The Most Popular CS:GO Skins (July 2023)

Last month, we started our updated Most Popular CS:GO skins list where we only include skins that are worth over 10 dollars. This gave us some interesting results (check out that article here) and a unique look at what the average player likes to use as a playskin, and this month we’re returning to see if the fan favorites have managed to hold their position.

In July, we’re seeing some new entries make their way onto the list, and we also see some of the June favorites dropping off of the list entirely. The M4A1-S Player Two, for example, doesn’t make the top 10 this month. Read on to find out which skins did make it!

The List

For this list, we combined trade and sales data from CS.Money. CS.Money is one of the most popular skin trading websites in the world, so the data that they provide should give us an interesting and representative look into the world of CS:GO skins. In case you’re new to this world and you want to know more about float values, weapon wear, and so on, you can read our article here.

1. AK-47 Redline (Field Tested)

Previous position: 1st

The AK Redline used to be one of the best AKs to craft on due to its mostly black exterior, but it has lost that position as ‘best craft canvas’ to the AK Slate if you ask us. That does not stop it from being extremely popular with CS:GO players, though, as you can see by the fact that the Redline has been the most popular CS:GO skin for two months in a row now.

This skin has been around for many, many years now, and despite the fact that it’s steadily getting (a little) more expensive it’s still one of the finest budget AKs out there thanks to its extremely sleek looks. The darker elements have a carbon fiber look to them and the deep, dark red accents make for a skin that looks futuristic without being gaudy or overly ostentatious.

If you’re looking for an OG skin that looks clean and classy, the Redline is a great option.

2. AK-47 Ice Coaled (Field Tested)

Previous position: 3rd

The Ice Coaled is a skin that lives up to its name: it just breathes cool. The blue to green fade that’s on the gun makes it pretty unique (not many AK skins use this color scheme) and its futuristic looks combined with these flashy colors makes this a skin that definitely turns heads.

What’s nice about the Ice Coaled is that it’s an eye-catching gun, but it’s not overly busy. This means that you can easily apply a bunch of stickers to really make it your own without running the risk of covering up some intricate design on the gun itself. We’ve seen some amazing crafts where a mixture of blue and green holo stickers were used to mimic the fade on the gun, so there’s a ton of potential there, but of course the Ice Coaled also looks fantastic on its own if you’re a fan of the colors and design style.

3. AK-47 Asiimov (Field Tested)

Previous position: 2nd

If you know CS:GO skins, you’ll know the Asiimov. Originally, the Asiimov was synonymous with the AWP and the M4A4, but this line of skins is so insanely popular that it also made its way onto the AK. The T side version of this iconic skin has evidently become even more popular than the original M4A4 skin, though that might also have something to do with the fact that the M4A4 has to compete with the M4A1-S on CT side.

In any case: you pretty much can’t go wrong with an Asiimov. This line of skins is based on the works of Isaac Asimov, one of the fathers of modern science fiction, and the beautiful color scheme evokes some of that retro sci-fi nostalgia. No flashy colors or neon figures here: you get orange, black, and white elements that combine into one skin that looks like it comes right out of a classic science fiction film.

4. AK-47 Legion of Anubis (Field Tested)

Previous position: 4th

Despite the fact that it’s the fourth most popular CS:GO skin in July, we’d dare say that the Legion of Anubis is underrated. You don’t see it in pro play that often, and we have a feeling that, if it were rarer and thus more expensive, this wouldn’t be the case.

The Legion of Anubis isn’t the flashiest skin out there, but it has some gorgeous artwork on it with a ton of little details that make it a joy to play with, and the gold-dominant looks of this skin make it a classy and refined choice for players who don’t want to use overly loud-looking skins.

This would be right at home in the Anubis collection (and it would be a lot more expensive if it were) so if you’re interested in Egyptian mythology or you’re building a gold-themed inventory (and the Gold Arabesque is out of reach for you) this is a good one to consider.

