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.
vs. Ashwing Moth, Ashleaf Spriteling, Golden Civet Kitten
Kovok 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.
vs. Darkmoon Rabbit, Nexus Whelpling, Rocket Chicken
This 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.
vs. Vampiric Batling, Huge Toad, Forest Spiderling
I 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.
vs. Lil’ Ragnaros, Emerald Proto-Whelp, Venomspitter Hatchling
This 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.
vs. Iron Starlette, Iron Starlette, Iron Starlette
You 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.
vs. Iron Starlette, Iron Starlette, Iron Starlette
I 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.
vs. Darkmoon Rabbit, Spring Rabbit, Unborn Val’kyr
At 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.
vs. Molten Corgi, Anubisath Idol, Death Talon Whelpguard
It’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?
vs. Kun-Lai Runt, Argi, Netherspace Abyssal
Argi 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.
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.