Today’s Team: Ellington Shieldheart
H/H Iron Starlette (Wind-Up, Powerball, Supercharge)
S/S Mongoose Pup (Gnaw, Survival, Dive)
H/S Harmonious Porcupette (Scratch, Celestial Blessing, Tranquility)
So far I haven’t been impressed when facing the Iron Starlette. It has a super nuke, sure, but it’s predictable. Usually you just have to avoid the Wind-Up/Supercharge combo and watch it go down quick. When I saw the H/H version on the Area 52 auction house I thought “what if it didn’t go down quick?” At 1725 health and the awesome mechanical racial the H/H version has some staying power. Then I decided to over do it by giving it a Celestial Blessing. My logic is that if it stays alive longer it can get off more nukes and also have some time to get some speed built up with Powerball. The Mongoose Pup provides a little bit of coverage versus elementals and it outspeeds the S/S Fiendish Imp, which scares me whenever I bring a mech to the queue.
This team is built around the Iron Starlette so I really should have some better coverage against elementals.
The Opposing Team:
H/B Prairie Mouse
P/B Malayan Quillrat
B/B Mud Jumper
This wasn’t too interesting. The Mongoose Pup ended up being the superstar of this battle thanks to Gnaw versus the two critters. The Iron Starlette didn’t even need to use the Wind-Up/Supercharge combo or Celestial Blessing. This is the fourth victory in a row for this team. I got nothing here… Let me try another one.
vs. Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling, Stunted Direhorn, Jadefire Spirit
This team was my worst nightmare. An elemental to soft counter the mech damage, and avoid (Fade) to counter the Dive and the nuke, a dragonkin attack against my magic pet, nothing to take out the Decoy and even a priority move to negate the Mongoose’s speed. I still had a chance but it came down to a head game. My Wind-Up was charged against the Jadefire Spirit but not the Supercharge. Would there be a Fade or not? I guessed no, that my opponent would anticipate my Supercharge and save the fade for next round. I tried to be clever and surprise them with a Wind-Up. They were more clever than I was by using Fade that round. Now my uncharged ball of metal had nothing to give to the Direhorn, it was taken out by the beast. The direhorn was able to take out the Mongoose as well. I would classify this as a good old fashioned butt whoopin’.