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One Boss Leaves: Xevozz buffets Mage-Lord Urom


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

Mage-Lord Urom (the Oculus) found himself buffeted right off the playing field in a tightly contested match against Xevozz of the Violet Hold. Xevozz and his Ethereal Spheres dogged the Mage-Lord from platform to platform, dropping him despite Urom's horde of minions and evasive ways.

Reader opinion was fairly close on this deathmatch. Siaperas gave props to the Mage-Lord's efforts. "While I think Xevozz is much cooler than the mage lord, I'd have to give this battle to the Mage-Lord," he explained. "My impression of Xevozz is that he's so overconfident, he walks towards his opponents, and the way we've always beaten him was by kiting him. The Mage-Lord is a master at kiting. The entire fight is him kiting the player. Xevozz will kill the adds, but slowly it'll wear him down, and the Mage-Lord is much too mobile for him in a stand alone fight. Sure, Xevozz could try to teleport the Mage-Lord into his spheres, but the Mage-Lord is just going to teleport back out."

"Looking at it another way, Xevozz just seems too predictable, which is probably how he got caught and stuck in the Violet Hold in the first place," he continued. "Urom is a ranking officer in service of Malygos. While, Xevozz has been sitting in a prison cell, Urom has been fighting a war. Urom's warmed up, he's got a lot of experience, and he's not afraid to use tactics to gain the upperhand. Xevozz will try to overpower Urom, and he'll lose to Urom's tactics. The Blue Dragonflight released him, and then they'll end him."

Redski laid out Xevozz's successful winning strategy. "I'd have to chalk it up to Xevozz for this one," he wrote. "Urom gains a bit of a head start during the Menagerie phase, as he isn't fighting his own battle, but then things start to even out as they come to the center platform. With the assumption that Xevozz knows not to stand in the difficult terrain caused by the Frost Bombs, he'll kite Urom around the ring, pulling his Ethereal Spheres with him, until Urom teleports to the center to cast his Empowered Arcane Explosion.

"With the long cast time, Xevozz's tricky perception alerts him to the fact that something is very, very wrong, and he hides for cover, buying the Ethereal Spheres enough time to catch up to him. Once they reach him, he'll enrage just in time for Urom's return. Rinse and repeat until Urom crumples under the amounts of damage.

"Even better -- in the event that the Ethereal Spheres keep Line of Sight on Xevozz for enough time, he'll enrage and teleport himself and Urom directly to them, leading to the end of the battle even faster.

Vote in the next boss deathmatch (with villains from the five-man instances of Wrath of the Lich King) when Two Bosses Enter returns later today.

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