It turns out the people who are into Dota 2 are really into Dota 2. Just a few hours ago, someone bought a Pink War Dog Courier for $38,000 on a Dota 2 item trading subreddit. It doesn’t give you more powerful, it doesn’t give you any advantage over other players, but hey, it’s got super sweet pink flames shooting out of it.
I’m no Dota 2 expert, so I’ll leave it up to Reddit user ColtonisWright’s comment on a thread discussing the ridiculous trade to shed some light on what made the item so costly:
This courier is a legacy courier which makes it so expensive.
Legacy couriers are a term coined for couriers opened within the first few weeks of unusuals being able to be unboxed. These couriers could come in many different effects, ethereal flame being the most sought after. The color spectrum could be anything from 0-255, 0-255, 0-255. Soon some people were getting black colored couriers, which would bug out and now show their effects. Then valve created 10 set colors, with pink not being included. When they did this, they gave everyone a random color paint from one of the 10 so a lot of people painted their legacy couriers, not knowing they could never get their color back (one guy painted his pink ethereal yak to light green, which in terms of now is a 15k usd loss). So now every ‘legacy’ courier aka a courier not apart of the 10 set colors are VERY rare as they are each unique in their own way. The Wardog is the most sought after courier type, ethereal flame is the most sought after effect, and the shade of pink is very sought after. This combination makes it extremely rare, and one of a kind. There are only 4 other known pink ethereal flame wardogs.
So it’s rare, and its look is unique, but yikes, $38,000 for an item that has functionally identical versions selling for a paltry $12. If people have, and want to spend that kind of money in an effort to show-off, more power to them I suppose. And I bet the guy who sold it is feeling pretty good right now.