June 29, 2014

Five Wins Or Bust
I’ve been running more competitive teams lately, but not until I’m faced with the same in the queue. I’ll start off slow until I need the big guns.

Battle 1: Black Thursday
Corefire Imp, Terrible turnip, Sen’Jin Fetish
vs. Harmonious Porcupette, Eternal Strider, Bucktooth Flapper

062914AI was disappointed to see that my Sen’Jin Fetish had Shadow Slash and Immolate rather than Flame Breath and Wild Magic. I guess that makes sense since the imp had Wild Magic but it got me thinking about WoD accuracy changes. I’m going to feel a lot more comfortable taking Shadow Slash on my mask as an anti-idol move since it will now hit at 100%. This battle was fairly easy. I cast Immolation and Wild Magic on the strider then brought in the Sen’Jin Fetish. It took out the strider and the beaver before expiring thanks to a Shadow Slash crit and a Tail Slap miss. The imp and turnip easily took out the last pet.
Record: 1-0

Battle 2: Bog Rage
Fiendish Imp, Tiny Bog Beast, Scourged Whelpling
vs. Fiendish Imp, Unborn Val’kyr, Warbot

Ahh, the Obvious Ponies team (9/29/13) that used to be my go to team early in 5.4. It’s still a very powerful team. I’m familiar with this team so I knew how to deal with it. The logs are cut off before round nine but I’m pretty sure the battle started like this:
Burn/swap to valk
Nether Gate
Burn/swap to valk
swap to Bog Beast/CoD
Lash/swap to Warbot
swap to imp/Minefield
Burn/swap to valk
Nether Gate
While that may exactly what happened (stupid logs) you get the point. The battle was controlled by my imp while my elemental ate the Minefields. It had to eat two more before the Tiny Bog Beast died. After the Warbot and valk died the opposing imp was easy enough to finish with my imp and Scourged Whelpling.
Record: 2-0

Battle 3: Jaguero Intensified
Tiny Twister, Baby Ape, Sen’Jin Fetish
vs. Fiendish Imp, Unborn Val’kyr, Warbot

062914CNot to be rude, but please stop making one of my previous best teams look bad. This one was ugly. I didn’t even even need use the ape. I was able to cleanse the Minefield when it was laid down and anticipate the Nether Gates. There was one defining moment where I swapped out my Sen’Jin Fetish while it had both CoD and Haunt on it in the hopes of being swapped right back in. If my opponent wasn’t predictable with the Nether Gate then I might have been in trouble. No worries, my mask was brought right back in courtesy of the imp.
Record: 3-0

Battle 4: Party Party Party
Tiny Twister, Macabre Marionette, Lil’ Bling
vs. Fiendish Imp, Unborn Val’kyr, Warbot

062914DNow this person is just starting to make me look good. Another win in the bag. I was very concerned about the imp being able to control the flow of the battle and make me pay for using Call Lightning. Because of this I held off on my weather until the end of the battle. My opponent kept in the imp at the end of the battle when Lil’ Bling was my last pet when they could have won by back lining and getting off some Immolation and lightning ticks while Extra Plating expired. Instead the imp stayed in to take a Make It Rain to the face in the weather while trying to damage through the extra plating. The imp died and Lil’ Bling killed off the Warbot. The Warbot missed in the end but it didn’t make a difference, Lil’ Bling didn’t even use Failsafe.
Record: 4-0

Battle 5: Don’t Bite Me Bro
Spirit Crab, Fiendish Imp, Sen’Jin Fetish
vs. Death Adder Hatchling, Magical Crawdad, Ruby Droplet

062914EThe Fiendish Imp and Warbot used to be my favorite combo but I think the Warbot has been officially replaced with the mask. I feel that I can throw any pet in with those two and have a good shot at winning. If I throw a good pet in with them then I have a competitive team. The Spirit Crab (with Surge) has been making a comeback for me so I feel that this team is really good. I queued with such a strong team in the hopes of going 5-0 so was a bit dismayed to see the opposing team since I hate the Magical Crawdad and also the Ruby Droplet. I didn’t need to worry much because my opponent mistimed the Wish so a snap took out the Magical Crawdad before the heal took effect. The battle ended with a two versus one situation with my imp/mask combo against the elemental. Wild Magic and two DoTs was too much for the super heals of the Ruby Droplet.
Record: 5-0

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