October 15, 2013

Today’s Team: Leafy Noobs
S/S Ashleaf Spriteling (Poisoned Branch, Wild Magic, Entangling Roots)
H/H Scourged Whelpling (Tail Swipe, Death and Decay, Plagued Blood)
H/P Lava Beetle (Flank, Hiss, Scorched Earth)

I got a P/P Ashleaf Spriteling and wasn’t that impressed with it when using for its Solar Beam nuke on a Sunlight team. Tonight I saw a good deal on the AH for an S/S Spriteling and thought I’d give it a shot. After a quick level up I had an S/S Ashleaf Spriteling at my disposal. 333 speed, that’s great, but what am I going to do with that speed? It doesn’t have any speed based moves. Going first might save me in a close battle, but other than that?

I decide I’d like to try and take advantage of the human racial and Plagued Blood so I choose Poisoned Branch in the first slot. Hmm, if I can get Poisoned Branch and Wild Magic going along with Death and Decay that could put up some decent numbers. If I could lay down Scorched Earth on top of that I’d really see some nice numbers. I look through all of the Scorched Earth pets and just for the hell of it I choose the Lava Beetle. Hey, why not, there’s plenty of slow undead around these days so I could end up doing well with Flank. Just in case my 260 speed is slower I go with Hiss rather than Cauterize.

The plan is to get some DoTs going and apply Wild Magic. I don’t have high hopes for this team, but you never know what the queue will give you.

The Opposing Team
P/P Lil’ Deathwing
P/S Pandaren Monk
P/S Fossilized Hatchling
Deathwing is not my friend.

The Battle
101513AI assume Deathwing will be first because that’s what Deathwing users do most of the time so I try to figure out how to handle the Elementium Bolt. I have no avoidance. My Beetle won’t get stunned but it could die fast. If only I’d taken Cauterize. The Scourged Whelpling will take weak damage so I choose that. With 1806 hp I can take a little damage. As expected my opponent starts with Deathwing. Unexpectedly they immediately switch to the Pandaren Monk. Ok, I’m cool with that if you are. I apply Plagued Blood on the swap then put down DnD while the Monk charges Focus Chi. I know I’m going to take a big hit but I swap to the Ashleaf Spriteling anyways, if my plan works I might be a able to get a little bit back. I take a big Jab then apply my Poison and Wild Magic. The Monk isn’t going to last much longer, I think the Wild Magic may be able taking it out too quick to get any heals, oh well. I’m not going to complain that the opposing pets are dying.

101513BAfter the Monk dies Deathwing is back and it turns out that all of my planning around Elementium Bolt was moot as this pet had Cataclysm. After a Roll the Cataclysm missed my Beetle who I brought in to use Scorched Earth. Phew. After my Beetle accomplishes its task the Whelpling comes back in to use Plagued Blood. Now the Beetle is getting some healing and the Scourged Whelpling can soak the next Cataclysm. This is working out. I decide to bring the Beetle back in, I think that may have been a mistake but it ends up killing Deathwing. All thats left now is the Fossilized Hatchling. My Beetle is faster which allows all three Flanks to hit, then the Beetle gets killed with a strong Claw, ouch. It’s going to be close as I apply Poisoned Branch and Wild Magic. The Hatchling almost took out my back lined Whelpling with a Bonestorm but cant quite complete the job. The DoTs along with Wild Magic take out the Fossilized Hatchling who kills my Spriteling for the consolation prize as I narrowly escape with a low health Scourged Whelpling and the victory.

Neither team was exceptionally good, neither of us played well, what a mediocre battle. I’m still not sure what I’m going to with this Ashleaf Spriteling.

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