CS:GO souvenir drops were first introduced in 2013 at the Dreamhack SteelSeries Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Championship.
Since then, souvenirs have continued to bring viewership to the Katowice, Cologne, and Dreamhack tournaments by giving viewers the chance to receive a digital item for simply watching the tournaments.
Souvenir packages are only dropped during Valve-sponsored CS:GO tournament matches.
In order for a player to receive them, they must have their Twitch account linked to their Steam account, or by simply watching through GOTV.
Many souvenirs can also be found on the Steam market.
What this guide is:
This guide gives a brief overview of the types of collectible souvenirs that are uncommon, rare, or just plain interesting.
It is also meant to give some insight into the souvenir designs for each tournament.
The guide will try to give the reasons behind the popularity of certain items, while providing a little bit of history behind what makes certain souvenirs collectible.
What this guide isn't:
This is not a price guide, nor is it meant as any type of way to predict trends in items.
Keep in mind that due to the number of tournaments and changes made throughout, this guide is not a short read.
This guide was created buy several contributors, if you have any questions, feel free to add them, they will help you :)
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#1.) DreamHack Winter 2013 - The Beginning of Souvenirs
Being the very first tournament to offer souvenir skins, this was the only tournament where all of the souvenirs only came with one sticker.
A total of 6 normal and 6 foil stickers were available (with foil obviously being more desirable):
Many skins of this era are considered very desirable if they are both factory new and include a foil sticker.
One example of a foil sticker on a factory new AWP:
The souvenirs from this major came from the following map collections:
Bank *** = there were a few map collections which only appeared in the Dreamhack 2013 and the Katowice 2014 tournament.
These map collections included the Safehouse Collection, the Lake Collection, and the Italy Collection.
After these 2 tournaments, the Safehouse, Lake, and Italy souvenirs were discontinued, and souvenirs would go one to only include skins from the active duty map pool.
This can make certain weapons from these discontinued maps very collectible.
These skins are listed in the section of the guide that is titled "Discontinued Souvenirs".
** = This is most likely a glitch, and currently only pertains to the R8 Revolver | Bone Mask from the Bank collection being available as a souvenir.
A souvenir from the Safehouse collection.
The only Factory New Souvenir M4A1-S | Nitro in existence:
The Group Stage
This layout of the Group Stage includes all of the teams who competed in the Dreamhack Winter 2013 tournament.
Some people prefer to collect skins from a specific stages of a tournament which their favorite teams played in, such as the Group Stage, The Quarterfinal, the Semifinal, or the Grand Final.
Here is an example of a souvenir drop from the grand final between NIP and Fnatic:
Valve Pre-Event Tests
In order to make sure everything would run smoothly, Valve did a mock run of how the tournament would go through the use of pre-event tests.
This was done by the Valve developers and ESL staff playing against each other, as well as another pre-event test done by pro players.
The two tests were named Valve Squad Alpha vs Valve Squad Bravo and NiP Team A vs NiP Team B.
As previously mentioned, the Valve squads were made up of Valve employees and ESL staff, and would take place on the map de_militia.
The original test match was canceled due to technical difficulties, which meant that there were very few viewers for this test.
There were most likely around 60 drops for this first pre-event test.
An example of a Valve Squad test drop and a Valve Squad souvenir package:
A second test was between members of Ninjas in Pyjamas on the map de_aztec.
Since NiP was involved in the second test, this pre-event test had more viewers than the first and likely had around 100-150 drops.
NiP team B would win 16-13.
The teams consisted of the following players:
NiP Team A SpawN
GeT_RiGhTNIP Team B Friberg
An example of a NiP team test drop and an NiP team test souvenir package:
There was also an exhibition match that was between Team Duncan vs Team Tomi.
Although this was only an exhibition match, there were just as many viewers as a group stage match, meaning that these drops were fairly plentiful.
The team names are referring to the first names of the analysts of the event (Duncan "Thorin" Shields and Tomi "Lurppis" Kovanen).
The teams were divided into the analyst's picks, and Team Tomi would go on to win both maps and end the showmatch with a score of 2-0.
These two teams consisted of the following players:
An example of an Exhibition souvenir and an Exhibition souvenir package:
Certain souvenir drops did not list a specific team that they were associated with.
