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Karazhan Guide: Gamesman's Hall ~ Chess Event

Updated Mon, Feb 25, 2008 by DarkFact

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Having defeated Netherspite, you will need to clear toward the Chess Event's area. You will be fighting very hard Ethereals who should be solo-pulled and hopefully tanked with more than 1 person. The reason? They like to switch targets after they attempt to disarm you! a secondary person building aggro for this momentary event is recommended otherwise you will suffer greatly in these pulls.

Once you reach the Chess Event at the Games Hall, you will see the Shadow of Medivh and a large chessboard. Here, there's 2 sides mimicking the first war that took place in the Warcraft Series, the Warchief Blackhand vs King Llane and their forces! Medivh will challenge you to a game, and only if you win will he let you pass to the next (and final) required area.

Even though it looks like a chessboard, each piece behaves differently than it should in the real game, so let's analyze how to beat Medivh!

Chess Pieces & Abilities

Each Raid Member may take 1 piece and move it at his/her will until it dies, or you want to change pieces. You will obtain a 15 second debuff should you wish to change control of pieces during the event.

All Pieces

Left to right - Attack, Return, Move, Turn Piece, Move, Special Abilities 1 and 2, Defend, Passive.

You will not use the first three or the last two commands as they're pet-based. The rest vary on which piece you pick!

Chess Pieces
King Llane Wrynn & Warchief Blackhand

Moves 1 Space Any Direction. Abilities: Sweep or Cleave, dealing 4000 damage to 3 enemies in front.

Heroism or Bloodlust, 50% damage increase to all humanoida on all 8 spaces near him, except himself. First side to kill one of these pieces wins.


Queen Human Conjurer & Orc Warlock

Moves 3 spaces straight, or 2 spaces adjacent. Abilities: Elemental Blast or Fireball, dealing 4000 damage to any chess piece.

Rain of Fire or Poison Cloud: deals 6000 damage to any chess piece and all hostile chess pieces near the target.


Bishop Human Cleric & Orc Necrolyte

Moves 1 Space any direction. Abilities: Healing or Shadowmend, healing a chess piece for 6000. Half board range.

Holy Lance or Shadow Spear: 2000 damage to 3 enemies infront of you. *This is the only healer in the board!*


Knight Human Charger & Orc Wolf

Moves 2 spaces straight or one space diagonal. Abilities: Smash or Bite, dealing 3000 damage to a target 1 square infront.

Stomp or Howl: Reduces damage done by hostile pieces near you by 50%, lasts 10 seconds.


Rook Water Elemental & Summoned Daemon

Moves 1 Space any direction. Abilities: Geyser or Hellfire: 3000 damage to all adjacent hostile chess pieces.

Water Shield or Fire Shield: Reduces damage done to self by 50%


Pawn Footman & Grunt

Moves 1 space any direction. Abilities: Heroic Blow or Vicious Strike: 1000 damage to 1 target infront.

Shield Block or Weapon Deflection: Absorb 500 damage.

Strategy

There is little strategy involved in winning the Chess Event - you just need to be aware of two things:

1) Make your raid members move the peons out of the way for your bigger pieces! (very important! you can lose if you don't get the peons out soon!)

2) Attack the Bishops first, then head for the King! do this as fast as humanly possible, as we will now explain the third mechanic for this event.

Medivh's Cheats

At random, Medivh will cheat to turn the tide to his favor, hence why you should hurry toward the enemy king and defeat him as soon as possible. He can do one of three cheats at any given time:

Healing Cheat - Healing his pieces back to 100%

Damage Cheat - Puts some of your pieces on fire, dealing a LOT of damage - move out of this as soon as possible.

Berserker Cheat - Buffs several of his units so they deal a lot more damage and have more speed.

Past these abilities, the battle should be easy and straight-forward. Once you beat Medivh, a chest will appear with loot inside for winning the event, and the way to Prince Malcheezar will be open at last.

Chest Container Loot

Battlescar Boots
Plate - Feet
997 Armor
+18 Strength
+28 Stamina
Red Socket
Blue Socket
Socket Bonus: +3 Parry Rating
Equip: Increases defense rating by +23
Equip: Increases your parry rating by 21


Bladed Shoulderpads of the Merciless
Leather - Shoulder
273 Armor
+30 Stamina
Yellow Socket
Yellow Socket
Socket Bonus: +3 Hit Rating
Equip: Improves hit rating by 13 (0.8%).
Equip: Improves critical strike rating by 21 (1.0%).
Equip: Increases attack power by 58.


Fiend Slayer Boots
Mail - Feet
558 Armor
+26 Agility
+24 Stamina
+16 Intellect
Red Socket
Blue Socket
Socket Bonus: +3 Agility
Equip: Improves hit rating by 17(1.1%).
Equip: Increases attack power by 34.


Forestlord Striders
Leather - Feet
250 Armor
+24 Stamina
+27 Intellect
+16 Spirit
Blue Socket
Blue Socket
Socket Bonus: +7 Healing
Equip: Increases healing done by spells and effects by up to 55.

Girdle of Treachery
Leather - Waist
205 Armor
+18 Agility
+37 Stamina
Red Socket
Red Socket
Socket Bonus: +3 Agility
Equip: Increases attack power by 58.


Headdress of the High Potentate
Cloth - Head
138 Armor
+37 Stamina
+38 Intellect
+32 Spirit
Equip: Increases healing done by spells and effects by up to 81.


Heart-Flame Leggings
Mail - Legs
710 Armor
+36 Stamina
+33 Intellect
Blue Socket
Blue Socket
Yellow Socket
Socket Bonus: +4 Intellect
Equip: Increases healing done by spells and effects by up to 90.


King's Defender
Unique
Sword - One-Hand
98 - 182 Damage
(87.5 damage per second)
182 Armor
+28 Stamina
Equip: Increases defense rating by +13
Equip: Improves hit rating by 17

Legplates of the Innocent
PlateLegs
1269 Armor
+24 Stamina
+32 Intellect
Yellow Socket
Blue Socket
Blue Socket
Socket Bonus: +4 Intellect
Equip: Improves spell critical strike rating by 21 (1.0%).
Equip: Increases healing done by spells and effects by up to 66.
Equip: Restores 8 mana per 5 sec.


Mithril Chain of Heroism
Neck
+28 Strength
+22 Agility
+22 Stamina


Ring of Recurrence
Unique
Finger
+15 Stamina
+15 Intellect
Equip: Improves spell critical strike rating by 19.
Equip: Increases damage and healing done by magical spells and effects by up to 32.


Triptych Shield of the Ancients

Shield - Off Hand
4872 Armor
122 Block
+24 Stamina
+21 Intellect
Equip: Increases healing done by spells and effects by up to 42.
Equip: Restores 8 mana per 5 sec


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