December 13, 2014

Team Focus: Kovokination
S/S Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling (Breath, Thunderbolt, Decoy)
H/H Weebomination (Cleave, Consume Corpse, Haymaker)
H/S Kovok (Poison Fang, Pheromones, Black Claw)

So far this team has been doing really well for me. I didn’t even put much thought into its creation, it was a matter of choosing two AoE pets to go with Weebomination. I went with Kovok for Pheromones and the MPD for Thunderbolt. The strategy is a simple one: start with Kovok for Poison Fang, Pheromones then Black Claw. Rather than swapping the beast out of dangerous situations I’ve been keeping it in until death. This allows me to not take any damage on the swap. Next I bring in the Weebomination to get off a couple of Cleaves, then Consume Corpse when I need the healing. I then Cleave until the Weebomination is brought to 0 health, I use the undead round for another Cleave or a Haymaker if a pet with a lot of health is in. What’s great about using Haymaker on the undead round is that if it misses then who cares about the stun, you weren’t getting another round anyways. The MPD is there to clean up with Thunderbolt.

I think the Weebomination could be used effectively with this set-up with a better thought out team. I have a few concerns with this team. I don’t know how I’ll take out Emperor Crabs. I don’t really like the MPD as a sweeper due to the meta’s proclivity towards undead pets. I don’t really have a plan B. I keep expecting to get my behind handed to me but I’ve been winning like crazy. I don’t expect that to continue over the long term; I feel that I have been lucky in the queue. I plan on doing a lot of battles today to see how well this team performs.

Battle 1
vs. Ashwing Moth, Ashleaf Spriteling, Golden Civet Kitten
121314AKovok managed to survive seven rounds due a swap by my opponent from the Ashleaf Spriteling to the moth. Even though Kovok doesn’t have a spammable “normal” attack, Poison Fang and Black Claw can still get the job done. For example, the ticks alone were doing 227 damage to the moth, which isn’t too shabby. The Weebomination came in and killed the Ashleaf Spriteling on the back line, then the moth, then finished off the aquatic with Cleave spam and a Haymaker for the hell of it. The MPD wasn’t used.
Record: 1-0

Battle 2
vs. Darkmoon Rabbit, Nexus Whelpling, Rocket Chicken
121314BThis time I had to use the MPD, but it survived with full health. The battle started as DMR versus Kovak so my opponent immediately swapped out the rabbit. Guess what, you’ll still be taking strong damage on the back line. The Nexus Whelpling came in and cast Mana Surge without Arcane Storm. Mis-click? After Kovak’s death I deviated from my plan by bringing in my MPD. Decoy then Thunderbolt then swap to to the Weebomonation. Cleave spam along with a Consume Corpse led to another easy victory. I better get out of my garrison before I end up with a day full of dark and boring screen shots.
Record: 2-0

Battle 3
vs. Vampiric Batling, Huge Toad, Forest Spiderling
121314CI do have a plan B afterall. After Kovok died the Huge Toad was still alive but within kill range. I didn’t want to risk my Weebomination getting polymorphed by the faster toad so I brought in the MPD instead. It used a Thunderbolt to kill the toad, it dropped a Decoy then swapped freely to the Weebomination. Cleave and Consume Corpse does the job again.
Record: 3-0

Battle 4
vs. Lil’ Ragnaros, Emerald Proto-Whelp, Venomspitter Hatchling
121314DThis seemed like it was going to be the most difficult battle so far, however the result was the same: the MPD survived with full health. Lil’ Ragnaros started versus Kovak and opened with the usual Magma Trap then Sons of the Flame. Kovok applied the poison then the trap went off on the second round. That’s actually a really good time for it to go off (but bad for Lil’ Ragnaros). I wouldn’t be able to damage rag anyways so it’s good to take the stun while he’s under. Kovok died to rag so I went with plan B again. The MPD killed rag, got off a Thunderbolt then I swapped to the Weebomination. I knew Brittle Webbing was going to give Cleave trouble but I thought I could still win. The Weebomination did 74 damage to itself twice per round from the Cleave hits. This wasn’t enough to bring the undead pet down fast enough though; it killed the EPW on the back line and the spider on the front.
Record: 4-0

