DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/25/2015    Duedate: 03/10/2015

MALCORN ARENA

DM-15    TURN-765

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

THIRD COURSE
SHEWISH DELICACIES (530)
(15-5338) [11-4-0,111]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

THIRD COURSE                   POSITION IS EMPTY
SHEWISH DELICACIES (530)       
(15-5338) [11-4-0,111]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SNOWFOOT                       KHELOLIR
GREENWARDENS (244)             WRATHMEN 5 (539)
(15-5224) [17-36-0,87]         (15-5407) [3-2-0,33]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

GONE OFF THAT (538)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BATTLE SHIPS (543)          39
2. GONE OFF THAT (538)         28      SHEWISH DELICACIES (530)
3. POLITICOS (537)             22      Unchartered Team
4. WRATH OF GRAPES (540)       20
5. POETRY IN MOTION (527)      17      WRATH OF GRAPES (540)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*WRATH OF GRAPES (540)      5   1  1 83.3   1/ 1 GONE OFF THAT (538)      11  2 0
 2- 3 THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)   82  34  9 70.7   2/ 3*WRATH OF GRAPES (540)     5  1 1
 3/ 2*WRATHMEN 5 (539)           3   2  0 60.0   3/ 4 SHEWISH DELICACIES (530)  3  1 0
 4/ 4 SHEWISH DELICACIES (530)  11   8  0 57.9   4/ 2 BLOODSWORN (482)          3  5 0
 5/ 5 GONE OFF THAT (538)       26  19  1 57.8   5/ 6 GREENWARDENS (244)        3 12 0
 6/ 0*BATTLE SHIPS (543)         2   2  0 50.0   6/ 0*BATTLE SHIPS (543)        2  2 0
 7/ 6 BLOODSWORN (482)         130 132 13 49.6   7/10*POETRY IN MOTION (527)    1  1 0
 8/ 7 GREENWARDENS (244)       974 %1140 24 46.1   8- 8 MARKS PARTY (489)         1  2 0
 9- 8 MARKS PARTY (489)         23  31  2 42.6   9- 5 THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)   1  2 0
10/ 9*POETRY IN MOTION (527)     2   3  1 40.0  10/ 7*WRATHMEN 5 (539)          1  2 0
11/10*POLITICOS (537)            1   8  0 11.1  11/ 9*POLITICOS (537)           1  3 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

     The riders of the night would come, they never turned down a chance to ride the
mortal world.  But they were not the cure of the problem, only a stop-gap.  Left
unchecked, the riders would become as much a problem as the stone-demons, so he had
to make sure there was something in place to drive them back their exile.
     The stone-demons... were almost impossible to fight directly.  Almost.
Gladiators might do it; that was part of the reason he had allowed the arena in
Malcorn.  HE could do it, but he had other foxes to pursue, he had to find a way to
close the Gate of Shadows and stop the stone-demons getting through.
     But almost as... disturbing?  Annoying, at least, was that the Watcher in the
Stone had seen fit to advise him to marry soon.  Further than that, even, it had
pointed out that he needed to find a wife among his father's people "lest the blood
be weakened."  Did it--or any of his other "advisers"--think he didn't KNOW that?
Negotiations across the dimensions took time.  Damn, he was supposed to be going
there in a few days to meet the candidate.  He wasn't sure he could, that it wouldn't
be a worse mistake to leave while stone-demons were prowling, than--
     He sighed and shook his head.  One thing he had learned in his life was that
there was no point in rushing decisions.  It wasn't time to make that choice; he
still had those few days to see what developed.

