Team Focus: All The Kids Grow Reefer
H/H Ghastly Kid (Hoof, Ethereal, Haunt)
H/S Scalded Basilisk Hatchling (Crystal Prison, Feign Death, Thrash)
P/S Chaos Pup (Bite, Consume Corpse, Nether Gate)
Damn this kid is good! Not only have I been winning a lot with it, it’s been doing great against me as well. The Ghastly Kid has a relative ratio of 2.54, which means it’s two and a half times as likely to beat me than a random pet encountered in the queue. “Kid, Look What You Done Did” (imp, basilisk, kid) still hasn’t lost yet. I used to despise these kinds of Haunt and stall teams in 5.4, but in WoD I’ve been more open to trying new things. This is one of them.
I wanted to see how the basilisk and kid could do without the amazing imp. I was looking for other swap pets when I came across the Chaos Pup. It fits well with the kid (or valk) due to it’s synergy with Haunt: it can force swap out an inflicted pet and it can consume the “dead” goat numerous times. I’m not too excited about Bite or the magic racial. Those may be what holds this team back from being decent. I don’t expect this team to do anywhere close as good as the imp version, I’m just glad to find a use for a pet that I haven’t used much. Right now it’s 3-0 against mediocre teams.
vs. Weebomination, Ghastly Kid, Ghostly Skull
Yikes, another kid! I started with my basilisk against the kid. I cast Crystal Prison figuring that I had nothing to lose; if the other kid cast Ethereal then I would just feign to my own kid. The other kid didn’t avoid the imprisonment so I used Thrash then feigned to avoid Haunt. Great start. I waited a turn before casting Haunt to try and force the use of Ethereal from my opponent, but it didn’t work. I tried it on the next round even though it could be avoided. It landed, I bought in my Chaos Pup to swap out the opposing kid, then the Ghastly Skull was stunned (probably both literally and figuratively) when it used Ghostly Bite for low damage thanks to the magic racial. The kid was about to die on the back line, after that poor start my opponent fled.
vs. Elfin Rabbit, Bone Serpent, Crusher
Oh oh, am I that guy now? The stall guy that people run from because they don’t want the battle to be too long? My opponent fled after fifteen rounds, I think we were about half way through. I would say that I was was winning due to the initial drubbing of the Bone Serpent with Haunt, Crystal Prison, Thrash, Feign Death then Nether Gate. The rabbit came in and I was able to do well enough against it by bringing in the kid to avoid its emergence from underground then spook it (Ethereal then Haunt). Crusher came in then got forced out after the Shell Armor went up. That was enough to make my opponent flee. Hey, you were avoiding too!
vs. Fiendish Imp, Graves, Ghastly Kid
I’ve only beaten this team once or twice without my own Graves with Consume Corpse or Frosty Cold Rats (the two teams that I counter it with). This time was no different. I made a valiant effort, I even denied Graves the use of Consume Corpse. The imp was just too much to deal with. The result might have been different had I won the head game on round one; the ballsy imp stayed in and cast Immolation with a Haunt staring him in the face. I cast Ethereal and lost the head game.
This player is pretty good and I would hold them in higher regard if they didn’t flee from Rick Frostly (Graves/kid/g-pup) whenever I revenge queue with that team. Let’s see, you faceroll people left and right with one of the most powerful pets around, then run when you encounter some resistance? That’s just sad. What was even more sad is that I did indeed try to revenge queue with Rick Frostly and had to face some poor soul running a Grinder, Direhorn Runt and Pandaren Monk. It was ugly.
vs. Weebomination, Bone Serpent, Ghostly Skull
The same player from the first battle, this time the Ghostly Skull started off for them. The skull received the brutal sequence of Haunt, Crystal Prison, Thrash then Feign Death. I waited one round before using Nether Gate so I could make sure that the skull died on the back line. After that happened my opponent fled again. It seems like I’ve done a lot but there were two quick flees, one less quick and one loss. Not the most interesting night. I was hoping to do another video but it’s quite late now. Good night!