Best 14 CSGO Cases to open (September 2023)

Use your keys wisely.

While Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) has been free-to-play for some time now, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some juicy options if you do want to put your hand in your pocket. A common way to try and pick up some of the more desirable items in the game is by purchasing Case Keys. These are cash-only items you can get directly from Steam to open a Case, gacha style. So, with real money at stake, you’ll want to know the best CSGO cases to open to give yourself the best chance of a top weapon skin.

Top cases to open in CSGO with case keys

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Of course, the true answer here is in the eye of the individual. There is no universally agreed best case to open. Some players purely want the best potential return on their investment, looking for an item to sell for profit so they can get more keys. While others will be looking for a specific type of item, making cases containing more of them (by percentage odds) favorite. Just remember that pulling a knife is super rare, no matter the case.

Here, I’ve put together a list containing both options, taking both value for money and the quality of potential item rewards into consideration.  All the cases on the list are worth considering. There are more than 30 cases in the game right now, so I consider all of these to be in the top half of those available.

Before starting on the list, I think it is worth pointing out that keys have a set cost of $2.49 if bought as you open any case. Don’t buy them from the Steam Marketplace as they always cost more than this, while third-party sites claiming to be selling keys should not be trusted. Only keys already within the Steam environment can be used now.

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14. Winter Offensive Weapon Case

This case is becoming rarer, making it far less value for money for what’s on offer inside, but if you’re looking for a white weapons skin, it was more than its fair share. 

  • Galil AR Sandstorm
  • Five-SeveN Kami
  • M249 Magma
  • PP-Bizon Cobalt Halftone
  • FAMAS Pulse
  • Dual Berettas Marina
  • MP9 Rose Iron
  • Nova Rising Skull
  • M4A1-S Guardian
  • P250 Mehndi
  • AWP Redline
  • M4A4 Asiimov
  • Sawed-Off The Kraken
  • Rare Knife skins

13. Huntsman Weapon Case

There’s a lot of nostalgia around the Hunsman Weapon Case, which arrived back in 2014 and is full of community-designed skins. You’ll still see a lot of these skins being sported in-game by veterans and new players alike. 

  • Tec-9 Isaac
  • SSG 08 Slashed
  • Galil AR Kami
  • CZ75-Auto Twist
  • P90 Module
  • P2000 Pulse
  • AUG Torque
  • PP-Bizon Antique
  • XM1014 Heaven Guard
  • MAC-10 Tatter
  • M4A1-S Atomic Alloy
  • SCAR-20 Cyrex
  • USP-S Caiman
  • AK-47 Vulcan
  • M4A4 Desert-Strike
  • Rare Knives skins

12. Gamma Case

Knife drops are super low in any case, but if you’re going to get one, this is one of the best cases to land a knife skin from in terms of cash value. Beyond that, it has a lot of fun gun skins that are colorful but not too much to write home about.

  • Five-SeveN Violent Daimyo
  • MAC-10 Carnivore
  • Nova Exo
  • P250 Iron Clad
  • PP-Bizon Harvester
  • SG 553 Aerial
  • Tec-9 Ice Cap
  • AUG Aristocrat
  • AWP Phobos
  • P90 Chopper
  • R8 Revolver Reboot
  • Sawed-Off Limelight
  • M4A4 Desolate Space
  • P2000 Imperial Dragon
  • SCAR-20 Bloodsport
  • Glock-18 Wasteland Rebel
  • M4A1-S Mecha Industries
  • Rare Knife skins

11. CS20 Case

Introduced to celebrate 20 years of Counterstrike back in 2019, there are a lot of these still around, which has kept the price down. Nostalgia fans will want to pull the Classic Knife (the skin from early CS games), but some of the unique weapon skins here are also popular and reasonably valuable. 

  • AWP Wildfire
  • FAMAS Commemoration
  • AUG Death by Puppy
  • MP9 Hydra
  • P90 Nostalgia
  • P250 Inferno
  • Five-SeveN Buddy
  • MP5-SD Agent
  • UMP-45 Plastique
  • M249 Aztec
  • Glock-18 Sacrifice
  • FAMAS Decommissioned
  • Dual Berettas Elite 1.6
  • Tec-9 Flash Out
  • SCAR-20 Assault
  • MAC-10 Classic Crate
  • Mag-7 Popdog
  • 1 of 13 possible Knife skins

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10. Danger Zone Case

It’s hard to know where to rank the Danger Zone case, as it has some great skins but a ridiculous number (69, including the 52 knives) to randomly draw from. It just makes the top 10 because while it has a lot of options, enough is good that it’s still worth taking a punt on. 

