chroma 2 and Chroma 3 Cases. While the Spectrum and Spectrum 2 Cases bring the Chroma Finishes to the Butterfly Knife, Huntsman Knife, Shadow Daggers, Bowie Knife, and Falchion Knife. The Prisma and Prisma 2 Cases feature the Chroma finishes on the Talon Knife, Stilleto Knife, Navaja Knife, and Ursus Knife.
The full list of Chroma knives includes:
- Karambit | Rust Coat
- Karambit | Damascus Steel
- Karambit | Ultraviolet
- Karambit | Marble Fade
- Karambit | Tiger Tooth
- Karambit | Doppler Phase (1-4)
- Karambit | Doppler Black Pearl
- Karambit | Doppler Ruby
- Karambit | Doppler Sapphire
- Flip Knife | Rust Coat
- Flip Knife | Ultraviolet
- Flip Knife | Damascus Steel
- Flip Knife | Marble Fade
- Flip Knife | Tiger Tooth
- Flip Knife | Doppler Phase (1-4)
- Flip Knife | Doppler Black Pearl
- Flip Knife | Doppler Ruby
- Flip Knife | Doppler Sapphire
- Bayonet | Rust Coat
- Bayonet | Tiger Tooth
- Bayonet | Damascus Steel
- Bayonet | Marble Fade
- Bayonet | Ultraviolet
- Bayonet | Doppler Phase (1-4)
- Bayonet | Doppler Black Pearl
- Bayonet | Doppler Ruby
- Bayonet | Doppler Sapphire
- M9 Bayonet | Rust Coat
- M9 Bayonet | Damascus Steel
- M9 Bayonet | Marble Fade
- M9 Bayonet | Tiger Tooth
- M9 Bayonet | Ultraviolet
- M9 Bayonet | Doppler Phase (1-4)
- M9 Bayonet | Doppler Black Pearl
- M9 Bayonet | Doppler Ruby
- M9 Bayonet | Doppler Sapphire
- Gut Knife | Rust Coat
- Gut Knife | Damascus Steel
- Gut Knife | Tiger Tooth
- Gut Knife | Marble Fade
- Gut Knife | Ultraviolet
- Gut Knife | Doppler Phase (1-4)
- Gut Knife | Doppler Black Pearl
- Gut Knife | Doppler Ruby
- Gut Knife | Doppler Sapphire
Market Demand and Rarity
The Chroma Case has fewer than 8,000 listings currently on the Steam Community Market and is the highest-priced of the three Chroma Cases with prices coming in at between $3 and $4. However, all three Chroma Cases also are part of the rare drop pool, meaning it is still possible for Prime Status players to receive the cases in-game.
The frontrunner as far as pricing goes for the skins is the StatTrak Field-Tested Galil AR Chatterbox at a price of about $315. Around the $100 range players will find the AWP Man-o’-war, AK-47 Cartel, and M4A4 Dragon King. Prices continue to decrease from there, making it easy for players to acquire a skin from the case at an affordable price.
The Chroma Knives, on the other hand, seem to fetch much higher prices with the Tiger Tooth M9 Bayonet and Karambit listed at around $2,000. In general, it seems as though Karambits tend to get the higher price point in this collection.
Get Your CS:GO Chroma Case
Prime Status players can level up each week for a chance to get the Chroma Case or any other cases still active in the game. However, the chance of winning a case from the rare prize pool is less than 1%. With many affordable skins, collectors and investors may consider trading or purchasing their desired skin.