The idea to create a list of best PvP movies released during WotLK came to me a few weeks ago, and I was suprised why no one did this sort of thing yet. The main idea behind this was not just to build a "top20" chart, but to make a list of movies where each one is a must-watch and deserves to be on the first place.
The main criteria I used to select these movies is entertainment - I decided to skip most movies that feature raw arena PvP footage, even if they feature top-notch gameplay, since they are usually addressed only to those who constantly play arena themselves.
The second criteria is uniqueness, It's how innovating and different to other movies of the same type it is. Absolutely every movie on this list has something very unique about them.
And last but not least, the third criteria is, naturally, skill. Most of these movies feature great players, some of them are even considered to be the best players of their class world wide. I can honestly say that some of the movies on this list were picked pretty much purely for showing mind blowing level of gameplay, which fully compensates sometimes very simple or even nonexistent editing.
Beside the main list of 20 best movies, there are also three additional categories: Best editing, best soundtrack and best storyline.
If you find yourself disagreeing with some of these choices though, remember: it's only an opinion, it's not meant to be one hundred percent correct and perfect.
I also would like a few people who helped me a lot to make this: Mitz, Corporatus, Ratlez, Hips and Archin.
Here we go!
class mage type duels
If all the Healingproof movies this is probably the most interesting one, which is why I decided to put it on the list. It also caused a lot of drama back when it was released, and it really keeps you on the edge of your seat during the whole movie :) In addition to that it contains some great and surprisingly dynamic mage vs. mage dueling footage.
class mage type arena
This would've been just another frost mage RMP movie with no editing, if not for the absolutely amazing gameplay. The way the mage handles the opponent's team, how fast he reacts, and one of the world strongest RMP team perfect synergy and teamplay is what makes this movie so special.
class mage type arena
While being a frost mage arena movie just like Fakeyou, it's actually very different. LOLBURST 2! may not have the same level of skill, but it's surprisingly fun to watch thanks to stylish editing, good music choice and "bursty" (duh!) comp selection. It's also accompanied with commentaries and some tips, which is helpful if you're seeking to improve your gameplay.
class mage type outdoor pvp, battlegrounds
Lecken always did one of the most fun to watch fire mage movies, and this one is not an exception. It was shot very early into WotLK, therefore it contains mostly early s5 footage and some lvl 70 (3.0.2) clips, and just like with other Lecken movies you can expect impressive 1vX situations, nice editing and great sense of humor.
class warlock type battlegrounds
Kinzin 3 - Feed the Fire is a destruction warlock movie during patch 3.3.5. The author apologized about the movie being too short because his computer had a "system fail" which whiped most of the work he put into the movie, uncluding the douple point of view with Razghul(2vX) and 2v2 arenas 2,3k mmr. Nevertheless, whats left of the movie is still pretty entertaining with very skillful gameplay, some amazing editing and a good soundtrack.
class hunter type outdoor pvp
Danaik 3 was filmed during 72-78 leveling, it's probably the best outdoor PvP movie here and definitely the most entertaining hunter movie. It has everything: killing targets of a much higher level, impressive disengage jumps, death coil / death grip deflections, and a (wait for it!) ninja crab. What else can you ask for? A well deserved 15th place on the best WotLK PvP movies list.
class mage, rogue type outdoor pvp, battlegrounds
Nenzo and Xarioo 2 is a douple point of view movie which includes both Nenzo(Rogue) and Xarioo(Mage) showing amazing skill while doing 1vx fights in world pvp/bgs. The fights include Xarioo fighting a double rogue team of 2100+ rating in a 2v1, and Nenzo showing off his timing with vanish. The movie is very heavily edited with an amazing soundtrack. It's really a must see movie.
class mage type battlegrounds, outdoor PvP, duels
This movie is pretty much like an uncut gem. It may turn you off at first with low FPS and usually simple editing, but those who get past it will be stunned by mindblowing gameplay. I can say without a doubt that this is the most skilled fire mage movie of WotLK. If you somehow missed it when it was released, it's time to fix that. :)
class warlock type battlegrounds, outdoor pvp, duels
Haero saved the project when I had to give up working on it, and did it so well that it was a huge surprise for us, to say the least of it. His amazing editing combined with great PvP footage and storyline inserts is what makes it so entertaining. Definitely deserves to be mentioned as one of the best WotLK PvP movies.
class mage type battlegrounds, duels, arenas
Flekz movies are mostly famous for having an amazing and very unique comic book editing style, once you see it you'll recognize it anywhere. His WotLK movies may not seem to be as perfect as Flekz 4 (the one that inspired me to try out Fire!), but I tend to say that they are rather different and, of course, just as outstanding.
