DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 03/08/2017    Duedate: 03/21/2017

SOLVEN ARENA

DM-22    TURN-805

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

THE BALROG
SHADOW LANCERS (441)
(22-4867) [18-15-1,123]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

THE BALROG                     POSITION IS EMPTY
SHADOW LANCERS (441)           
(22-4867) [18-15-1,123]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

THE BALROG                     STONE FREE
SHADOW LANCERS (441)           ARE YOU ? (768)
(22-4867) [18-15-1,123]        (22-7373) [5-6-1,66]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

SHADOW LANCERS (441)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. SHADOW LANCERS (441)        22
2. ARE YOU ? (768)             14      SHADOW LANCERS (441)
3. ARIZONA (797)                0      Unchartered Team
4. IMPULSION (800)              0
5. THE MENTORS GORE (781)      -3       (173)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 SHADOW LANCERS (441)     103 113 11 47.7   1/ 1 SHADOW LANCERS (441)     10  4 0
 2/ 1 THE MENTORS GORE (781)    74  82  6 47.4   2/ 2 ARE YOU ? (768)           6  6 1
 3/ 3 ARE YOU ? (768)          193 231 16 45.5   3/ 3 THE MENTORS GORE (781)    1  2 0
 4- 4*IMPULSION (800)            1   7  0 12.5   4- 4*IMPULSION (800)           1  7 0
 5- 5*ARIZONA (797)              0   3  0  0.0   5- 5*ARIZONA (797)             0  1 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

     "She said what?"  Vagabond had his hand on his head as he paced across the main 
hall of the Shadow Lancers stablehouse.  With paper in hand he ducked into a large 
office the warriors liked to use when management was out of town.
     "I'm the new mouthpiece?!"
     "Naw, man, I didn't sign on for this."
     "Banner carrier!?!"
     "No way, man, no way."
     "If I don't get..."
     "Oh, that is rich!"
     "I am done.  I am so done!"
     "I'll challenge the freakin' Dark Arena!"
     "No more arena fights..."
     "No more Shadow Lancers..."
     "This is bullshit!"  Vagabond kicked a stray full helm on the floor.  As it 
ricocheted off a wall, a bookcase, and a now broken vase, he had a few more choice 
words that were lost in the ruckus.
     "Gosh, why don't you tell me how you really feel?"  Ghost finally interrupted his 
one sided commentary on Vladia's last personal ads.  Ghost sat cross legged in a high 
backed chair across the room behind a large oak table.  Her timid figure hidden by an 
ugly set of brown leather armor that she wore.  Bloodstained, scarred, and three sizes 
too big, it was probably safe to assume her armor was taken off a corpse at the 
torchlight fights a night or two ago.
     "I hate that bitch,"  Vagabond brooded.
     "Relax, she's just trying to pass the torch in her own way,"  Ghost crossed her 
other leg.
     "I'm not here to be the new talking head for the team.  If I say anything to 
anyone they're gonna be damned lucky to hear it from me.  I'm not Vladia."
     "No one is expecting you to be."
     "Take a look at this."  Vagabond opened a desk drawer, took out a stack of 
papers, and plopped them down on the oak table.  "Vladia's teenage fantasies.  I think 
she wrote a new column for every cycle just in case.  She didn't mind giving speeches 
as long as they were about her.  One thing is for certain:  Vladia's days of blatant 
attention whoring here in Solven are over.  And these peons..."
     "Peons?"  Ghost interrupted.
     "I heard it after I said it..."
     Ghost snorted.
     "This just isn't me."
     "Sure it is."
     "No."
     "You practically hold court at The Victory Tavern every night!"
     "That's just drunken nonsense.  I have a better idea,"  Vagabond grinned.  "You 
do it."
     "No!  That's not fair."
     "At least introduce yourself.  It's only polite."
     Ghost stared back at him in silence.
     "Why don't we get down to the real reason you're here."
     "My training?"
     "About that,"  He sighed.
     "Vagabond!"
     "Why did I get paired up with you?  I don't know jack bull about your style."
     "It's because you're supposedly a master of what I need to learn.  So teach me 
something."
     "Swing first.  Hit hard,"  Vagabond folded his arms.
     "I'm sure there's more to it than that."
     "And why do you wear so much armor?"
     "Trying not to die!" She blurted out with a wide eyed smile.
     "It slows you down.  You'll get killed all the more so."
     "That's sage advice coming from a naked Striker.  Anymore gems of wisdom you care 
to dispense while you're at it?"
     "Right now, I wish you were a naked Striker since it's doing it for me."
     "What's doing it for you?"
     "That dark hair and pale skin,"  Vagabond grinned wickedly.  "You're kinda hot."
     Ghost scoffed and sprung out of her chair marching towards the door.
     "Wait.  Where are you going?"  Vagabond hit his knee on the table trying to give 
chase.
     "To dye my hair..."  Ghost said as she opened the door.  "And to find a beach."
     The door slammed shut behind her.
     

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

Meanwhile...  The Balrog drooled his way into next week from the throne.

