May 10, 2014

Pet Focus: Tiny Twister (part two)

A few days ago I started with the Tiny Twister. Now that it’s the weekend I have time to continue. Rather than go over all of that info again I suggest you click here: 5/7/14. The very short version is that I use the Tiny Twister as my primary Call Lightning pet, with the fastest breed (289 speed) in order to optimize Bash. I went 2-0 last time so I’ll continue from there.

Team 3: Imps Party Harder
H/S Tiny Twister (Wild Winds, Bash, Call Lightning)
S/S Lil’ Bling (Inflation, Extra Plating, Make It Rain)
S/S Fiendish Imp (Burn, Immolation, Nether Gate)

Jan Kleemann was talking about Lil’ Bling on 5/4/14 which reminded me that I’ve never really given the flashy mech much play. The Tiny Twister does seem like a perfect match for Lil’ Bling with both Inflation and Make It Rain complementing lightning so well. Extra Plating wins battles so I’ll surely be taking that move rather than the 50/50 heal/damage move. I always hated Blingtron Gift Package because of its random nature.

Battle 3
vs. Lil’ Ragnaros, Unborn Val’kyr, Gilnean Raven
051014AI didn’t have a lot of hope going into this one, but one never knows with the random nature of traps. My opponent didn’t put a trap down right away with Lil’ Ragnaros and this allowed the battle to end without the trap ever detonating. I credit my opponent with the loss more than myself with the win here because they made some poor choices. It was sort of funny because I was thinking “please put in the raven against my elemental so that Nocturnal Strike is 40% accuracy” and they did just that. Later I was thinking “please swap back to the Val’kyr so I can force it out and negate its racial” and that also happened.
Record: 3-0

Team 4: Kleemann’s Krushers
H/S Tiny Twister (Wild Winds, Bash, Call Lightning)
S/S Lil’ Bling (Inflation, Extra Plating, Make It Rain)
P/P Sen’Jin Fetish (Flame Breath, Wild Magic, Sear Magic)

This team substitutes the swapping utility of the imp for the cleansing utility of the mask. With Make It Rain, Inflation, Flame Breath or Wild Winds going you don’t want to be caught in this lightning storm, especially if Wild Magic is up. Why did that last sentence come out sounding like a game show host?

Battle 4
vs. Jademist Dancer, Tito, Scourged Whelpling
051014BI feel bad about naming a team after someone then losing, but what can you do against a clonedance team? I made it close, the Scourged Whelpling needed its undead round to win, but a loss is a loss. I would say that clonedance teams are one of the hardest to face, I’m really relieved that more people don’t run them on my meta. Since I recently started tracking which pets are used on my meta I’m feeling pretty good about not using the most powerful pets. In 87 battles I’ve used 7 Warbots, 3 Unborn Val’kyrs, 2 Jademist Dancers (though not on clondeance teams), 0 DAH, 0 Lil’ Ragnaros, and 0 Anubisath Idols. And yes, I do want a cookie. I have used 23 Spirit Crabs and 19 Fiendish Imps so my entrance to pet battle heaven is far from assured. That could all turn around if I start getting spanked. Then it’s straight to the Warbot!
Record: 3-1

Team 5: Batter Not
H/S Tiny Twister (Wild Winds, Bash, Call Lightning)
S/S Robo-Chick (Batter, Overtune, Wind-Up)
P/P Sen’Jin Fetish (Flame Breath, Wild Magic, Sear Magic)

This team is like the last but trades some lightning synergy for some speed insurance and a nuke. Wind-Up is scary to me, I’ve missed so many of them in the past to lose games. Maybe this has to do with the fact that the Robo-Chick is one of my longest running favorite pets. I remember using it back in the days of base dodge and base miss chance, so I have memories of many game winning Wind-Ups being dodged thanks to rng. Those were horrible times, I’m surprised pet battles lasted through them. I’m glad Blizzard changed accuracy mechanics.

