January 13, 2014

Pet Focus: Droplet Of Y’Shaarj
Today I finally purchased a Droplet Of Y’Shaarj. I wasn’t in a hurry to grab one of these because they’ve never done too well against me in PvP. Today there was a P/P for a decent price on Area 52 so I snatched it up. Hopefully I’ll be able to come up with some teams that do better than the ones that I’ve faced.

What can this elemental pet do? Here are the choices in each of the three slots:
1. Corrosion or Swallow You Whole
2. Acid Rain or Expunge
3. Dreadful Breath or Curse Of Doom

It has some obvious self synergy with Acid Rain and Dreadful Breath and this is indeed how most people use this pet. I’m not feeling particularly creative or adventurous tonight so I’ll be sticking with those moves for the second and third slots. The synergy is created by Acid Rain changing the weather to Cleansing Rain, which makes the AoE move Dreadful Breath hit harder. What about the first slot? Swallow You Whole is a move that does double damage against a target that has less than 25% health. There are a very narrow set of circumstances when this move can be useful. Plus it’s an aquatic attack and I plan on loading up on those with other pets. Which means I’m leaning towards Corrosion. The problem there is that it’s a low damage DoT/damage debuff. A great utility move that I love on other pets but taking that as my slot 1 move means that I really need to commit to using the Droplet of Y’Shaarj as one of my starting pets to do as much AoE damage as possible. It won’t be very effective at the end of the battle in a one on one situation. I’m really not liking this first slot.

How about breeds? The P/P is the somewhat obvious choice since the other two available breeds are P/S and P/B. The P/S has a speed of 289 which really isn’t all that speedy. Dreadful Breath is somewhat of a weak AoE attack, it needs all the power it can to be effective.

With that out of the way I’m ready to get started.

Team 1: Crab On Drugs
P/P Droplet Of Y’Shaarj (Corrosion, Acid Rain, Dreadful Breath)
H/H Spirit Crab (Snap, Whirlpool, Shell Shield)
P/P Purple Puffer (Water Jet, Healing Wave, Pump)

When making my first team for a pet I often just throw something together and give it a test run. Acid Rain is really a versatile weather, any pet with an aquatic attack is a decent choice. It’s no secret that I love my Spirit Crab, Whirlpool will get a buff from the weather so that’s an easy choice. Next I threw in a Purple Puffer just because I haven’t used that pet much lately. Sure this team has some holes but it’s a first attempt.

Battle 1
vs. Lost of Lordaeron, Silent Hedgehog, Dark Whelpling
011313DI started with the Droplet and cast Acid Rain and then Dreadful Breath. I was able to get off three turns of Breath before dying to the Hedgehog. The Hedgehog didn’t take much damage then almost took out my Puffer. The Puffer surviving was huge since it was able to get a Pump off against the Lost Of Lordaeron. Just one Water Jet saw the beefy ghost go to 0. The Crab handled the Whelpling no problem thanks to all the strong Dreadful Breath damage.

Team 2: Paindrop
P/P Droplet Of Y’Shaarj (Corrosion, Acid Rain, Dreadful Breath)
H/H Spineclaw Crab (Rip, Healing Wave, Blood In The Water)
H/H Spirit Crab (Snap, Whirlpool, Shell Shield)

Ok that was fun but the Puffer isn’t one of my favorite pets to use. How about a different aquatic? Looking through my aquatics I saw the Spineclaw and realized it’s another pet I don’t use much. Why not give it a shot? Another aquatic move for Cleansing Rain to buff. I should mention there was a P/P Spineclaw on my old battlegroup giving me some serious grief right before I transferred. I wanted the extra security of an H/H but I think a P/P is the better pet. I’ll have to make do with my H/H.

Battle 2
vs. Scourged Whelpling, Chi-Chi, Nether Ray Fry
011313EThis was a very close battle. The Scourged Whelpling started against my Droplet so I was afraid to use Acid Rain. This pet needs to go all in, I changed the weather and hoped that the undead didn’t have its own Dreadful Breath. It didn’t. Those birds on the back line took a serious beating from Rain/Breath/Rain. The Nether Ray Fry did a really poor job against the Spineclaw, it needed three turns to take it out due to Slicing Winds hitting only its first attack twice in a row. Sometimes those 100/66/33 moves can really fail you. I thought it would be an easy finish but Chi-Chi really messed up my Spirit Crab with Wild Magic and Fire Quills. I still won but the crab was taken to 0 hp in the process.

Team 3: A Dreadful Encounter
P/P Droplet Of Y’Shaarj (Corrosion, Acid Rain, Dreadful Breath)
H/H Scourged Whelpling (Tail Sweep, Darkness, Dreadful Breath)
H/P Snarly (Rip, Surge, Blood In The Water)

I was going to try this anyway, really. I’ll start with Rain then Dreadful Breath from the Droplet, bring in the Scourged Whelpling for more Breath, then bring in Snarly (my personal fotm sweeper) to clean up. I took Darkness so I could have something that packs a punch if I need it.

Battle 3
vs. Unborn Val’kyr, Chrominius, Chi-Chi
011313BYou know the Val’kyr is going to start, they always do. This one was smart, at least in the beginning. I started with Snarly which was faster than the Val’kyr. So rather than Curse then Haunt it immediately Haunted so it didn’t have to take a Rip and a Blood In The Water. Chrominius was next so I brought in my Whelpling to take the Howl. Even though the Haunts were weak against Snarly I didn’t want them doing double damage. I took the Howl with my undead then swapped to the Droplet. I then continued as planned. Rain and Breath was all I could manage, I couldn’t get off a second Acid Rain. I brought the Whelpling in and figured I’d go for broke, Howl be damned! I cast Dreadful Breath and watched the back line damage add up as Chrominius killed my Whelpling. All three opposing pets were low health for Snarly, a perfect scenario. I was already counting the win after taking out Chrominius and the Val’kry when Chi-Chi cast Tranquility. Oh oh. Then Ethereal. Damn heals. Rather than spam Surge I had to think about it. After the first Tranquility expired I had a bleeding Chi-Chi with around 300 hp in front of me, Snarly had the same. I guess my opponent thought I would Surge to deny their extra attack because they cast Tranquility again instead of trying to take Snarly out. It was the wrong call, Blood In The Water ended the battle in my favor when Fire Quills would have killed Snarly.

As much fun as I’m having I learned long ago that a good night’s rest > WoW. That’s it for the Droplet tonight. 3-0, not bad. The last two battles were really close.

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