Workshop highlights: best skins of October

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The most cursed skin ever, an M4A1-S that literally eats souls, and urban ghouls — welcome to our October selection of the best skins from the Workshop. The CS.MONEY Blog has selected the five best works from Workshop artists. Let’s roll!

USP-S The Curse

Over the years, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has generated a whole range of really hurtful game-related moments. Being fragged because of your teammate’s “bad” flashbang, dealing 88 damage over 4 hits, getting kicked in the last round — each of these situations may well infuriate even the calmest of players. 

The artist with a quirky handle 76561198045426241 drew inspiration from those scenarios and created his USP-S The Curse. The result is truly curious. You can feel the pain of all the annoying stuff that’s happened to you in matches simply by looking at it. Then again, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, as the saying goes. So try not to run amok because of such things and learn to ignore them. 

As for the USP-S The Curse, it’s too bad that the game doesn’t yet feature this eye candy. It definitely should pop up in a forthcoming case. 

M4A1-S Soul Thief

There are already a bunch of monster skins for the M4A1-S: M4A1-S Hyper Beast, M4A1-S Nightmare, M4A1-S Basilisk, and others. However, there’s always room for one more beast — the M4A1-S Soul Thief is a prime example. 

This look by creator BORIS_theCHEATER is executed in orange. The monster’s black silhouette is pulling the soul out of the hapless victim drawn on the magazine. It’s a great design that expertly plays around with the gun’s geometry. First, the monster is depicted on the central part of the rifle, with the trigger being a literal extension of the finger. Second, the victim is only depicted on the magazine. 

The resulting picture is a monster eating souls from magazines and immediately releasing them in shots. How badass is that!

Five-SeveN Midnight Sheeps

Let’s dilute the whole nightmare business with something more peaceful. Like the work by creators forzenXYZ and ItzDead. Together, these guys created the Five-SeveN Midnight Sheeps. A finish like that is what the doctor ordered for your last games before retiring to bed. 

Just look at this beauty: a navy-blue pastel background, cute sleepy sheep, and glow-in-the-dark stars. That’s the kind of picture you’d expect to see in a child’s bedroom, not on one of the most powerful guns in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. If Five-SeveN Midnight Sheeps makes its way into the game, it will surely strike a chord with those into staying up late and games. 

P.S. The skin dropped at the end of September, a bit too late for the previous selection. Still, we decided to acknowledge this awesome work in the October set of Workshop skin highlights.

AK-47 Internal Demons

Back to creepy monsters! Now that we’re done with soul-devouring nightmares, body-devouring horrors are the next thing in our crosshair. The AK-47 Internal Demons features some extremely toothy creatures, apparently terribly hungry too. 

Creators SerQ and CANDYTRON developed a most exciting design. The pink background, the beautiful white mask face, and the nightmarish tentacles nicely enhance the contrast, lending the look a slightly surreal effect. The work contains homages to Japanese culture, making it an interesting mix of oriental beauty and demons that belong in horror movies.

AK-47 Dreams and Nightmare

Let’s conclude today’s selection with the work by CiDDi. The AK-47 Dreams and Nightmare is all about a girl with fire-red hair who occupies almost all free space on the rifle. The remaining crumbs of space are divided between birds and bluish clouds of smoke.

Even though the skin neither plays around with gun’s geometry nor contains tons of Easter eggs and references, we still find it a great addition to the next case. We desperately need some “artistic” skins for the AK-47. Other than the recent AK-47 Leet Museo, only the AK-47 Wild Lotus (one of NAVI b1t’s most favorite skins) and AK-47 Aquamarine Revenge fall into this category. That’s not enough! Valve, we want more!

If you dig one of the skins from this selection, don’t forget to vote for it in the Workshop. While this is unlikely to increase a work’s chances of entering a future case, it will certainly motivate skin-makers to create other cool works. Speaking of works, the other day saw the closure of entry submission for Valve’s Dreams and Nightmare contest. On this occasion, we’ll be releasing a selection of community-rated skins soon enough. Sign up for our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss it!

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