Two Bosses Enter: The Commanders vs. Erekem

Two Bosses Enter ... but only One Boss Leaves, in WoW Insider's series of fantasy death matches. This season's duelists hail from the five-man instances of Northrend.

Have you met Commander Kolurg or Commander Stoutbeard, or Erekem? If you haven't, don't feel bad – I've run The Nexus and Violet Hold heroics until my eyes bleed, and I haven't made their acquaintance either. (Bad luck? Late-night runs turned lazy? Another case of birds avoiding my sweet lil' Cookie?) This week's Two Bosses Enter pits the less frequently encountered "extra" bosses from The Nexus against Erekem of Violet Hold.

Before we get into the details of this week's match, I need to point out that I'm not alone in not having met these bosses, if the lack of screenshots on the usual sites is any evidence. If you have a screenshot of Commander Kolurg (or an especially nice shot of Stoutbeard or Erekem), do take a moment to submit them to or, then notify us via our tip line (marked "Two Bosses Enter").

And now, let's get ready to rumble!

The basics Assume that each boss has approximately the same level, health and damage output as the other and that they're fighting in neutral territory. For this match, both bosses (Kolurg/Stoutbeard and Erekem) get the use of their adds. We're out to debate the three S's: Style, Story and Scale. Don't get caught up in game dynamics of each in-game encounter. Consider the flavor each villainous gladiator brings to bear, and cast your vote for who you think would come out on top.

Commander Kolurg (Alliance players) or Commander Stoutbeard (Horde players) (The Nexus)
These "optional" gentlemen appear in The Nexus' Hall of Statis on heroic mode. The commanders provide virtually the same fight, Commander Kolurg for Alliance groups and Commander Stoutbeard for Horde players.

Their trademark: Whirlwind. Lots of it.

Commanders Kolurg & Stoutbeard
Battle Shout
Frightening Shout

The Commanders' Priests (two)
Flash Heal
Power Word: Shield
Shadow Word: Death

Read more about how the Commanders and their minions make about their battle tactics.

Erekem (Violet Hold)
Erekem, an Arakkoa imprisoned in the Violet Hold, appears with two Erekem Guards. If they are killed first, they cast Stormstrike.

Break Bonds
Chain Heal
Earth Shield
Earth Shock
Lightning Bolt
Erekem Guard
Gushing Wound
Howling Screech

Read more about Erekem's plan of battle.

The smackdown
Remember: no game-mechanic nitpicking. Vote for the spirit of the battle as set forth above. Set aside differences in opponents' health pools, game level and actual damage output, and size up these villains based on their fighting style. Post your comments and let's get into how you think things will go down.


This article was originally published on WoW Insider.