Dota 2 fans with plenty of time and money were excited to see the promise of the Baby Roshan statuette. Demonstrated as fierce and dynamic, it was a prize offered to those who reached level 2000 in last year’s Battle Pass for The International 7.
But the reality was far different — different enough that even Valve couldn’t turn their eyes away from the situation.
For reference, here’s what they promised:
And here’s what Redditors received:
In response, Valve sent out a brief blog post about the situation, promising new statuettes for everyone who received one last year:
It has come to our attention that the physical Baby Roshan reward for last year’s Battle Pass has had poor production quality yields. We apologize to our fans for that, it is well below the quality we expected. We are going to start from scratch on new production for the statue, and prioritize delivering it as soon as possible to every customer that reached level 2000 last year.
In last year’s Battle Pass, Valve promised a “nickel silver-finished” statuette, with the in-game image showing outstanding quality. However, the actual finished-and-shipped statuette has far less care given.
For instance, the mouth is shown online as being wide-open and ferocious, as if roaring, while the actual looks more like Baby Roshan forgot how to smile. The metal on the outside looks very underwhelming, when a striking “silver-finished” coating was promised. There are also visible seams where the mold casts meet, which should be worked off during production to create smooth surfaces. Instead, now it looks like Baby Rosh’s hands are webbed. (No, they aren’t supposed to be like that.)
At least these disappointed fans have their new wave to look forward to — and this year’s fans, hopefully, won’t face the same fate.