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Changes in Recent TF2 Trading Prices

Posted on: January 26th, 2015 by Obey

It’s been a slow news cycle for the TF2 world. So in surfing around for something to write about,  I made some observations about the trade value of some TF2 items.  If you haven’t traded anything in a while, you may or may not learn something here:

 

1. The Price of Keys is Too Damn High

Keys are about 14 refined metal.  Each.  Yes.  FOURTEEN.

Yes, they went up to 7-8 refined last summer.  Yes.

You may remember before that they were 4 refined, and then 3 refined before that.

Actually, this price has stabilized, since keys had spiked to 17 refined last Christmas (12/25/14). You can contemplate why that would be. See for yourself here.

keys

Which means in Steam Market Value, 1 refined is worth roughly 15 cents. And while a Mann Co. Crate Key is purchased for US$2.49, the price has bounced over the last year from $2.20 to $2.45 depending on demand.

Keys aren’t moving in price; demand for metal is going down. When newer items become craftable, demand for metal will go back up some because people will buy metal and hats to try to craft them. The “End of the Line” and Smissmass 2014 items are not yet craftable, so of course demand for keys is spiking. Naughty 2014 Crate Keys are almost $3 in trade value; people without the money to buy them direct are trading items to acquire these keys.

 

2. Varieties of Botkiller Weapons Are Not Priced By Tour Difficulty

Now that the chance of dropping an Australium weapon has been spread to all Mann Up Tours, there are more Botkiller weapons that ever on the market.  This means that in most cases, a common BK weapon is cheaper than a standard strange version in many cases.

strange mini 1

strange mini 2

  • Rust BK (intermediate, common): 2 – 5 ref
  • Silver BK Mk. I (expert, common): 2 – 6 ref (Rocket Launcher for 8 ref)
  • Silver BK Mk. II (expert, common): 3 – 7 ref
  • Carbonado BK (expert, common): 2.33 – 6 ref (Scattergun for 12 ref)
  • Blood BK (intermediate, rare): 1.5 – 4 keys
  • Gold BK Mk. I (expert, rare): 1.5 – 4 keys
  • Gold BK Mk. II (expert, rare): 1.5 – 3 keys
  • Diamond BK (expert, rare): 2 – 3 keys

3. Got Any of This Rare Loot?

If you’re not playing TF2 anymore, but you want Steam Wallet funds to buy new games, you can always sell these items on the Market! I listed a few oddball items here; it is always worth checking backpack.tf or the like to make sure a random item doesn’t happen to be rarer than you think it is.

Oh, and as of this writing, exactly 55 golden frying pans exist.  They trade for 100-125 buds (or about US$3,000.).

 

4. What TF Items Can I Get for US$0.25 on the Market?

Because why not? (All of these snips taken 1/26/15.)

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This is just a few of the many items available in the Market.

 

For more information on TF2 items and their item qualities, see A TF2 Newbs Guide to Getting More and Better Items.

[N] Obey

P.S.  All prices on this blogpost from backpack.tf, except when quoting the Steam Market.

End of the Line TF2 Patch — 12/9/14

Posted on: December 9th, 2014 by Obey

Between a major Monday night TF2 update, and some minor updates I haven’t covered from the last few weeks, we have a lot to cover!  As usual, the summary is on top, and the full patch notes are at the end of the post.

  1. Packhead is no longer hosting a 24/7 Christmas music stream here, thru December 25th.  Thanks Pack!
    • Clink on the M3U button at the top-right to begin streaming.  (Works with iTunes too!)
  2. (12/9/14) The “End of the Line” Community Update is now live (see below)! Read its splash page and watch the 13-minute animated short movie.
    • Added EotL Crate Keys, Piles of EotL Keys, and Random EotL Keys. They do not expire.
    • See below for the list of 21 community cosmetics found in the End of the Line crate.
    • One weapon reskin: the melee Crossing Guard, a railroad crossbuck complete with lights.
      • Equippable by all classes except Engineer and Spy, and deals stock melee damage.
    • Added a Pyro taunt: Pool Party.
    • Added Duck Journal and Duck Tokens for the End of the Line event (see below).
      • You must purchase a Duck Journal from the Mann Co. Store if you wish to participate in tracking duckies collected.
      • Collect Duck Tokens, and add them to the Duck Journal to level it up.  Duck Tokens are also giftable and can be bought in the Mann Co. Store.
    • Four new Unusual Effects have been added. Any Unusuals unboxed from EotL crates receive one of these four Effects only.  These Unusual Effects can only be obtained on Unusuals found in EotL crates.
    • NOTE: The entire update–the movie, the cosmetics, the duckies–are community-designed!
  3. (12/3/14) Added the TF Tomb Contest 2014 winning cosmetic items: Jungle Booty, Crown of the Old Kingdom, and Tomb Readers
  4. (11/13/14) Added End of the Line Crates.
    • EotL Crates do not expire. Items uncrated before January 5, 2015 will receive an “early supporter” tag on the item.
    • RoboCrate and associated items have been renamed Robo Community Crates, etc.
    • The Alien: Isolation promo items can now be bought in the Mann Co. Store.

