I picked up MoP almost a year ago after having been out of the game for about two years and eagerly jumped right into pet battling/collecting. I hadn't been into it very long when I first caught wind of breeds, but in a rare attempt to save my sanity I tried to disregard that facet of it, and focused solely on collecting rares.
Over the past couple of days (perhaps thinking that I've amassed something of a respectable collection, or perhaps because I've largely finished my daily quest cycles/rep grinds and seem to think I have more time on my hands), I've suddenly decided to get serious about my collection, and seek out superior breeds.
A bit of browsing here led me to the petsear.ch listing, so I'm using that to see what's available for any given pet. Beyond that, is the determination of "best" breed ultimately a matter of personal preference? Are there specific breeds that are widely considered optimal?
As far as stones go, I've heretofore reserved them for those pets that can be acquired only as uncommon, and used them prior to leveling them. Being aware of the stat differences between qualities, I had posited (but never researched) that it must be better for any pet to grow as rare, rather than be converted at a higher level and risk losing stat growth. Is this not the case after all? Does a stone allow stats to scale appropriately to the higher quality?
I apologize if these things have already been addressed.
- Are there "optimal" breeds or is it all about personal preference?
- Is there a stat difference between natural rares and stoned rares?