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Two Bosses Enter: Keristrasza versus Zuramat the Obliterator


Two Bosses Enter ... but only One Boss Leaves, in WoW.com's series of fantasy death matches. Welcome to Round Two of the five-man Wrath of the Lich King season. Grab a seat, and let's get ready to rumble!

Welcome back, everybody, to another edition of the Two Bosses Thunderdome! This week's deathmatch pits Keristrasza of The Nexus against Zuramat the Obliterator from the Violet Hold. Keristrasza enters the ring with one of the largest win margins of any competitor this season, glowing after a 75% victory over Cyanigosa in the first round of matches. Zuramat the Obliterator brings plenty of power of his own, however, following up a decisive 55% win over Hadronox in round one.

The ground rules:
  • Assume that the opponents and any minions share similar levels, health pools and comparative overall damage output.
  • This deathmatch takes place in neutral territory, which shall not hinder either boss from using his usual encounter abilities.
  • All the usual minions will be available to each boss.
  • Don't get caught up in gameplay mechanics and what actual players might do in each encounter.
  • Don't neglect style, story and scale.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls ... Dyin' time's here.

Keristrasza (The Nexus)
Finish it! Finish it! Kill me, or I swear by the Dragonqueen you'll never see daylight again!

Keristrasza, a servant of Alexstrasza's flight, plotted to distract Malygos from his efforts in the Nexus War by offing his consort, Saragosa, and facing him down with a fleet of red dragons. While the plan did serve to divert his attention, Malygos imprisoned Keristrasza within The Nexus. She's currently held there, and players must kill her in order to preserve her ultimate freedom.
Review the entire scope of Keristrasza's story and battle tactics, and read comments from players who've battled the red dragon.

Zuramat the Obliterator (Violet Hold)
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. Read more about Zuramat the Obliterator's battle tactics, and review comments from players who have fought him.

The deathmatch
Remember: no game-mechanic nitpicking. Set aside differences in opponents' health pools, game level and actual damage output. Vote for the spirit of the battle as set forth above, considering each opponent's abilities -- plus the style, scale and story he or she brings to the table.

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

Who wins: Keristrasza or Zuramat the Obliterator?
Keristrasza wins (Zuramat dies)1970 (79.7%)
Zuramat wins (Keristrasza dies)449 (18.2%)
Tie (something else happens)53 (2.1%)

Cast your vote in this match of Round Two of the five-man Wrath of the Lich King season to help us determine who rocks Wrath's five-man world.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Features, Bosses, Two Bosses Enter

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