December 18, 2014

Today’s Team: Ellington Magicheart
H/H Iron Starlette (Wind-Up, Powerball, Supercharge)
S/S Mongoose Pup (Gnaw, Survival, Dive)
P/S Sentinel’s Companion (Peck, Soulrush, Ethereal)

I’m still playing around with the H/H Iron Starlette and the Mongoose team. It’s funny because the mongoose isn’t as good as I thought it would be originally. What can I say? I like the little guy. The reason I put the Mongoose Pup on the team was because it is faster than the S/S Fiendish Imp and has a strong attack against elementals, both of which give the big mech trouble. The problem is that the aquatic is only sort of good against either of those. I should just go with an all out counter for either the Fiendish Imp or elementals rather than a pseudo-counter for both. Oh well. I can’t really get rid of a series of teams named after my current favorite follower (Ellington Moonheart) can I? I probably should. The Sentinel’s Companion is there because Soulrush had been ripping other flyers a new one, so it provides some coverage for the Mongoose Pup.

The Iron Starlette telegraphs its nuke and is thus easily avoided.

The Opposing Team:
P/S Fossilized Hatchling
P/P Lil’ Ragnaros
H/S Pandaren Water Spirit

The Battle:
121814AThe choice of starting pets was the hardest part of this battle. When I see a Pandaren Water Spirit I pray I have an avoid. I had not one, but two. I needed to save one of them for the Pandaren Water Spirit, but which one, the Mongoose Pup or the bird? I decided to go with the Mongoose Pup. It had the lowest health so was in the most danger of dying on the back line, it was good against all three opposing pets and if it had to face the Pandaren Water Spirit it could Dive for the Geyser/Whirlpool. After that initial choice the battle was very straight forward. The Mongoose Pup beat the Fossilized Hatchling, who got off two AoEs. It went under on the undead round and came up to hurt rag for about half of his health.

Lil’ Ragnaros then killed the Mongoose. I still needed to save the Sentinel’s Companion for the Geyser and Whirlpool so I brought in the Iron Starlette. It was able to take out rag and get a Wind-Up (not Supercharged) on the elemental. It was likely headed for a win anyways when Soulrush procced the stun to wrap things up. No swaps were amade.

6 Responses to December 18, 2014

  1. Liwei says:

    So I’m curious. I started battling again yesterday and I’m running into Iron Starlettes constantly. With frequency of how often Valkyrs were being run.

    But they don’t even seem to be particularly strong (even the ones that are running supercharge and using it instead of just spamming wind up or powerball). So I must be missing something. Why are they so wildly popular right now?

    • Discodoggy says:

      I’ve heard people compare them to the FFF. People hear how OP the FFF was and think that thew Iron Starlette can be just as OP. However, the lack of speed on the Iron Starlettes is what makes then NOT the new FFF. You can use Powerball to gain some speed but it can take one or two turns to out speed the enemy pet. Also people forget that Wind-Up used to glitch the undead and mechanical racials, which are both a good way to deal with a pet that can one shot you like the Iron Starlette can. You can’t save Supercharge anymore. There are a lot of reasons why it’s not the new FFF.

      I respect it but as long as you have an avoid you’re fine against it. I don’t even know if I’d think of it as a top tier pet. I certainly haven’t been doing that well with it, even the H/H breed.

      • Liwei says:

        Fair enough.

        I guess it must be working well enough for other people if they’re so common. Though for me they’ve helped me go on an uncommonly long win streak (or that might be because I’m running a clonedance/dreadful breath combo)

      • Sibel from Kazzak says:

        What is a ‘FFF’, you should avoid using lingo for later reference.

        • Vek says:

          FFF is Fluxfire Feline. Very common abbreviation. It is quite alright to ask, like you did. Pet battlers are often a helpful bunch and are happy to help you learn pet battle lingo.

          • Sibel from Kazzak says:

            Heard that pet was once incredibly overpowered, unfortunately I was put off from battling around that time. It supposedly was ubiquitous before it’s nerf? Perhaps I should give it a try.

            And while nice, it’s much nicer if the abbreviation is introduced before usage :) Serves the reader. But I guess this is fine now :) Thanks for the heads up!

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