Today’s Team: Knifey Toady
H/P Fragment Of Anger (Seethe, Spiritfire Beam, Soulrush)
H/H Huge Toad (Water Jet, Cleansing Rain, Swarm Of Flies)
B/B Lifelike Mechanical Toad (Tongue Lash, Cleansing Rain, Frog Kiss)
I haven’t faced one yet, but I expect to see a Graves soon. I expect to see a lot of them. Wiff has already dubbed this “the Graves meta”. I read a post on Warcraft pets where someone is using a Murkalot and Graves combo. It’s time to start thinking of ways to counter this ugliness until it gets nerfed, assuming it does. I assumed that Shell Armor would get nerfed and we still have that OP shield so I’m not holding my breath.
My team is built around the H/H Toad, as funny as that sounds. I want a high health aquatic on the back line to absorb some of the undead damage. The next step was to give it some coverage in the form of the near ultra (if there was such a thing) FoA. Flyers definitely need to watch out for angry face. For a third pet I decided to go with the mech toad for another AoE heal (albeit a weak one) and another 25% stun chance. Maybe I can get lucky against a Righteous Inspiration.
The Opposing Team:
H/H Scourged Whelpling
So I was going to “cheat” (and let you know of course) by waiting until I got a Graves team to do the write-up on rather than take whatever the queue gives me as I usually do, but I didn’t have to; this was the first team that I came across. Here’s how it went:
Round 1: Soulrush (stun)
Round 2: Spirit Beam (2 crits)
Round 3: Seethe / Bonestorm
Round 4: Seethe / Grave Destruction (Toad took crit)
Round 5: Seethe / Skull Toss (Graves to 0 health)
Round 6: Spiritfire Beam / Skull Toss
Round 7: Soulrush / Dreadful Breath
Round 8: Seethe / Dreadful Breath
Round 9: Seethe / Dreadful Breath (Scourged Whelpling to 0 health)
Round 10: Spiritfire Beam / Dreadful Breath (FoA to 0 health)
Round 11: Seethe / Consume Corpse
Round 12: Tongue Lash / Cleave (triple hit)
Round 13: Tongue Lash / Cleave (triple hit)
Round 14: Tongue Lash / Cleave (Weebomination to 0)
Round 15: Tongue Lash / Cleave (Lifelike Mechanical Toad to 0 health)
I was very lucky with the stun proc and Tongue Lash hitting triple twice in a row, with a team designed to counter, yet it still wasn’t that decisive of a victory. The mech toad had 296 health and the aquatic one had around 500. This is going to be tough. Maybe I should just quit battling now so I can say “I’ve beaten Graves every time that I’ve faced it” when the inevitable (and probably warranted) cries for nerfs come.
For a first attempt at a counter team this wasn’t bad, but it’s hardly optimal, and it’s hardly a good team in general. Back to the drawing board. Actually, it’s going to be back to HotS, I’m only level seven!