5. AK-47 Neon Revolution (Field Tested)

Previous position: 7th

Futuristic and bright skins are extremely popular in CS:GO and this Neon Revolution is a mixture of both, so it probably shouldn’t be a surprise to see it in this list. The Neon Revolution does have an interesting take on the whole ‘futuristic’ vibe, though, as it’s really only the colors that make it a futuristic skin.

If you look closely, you’ll see that it’s just a regular AK that someone took and went to town on with neon pink, neon green, and black buckets of paint. The result is an AK that screams ‘anarchy’, and if that wasn’t obvious enough the artist has also added that exact word to the gun.

If you want a bright skin that still looks somewhat realistic, then this could be a good option for you.

6. AK-47 Empress (Field Tested)

New entry

The Empress is a beautiful skin that’s based on the tarot card ‘the empress’. If you ask us, this skin quite simply looks and feels regal, and if you’re someone who rules over your CS:GO matches then this might be just the skin for you. You can even pair it with an M4A4 Emperor on the CT side to make for a cool combo.

It has an elegant design that’s not too busy with its colors while still being incredibly detailed, and even though there’s an abundance of fantastic AK skins, we believe that this might be a future classic in the making. It’s not very craftable due to the intricate design, but it’s such a beautiful AK that it works on its own without adding any kind of sticker to it.

7. Desert Eagle Printstream (Field Tested)

New entry

The Printstream skin line is one of the new kids on the block, but it’s quite quickly becoming one of the most famous and well-liked skins due to the clean design and mesmerizing pearlescent finish.

The Desert Eagle Printstream is a skin that’s seeing a lot of usage in the pro scene as well as in the casual realm, and it’s no surprise at all to see this skin pop up in the most popular CS:GO skins list if you ask us.

It’s on the more expensive side, and as of right now the pearlescent effect of the Printstream skins isn’t noticeable in CS2, so if you’re interested you might want to wait it out a little bit but other than that you can’t go wrong with any Printstream skins. These can already be considered classic CS:GO skins, and that’s saying something for a skin that’s so new.

8. AK-47 Frontside Misty (Field Tested)

Previous position: 6th

Despite the fact that it has dropped two positions, the AK-47 Frontside Misty is still in the top 10 of the most popular CS:GO skins, and that is proof that a good AK skin doesn’t have to be expensive or feature extremely detailed artwork.

It’s an affordable and unique skin that lends itself to crafts quite nicely, and the blue-black-white color scheme combined with an almost tribal-looking design makes it an interesting choice that’s a little off the beaten path.

9. AWP Neo-Noir (Field Tested)

Previous position: 5th

The Neo-Noir line of skins is yet another iconic skin line, so much so that it has even featured on real-world peripherals made by the big brands. SteelSeries, in case you didn’t know, has a product line with Neo-Noir artwork on it, and if you look at this skin for a bit it’s not hard to see why.

The Neo-Noir is a beautiful skin, with fantastic colors and a dreamy, almost haunting aesthetic to it. The white scope of this AWP Neo-Noir makes it feel very clean and sleek, and we don’t believe that we’re exaggerating when we call this skin a piece of art.

We’ve said it before, but all of the images on the Neo-Noir skins feel like they could be ripped straight out of a top tier graphic novel, so if you’re into that kind of vibe then the Neo-Noir is a fantastic skin to go for.

10. M4A1-S Decimator (Field Tested)

Previous position: 8th

If you like to decimate your enemies while listening to synthwave tunes then the M4A1-S Decimator is the one for you. It reminds us of very old arcade games and Tron-style art, and if you look at how popular the Vaporwave style is right now it’s perhaps no surprise to see this skin appear in the top 10.

The trusty AK Redline remains at the top, but elsewhere we’ve seen some unexpected moves in the most popular CS:GO skins list. A skin such as the Desert Eagle Printstream costs a bit over $50, for example, and while that’s not a lot in the world of CS:GO skins it definitely is a lot of money for a virtual item, so it’s interesting to see just how much money players are willing to spend to look cool while fragging out.

Of course you can also do all of this on a budget: most of the skins in this list will be rather friendly on your wallet, and there are a ton of fantastic options to choose from if you’re building a new inventory, as you can see in this article.

Check back in August to see if there have been any big movers in the list!

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