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CS:GO trade up contracts guide – everything you need to know


Skins in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive can be obtained in 4 ways: get as a drop after the match, get out of the case, buy or exchange from other players, this is by the way better to do at CS.MONEY or to make a trade up contract. Today we will tell you how to “craft” skins in the game.

What’s trade up contracts and how does it work?

Trade Up Contract is a special mechanic that allows you to turn 10 skins of the same quality into one skin with higher quality. There are several basic rules of crafting. First, the output skin depends on the input skins. This applies to literally everything: the float, the presence of StatTrak, belonging to the collection, rarity.

Secondly, you can’t interfere with StatTrak and regular skins. All skins at the entrance must be either with or without StatTrak technology. Third, you can’t put into trade up contracts knives or gloves. The maximum level of crafting is skin with Covert quality.

Managing chances

As a result, you get one skin with a quality one level higher than the ten skins that were invested in the Trade Up Contract. The resulting skin will always belong to one of the collections that the “reforged” skins belong to.

If the contract contains all ten skins from the same collection, then after the exchange, the inventory will contain skin from this collection and only from it. The chance of a particular skin falling out does not depend on its price. Therefore, if you send a dozen MP5-SD | Phosphor for reforging, you can get either an AWP | Neo-Noir or AK-47 | Asiimov at the output with an equal chance. At the same time, the AK-47 |Asiimov FN is three times more expensive than AWP.

Thanks to this property, you can reduce the cost of the contract by adding skins from other collections to it. For example, if you mix five P2000 | Amber Fade and five P250 | Splash, you can get one of three skins. Two skins will be from the collection with P250 | Splash and one from P2000 | Amber Fade. The fact is that the Dust 2 collection has only one skin of the next level of quality, and the eSports 2013 collection has two.

Correctly combining skins from different collections can significantly reduce the cost of the trade up contract due to a relatively small chance to get unwanted skin.

Float calculation

The float of the skin on the output also depends entirely on what skins are embedded in the craft. The formula for calculating the float value looks like this: (average skins’ float in the contract)*(possible range of float of the resulting skin) + minimum float of the resulting skin = float of the skin at the output.

Consider the example of the already mentioned P2000 | Amber Fade and P250 | Splash. For ease of calculation take the P2000 with P250 float, 0.11 and 0.13 with float. Their average float is (50.11+50.13)/10 = 0.12.

Next, we calculate the possible range for AWP | BOOM, cause we want to get this skin. To do this, you need to subtract the maximum float from the minimum. 0.28-0.06 = 0.22. in this case, the minimum float is 0.06. It remains to substitute in the formula.

How to earn money on craft?

In short, it is difficult. First, craft itself is tied to luck. Therefore, for profitable crafting, you need to do not one or two Trade Up contracts, but rather a dozen at once. Then the risks of going negative will be much lower, but you can’t completely get rid of them.

Secondly, you need to look for profitable contracts, and for them you need to look for skins with suitable wear and tear. Because of this, you need to spend a decent amount of time searching for suitable skins.

Fortunately, there are several sites on the web that allow you to automatically calculate the cost of contracts and possible profits. You can also find suitable skins at CS.MONEY.

Trade up contract is a great opportunity to get rid of extra skins that have accumulated in the inventory and a good tool for making a profit. You can see a couple of cool tips on crafting from youtubers. The most important thing for successful exchange is a clear understanding of how this tool works in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.


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