The reason I'm putting both these movies on the list is because they pretty much complete each other: Flekz 5 is quite similar to Flekz 4 (both on editing and quality), while Flekz 6 has a more mature and dark feeling, plus it's the first of his movies to feature a real storyline.
Flekz 5: http://warcraftmovies.com/movieview.php?id=99899
Flekz 6: http://warcraftmovies.com/movieview.php?id=117305
class mage type arenas
Double mage has always been one of the most entertaining comps to watch and this movie has definitely earned its place in the top 20 of best WotLK movies.
Xmo's trademark has always been outstanding gameplay and combined with good music choices and witty humor it sums up to one hell of a movie. For a movie with so much content the movie lasts only 19 minutes (including intros and outros), but not for a moment did I watch how far I were into the movie because I was genuinenly fascinated.
Sometimes the editing may be a bit hectic but the hilarious skype conversation balances out the bumps in editing. Xmo's attitude towards this game is a thing to admire and one I've tried to get myself into too.. You shouldn't take this game seriously and enjoy what you have. One of Xmo's best movies and definitely worth a watch if you already haven't seen!
class shaman type outdoor pvp
Not your average elemental shaman movie, it also brings some good laughs! Dremlock did a great work at making a parody of such games as Street Fighter, Metal Gear and Unreal Tournament; in addition to very intense 1vX world PvP scenes this is one of the most entertaining videos of WotLK.
class rogue type battlegrounds, outdoor pvp, duels, arenas
While Unmercey 8 - Heart Of A Hero is far from being the only his WotLK movie (you also can include here Unmercey 5, 6, 7 and 9 of you want), it's probably one of the most interesting and well made ones. Unmercey is well known for making quality rogue movies, his extraordinary reactions and ability to create impressive scenes, and this movie is no different. In addition, Unmercey wrote a small story for a few machinima sequences made by Baron Soosdon, a very famous and talented machinima maker. And it turned out to be a pure success!
class warlock type battlegrounds, outdoor pvp
A Korean warlock legend, and probably the most famous World of Warcraft player - Drakedog. He's also one of the few who keeps playing and making movies since vanilla.
Drakedog 9 is everything you can expect from a DD movie, and even more! It has great world PvP and battleground scenes, plus this time DD invited Vurtne instead of Goo for editing. It's quite arguable if whether Vurtne's editing is better than Goo's, but I believe that everyone will agree - both can sometimes make you speechless. They're very different from each other, though: while Goo did it very aggressive and with lots of slow-mo, Vurtne's editing is calm, soft and amazingly attractive.
class warrior type battlegrounds, outdoor pvp, duels
<...> I watched it on stream and was impressed, then I downloaded it and watched it again and I was floored by the production quality. As soon as you see the intro of this thing, wow, this is closer to Jet Li's Hero than your typical PVP movie. The Chinese calligraphy, wash painting of his mounted character, music all add up to one artistic experience. Then the editing, even the 1vN killing sprees against scrubs in world PVP, he made them look really intense with incredible editing. Slow motions on clutch spell reflects, well-timed zoom's on add's. Good editing really keeps the audience aware of what is going on.
Then there are the duels vs mages. Cinematic intros and really incredible music made it feel like a Chinese martial arts movie where two masters fight not for personal glory, but for the pure joy of battle. The same can be said about his warrior/rogue 2v2 team at 2100+, playing for fun at its best and way more enjoyable to watch than say, warrior/druid. And of course, everything are done in two perspectives. You will see his opponent's perspective as well as his rogue partner's perspective. The kung fu music thrown in really got me into the fighting mood (see the opening scene of his duels vs Gameking the mage) too. It is one of the few, few PVP movies I kept running in the background while I am writing a blog. <...>
class rogue type battlegrounds, outdoor pvp, duels, arenas
Movies like this one happen just once. Six Silent Shadow is a truly epic work, it's a compilation of arena/battleground/duels PvP clips from six most famous rogue players, those are Akrios (Eviscerate series), Unmercey, Buddhist, Mahikosan, Bizzlesnaff and Saeyon, spiced with some great editing and amazing intro. It's hard to imagine how much work did Bizzlesnaff put in this, sorting out over 400 GB of various footage and picking the most interesting moments.
class rogue type battlegrounds, outdoor pvp, duels
Eviscerate X, frapsed by Akrios and made my Bizzlesnaff, is a try to make an "oldschool" rogue PvP video (therefore a bit unexpected music choices, like Metallica), and a very successful one. Everything you can ask from a rogue movie is here: stunning gameplay (Akrios has a talent in catching those special moments, like most classic one - Death Coil vanish), great intro and overall editing, lots of items with interesting uses being abused. I should also mention that the majority of clips contain world PvP and there are zero arena scenes (!). A true rogue PvP movie. One of the few.
class mage type arenas, battlegrounds
Gameking, a legendary Chinese mage with a huge movie list, playing since Vanilla. His 10th movie, my personal favourite one, was also released during WotLK, but it's content is half BC: it was shot on 3.0.2 patch, i.e. Burning Crusade with WotLK talents - therefore it's not included.
