The Celestial Tournament – It’s Skill, Not Size

Hiemalis, Shaman of Korgath US
As a follow up to my most recent blog post about the Celestial Tournament, I wanted to show another side to the challenge.

I related my own experience with it, because that’s what I know. I described my two weeks of tournies, and how with my stable of 95 pets at max level I felt the need to go out and level four more for better synergy.

All that is true, but the implication I left was that in order to enjoy success at the tournament, you must level and then level some more.

Nope. Nope, nope, nope.


There once was a Shaman named Hiemalis
who healed and chattily charmed us.
The Tournament she won
with skill second to none
and twenty-five pets in her toolbox.

That’s right.

One of the friends I made over the course of the old IceCrown Citadel cross-realm heroic achievement runs was Hiemalis, who at the time was tanking for us on her Bear.

We were chatting earlier in the week, and she was lamenting the way her schedule was going to prevent her from raiding with her guild. That whole real life thing in the outdoors and all, you know how it is.

I mentioned that Team WANDA and the Band of Misfits were going to do our weekly Flex Raid on Thursday, and she’d be very welcome to join us.

She said she’d bring her heals and her charm, and I have to admit, she was true to her word and brought an abundant measure of both. She also brought a few of her friends along with, and they were quite fun to have as well.

As the night progressed, and we normally taciturn Misfits dubbed her ‘the talky shaman’, I learned that she has defeated the Celestial Tournament each week herself, just like I had.

Except, of course, in her case she did it while only having 25 pets leveled to 25.

Let me say that again. It bears repeating.

Hiemalis-Kargath (US) defeated the first week of the Celestial Tournament with only 25 pets at max level.

The Tournament doesn’t sound so all-fired impossible and grindy now, does it?

I asked her the secret to her success, and she told me it was fun to match up lots of different abilities that worked great together.

In other words, she prefers synergy teams and smart play to brute force. And clearly, she can pull it off.

She ran down every pet she used for every fight off the top of her head, and why they worked. I asked why she didn’t use one pet over another, like a Darkmoon Zeppelin instead of a Personal World Destroyer, and of course the answer was because she didn’t have one.

Some of the pets she used against tamers I used as well, like Gnarly/Chuck when facing Chen Stormstout. But for the most part, I was sitting there looking at the list of pets she matched against tamers and the mini-Celestials, thinking “Wow, don’t I feel like a dumbass for not being able to get it done with 95. Talk about an abundance of riches.”

Because it’s the truth. Where I looked for brute force solutions first, and fell back on synergy when all else failed, she looked for fun combinations to work together as the first choice.

I won’t list the pets she used or her strategies here. If she wants to share them, then I think it’s only right she share them herself and get the appropriate measure of respect and admiration she’s earned.

At the time of my writing this, while we are still in the midst of the second week of the Celestial Tournament, a glance at her WoW Armory account shows she still only has a grand total of 30 pets at max level, including all the ones she told me she used in the Tournament…

And also Xu-Fu, the Cub of Xuen, currently at 10th level, the perfect proof that she has done what she said and in the way that she said she did it.

I wanted to share this story not to make you or me feel bad, but to show you that it is possible for someone with skill, talent and an abundance of creative thinking to win the Celestial Tournament with 25 pets. And that’s not even with the ‘perfect’ set of pets, but the ones she had that she made the best use of.

I think a heartfelt ‘well done’ is in order, don’t you?

You know what else I like?

I like seeing that she has taken the trouble to name all of her max level pets. As if she formed an attachment to them and thinks of them as her actual pets when she takes them out to play.

It shows that you CAN mix playful fun with a determination to win, the best of both worlds…. of Warcraft.

Oh God, what a cheesy sign off sentence.

I love it so much, I’m leaving it there.

5 thoughts on “The Celestial Tournament – It’s Skill, Not Size

  1. Part 2 the 4 celestials are actually pretty easy, you only really need total 3 pets to beat all 4 of them (if you do not count the healing pet that heals your water spirit and chrominius)

    Do Yu’la last, because you can use him to do free heal on your pet as he does no damage 1st 2 rounds, use crawdad cast wish then swap in pets you want to heal, then white flag.

    Pandaren Water Spirit (H/S): Water Jet, Whirlpool, Geyser
    Chrominius (H/H): Bite, Howl, Surge of Power
    Any, although a good choice will be Rapana Whelk (B/B): Ooze Touch, Acidic Goo, Dive
    Strat: Geyser, Whirlpool – Swap to Chrominius – Howl, Surge of Power. If Chi-Chi doesn’t die, swap to Rapana Whelk and finish him off.

    Zao, Calfling of Niuzao
    Pandaren Water Spirit (H/S): Water Jet, Whirlpool, Geyser
    Chrominius (H/H): Bite, Howl, Surge of Power
    Any pet, can use same team as chi-chi.
    Strat: Geyser, Whirlpool – Swap to Chrominius – Howl, Bite, Surge of Power. Usually he should be dead before he can wish.

    Xu-Fu, Cub of Xuen
    Pandaren Water Spirit (H/S): Water Jet, Whirlpool, Geyser
    Chrominius (H/H): Bite, Howl, Surge of Power
    Any mechanical pet.
    Strat: Geyser, Whirlpool – Swap to Chrominius – Howl, Surge of Power – This should get him nearly dead. If not then swap in 3rd mechanical pet and finish him off.

    Mr. Bigglesworth: Claw, Ice tomb, Ice Barrier
    Any other 2 pets.
    Strat: Claw, Ice tomb, Ice Barrier, PASS TURN, Claw, Claw, Repeat. This should get him almost dead before Mr. Bigglesworth dead. Swap in any other pet to finish him off.


  2. Great story! I sometimes wonder which pets I would have levelled first for the tournament assuming I had not levelled any at all yet or had as much experience with battling.


  3. I dont even have one max level… ive tried looking for guides but maybe its not my thing. Sayign that I see the Chiji pet and I want it! Maybe they should have more pvp pets so when I max my honor (happens a lot and then I start buying BOA and then upgrading them – can do a coupel per week – not an arena’r either) I can buy pets.


  4. Bravo.


    I got all the way to Xu-Fu with careful work and planning last night. And then the team I had planned to use suffered the highly unfair and biased (lol) RNG – And lost my intended pets. Started trying to be strategic and trying some other options.

    Feed would kill me ever time.

    At the end of the night, I had to concede defeat with 72 pets dead on the field.

    About to head in again.


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