Battle 5
vs. Iron Starlette, Iron Starlette, Iron Starlette
121314FYou don’t want to know how close that I am to scrapping Rematch and going back to PBT right now. For the second day in a row I have to suffer a “Rematch loss” during the write-up. Somehow my moves were all messed up again. This time I went too close to a tamer that I had a team set up for on Rematch. It gave me that crazy repeated message in my chat box. I unqueued and thought that I had fixed my move set, and I even went in and changed some settings so it wouldn’t happen again. However, when the battle started my MPD was loaded out with Breath, Bombing Run and Explode. Lovely. The worst part is that I thought this might be the most interesting battle so far. It wasn’t, I lost pretty bad. The MPD was pretty much garbage with that move set. The Iron Starlette is such a one-trick pony, but I had no way to deal with that pony. How does one deal with ponies anyways? I shouldn’t be so harsh with Rematch, it’s a great add-on I just need to figure out which settings to use.
Record: 4-1

Battle 6
vs. Iron Starlette, Iron Starlette, Iron Starlette
121314EI quickly changed my move sets back to what they should be and I was lucky enough to get the same team. Revenge time! This time I was fully equipped to deal with the one-trick metal balls. I had a slight advantage because I assumed they would open the same way as last time with Wind-Up, Powerball, Wind-Up. This is exactly what happened. I used Poison Fang and Black Claw then ate the unleashed Wind-Up with my MPD. Decoy and Thunderbolt plus the strong Poison tick finished off the first ball and did some nice back line damage. I brought Kovok back in to get another Poison Fang/Black Claw combo on the second iron ball and that was pretty much good game.
Record: 5-1

Battle 7
vs. Darkmoon Rabbit, Spring Rabbit, Unborn Val’kyr
121314GAt the sight of the Unborn Val’kyr I knew I would have to change my plan drastically. If I started with Kovok the valk would Haunt/CoD then the rabbits would stall, making Kovok somewhat useless before its death. Instead I started with the MPD to hopefully make the valk waste a CD on the Decoy. Even better, the valk swapped out for the DMR. That was a bad choice; the Spring Rabbit should have come in since the Flurry of the Spring Rabbit could have taken out the Decoy in one turn. Actually I don’t know if the other rabbit had Flurry because it never made it off the back line. This ended up being an easy win that wasn’t so much good play from me as it was inexperience from my opponent. They did things like Burrow into a Decoy. Pheromones is doing a great job so far.
Record: 6-1

Battle 8
vs. Molten Corgi, Anubisath Idol, Death Talon Whelpguard
121314HIt’s sad to admit, but the Molten Corgi has caught me off guard a few times since its arrival on the pet battle scene. Stallers love it for Puppies of the Flame and Cauterize can prevent you from killing it quickly. I made sure it didn’t catch me off guard this time. I suspected it was going under after Kovok poisoned it so I brought the Weebomination in. Cool, I can damage the once mighty idol on the back line. After the Molten Corgi came up I brought back Kovok to kill the doggy then easily took out the other two pets with the Weebomination. Easily beating idols? Life is good. If the idol has been taken down so many notches by the new accuracy mechanics then who will be my enemy number one? The stinkin’ crawdad? The evil flower? Dirty traps?
Record: 7-1

Battle 9
vs. Kun-Lai Runt, Argi, Netherspace Abyssal
121314IArgi was a super hero mini space goat! It was faster than all of my pets and started the battle off with a stun on Kovok. All I was able to do was get one Poison Fang off against Argi before I back lined my Kovok. The Weebomination came in and spammed Cleave until it was no more. That took quite a toll on the KLR. I mentioned above that I wasn’t comfortable with the MPD as a sweeper but it did a stellar job in this battle. It finished off Argi, it only took one round to take out the KLR then it killed the Abyssal with a Thunderbolt and Breath.
Record: 8-1

There weren’t a lot of really good teams that I had to face but still, 8-1 is a nice record. I’m sure I’ll use this team again in the future.

14 Responses to December 13, 2014

  1. lefthighkick says:

    I have been using a S/S Bronze Whelpling (Arcane Slash/Crystal Prison/Lift-Off) as the sweeper on my “Weebo Knows AoE” team. His kit is insane for avoiding damage, which is important since sometimes he’s been AoE’d a bit himself. Also, due to the fact that he’s only fighting damaged pets you end up proc-ing his racial constantly.

