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Two Bosses Enter: Season 3 lineup brings in raid boss debut

In Two Bosses Enter, WoW Insider's series of fantasy death matches, bosses, leaders, and powerful figures of World of Warcraft face off in the squared circle. Your vote determines who wins and claims the season title.

We've logged plenty of hours in patch 4.3 and are now familiar enough with the new bosses and cast of characters to begin Two Bosses Enter Season 3: The Cataclysm Finals. With the third season of Two Bosses Enter, we say goodbye to Cataclysm and World of Warcraft's third expansion. Let's go out in style -- explosions, fighting, brutality, and just a little bit of fun.

Season 3 will work just a little differently than season 2 did. There are 11 contestants in season 3 that come from the new 5-man instances introduced in patch 4.3, all of which you've probably seen countless times while running your weekly allotment of heroic dungeons. The other five contestants are a bit more peculiar. Lord Godfrey will return as reigning champion to fight in this series of matches and defend his title, while the other four spots on the roster will be filled by the first four bosses in the Dragon Soul raid, The Siege of Wyrmrest Temple. Your 16 combatants are ready to rumble.

In the past, raid bosses were not really a part of Two Bosses Enter because of their accessibility and general place in the WoW community. While many people know who Baleroc or Majordomo Staghelm are, not as many people have actually been involved in the fight, face-to-face with the bosses themselves. With the introduction of the Raid Finder, more players than ever are experiencing the raid content WoW has to offer. More players know who Hagara, Morchok, and the rest are. With newfound accessibility and pervasiveness, we can now accept into the ranks of the Two Bosses Enter combatants our current raid bosses. These are exciting times for all of us.

Recapping the exhibition season

You all were very gracious for letting me have a little fun with Two Bosses Enter and the exhibition season for the past few weeks. I greatly appreciate your giving me that freedom, and thanks to Alex Ziebart, the man himself, for handing me the reins of this show in the first place.

Last season, the tournament held an exhibition series of matches that brought some of the lesser-known faction leaders to the spotlight, giving players a new look at some old faces they may have forgotten over the years or just never knew existed. Many people expressed happiness and fondness over seeing an NPC that had been a staple of their play experience at one point now back to hit their nostalgia button.

Brann Bronzebeard, lovable high explorer of the Explorer's League, dominated early with a built-in fanbase and great fightfiction (it's a new word that I just made up for what it's called when you write about a match) that put him at the top of the charts. Silly antics, accidental Old Gods, and an explosion or two paved the way for a tide of support throughout the entire season.

One interesting characteristic about the season was the number of blood elf combatants that were part of the roster. Honestly, I did this on purpose. I wanted to see how far I could get my favorite race in the tournament. I stacked the deck. For this, I am sorry, but we had to be sure. We had to know so future generations will know for certain that a blood elf will never, ever win Two Bosses Enter.

With the final fight of the season a matchup between two brothers and a generally light atmosphere with these particular matchups, I decided the fight should not be a fight at all-- no, rather, a drinking challenge. For dwarves with the hardiest of stomachs and the ironest of livers will compete for honor and glory. A great victory was to be had. Brann's cunning eventually overhelmed Muradin's brute strength to give Brann the top spot as king of the tournament exhibition season one. Congratulations again, Brann!

Season 3

Now you get everything you've been waiting for -- the brackets, the matchups, and the wild cards. Start placing your bets, folks.
  • Week 1 Echo of Baine vs. Peroth'arn
  • Week 2 Echo of Jaina vs. Morchok
  • Week 3 Echo of Sylvanas vs. Yor'sajh the Unsleeping
  • Week 4 Echo of Tyrande vs. General Zon'ozz
  • Week 5 Murozond vs. Archbishop Benedictus
  • Week 6: Queen Azshara vs. Hagara Stormbinder
  • Week 7 Mannoroth vs. Asira Dawnslayer
  • Week 8 Arcurion vs. Lord Godfrey
There they are -- the season three brackets ready and raring to go. Next week, we're kicking off the festivities with the spirit of everyone's favorite new tauren chieftain versus a demon at the top of Legion command. Don't be a satyr hatyr.

What?

Oh. I'm fired? Because of the satyr hatyr thing? Alex, please, it was took good to pass ...

Fine. I won't do it again.

You guys got me in trouble.

Participate!

New to Two Bosses Enter? Here, we pit two bosses against each other in the WoW Insider ring and vote on the outcome. You get to decide who moves on in the rankings and eventually wins the title of champion of the season! You can participate by reading and voting. Comment if you dare. If you're really up for a challenge, write your very own FightFiction (patent pending) story comment. Write out your own account of how you think the fight will go. If yours is awesome (they all are, but some are especially awesome), it might get a mention in the next week's results post. Join our really creative commenting community and have fun playing pretend here on Two Bosses Enter.

See you guys next week with the first match of season 3 of Two Bosses Enter!

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.

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