You are next in Line
Your heart races.
You have been watching a few of the fights, seen some people die, seen them win.
Sold your soul on the Black Market Auction house to get an invite. ( Actually it was only 6.9k gold for me and some BMAH camping for my outbids)
Now it’s your turn. In front a crowd of your peers, fellow players from your realm and some from others, guilds big and small are here watching or waiting for their own turns. You can hear the hecklers cheering on the mobs. “GO BRUCE” they yell. Bizmo laughing at each contestants deaths
So much blood
But it all fades away when your standing the centre. Facing the grey paneled metal wall, waiting for your opponent to appear, deep in the depths of the Deep Run Tram.
You can smell the rust, metal, or blood you’re not sure.
Bizmo Yells: Put your hands together for Zahraah! Zahraah is a Rank 3 priest.
You told the Bouncer at the door you were here to fight, not die – what happens if you lose?
Well if you lose, your body lays near the bouncer, until you either release, or someone nice rezzes you.
There was a buff group going, and people were quite friendly, and encouraging, buffing, healing and rezzing. You keep all your buffs going in, flasks, food and other class buffs. It all helps.
There is no shame in doing what you need to survive that fight, and that means I have stopped and healed myself,
I will admit to looking up the Strat for Dippy. When he killed me. My recount showed massive damage, and basically the guides said don’t let him cast Peck So I ran around like a mad woman, dotting him up, and Shadow Word deathing him to death. The cast bar for Peck is quick and I figured I’d rather it take longer then slow down to add more dots, or even try to Mind Spike him.
I also had some issues with the Ooze dude. Blat, the first ‘Gladiator’ in Rank 3 I was able to keep away from him, dot flay, run, dot flay run kinda thing, but then I went over the timer for the fight and got the massive AOE so I had to take some more smack damage from the main Blat to get him down fast enough.
The Brawl Queues got better the later it was, I also noticed that we started getting more people from other realms as it became a shared zone. so there was always an audience.
I love that it does have this secret, grity underground club exclusivity to it. I wish I had gotten into it a little earlier. It’s been a few weeks now since the Patch and these were the stats on the brawls and if you chat to the dude called ‘Numbers’ he will tell you how bad or good its been so far.
The First number is the times the Gladiator has killed the Player, and the second number is how many times they have been killed. Apparently its server wide stats. The fights get hard, and they look really interesting.
Deeken yells: YOU ARE BAD AND SHOULD FEEL BAD!
I stayed in the pit way too long, ( am on holidays – no bed time ) and I am writing this in between fights. Currently stuck on Ixx. 3rd fight on rank 3 I can’t run between his legs fast enough – getting better though. Using Inner Will for the 10% run speed. Standing in his hit box to escape from the AOE he casts. Tried to range it but he is too fast, and its a wide cone. Need to learn not to panic, and move too much so I stay in position, and also stop casting straight away and MOVE. I am tired though which isn’t helping.
Haven’t seen many level 5-7 fights but there has been lots of people round my level tonight, and a few 8’s. Those rank 8 fights look complicated, and I will need to read up on them, have winged it mostly so far.
Will I go all the way to level 8? Will I hand over for free the Brawlers Pass I will earn at level 7. ( friends.. what friends… ) I can make a decent chunk of gold if I do it soon ( 20k the invite was for on the normal AH when I checked today) It’s been fun so far, even if I am looking like a complete knob on this boss. Finally killed it. i Did it by running between his legs and hooking – so not straight out the back as his AOE comes under his legs too. ( I wasn’t hitting publish post till it was dead)
My new Fav Song at the moment is Radioactive by Imagine Dragons, and their song, as well as the clip played through my head during the brawls. Teddy bear Brawls. Did I say Teddy Bear Brawls. Oh yeah and Lazers! ( give it just past 1 min for what a real brawl is )
Welcome to the new age, to the new age