Gameking 11 is the first movie of the series that's mostly dedicated to arenas (the comps are Rogue/Mage and Rogue/Mage/Priest), and I have to say that it didn't make it worse at all. Similar to previous GK movies, this one is also focused on showing off tricks (familiar to those who watched his other videos, like double Deep Freeze) and amazing, almost unhuman reaction speed, that you won't see anywhere else.
class rogue type duels
Who would've thought that a 58 minute (!) dueling movie can be that good? Absolutely every aspect of it is perfect: the gameplay - every duel has its impressive moments, and both video and sound editing is top notch. In addition, 18 great players, such as Gameking, Unmercey, JWM, Laoniu and GForce, were invited to the TP to participate in it - Curse 3 is probably right next to Six Silent Shadows on the amount of "star" players that took part in it. Don't miss it!
class priest type arenas, duels
Is anyone really surprised? A movie so good that it broke all download records on warcraftmovies.com, going over 1 million in a short time. It's literally overfilled with skill: the way Hydra moves, manages his cooldowns and health pools of his teammates, Flyn and Kalimist, is stunning. Moreover, he spent a lot of time recording, which resulted in almost 40 minutes of most amazing pvp footage: disc/rogue, disc/mage, RMP and some duels versus his teammates.
Best priest in the world and best WotLK PvP movie.
First of all, I decided that machinima should not count - only actual footage editing matters. But even then there was a lot of worthy candidates that didn't make it into this list, for example some of Teed's movies. Other very important criteria is how well synchronized the editing is, which pretty much decided the first place. While both Moonfury and Kenwood 3 are edited on the same amazing level, the creator of Moonfury has apparently spent a lot of time polishing his work, which resulted in most perfect editing sequences.
And as for Kinzin 3, it's editing might seem somewhat simple at first look, but reason I picked it is because, similar to Moonfury, it's very well synchronized and there aren't any effects that look unnecessary and distract the viewer.
I can honestly say that this was the toughest category of all three. There are tons of movies with great soundtrack, but they all have very different music style, and everyone has their own preferences so it was hard to pick.
At any rate, I ended up giving Curse 3: Duel the first place because every track in the movie with no exception is is great and fits perfect, and I can imagine that getting enough songs for an hour long movie took a huge amount of time.
Next is Nenzo and Xarioo 2, a well deserved second place in best soundtrack category for picking a lot of awesome and rarely or never used before in any other movies songs. Most movie makers seem lazy nowadays to search for something new
And for the last place I decided to pick Eviscerate X. I know that it's soundtrack choices caused a lot of controversy around it, mainly because other Akrios movie series called Eviscerate Arenas is usually accompanied with electro/techno tracks. Nevertheless I've found Metallica soundtrack to be quite fresh and unusual, and most importantly - it fits just perfect.
There are a lot of PvP movies that have some kind of introduction for the character, although almost always it's very basic and a story they bring up is simple and full of cliche.
Movies with a complex and interesting story - now that's rare! In fact, we didn't have many candidates to pick from, and choices were obvious. Kae - Blazing Dawn is a clear winner here: the story is fascinating, quite long, which is good, and being delivered in great machinima sequences. The bike scene is incredible!
While The Bounty Hunter 2 doesn't have any machinima at all (all scenes were shot ingame), I've found the dialogs to be extremely well written, which totally compensates the lack of editing.
And as for Flekz 6, it's storyline might not seem as complex, but in this case it's not about complexity, but how the story is told. Flekz created an amazing atmosphere, inspired by movies like Sin City and Pulp Fiction, which makes it so enjoyable to follow.
Well, that's about it! I hope you enjoyed reading this, and maybe found a movie or two to watch. Remember, it's only an opinion!
Last edited by BeBep on Thu May 19, 2011 11:01 pm; edited 6 times in total
well to the category editing.... dont u think Gforce had the BEST editing...... the intro itself is sooooo awesome.... in my opinion
anyway great job
anyway great job
Last edited by Syntaxs on Sun Dec 26, 2010 8:03 pm; edited 1 time in total
Neso wrote:Btw, what is the addon called, that Fakeyou is using to track his Fingers of Frost and Frostfire Bolt? Saw it a couple of times in diffrent movies, but it were never on the addon list.
Should be PowerAuras
Syntaxs wrote:well to the category editing.... dont u think Gforce had the BEST editing...... the intro itself is sooooo awesome.... in my opinion
anyway great job
It was indeed great, but I was looking at footage editing in the first place :)
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