One of the most likely suggestions as to why these skins exist is that these were the initial drops which were only given out to Valve/Dreamhack staff as either a kind of commemorative skin or on accident.
Teamless souvenirs can be identified by the lack of yellow description text that deals with team matchups.
Recently these teamless souvenirs have begun to flood the market, suggesting that these skins are more common than what was previously thought.
A comparison of a teamless souvenir and a normal souvenir skin:
Similar to teamless souvenirs, these skins do not mention any pro teams and there is currently no way to search for blank souvenirs.
It is unknown how many of these exist, making it quite rare.
Besides the name of the skin, these souvenirs completely lack any yellow description text.
This suggests that this was perhaps a kind of prototype to the very first souvenirs or even some kind of error.
Currently the only example of a blank souvenir:
A Bank Collection Souvenir? The Souvenir R8 Revolver Bone Mask:
One of the strangest souvenirs to come out of the 2013 cases is the R8 Revolver | Bone Mask.
What makes this skin so interesting is that the R8 Bone Mask is from the Bank Collection, which was never played or available for DreamHack 2013 souvenir packages.
One theory as to why these skins exist is that the R8 Bone Mask is the only skin from the Bank collection that is available as a souvenir due to the December 8, 2015 update which added the R8 Revolver | Amber Fade to the Dust II collection.
Possibly due to some kind of coding error, the R8 skins that only pertain to map collections may be available in the 2013 souvenir packages.
By the same token, this may also apply to the Katowice 2014 souvenirs, but so far this has not been seen.
For any informations you can add Phazz
An example of a Souvenir R8 Revolver | Bone Mask.
This one also happens to be a teamless souvenir:
#2.) EMS One Katowice 2014
This tournament introduced the use of 3 souvenir stickers per skin, and also introduced team stickers.
2 of the stickers are made up of the two teams that are matched against each other and the third sticker was made up of either a gold skull or a gold wolf sticker.
The Gold EMS One Wolf sticker (Foil):
The Gold EMS One Skull sticker (Foil):
Souvenirs collections are available from the following maps:
Mirage* = this was the last tournament which had skins from these map collections.
The Group Stage
Skins that are desirable in this collection are dependent on what teams a person likes, as these are the oldest team stickers a person can find.
Team stickers include the following teams:
Valve Pre-Event Test
Valve also did a Pre-Event test for Katowice 2014.
However, this time there would only be one test, which would be between Valve Squad Alpha and Valve Squad Bravo.
There were likely around 50-60 drops for this pre-event test.
Unlike the other souvenirs from this major, these test drops would only include one sticker, which would either be the Gold ESL Wolf or the Gold ESL Skull sticker.
Below is an example of each sticker on two drops from the Pre-Event Test:
Although this tournament became well known for its rare Titan Holo and iBUYPOWER Holo stickers, this tournament also introduced souvenirs of foil versions of these two stickers.
Due to the controversy that surrounded each of these two teams due to match fixing/VAC bans and the fact that the two teams no longer exist, these souvenirs have risen in price.
An example of an iBUYPOWER Foil sticker:
An example of a Titan Foil Sticker:
#3.) ESL One: Cologne 2014
This was the first tournament which offered the Nuke Collection, Inferno Collection, Cobblestone Collection, Overpass Collection, and the Cache Collection.
This tournament also removed the Safehouse, Lake, and Italy collections.
All team stickers were given a circular shape, and the gold stickers were given the ESL One logo:
Cache** = these map collections were first added in this tournament.
The Group Stage
Later on, the Nuke collection was removed from the active duty map pool and replaced with train (only to be added back in 2016 to replace Inferno).
This is one of the factors which led to a gradual rise in the price of souvenir Nuke skins, especially those in factory new condition.
A souvenir Tec-9 from the Nuke Collection:
The Souvenir AWP | Dragon Lore
This tournament is noteworthy because of the introduction of the Souvenir AWP | Dragon Lore, an item known for their low supply and high demand among collectors and players alike.
Below is an example of a very rare souvenir AWP Dragon Lore.
It was dropped in the Group Stage between iBUYPOWER and dAT team.