     

1. The “End of the Line” Update

EotL Community Crates

EotL Keys (and Random EotL Keys) are US$2.49 in the Mann Co. Store. EotL Piles of Keys are US$57.27.

EotL KeyEotL Pile

 

Opening an EotL crate drops one of 21 possible cosmetics, a new Pyro taunt, the Crossing Guard melee reskin, or the roughly 1% chance of an Unusual item with one of four EotL-specific Unusual Effects! A specific item has a roughly 4.3% chance of dropping. Some of the items uncrated will be Strange quality.

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Scout
Brooklyn Booties Brooklyn Booties
Thermal Tracker Thermal Tracker
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Soldier
Coldfront Curbstompers Coldfront Curbstompers
Condor Cap Condor Cap
Mistaken Movember Mistaken Movember
Screamin' Eagle Screamin’ Eagle
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Pyro
North Polar Fleece North Polar Fleece
Wartime Warmth Wartime Warmth
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Demoman
Bomber's Bucket Hat Bomber’s Bucket Hat
Double Dog Dare Demo Pants Double Dog Dare Demo Pants
Double Dynamite Double Dynamite
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Heavy
Fur-lined Fighter Fur-lined Fighter
Hunter Heavy Hunter Heavy
Sleeveless in Siberia Sleeveless in Siberia
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Engineer
Insulated Inventor Insulated Inventor
Snow Stompers Snow Stompers
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Demoman
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Heavy
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Sniper
Snow Sleeves Snow Sleeves
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All Classes
Boxcar Bomber Boxcar Bomber
Coldsnap Cap Coldsnap Cap
Flashdance Footies Flashdance Footies
Winter Woodsman Winter Woodsman

Taunts

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Pyro
Pool Party Pool Party

 

Oh Look–Another Melee Reskin!

Crossing_Guard

Yep, it’s the Crossing Guard, a stock-reskin melee weapon equippable by all classes except Engineer and Spy. It is not currently craftable; the only way to obtain it at this time is to uncrate it from an EotL crate. But craft numbers have been enabled, so perhaps they will be craftable in the future.

 

Get Duckies

Carry your very own Duck Journal on your chest while you fight, and earn Duckstreaks that function as if you had a Killstreaker weapon equipped! Killing enemies also causes ducks to drop, which quack when picked up and are added to a Duck XP Level.

 

Duck_Journal

You must purchase a Duck Journal from the Mann Co. Store (US$4.99) to participate in this month-long, duck-collecting event. Basically, you collect ducks by killing enemies, and have a specialized Duckstreaker announcement in the killfeed.

Purchase Duck Tokens (US$1.99 from the Mann Co. Store) to level-up your Duck Journal up to a maximum of Level Five. Higher levels causes more ducks to drop from killed enemies. Piles of Duck Tokens are US$45.77, and function like the Piles of Keys tools (gives away one token to up to 23 random players on your current server). So do Random Duck Tokens Gifts (US$1.99). Duck Journals and Tokens are giftable after several days.

Statistics from duck collecting are being kept via leaderboards (much like the Dueling Game “Season”). Ducks will cease dropping on January 5th, 2015.  Is this just a shameless money grab? Who knows–but are those duck eyes hypnotizing?! If you are enjoying the new content, spring for a Duck Journal and Tokens so the creators of the content can get paid.

 

Snowplow…?

An attack/defend map, cp_snowplow, was intended for release with this update, reenacting the events of the EotL movie in the identical location.  Apparently it has not been included in the update.  Stay tuned.

