December 17, 2013

Today’s Team: Fun Guy Three
H/H Spirit Crab (Snap, Whirlpool, Shell Shield)
H/P Infected Squirrel (Stampede, Creeping Fungus, Consume)
H/P Snarly (Rip, Surge, Blood In The Water)

I’m still not tired of my new toy the Infected Squirrel. Creeping Fungus and Stampede can take pets down surprisingly fast. It may seem like a bad idea to take another undead but the Spirit Crab is actually quite good against critters. Snarly is there to put up some big numbers. I’m not doing a good job selling this team, but hey, sometimes I just make a team with pets I like.

This team is slow without any CC.

The Opposing Team:
H/H Anubisath Idol
P/S Gahz’Rooki
P/S Crow

The Battle:
121713BI enjoyed winning this one. The Idol. There’s a sad story in the world of pet battles. The way it synergized with Sandstorm was ridiculous then Sandstorm finally got a deserved nerf. The Idol should have been put in its place but somehow Demolish accuracy got buffed. Now it’s just as bad as ever. I still hate it with a passion. This battle started off as my Crab versus Gahz’rooki. It threw down a Geyser and my Crab threw down a Whirlpool. In came the Idol to Deflect the Whirlpool. Avoidance was a luxury that I didn’t have. With the help of the Geyser the Idol took out my Crab and then half of my Snarly before dying. Ahh, just like old times the Idol took out a pet and a half. The Crow came in after the Idol’s death so I swapped to the Squirrel. After a few swaps my opponent and I settled on Snarly versus Gahz’rooki. Snarly and Gahz’rooki finished off each other on the same round that a Geyser went off so I dodged a bullet there. The Infected Squirrel is a decent enough pet to take down a Crow. Fungus and Stampede plus a Crow miss meant a win for me. Stupid Idol.

17 Responses to December 17, 2013

  1. Josh says:

    Hi, me again. I know you have a long-standing dislike for the idol and I can’t really blame you – they’re a pain to encounter with almost any setup in PVP. I also agree with you on your principled stance regarding Demolish in that I also don’t use it because it’s bugged, even if it would benefit me. We’re going straight to heaven, you and I!
    Anyway, getting my point… I used to run a permanent duo team of an Idol (crush, sandstorm and deflection) and our mutual favourite pet the Basilisk (prison, thrash, feign) and simply rotate the third pet between the favourites in my collection. I would then play with that team until they got beaten and then swap the next pet into that third spot. Although this made for some very random teams that often didn’t work too well occasionally teams would synergise really well and I’d stumble across decent combinations. It also kept things interesting. The main drawback to this team, however, was when I was facing a team without any weather-changers amd my Basilisk came back in with seven or eight turns of Sandstorm remaining. his thrash became fairly useless.
    My eventual point? This ‘nerf’ to sandstorm can actually be seen as a buff depending on how you play with the it. Limiting it to five rounds means it can still serve as a short-term DOT suppressant but that you can team the Idol (or other sandstorm pet) with pets that you couldn’t previously because sandstorm ruined their moves. I actually like the change to sandstorm, although the ultimate irony is that I haven’t played with the Idol/Basilisk duo for ages as I’m trying to broaden my horizons. When I do eventually return to it, however, I look forward to more success.

    • Discodoggy says:

      This is a good point. I never really thought of it that way. There’s a new player on my meta who loves the Idol so I’m sure to be seeing a lot more of it. Expect more hair pulling, fist shaking and whining! I could try to get over my hatred of this pet and start using it myself.

  2. steve says:

    Let’s see your best Winter Veil team disco! Rotten little helper looks strong, but it might take some creative explanation to get a forced swapper on the team.

  3. astra says:

    @Steve German-speaking countries have a tradition of a demonic creature called Krampus who accompanies Santa (Saint Nicholas). Some pictures of him look rather like a Fiendish Imp. If you don’t mind mixing a bit of European folklore in with Azerothian lore, rename an imp Krampus and you have your Winter Veil swapper. (I think Rotten Little Helper is probably meant to be Krampus actually, since he fulfills Krampus’s function as a bad-guy helper.)
    But yes, I look forward to Disco’s Winter Veil team. Mine gets squished by everyone but I still intend to play it all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

    • Discodoggy says:

      I tried running the Helpers on a Blizzard team with Frosty and the KLR but the Tundra Penguin took over the third spot. I’m not sure what I’m gonna do with the Rotten Helper yet. And a hearty welcome to you!

  4. rhonstifor says:

    Glad to see you enjoying my old favorite, the infected Squirrel. My favorite infected squirrel team is SS nether faerie and water spirit. Gotta be able to change weather since sandstorm can shut down the Inf Squirrel. Synergy with fungus and moonlight is a bonus. Wild magic pet + Inf Squirrel is crazy damage when it works out.

  5. Snow says:

    I played NFD, Infected Squirrel, and Xu for a few weeks. NFD and squirrel worked great together. With moonlight up I always felt like my squirrel could take down most pets with fungus/stampede. I was using Spirit Claws, Feed, and Prowl on Xu. That might have been a poor choice for the moveset. I won games, but it wasn’t near the win rate I had with my previous team. I’m hoping with get more moonlight pets.

    • Discodoggy says:

      I also forgot how hard it is to take out mechs with the NFD. Throw in Xu-Fu and there’s a huge disadvantage to mechs. I think I’ll try to throw in an elemental, perhaps an Ancient or even a Squashling for the hell of it.

  6. Rhonstifor says:

    Now that you have embraced the Infected Squirrel and appreciate his pure awesomeness, I have another suggestion for you.

    Terrible Turnip. I know you hate the Turnip, but you must see past your hate and embrace him for all of his vegetable goodness.

    Tidal Wave, Leech Seed and Sons of Root is the fun way to go. If you use him for Sunlight, you can have great success, but I will not forgive you.

    The first time you title wave away a minefield, you will be hooked! The most obvious way to use the Turnip is in a Lightning team, but I know you can come up with your own slant. Embrace the Turnip. Dirty dirty Vegetable love. You know you want some!

  7. Luthorien says:

    Hehe…my Enchanted Broom laughs at Minefields and makes those fools run for the hills! I love Wave attacks, except involving Lil’ Rag or Wolvar Traps…those things are the devil, plain and simple. The only way around those is to get a lucky Dodge, Barrier or Feign. :(

    I may bow down to the almighty Turnip sometime soon too… :)

  8. Discodoggy says:

    I tried a few teams with a Turnip and Val’kyr. I even went Val’kyr/Turnip/Murkalot a few times. I’m not as opposed to the little veggie as I once was.

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