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