Team stickers are a favorite in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, but rocking a pro-player designed skin is truly a step up.
Team Liquid’s CSGO team has designed their own set of custom skins, unique for each player. Each squad member sketched out their dream skin idea, which was then turned into reality by an artist. There’s a lot of professional scene recognition in CSGO already, so a professionally designed case isn’t that far-fetched. Although Valve hasn’t announced plans to put professional skins in the game, this fun little experiment may give the developer some ideas.
The design session was social media content for Team Liquid, which released an official video showcasing the design process. Each CSGO roster member, who recently took seventh place at IEM Dallas, got a different coloring gun. After designing the weapon skin, Team Liquid contacted the skin designers to create mockups of what they would look like in-game.
Longtime Liquid player Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski went first, showcasing a very exotic Deagle skin. The player’s signature above the trigger is a very personal touch. The X’s and O’s on the side can be interpreted as a bunch of hugs and kisses.
Keith “NAF” Markovic opted for a fan-favorite combination of the AK-47 and a unique Fade pattern. The artists even included a sloth sticker on the handle to reference NAF’s famous cold attitude. His birthday is also etched into the design, which took him a second to achieve.
French rifleman Richard “shox” Papillon designed a USP-S based on his favorite anime. The clouds and flames on the muffler are a direct reference to Naruto. The striking color combination is a bit harsh on the eyes, but many gamers would love to have it in StatTrak.
Team Liquid AWPer Joshua “oSee” Ohm had to design a skin for his favorite weapon. Its simple design has been completely redesigned by Porter_merc skin creator, turning a simple colored skin into a Bomb Pop popsicle themed skin. The barrel is even textured to look like a wooden stick. The colors definitely appeal to North American Liquid fans.
As for appealing to the Americans, Captain Nicholas “nit0” Cannella is unbeatable. He completed the list with a star and stripe M4A1-S. The popular CT rifle has an intricate eagle across the gun with the American flag in the background.
Will Team Liquid CSGO skins appear in-game?
Team Liquid has designed some pretty cool CSGO skins, but those won’t be available in the real game anytime soon. Valve has never released any weapon skins designed by professional players, but the CSGO developer has always added autographs and stickers for major esports events.
Recent majors have also offered team patches for use on Agent skins, showing that Valve is open to adding new ways for players to represent their favorite esports teams. However, a very special occasion might call for pro-designed skins to be added to the game. Perhaps major champions can design their own weapon holster for players to open after tournaments? That would be nice, but it’s all up to Valve.