Day 11: Queen Floret
and King Floret
No team-wide buff, but they don't really need one IMO.
I was pretty excited to see this team since [url=http://www.warcraftpets.com/community/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=10835#p87105]Poofah mentioned[/url] to keep an eye on how hard [ability]Righteous Inspiration[/ability] + [url=http://wod.wowhead.com/petability=1343]Fist of the Forest[/url] hits. Let's just say, OUCH.
As far as I could tell, both pets used their abilities fairly randomly. The only constant that occurred was that they both used Fist of the Forest as their first move as soon as they stepped onto the battlefield. This meant that whenever Queen Floret used RI, FotF was incoming from King Floret immediately after. This combo does over 1k damage against unshielded pets, owww.
The first FotF executed by Queen Floret (has speed of 281) can be easily avoided with a pet that's faster and has an avoidance or block move. This first big hit isn't buffed with RI, so you shouldn't die right off the bat if your pet can't avoid it.
The second FotF WILL be buffed with RI, and since Queen Floret uses RI somewhat randomly, it may be hard to time a block/avoidance. Plus King will have 100% speed increase for that round he was swapped in (puts him at 544 speed). That makes it a bit more difficult to set up a block/avoidance against him.
I found that the majority of the time, Queen would use her RI on round 2, so using a faster pet with [ability]Bubble[/ability] helped immensely. My pet used Bubble round 1, Queen swapped out round 2. King stepped in, was faster, and FotF was incoming but my pet still had 1 charge of Bubble. Whew!
Note: There were some battles where Queen did not use RI on the second Round, and I had a hell of a time trying to predict when it would come up. Being unable to predict and plan for an RI + FotF didn't make or break my team, but it was annoying and usually one shot whichever pet I had out on the field.
Other than that initial RI + FotF, there isn't much to watch out for. They mainly use their main attacks, and throw in an unbuffed FotF at random. I never saw King use RI to swap again before death, but that just might have been good RNG for me.
The MVPs for this fight will probably be pets that have Bubble (it's such a good ability in almost all situations) and aquatic attacks against Queen and King. I'd say faster pets (prior to RI) may also have an advantage. Pets using [ability]Deflect[/ability] will also come in handy, although I don't think there are any current pets that use both Deflect and aquatic attacks unfortunately.
Team I used: Ruby Droplet (H/S 1,2,2), Spawn of G'nathus (1,1,1), and Swamp Croaker (B/B 1,1,2)
With good RNG, my Ruby Droplet was able to solo King and deal a decent amount of damage to Queen once she swapped back in. Once my droplet died, G'nathus was able to cleanly finish up the fight. In situations where bad RNG occurred (couldn't predict when Queen used RI and couldn't avoid King's buffed FotF, or my pets just took extra large hits/crits), having the third pet still allowed me to win.
This fight is kind of daunting at first. RI + FotF one shot one of my pets initially. Once you figure out how to avoid that initial combo, it gets significantly easier. It's not an impossible fight or nearly as complicated as it seems, and it feels rather good to dodge an attack that would otherwise one shot you heh. Was fun