December 11, 2014

Five Wins Or Bust
I have so many new teams and pets that I couldn’t just focus on one :).

Battle 1: Kovokination
Weebomination, Kovok, Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling
vs. Frostwolf Ghostpup, Soul Of The Aspects, Clockwork Gnome

121114AI think this is the first time that I’ve faced a Frostwolf Ghostpup. There were no critters on the team so I assumed that it had Haunting Song instead of Refuge. I was wrong; it used Refuge as a single block. I guess that’s not horrible, other pets have single block moves. The strategy I’ve been using with this team is to start with Kovok casting Pheromones, Poison Fang then Black Claw. I let the beast stay in and die before bringing in the Weebomination to Cleave a few times then use Consume Corpse. It’s been working like a charm. I did exactly that in this battle, and I was helped by a failed Repair attempt. The DoT and Black Claw caught the little gnome off guard.
Record: 1-0

Battle 2: Caught In The Middle
Doom Bloom, Unborn Val’kyr, Sentinel’s Companion
vs. Sentinel’s Companion, Lil’ Ragnoaros, Clockwork Gnome

121114DHmm, here I am abusing Consume Corpse for the second battle in a row, oh what has become of me? I really want to use the Doom Bloom and Ghastly Kid together for the Consume Corpse/Haunt combo but the bags have not given me one yet. Soon, undead goat, soon. The battle started off with my Unborn Val’kyr against the opposing Sentinel’s Companion. I had to hold off on the Haunt since I knew the Sentinel’s Companion had an avoid. OMG the valk is ruined, I must think before Haunting! Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. The bird cast Ethereal on the first round, I Haunted the next round and my strategy played out as planned. The Doom Bloom was able to use Consume Corpse to gain some nice health which helped with the win.
Record: 2-0

Battle 3: Unfunky UFO
Fiendish Imp, Sen’Jin Fetish, Son Of Sethe
vs. Moonkin Hatchling, Jademist Dancer. Lil’ KT

121114GI’m always saying how great of a combo the Fiendish Imp and Sen’Jin Fetish are. You would think that adding a great healing pet like the Son Of Sethe would be incredible. Well, so far it hasn’t worked out very well for me. This is the first time that I’ve actually won with this team, and it was a close win that was handed to me at the end. My opponent should have used Rain Dance on the Sen’Jin Fetish’s undead round to heal and prepare for the incoming imp, which could have died to a Steam Vent crit. Instead the Jademist Dancer uselessly cast Steam Vent on the undead round. Oh well, I guess I’ll take the win. I’m really excited about the Son Of Sethe, I’m sure I’ll find some great partners for it eventually.
Record: 3-0

Battle 4: Synerwhatnow?
Mechanical Scorpid, Emerald Shale Hatchling, Snarly
vs. Singing Sunflower, Zao, Puddle Terror

121114FI also leveled up an S/S Mechanical Scorpid today. Now that it came time to actually use it I was stumped when it came to creating an interesting team. So what I did was added two good stand alone pets, Snarly and the Emerald Shale Hatchling. Synergy be damned! I was headed for what looked like a bad loss when my opponent took an unnecessary risk: while swapping out while bleeding to avoid the 100% Blood In The Water my opponent brought in the Singing Sunflower. It was a dangerous move that didn’t pay off; Snarly nailed the flower for huge damage then finished it off with a Surge. That gave me a chance, and in the end it was the elemental spider’s 86 damage reducing shield that saved the day. The Puddle Terror just couldn’t take it out fast enough, even with Dive being strong against it.
Record: 4-0

Battle 5: Pond Skippers
Puddle Terror, Nether Fairie Dragon, Infected Squirrel
vs. Emperor Crab, Chrominius, Fel Flame

121114BFunny loss. I’m always talking smack about how useless Chrominius is in PvP but this time I let myself get caught in a one versus one at the end. The problem started with the Emperor Crab. It’s one of those pets that decides the flow of the battle. You have to figure out right away how you’re going to kill it and base your strategy around that. I didn’t want to give it the benefit of moonlight so the NFD was out. The Infected Squirrel would not be able to harm it so the task fell to the Puddle Terror. It didn’t do too bad, it died to the crab but left it in kill range for the NFD. So far so good. Now it was the NFD against the Fel Flame. I was aware that I couldn’t get caught in a one versus one situation in the end but I miscalculated and let the weather tick take out my NFD, ugh. I was planning on pulling it out with low health and then bringing it back in for the Surge Of Power. Instead my poor undead squirrel had to take a Howl/ Surge Of Power combo. I can imagine some new PvPer on the other end thinking “this is just like PvE!” This time it was.
Record: 4-1

Battle 6: Thumpasaurus Night
Fiendish Imp, Son Of Sethe, Clockwork Rocket Bot
vs. Kun-Lai Runt, Ancient Nest Guardian, Ominous Flame

121114CSo… pissed… off. Another “Rematch loss” as I call these. Here’s what happens with Rematch sometimes: I’ll have WoW minimized while I’m looking at something else waiting for the queue to pop. When I hear the sound of the queue I click back on my minimized WoW screen. If I happen to click on another team in Rematch I get a string of messages in my chat box saying “Pet battle already in progress” and the moves get messed up. So instead of Touch Of The Animus I had Hiss. That seems like a good choice. I want Minefield? Instead take Toxic Smoke. Launch Rocket? Here’s Sticky Grenade instead. Batter to take advantage of my speed? No, take Missile. You get the point. The worst part is that I probably should have won anyways but I was so annoyed that I fell apart and went all RAGE LOSS! Funny. I didn’t even swap out for the root that led to the imp’s demise. At least my record is being brought down to my usual 5 to 2 ratio. See, you can find a bright side in anything :).
Record: 4-2

Battle 7: Thumpasaurus Night
Fiendish Imp, Son Of Sethe, Clockwork Rocket Bot
vs. Lil’ Ragnaros, Curious Wolvar Pup, Baneling

121114ESigh. I insta-queued to try to get some revenge (this time with the proper move sets) but instead I got this team which included a level 23 and level 24. Call me Discobully. It was an easy win. I got a little annoyed there at the end but overall I’m really enjoying all of these new pets. Most of all I’m enjoying that the meta seems very open and balanced right now. Let’s hope no adders or direhorns make their way out of the woodwork.
Record: 5-2

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