P/S Stonegrinder (Woodchipper, Thunderbolt, Clean-Up)
H/P Snarly (Rip, Surge, Blood In The Water)
H/P Infested Bear Cub (Infected Bite, Bash, Maul)
A mech pet that can be used on a bleeding team that isn’t Pierre! Pierre was a pretty big let down in the long run but I don’t think Stonegrinder will be. It has Woodchipper to apply the bleed, the new and improved “split evenly” AoE Thunderbolt and a somewhat handy utility move Clean-Up. My biggest concern is that it doesn’t have a spammable normal attack. The plan is simple just like every bleeding team: apply the bleed with Rip or Woodchipper than watch the big damage come from Maul or Blood In The Water. This is an easy pet to get, it’s as simple as walking into a cave in Tarador with a few obstacles and picking it up. Unfortunately mine is a P/S, supposedly it comes in a P/P as well. I’ll pick up a P/P off the auction house but for tonight I’ll use my P/S. Oh, did I mention that is looks to be some sort of mechanical puppy? Pet battles is going to turn me into a dog lover if they keep making these cute canine pets.
vs. Unborn Val’kyr, Mini-Thor, Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling
After the Decoy was gone I put the bleed on the mech dragon and we played a game of chicken. I waited to cast Blood In The Water since I thought a swap was coming, my opponent didn’t swap since they thought I would keep waiting. One turn, two turns, on the third turn I let the BITW fly and there was still no swap. Boom, or whatever sound a croc bite makes. Failsafe was needed, on the next turn a Surge finished off the MPD. I swapped to Stonegrinder after Mini-Thor came in and was hoping to use Clean-Up on some mines but they never came. Mini-Thor won the head to head against against Stonegrinder, the Infested Bear Cub finished the big mech off, Snarly and the bear finished off the valk. Good start.
vs. Fishy, Baby Ape, Azure Whelpling
Ahh, the Azure Whelpling. Those dragonkin are what really got me into pet collecting in Cataclysm. I had a different whelpling for each of my characters: crimson for my DK, emerald for my hunter and druid, blue for my priest and shaman, dark for my warlock. Good times, until I tried to battle with them. The 289 speed of my then favorite Crimson Whelpling didn’t work well in PvP, and I’ve never really seen the blue do very well. This battle was no different; the Azure Whelpling wasn’t much of a factor, especially when it used its magic nuke Surge Of Power for weak damage on my mech. Fishy actually gave my the most trouble, believe it or not. Pump sure hurts! The battle ended with my undead bear using Maul on a bleeding Baby Ape. Pain. It really does seem like most of the pet battles I do from my garrison use the same garrison setting, at least since I hit 100. I’m probably just on a streak of the same setting. Nevertheless, I’ll go somewhere else to change it up a bit.
vs. Ominous Flame, Scourged Whelpling, Flayer Youngling
I’m really liking the diversity that I’ve been seeing since the nerfs and the mechanic changes that WoD has brought us. Here I got to fight against the rarely used Ominous Flame. Foreboding Curse is a great move and this opponent had the right idea combining it with Scorched Earth and Death and Decay. It was a very close battle that they may have won if the flayer was level 25 instead of level 23. I may have let them win to help them level under different circumstances, but I was only at 143 Dreanor pet battle wins coming in to this battle. I need that level 3 menagerie so you’ll have to try again with your flayer. 144 now.
vs. Wild Jade Hatchling, Jademist Dancer, Zandalari Anklerender
This would have been an interesting and possibly close battle if my opponent hadn’t had tunnel vison when it came to applying Rain Dance. They felt that it was worth taking a strong Blood In The Water while bleeding in order to get Rain Dance off. It was not worth the 976 damage. Snarly finished the Jademist Dancer with a Surge. There was no coming back from that, Snarly and Stonegrinder cleaned up easily for a fast nine round victory.
vs. Magical Crawdad, Twilight Spider, Fossilized Hatchling
Thanks to me either overthinking or just being out thought on the head games the initial match up of Snarly versus the Twilight Spider was a draw, meaning that they killed each other. After that my Stonegrinder had to apply the bleed to the Fossilized Hatchling, swap to the bear to kill it, swap back to Stonegrinder to use Woodchipper again, swap back to the bear, then finally kill off the Magical Crawdad with Stonegrinder. It wasn’t easy and I don’t think I would have been able to do it with the older version of Thunderbolt.
This is a great team so far, I’m feeling good about its long term potential. I’m not going to be able to do the daily battle tomorrow due to holiday travel, so happy Thanksgiving to you in advance!