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This took me hours, pouring over guides at WarcraftPets and matching them to the pets I had. Then I spent untold hours levelling some more pets to 25, you’re going to need shit-loads.

The Second and Final Week Trainers are now included as I’ve had a good trial and success on them. I can now state with confidence that I can prevail against all the Celestial Tournament (currently) has to throw at me. I have all the Celestial Pets [Yu’la, Broodling of Yu’lon],  [Xu-Fu, Cub of Xuen], [Zao, Calfling of Niuzao] and  [Chi-Chi, Hatchling of Chi-ji] to back this up.

My basic advice is check the pet type and abilities and match to what you have. These teams work at least. If you have success with these teams or modify them a pwn please let me know.

Lorewalker Cho

Team 1

Sprite Darter Hatchling
Spider
Scourged Whelpling

Team 1 Strategy

Sprite Darter simply destroys Wisdom with [Moonfire], and 2 [Arcane Blast]s. For Patience use [Life Exchange] and that will automatically take off around 1000 health from the broom. Then just use your spider’s [Brittle Webbing] and let the next 2 pets kill themselves.

Team 2

Emerald Proto-Whelp
Fel Flame
Minfernal (+)

Team 2 Strategy

[Emerald Bite] should see to the Owl, Wisdom. Minfernal will sort out Knowledge as long as you didn’t take too much damage finishing Patience.

Dr Ion Goldbloom

Team 1

Nexus Whelpling P/B (+)
Fel Flame (+)
Sapphire Cub

Team 1 Strategy

The second pet Trike is the danger pet. When Screamer feigns death swap to your Fel Flame to face Trike. [Mana Surge] should deal with Screamer and Chaos but the Sapphire Cub is no slouch again Chaos or even Trike.

Sully “The Pickle”

Team 1

Feverbite Hatchling
Lil’ Smoky
Gilnean Raven (+)

Team 1 Strategy

[Brittle Webbing] | [Poison Spit] | [Spiderling Swarm] and the spider should be dead.
[Minefield] is awesome and the [Poison Spit] should finish the first pet this round. [Missile] until death, or deploy [Minefield] again if Monte dies. Lead with [Darkness] for the Raven but save [Nocturnal Strike] for Rikki, [Alpha Strike] is recommended.

Team 2

Twilight Spider
Blue Clockwork Rocket Bot
Yellow Moth (+)

Team 2 Strategy

This is essentially the same as team, the Moth is great here too.

Second Week Trainers

Taran Zhu

Team 1

Infected Squirrel (+)
Tiny Sporebat (+)
Fledgling Nether Fly (+)

Team 1 Strategy

Lead out with [Consume] (use this on cooldown) | [Rabid Stike]…[Diseased Bite]. If you can get Rabid Strike on two or more Monks happy days.

Stick to the Undead attacks with the Sporebat: [Shadow Slash] and [Creeping Fungus].

Occasionally the first two will finish the Pandaren Monks, Undead is definitely the way to go, but the Sporebat with it’s Undead attacks is quite potent. The Nether Ray is a real revelation, I’ve seen him crit for 900 and 450 is an average hit.

Chen Stormstout

…is a bitch and I struggled to find a team that worked about 50% of the time and a viable strat.

Team 1

Flamering Moth
Menagerie Custodian (+)
Magical Crawdad (+)

Team 1 Strategy

Open with Moth Dust. If you stun the Mushan and Chen swaps, swap in your mechanical. I went with [Demolish] and then [Ion Cannon], the cricket is the danger pet so if you can get it under 200 health (a solid [Surge]) then Crawdad has a chance against Brewly, you’ll need all his health to soak between each [Wish], use on cooldown, and [Renewing Mists]. Brewly is pwned by [Surge] so a healing / diving pet with [Surge] can sub for the massive health / healing Crawdad (maybe).