Battle 5A
vs. Anubisath Idol, Panther Cub, Cenarion Hatchling
I saw the idol and my heart sank. I saw the other two pets and was intrigued. My opponent’s heart must have sunk further because they ran away. My team isn’t really all that scary so I’m assuming that something came up in real life. Or maybe they thought my Sen’Jin Fetish was packing Shadow Slash? When I first started keeping track of records for this blog I decided that if Blizzard counts an immediate flee as a win then so will I.
Record: 4-1

Battle 5B
vs. Shore Crab, Harbringer OF Flame, Baneling
051014CI should mention that the Shore Crab was only level 24. The Baneling got completely wrecked in the beginning by Flame Breath and Wild Magic. The Tiny Twister put a big time hurt on the Shore Crab with Wild Winds, while Bash caused a few missed rounds. The Robo-Chick was not used for this battle, two pets were all that were needed to win.
Record: 5-1

Team 6: Voodoo and Lightning
H/S Tiny Twister (Wild Winds, Bash, Call Lightning)
P/P Kovok (Poison Fang, Pheromones, Black Claw)
P/P Sen’Jin Fetish (Flame Breath, Wild Magic, Sear Magic)

I think this is the team that sent me down my current Tiny Twister path. I was reminded of Kovok by Gulnarr and pulled that pet out of a long forgotten kennel. I really appreciate all of the comments that people leave, they often inspire me to try new things or dust off old pets. I initially ran this team with Black Claw but I’m feeling the need for some burst so I chose Puncture Wound instead. Hopefully it’ll come in handy.

Battle 6
vs. Shore Crab, Harbringer Of Flame, Baneling
051014EThe poor Shore Crab was still level 24 so I decided to keep my Sen’Jin Fetish in against the crab instead of force the better match-ups. I paid for it in the end by losing. I regret my charity. One bad thing about keeping records is that I dislike losing even more when I’m doing so, but at least this battle was more interesting than the last faceroll. The Baneling was Burrowed and in a “hit or lose” situation to end the battle. It hit. Hopefully the Shore Crab leveled up.
Record: 5-2

Team 7: AK 5
H/S Tiny Twister (Slicing Winds, Bash, Cyclone)
H/H Unborn Val’kyr (Surge, Shell Shield , Wish)
H/H Magical Crawdad (Shadow Slash, Curse Of Doom, Haunt)

Speaking of Kovok, back before the nerf to Pheromones people were running Murkalot and Kovok. It was a ridiculous combo. During that time I made a bunch of anti-Kovok teams, this one featured the Tiny Twister. This makes 4 Unborn Val’Kyrs in 93 battles, my ticket to heaven is fading. Who am I kidding, using the Magical Crawdad is an immediate ticket to pet battle hell.

Battle 7
vs. Pandaren Monk, Electrified Razortooth, Yakrat
051014FI like seeing a Yakrat in the queue, too bad I’m running such a jerk team against it. After starting this battle I wish that I hadn’t run this comp, it’s just stupid. I know some people argue that there’s no such thing as “jerk teams” and that winning is winning, but for me it definitely feels better winning with a Robo-Chick than it does with a Magical Crawdad. This battle was a total faceroll, my opponent stood no chance against this comp. Back to the shelf for you!
Record: 6-2

That’s enough of the Tiny Twister for now. In my last 93 battles I’ve used this elemental in 34 of them. That’s a lot of Bashing! I hope I can soon find another interesting and underused pet to get excited about.

7 Responses to May 10, 2014

  1. Chibimage says:

    Disco! I went and caught a H/S Tiny Twister just to try him out (I had a H/H already) and took our your team 3 just now. Beat a Clonedancer team! It was a bit different, it was with a Wild Jade Hatchling and an Ominous Flame teamed up with the Jademist Dancer – but they played the Clonedancer angle and I beat them! It was great fun :)

    • Luthorien says:

      Almost sounds like a team I’d use, haha. I love the Ominous Flame, and wish I could find more of a niche for it.

    • Discodoggy says:

      Nice work! Damn those clonedancers, damn them all to hell /planet of the apes pose

      I’m glad that the H/S is working out for you, so fun.

      I’ve tried a few battles with the Ominous Flame today. Foreboding Curse is such a great move, there has to be a top-flight Ominous Flame team around.

      • Luthorien says:

        Not sure if it’s “top flight”, but I have used the following team and had a bit of success:

        H/P Blighthawk (Slicing Wind, Ghostly Bite, Cyclone)
        P/S Ominous Flame (Burn, Scorched Earth, Foreboding Curse)
        S/S Death Adder (Poison Fang, Puncture Wound, Blinding Poison)

        It’s a little off kilter from most typical comps, but it gets the job done in a variety of ways. :)

  2. Jan Kleemann says:

    I’ve got my own team, nice 😀

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