Left 4 Dead 2

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Guide to Level Up your Steam Profile
By Tя!cky ツ
I get asked alot ... How did i get to Level 100?

Why should you care about Leveling Up your Steam Profile...?
1) If your a L4D2 Modder like me you can unlock both Workshop Showcases, to show your Mods!
2) Too many Friends and not enough room in your Profile for them all? Every Level Up earns +5 Friend Slots!
3) Into Trading, Love ScreenShots, Play Games, Collect Badges? Well there's Profile Showcases for them all!

In this Guide I will show you my tips and tricks to Level Up on the Cheap.
Showcase - See anything you like?
Every 10 Levels earn 1 Profile Showcase to the max of 16 catagories as listed. Plus you can choose amoung your items what you want to showcase. That allows you plenty of flexibility to "mix it up" at any time on your Profile!
Note to other Modders out there I would say go for Level 20 atleast. To get both Workshop Showcase and Your Workshop Showcase, you'll need 3,000 XP
Level and XP Explained
When you get started, it takes 100 XP to get to the next level. The amount needed to level up increases every 10 levels, meaning after Steam Level 10 you'll need 200XP per level, after level 20 you'll need 300XP per level, etc.

Level 1 - 100XP = +5 Friends Slots
Level 2 - 200XP = +5 Friends Slots
Level 3 - 300XP = +5 Friends Slots
Level 4 - 400XP = +5 Friends Slots
Level 5 - 500XP = +5 Friends Slots
Level 6 - 600XP = +5 Friends Slots
Level 7 - 700XP = +5 Friends Slots
Level 8 - 800XP = +5 Friends Slots
Level 9 - 900XP = +5 Friends Slots
Level 10 - 1,000XP = Earn 1 Profile Showcase (MAX 16) +5 Friends Slots

Level 11 - 1,200XP = +5 Friends Slots
Level 12 - 1,400XP = +5 Friends Slots
Level 13 - 1,600XP = +5 Friends Slots
Level 14 - 1,800XP = +5 Friends Slots
Level 15 - 2,000XP = +5 Friends Slots
Level 16 - 2,200XP = +5 Friends Slots
Level 17 - 2,400XP = +5 Friends Slots
Level 18 - 2,600XP = +5 Friends Slots
Level 19 - 2,800XP = +5 Friends Slots
Level 20 - 3,000XP = Earn 1 Profile Showcase (MAX 16) +5 Friends Slots
Earn XP from Owning Games
As you now know the more Games you have the more XP you'll earn! So how much XP can you earn per game ...the math is still being debated but it goes something like this!

1-9 games: 100xp +5xp per game
10-24 games: 150xp +3.33xp per 10 above
25-49 games: 150xp + 2xp per game
50-99 games: 175xp + 1.5xp per game
100-499 games: 250xp + 0.75xp per game
500-2000+ games: Base xp seems to be gone only 1xp per game added

To see how much XP you earned from your games. Go to your Profile, click on "Badges" most likely listed last being your 1st Badge you collected like shown above.
Earn XP in Other Ways
It is totally possible to reach a Level 10 (1000 XP) without Crafting any Trading Cards! Earn other XP by participating in Holiday Sells, get 50 XP for each Year of Service and Community Events!

Earn XP with Crafting Badges
The fastest way to level up is with Trading Card Sets. You earn 100 XP per set you Craft into a Badge aka an icon on your profile and links to your account. These Badges represents the trading card sets you've collected and your level of particapation for this set.

Trading Set of Cards can be Crafted x5 or a MAX of 500 XP to be earned.
Foil Trading Set of Cards can only be Crafted once for 100 XP.

In addition to getting the Game Badge itself with 100 XP you'll get:
a random emoticon item created for this game, use in chat or discussions
a random profile background item created for this game, use on your Steam Community profile
a chance to get a discount coupon for a different game or DLC

Trading Card Tips


Get your Steam Trading Cards the easy way,
with Idle Master! I use it :) GET IT NOW

Idle Master is the easy and effective way to unlock all of your available Steam Trading Cards - even from games you don't have installed!

Idle Master will simulate you being "in-game" on Steam for each game in your library with available Trading Card drops, and will automatically move from game to game when each is finished. Idle Master is easy to install and easy to configure.


Or you can get Trading Cards simply by playing the participating games.
See the full list on {LINK REMOVED}.

Just play to earn all the free Card Drops, then you become eligible for a Booster Pack! Which is a set of 3 Trading Cards that may include both basic and foil. Booster packs are granted randomly to eligible users as more badges are crafted by others in the commmunity.

