December 31, 2014

Five Wins Or Bust
Oh yeah, I’m back home and ready to do some battlin’.

Battle 1: Obvious Dragon
Fiendish Imp, Warbot, Bronze Whelpling
vs. Warpstalker Hatchling, Infected Squirrel, Jade Oozeling

123114FI have to admit that the Warbot and Fiendish Imp combo hasn’t been doing as well for me lately as it has in the past against competitive teams. I still think the Warbot is a top tier pet, just not a top five pet like it used to be. This team I faced was pretty east to get past since my opponent let me gate them out without trying to juke. Creeping Fungus and Stampede did some major damage to my Warbot. I think I suck at the Infected Squirrel because it always seems to do well against me but it never seems top tier when I use it myself.
Record: 1-0

Battle 2: Dropping Birds, Too
Fiendish Imp, Lost Of Lordaeron, Warpstalker Hatchling
vs. Mountain Panda, Stitched Pup, Darkmoon Tonk

123114ESpeaking of Warpstalker Hatchlings, they’re really good against flyers due the priority magic move Blinkstrike. Against every other other family, not so much. I resurrected this team due to the large number of flyers that I was seeing in the queue. I like to spam Arcane Explosion to take down any birds that dare to hide on the back line. There were none to harass in this battle, but Arcane Explosion ended up being useful. I knew the battle was heading for an imp versus panda showdown and I knew it had Burrow. I spammed Arcane Explosion against the Stitched Pup to take the Mountain Panda down to around 400 hp while killing the undead dog. When the panda came out it wouldn’t be able to kill my imp with a single Burrow, so it had to take two hits for the loss. My imp survived with only 103 hp.

Battle 3: Not My Dog
Frostwolf Pup, Darkmoon Rabbit, Snarly
vs. Qiraji Guardling, Fossilized Hatchling, Stunted Direhorn

123114CSandstorm, the ultimate griefing tool. Ok, not really, but it does shut down so many types of offenses that I’ve developed quite the hatred for it. I do use it once in a while myself, so I guess I can’t ride the hate train too hard. I was countered pretty well here with the sandstorm blocking the DoT ticks and Stampede. Plus it was strong against Snarly. The Direhorn wasn’t going to be pleasant to face with my rabbit either. Funny though, it wasn’t the weather that beat me, it was the Blackout Kick. I had over 1000 health on Snarly versus a 700 health Qiraji Guardling. Rip, BITW then Surge could have finished off the little buzzer, but my aquatic couldn’t deal with the lost turns. Surge missed once in the sandstorm, but that’s not why I lost.
Record: 2-1

Battle 4: Forest Squires
Forest Sproutling, Frostfire Rat, Junglebeak
vs. Anubisath Idol, Nexus Whelpling, Unborn Val’kyr

123114BThe battle started as dragon versus rat. I held off on the weather and cast Crouch since I assumed the dragon would cast Arcane Storm on the first round. It did, I pounded it with a strong Darkness on the second round. The combination of no arcane winds and Crouch let the rat easily dispatch the dragon. Next was the idol. After changing the weather back to darkness I swapped in the Forsest Sproutling. The idol turned out to be a Demolish spammer. It missed three out of four, the Forest Sproutling killed it, the valk ran away.
Record: 3-1

Battle 5: Samebird
Firewing, Son Of Sethe, Fel Flame
vs. Onyxian Whelpling, Lost Of Lordaeron, Sporeling Sprout

123114GThis is what I love about pet battles, coming up with a cool plan and seeing it work perfectly. I was hoping to take advantage of the synergy between Scorched Earth, Murder and Touch Of The Animus. I started with the bird against the ghost. My bird used Scorched Earth, then the ghost applied the Curse of Doom so I had to carefully plan when to back line it and when to use TOTA (I plan on using this a lot more and am already tired of typing the whole thing out :)). After a round of Deep Burn I back lined Firewing and brought out my Son Of Sethe. I cast TOTA then Plagued Blood, so each tick of Scorched Earth was healing the bird twice. It survived the CoD and retained its flying bonus. That’s not the best part, though. Before my Son Of Sethe died it put a TOTA on the Onyxian Whelpling. Firewing came back in, cast Murder and got healed for each of the three Murder ticks for over 550 health. Perfect! Thanks to the Murder debuff the Fel Flame was able to come in later to Conflagrate for the win.
Record: 4-1

Battle 6: Caught In The Middle
Unborn Val’kyr, Doom Bloom, Sentinel’s Companion
vs. Unborn Val’kyr, Onyxian Whelpling, Fel Flame

123114HHaving to face a faster valk threw off my strategy. I’m not sure if using Haunt against a dead valk who just used Haunt on your valk on the same round still results in an instant death, but I didn’t want to test it. Instead I decided to have some fun by putting a Stun Seed on the valk so when it ressed on the back line the seed would go off. It did, but it went off at a time when it wasn’t really needed. It was funny to watch the CoD go off on the Onyxian Whelpling then have the Stun Seed finish it off. It didn’t lead to a win though, I lost.
Record: 4-2

Battle 7: My Pal Ikky
Fiendish Imp, Sen’Jin Fetish, Ikky
vs. Enchanted Broom, Creepy Crate, Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling

Too much swapping by my opponent led to Flame Breath being applied to all three pets at once, with a little Wild Magic to make things even better. For some reason they just refused to take out my fetish as it kept applying the DoT. They fled after all three of their pets were ticking towards death while my imp and Ikky had close to full health..
Record: 5-2

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