April 8, 2014

Today’s Team: Surgio By Armani
P/S Eternal Strider (Water Jet, Healing Wave, Pump)
H/P Snarly (Rip, Surge, Blood In The Water)
P/P Azure Crane Chick (Quills, Cleansing Rain, Surge)

Cleansing Rain has been treating me well lately. The Azure Crane Chick is a powerful flyer that can apply the weather, the other two pets are soft counters against undead pets and there aren’t many magic pets around to soft counter all of the aquatic moves. All of this has combined for some good Cleansing Rain teams in the current meta. The plan is to change the weather to Cleansing Rain then use all of the aquatic moves which are buffed by 25%. Since the Azure Crane Chick is the only pet with weather changing capabilities I’ll most likely start with it then bring in the other two as needed.

This team is risky since it has two aquatics, making it extremely vulnerable to flying attacks. It is also vulnerable to magic pets due to all of the aquatic damage.

The Opposing Team:
P/P Stunted Direhorn
S/B Pengu
B/B Cinder Kitten

The Battle:
040814ANo magic pets, no flyers, that’s good news. Just like my team is vulnerable to flyers so is the team I’m facing. The good news for me is that I have a flyer. I started with the Azure Crane Chick so I could get Cleansing Rain going. As long as the Cinder Kitten (and its Scorched Earth) didn’t start I would have the upper hand. The Direhorn Runt was the first enemy pet so just as you would expect the Azure Crane Chick won that match-up. The Direhorn Runt’s beast damage was weak plus it couldn’t interrupt due to the speed and priority attack of the bird. I should mention that one of the buffed Surges crit the beast, but I think the bird would have won anyways. The Cinder Kitten came in next and then it occurred to me just how hard I countered this team. The Azure Crane Chick is going to give all my opponent’s pets a hard time. A couple of strong Surges took off a lot of health from the Cinder Kitten before my bird died. I brought in the Eternal Strider and victory seemed like a sure thing but I still had the Slippery Ice to deal with. A few misses can really turn a battle around. After finishing off the Cinder Kitten with just one Water Jet a Slippery Ice was put down by Pengu. Rng didn’t save the day, a few Water Jets and a Pump all hit to bring this 12 round battle to an end. There really wasn’t much my opponent could do with these horrible match-ups, sometimes it just happens like that.

5 Responses to April 8, 2014

  1. Vek says:

    Ah yes, the Crane was really nice against that team. Strong attacks vs Pengu, if it had come to that, but might have been countered if Pengu used surge. Direhorn weak vs the Crane while Surge is very useful to counter their Horn Attack. And finally Cleansing Rain buffed Surge really hurts elementals. Very nice match up for you, nice to get once in a while.

    I have also tried the Crane without the rain, but with the heal instead, since you would get a nice heal on all the team when running two aquatics. But then you really need another aquatic to cast the Rain. But to get the best use of that you need to switch pets a bit or face someone with AoE.

    Keep up the excellent posts.

    • Discodoggy says:

      Since you suggested taking Healing Wave on the Eternal Strider I’ve been doing that. It has often allowed my strider to get off that extra Water Jet or Pump, which can be game changing.

      • Vek says:

        Yea, Cleansing Rain is probably the best bet for the Crane. I just had to try out the “buffed” AoE heal. Was ok, but nothing spectacular, especially when compared with Brew-Pup heal that is not aquatic specific.

  2. Loki says:

    Don’t forget…….. You promised me more cats. And monkeys! Give us monkeys (or apes)!

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