Today’s Team: My Pal Animus
P/P Son Of Animus (Metal Fist, Touch Of The Animus, Extra Plating)
S/S Fiendish Imp (Burn, Immolation, Nether Gate)
S/S Death Adder Hatchling (Poison Fang, Puncture Wound, Blinding Poison)
As with every Animus team that I use, this team is about using DoTs together with Touch Of The Animus. If Touch is applied to an enemy pet then every time that your pet does damage it will be healed. So I will start with the Adder or the Imp to get my DoTs up. Then Animus will come in to apply Touch. If my opponent stays in then I’ll get some nice heals. from the ticks of the DoTs.
Touch is on four round CD. If the opposing pet swaps out after the Touch is applied then the whole plan goes out the window. Another problem could be Sandstorm shutting down the DoTs. If that happens I think the Animus can go one on one with an Idol, but it’ll still be a major drawback to my plan. There is no counter if I run into a Val’kyr, which are extremely common right now. Again, I’ll go with the Animus and the Extra Plating to mitigate the Curse and Haunt.
The Opposing Team:
P/S Amber Moth
H/H Anubisath Idol
P/P Emperor Crab
Oh, shields. I forgot about that when I was talking about concerns. And Sandstorm. How lucky am I?
Sometimes the queue is nice to you, sometimes it is not. This is a big case of not. I think I could handle one counter with the Animus, but two? I start with my Imp who must face the Idol. Is the Idol going to Deflect or Sandstorm? Who cares, I need to go for it if I’m going to beat this team. I use Nether Gate and there’s no Deflection so the Idol gets back lined and out comes the Crab. Out of the frying pan into the fire. I can’t use Immolation because there’s likely a shield, even if not there’s an inevitable Sandstorm. The Crab throws down a Whirlpool as my Imp Burns. I have no true avoidance moves but I can Blind the Crab, how clever of me. Except my opponent saw right through it and swapped to the Idol as soon as I brought in my Death Adder.
I get Whirlpooled and rooted as I take some damage on my Adder and give some damage to the Idol. After the root goes away I swap to the Animus. It now becomes the Son Of Animus show as it kicks some Idol and Crab behind. Nothing fancy happened, I just used Extra Plating and spammed Metal Fist. I think what truly decided the battle was that my opponent anticipated the Touch and Deflected it. After killing the Idol I was later able to get another Touch applied to the Crab, but that Deflection made a big difference. The Crab eventually died and I had all three pets left but with very low health. I was about to go on another tirade about how moths are simply rng pets that rely on Dust and Sleep, but I will just say that the moth cleaned me up. And yes, it put my Imp to Sleep. This was a fun battle trying to get around my DoT team being countered so well. Bad or average play from my opponent was my only hope but my opponent played it well. You can’t win em’ all.