Today’s Team: The Hard Call
P/P Warbot (Missile, Minefield, Extra Plating)
H/P Snarly (Rip, Surge, Blood In The Water)
H/P Infested Bear Cub (Infected Bite, Hibernate, Maul)
I chose this team today because in the comments section of My Teams Tivamo was inquiring as to whether this team is still viable in 5.4. In 5.3 it was one of my go to teams and I still have it listed as a top flight team. How will it do in 5.4? I discuss the strategy of this team at length at Tryouts #1 so I will keep it brief here. The Warbot will put down a Minefield then swap to Snarly. Snarly will use Rip to put a Bleed on the enemy pet then force the opposing player to choose between taking a Blood In The Water while Bleeding or eat a Minefield. Hopefully this sequence will happen twice. The Infested Bear Cub will come in to use its Maul on a Bleeding opponent.
The Opposing Team:
H/H Unborn Val’kyr
P/S Pygmy Direhorn
S/S Lil’ Bling
Not the greatest synergy but here are three solid pets.
This one was a short one. I start with my Warbot who is pitted against the Val’kyr. The Warbot uses Minefield and the Val’kyr uses Curse of Doom, no surprises there. I decide to keep the Warbot in to take the Haunt. This may seem like a bad call because it was my original plan to swap to Snarly who just happens to be a soft counter to the Val’kyr, it makes sense to swap. Well, the Warbot has Extra Plating. It can reduce the damage from the Curse and the impending Haunt by 50%. Also Snarly is the most important member of this team since he is the only pet that can apply a Bleed. I want to keep him alive for later. I pop my Extra Plating and the Val’kyr Shadow Slashes me. There are quite a few people on my meta who use Unholy Ascension, perhaps this is one of them. The Warbot and the Val’kyr duke it out with Missiles and Slashes with the Warbot emerging as the winner. The Unholy Ascension comes and I pop another Extra Plating.
Now here’s why I like the Warbot. I managed to take a pet out and get a Minefield down. Which means that I’m already winning by a Minefield’s worth of damage. But here is where it often becomes a faceroll. The Warbot has Extra Plating up so it has a good chance of staying alive to put down another Minefield. This doesn’t always happen, but it happens enough to make the Warbot a top ten pet PvP pet for me. Lil’ Bling came in after the Val’kyr died and could not take the protected Warbot out in one turn so another Minefield went down. Next turn the Warbot finally died and in came Snarly. A Rip put my opponent in exactly the position I’m going for. Do they take the Blood In The Water or swap? In this case it wasn’t a hard call since the Direhorn doesn’t want to eat the Mines. It didn’t matter because there was no way Lil’ Bling was going to outlast the Minefield. After a Rip, Blood In The Water, then a Surge the mech was gone. In came the Direhorn to 1002 damage from the Minefield and it was surely over. My opponent knew it and ran away.