Today’s Team: Studebakers
H/H Lost Of Lordaeron (Shadow Shock, Arcane Explosion, Curse Of Doom)
S/S Enchanted Broom (Broom, Sweep, Wind-Up)
B/B Lifelike Toad (Tongue Lash, Cleansing Rain, Frog Kiss)
I started with the Lost Of Lordaeron. I’ve been having some fun with that pet due to it having some nice damage against Anubisath Idols and also because of Arcane Explosion. I know I’ve talked some smack in the past about Arcane Explosion spammers and how ineffective it is, but I have to say it’s damn fun when people leave their flyers on the back line. Usually by the time my ghost is dead the birds or moths have lost their racial bonus. I really didn’t realize I had it out for flyers so bad; it must be because of all the grief they gave me in 5.3 when my favorite pets were a basilisk, undead crab and mongoose. After I chose the big ghost I added the Lifelike Toad. I’ve had reasonable success with it lately. I’ve actually beaten a few Consume Corpse teams when Tongue Lash hits all three times on multiple turns. Yeah, I know that’s lucky, but it’s still nice taking down valk/consume teams. Frog Kiss and Cleansing Rain have some synergy, too. I threw in the Enchanted Broom to add some speed and utility with Sweep and also some bang with Wind-Up. For a team that doesn’t have any of the current big shot pets on it so far it’s been doing okay. Not the team of the century by any means, but whenever I can pull off wins with lesser used pets I consider it successful venture.
I have a love/hate relationship with Frog Kiss. I really don’t like relying on having to get lucky with polymorph (stun) moves to win. However, Frog Kiss can hit really hard once it ramps up. I think of it as a ramp-up move with an extra benefit. I also feel that it is broken, that Resilience should proc sooner that it does in order to disallow chain stuns.
The Opposing Team:
S/S Jademist Dancer
P/P Emperor Crab
I think those were the breeds, my opponent didn’t stick around long enough for me to get a good look.
How sweet is that? One of the two toughest teams to beat in the current meta (along with Consume Corpse). I still run a clonedance team occasionally when I want easy wins. It’s pretty damn hard to lose with. This team I faced has the extra annoyance of an Emperor Crab. Man, I wish Emperor Crabs didn’t bore me to death since they’re so hard to take down. Why am I pleased to face such a powerful team? I have a powerful counter (at least in theory) to this team with my Lifelike Toad. It has strong attacks against the Blighthawk and Jademist Dancer and doesn’t take strong damage from Cyclone like aquatic frogs/toads. Plus, my Enchanted Broom will take weak damage from all the aquatic damage. Overall I was in good shape.
So what happened? My opponent started with the crab against my mech toad. They immediately swapped to the Blighthawk, they must have been saving the crab for the Lost Of Lordaeron. I don’t remember which attack I used (the logs went away due me logging out >.<), but the Blighthawk took a hit on the swap. It took a strong Tongue Lash as it put down the Cyclone. Then the Jademist Dancer came in and got pounded by Frog Kiss as it cast Rain Dance. I’m pretty sure there were multiple crits for me so far so my opponent may have felt victimized my rng. The final straw for them was the Emperor Crab getting poly’d by the Lifelike Toad. I was trying to figure out if I was going to Tongue Lash or not to make sure that I didn’t chain poly, but my opponent took the decision out of my hands by running away. Nice job mech toad! I guess it really does work on clonedance teams. Like I said, I got some crits to help me, but I’m still pleased with the performance of the Lifelike Toad against a team that probably has a 90-95% win rate. Damn, they ran before I could get a decent screenshot.