Why is Dragon Lore so expensive?

In this article, you’ll learn about the phenomenon of the Dragon Lore skin and explain to you what is behind its price.

AWP | Dragon Lore is a genuinely legendary skin.AWP | Dragon Lore is a genuinely legendary skin. Not many players can boast of it — there are only about 5 thousand Dragon Lore duplicates, a ridiculously tiny number compared to 25 million CS:GO active players. Many people (even those who have nothing to do with video games) have heard about its uniqueness and… super high price. In this article, you’ll learn about the phenomenon of the Dragon Lore skin and explain to you what is behind its price. 

How much does Dragon Lore cost exactly?

Dragon Lore prices start at around $2,500. And how high do they go? Well, according to CS.Money, AWP | Dragon Lore (Factory New) | Souvenir is worth about $45,337. This may seem like a lot, but that price can be even higher! Many AWP Dragon Lore duplicates have stickers from old tournaments like Katowice 2014 or Cologne 2015, which alone can increase the value of the skin by tens of thousands of dollars. The most expensive recorded sale of the AWP | Dragon Lore skin was $61,000. It was the Factory New version with a Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham sticker, the clear MVP of the ELEAGUE Boston Major tournament won by Cloud9. Why are we mentioning this? Because it was just a few hours after that tournament that this transaction took place. That said, if you see that a player or team has the potential for great success, you might want to consider buying their stickers. 

What makes it so expensive?

It's no wonder Dragon Lore costs so much. Here are three main reasons that will surely convince you:

  1. This skin is just gorgeous. It's one of the most beautiful skins in the game and is unique like no other skin. 
  2. It’s incredibly rare and there are not many copies of it. As we mentioned earlier, there are only 5 thousand copies out of 25 million active players, and a large portion of its owners aren't even CS:GO players, just pure investors. It may also explain to you why some  “gray” and “blue” skins can cost hundreds and thousands of dollars. 
  3. Dragon Lore belongs to the Cobblestone collection, a map that is no longer in the Active Duty Map Pool. That makes this skin even harder to get, especially in the Souvenir version. 

To summarize, if the skin looks good, is hard to find, and played by pro players — it will be expensive. And in all these aspects, Dragon Lore is compatible with excess.

Is it worth buying Dragon Lore as an investment?

As we mentioned earlier, investors represent a significant portion of all Dragon Lore owners. This leads us to the question — is it worth buying this skin as an investment? Well, there's plenty of reason to think so. It all depends on whether you think you can find a buyer who will repurchase the skin from you for a higher price. Or maybe you have some stickers in your Steam inventory that could significantly increase Dragon Lore's value? Whether it's worth investing in Dragon Lore is an individual matter and depends on many different factors like the number of active players, the rarity of the item, and upcoming in-game events. If you are concerned about investing in CS:GO skins, be sure to check out our guide on it.

As you can see, CS:GO skins can be more valuable than you might think. Isn't it amazing that we live at times when we can buy an apartment or a car just for selling an in-game cosmetic? Hopefully, we managed to clear up your doubts about the price of Dragon Lore and other expensive CS:GO skins.