Skavenged wrote:I've faced this guy in PvP quite a few times today with several different teams. Made a point of having at least one Humanoid on my team just to do some testing when facing Graves. It really didn't go well. Ore Eater and Anubis (two of the stronger humanoids, and both with significant damage mitigation) were both utterly destroyed while barely doing any real damage to the enemy team. Shell armor, Sandstorm, and stoneskin did little to slow down the damage. Deflection was useful, but it's a one trick pony, since Anubis was dead before the CD even expired. Even tried carrying a rabbit to help out, but still no use. Before the rabbit could take Graves down, any humanoids in the back row were crushed, and the other back row pet was seriously hurting. Even running a decoy pet was little help, since Grave Destruction also clears objects in addition to hitting really hard. It's early still, but from the look of things, this guy is going to be a repeat of the Murkalot problem, where we have one really OP pet greatly unbalancing the meta because of it's move set.
Does Grave Destruction clear out Decoys before doing damage? I thought it needed to deal damage to apply its wiping effect. Or just that shieldbubbles isnt counted as items.
Sandstorm and aoe heals seems to be to be key in countering the incomming aoe damage. But yes, Graves is a hefty meta shift like Murkalot. Though not as bad as Murkalot, as everyone with a bit of time can aquire Graves. Murk was just too exclusive and needed to be bought down, or he would just dominate too much in the hands of those few that bought him in the limited time.
Edit: Regarding the aoe power of Graves
Murkalot RI'ng a P/P Blackfuse Bombling using Armageddon = 722 damage to the enemy team, and loosing the bombling
Murkalot Ri'ing Graves, using Bonestorm, followed by Grave Destruction on the next round. = 722 enemy team damage as well. 500 damage from doubled Bonestorm, plus 222 from 3split Grave Destruction to each enemy pet.
But taking one turn longer, and you do not loose Graves. And he may survive long enough to drop a second Bonestorm.