June 21, 2015

Pet Focus: Twilight Fiendling
This pet is generally considered one of the worst PvP pets around (besides the Elekk Plushie of course). The magic racial is one of the weakest and the move set isn’t that great. So why would you ever use your pet on a PvP team? To either challenge yourself or maybe just for kicks. I like to use it with really good combos of pets as a third. It gives me a chance to see how  good those pet combos are. If they can win with the fiendling, just think how well they would do with a better third.  Before I start, let me give the Twilight Fiendling at least enough respect to go over its move set.

Slot 1: Creepy Chomp or Rake
Since the other two slots are lacking a spammable “normal” move, I usually take Creepy Chomp. Rake is an attack debuff on a two round cool down.

Slot 2: Creeping Ooze or Leap
I’ve found that the DoT Creeping Ooze is much more useful than the speed buff. Since Teroclaw Hatchlings spend so much time as elementals I’ve found it to be especially useful in the current meta.

Slot 3: Adrenal Glands or Siphon Life
Siphon Life seems like a better choice, being a DoT that heals, yet somehow my fiendlings have always had more success with Adrenal Glands. There are so many times when you have nothing useful to do, like during the second round of an avoid or during an undead pet’s immortal round. Rather than being stuck with throwing out a useless attack you can buff your next attacks.  Many times I don’t use it at all.

I’ve played against Twilight Fiendlings with Rake and Leap before. It’s an interesting build, but I’ve never had luck with it. The Leap animation is sort of scary on this pet.

Available Breeds:
B/B 1400/292/276
P/P 1319/341/260
H/P 1465/305/260
H/H 1644/276/260
S/B 1384/289/289

I’ve had the most success with the P/P. It has the lowest health pool which means you get the most use out of the magic racial. The DoT does 252 base damage with a tick of 90 damage. Creepy Chomp hits for 361 damage. I also own an H/H and have tried to use it with a Siphon Life build in conjunction with Plagued Blood. That didn’t go so well.

Ok, let me pull out some super combos to throw the fiendling in with. I will probably use the Twilight Fiendling as a nuke absorber whenever possible.

Team 1: My Little Fiendy (2-0)
S/S Fiendish Imp (Burn, Immolation, Nether Gate)
P/P Sen’Jin Fetish (Breath, Wild Magic, Sear Magic)
P/P Twilight Fiendling (Creepy Chomp, Creeping Ooze, Adrenal Glands)

The imp/mask is one of my favorite combos of all time. It’s still quite relevant in the current meta due to the imp being able to throw a wrench into the enemy gearworks. The mask adds some kick to Immolation with Wild Magic. In my last battle this team defeated an FoA/MPD/Teroclaw Hatchling team, which is what inspired me to do this write-up. :)

Battle 1
vs. Clockwork Gnome, Amethyst Spiderling, Pterrordax Hatchling
062115DJealous of my meta? Don’t worry, the big guys will show up soon enough. I was actually quite concerned about the spider with all of my DoTs, so when it came out first to face the imp I forced out before it could cast Brittle Webbing. The Clockwork Gnome replaced it, I let it hit me with a Rocket since I knew I would heal up on the back line, then I brought in my fetish. On the swap Repair was used by the gnome, I suppose that was one instance where Repair wasn’t a horrible move. The fetish took out the gnome with plenty of health to spare. The flyer came in to use Lift-Off so I swapped to my fiendling. It ate the damage, and then to everyone’s surprise it killed the Pterrordax Hatcling (thanks to horrible Slicing Winds rng). I now had two pets to take out the spider so it was less scary.

Team 2: Agent Purple (32-7-1)
H/H Bone Serpent (Bone Barrage, Call Darkness, Nocturnal Strike)
P/P Twilight Fiendling (Creepy Chomp, Creeping Ooze, Adrenal Glands)
S/S Nightshade Sproutling (Lash, Call Darkness, Blinding Poison)

This is the most action the Twilight Fiendling has seen in the history of my pet battling. Most of these battles were pre-Graves, it’ll be interesting to see how the team does now. Teroclaw Hatchlings are a welcome treat; Adrenal Glands while the bird is untouchable then a strong Creeping Ooze has seen quite a few birdies tumbling down. The darkness helps quite a bit, too.