     Greenwardens Snowfoot and Underwood hunched into their parkas--Snowfoot did,
anyway, Underwood said he had to "have his ears free"--and tramped parallel to the
road from Malcorn to Murska, keeping to the trees.  The trees had been cut back along
the road, leaving it clear for a bow-shot length on either side.
     "If something happens out there," Underwood said, "we're going to be too far
away to do any good."
     Snowfoot made a vague noise, possibly of agreement, or maybe not, then said, "If
anything happens, we aren't going to do any good however close we are.  You were at
the briefing:  these things can't be harmed by metal.  The swords may comfort US, but
they won't help anybody."
     "And that is why I'm along--you think I came out in this weather for fun?  Aimed
blow--this is what *I* was trained for."
     "How much can you be trained if you've never SEEN one of the things?"
     "Four-legged, big as a pony, made of rough stone--like THAT thing, there--"

                                      SPY REPORT

     If you were disturbed from your beauty rest only to have to watch a bunch of 
MALCORN brutes like you, you'd be grouchy, too.  Now keep the taverns open late 
tonight, for there are sorrows to drown for THE GRAIL KNIGHTS, whose 0-0-0 this turn 
dropped them by 4 into 9th.  Ha!  POETRY IN MOTION turned their 1-0-0 turn into a 7th 
place rank in the listings this turn.  Any better than this, and you get put on hit 
lists.  Middle of the road, BATTLE SHIPS, middle of the road; you'll get no good 
words from me, until you get better, or worse.  Break a leg.  Of course, we're all 
terribly impressed to see TACHIKAZE win a fight and gain 17 points, terribly.  Tsk, 
tsk, SYRUP beat CRIMSON TEARS and CRIMSON TEARS lost 6 points.  You're breakin' my 
heart.  And if variety is the spice of life, MALCORN may be getting bland, as THIRD 
COURSE stays top dog in the city.  Drake's Barbecue, humph!  I've tasted better ale 
at mortuaries.  Where do they get this stuff?  From MALCORN's trash dumps?   
     Well, let's take a look at some more misdeeds of you miserable sword-boys.  
What's the big D?  MARKS PARTY was the most avoided team?  Bunch of lily livered... 
grumble... mumble... curse...  And who led the way in this mass act of cowardice?  
Let's see, well, whatcha know?  It was WRATH OF GRAPES.  Ha ha ha ha!  SYRUP was 
challenged more times this turn than the Duelmaster.  Now was the DM insulted or 
feared?  Heh, heh.   
     Death and Taxes.  The less death I see, the more it taxes my patience.  Let's 
see if anyone's dead or dying.  Titanium shields and bamboo daggers, guess what brave 
team is developing these kinds of weapons?   
     There's got to be a better place in MALCORN to get a drink than Drake's 
Barbecue!  Any suggestions?  Well, I've had enough of this drivel, and I'm sure you 
have too.  Off like a dirty shirt of padded leather.  Glad to see the back of this 
place-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THIRD COURSE 5338            11   4  0   111       SHEWISH DELICACIES (530)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SNOWFOOT 5224                17  36  0    87       GREENWARDENS (244)
 WINTERGREEN 5272             16  19  1    83       GREENWARDENS (244)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 COURVOISIER 5415              6   2  0    66       GONE OFF THAT (538)
 YAC 5418                      8   1  0    62       GONE OFF THAT (538)
 SYRUP 5420                    5   4  1    61       GONE OFF THAT (538)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MOUSE 5221                    4   1  0    56       MARKS PARTY (489)
 BLUE RAM 5327                12  11  0    47       GREENWARDENS (244)
 CRIMSON TEARS 5422            8   4  1    47       BLOODSWORN (482)
-MGR THE MAGICIAN 5268         4   2  0    39       THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)
-DEMOLISHER 5456               4   0  0    36       BLOODSWORN (482)
 RIPPLE 5399                   3   4  0    35       GONE OFF THAT (538)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KHELOLIR 5407                 3   2  0    33       WRATHMEN 5 (539)
 TACHIKAZE 5303                2   2  1    33       POETRY IN MOTION (527)
 SHIRAZ 5440                   2   0  0    28       WRATH OF GRAPES (540)
 GOOD STUFF 5419               4   2  0    26       GONE OFF THAT (538)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PINOT NOIR 5437               2   0  1    23       WRATH OF GRAPES (540)
-ALKALINE 5241                 2   1  0    23       MARKS PARTY (489)
-SIR GUY OF GREEK 5432         4   1  0    21       THE GRAIL KNIGHTS (522)
 BLACK FOX 5410                3  12  0    21       GREENWARDENS (244)
 CHENEY 5459                   1   0  0    15       POLITICOS (537)
 WISCONSIN 5472                1   0  0    13       BATTLE SHIPS (543)
 UNDERWOOD 5435                2   6  0    12       GREENWARDENS (244)
 BATTLESHIP ARIZONA 5470       1   0  0    11       BATTLE SHIPS (543)
 MOSCATO 5438                  1   1  0     8       WRATH OF GRAPES (540)
 RON PAUL 5389                 0   1  0     5       POLITICOS (537)
-DELUXE 5240                   0   3  0     3       MARKS PARTY (489)
 LIFEFORCE 5477                0   1  0     1       BLOODSWORN (482)

