CS:GO Cases: The Ultimate List

The release of new CS:GO cases is always an exciting date in the Counter-Strike calendar. With new cases come new skins for players to find, and new opportunities for players to join the world of CS:GO case opening.

Over the years, there has become an abundance of cases for players to open to try and receive the rarest CS:GO skins. These can be placed into three different categories: Prime cases, rare cases, and discontinued cases.

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Prime Cases:

Prime CS:GO cases are only dropped to players who have Prime Status on their CS:GO account, and are usually cases released recently. The list of current Prime cases consists of:

  • Recoil Case (July 2022)
  • Dreams & Nightmares Case (January 2022)
  • Snakebite Case (May 2021)
  • Fracture Case (August 2020)
  • Clutch Case (February 2018)

In the Snakebite Case CS:GO has its cheapest Prime case, with players able to purchase it for $0.13 on Steam. With the release of any future Operation, it’s expected that plenty of new CS:GO cases will go into Prime case rotation. A new Operation is usually front-page CS:GO news, so you’ll know when it happens.

Rare Cases:

Rare cases are self-explanatory. Like Prime cases, they can potentially drop after every game, although the odds of doing so are extremely low. These cases are generally several years old, so some of the rarer ones can fetch a high fee, with one even worth over $50 per case.

  • Prisma 2 Case (March 2020)
  • CS20 Case (October 2019)
  • Prisma Case (March 2019)
  • Danger Zone Case (December 2018)
  • Horizon Case (August 2018)
  • Spectrum 2 Case (September 2017)
  • Operation Hydra Case (May 2017)
  • Spectrum Case (March 2017)
  • Glove Case (November 2016)
  • Gamma 2 Case (August 2016)
  • Gamma Case (June 2016)
  • Chroma 3 Case (April 2016)
  • Operation Wildfire Case (February 2016)
  • Revolver Case (December 2015)
  • Shadow Case (September 2015)
  • Falchion Case (May 2015)
  • Chroma 2 Case (April 2015)
  • Chroma Case (January 2015)
  • Operation Vanguard Case (November 2014)
  • Operation Breakout Case (July 2014)
  • Hunstman Case (May 2014)
  • Operation Phoenix Case (February 2014)
  • CS:GO Weapon Case 3 (February 2014)
  • Winter Offensive Case (December 2013)
  • CS:GO Weapon Case 2 (November 2013)
  • Operation Bravo Case (September 2013)
  • CS:GO Weapon Case (August 2013)

Due to the age of many of the cases on this list, they’re extremely hard to come by. If you’re just beginning your CS:GO case opening journey, cases like the Chroma 3 and Falchion Case are perfect. They drop frequently so prices are still low, but they contain skins that could make you huge amounts of money if you’re lucky enough to receive one.

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Discontinued Cases:

Discontinued CS:GO cases no longer drop at all in-game, and can only be purchased via the in-game market. It’s unknown if any other skins will be discontinued in the future.

  • Operation Riptide Case (September 2021)
  • Operation Broken Fang Case (December 2020)
  • Shattered Web Case (November 2019)
  • eSports 2014 Summer Case (July 2014)
  • eSports 2013 Winter Case (December 2013)
  • eSports 2013 Case (August 2013)

Many of the older discontinued cases have become collector items for player inventories, with many treating them like real antiques. As time passes and supply becomes even more sparse, it’s possible that the value of these unopened cases will continue to rise indefinitely.

Opening CS:GO cases for skins is a purely cosmetic endeavor – it won’t help you improve your CS:GO spray patterns. But it can be a great way to add an extra layer of excitement to the game, as you chance your odds on receiving one of the game’s most expensive skins.