The second bracket of our Two Bosses Enter, One Boss Leaves battles begins with an unusual matchup: Mal'ganis (The Culling of Stratholme) versus Ormorok the Tree-Shaper (The Nexus). We're not quite sure what you lore fans are going to do with this one -- but we're ready to hear what you've got in the comments. Even if you don't have a scenario in mind, be sure to click through and vote for who you think should move forward into the next bracket.
Before we get too deep into this week's battle, we'd like to thank the readers who commented about our lineup last week on our Bracket 2 listing. We've decided to take your votes to bring back any three of your favorite losing underdogs for the next bracket. We'll do that at the end of this bracket.
Now -- let's get ready to rumble!
As always, let's start off with the 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, which shall not hinder either boss from using his usual encounter abilities.
- 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.
Mal'Ganis slammed through his first-round match against Varos Cloudstrider (The Oculus) with a definitive three-quarters of the reader vote. After all, he's not merely the last boss in The Culling of Stratholme – he's one of the Nathrezim sent by Archimonde to head up the plot to turn Prince Arthas to darkness and make him the Lich King's greatest champion.
Note that while we do allow minions into the ring with our Two Bosses Enter competitors, Prince Arthas Menethil will not be attending this particular battle.
Mal'ganis and his usual methods of dealing with intruders, and then check up on comments from players who've fought him.
Ormorok the Tree-Shaper (The Nexus)
Ormorok also smashed through his first-round oppenent, Meathook (The Culling of Stratholme), garnering 65 percent of the reader vote. Ormorok and his creations were captured and put into the Nexus to serve as guards. Ormorok himself is the sentinel to one part of Keristrasza's prison. Over time, exposure to the Nexus' massive Arcane energies has rendered Ormorok and his creations completely mad.
Read more about Ormorok's methodology, and then review comments from players who've fought him.
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.