'-' denotes a warrior who did not fight this turn.

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
IOWA 5468               0  1 0 BATTLE SHIPS 543     DARK CHAMPION         765  NONE
MMUSASHI 5471           0  1 0 BATTLE SHIPS 543     BANDIT PRINCE         765  NONE
BASHER 5478             0  1 0 BLOODSWORN 482       BANDIT PRINCE         765  NONE
DIRE WISH 5457          1  2 0 BLOODSWORN 482       DARK CHAMPION         765  NONE
BOB DOLE 5391           0  3 0 POLITICOS 537        WURM KIN              765  NONE
SNACK 4 5342            0  1 0 SHEWISH DELICACI 530 DARK CHAMPION         765  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

One-four again, no standbys:  Wintergreen managed to defeat a real gladiator.  Ah,
not to say the standbys aren't real, for certain values of real.  I wouldn't want
them to feel I was slighting them!  But we're seriously depressed.  It looks like we
might be no good to Prince Malcorn if he calls on us.  Unfit for adventure.  And to
adventure in the service of Malcorn is the reason for our existence.  So, seriously
depressed. -- Snowfoot

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BOB DOLE was butchered by WURM KIN in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
DIRE WISH was viciously butchered by DARK CHAMPION in a 2 minute Dark Arena battle.
BASHER was murdered by BANDIT PRINCE in a 2 minute Dark Arena fight.
IOWA was dispatched by DARK CHAMPION in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Dark Arena brawl.
MMUSASHI was assassinated by BANDIT PRINCE in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
SNACK 4 was murdered by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute Dark Arena competition.
CRIMSON TEARS was defeated by SYRUP in a 1 minute Challenge struggle.
TACHIKAZE narrowly defeated KHELOLIR in a crowd pleasing 7 minute Challenge brawl.
SHIRAZ overpowered BLACK FOX in a 1 minute uneven Challenge melee.
THIRD COURSE vanquished SNOWFOOT in a popular 1 minute uneven Title duel.
WINTERGREEN won victory over YAC in a 3 minute gory one-sided duel.
COURVOISIER overpowered BLUE RAM in a popular 1 minute one-sided melee.
RIPPLE savagely defeated UNDERWOOD in a 2 minute bloody match.
GOOD STUFF handily defeated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
PINOT NOIR demolished RON PAUL in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided brawl.
MOSCATO was handily defeated by CHENEY in a 1 minute uneven fight.
BATTLESHIP ARIZONA overpowered LIFEFORCE in a action packed 1 minute uneven struggle.
WISCONSIN overpowered MORDANT DESERTER in a 2 minute mismatched brawl.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  7         AIMED BLOW        27 -  14 -  2      66  |
|AIMED BLOW                       6         LUNGING ATTACK    15 -  12 -  1      56  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   4 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         STRIKING ATTACK   21 -  24 -  1      47  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         BASHING ATTACK    13 -  15 -  1      46  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         WALL OF STEEL     13 -  20 -  1      39  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -   5 -  0      29  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         TOTAL PARRY        0 -   6 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   3 -  0       0  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         SLASHING ATTACK    0 -   2 -  0       0  |

