INSECTS! We're getting close to the end of our first bracket of bosses for this season of Two Bosses Enter, One Boss Leaves, featuring five-man bosses from Wrath of the Lich King. (We're sure you can all guess who's in the last fight of the bracket, just as we're sure you can all guess by how large of a landslide he'll win.) Last week's tussle with King Dred and Jedoga Shadowseeker went down with a chomp and a gulp, leaving us with two more player favorites for the week ahead: Anub'Arak from Azjol-Nerub versus Elder Nadox of Anh'kahet: The Old Kingdom.
Remember the basic ground rules:
- Assume that the opponents and their minions share similar levels, health pools and comparative overall damage output.
- This deathmatch takes place in neutral territory.
- All the usual minions will be available to each boss.
- Don't get caught up in gameplay mechanics and what actual players might do in each encounter.
- Focus on the three S's: style, story and scale.
I was king of this empire once, long ago. In life I stood as champion. In death I returned as conqueror. Now I protect the kingdom once more. Ironic, yes?
Anub'Arak, the former king of Azjol-Nerub, was among the Nerubians slaughtered in the War of the Spider and later raised as Undead by Ner'zhul the Lich King to do his bidding. Read the extensive lore page on Anub'Arak to learn more about his background.
Anub'Arak's battle strategy includes truly relentless tactics. Besides wreaking havoc with vicious attacks and environmental damage, he swarms opponents with protective Locusts and nettling Carrion Beetles. He periodically burrows underground, besieging opponents with packs of summoned minions.
- Carrion Beetles
- Locust Swarm
- Anub'ar Assassin
- Anub'ar Darter
- Anub'ar Guardian
- Anub'ar Venomancers
The young must not grow hungry ... Shhhad ak kereeesshh chak-k-k!
Elder Nadox, an Undead Nerubian vizier in Ahn'kahet: The Old Kingdom, is a servant of the Lich King.
Elder Nadox is also known for being a challenging opponent. He periodically summons minions during battle. Chief among each group is an Ahn'kahar Guardian, who emanates an aura that causes Elder Nadox and the other minions to become immune to damage. Immunity is removed only when the Guardian is killed. In this deathmatch, you can assume that Anub'Arak is aware of this situation.
Elder Nadox's strategies, and review comments from players who've battled him.
As usual, you should assume that overall, the foes share similar levels, health pools, overall damage output and neutral territory. As noted, Anub'Arak will be aware of the need to kill the Ahn'kahar Guardians in order to remove the periodic damage immunity of Elder Nadox and his minions.
Who will survive the swarms of Undead insects to emerge the victor in this week's boss deathmatch? Cast your vote below – and don't forget to come up with a convincing scenario in the comments that will sway other readers to support your outcome.