This week's edition of Two Bosses Enter marks the first competitor from tier 2 Cataclysm heroics: Venoxis of Zul'Gurub. He'll be up against an old favorite of this expansion, Lord Godfrey. Who'll come out on top?
Follow along for the rules of the matchup, a review of what these bosses can do, and a discussion of last week's winner.
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.
Murder never gets old.
Due to popular demand, Lord Godfrey returns to the Two Bosses Enter arena this season. Last season, his winning streak was cut short by the infamous Cardboard Assassin, but this season has no such petty games or machinations. Will Godfrey fare better this time?
Godfrey's bag of murderous tricks includes ...
Let the coils of death unfurl!
Venoxis as a Cataclysm boss was only a figment of our imaginations at the beginning of the last season of Two Bosses Enter. He had long ago been defeated, and nobody thought we would ever see him in the ranks of this tournament. Now he has risen from the ashes of classic WoW to try and claim some territory in the post-Cataclysm world. Can he pull it off?
Venoxis's arsenal includes:
Last week's matchup was a close one, but the Foe Reaper ultimately took the lead and knocked Commander Springvale out of the tournament with just shy of 54% of the vote. Of course, some readers put a little more creativity into the matchup than others and noticed that while one contender was a forlorn soul without a shell ... the other was an empty shell without a soul.
Commander Springvale materialized in a dark room with a single light in the center of what appeared to be a large arena. "Our Vigilance is eternal!" he shouts into the darkness as a second light appears with a Large Mechanical Behemoth comes into view. A single spark shoots from the Ceiling into the over sized Golem causing gears and springs to go into action as the monster twitches to life.
red lights appear in the face on the metal nightmare as a voice crackled from within "Foe Reaper 5000 on-line. All systems nominal" it stated as it lumbered forward swinging its terrifying blades in all directions.
Red lights surround the Commander as the beast bellowed again "Target acquired. Harvesting servos engaged."
"Cowards! I will not fall so easily into your trap!" The commander shouts as he charges forward with undying zeal. He Strikes with unholy power desecrating the ground and weakening the Reaper with Malefic fury.
The Foe Reaper stumbles back and begins to shoot steam from its crevices and sounds a new alarm. "Safety restrictions off-line. Catastrophic system failure imminent" It lumbered as the Commander came to a realization "System? This thing is inanimate! Without soul just as I am without form." A smirk crept upon the commander's ghostly lips "But not longer..."
The Ghostly commander Dispersed into a ghostly mist and invaded the crevices of the Mechanized creatures body as it jerked and twitched unable to process what was happening to it. It suddenly shut down all its lights and steam ceasing. moments passed before the lights reappeared with a haunting misty glow and a Voice crackled echoing in the dark arena
"Commander Reaper online... Our vigilance is eternal and all systems are nominal"
Foe Reaper Springvale? Uh-oh.
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.