Team 2

Mechanical (Ion Cannon)
Kun-Lai Runt
Chuck

Team 2 Strategy

Tonsa: Mechanical attacks, either [Turret] and [Metal Fist] or [Demolish] and [Ion Cannon] Chirps: you get put to sleep in turn one, swap to Kun-Lai Runt. [Mangle] then [Rampage]. [Mangle] probably skippable. Brewly: [Mangle] again, continued with [Thrash] until dead. [Rip] | [Blood In The Water] | [Water Jet].

Warthion

Team 1

Carrion Rat [Poison | Stampede] (+)
Feral Vermling (+)
Anubisath Idol

Team 1 Strategy

Open with [Poison Fang] then [Stampede] until dead. [Poison Lash] and [Crush]. Vermling frequently survives into third pet so poison it and [Crush] until dead. Use the Anubisath’s [Deflection] for the [Elementium Bolt] and apply [Stoneskin] as soon as you can.

I tried all my humanoid pets but while finishing with the Anubisath I discovered [Crush] was a strong move hence this team.

Team 2

Hare / Whelk / Snail
Flayer Youngling
Scourged Whelpling

Team 2 Strategy

Hare / Whelk / Snail with [Absorb], [Acidic Goo], and [Dive]. [Dive] when Cindy’s [Ice Tomb] is at 1 round. Flayer Youngling: a S/S (325 speed) ideally. Use [Kick] to get free damage and then follow up with [Blitz]. Use [Deflection] to avoid a lot of nuke damage.

Final Week Trainers

Wise Mari

Team 1

Yellow Moth (P/P) (+)
Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling
Lava Beetle

Team 1 Strategy

Only use the Moth against Carpe Diem and River. Switch to the mechanical for Spirus. Use the Mechanical Dragonling’s [Decoy] and [Breath] attack, the Mechanical’s return after death round is invaluable.

Blingtron 4000

Team 1

Eternal Strider
Sapphire Cub
Water Waveling

Team 1 Strategy

Use any combination from team 1 and 2 only do not change the order. First pet’s must be used first etc.

Team 2

Swamp Croaker
Electrified Razortooth
Water Waveling

Team 2 Strategy

[Bubble] | [Water Jet]…use [Croa]] against Banks first. [Rip] | [Blood in the Water] finish Banks with [Devour] to recover some health and take as much off Bling as possible. Lead with [Geyser] and use on cooldown. [Frost Shock] to [Chill] and [Ice Lance].

Shadowmaster Kiryn

Team 1

Infected Squirrel (+)
Amethyst Shale Hatchling (+)
Son of Animus

Team 1 Strategy

[Rabid Strike] (reapply) | [Consume] (on cooldown) | Diseased Bite…

Apply [Stoneskin] to render turrets useless and nuke with [Burn]. Anubisath would work here too.

[Siphon Anima] will help, [Metal Fist] is good. Summer does hit like a train though. Any [Ion Cannon] pet could sub in here I think.

The Legendary Celestial Beasts


Xu-Fu, Cub of Xuen (>> 296)

Team 1

Cogblade Raptor
Clockwork Gnome
Darkmoon Zepp

Team 1 Strategy

[Exposed Wounds] | [Turret] | [Decoy] | [Turret] | Exposed Wounds | Batter…

Team 2

Tranquil Mechanical Yeti
Blue Clockwork Rocket Bot
Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling (*)

Team 2 Strategy

[Lightning]…[Ion Cannon] for resurrection round. [Toxic Smoke] and [Batter]. [Decoy] | [Bombing Run] and [Missile] until dead.

* Two Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling are required for the Final Week, due to the Wise Mari preferred tactic, Spirus is problematic without the Mech Dragon. I want to find a new tactic that works with Mari as Xu-Fu is by far the worse fight and [Decoy] is essential at the end.

