Today’s Team: Bog Bastards
H/S Tiny Bog Beast (Clobber, Lash, Rampage)
S/S Fiendish Imp (Burn, Immolation, Nether Gate)
P/P Sen’Jin Fetish (Flame Breath, Wild Magic, Sear Magic)
Occasionally I will get demoralized with pet battling due the state of the meta. I want to try new pets, new strategies, new teams but sometimes it is hard to do that (and win) when you see the same powerful pets over and over. This is one of those times. Lately it’s the Unborn Val’kyrs and Mechanical Pandaren Dragonlings that are staling up the meta. In 220 battles I have faced 53 Val’kyrs and 31 mech dragons. I tried using some new pets last night and this morning but unfortunately if they don’t do well against Unborn Val’kyrs and mech dragons then it’ll be hard to win. My response has been to still try and use some new pets, but unfortunately I’ve been teaming them up with the tried and true counters to the current meta. That’s how I made this team. I wanted to use the Tiny Bog Beast but it’s not particularly good against either of my most frequent enemy pets so I included a counter for each. There’s some synergy with Immolation and Wild Magic, too. I should use this combo more. There’s no idol or adder counter but those pets are each appearing in only about 10% of battles at this point so they are secondary concerns.
As far as the Tiny Bog Beast goes I’ve always found the move set a little off. I like Clobber, especially now that I have an H/S breed. If I put Lash in the second slot then I have two moves that are best when going first on a 289 speed pet, which is somewhat of a gamble. I could always take Leap for a speed buff (which is what I did on my H/P), but that does such little damage it often feels like a wasted turn. Since I already have so many small attacks I chose Rampage for something that hits harder, but that locks you into three rounds. Not the greatest move set, but at least it’s something different. Well, one out of my three pets is something different.
The Tiny Bog Beast’s move set is not the greatest. 289 speed may not be fast enough to fully utilize Lash and Clobber.
The Opposing Team:
H/H Blackfuse Bombling
P/S Jademist Dancer
H/H Unborn Val’kyr
All less than 289 speed :).
Domination…bog style! The Tiny Bog Beast kicked so much butt that my opponent fled after only seven rounds. The battle started as Fiendish Imp versus Jademist Dancer. The Unborn Val’kyr was in the third pet slot so I force swapped the elemental out for the BFB. It cast Flame Jet after my imp cast Immolation. I then brought the Tiny Bog Beast who took a weak zap on the swap. Not wanting to face an elemental with a mech my opponent swapped to the Jademist Dancer, who got hit with all three Lashes on the swap. Clobber then stunned the enemy elemental so next round it helplessly took all three Lashes again. It only took two more Lashes the following round to finish off the Jademist Dancer. My opponent had hardly done any damage and was now down a pet so they fled.