Five Wins Or Bust
Battle 1: Ginsu Brothers (43-2-1)
Alpine Foxling, Fragment Of Anger, Trunks
vs. Fiendish Imp, Graves, Ghastly Kid
Oh, you expected something more interesting? Sorry, but things are just too tough at this specific moment in the queue to be running less than great teams. Graves is why. Graves with Consume Corpse makes everything worse. I have more trouble beating (and lose less with :P) Consume Corpse Graves than double AoE Graves. The FoA/Trunks was used on some of my best pre-Graves teams, but its heyday has passed. I’ve found that I definitely prefer Crouch to Howl, but I started this team with Howl and haven’t changed it yet. I could have used the defense as my fox went down fast. This makes Ginsu Brothers 43-3-1, which ain’t too shabby. Not sustainable, but not shabby.
Battle 2: Rick Frostly (2-0)
Frostwolf Ghostpup, Graves, Ghastly Kid
vs. Fiendish Imp, Graves, Ghastly Kid
I can ride the Grave-y train too, pal. Let me jump on the triple undead bandwagon while I’m at it. In a sad moment that pointed out the state of the meta, earlier I completely laughed off strong attacks from a fox with my triple undead team. There were just too many extra turns for my opponent to deal with. In this battle the imp was struggling to find a safe moment courtesy of undead attacks from all three pets. The imp got took a spooking from my goat and a Ghostly Bite from the undead puppy. My consuming beats your consuming. I need to go teach a class, hopefully when I return the meta will be calmer.
Six hours and too many equations later…
Battle 3: Acorn Berserkers (0-1)
Rabid Nut Varmint, Grizzly Squirrel, Infected Squirrel
vs. Lil’ Ragnaros, Ore Eater, Sea Calf
Nuts for the nut god! I was hoping that the queue would be more willing to give fun teams a chance, but facing two top-tier pets with none of my own (the Infected Squirrel really should go on the high list) was a hard mountain to climb. I was in a real bind when the trap went down and my opponent swapped to the Ore Eater. If I swapped then I would get interrupted, stunned and damaged if the trap went off on a non-critter, but if I stayed in I would do weak damage to the Ore Eater. I decided to sacrifice the critter squirrel by keeping it in, hoping to detonate the trap. The trap didn’t go off before my critter died, good game.
Battle 4: Bog Bastards (8-1)
Fiendish Imp, Sen’Jin Fetish, Tiny Bog Beast
vs. Murkalot, Graves, Spawn Of G’Nathus
Ugg. I was able to gate out the RI’d Graves but it didn’t matter, my imp eventually died on the backline. I was focused on the battle and forgot a screenshot.
Battle 5: Gravalanche (8-0-2)
Graves, Trunks, Alterac Brew Pup
vs. Sky-Bo, Molten Corgi, Sunreaver Micro-Sentry
I was hoping to try for some revenge but instead this poor soul appeared before my AoE squad. Gravalance battles so far have been very scripted: Grave Destruction, BONESTORM, swap to Trunks, Avalanche, swap to ABC for healing and Avalance. A lot of swapping but the heal makes up for it somewhat. As if Graves wasn’t bad enough to deal with both of the mechs took strong damage from the two Avalanches. My opponent used the forced swap well enough but what could they really do? Not win, that’s for sure. It seems I can only win with Graves teams.
Battle 6: Union Of The Infected (12-5)
Infected Squirrel, Mechanical Scorpid, Alpine Foxling
vs. Lil’ Ragnaros, Anubisath Idol, Clockwork Gnome
Demo spammer? Who does that anymore? Apparently someone. Demolish hit my mech twice but luckily didn’t hit my fox. This fox carries Howl and it was a necessary tool to take the idol out at the end with a weak Flurry. The battle for undead squirrel dominance rages on, with the infected version going a win up on its blighted cousin. Oh, what do ya know, I won without Graves. Gonna eat then be back for some more.
A grilled cheese sandwich and no equations later…
Battle 7: Union Of The Blight (12-5)
Blighted Squirrel, Mechanical Scorpid, Alpine Foxling
vs. Netherspawn, Kun-Lai Runt, Flat-Tooth Calf
Oh how a speed debuff can give your fast pets grief. At the end of the battle I almost lost to the KLR, which is a rare occurrence: the KLR is 1-13-1. Speaking of pets with bad records, guess which pet is the second most common on my meta but has a pitiful record of 6-38-1? See the answer down at the bottom. Graves is in third place and I’m sure will surpass this pet. Graves’ record is 21-17-4, which is pretty bad ass. I may seem obsessed with records these past few months. It’s just something to add an extra layer of interest for me. Who doesn’t love spreadsheets?
Battle 8: Frosy Cold Rats (39-6)
Bone Serpent, Nightshade Sproutling, Frostfur Rat
vs. Chi-Chi, Fiendish imp, Pygmy Direhorn
This person really didn’t know how to use the imp. My rat got force swapped after it cast Call Darkness, replaced by the Bone Serpent. Rather than use Immolation then head to the back the imp stayed in against the undead. It didn’t really work out well for the humanoid. I figured that I was headed for a win after that performance. My opponent missed three times due to darkness over the course of the battle. Stupid darkness.
Answer: Unborn Val’kyr (haha!)