The Sweet Sixteen of this Two Bosses Enter tournament has come to a conclusion, and we officially enter the Crazy Eights. Ozruk and Lord Godfrey step back up to the plate this week for a cataclysmic battle.
In last week's matchup, it was assassin versus assassin: Vanessa VanCleef faced down our final wild card competitor, the Cardboard Assassin.
Follow along for the details of this week's matchup, as well as discussion on last week's match.
The rules of the ring
- The WoW Insider Ring is considered neutral territory, where both combatants are able to access their usual encounter mechanics and abilities. If you can't visualize it inside the squared circle, visualize it someplace else -- but you must take into consideration all of each bosses' abilities and mechanics.
- Assume that each opponent is intelligent and capable of strategic thinking.
- All of the competitors' abilities, including crowd control and other effects to which bosses are usually immune, work on their opponents (with apologies to considerations of lore on this point).
- Assume that the opponents share similar levels, health pools, and comparative overall damage output.
- Don't get caught up in gameplay mechanics and what actual players might do in each encounter.
- Don't neglect style, story, and scale. Everything is a factor; seeking balance is your goal as a spectator and judge.
Break yourselves upon my body!
Ozruk utterly dominated his opponent in round one with 81% of the popular vote. It's safe to say that Asaad broke himself upon Ozruk's body. Can Ozruk manage the same against Lord Godfrey, the man who killed Lady Sylvanas?
Ozruk's arsenal includes ... learn more about his flawless physique or read other adventurers' first-hand reports.
Murder never gets old.
Lord Godfrey barely beat his opponent in his first matchup, when he went head-to-head with returning champion Scourgelord Tyrannus. Tyrannus's ability to close to melee with the help of his pet frost wyrm Rimefang really put the hurt on Godfrey, but the Gilnean Sensation managed to pull through. Will Godfrey be able to kite Ozruk more successfully without a frost wyrm icing over his poor undead feet constantly?
Godfrey's bag of murderous tricks includes ... learn about his background or read adventurers' first-hand accounts of their encounters.
Last week's matchup was by far our most controversial (and most popular) yet. How can the Cardboard Assassin participate in a tournament for bosses? I'll tell you how: The tournament coordinator is a cheating bastard, that's how.
Longstanding fans of the Two Bosses Enter tournament were not fond of the Cardboard Assassin's inclusion, but thousands of others flocked to the stands to watch the standoff between the elusive Vanessa VanCleef and the debonair Cardboard Assassin.
Reader Phantom painted us a picture of how the showdown between the two assassins may have played out ...
Vanessa Van Cleef enters the stadium warily.It was a close match, but the Cardboard Assassin did ultimately walk away with the win. However, something tells me we may not have seen the last of Vanessa VanCleef. The Defias Brotherhood doesn't go down so easily.
"This suits me perfectly," she thinks. "With a victory here, people shall flock to my banner. The new Defias Brotherhood will be stronger than it ever was!"
Her gaze falls on an inconspicuous box in the center of the arena.
"Who could this be? A surprise entrant? The Devourer of Souls, perhaps?"
Suddenly, the box opens! A cardboard cutout of a masked figure on a spring emerges, and starts swaying in the breeze. Not one to fall for such decoys, Vanessa turns around and searches for surprise attackers.
"SHOW YOURSELVES!," she roars to the empty arena. When nobody responds to her challenge, she turns back to the swaying cardboard figure.
"Is this it?," she asks. Surely the organizers of this tournament would have something more formidable lined up for her than a child's toy?
"You think me a joke?," she calls to her unseen watchers. Frustrated, she punches the swaying cardboard cutout in anger, knocking it away.
Unfortunately, Vanessa's attention remained focused on surprise threats coming from behind her. Thus, she was unprepared when the cardboard figure snapped back, slamming her square in the face and sending her crumpling to the floor.
The battle begins!
Remember, Two Bosses Enter matchups are all about substance and style, not gameplay, mechanics, and numbers. Don't base your strategies on player tactics, which opponent has been easiest or most difficult for you personally, or the difficulty of each opponent relative to instance progression. Vote for the spirit of the battle as set forth above. Set aside differences in opponents' health pools, game level, and actual damage output. Absolutely no game mechanics nitpicking!
Set aside the world order -- let the WoW Insider Ring determine who's the champion! Your votes determine the outcome in WoW Insider's series of fantasy deathmatches, Two Bosses Enter, One Boss Leaves.