Turn 765 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      1 -  2         3  AIMED BLOW     
STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  3     BASHING ATTACK     1 -  3         2  STRIKING ATTACK
AIMED BLOW         3 -  3     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  2         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
                              SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         2  BASHING ATTACK 
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       THIRD COURSE 5338          11   4  0  111 SHEWISH DELICACIES (530)
STRIKING ATTACK  COURVOISIER 5415            6   2  0   66 GONE OFF THAT (538)
LUNGING ATTACK   SYRUP 5420                  5   4  1   61 GONE OFF THAT (538)
BASHING ATTACK   BLUE RAM 5327              12  11  0   47 GREENWARDENS (244)
WALL OF STEEL    CRIMSON TEARS 5422          8   4  1   47 BLOODSWORN (482)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SNOWFOOT 5224.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was KHELOLIR 5407.  The ten other most popular fighters were TACHIKAZE 5303, RIPPLE 
5399, THIRD COURSE 5338, BATTLESHIP ARIZONA 5470, WINTERGREEN 5272, COURVOISIER 5415, 
GOOD STUFF 5419, PINOT NOIR 5437, IOWA 5468, and SYRUP 5420.

The least popular fighter this week was WISCONSIN 5472.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were MOSCATO 5438, BLACK FOX 5410, MMUSASHI 5471, LIFEFORCE 5477, RON PAUL 
5389, UNDERWOOD 5435, BLUE RAM 5327, SNOWFOOT 5224, CRIMSON TEARS 5422, and SNACK 4 
5342.

                                      A REMINDER

     On behalf of the mailroom slaves, please, please, put your arena number on 
everything, including your personals and diplos!  
     All diplos must show the recipient's name, team name, and arena number.  
     Sometimes stuff gets misfiled, delayed, not printed, or not delivered because we 
don't know where it belongs.  Thank you.
                                          -- A lowly mailroom slave

               NEW GRADUATES--FROM ALL ARENAS (INCLUDING CLOSED ARENAS)

For those of you who keep track of such things, several additional warriors 
graduated from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament. 

                      K. CARSON (8-3609) SUPERIOR FORCES  (436)   
                    MISCHIEVOUS IMP (36-1504) FRIEND OR FOE  (163)   
                          DR FUGLY (61-3477) 071406W  (384)   
                       RED-HOT FRYER (82-50979) 072707J  (8581) 
                          CHAIR (84-11685) WORDS VII  (2124)  
                          BRAIN (84-13446) NOUNS III  (2364)  
                     KYLSEN (84-16515) BUBBA'S 15TH ARMY  (2917)  
                EVERYONE WANTS SOME (84-26980) ROOKIE HALEN 9  (4782)  

Congrats to the grads. -- Green Eyes

                      SUMMER FACE-TO-FACE IN NEWARK, NEW JERSEY!

Our summer FTF will be held in Newark, New Jersey, July 17-19, 2015.  It will be held 
at the Doubletree Newark Airport Hotel in Newark, New Jersey (800-222-TREE (8733)).  
Room rates are $119.00 per night, 1-2 occupancy, which includes free airport shuttle 
and free high speed internet.  There's a fitness center, jacuzzi, indoor pool, and 
business center, as well as several resturants inside the hotel.  Self-parking is $8.  
The rooms are blocked--code REA.  (If you have trouble making reservations, please let 
us know!) 

Hotel site:  http://tinyurl.com/FF55-Newark

Look for the tournament info sheet and minioverviews some time in June.  We hope 
you're all looking forward to it and that we will see you there!

                                          -- RSI