  • AK-47 Asiimov
  • AWP Neo-Noir (pictured above)
  • Desert Eagle Mecha Industries
  • UMP-45 Momentum
  • MP5-SD Phosphor
  • USP-S Flashback
  • P250 Nevermore
  • Galil AR Signal
  • G3SG1 Scavenger
  • MAC-10 Pipe Down
  • M4A4 Magnesium
  • Glock-18 Oxide Blaze
  • MP9 Modest Threat
  • Nova Wood Fired
  • Tec-9 Fubar
  • SG 553 Danger Close
  • Sawed-Off Black Sand
  • 52 Knife skins

9. Prisma 2 Case

While not quite on par with the Prisma Case (spoiler later, see below) this follow-up to that colorful classic still has its fair share of daft but desirable eye-bashing skins that should help you stand out from the crowd. 

  • M4A1-S Player Two
  • Glock-18 Bullet Queen
  • AK-47 Phantom Disruptor
  • MAC-10 Disco Tech
  • MAG-7 Justice
  • SSG 08 Fever Dream
  • SG 553 Darkwing
  • P2000 Acid Etched
  • Sawed-Off Apocalypto
  • SCAR-20 Enforcer
  • AWP Capillary
  • Desert Eagle Blue Ply
  • AUG Tom Cat
  • R8 Revolver Bone Forged
  • Negev Prototype
  • MP5-SD Desert Strike
  • CZ75-Auto Distressed
  • 24 Knife skins

8. Clutch Case

It may now be more than five years since the Welcome to the Clutch update, but the Clutch Case has a lot of skins that are now considered classics, and many players are still after them. It also has a strong selection of gloves rather than knives.

  • M4A4 Neo-Noir
  • MP7 Bloodsport
  • USP-S Cortex
  • AWP Mortis
  • AUG Stymphalian
  • Glock-18 Moonrise
  • UMP-45 Arctic Wolf
  • Negev Lionfish
  • MAG-7 SWAG-7
  • Nova Wild Six
  • Five-SeveN Flame Test
  • SG 553 Aloha
  • XM1014 Oxide Blaze
  • P2000 Urban Hazard
  • MP9 Black Sand
  • R8 Revolver
  • PP-Bizon Night Riot
  • 24 Glove skins
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7. Prisma Case

For pure value in terms of the likelihood of finding something cool, the Prisma Case is a perennial favorite. It’s common enough to still be cheap but has a lot of popular brightly colored skins that should prove tradeable if you don’t hit on something you want. 

  • M4A4 The Emperor
  • Five-SeveN Angry Mob
  • AUG Momentum
  • XM1014 Incinegator
  • R8 Revolver Skull Crusher
  • AWP Atheris
  • Desert Eagle Light Rail
  • UMP-45 Moonrise
  • Tec-9 Bamboozle
  • MP5-SD Gauss
  • AK-47 Uncharted
  • FAMAS Crypsis
  • P90 Off World
  • Galil AR Akoben
  • P250 Verdigris
  • MAC-10 Whitefish
  • MP7 Mischief
  • 24 Knife skins

6. Dreams & Nightmares Case

As the case name suggests, the Dreams and Nightmares Case is home to a slightly deranged mix of super colorful and super scary skins. This makes it a fun case to choose from, while it also includes some stone-cold (and very popular) classics.

  • AK-47 Nightwish
  • MP9 Starlight Protector
  • Dual Berettas Melondrama
  • FAMAS Rapid Eye Movement
  • MP7 Abyssal Apparition
  • M4A1-S Night Terror
  • USP-S Ticket to Hell
  • PP-Bizon Space Cat
  • XM1014 Zombie Offensive
  • G3SG1 Dream Glade
  • Five-SeveN Scrawl
  • MAC-10 Ensnared
  • MP5-SD Necro Jr.
  • SCAR-20 Poultrygeist
  • MAG-7 Foresight
  • P2000 Lifted Spirits
  • Sawed-Off Spirit Board
  • 30 Knife skins

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5. Weapon Case 2

Unfortunately, Weapon Case 2 is now one of the more expensive you’ll see due to its rarity. However, it has the advantage of being home to some of the game’s most desirable knife skins as well as some classic guns.

