December 23, 2014

Today’s Team: Frostfurries
S/S Frostfur Rat (Flurry, Crouch, Stampede)
P/P Frostwolf Ghostpup (Scratch, Refuge, Ghostly Bite)
P/S Frostwolf Pup (Bite, Crouch, Maul)

I purchased a Frostwolf Pup on my alliance auction house today. Of course I went straight to a bleed team with Snarly and the DMR, which did great. Then I remembered I needed the pet to complete my Frostfire Ridge themed team, so here it is. There isn’t any great synergy here besides Refuge giving the critter a shield. What I’ve been doing is starting with the ghostpup to use Refuge at an appropriate time. I’ll then either let it die or swap in the rat to take advantage of the shield. Before the rat dies I make sure to use Stampede. If this happens on the final pet it’s pretty much over, but otherwise the Frostwolf Pup isn’t the greatest sweeper.

It’s a themed team with not a lot of great synergy or master plan.

The Opposing Team:
B/B Unborn Val’kyr
H/P Snarly
P/P Harbinger of Flame

The Battle:
122314CI saw some serious threats on the opposing team but I was confident that I could get a win. My first concern was the valk. I was hoping to block both of the valk’s cooldowns with Refuge. I cast Refuge on round one to block CoD just as I had hoped to. I swapped in the Frostfur Rat hoping to also block Haunt but my opponent didn’t fall for it. I was worried about Snarly coming in to attack with a strong Rip but I had to do my own strong damage while it was sitting right there in front of me. All three Flurry attacks hit for 206 damage each. The valk didn’t Haunt as expected so I was able to get off another Flurry which did even better than the last: all three hit and two out of three crit. Thank you rng. The Haunt did come after that and now I had to face Snarly.

There are a few ways to deal with bleeding and Blood In The Water. The first is to take the bleed with one pet then swap out and hope that the 50% BITW misses. The other way is to hunker down and say “hit me with your best shot” with a pet that can take it. While the rat wasn’t the best choice to stay in and take it, it did have Crouch, and the alternative wasn’t great. I couldn’t take the bleed then back line the rat because it would have died to the strong ticks. Another choice would be to swap in another pet to take the bleed, then swap again to hope that BITW misses. I see people do this all the time when I use Snarly, they try to come up with crazy ways of avoiding BITW that don’t really help them win.

122314BRather than let Snarly make me do something crazy I kept the Frostfur Rat in. It cast Crouch, took the Rip, then used Stamped before dying to another strong Rip. I brought in the ghostpup, then Snarly swapped out to the valk, which was brought to 0 health from a Scratch on the swap. I used Refuge on its undead round to block. Snarly was back in and I thought I was going to be able to cruise to an easy victory. After a round of Scratch and Rip I thought I would be able to take out the aquatic with a Ghostly Bite. I really should have done the estimation better because Snarly survived with 6 health, now my undead pet was stunned. This miscue resulted in the two pets ended up taking each other out to let the battle be decided by a one on one showdown between the Frostwolf Pup and the Harbinger.

122314AMy beast had Crouch, it was faster, there was no problem beating the humanoid. I used Maul as the pup got hit with the DoT. I used Crouch to take half damage from the Conflagrate. Two more Bites and a beast racial enhanced Maul took out the Harbinger Of Flame. I couldn’t have taken another hit so this battle was as definitely a close one.

Note: This will be the last daily for about a week due to me traveling, so Merry Christmas in advance!

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