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Dota 2's New Puppy Sidekick Is Cute, But Expensive As Hell

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Meet Aurora. Aurora is a wolf-pup that comes packaged with an upcoming skin for a Dota 2 character called Crystal Maiden. Aurora costs twenty eight dollars.

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It's not as if the package, which is releasing as a part of an event that celebrates the Chinese New Year, only gets you a wolf puppy that can follow you around in battle. It also includes the following, according to the official Dota 2 website:

Custom spell effect for Freezing Field

Aurora, wolf pup of Icewrack

Animated wolf pup chat

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All new animations

Custom base skin with special ambient effects

Custom death effects

Custom loadout pose, effects, and pedestal

Custom hero and ability icons

Also includes ability point bonuses:

2400 Ability Points for the Year Beast Brawl event

Allows you and your team to earn Ability Points for each victory in a regular match during the Year Beast Brawl event.

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Not bad! But let's be real, anyone purchasing this will probably be interested in the puppy most of all. The other stuff is just a bonus. I mean, look at this thing:

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So is a puppy worth 28 dollars? That's for you to decide, I suppose. Contrast this to the hottest new League of Legends character skin, which radically changes what a character looks like, as well as alters League of Legend's entire soundtrack for 25 bucks. It's curious to see how the two big MOBAs handle these sorts of things.

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Also worth noting: the upcoming patch will also add a new character, called Winter Wyvern. Winter Wyvern is an ice dragon....

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...which you can read about over here. Frankly, adding a dragon to Dota 2 feels kind of boring, especially when compared to a cute wolf puppy. Sorry, Winter Wyvern.

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So I'll pose this question to you instead: which is better, World of Warcraft's fire corgi, or Dota 2's ice wolf? Choose wisely.

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DISCUSSION

It's not surprising. Seeing as this skin is an arcana, that's just a regular price - the rest of the skins of such rarity can be bought for $35. That's the limited bunch of skins that change basically every aspect of the hero - in terms of cosmetics, of course. That said, a puppy addition is an all-new feature, so having THAT thrown in along with a skin that changes your whole hero is a gimmick many players will surely like.

That said... According to Cyborgmatt, Dota's secret-agent-slash-patch-eviscerator-slash-reviewer, Aurora will move away for a considerable distance whenever an enemy is approaching. Which brings a simple question to my mind - will it move away even if the enemy that's approaching is invisible? If so, that's a handicap CM players will like; and other players will raise a fuss about.