Zao, Calfling of Niuzao (>> 276)

Team 1

Sunreaver Micro-Sentry
Zandalari Raptor
Zandalari Raptor

Team 1 Strategy

[Lightning] | [Fel Immolate] | [Black Claw] | [Hunting Party] | [Hunting Party]

Team 2

Tranquil Mechanical Yeti
Wildhammer Grypon Hatchling (or any >276 speed Flying pet)
Son of Animus

Team 2 Strategy

Yeti [Lightning] – Grypon [Flock] – Son [Touch of the Animus ] – [Metal Fist]

Yu’la, Broodling of Yu’lon (>> 287)

Team 1

3 Rabbits / Hares

Team 1 Strategy

Opener [Scratch] | [Scratch] | [Dodge] | [Burrow] | [Scratch]…repeat

On [Lift Off] cast [Dodge] (use for all three rabbit/hares). If all three critters can do more than 620 damage you win, simples.

Team 2

Mr. Bigglesworth

Team 2 Strategy

If you’ve completed Raiding With Leashes, throw Mr. Bigglesworth at her and just solo it.

Team 3

Lil’ Dathwing

Sprite Darter Hatchling (+)

Nether Faerie Dragon (+)

Team 3 Strategy

[Roll] | [Cataclysm] | Tail swipe.

[Moonfire] (on cooldown) and [Arcane Blast], use [Evanescence] against Lift off with both the Sprite Darter and Faerie Dragon.

Team 4

Infested Bear Cub

Scourged Whelpling

Voodoo Figurine

Team 4 Strategy

[Diseased Bite] until the bear dies. [Corpse Explosion] on the rez round. [Darkness] (on cooldown) | [Plagued Blood] | [Shadowflame] … repeat with reapplications of DoTs as required and Yu’la should die. With the Voodoo Figurine, stick to the Undead spells and don’t use [Rot].

Chi-Chi, Hatchling of Chi-Ji (>> )

Team 1

3 Snails

Team 1 Strategy

Maintain the [Acidic Goo] debuff at all times and spam [Ooze Touch].

Use [Dive] during the third round when Chi-Chi goes [Ethereal]. Since Chi-Chi uses that ability on cooldown thereafter, you will not be able to use [Dive] each time, but each time you use it during her [Ethereal], you save yourself about 500 health from the subsequent quills. Definitely do that.

Emergency Backup Nuclear Team

Team

Pandaren Water Spirit
Chrominius
Insurance pet

Team Strategy

[Curse of Doom] | [Haunt] | [Geyser] | [Water Spout] | [Howl] | [Surge of Power]. Should kill any of the Legendary Celestials.

[Updated 16 November 2013]

[Updated 30 November 2013]

[Updated 13 December 2013]

[Updated 03 February 2014]

42

People can be thoughtless at times, I’m guilty of it myself. However, sometimes I have to wonder if some have their priorities all wrong. People talk about the poor quality of the relationships you form on-line but I continue to fall into the trap of over-estimating their value. I treat these casual acquaintances as friends and make an emotional investment in them. Which on reflection does make me an idiot. I don’t mind making mistakes, it’s the only way to really learn, but I hate to make the same mistake twice.

Back in 2007 when I was first introduced to Massively Multi-player Online (MMO) gaming I wasn’t that impressed with it. Guild Wars was a beautiful game but I didn’t get a real sense of being part of a large international gaming community. When I was convinced to join World of Warcraft it didn’t seen much more compelling. Although the game had a persistent on-line world that seemed larger with more depth it was just a game world. As I approached the end game and began to sample the possibilities of cooperative game-play in this environment I recognised the necessity of joining a guild, an on-line gaming clan: a discrete community within the the larger on-line server, or realm.

So I was pointed at a guild with a good reputation. These clans as I’ve previously documented have inherited a large number of conventions from Role Playing Games (RPG), both table top and on-line, and have evolved an etiquette peculiar to the on-line iteration. Guilds often have forums, outside of game, for communication and discussion. I’ve said both flippantly and with deadly seriousness that the only thing worse than an opinion, in these clans, is expressing that opinion. So it’s extremely easy, not coming from an RPG/MMO background to get yourself a bad name. I played single player First Person Shooters (FPS), platformers and Turn Based Strategy before stumbling into World of Warcraft.

