Saturday, December 8, 2012

Brawler’s Guild

Welcome to my comprehensive Brawler’s Guild guide for World of Warcraft!

Fighting in the Brawler's Guild Arena

Blizzard has granted the wishes of many to prove their mettle without any help from other players in a group or party. Now, an individual player can sign up for fights that are just between them and the enemy NPC gladiator (though they may occasionally come as a duo – even a pack of five!) in a closed arena, above of which the other players won’t be able to do nothing else but spectate and either trashtalk or cheer you on during your fights. (Now if only Blizzard introduces a similar 1-vs-1 scenario but between players. Something more official than mere duels…)

Note: If you are looking for specific tactics on how to defeat a certain opponent, jump to the Ranks and Monsters section and click on that opponent’s name to proceed to its strategy guide.

Taken from Blizzard’s 5.1 “Landfall” patch notes:

Underground fighting rings have sprung up in Stormwind and Orgrimmar that will give brawlers who have their mitts on an invitation a chance to earn bragging rights by testing their solo PvE mettle against some of the toughest creatures found in World of Warcraft.

Simply put, the Brawler’s Guild is where you can fight the most challenging of monsters and creatures the World of Warcraft has to offer without having you leave Stormwind/Orgrimmar and travel far and wide in the hopes of encountering these legendary adversaries in the wild. So far, it’s the best solo PvE there is in one convenient location.

How it Works

Any players confident enough to show their prowess are encouraged to join the guild. They start out easy, fighting against lesser creatures and defeating them in order to increase ranking and gain access to more powerful enemies. Increases in ranks not only let you fight tougher creatures, they also let you buy additional rewards and pursue other things in the guild beyond fighting.

Location / Where to Find

The Alliance and the Horde have their own separate versions of the Brawler’s Guild, namely, Bizmo’s Brawlpub and Brawl’gar Arena.

The former is located in the Stormwind side of the Deeprun Tram. As you enter the tunnel, go left and down the ramp to find the pub entrance, which is noticeable thanks to a rotating red light. (Don’t worry as you cross the track; any passing trams won’t kill you.) As its name suggests, Bizmo is the operator of the bloody shindig.

Bizmo's Brawlpub Deeprun Tram Map Location

Bizmo's Brawlpub Entrance

In-game description:

A group of battle-hungry fighters has gathered creatures from all over Azeroth and Outland to participate in bloody arena deathmatches with heroes of the Alliance.

On the other hand, Brawl’gar Arena can be found at the Valley of Honor in Orgrimmar. It’s the building situated northeast on the map.

In-game description:

The warchief has gathered creatures from all over Azeroth and Outland to participate in bloody arena deathmatches with heroes of the Horde.

How to Join / Become a Member

The Brawler’s Guild is an exclusive club for seasoned PvE players. Sadly, gaining access is not mainly through proving your strength, but in the wealth you own. Given that you’re willing enough to spend thousands of gold, you must head to the Black Market Auction House (BMAH) at the Veiled Stair, Pandaria and bid for the Blood-Soaked Invitation(s) being sold there.

Black Market Auction House Listing

Black Market Auction House Location

Alternately, fellow players who are already guild members can invite you. The problem, however, is that they must reach Rank 7 to be rewarded with the Brawler’s Pass, which can be traded or sold to the normal auction houses. Furthermore, only one pass is given per player. Unless those players are your friends, they will most likely sell their passes instead of gifting it in order to make up for their losses when they bought their own invitations from the BMAH. Note that the invitations are account-wide; you don’t have to buy again for your alt characters, no matter their realm and faction.

Lastly, there’s a rare chance that the invitation may drop from certain NPCs. They are added in patch 5.1 and have connections with the Operation: Shieldwall (Alliance) and Dominance Offensive (Horde) factions at the Krasarang Wilds zone in Pandaria. They can be found near or within their faction’s keeps and have a 30-60 respawn timer.

Killable Alliance NPC’s with chance of invitation drops:

  • Dalan Nightbreaker <Champion of Arms>
  • Disha Fearwarden <Champion of the Light>
  • Mavis Harms <Champion of the Shadows>

Killable Horde NPC’s with chance of invitation drops:

  • Kar Warmaker <Champion of Arms>
  • Muerta <Champion of the Light>
  • Ubunti the Shade <Champion of the Shadows>

These mobs, when killed, do not drop the invitations 100%. And when they do drop it, the item is Bind on Pickup and so you can’t trade it to another player.