 

 

Full Patch Notes: Patch 1–12/9/14

Undocumented Changes

Full Patch Notes: Patch 2–12/9/14

  • Fixed a client crash related to the main menu
  • Fixed a server crash related to ducks being created when players are killed
  • Updated the equip_region setting for some of the new cosmetic items[2]

Undocumented Changes

 

Patch Notes: 12/3/14

 

Patch Notes: 12/1/14

  • Updated Mann Co. Store prices for foreign currencies to current USD equivalents

 

Patch Notes: 11/26/14

Undocumented Changes

  • Fixed the Necro Smasher not glowing when crit boosted

 

Patch Notes: 11/20/14

  • Additional improvements for client stability
  • Added a check to prevent building in trigger_hurt areas
  • Fixed seeing bumper cart icons for deaths while in hell on maps other than doomsday_event
  • Fixed not hearing localized audio while connected to a server using sv_pure
  • Updated pl_upward
    • Added stairs to forward Blue spawn underground
    • Updated the trigger hurt in the outer cliff area to cover the bottom of the map

Undocumented Changes

Updated model for the Buff Banner.

 

Patch Notes: 11/13/14

Note missed from the previous update:

  • Fixed a rendering problem for Linux clients using AMD drivers

Undocumented Changes

 

[N] Obey

100 Crates, 100 Keys, 0 Unusuals – But its not all bad

Posted on: November 2nd, 2010 by octo dhd

As some of you may know, today we had an event where I opened 100 crates, with 100 keys, and recorded the results for all to see!!! 

The full results can be seen at http://tf2newbs.com/box_results.txt the first column is crate type, then second is the name of the item found.   If someone wants this in csv, let me know and I’ll put that up too.  Or you can just look at the backback and see all the goods (in the order they were found) http://www.tf2items.com/id/tf2newbs_crate_event  the 2 items on page 3 were random drops.

Unfortunately no unusuals were found, but all is not lost.  Through fuzzy mathematics it appears I broke about even on the entire endeavour.

Lets break down the items, and the math….

Columns are number found, crate type, item name, estimated value (based on valve store)

     11 #1 distinct lack of hue (2.49)
      7 #2 duel game (0.99)
      7 #1 equalizer (1.99)
      6 #2 australium gold (2.49)
      6 #1 vita saw (0.49)
      5 #5 name tag (4.99)
      5 #1 gunslinger (2.45)
      4 #3 bushwacka (4.99)
      4 #2 l’etranger (2.49)
      4 #2 blackbox (2.49)
      4 #1 scottish resistance (0.49)
      4 #1 old guad (2.49)
      3 #2 shortstop (2.49)
      3 #1 name tag (4.99)
      3 #1 abundence of tinge (2.49)
      2 #5 southern hospitality (0.49)
      2 #5 powerjack (2.49)
      2 #4 whoopee cap (4.99)
      2 #4 pain train (1.99)
      2 #3 distinct lack of hue (2.49)
      2 #1 nappers (2.49)
      1 #4 duel game (0.99)
      1 #4 battalion backup (4.99)
      1 #4 abundence of tinge (2.49)
      1 #3 stout shako (4.99)
      1 #3 homewrecker (2.99) [cost of buying things to craft it]
      1 #3 duel game (0.99)
      1 #3 description tag (2.49)
      1 #2 stuntman (4.99)
      1 #2 puglists (4.99)
      1 #2 pain train (1.99)
      1 #2 chieftains challenge (4.99)
      1 #2 a deep commitment to purple (2.49)

I based prices either on how much it’d cost to craft, pricing of similar items, or just what what it is worth in trade / etc.  For example: nappers are nearly worthless to trade, but crafting two of them gets you another hat, which is probably worth at least 4.99 in the steam store.  

Summing up the total for all those brings us to MSRP of $244.50  – thats even with me considering the chieftan and the stout shako as $4.99 hats, when they can trade higher than that. 

For this event I spent $249.00 (in two chunks, since steam wallets can’t hold that much) to get 100 keys.  I begged and pleaded for free crates.  So if we ignore the interest I could of been earning on this money if I had invested it instead of spending it on keys in a video game I came out about even.   I might be a little off with the values, but if you consider that it brought a bunch of people together, and that a lot of people had a good time I think it was worth it.

So I’m pleased that I broke about even on store value, unfortunately in game value of many of these items is pretty weak compared to the store price.

My results lead me to believe that opening crates isn’t necessarily a bad method of attaining items, as long as the crates are found or were obtained for nearly nothing. 

If anyone out there wants to donate a unusual hat to a good cause, let me know on steam  http://steamcommunity.com/id/octodhd