Hundred Win Club Induction: Frosty Cold Rats
H/H Bone Serpent (Bone Barrage, Call Darkness, Nocturnal Strike)
S/S Frostfur Rats (Flurry, Crouch, Call Darkness)
S/S Nightshade Sproutling (Lash, Call Darkness, Blinding Poison)
As I mentioned in yesterday’s video I took a break from getting The Warriors to one hundred and decided to focus on Frosty Cold Rats. The reason for this divergence was the prevalence of sunny day teams over the past few days. Sunny day is a weather that is extremely difficult to beat without your own weather. So not only did I decided to bring my own weather, I decided on bringing darkness to screw with the healing, and not just one darkness pet, but three. I successfully chased off the healers, and by that time one hundred wins was within my grasp.
The strategy is simple: use the 1st-tier Bone Serpent as a hard hitter to take down pets fast and also use it to absorb damage (yeah, it can do all that, which is why it’s at the top). Then the rat and the sproutling will use their speed to clean up. Against triple undead AoE I will often start with the rat because it has such low health, but usually the Bone Serpent starts off.
Frosty Cold Rats has been interesting in the sense that it does very well against a lot of 1st-tier pets, but can often struggle against average teams. Let’s hope that I get to beat up on some big guys. Right now the record is 96-22-2. I doubt I’ll be able to knock out four in a row, but I’ll try.
win vs. MPD, Pandaren Water Spirit, Stormwing
I thought I might have a weather war on my hands with Stormwing, but the flyer turned out to have Lift-Off instead of Call Lightning. I took Stormwing below half with my Bone Serpent, then when the MPD came in I swapped to my rat. A decoy was placed then quickly taken out by using Flurry. The Pandaren Water Spirit came in to lay its double nuke, then Stormwing came in but took a crit on the swap from my rat then was taken out on the next round by a use of Flurry. The double nuke didn’t kill or stun the rat so my opponent fled.
win vs. Puddle Terror, Puddle Terror, Emerald Proto-Whelp
Let’s call it a bad day for healing, and an even worse day for dragons. This is one of the teams that made me start using Frosty Cold Rats regularly. My opponent attempted to force sunny day by swapping between the two Puddle Terrors, but I would swap as soon as I cast darkness so that I had another darkness ready to go. I used Nocturnal Strike on one of the Puddle Terrors, then Call Darnkess on the EPW. Good times. For me. My opponent fled after round fourteen.
win vs. Blighthawk, Axebeak Hatchling, Jademist Dancer
I almost always start with my Bone Serpent but in this case I decided to start with the Nightshade Sproutling. Why? Facing a clonedance team can be hazardous to your win rate so I tried to stop the tactic in its tracks. Would the Blighthawk fall for it? Blinging Poison then… Cyclone. Yes! I brought the rat in and was able to kill the Jademist Dancer that had come in thanks to Crouch’s damage mitigation. The Blighthawk got another chance at Cyclone, but by now it was too late, I was way ahead. To make matters worse for my opponent the Blighthawk missed Ghostly Bite on the immortal round, ouch. One more to go!
loss vs. Amber Moth, Luyu Moth, Oasis Moth
This team has beaten Frosty Cold Rats numerous times over the past few days. The rat and sproutling are worthless versus fast flyers so my only hope is to bring them below half with my undead pet. The problem is that when I do, I swap to a faster pet to kill the moth, then I’m facing another faster moth. If rng is bad for me then the Bone Serpent can’t afford a swap as was the case here. The first Bone Barrage missed all three times, then the Bone Serpent was put to sleep. I usually come right back with a Lost Of Lordaeron team and laugh as Arcane Explosion spam takes out over 90% of this team’s health, but I refrained in order to write this. Next time lamer moth team, next time.
win vs. Unborn Val’kyr, Bone Serpent, Bronze Whelpling
I graciously present to you the newest member of the Hundred Win Club, Frosty Cold Rats. The rat was a triple hitting nightmare for the two undead pets (see how rng always seems to even out). The enemy Bone Serpent made a desperate attempt to hit my elemental with a Nocturnal strike but failed. With all three of my pets having Call Darkness the dragon was always going to be in danger. It took 125 battles to get to one hundred wins, which is good but not great. To put it in perspective Owngrinders only took 107. Anything under 140 is acceptable as far as I’m concerned. Hopefully The Warriors will be the next inductees.