October 27, 2013

Today’s Team: Thundering Moans
S/S Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling (Breath, Thunderstorm, Decoy)
H/P Thundering Jade Hatchling (Tail Sweep, Lightning, Cyclone)
H/S Kovok (Poison Fang, Pheromones, Puncture Wounds)

I will turn the weather to Lightning with the Thundering Hatchling then get the back line damage going with Cyclone, Pheromones and Thunderstorm. I will probably use Kovok second so I can put up Poison to also benefit from the Lightning. The Dragonling can drop a decoy if necessary. If it’s safe to put up Lighting this team has a very high chance of winning.

The problem with Lightning is that it’s not always safe to use. Gnomes, DoTs and multi-attacks can all turn your own weather against you. There’s two dragonkin attacks which are weak versus undead which is probably the most popular family at the moment. There’s no defense against Val’kyrs so I’ll have to sacrifice a pet if I face one.

The Opposing Team:
P/P Harbinger Of Flame
P/P Son Of Animus
P/P Twilight Fiendling

The Battle:
102713AThis was an interesting battle because it’s example of what’s been happening a lot to me with Kovok teams. It seems like I’m going to lose and then the back line damage takes its toll resulting in a win by a slim margin. I started with my Lightning dragon as expected and my opponent anticipated it well by starting with the Harbinger. Should I change my plan and swap out to something else? Not only is the Harbinger a hard counter to my dragon, it’s not totally safe to use Lightning because of the Harbinger’s DoT. I decided to throw caution to the wind and go with my strategy. What poor play. Well, is it poor play if I know it’s poor play and think I can win anyways? No matter the label, my Hatchling Cyclones and takes a crit Punch for 831 damage. Ouch. It’s too late to deviate now, I use Lightning as planned while two more punches take out my Hatchling. It already looks bleak, I’m a pet down and the only damage I’ve done is from Cyclone and Lightning. Next up for me is Kovok. Kovok uses Pheromones and gets Immolated. I know that the Conflagrate is next but all I can do to avoid it is swap to my Mechanical Dragonling, which would be silly. I decide to let Kovok take the Conflagrate then finish off the Harbinger. The Harbinger Conflagrates then dies to a Poison Fang and Puncture Wounds but Kovok ended up dying due to the DoT and Lightning.

102713BIt seems that I’m a pet down now but a look at the enemy health bars says otherwise. They’re both at about half health due to the Cyclone, Pheromones and Lightning. My opponent chooses Animus to take on the my Dragonling. I may have made a mistake in the beginning by choosing to stick with my strategy despite a bad first match up but here my opponent evened things out with a big mistake of their own. I drop the Decoy and Animus used Siphon Anima. No healing for you thanks to the Decoy. I use Thunderbolt on Animus and do some more damage to the helpless Fiendling, who’s down to about 300 hp at this point. A critical Breath is enough to take Animus to 0 hp, another Breath finishes Animus off. The shellshocked Fiendling steps into play and realizes that it’s only going to take one Breath to knock it out. My opponent ran rather than give me the satisfaction of finishing the battle. These Kovok battles are so short sometimes, this one was ten rounds (eleven if my opponent stayed).

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