The Brawls

Signing up for a fight is different from how you queue up for the usual dungeons/raids. Whereas the latter creates a separate instance for you and your group, each realm or server only has one arena. In other words, only one player at a time is pitted against a PvE opponent. As this fight occurs, others who wish to fight as well will have to wait until they are summoned into the arena. In the meantime, they can spectate and observe how the current fight is going, perhaps learning a tip or two for their own match. During times when the arena population is low, cross-realm is implemented to make things livelier.

Bizmo's Brawlpub BouncerTo get listed for a fight, players must talk to a Bizmo’s Brawlpub/Brawl’gar Arena Bouncer. These NPCs can also determine how many people are waiting in line in front of the player. Lastly, a yellow text, “You are next in line!”, flashes on the screen to alert the player.

As means of preparation, some players form a group in order to conveniently enhance each other with buffs and resurrect any dead players who failed to win their match.

Creatures that players fight in the arena are not randomly chosen but are rather in order depending on your rank and reputation points towards your faction’s brawler’s guild. You will only face another creature when you’ve defeated the current one, no matter how many times you’ve been killed by it.

Brawler's Guild

A different strategy is required per creature that involves learning how your skills and spells work and when it’s best to use them. While gear/equipment is still important to deal enough damage against the enemy, situational awareness is even more important. Certain spells from the creatures can kill you in an instant, which means you’ll have to dodge/interrupt/avoid them. Stunning and healing yourself is also important for your survival.

Rewards

If you manage to win a fight, you get teleported back to the other spectators and you receive 250 reputation points and a bag of junk items (initially Brawler’s Purse, then Bulging Brawler’s Purse at higher levels) that are worth a few gold. If you lose and die, your body gets teleported back nonetheless but you get nothing. You can either release your spirit and travel some distance to get back to the guild area or you can ask a healer to resurrect you. You, then, just have to try better next time.

Ranks and Monsters

There are a total of eight ranks, with new players starting out at Rank 1. Each rank requires an accumulation of 1000 reputation points in order to proceed to the next level. Every creature you defeat earns you 250 rep points. Obviously you need to win four times per rank to proceed to the next.

The creatures below are arranged according to who you encounter and must defeat first before facing a new opponent.

Rank

Creatures

Description

In-Game Announcer’s Description

1

Bruce

Crocolisk (Beast)

Also entering the arena: Bruce, a crocolisk we found!

1

Vian the Volatile

Mogu (Humanoid)

In the other corner, we have Vian, the flame-flinging follower of the Thunder King!

1

Goredome

Shoveltusk (Beast)

Also entering the arena: Goredome! He WILL attempt to gore you. With his dome.

1

Dungeon Master Vishas

Human (Humanoid)

Well, wrap me in leather and tug my leash: it's Dungeon Master Vishas!

2

Dippy

Penguin (Beast)

He'll peck your eyes out if you give him a chance. It's Dippy!

2

Kirrawk

Arakkoa (Humanoid)

Also entering the arena: Kirrawk, wind-wielding arrakoa of the Terokkar Forest!

2

Fran & Riddoh

Goblin & Hobgoblin (Humanoid)

In the other corner... a disgusting green pile of goblin idiocy, riding on a lumbering chariot of shame. It's Fran and Riddoh! Everybody boo!

2

King Kulaka

Devilsaur (Beast)

Now this is what I'm talking about! More dinosaurs, please! It's King Kulaka!!

3

Blat

Ooze (Aberration)

Hey hey! Look what we've scooped up for you today... it's Blat!

3

Sanoriak

Flamewaker (Humanoid)

From deep within the bowels of Blackrock Mountain, it's Sanoriak, master of flame!

3

Ixx

Silithid colossus (Beast)

We found this one scuttling in circles in Silithus. From the looks of him, somebody mostly killed him already. It's Ixx!

3

Mazhareen

Tiger (Beast)

We spent days trying to find this one in Sholazar Basin. Welcome to the jungle! It's Mazhareen!

4

Crush

Yeti (Beast)

And in this corner! He's angry. He's deadly. He's a little bit adorable. Straight out of Neverest, it's Crush!

4

Leona Earthwind

Night Elf (Humanoid)

I never thought I'd see the day! Our former champion, out of retirement! Put your big, beefy hands together for Leona Earthwind!

