February 14, 2014

Five Wins Or Bust
I made some Peddlefeet/Lightning teams to get in the Valentine’s Day spirit but I won exactly zero games out of three. That was enough to make me want to play with some of my current favorite teams. So here they are in no particular order.

Battle 1: Black Thursday
Corefire Imp, Terrible Turnip, Sen’Jin Fetish
vs. Anubisath Idol, Rotten Little Helper, Minfernal

021414EHaving the Sen’Jin Fetish with Shadow Shock for the two humanoids and Sear Magic for the Minefield was very useful. The Rotten Little Helper was basically a non-factor thanks to taking a strong attack on the swap, another when it laid the Minefield, then another when the Sen’Jin Fetish won the coin toss. The Minefield was promptly cleared by Sear Magic. The Corefire Imp missed a kill shot on the broken Demolish spamming Idol which was scary at the end of the battle, but thankfully Rupture didn’t stun and the Idol went down on the next round. It was cool seeing a Minfernal in the queue.
Record: 1-0

Battle 2: Doggin’ The Wax
Droplet Of Y’Shaarj, Scourged Whelpling, Alterac Brew Pup
vs. Blackfuse Bombling, Murkalot, Stunted Direhorn

021414FThis was a bad loss on my part because I could have avoided a lot of damage to my Alterac Brew Pup by starting out with it and popping Tough N’ Cuddly on the first round. That would have mitigated half of the RI’d Armageddon from the BFB. Instead I stuck to my plan and started with the Droplet Of Y’Shaarj. The ABP ended up being taken out the back line. My fault for not being on my toes, I’ll try not to let it happen again.
Record: 1-1

Battle 3: Instant Heroes
Emerald Shale Hatchling, Sen’Jin Fetish, Stunted Direhorn
vs. Lil’ Bling, Darkmoon Tonk, Grinder

021414CTwo crits made this battle a lot closer than it should have been. One was an Ion Cannon crit on my Direhorn. It didn’t kill the beast because Trihorn Shield was up but still, that was a lot of extra damage. The other was a Blingtron Gift Package crit against my Emerald Shale Hatching. So I guess it was worse than two crits, it was two CD crits. The Sen’Jin Fetish was able to cleanse one Minefield and the Emerald Shale Hatchling was able to eat the other one. The battle came down to another coin toss as both elementals were around 200 hp and both 244 speed. I won the 50/50 rng and the battle.
Record: 2-1

Battle 4: Purple Doom
Droplet Of Y’Shaarj, Scourged Whelpling, Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling
vs. Jademist Dancer, Azure Crane Chick, Lifelike Mechanical Toad

021414GReally sometimes there’s not much you can do. This is an absolutely horrible match-up for a Dreadful Breath team. All the enemy pets have aquatic attacks which are strong against my elemental and benefit from Cleansing Rain. I got the Lifelike Mechanical Toad down to less than 200 hp after killing off the other pets, I consider it somewhat of a victory that I was that close. Let me see, Dreadful Breath is zero out of two, I think I’ll try it again so as not to make it look bad.
Record: 2-2

Battle 5: A Dreadful Encounter
Droplet Of Y’Shaarj, Scourged Whelpling, Snarly
vs. Darkmoon Tonk, Pterrordax Hatchling, Grasslands Hopper

021414DSince I didn’t have any way of removing the mines I had to decide if I’d rather deviate from my strategy and eat them with my elemental or just eat them with the 1806 hp undead. I decided to stick to plan and it paid off. I started with the Droplet Of Y’Shaarj, ate the Minefield with the Scourged Whelpling after it died then took out the critter and most of the Tonk while the flyer healed itself. It was scary at the end when the Pterrordax used Lift-Off against Snarly. I’m pretty sure Snarly would have survived but it didn’t matter since it missed.
Record: 3-2

Battle 6: Mean Joe Green
Flayer Youngling, Spirit Crab, Robo-Chick
vs. Thundertail Flapper, Swamp Croaker, Hopling

021414AThe Spirit Crab almost took out Hopling when my opponent swapped to the Swamp Croaker. Thanks to this I got some extra damage in before the Spirit Crab expired. The Robo-Chick got a few Batters off against the Swamp Croaker before my opponent wisely swapped to the Thundertail Flapper. The Beaver Dam and Buried Treasure prolonged the battle but couldn’t save the elemental from the wrath of the Flayer Youngling. My opponent ran away with their 100 hp Swamp Croaker rather than let my Robo-Chick finish it off.
Record: 4-2

Battle 7: Retaliating Ten
Sen’Jin Fetish, Spirit Crab, Mongoose Pup
vs. Lil’ Bad Wolf, Pterrordax Hatchling, Stitched Pup

021414BThis was a long thirty rounder. Dodge, Lift-Off, Ancient Blessing and Survival probably had something to do with that. Recently I’ve been considering changing the way my Spirit Crab is specced by changing Whirlpool to Surge since Whirlpool isn’t too good against Val’kyrs and Surge is better versus Death Adders. For this battle I was glad that I didn’t. Whirlpool is great for when the enemy pet uses Dodge. It’s also great to use against undead on their “extra” round. I used both of those tactics here. Both the Pterrordax Hatchling and the Lil’ Bad Wolf were hard to take out, my opponent was doing a great job using Lift-Off and Dodge at the right time. It was close at the end, my Mongoose Pup survived the battle with 1 hp.

I think I’ll go try and catch some wild pets now. After I got the collection achievement I released many of my pets that were undesirable breeds. I still haven’t replaced them. I’m about 25% from level 89 to 90. I should probably grind it out before I get distracted, but catching some new pets seems pretty fun at the moment.

4 Responses to February 14, 2014

  1. Josh says:

    My challenge – build a decent Valentine’s themed team! Watch this space :)

  2. Josh says:

    Right, well if you take Peddlefeet as a given then you have several options available to you for the other two spots.

    Toxic Wasteling – Simply because you get it during the event
    Lil’ XT – It has the move Heartbroken (which you’d be obligated to use). Perhaps it didn’t have a very romantic Valentine’s Day :)
    Any Frog/Toad – Because sometimes you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince…? Scraping the barrel already here – Frog Kiss would of course be obligatory!

    S/S Peddlefeet (Bow Shot, Lovestruck, Love Potion)
    H/P Lil’ XT (Zap, Heartbroken, Tympanic Tantrum)
    P/P Yellow-Bellied Bullfrog (Water Jet, Healing Wave, Frog Kiss)
    H/P Gulp Froglet (Frog Kiss, Mudslide, Swarm)

    Not the most competitive team but could be fun. With Lil’ XT there might be an argument for Boombot depending on the current meta. As for the Frogs, I’d prefer the Bullfrog because he hits hard and has a decent heal. The Froglet is not such a desirable breed but has an anti-undead burst in Mudslide as well as Swarm, which we all know can make things very scary for an opponent.

    Unfortunately there are two reasons that mean you probably won’t run this team, Disco.

    1. You avoid broken moves out of principle, which Frog Kiss currently is
    2. You don’t buy pets from the store (I think)

    If anyone else wants to try this on their meta and let me know how it fares, I will do the same and feedback.

    • Josh says:

      To avoid the pet store problem, you could always run with

      B/B Toxic Wasteling (Ooze Touch, Corrosion, Acidic Goo)

      Not an inspiring breed but if you can get both DOTs down you’re causing a lot of trouble for any pet that isn’t shielded or Aquatic. Possibly better than XT anyway.

      Have a play and let me know.

  3. Discodoggy says:

    Will do, I’m still waiting to do a daily on the CloneDance teams you suggested. I’ve just been having too much fun with the “new” moves in 5.4.7.

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