Before we get to this week’s pet, let’s see who won last week.
And before we get to that let me tell you about the scoring system I’ve come up with. I will play each submitted team an equal number of times. Each win will be worth ten points. Each pet on a submitted team that is not on either of the top or high tier list will be worth ten extra points. Each pet on a submitted team that is not on the top tier list (but on the high tier list) will be worth five extra points. No extra points are awarded for the pet of the week itself.
I think I will call these extra points “team points” until we can come up with something better.
Here is the tier list: 12/20/14
For example, Team A includes a Spirit Crab and a Gilnean Raven, both of which are on the top tier list. Its record is 4-1. It would receive a score of 40: 10 points for each win, but no team points.
Team B includes a Kun-Lai Runt and a Gilnean Raven. Its record is also 4-1. It would recieve a score of 45: 10 points for each win plus 5 team points since the Kun-Lai Runt is not on the top tier list.
Team C includes a Kun-Lai Runt and a Clockwork Gnome. Its record is also 4-1. It would recieve a score of 50: 10 points for each win plus 5 team points since the Kun-Lai Runt is not on the top tier list, plus another 5 team points since the Clockwork Gnome is not on the top tier list.
Team D includes a Kun-Lai Runt and a Twilight Fiendling. Its record is also 4-1. It would recieve a score of 55: 10 points for each win plus 5 team points since the Kun-Lai Runt is not on the top tier list, plus 10 team points since the Twilight Fiendling is not on either of the top or high tier lists.
Team E includes an Emerald Shale Hatchling and a Twilight Fiendling . Its record is also 4-1. It would recieve a score of 60: 10 points for each win, plus 10 team points since the Emerald Shale Hatchling is not on either of the top or high tier lists, plus 10 team points since the Twilight Fiendling is not on either of the top or high tier lists.
Or you can think of it like this: adding a pet not on the tier lists is worth the equivalent of one win. Adding a pet not on the top tier list but on the high tier list is worth half of a win.
In the case of a tie, all winners will go into the drawing for the Blizzard pet store at the end of the month.
Phew, that took a few minutes. Bless the person who invented C&P.
Just a note about the first week, I didn’t clearly state the scoring system because I still wasn’t sure how to do it. So it’s not exactly fair, sorry about that. Consider it growing pains. I won’t change the rules or the tier list mid week again; any changes will be made on the following POTW announcement.
Ok, onto the POTW #1 teams.
P/P Imperial Eagle Chick (Thrash, Adrenaline Rush, Lift-Off)
P/S Alterac Brew-Pup (Bark, The Good Stuff, Call the Pack)
P/P Stinker (Scratch, Rake, Bleat)
Score: 20 (Record: 0-5, 20 team points)
I feel that I let down this team due to my inexperience with AoE heals. A few times I found myself in a position where I was unsure of how to use The Good Stuff effectively. Even then, three (yes three!) of these battles were decided by less than two hundred hp, so they were close. One loss was a direct result of a sandstorm miss. I’ve been seeing a lot more skunks these past few days, I think the AoE meta that people predicted is starting to take shape. I had better learn to use the skunk more effectively.
Two Gifts from Northend
P/P Imperial Eagle Chick (Thrash, Cyclone, Lift-Off)
H/H Scourged Whelpling (Tail Sweep, Death and Decay, Plagued Blood)
P/S Omnious Flame (Spiritfire Bolt, Nimbus, Forboding Curse)
Score: 30 (Record 2-3, 10 team points)
I found myself really wanting Adrenaline Rush after I lost the flying racial. This team made me miss the Ominous Flame. At one point a Sunfire Kaliri swapped into the Spiritfire Bolt then died on the next round to another one, good times.
Fun with Flyers
P/P Imperial Eagle Chick (Thrash, Adrenalin Rush, Lift-off)
P/S Chi-Chi, Hatchling of Chi-Ji (Fire Quills, Wild Magic/Tranquillity, Feign Death)
H/H Netherspace Abyssal (Immolate, Explode, Nether Gate)
Score: 35 (record: 2-3, 15 team points)
This team suffered a lot from me flooding the queue with Imperial Eagle Chicks last night. Someone started running double pets with magic attacks. I didn’t have the right breed of Netherspace Abyssal so I used a P/P. That made Explode less useful. The most satisfying win was against a Haunt and stall team that included the new sproutling with Refuge and a skunk.
Blue Moon Buster
P/P Imperial Eagle Chick (Thrash, Adrenaline Rush, Lift-Off)
P/P or P/S Moon Moon (Moon Fang, Crouch, Moon Dance)
Spawn of G’nathus (Swallow You Whole, Dive, Paralyzing Shock)
Score: 40 (record: 2-3, 20 team points)
I’m now a fan of the Spawn Of G’Nathus. That three round root is great for taking out elementals. Think you’re gonna cast Sunlight then leave? Too bad. I’m certain this team would have done better if I had either of the breeds of Moon Moon that were suggested. Instead I used an S/S, which really wasted some of the utility of Moon Dance. There were some close losses where that little bit of extra power would have been the difference. One loss was 100% attributable on a crit. The first win was against a clonedance team.
P/P Imperial Eagle Chick (Slicing Wind, Cyclone, Hawkeye)
S/S Jademist Dancer (Steam Vent, Rain Dance, Acid Rain)
H/H Scourged Whelpling (Tail Sweep, Call Darkness, Dreadful Breath)
Score: 40 (record: 4-1, 0 team points)
If any team lost out from me not being initially solid on the rules it was this one. It tied for the highest winning record but didn’t gain any team points. Clonedance is still as awesome as ever, Darkness help shut down some healing. Taking Dreadful Breath in the third slot was a great idea; it led to one of the victories.
This week’s winner is:
Old Avoid , submitted by Vek
P/P Imperial Eagle Chick(Thrash, Cyclone, Lift-Off)
P/S Blighthawk(Ghostly Bite, Consume Corpse, Lift-Off)
H/S Scalded Basilisk Hatchling (Crystal Prison, Feign Death, Thrash)
Score: 45 (4-1, 5 team points)
Congratulations Vek! I didn’t use the suggested breed of Blighthawk, instead I used an H/P (I only have an H/H and H/P). The SBH is very dependent on speed and the queue was kind to it. Not many flyers were faced. The highlight victory was against three tonks. The basilisk was able to take one out then do a healthy chunk of damage to another thanks to hitting multiple Thrashes. It may have done even better with a P/S breed of Blighthawk.
Ready for the next pet?
I always say that I’m going to use this little guy but never get around to it. Well, now we’re getting around to it. He’s got an interesting move set that could lead to a variety of types of teams. Crush or Tongue Lash, Sticky Goo or Poison Lash, Backflip or Dreadful Breath. So many options. I’m excited to see what people can do with him!
Note: I’m going on a trip for a the majority of next week and won’t be playing WoW. The winner of this week’s POTW won’t be announced until January 3rd or 4th.