                                      SPY REPORT

     So why do I have this bag over my head?  Because I am The Unknown Spymaster and 
I'm going to give you a spy report!.  Hey everybody, watch out for SWEET MUSIC, who 
flew up 7 points in the rankings after mashing VAGABOND like a melon.  Keep your eye 
on this guy.  And falling like a basher in the top ten was VAGABOND, who dropped 1 
points after a disappointing (to say the least) bout with SWEET MUSIC.  The most 
challenged warrior this week was THE BALROG.  If this keeps up, our Duelmaster's 
going to need more avoids!  Well here's a duelmaster that doesn't sit back and say 
'Challenge me'!  THE BALROG made a challenge against CANDYMAN this week.  Well, 
everybody's pal THE BALROG moved his record to 18-15-1 by defeating CANDYMAN in the 
Duelmaster's Title Bout and gaining 11 recognition points.  Advice to bashers--never 
force anything, just get a bigger halberd!   
     Here is other news that is of note.  Here's a song for you:  Who's afraid of the 
big, bad ARE YOU ??  Big bad ARE YOU ?.  Big bad ARE YOU ?.  SOLVEN's afraid of the 
big bad ARE YOU ?.  Tra la la la la!  Okay, so I may not be funny, but catch SHADOW 
LANCERS' act in the arena.  Those acrobats seem to be fairly deft at running from ARE 
YOU ?.   
     Death is kind of like a new puppy:  he's always around wanting to play.  (Ha 
Zontani, how's that for a wise saying?).  Here's some advice:  warriors with little 
wit and will may encounter problems on the trail to the Isle.   
     I think I had better cut this one short.  It's been nice chatting to those of 
you whom I have not offended yet.  C'mon, Leadfoot, let's make some tracks.  Its been 
fun, and I'm sure you enjoyed it (boos).  Now that I've got you worked up for Snide 
Clemens, I'll be leaving-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE BALROG 4867              18  15  1   123       SHADOW LANCERS (441)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SWEET MUSIC 7107             12   3  3   108       ARE YOU ? (768)
 CANDYMAN 7177                19  29  0    98       THE MENTORS GORE (781)
 PURPLE ARMOR 7211            21  16  0    92       ARE YOU ? (768)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VAGABOND 5097                12   7  2    71       SHADOW LANCERS (441)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STONE FREE 7373               5   6  1    66       ARE YOU ? (768)
-PINHEAD 7202                 13  10  1    62       THE MENTORS GORE (781)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-END OF TIME 7377              4   3  2    32       ARE YOU ? (768)
-NO 7325                       1   0  1    27       THE MENTORS GORE (781)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MENACE II 7393                2   0  0    17       SHADOW LANCERS (441)
 GHOST 7399                    2   0  0    15       SHADOW LANCERS (441)
-BLOOD MOON 7282               2   2  0    12       THE MENTORS GORE (781)
-ASCEND 7383                   1   1  0     8       IMPULSION (800)
 DWIGHT THE WIGHT 7405         1   0  0     7       SHADOW LANCERS (441)
 RED HOUSE 7400                0   1  0     1       ARE YOU ? (768)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
MENACE 7386             1  2 1 SHADOW LANCERS 441   SWEET MUSIC 7107      802   
SHADE 7388              1  1 0 SHADOW LANCERS 441   END OF TIME 7377      803  REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

All -- We would just like to take a moment to acknowledge the milestone of our 100th 
Win. -- Shadow Lancers

Ascend -- Gee whiz!  That fight was crazy.  I thought I was going to die with each 
passing minute!  I sure pulled one off on you, huh? -- Ghost

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

THE BALROG devastated CANDYMAN in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge Title fight.
SWEET MUSIC demolished VAGABOND in a popular 1 minute gruesome one-sided melee.
PURPLE ARMOR bested VIRGINAL CONCUBINE in a popular 3 minute veteran's contest.
STONE FREE was subdued by KHALHUMS DWARF in a crowd pleasing 4 minute competition.
GHOST luckily beat FRIENDLY CONSTABLE in a 3 minute novice's struggle.
MENACE II bested RED HOUSE in a 1 minute novice's competition.
DWIGHT THE WIGHT overcame POLITE BEGGAR in a crowd boring 5 minute beginner's melee.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -   1 -  0      67  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         WALL OF STEEL      2 -   1 -  0      67  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         SLASHING ATTACK    6 -   3 -  0      67  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         LUNGING ATTACK    10 -   6 -  0      63  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         STRIKING ATTACK   23 -  16 -  4      59  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         TOTAL PARRY        6 -   5 -  0      55  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         BASHING ATTACK     3 -   3 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         AIMED BLOW         7 -  18 -  1      28  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   2 -  0       0  |