Battle 2
vs. Desert Spider, Sporeling Sprout, Teroclaw Hatchling
062115EDamn, another spider. Since the Bone Serpent is often a starting pet, I assumed that my opponent would start the spider to make me pay for Bone Barrage with Brittle Webbing. Due to this I started with my Nightshade Sproutling, which instead of a spider had to face the Sporeling Sprout. All that preemptive thought for nothing. I blinded the humanoid then swapped to my Bone Serpent. The humanoid stayed in against the undead until death: I suppose my opponent over estimated its shield and heal. The Teroclaw hatchling was next so I brought in my fiendling. Thanks to a darkness miss and a srtong crit the bird died to the magic pet. Go Go Adrenal Glands! The spider was easy after that.

Team 3: Rick Fiendley (2-0)
H/P Graves (Skull Toss, Consume Corpse, Grave Destruction)
H/H Ghastly Kid (Hoof, Ethereal, Haunt)
P/P Twilight Fiendling (Creepy Chomp, Creeping Ooze, Adrenal Glands)

Graves and Haunt has been brutal these last few days. I’ve even beaten some Murkalot/Graves teams with it. As faceroll as it is I’m less confident about throwing a Twilight Fiendling in the mix on this team than the previous two.

Battle 3
vs. Anubisath Idol, Anubisath Idol, Anubisath Idol
062115BThank you queue, thank you. They didn’t even have Sandstorm. Thank you.

Team 4: Magic The Slaughtering (0-0)
H/P Fragment Of Anger (Seethe, Spirit Beams, Soulrush)
H/P Trunks (Smash, Ethereal, Avalance)
P/P Twilight Fiendling (Creepy Chomp, Creeping Ooze, Adrenal Glands)

I was looking for another uber combo when I noticed that I use the FoA and Trunks together quite a bit. Usually they have a good third component so I’m not sure how well this is going to work out. I realized after I made the team that there are two magic pets. Maybe I’ll win by making my opponent laugh too hard.

Battle 4
vs. Fragment Of Anger, Weebomination, Ruby Droplet
062115IThe FoAs cancelled each other, with each getting off two AoEs. The Weebomination then took out both my magic pets thanks to Consume Corpse. A nice and straight forward loss. I’m trying to learn from my loss and wondering if I might have been better off starting with a different pet, but I just don’t see it playing out well for me even if I had done that. Perhaps if I started with the fiendling, took out most of the FoA, finished it with my own FoA, take out the Weebomination then single target Avalanche the droplet if I made it that far. I think I would need to stun the Weebomination to pull that off and even then that scenario seems like a reach.

Team 5: Where’s The Party At? (0-0)
H/S Tiny Twister (Slicing Winds, Bash, Call Lightning)
S/S Lil’ Bling (Inflation, Extra Plating, Make It Rain)
P/P Twilight Fiendling (Creepy Chomp, Creeping Ooze, Adrenal Glands)

I don’t think I’d call the Tiny Twister and Lil’ Bling an uber combo, how about a really good combo that got me a lot of wins in 5.4? Yeah, that’s catchy. Creeping Ooze has some synergy with lightning.

Battle 5
vs. Molten Corgi, Nexus Whelpling, Twilight Wasp
062115CThe battle started as twister versus corgi, which was going to be problematic. My twister was slower, my mech would take strong damage from it (plus I needed it to absorb Mana Surge) and the fiendling didn’t have enough health to absorb the small yet nonreturnable damage from Puppies of the Flame. I decided to stay in with the twister until the corgi went under. When it finally did go under I brought the Twilight Fiendling in, cast Adrenal Glands then took out the puppy. The twister killed the wasp along with the help of Creeping Ooze, the twister changed the weather after the dragon cast Arcane Storm, Lil’ Bling was tickled by Mana Surge as he took out the dragon.

I was going to try some more MoP combos (Snarly/Infested Bear Cub, Fiendish Imp/Warbot) but I’m spent for the night. Go Go Adrenal Glands!

4 Responses to June 21, 2015

  1. Liwei says:

    Triple smelly dog face and no sandstorm?

    That must have been therapeutic for you.

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