July 17, 2014

Five Wins Or Bust

Battle 1: Moskau
Yu’la, Fossilized Hatchling, Spirit Crab
vs. Murkalot, Fossilized Hatchling, Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling

071714AWhat’s worse than the overtuned move BONESTORM? Having a shielded Fossilized Hatchling be able to get an extra one off thanks to a longer life. That’s the basis of my team. Start with Yu’la to do some AoE damage and some Life Exchange trickery then bring in the Fossilized Hatchling for the Celestial Blessing. The Spirit Crab cleans up the mess. My opponent had their own BONESTORM aspirations with the Murkalot buff, but in this case defense beat offense. The battle ended like so many against MPDs with Flame Breath tickling my undead with weak damage.
Record: 1-0

Battle 2: Cleaner Sanchez
Yu’la, Fossilized Hatchling, Snarly
vs. Sunflower, Sinister Squashling, Darkmoon Turtle

071714CAfter this battle I was scratching my head wondering how I could have lost with Snarly against the two elementals. Yu’la survived longer than usual due to some well-timed Life Exchanges and some swaps by my opponent that I thought were unnecessary. It turned out that I was wrong, the back line healing of Photosynthesis under the sun gave the flower too much hp for me to deal with. Even the mighty Blood In The Water can’t take down a full health flower while Snarly has 600ish hp. Another factor in the loss was the Fossilized Hatching hitting the turtle with weak attacks.
Record: 1-1

Battle 3: Death By Water
Eternal Strider, Jademist Dancer, Snarly
vs. Sunflower, Sinister Squashling, Darkmoon Turtle

Yeah, I’m like that when it comes to Sunlight users. I go straight to the aquatic attacks. This was a massacre and I didn’t feel bad at all about it.
Record: 2-1

Battle 4: Purple Crane
Eternal Strider, Azure Crane Chick, Spirit Crab
vs. Sunreaver Micro-Sentry, Spirit Of Summer, Fire Beetle

071714BWhy yes, I am trying ruin their day! Just think of how many people’s pet battling experiences have been ruined by Sunlight and Photosynthesis. I think that of all the hated strategies, flowers and light are generally the most despised. It’s funny to watch the storm that someone will catch if they ask for help with a Blossoming Ancient or Sunflower team on the forums. Okay, enough about that. In this battle the P/P Azure Crane Chick did its job and hit hard and fast in the beginning of the battle. My lovely crab had strong attacks against both the Fire Beetle and the Spirit Of Summer in the end. This was a pretty easy win.
Record: 3-1

Battle 5: Croak And Poke
Spirit Crab, Swamp Croaker, Lifelike Toad
vs. Anubisath Idol, Nexus Whelpling, Alpine Fox

071714DThere have been a lot of foxes on my meta lately, and foxes scare me. They are a non-critter with an undead attack, which is the best counter for my critter munching Spirit Crab. A Spirit Crab that you can see is back in my regular rotation. So here I am facing an Anubisath Idol with its strong attacks against mechs and aquatics. I did let it get off a Rupture on my Lifelike Toad but there was no stun. I often start with my toad to spam Frog Kiss and watch it ramp up. An added benefit is that sometimes it procs polymorph. That happened twice here which meant two lost turns for my opponent. The idol got morphed, then the dragon just in case you thought I was cheating. That combined with the fact that Mana Surge is weak against mechs made this battle less of a challenge than I thought it would be. This team has been doing quite well overall since yesterday, much better than I expected. Maybe I am getting lucky with polymorphs.
Record: 4-1

Battle 6: Swamp Whomp
Tiny Bog Beast, Swamp Croaker, Elder Python
vs. Jademist Dancer, Blighthawk, Stunted Direhorn

071714EIt’s time for a themed team, straight from the swamp. I considered putting a DAH on this team instead of the python but a python seemed more likely to come from a swamp. I didn’t do my research, maybe adders live in swamps, too. At any rate, I saw this clonedance team and was ready to get my face pounded. Well, I did have a Swamp Croaker to at least keep things interesting, I thought I might be able to make a decent showing. I started with the aquatic for Swarm Of Flies and then a Water Jet on the swap to the Jademist Dancer. The elemental cast Rain Dance then swapped to the direhorn. Okay, I can live with that, especially since I have this handy bubble up. The Primal Cry was blocked (at least by my Swamp Croaker), my frog survived two attacks then the Trihorn Charge kill shot missed. Hmm, this was getting interesting. The Blighthawk cast Cyclone which hit and killed the frog. I brought in my Tiny Bog Beast and had a big decision. The Blighthawk could take my elemental out if I didn’t cast Bash to stun it. However, I didn’t want to waste my Bash if my opponent was going to swap anyways. I decided that if I took the gamble to not Bash and made the wrong call it would be the end of me. I stunned the Blighthawk (which didn’t swap, phew), then my opponent swapped to the Jademist Dancer, which took a Lash on the swap. My opponent fled after that even though the battle hadn’t been completely decided in my opinion. Chalk one up for the swamp!
Record: 5-1

2 Responses to July 17, 2014

  1. Noel says:

    I have to admit I played the Blossoming Ancient when I was trying to get my 5 wins with no deaths achieve…the moment I got it though away he went. Like you feel playing an Unborn Val’kry, I feel the same about stall teams.

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