Turn 805 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      1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  2         3  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         3  AIMED BLOW     
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         1  SLASHING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     0 -  0         1  TOTAL PARRY    
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0         1  WALL OF STEEL  
                                                                1  BASHING ATTACK 
                                                                1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  THE BALROG 4867            18  15  1  123 SHADOW LANCERS (441)
STRIKING ATTACK  SWEET MUSIC 7107           12   3  3  108 ARE YOU ? (768)
TOTAL PARRY      PURPLE ARMOR 7211          21  16  0   92 ARE YOU ? (768)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is THE BALROG 4867.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was STONE FREE 7373.  The ten other most popular fighters were SWEET MUSIC 7107, THE 
BALROG 4867, VAGABOND 5097, PURPLE ARMOR 7211, GHOST 7399, MENACE II 7393, CANDYMAN 
7177, RED HOUSE 7400, DWIGHT THE WIGHT 7405, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was DWIGHT THE WIGHT 7405.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were RED HOUSE 7400, CANDYMAN 7177, MENACE II 7393, GHOST 7399, 
PURPLE ARMOR 7211, VAGABOND 5097, THE BALROG 4867, SWEET MUSIC 7107, STONE FREE 7373, 
and  0.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

THE BALROG (22-4867) SHADOW LANCERS (441)
CANDYMAN (22-7177) THE MENTORS GORE (781)

               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. 

                     MOJO'S MONKEY (16-4101) THE FUN BUNCH  (396) 
                     LEAPING LEPER (33-7940) HALLOWIENERS  (635) 
                       EMERALD CITY (47-7896) LAND OF OZ  (217) 
                   SILVERTHORN (60-8840) SUPERIOR FORCES 60  (654) 
                       KAYCRON (63-2900) SUPERIOR FORCES  (235) 
                          MADONNA (63-3068) BAD GIRLS  (325) 
                   LEAST SHREW (70-6374) SHREW CAN IT BE NOW  (529) 
                 THE GREAT PUMPKIN (82-4576) LEGENEDS OF TKE 2  (618) 
                            HARV (82-35034) MY TCS  (5768) 
                      PERPETUAL (84-14073) OTTODROME 13  (2485) 
                        GEEZER (84-20642) GETTING OLD  (3683) 
                      LAST STRAW (84-24737) OTTODROME 41  (4393) 
                       LINT (84-29649) TUM'S ALL STARS  (5238) 
                PROFANELY ABUNDANT (84-42331) WINTER 2013 XIII  (7355) 
                   ZOMBIE BABY (84-53039) SPIRIT'S SPIRITS  (9134) 
                        CHILI (85-8953) MADE WITH MEAT  (1634) 
                   VINEGAR STROKES (85-9814) THE LEAGUE II  (1787) 

Congrats to the grads. -- Green Eyes

                          MAKING YOUR CHALLENGES GO THROUGH

     First, you need to be sure you are making your challenges correctly.
     1.  Are you writing down the warrior I.D. number of the warrior you want to 
challenge?
     2.  Is your handwriting clear?
     3.  Is the warrior you are challenging within range of your warrior?  Warriors 
can challenge within their own class and the next higher class, plus the "Challenger" 
classes can also challenge the next lower class.  So, an Adept can challenge Adepts 
and Challenger Adepts.  A Challenger Adept can challenge Adepts, Challenger Adepts, 
and Champions.  (Try not to challenge down, though.  Besides being unsportsmanlike and 
making everyone mad, it isn't advantageous to your warriors.  They need to fight more 
experienced warriors so they will learn.)
     4.  Are your warriors eligible to make challenges?  If they didn't fight within 
the last two turns, then they can't challenge.
     5.  Are the warriors they want to fight eligible to receive challenges?  If they 
didn't fight within the last two turns, then they can't be challenged.

     Next, adjust your choices for the maximum likelihood of getting your challenges.  
There are several things that will help:
     1.  Have each of your warriors challenge two different opponents from two 
different teams.  That way, if the first opponent's team doesn't fight that turn, you 
still might get your second challenge.
     2.  Use your avoids.  Have each warrior avoid the teams of whoever you think 
might be likely to challenge him.  If you can get out of being challenged, that 
increases your chance of getting your own challenge through.
     3.  Don't challenge warriors who didn't fight last turn.  The odds are higher 
that they won't be fighting this turn.
     4.  Don't challenge warriors who might be involved in a bloodfeud (either as the 
killers, or the avengers).  A bloodfeud challenge has priority over all other 
challenges.
     5.  Don't challenge Tournament Victors.  A TV challenge has priority over all 
other challenges except bloodfeuds.  You'll need to do a little research in back 
issues of the newsletter to find out who the TVs are.
     6.  Don't challenge warriors who you know are going to challenge someone else, or 
are going to get challenged by someone else.  Your challenge has a better chance of 
getting through if it is the only challenge to that particular warrior.
     7.  Don't challenge the "easy pickings."  That is, warriors above you who have 
way too few fights or very bad records for where they are ranked.  They will tend to 
get challenged a lot.
     8.  Don't challenge warriors who are likely to be avoiding your team.  This 
includes any warrior your team fought within the last two turns.
     Well, it sounds like I've eliminated just about everybody, doesn't it?  Of course 
you can challenge opponents who fit into one or more of those categories; just try to 
find ones who don't.  Your idea candidate for a challenge is:  A warrior ranked 
somewhat above your warrior in the same class, or in the next higher class, with a few 
more fights than your warrior, and a winning record, who isn't a TV and isn't 
currently at war with anyone.
     I hope this will be of some help to you.

                                                  The Rogue She-Puppy