Today we are ready to reveal our tournament bracks for Two Bosses Enter's second Cataclysm season! I've sifted through last week's reader requests and built this tournament brackets based on a few factors. Your feedback was absolutely taken into consideration, and most of this season's competitors were chosen by you. However, some competitors were picked by myself and other WoW Insider staffers.
Highly elaborate encounters like Jin'do the Godbreaker or bosses with one-shot abilities such as Bloodlord Mandokir, while popular choices, were not included in this season because their mechanics would make the tournament extremely one-sided unless I added special circumstances and stipulations from week to week. In order to include them, Two Bosses Enter would be less let the fans figure out what would happen and more what arbitrary rules does Alex want us to play by this week? If that's something people want, I can make it happen next time around, but I'm fairly sure the majority of readers would like things to stay as they've been all along.
There will be no voting this week, but I will be revealing this week's brackets and I will explain what we will be doing differently this season, along with some commentary of what did and did not work last season.
- Week 1 High Priestess Azil vs. Cookie
- Week 2 Foe Reaper 5000 vs. Commander Springvale
- Week 3 Venoxis vs. Lord Godfrey
- Week 4 Setesh vs. Halazzi
- Week 5 Hex Lord Malacrass vs. Vanessa VanCleef
- Week 6 Temple Guardian Anhuur vs. Daakara
- Week 7 Jan'alai vs. Corborus
- Week 8 Beauty vs. Zanzil
What, no fan fiction this week?
Nope! I enjoyed writing the little introductory stories the last few weeks (especially the surprise first edition of it), but doing it week-to-week is a significant time investment, far above and beyond the time this column usually takes! I won't do it every week, but I would like to continue doing it occasionally. I think it worked well as my Eric Bischoff moment (high-five, wrestling fans) and added excitement to a gimmick gone wrong, but people will tire of that if I do it every season. Quite a few people didn't react to it well the first time!
If there is a specific character in this tournament that you'd like me to try my hand at writing in the comedic absurdity that is Two Bosses Enter, request it in the comments and I'll think it over. You'll almost certainly see something out of Vanessa, at the very least. I think I inadvertently made Vanessa and Tirion the TBE mascots.
No wild cards this season, huzzah!
Don't get too excited. If Two Bosses Enter reaches a third season this expansion, wild cards will be coming back. I just wasn't interested in doing them this season because of the influx of Zul'Aman and Zul'Gurub bosses in addition to the reader requests. When I bring wild cards back, it's very possible I'll use those for my Eric Bischoffing. Or my Stephanie McMahoning, if you prefer. When they come back, they will not be comedy options, however. The Cardboard Assassin is dead.
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.