February 6, 2013
I was extremely excited when I built the Batman pet battle team to vanquish my foes. But, two weeks later, did these darkness-mongers live up to the hype or fall flat? Here’s my review.
I tried a lot of different combos with this team, starting with Lil Deathwing, Gilnean Raven and the Pandaren Monk. Deathwing made the cut because its one of the only pets that can Call Darkness before level 15. After I hit 15, I swapped out Deathwing for Ghostly Skull, and ran with that combo for 15-25 and didn’t look back. I wish I’d been able to level up my lantern and tried him on the team before this review, but it looks very promising. I think this team could be at its best with the lineup: Lil Deathwing, Panderan Monk, Lantern.
When this team works, it’s absolutely brutal for the opponent.
If I got in big trouble, I could always just swap in Ghostly Skull and have him take bites until he died, when he’d come back invulnerable for one turn and use his huge hit (that also stuns himself, but who cares since he’s dead). That one hit takes about 60% of an opponent’s health without critting. It’s such a good way to balance a losing fight.
Having that burst damage to pressure out troublesome pets saved me countless times. He really was a great counterbalance to the team, still able to be effective when the main strategy wasn’t working.
I’m not going to lie to you guys — this team didn’t fail very often.
But when it did fail, it was to teams that could do one of two things:
1. Chain stuns and power-up a huge hit with the Fluxfire Feline that would instantly kill one of my pets every 3 turns.
2. Have on-demand avoidance and Elemental healers that can tank while healing their whole team.
The Pandaren Earth Spirit was the most annoying stun machine, because he can lock you down for 4 turns while doing his damage to you if he’s faster than your pet. By the time I got out of stunlock, my first pet was almost already dead. It’s a tough way to start a match.
Fluxfire Feline was the hardest pet to counter that I ran into frequently. We all know it’s OP, but it still hurts. On turn 3, she will kill your active pet. There’s nothing this team could do about it. This is where I think Green Armadillo’s suggestion for the Lantern would be perfect — not only can it only lose 40% of its health in one hit, it can blind the fluxfire feline on it’s big attack turn for a 40% accuracy penalty, or slip into a 100% evasion for 2 turns to slow it down.
There were only a couple games where this team got shut out. The majority of the games I lost were still extremely close and I never really felt frustrated like I did with the last team we reviewed on the podcast.
I usually felt like I lost because of the insane power on the other team, instead of a lack of power on my own. I was a B-level superhero fighting Superman. He beat me as expected, but against any other opponent the games were mine to lose.
And the good news is that both of those two problem cases are getting removed in the next patch, so this team will get even better. They’re adding resilience, which will prevent your pet from being CCed for a few turns after it gets CCed, and they’re removing all of the supercharge abilities from pets like Fluxfire Feline to stop their insane burst damage.
73 wins, 14 losses (84% win record)
YES. That is an amazing win-loss ratio. And if you removed the losses to the pets that are getting nerfed next patch, it’s close to a 95% win ratio. That’s, frankly, insane.
But the real question is, will I continue playing this team?
HECK. YES. This team is super fun to play (I love the feeling of “dunking” on an enemy pet with the giant burst from Ghostly Skull. My wife kept looking over when I’d cheered and threw my hands up as it chomped for the kill), and it’s super strong.
I’ll put this team on hold the next time Elemental pets are the craze, but other than that, this is going to be my main go-to PvP lineup for the foreseeable future. It’s just so reliable, and I love that.
I really want to experiment with working the Lantern into the team as well, but I’m not sure if it’ll be as necessary after the nerf to burst pets next patch. It might still be fun.
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