I blundered into my first guild and misread and misunderstood everything. They were a hardcore vanilla 40-man raid guild. Indeed I got to see the inside of Molten Core and when, two expansions later, a retooled 25-man Naxxramas raid dungeon appeared it all looked strangely familiar. It wasn’t until another expansion later that I saw that only 3% of players of the original game had been into the original 40-man Naxxramas that I started to feel maybe I had done some stuff in this game (long before I had the vaguest inkling of what I was doing).

Blundering and misunderstanding is right. I actually believed that this gaming clan wanted participation and investment from their members. I ;thought of them as being like a sports club and I wanted to wash the kit, make the teas; lay on the away game transport; and make myself available to fill the difficult left back position. I thought that it would be helpful to the committee if I provided feedback and expressed the opinions of the membership who did seem reluctant to step forward and have any input. Now most people in guilds are actually made up of simple and slightly selfish folk, they want to raid and/or get gear to progress and access more content. This is actually not such a bad thing as most people that run guilds only put themselves through the stress and frustration to ensure their raiding, getting gear and progressing through the game.

So I found myself completely misunderstanding what a good guild member (guidie) is. A good guildie is very quiet (they never complain), non-committal (never agrees or disagrees with anyone, so everyone thinks they agree with them), never engages in discussion or debate (drama) or says anything about subjects that will likely provoke the expression of opinions that reveal the divisions that are always there.

I’m a graduate philosopher. This makes people laugh because they don’t understand what that is, or how one might make a study of philosophy, and try not to laugh out loud as they gently mock me with the question “What is your philosophy of life then?” One of the things I did learn is debating point, counter point and dialectical analysis. I like good natured arguing. I frequently do what people hate of ‘liberal arts students’ and answer a question with a question. We need to understand what we’re asking if we are hoping to make anything of the answers.

I’ve met a handful of truly insightful and intelligent people playing Warcraft, some of them have even had the misfortune, like myself, to be erudite as well. I’m not calling everyone else thick but I think it’s fair to say that most do not like debate and they cannot separate detailed critical analysis from simple rowing. I’ve dismantled people’s arguments in as sensitive and friendly manner as I can but rejecting someone’s opinion is often taken as a condemnation of them as a human being. Wanting to talk, discuss, engage and debate important issues is wearing, antagonistic and repetitive to many MMO game players. I’ve said it before that the only thing that can be reasonably claimed to matter in any online game is the interaction we have with other human beings. So I will always question and try to refine the structures we create to govern our treatment of each other. I’m constantly pressing for fairness and equality in the way we organise ourselves, there seems no rational basis for privileging one set of gamers over another. At the end of the day Warcraft is a game and as such none of the things we do in-game are significant beyond the value we choose to ascribe them. When push comes to shove our familial relationships, our friends, our jobs, our children – our real lives – are far and away more important than the ends and outcomes we fashion for ourselves in-game.

However, it’s not quite as simple as that. Life is rarely, if ever, black and white. The things we do in game affect and depend on our interactions and cooperation with other people. We should consciously choose how we organise ourselves to work with other people. Whether we think in these terms or not we do enter into a social contract with people. You do this for me and I will do that for you. I’ve always thought that altruism and fairness in the real world (especially the real world of Capital) is difficult if not impossible. We literally cannot afford to be as selfless and as generous as we would truly like to be. It’s not just our own welfare and comfort we have to consider, for mature gamers especially, we have partners, spouses, children and parents who rely on us. In Warcraft it’s different I can give away all my food, money and even the shirt off my back and I won’t truly suffer or die. My character won’t even die, and if she does she can easily be resurrected. In this realm of our lives unlike any other we can truly be the better person, the person we’d like to think we are, we can actually afford to be.