  • Tec-9 Blue Titanium
  • M4A1-S Blood Tiger
  • FAMAS Hexane
  • P250 Hive
  • SCAR-20 Crimson Web
  • Five-SeveN Case Hardened
  • MP9 Hypnotic
  • Nova Graphite
  • Dual Berettas Hemoglobin
  • P90 Cold Blooded
  • USP-S Serum
  • SSG 08 Blood in the Water
  • Exceedingly Rare Knife skins

4. Glove Case

The beauty of the Glove Case is that it has 24 unique Glove skins on offer, alongside some great classic skins (17 in total) that will likely be tradeable if you don’t get some of the gloves you’re searching for.

  • SSG 08 Dragonfire
  • M4A4 Buzz Kill
  • FAMAS Mecha Industries
  • P90 Shallow Grave
  • Sawed-Off Wasteland Princess
  • USP-S Cyrex
  • M4A1-S Flashback
  • Dual Berettas Royal Consorts
  • Nova Gila
  • G3SG1 Stinger
  • MP7 Cirrus
  • Glock-18 Ironwork
  • P2000 Turf
  • Galil AR Black Sand
  • CZ75-Auto Polymer
  • MAG-7 Sonar
  • MP9 Sand Scale
  • 24 Glove skins

3. Operation Wildfire

This is another rather expensive case nowadays, but once you’ve seen someone sporting the Kumicho Dragon Desert Eagle skin, it’s hard not to take a risk on this bad boy. Go ahead and treat yourself. 

  • PP-Bizon Photic Zone
  • Dual Berettas Cartel
  • MAC-10 Lapis Gator
  • SSG 08 Necropos
  • Tec-9 Jambiya
  • USP-S Lead Conduit
  • FAMAS Valence
  • Five-SeveN Triumvirate
  • Glock-18 Royal Legion
  • MAG-7 Praetorian
  • MP7 Impire
  • AWP Elite Build
  • Desert Eagle Kumicho Dragon
  • Nova Hyper Beast
  • AK-47 Fuel Injector
  • M4A4 The Battlestar
  • Rare Knife skins

2. Recoil Case

While the chance of pulling the AWP Chromatic Aberration is probably worth the entrance fee alone, you also have the Marble Fade Specialist and Field Agent gloves on the list of rare gloves.  

  • FAMAS Meow 36
  • Galil AR Destroyer
  • M4A4 Poly Mag
  • MAC-10 Monkeyflage
  • Negev Drop Me
  • UMP-45 Roadblock
  • Glock-18 Winterized
  • R8 Revolver Crazy 8
  • M249 Downtown
  • SG 553 Dragon Tech
  • P90 Vent Rush
  • Dual Berettas Flora Carnivora
  • AK-47 Ice Coaled
  • P250 Visions
  • Sawed-Off Kiss Love
  • USP-S Printstream
  • AWP Chromatic Aberration
  • Rare Glove skins
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1. Operation Broken Fang Case

A total of 18 weapon skins were included in this case that dropped as part of the Operation Broken Fang update. There are a lot of desirable skins in the case, making it more likely than usual that you’ll either get something you want or something tradeable. Plus, it is another case with a good glove (instead of a knife) selection.

  • M4A1-S Printstream
  • Glock-18 Neo-Noir
  • M4A4 Cyber Security
  • USP-S Monster Mashup
  • Five-SeveN Fairy Tale
  • AWP Exoskeleton
  • SSG 08 Parallax
  • UMP-45 Gold Bismuth
  • Nova Clear Polymer
  • Dual Berettas Dezastre
  • P250 Contaminant
  • Galil AR Vandal
  • MP5-SD Condition Zero
  • P90 Cocoa Rampage
  • CZ75-Auto Vendetta
  • G3SG1 Digital Mesh
  • M249 Deep Relief
  • 24 Glove skins

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