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Two Bosses Enter: Hadronox vs. Zuramat the Obliterator


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.

To battle! This week, Two Bosses Enter, One Boss Leaves pits Hadronox (Azjol-Nerub) against Zuramat the Obliterator (Violet Hold). Poison against shadow damage ... the not-yet-trapped versus the already imprisoned ... Can you predict the outcome?

The usual rules apply: Assume that these foes share similar levels, health pools and damage output. We'll allow Zuramat to summon his Void Sentries, even though Hadronox himself will be the only victim of Void Shift. This match occurs in neutral territory -- no additional Nerubian spiders, no handy Violet Hold wall switches.

Focus your debate on the three S's: Style, Story and Scale. Don't get caught up in game mechanics and what actual players might do in each encounter. Consider the flavor each villainous gladiator brings to bear, leave your comment on what you think would happen and why, and then cast your vote for who you think would come out on top.

Hadronox
Are the Scourge trying to capture a giant spider to change into an Undead creature of war? When first encountered, Hadronox (the second boss of Azjol-Nerub) normally appears to be under attack by the Anub'ar. In this Two Bosses Enter deathmatch, we will not consider the presence of any spiders other than Hadronox himself.

Hadronox deposits great circles of poisonous acid on the ground and is capable of healing himself via his Leech Poison effect. His Web Grab could pull Zuramat's Void Sentries into range of the Acid Cloud -- will his timing work in his favor? And will Hadronox's poison-based healing counteract his opponent's ugly Shroud of Darkness debuff?
Read more about Hadronox's battle tactics and review comments from players who've fought him.

Zuramat the Obliterator
Gaze ... into the void.

Zuramat the Obliterator is a huge Void Lord (Demon) imprisoned in the Violet Hold. He summons Void Sentries during battle, which are only able to be seen and killed when under the effects of Zuramat's Void Shift debuff. His Shroud of Darkness debuff is capable of stacking so many times that it could actually provide negative healing (i.e., DPS) to a self-healing opponent like Hadronox.

Will Zuramat's Shroud of Darkness debuff be able to counteract Hadronox's poison-based healing? Will Zuramat's Void Sentries find themselves choked out in Hadronox's Acid Cloud?
Read more about Zuramat the Obliterator's battle tactics, and review comments from players who have fought him.

The smackdown
The usual rules apply: assume that the opponents share similar levels, health pools and damage output. They are fighting in neutral territory; there will be no Nerubian spiders or Violet Hold wall switches to come into play. We'll allow Zuramat to summon his Void Sentries, even though Hadronox himself will be the only victim of Void Shift.

Can you come up with a convincing scenario in the comments that will sway other readers to vote for your chosen victor?

Who wins this week's deathmatch: Hadronox or Zuramat the Obliterator?
It's a draw.78 (3.1%)
Hadronox1025 (41.2%)
Zuramat the Obliterator1387 (55.7%)

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