This souvenir is also desirable simply because it has an iBUYPOWER foil sticker.
Unfortunately, this awp would later have the team stickers scraped off by one of the owners.
This was one of the first souvenir Dragon Lores that were unboxed in CS:GO.
Although not considered as collectible or controversial as teams such as iBUYPOWER and Titan, Epsilon E-sports souvenirs would only be available at Cologne 2014.
The following major, Epsilon E-Sports would be one of the teams cut as one of their players (Sf) would be handed a VAC ban and Epsilon would not be allowed to attend the tournament.
Other teams which would not make another appearance at a major would include the Indian team MTS GameGod Wolf, as well as dAT team.
The majority of the members from dAT team would later go on to play as FlipSid3 Tactics.
#4.) DreamHack Winter 2014
Arguably the most interesting tournament to date, this major was the first to deal with the possibility that cheating could occur at the highest levels of Counter-Strike play.
Dreamhack 2014 changed souvenirs to have stickers that had a square shape and took the non-team sticker and made it into the DreamHack Winter 2014 logo.
An example of a gold team sticker:
The DreamHack Winter 2014 foil sticker:
The VAC Scandal
The most notable event of this tournament was that it was the first major tournament in CS:GO where teams were disqualified for having teammates who had been given recent VAC bans for cheating.
Two of the teams (Titan and Epsilon Esports) were disqualified from the tournament.
Although these two teams did not have stickers for Dreamhack 2014, the four teams that fought for these two open spots in the tournament had souvenirs of their team stickers.
Not only are these skins interesting because of the story behind them, but some of these skins were dropped in the qualifier, and not the tournament.
The four teams that competed for the LAN qualifier included London Conspiracy, FlipSid3 Tactics, 3DMAX, and Copenhagen Wolves.
Last Call LAN Qualifier
As mentioned above, since there were four teams and only two open slots, two of the teams would not get to participate in the actual tournament, making their souvenirs more unique.
The two teams that did not continue on were London Conspiracy and 3DMAX.
London Conspiracy faced FlipSid3 Tactics and lost 0-2 and 3DMAX faced Copenhagen Wolves and lost 1-2, yet they both have gold stickers on their drops because this qualifier was broadcast along with the tournament.
This makes London Conspiracy and 3DMAX the only teams that would have no other stickers (such as holos or foils) except these gold stickers for DreamHack Winter 2014.
The two losing teams:
The two winning teams:
One last rare souvenir set that came from this is that the winners both wanted to be placed in Group B for the tournament, so a match in the "best of 1" format was used to decide who would get to go into Group B.
This match was on Cobblestone and resulted in Copenhagen Wolves winning against FlipSid3 Tactics.
The only restricted souvenir from this Group B decider match:
The Group Stage:
Fnatic's Overpass Boost
In the Quarterfinal matches between Fnatic and LDLC, both teams won a single match in a "best of 3" matchup and would enter into the 3rd map.
Halfway through the game, Fnatic would end up boosting Olofmeister into a position where he could see over most of the map.
This would end up winning Fnatic the match with a final score of 16-13.
Team LDLC disagreed with this boost and filed a complaint that accused Fnatic of pixel walking, which was considered an illegal move under DreamHack rules.
DreamHack would finally decide that the second half of Overpass (which Fnatic had won) would be replayed.
DreamHack stated that this was because the boosted player was able to see through transparent textures of the map.
Fnatic disagreed with this action, and filed a complaint against a boost that LDLC had performed, which had also allowed LDLC to see through transparent textures on Overpass.
After considering these arguments, DreamHack announced that they had found that both of these positions allowed for an "immortal bug".
In the end, Fnatic would decide to forfeit, which would knock them out of the tournament.
This controversial round makes the dropped souvenirs from this match an interesting collectible.
The SSG08 | Detour souvenirs from this match are especially rare since this was one of the guns that Olofmeister used for the boost on Overpass:
Valve Typo: The iBUYPOWER Sticker Misspelling
Another notable collectible from this major is due to the fact that the iBUYPOWER souvenir stickers were put into the game with a typo in their name.
Instead of saying “iBUYPOWER (GOLD)” the sticker says “iBUYPOWER 9GOLD)”.