In 2007 I blundered headlong into this guild environment and did everything wrong. In trying to become involved in everything I inevitably became involved in everything considered bad, all the arguments and ‘drama‘. An ounce of drama, anyone who has played online can tell you, is worth a ton of good stuff.

I did, however, become very friendly with one of the old hands: in the guild since the game started, played the beta and came from an RPG background. Her name was Petra and we used to chat in game all the time. We both loved fishing, I would be casting my line on the northern coast of Stranglethorn Vale, back when it was level 45-ish and one zone, she be in Tanaris landing Sunscale Salmon. I remember she had problems with her wifi one afternoon and I talked her through troubleshooting it (not ever so well) over MSN. She and her partner were planning to move to Nottingham in the new year. I was living in Portsmouth at the time, but I’m originally from Nottingham and my father still lived there. I told her when she moved over I’d give her the old man’s phone number and introduce her to him. My old man was a good guy to know, if he couldn’t get it for you he’d know someone who could. He knew more tradesmen than you could shake a stick at. He was also very generous with his time and would look after this young couple, in their twenties, coming to the UK for the first time. He’d see them all right.  I considered Petra to be, not just a priest healer in our guild, not just a guildie, not just an on-line acquaintance. I genuinely considered her to be a good friend and I made an emotional investment in that friendship,

This isn’t a happy story, stories of mine rarely are. When it all went to shit with the guild I naturally couldn’t understand what had gone wrong and why I had been ejected from the guild. So I turned to Petra for an explanation and guidance. She was very reticent and uncommunicative. I asked her what were people saying about me, I wanted to understand what I’d done that was so wrong. I didn’t want to know who was saying what, simply what was being said about me. I was upset, distraught at being kick from this group of people I had really liked. What the hell had I done?

Then I got a whisper from another guidie, a guy I liked a little and seemed to get on with OK. He turned out to be one of my few real friends. He said “Stop whispering [Petra] she’s repeating it all in guild chat and saying you’re asking who is saying things about you. It’s scuppering any chance you might have had to come back.”

I was dismayed. I asked her why she’d deliberately betrayed my confidence and undermined me. Her only explanation was that some of our private messages on the guild forums had not been so private and the officers had all seen them and now our closeness was making her position in the guild vulnerable. I had made a crashing error. I was heavily invested emotionally in a relationship that only existed for me. And there’s the rub…Petra didn’t really do anything wrong. Given a choice between myself and the guild she choose the guild. She put an amorphous concept, a collective of unrelated on-line acquaintances, a gaming clan, before our relationship. What’s more is that it was easy for her to do, as for her there was no special relationship, no real bond of friendship between us. We were just guildies.

Seven years of forming transitory relationships with online, Internet acquaintances I swore I wouldn’t allow myself to be self delusional about them again. The problem Petra faced was that of impossible expectation. I expected her to treat me like a feeling human being and friend. However, I may have considered Petra a friend but she never considered me as a one. Not in the sense that I mean friend, not with the meaning I ascribe to that word. People laugh when I say I have perhaps three, maybe four, friends in this world. I am actually deadly serious when I say that. So treating me like just another guildie seemed, and actually is, perfectly all right. Putting something as meaningless and ridiculous as a gaming clan before me was a perfectly normal thing to do. Who was I to Petra?

I don’t mind making mistakes. Mistakes help you learn important lessons. I really, really hate to repeat mistakes. This mistake is a very bad one to make. You invest yourself in something that never really existed, but when it’s gone it hurts just as much. Sadly 42 isn’t the answer to every question, it’s only the answer to the ultimate question of Life, the Universe and Everything, it doesn’t really help with the question of why one person consider another a friend and that other doesn’t reciprocate.

I don’t have any answers, I cannot present you with an all encompassing 42…

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