Team Focus: Slitherbolt
S/S Jademist Dancer (Steam Vent, Rain Dance, Acid Rain)
S/S Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling (Breath, Thunderbolt, Decoy)
S/S Slitherscale Elver (Deep Bite, Clobber, Pump)
Back in March I was looking for a third pet to join the watery duo of the Slithershock Elver and Jademist Dancer(3/3/15) when Vek suggested the MPD as a counter to magic pets. With the MPD third this team quickly became my favorite elver team. I played around 20 battles with it before forgetting about it. During the past week I’ve encountered a couple of sunny day teams so I dusted off this team so I could make flower and scumbag crawdad teams cry with all of the aquatic damage.
It’s been doing great. If I remember correctly it was 19-3-1 when I started using it, now it’s 38-4-2. I usually start off with the elver, even though in theory it would seem better to start with the Jademist Dancer to change the weather. The reason I’ve been doing this is because of all of the slow teams that I’ve faced. If I start with the elver against slower opponents I can Clobber and Pump before the opposing pet can do anything, giving me a 10% boost to my Deep Bite. I then ramp up Deep Bite until I can finish off the first pet with a Pump release, by then Deep Bite is ramped way up and Clobber has reset. It sounds ideal, but that scenario has happened quite a bit. I’ll then use the MPD and Jademist Dancer to finish things off. Surprisingly, I’ve found myself using the MPD in the middle and the dancer as a sweeper more often than not. So basically I’ve been playing this team in a very different way than I first imagined (dancer->elver->MPD).
Some potential problems are Deep Bite needing to ramp, Breath doing weak damage to undead and three low health pets. So far it hasn’t been enough of an issue to keep the team from winning a lot. There have been many very close battles.
vs. Fossilized Hatchling, Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling, Curious Wolvar Pup
I got really worried when I saw the Curious Wolvar Pup because I thought it might lay a trap. Instead it had Frenzyheart Brew to buff Whirlwind. Not a bad idea, but I don’t know if I’d run a humanoid other than the imp with all of the undead damage out there. This battle played out just like I described above: the elver started off with a Clobber and Pump, then ramped up Deep Bite against the pup. I forgot to mention that sometimes the damage works out so that you don’t even need to use Pump against the first pet. The pup was above 700 health (Pump does 693 without cleansing rain), so I used two Deep Bites instead, which allowed me to save the Pump for the Fossilized Hatchling. It was hairy at the end with the MPDs facing off, but I still had an unused (yet low health) Jademist Dancer to finish things off if necessary. It wasn’t needed.
vs. Fiendish Imp, Spawn Of G’Nathus, Jademist Dancer
When my opponent swapped out the Spawn Of G’Nathus for the Jademist Dancer I thought “wow genius” sarcastically. When it cast Geyser unexpectedly I thought “wow genius” without the sarcasm. See, I was probably going to have to eat the geyser now. I could have brought in my MPD to try and block it by using Decoy, but if my opponent brought in the imp and got Immolation going then I’d be screwed: Burn plus an Immolation tick would take down the decoy in one turn, leaving my MPD exposed to strong damage (the imp was 297 speed). It turns out that the opposing dancer stayed in so I could have used the MPD to block, but that wasn’t a chance I was willing to take. I ate the geyser after finishing off the dancer with my elver, which was killed off by the imp while stunned. I was worried now because I didn’t like the two on two match-up that was in front of me, I would be taking a lot of strong damage. It ended up not being a problem because my opponent let me take out the imp quickly before sending it to the back line. I feel like I dodged a bullet.
Battles 3 -5 (see video)
vs. Lil’ Ragnaros, Spawn Of G’Nathus, Mirror Strider (1:20)
vs. Molten Corgi, Spawn Of Onyxia, Fen Crab (5:49)
vs. Molten Corgi, Spawn Of Onyxia, Fen Crab (12:20)