Back when I first started this blog I used to take pride in beating the top pets with lesser used, lower tier pets. Yesterday I realized that I don’t this as much lately; I’ve been making a lot more competitive teams. There’s nothing wrong with making good teams with top pets and winning with them, but there’s an even greater satisfaction with making good teams without top pets and winning with them. So today I’m introducing a new type of daily where I wont use any of the top pets from the tier list (Top & High Tier List). The high tier pets are okay, I don’t want to gimp myself too much. Wish me luck.
Battle 1: Party Party Party
Tiny Twister, Macabre Marionette, Lil’ Bling
vs. Tainted Waveling, Fragment Of Desire, Gregarious Grell
I was reminded of this team by Larkspur’s recent comment on 5/7/14. Party Party Party was actually my fifth favorite team of MoP. When playing lightning teams you need to have some self restraint when you come across other teams with DoTs. If you cast Call Lightning then the enemy team can benefit from it just as much as yours can. Since both the Gregarious Grell and the Tainted Waveling had DoTs I decided not start with the Tiny Twister as I normally would. Plus, all three opposing pets were 289 speed so Bash would only have a 50/50 chance of being useful.
It turned out that I didn’t even use the Tiny Twister at all. The Macabre Marionette took out the elemental then cast a Bone Barrage on it’s immortal round against the fragment. Bling replaced the undead pet, then my opponent swapped to the grell. It was kind of a good idea since the grell had elemental damage, but it was also a bad idea since two undead field effects were still active. Buffed by Inflation, this undead damage took out the grell fast. Lil’ Bling finished off the fragment for a two pet victory.
Battle 2: Volleyball
Sea Calf, Frostwolf Pup, Stonegrinder
vs. Xu-Fu, Darkmoon Tonk, Unborn Val’kyr
A good old-fashioned bleed team, this time with my new Sea Calf. Having an aquatic with a block is a gift against an Unborn Val’kyr, as is having a way to take out a decoy in one round (Clean-Up). You could say that I countered this team really well. I made a mistake by misestimating the weak damage Haunt would do which led to my calf dying earlier than it should have, but it didn’t stop me from winning. Both CoDs cast were blocked by the Sea Calf, both decoys were swept away.
Battle 3: Sometimes
Young Talbuk, Mongoose Pup, Emerald Shale Hatchling
vs. Unborn Val’kyr, Ashwing Moth, Twilight Fiendling
Sometimes I just want to have some fun with three pets that I like. There wasn’t much synergy here and I didn’t expect to excel, but I also didn’t expect to lose to a Twilight Fiendling. The Young Talbuk was my best pet on this team and I don’t think that I used it particularly well. I was still hanging on with a chance to win until the moth got a sleep to proc. Moths are just too good when that happens and my team certainly wasn’t equipped to make an epic comeback. I find it sort of hilarious that I’ve been on a crazy win streak when it comes to the write-up then the pet that I finally lose to is a Twilight Fiendling. Awesome.