Five Wins Or Bust
Battle 1: Axe Me Later
Ore Eater, Mechanical Axebeak, Ghastly Kid
vs. Unborn Val’kyr, Forest Sproutling, Swamp Croaker
I like the Ghastly Kid facing the Unborn Val’kyr. It can pound the valk with Hoof, if the valk tries to cast Haunt then the kid can just cast Haunt itself to expel the valk, and it has Ethereal for the Curse Of Doom. I got off a few strong attacks before the valk cast Haunt and the Forest Sproutling came in to stall. It really wasn’t that big of a deal, I just used my Ethereal to avoid the CoD and took the damage from Sons of the Root. Each one of my pets had strong attacks against each of the enemy pets so this turned out to be quite an easy affair.
Battle 2: Pinto Ghostriders
Frostwolf Ghostpup, Mud Jumper, Lifelike Mechanical Toad
vs. Deathwatch Hatchling, Stonegrinder, Infinite Whelpling
I would say that I only use Frog Kiss for the ramp-up, but that’s sort of like saying that you only buy Playboy for the articles. I do appreciate the occasional polymorph. What was so awesome about this battle was the completely guilt free poly of the Infinite Whelpling. I rarely try for a chain poly from Frog Kiss but this time I was really, really hoping for one. Just think of all the times that an Infinite Whelpling has done that to you. Unfortunately there was no chain payback, however it was an easy battle to win after a single Frog Kiss left the dragon unable to heal itself. Stonegrinder was left facing all three of my pets with reasonable amounts of health so my opponent fled.
Battle 3: Frogger Pile Up
Frostwolf Ghostpup, Swamp Croaker, Fiendish Imp
vs. Sunreaver Micro-Sentry, Phoenix Hatchling, Fel Flame
It’s always nice when you’re running an imp against a lightning team. I also had a Water Jet against the two elementals. The Frostwolf Ghostpup was the first pet that I was really excited about in WoD due to the move Refuge on an undead pet. Now I find myself coming back to it for a different reason: Haunting Song. With all of the powerful AoE around, a powerful AoE heal really comes in handy. This battle I used the song once for over 800 health healed. At one point I felt somewhat jerky because I pulled the frog out with both charges of its block, so when I brought it back in I was able to block four attacks in a row. Another easy win thanks to the queue is being really nice to me tonight.
Battle 4: Dragonhawk Mountain
Lava Beetle, Red Dragonhawk Hatchling, Son Of Sethe
vs. Fossilized Hatchling, Stunted Direhorn, Servant Of Demidos
I took Tekulve’s advice and hunted down a P/P Lava Beetle. It can sure pump out some damage, especially against undead pets. I haven’t played this team much, but the last time I did I faced this exact same opposing team. This was a bad stroke of luck for me since the last battle ended with some serious welts from the spanking I took. I expected more of the same, unless my opponent would be kind enough to start with the Fossilized Hatchling and keep it in. Perhaps they were feeling cocky with their Stunted Direhorn (still a pet to not be taken lightly) and memory of past victories, because they did just that. A triple Flank, the self damage from BONESTORM then another triple Flank took the undead raptor to 0 health before it could heal. Nice. On the Fossilized Hatchling’s undead round the beetle cast Scorched Earth to set up some heals for later. The direhorn’s stuns didn’t proc either, so everything went my way. The battle was still very close, it took a final strong Scorched Earth to finish off the Servant Of Demidos for a narrow and fortunate win.
Battle 5: Crapezoids
Fledgling Buzzard, Rocket Chicken, Ore Eater
vs. Murkalot, Widget the Departed, Deathwing
After going 4-0 I had to decide if I wanted to go with a competitive team in an attempt for a perfect record or a fun team for, well, fun. I went with a fun team and it turned out to be a winning team as well. I’m still afraid of Murkalot; Righteous Inspiration is a move that needs a nerf, but by no means does having Murkalot on your team mean an auto win. I was able to take one RI’d move with my Rocket Chicken so it was able to live thanks to the mech racial. The second RI took out my Ore Eater but I had a lead by that time. It was a nervous affair at the end with Blessed Hammer doing strong damage to my flyer, but the high health bird was able to withstand enough damage to eek out a victory. It always feels good to win with a less competitive team.