Tip# 1 log in to Steam each week to maintain eligiblity! Once eligible, your Steam Level increases your rate of receiving a booster pack drop:

Level 10: +20% increase in your drop rate
Level 20: +40% increase in your drop rate
Level 30: +60% increase in your drop rate
Level 40: +80% increase in your drop rate
Level 50: +100% increase in your drop rate

So the more games you have with Trading Cards the better. TIP# 2 you don't have to own the game you can still go the Market and or Trade with others for Cards and Craft sets for Badges earn XP and get those Bonus items. However you won't be eliglble for Booster Packs this way.

Tip# 3 you can get for as low as a few dollars 3-6 games/dlc at the Humble Store it's {LINK REMOVED}. Most are steam code games with Trading Cards that you can easily add to your Steam Account via Steam Codes Redeem.
Trading Bot Tips
If you have unwanted Trading Cards but don't want to spend Steam Cash to get the one's you need. You could use a {LINK REMOVED} to exchange those for credits to redeem on Cards you want to finish Crafting a set. TIP# 4 check the Market so you know the current value before using a BOT! I've used a Trading BOT(s) and found they tend to inflate the rates as much as 50% to 75% from the Market Sellers.

You might be better off selling them on the Market and use your Steam Cash to purchase those cards you really need.

If you do decide to sell Trading Cards - Backgrounds - Emoticons - Booster Packs or other Markable items on the Sellers Market. TIP#5 Steam only allows 200 sells per year, you'll get stopped beyond that and asked to submit your USA SSN# for Tax reporting purposes!
Steam Gems Explained
Steam Gems are a new currency 1st used for the 2014 Auction Holiday Event.
  • How does one get Steam Gems?

    Steam Gems are earned by converting the items in your steam inventory. With a value (10 -100) range per item of your Cards, Backgrounds or Emoticons. One purpose of Steam Gems is to convert items normally worthless (3 cent items) into something you can use for Gem purchases.

    What can I use Steam Gems for?

  • Bid for games in Auctions

    Myself I'm a high roller. I used my whole gems pots value to sit on each auction. I won every auction I entered that way!

  • Use gems to craft Booster Packs
    I like this feature of using Gems to buy Booster Packs. Using the "Item Showcase" Booster Packs can serve as nice collectables for display on your Profile Page. Or try and make a few bucks by unpacking and selling the cards! Note - Gem Booster Pack Creation is limted to 1 per game, per day!

  • Trade in Market

    Gems themsleves are not tradable, but they can be packed/unpacked into "gem sacks" which is every 1000 gems. Gem sacks are both tradable and marketable!
Market Tips
Obviously I got to Level 100 by mostly Crafting Badges. That means using the Market effectively. The Best Tip I can give anyone is no matter how many Trading Cards are in a Set. You'll only ever get 500 XP per completed sets of Badges.

I started with 5 Trading Cards total in a set for games i owned. Then I used {LINK REMOVED} to sort out prices and gauge what was the cheapest sets i could Craft into Badges for a Max of 500 XP. I would never Craft 15 card sets! Why would you? It would cost you 3x more to do that. Of my Steam games that had 15 Cards in the Set. I put my free Card Drops on the Market and used that money to spend on smaller Card Sets.

If you do earn any Booster Packs. I tend to see Booster Packs don't sell as fast or go for less money. I would suggest you redeem the Booster pack to get the 3 cards then put them all on the Market you'll make more money that way. (a Trading BOT will not accept Booster Packs)

It's a Buyers Market! Recently Added Games tend to be Sky High in the Sellers Market. But as more Steam Members craft badges and put their Trading Cards on the Market. The Prices always come down! So if you think the Card price you need is to rich for your blood! Leave it be and check back in week or so to see where's it at.

Be a Seller! Don't expect Big Dollars for Cards. Like I said the Recently Added you might get lucky and make a few more bucks on them in the first few days. Beyond that your going to need to watch the sellers and find a middle ground of where to price your item so it will sell. Also your in line with possibly hundreds or thousands of others that want to sell too. If you want to move your item fast and don't want to wait. Price it with-in a few cents of the current sellers of Page 1, to jump the line and move your items quicker!

I hope you learned something and Happy Level Up to you all!

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ZeroCool Jul 29 @ 8:54am 
Thanks for the explanation
mehukaa Jun 3 @ 8:17am 
TheBlackDude May 10 @ 1:09am 
wdym by profile showcase?
ik what ur talking about but wdym 1 profile showcase
ネオン Apr 14 @ 7:35am 
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LZJ SON Jan 26 @ 6:35am 
helpful tips 😀
LZJ SON Jan 26 @ 6:34am 
₿ ThiaS Dec 13, 2021 @ 1:29am 
I can strongly reccomend steamlvlup for depositing backgrounds, emotes, steam trading cards that can not be sold and uncompleted sets. Its a great and easy to use service + you get some free ''gems'' to buy a set or two by signing up :)

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