4

Dominika the Illusionist

Draenei (Humanoid)

When I see her smile, it makes me smile. When she casts a spell, it puts a spell on me. When I see her horns, it makes me feel... intrigued. It's Dominika!

4

Deeken

Mechagnome (Mechanical)

Get ready to dance! Deeken's in the house!

5

Millie Watt

Gnome (Humanoid)

Up next, it's Millie Watt! I used to date her in engineering school!

5

Fjoll

Vargul (Undead)

Everybody's favorite magical 12-foot-tall corpse, Fjoll! Am I pronouncing that right?

5

Proboskus

Spore Walker (Beast)

Oh dear... I'm sorry, but it looks like you're going to have to fight Proboskus.

5

Leper Gnome Quintet

Leper Gnomes (Humanoid)

The opposition includes some of Gnomeregan's finest... although they've all seen better days. It's the leper gnome quintet!

6

Yikkan Izu

Unknown (Beast)

We found this one cawing up a storm in Auchindoun. Give it up for Yikkan Izu!

6

Akama

Broken (Humanoid)

Some of you veterans might remember this guy. He may be Broken, but today, he means to break you! It's Akama!

6

Smash Hoofstomp

Tauren (Humanoid)

We also welcome Smash Hoofstomp, the terrible tauren from Thunder Bluff! Look at those GREAT shoulderpads!

6

Unguloxx

Giraffe (Beast)

Quiet down everyone... we don't want to make it angry. Just gaze in silent awe at Unguloxx, the murderaffe!

7

GG Engineering

Gnome & Goblin (Humanoid)

Their partnership was never meant to be. It actually makes me sick a little bit. Here comes GG Engineering!

7

Dark Summoner

Skeletal Mage (Undead)

Also entering the arena: The Dark Summoner. Wow, he doesn't even have a real name. Spooky!

7

Battletron

Arcane Guardian (Mechanical)

Also entering the arena: Battletron! This hunk o' junk is just waiting to explode all over you!

7

Meatball

Gnoll (Humanoid)

 

8

Epicus Maximus

Shark (Beast)

 

8

Disruptron Mk. 3R-Alpha

Mechagnome (Mechanical)

That's actually some pretty good engineering down there. It's Disruptron time!

8

Millhouse Manastorm

Gnome (Humanoid)

We have a special guest today: the always-endearing, ever-resilient, Millhouse Manastorm! Stonecore was merely a setback!

8

Zen’shar

Unknown

 

Consumables

There are two vendors near the arena. One of them is the Alliance brawler’s guild quartermaster, Quackenbush <Bizmo’s Brawlpub Quartermaster>. His Horde equivalent is Paul North <Brawl’gar Arena Quartermaster>. They sell potions that are only consumable during the fights:

Item

Description

Brawler’s Healing Potion

Restores 60,000 health. Only usable in a Brawl arena.

Potion of Brawler’s Might

Increases your Strength by 4,000 for 25 sec. Only usable in a Brawl arena.

Potion of Brawler’s Cunning

Increases your Intellect by 4,000 for 25 sec. Only usable in a Brawl arena.

Potion of Brawler’s Deftness

Increases your Agility by 4,000 for 25 sec. Only usable in a Brawl arena.

Quackenbush - Bizmo's Brawlpub Quartermaster

The other vendor is the Purveyor of Underhand Things, Lidiya Peyton (Alliance) or Esme Sunshadow (Horde). They sell trash items that you can use to throw into the arena and are required to earn the Haters Gonna Hate and Bottle Service achievements.

Item Description

Rotten Apple

Throw the rotten apple.

Rotten Banana

Throw the rotten banana.

Rotten Watermelon

Throw the rotten watermelon.

Expired Blackout Brew

Throw the bottle.

Achievements

  • Bottle Service
    Hit an angry spectator in the head with an Expired Blackout Brew.
  • Haters Gonna Hate
    Win a brawl with ten stacks of You Stink!
  • I’m Your Number One Fan
    Cheer a player on after they have won a brawl.
  • Rabble Rabble Rabble
    Take Willard “Bubbles” Wilcox’s portal to Orgrimmar.
  • The Second Rule of Brawler’s Guild
    Reach Rank 7 with Mizmo’s Brawlpub.
  • You Are Not Your $#*@! Legplates
    Win a brawl.

Addons

[coming soon]