Today’s Team: Making Them Pay
S/S Death Adder Hatchling (Poison Fang, Puncture Wound, Blinding Poison)
H/H Spirit Crab (Snap, Surge, Shell Shield)
S/S Arctic Hare (Flurry, Dodge, Burrow)
I came back from my break and got quickly demoralized at the current state of pet battles. It seemed like there were way fewer fun and creative teams and more teams constructed to stomp your face with the top pets. Adders, valks, AoE teams, idols, it’s been a tough few days. I’m now including AoE on that list of heavy hitters. The lack of AoE defense outside of sandstorm needs to be fixed. Although my sandstorm teams do quite well I can’t say that I enjoy using them too much so I really wish there were more options. I surely don’t want to chain queue with them. I haven’t really given AoE heals a serious try, perhaps I’ll try that. At any rate, I decided to make my own team of heavy hitters. This is what I came up with. With so many adders and valks around I found myself not being able to use Whirlpool as much (due the “feign” part of Haunt and end of turn moves missing while blinded) so I’ve recently started using Surge instead of Whirlpool on my Spirit Crab. That change has won me a bunch of battles. Priority moves are just so damn useful with their ability to negate the extra attacks from speed based moves. I wasn’t quite sure wether to go with Burrow or Stampede on the rabbit. My gut is telling me to go with Burrow but I think it’s a toss up. I guess Burrow would be the more defensive of the two while Stampede would be the more offensive.
Sandstorm might give me problems. I mentioned a lot of AoE on my meta lately and those could also be troublesome with two my low hp pets. I hate to run into someone else’s creative team with a team like mine, I feel like I’m damaging the meta when that happens.
The Opposing Team:
S/S Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling
P/S Fossilized Hatchling
H/H Scourged Whelpling
While I don’t have the same level of hatred for the Fossilized Hatchling that I do for the Anubisath Idol or Magical Crawdad, it is pretty high on my hate list and rising. Time to pay!
I mentioned AoE being an issue for my low health pets, but so far I’ve been able to beat them by going all in with my snake in the beginning rather than swapping it out to let the CDs cool. I had already beaten this team a few times today so I had a good idea what they were up to. They tried to change things up a bit this time by starting with the Scourged Whelpling. I knew it had Tail Swipe, Call Darkness and Dreadful Breath. I thought it would start with Call Darkness then Dreadful Breath so I held off on the blind, but after two Tail Swipes I needed to protect myself. After the blind wore off the Dreadful Breath came so I was able to finish off the undead dragon with my snake. The timing worked out nicely as Blinding Poison was all ready to go when the Fossilized Hatchling replaced the dead pet. That allowed me to get off a Puncture Wound and Poison Fang before the snake died. The rabbit came in to easily finish off the Fossilized Hatchling. With the ability to take out the mech dragon’s Decoy the rabbit was also able to kill that pet. There was no need for the Spirit Crab, although it did take a lot of damage from all the AoE. Even though my opponent’s team ranks high on the annoying scale there’s still not a lot of satisfaction involved in winning with a DAH.