With the controversy surrounding iBUYPOWER, the 9GOLD typo makes the iBUYPOWER souvenirs even more unique.
UPDATE: For some players, this typo is shown as corrected.
For others it's still shown as a typo.
Another Error: The Team Dignitas Sticker Title
For all of the skins from the Team Dignitas matches during Dreamhack 2014 (Nuke, Cobblestone, and Mirage) the title for the Team Dignitas sticker is not displayed.
Instead of saying Team Dignitas (Gold) | DreamHack 2014, the title for the sticker is blank.
Below is an example of a missing sticker title.
Notice that there is a space between the two commas where the Team Dignitas sticker should be mentioned:
A Tec-9 with the missing sticker title:
Teams Who Only Made One Appearance at a Major
Although these teams aren't currently considered highly collectible, they're interesting in the fact that they only made one appearance at a major.
These teams include Bravado Gaming, Planetkey Dynamics, ESC Gaming, and myXMG.
#5.) ESL One: Katowice 2015
The very first major for the start of 2015, Katowice 2015 was the last tournament to offer souvenir drops from the Nuke collection until Nuke was remade in 2016 for MLG Columbus.
After this tournament, Nuke would be removed from the active duty map pool and be replaced with Train.
Once again, stickers were given a new design, with team logos being merged onto a parallelogram:
The third sticker (which shows the event logo) was given less of a gold tint, and became more of a yellow and blue color:
Cache * = this would be the last time Nuke would be available as a souvenir drop until MLG Columbus 2016.
The Group Stage
Katowice 2015 was the only time in which Keyd Stars would attend a major.
Although the team would make it out of groups, they would end up being defeated by Virtus.
Pro in the Quarterfinals.
The majority of the roster would go on to play as Luminosity Gaming.
A rare factory new M4A4 Radiation Hazard with a gold Keyd Stars sticker:
#6.) ESL One: Cologne 2015
ESL One: Cologne 2015 introduced the first souvenirs with 4 different stickers.
The 4 stickers included a circular event logo, 2 triangular shaped team logos, and a rectangular MVP signature sticker.
This new twist on souvenirs through adding MVPs to each drop meant that the average player could now collect souvenirs of their favorite pro players.
On top of this, the MVP sticker was a digital version of the pro player's signature which added some personality to the stickers.
Some sticker examples:
An example of all 4 gold stickers on a Souvenir AWP Dragon Lore in factory new condition.
The MVP signature of JW (who is obviously known as an AWPer) adds to the value of this Dragon Lore.
For this major, Valve removed Nuke from the active duty map pool and changed it into a reserve map.
As a replacement, Train was taken out of the reserve map pool and added as the newest active duty map.
The current map collections for this tournament are as follows:
Cache* = newly added map
The Group Stage
MVP Souvenirs In Demand
Although prices will usually favor factory new skins, certain MVP souvenirs of high profile players can sometimes generate a similar demand in the souvenir market.
Some examples of commonly wanted MVPs include kennyS, ScreaM, shox, GeT_RiGhT, and olofmeister.
Teams Who Only Made One Appearance at a Major
Once again, this tournament brought in teams which would only compete in this major.
Although not currently rare, these souvenirs can still add a bit of uniqueness to some of the souvenirs.
The four teams that this pertains to are Team King.
uin (I spelled it this way because Valve feels the need to sensor this name), Team Immunity, Team eBettle, and Renegades.
uin would get out of the group stage, but would later be eliminated after a score of 0-2 against TSM.
Team Immunity and Team Ebettle would be eliminated from the Group Stage with a score of 0-2.
Renegades would be able to defeat Titan but took losses to TSM and Ninjas in Pyjamas, leading them to be knocked out of the group stage with a score of 1-2.
#7.) DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015
This was the second tournament that had 4 stickers on souvenir guns.
Although Cologne 2015 had square MVP stickers, triangular team stickers, and a circular event logo, Cluj-Napoca 2015 would change this design by adding an arrow-like design to the MVP stickers, and change both the team stickers and the event logo to a star-shaped design.
Some sticker examples:
An example of all 4 gold stickers on a Souvenir M4A1-S Knight:
The Group Stage