    This kind of team is scary good and I expect to see more of it as people get their hands on Weebo and realize what’s going on! When that time comes I’ll start worrying about how to counter it. Until then I’ll enjoy my “early adopter” wins. :)

  2. undeadpetsop says:

    I also discovered the Kovok/ Weebo -comb to be very effectiv, but I would combine it with a call lightning pet like Sunreaver Micro-Sentry to maximize the aoe-dmg.

    • Discodoggy says:

      Sounds like a good team. Which lightning pet(s) are you using?

      • undeadpetsop says:

        In my current weebo/kovok team I’m using a P/P Sunreaver Mirco-Sentry (Fel Immolate, Extra Plating, Call Lightning). Because with it’s Passiv he might get off another cast of call lightning, if you’re playing against an enemy weather-user or if it runs out.
        It’s Fel Immolate also gives coverage and synergy with the lightning dmg, which is very nice.

        But I can also think of an elemental pet like Tiny Twister in this spot, since with it’s H/S breed it can outspeed the most P/P breeds of other pets. It also has Bash to cc an enemy pet, which could be handy I guess.

        • Discodoggy says:

          Oops, I meant to ask besides the Sunreaver Micro-Sentry, you answered anyways. The Tiny Twister is actually my favorite lightning pet. I love the Bash on a 289 speed pet.

  3. Vek says:

    Weebomination is quite a powerful pet. Ran into someone using Weebomination, Direhorn and MPD. Was very tough to try and overcome. It used Weebomination with Death Grip instead of consume corpse to switch out unfavourable pets. That cleave is very annoying in that it is spammable and has avalanche-treatment.

    I got the Weebomination a day after and decided to try Kovok/Weebomination combination, I ran it with a Teroclaw Hatchling as a sweeper and it has worked out really great.

    • Discodoggy says:

      I’m starting to see more of the new AoE teams that have the “evenly split” mechanic. They’re so damn hard to deal with.

      I’m loving the Teroclaw Hatchling a lot, too.

  4. Jere says:

    As a heads up, the author of Rematch is working on some rewrites for it. He’s been very open to suggestions, but I don’t think he gets much PvP related feedback and even if all of yours wouldn’t necessarily be PvP related, you still might use the addon differently and provide some useful info. He might be able to add options to help with the parts that are bothering you or even fix them if not intended.

    • Discodoggy says:

      I’ve seen that thread on Warcraft Pets. I should let the author know of the issues I’m having, perhaps they are unaware.

  5. Meepsi says:

    Anyone got any good strats to beat this kind of team? It is being used by *everyone* on my meta and I can’t seem to beat it, even with 3 emperor crabs.

    • Vek says:

      You could try something like starting with a P/S Arctic Fox Kit(or some other wolf/fox of your preference). Dazzling Dance, Crouch and Flurry will punish the firs pet quite fast.

      Have a good Aquatic pet in back line for starters, it will take low damage from both Weebomination and Kovok AoE. Perhaps a Toad/Frog with Tongue Lash/Healing Wave/Frog Kiss, depending on what you want out of it I would suggest 325 speed one if you want to be faster than the MPD or just a stronger+healthier but slower if you got other plans for MPD.

      Teroclaw Hatchling is quite useful too, pretty high Health and you can switch it in(or start) and cast Nature’s Ward, this will heal you in back line for 5 turns so you don’t have to worry as much about the AoE.

      Or try a Frostwolf Ghostpup. It has strong attacks vs Weebomination, a great AoE Heal and a strong hit in Ghostly Bite.

    • Discodoggy says:

      All of Vek’s suggestions are very good. I’ve found the Forstwolf Ghostpup to be my most effective counter pet thanks to Haunting Song and its critter attack.

      Honestly though, I haven’t found any great counter teams that I’m really excited about. I’m still working on it.

    • Discodoggy says:

      Oh, I forgot to mention that Son Of Sethe with scorched earth teams have done a decent job against these AoE teams. It can be tricky to do, but you can sometimes out heal the AoE.

      I also forgot to mention that I seriously regret ever making this team. There are at least three different people on my meta that use this team now. I really should focus on making a counter team.

      • Vek says:

        Molten Corgi can do wonders. With the 325 speed switch you can mess with their plan and it is a good counter against the MPD.

        Stonegrinder is also pretty good. With Screeching Gears being strong vs Kovok and a shot at a stun against all three pets. With Thunderbolt for strong attack against the MPD, eye for an eye.

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