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Two Bosses Enter: Gal'darah vs. Krystallus


Two Bosses Enter ... but only One Boss Leaves, in WoW Insider's series of fantasy death matches. This season's duelists hail from the five-man instances of Wrath of the Lich King.

Loosen up those fingers and get ready to post your theory on who will come out on top in this week's Two Bosses Enter matchup: Gal'darah of Gundrak versus Krystallus from Halls of Stone. It's Impale against Petrifying Grip and Shatter – who's doing what, while who's out of commission?

As always, the basics: assume that the two bosses share similar levels, health pools and damage output, that any crowd control abilities they have affect one another, and that they are fighting on neutral territory. Because one of Krystallus' key abilities (Shatter) is designed for use against multiple opponents, we'll allow its effects against Gal'darah here. Other than that, we're out to debate the three S's: Style, Story and Scale. Don't get caught up in game mechanics and what players might do in each encounter. Consider the flavor each villainous gladiator brings to bear, then cast your vote for who you think would come out on top.

Gal'darah (Gundrak)
Gal'darah, the High Prophet of Akali, is the last boss of Gundrak. During battle, he summons Spirit Rhinos that charge opponents, knocking them back and dealing significant damage. Gal'darah periodically morphs into Rhino form, Impaling combatants with Puncture damage and immobilizing them on his horn for 5 seconds. His Whirling Slash: nasty, just nasty.

  • Enrage 125% attack speed increase for 10 seconds
  • Whirling Slash Vicious AoE damage
  • Puncture Stacking DoT
  • Impale Randomly impales an opponent, immobilizing for 5 seconds and dealing damage
Read more about Gal'darah's frenetic battle style.

Krystallus (Halls of Stone)
The Collosus Krystallus resides in the Halls of Stone. He relies on immobilization, Petrifying and then Shattering opponents -- designed to wreak havoc among multiple opponents, but we'll allow the use of it here against Gal'darah. Will it be enough to bring Krystallus through the battle?
  • Boulder Toss
  • Ground Spike
  • Shatter Because Krystallus' Shatter ability was designed for use against multiple opponents, we'll allow its effects to go off automatically against a single opponent here.
  • Stomp
Read more about Krystallus' stony battle stance.

The smackdown
Remember: no group-tactic or game-mechanic nitpicking. Vote for the spirit of the battle as set forth above. Remember: we will allow Krystallus' Shatter to affect Gal'darah in this one-on-one duel. Other than that, set aside differences in opponents' health pools, game level and actual damage output, and size up these villains based on their fighting style.

What's your reasoning behind who ends up victorious? Post your comments -- let's come up with what goes down!


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