DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 03/16/2015    Duedate: 03/28/2015

ARDIVENT ARENA

DM-46    TURN-705

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

TYNARAE
WRATHMEN (387)
(46-4401) [11-1-2,120]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

TYNARAE                        POSITION IS EMPTY
WRATHMEN (387)                 
(46-4401) [11-1-2,120]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

LORENS KLU                     LORENS KLU
BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)        BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
(46-4431) [9-14-0,41]          (46-4431) [9-14-0,41]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

WRATHMEN (387)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. WRATHMEN (387)              64
2. THE SOVEREIGN (393)         37      WRATHMEN (387)
3. YOU DON'T SAY! (377)        18      Unchartered Team
4. FANDILS (75)                 4
5. WE GOT GAME (289)            0      THE SOVEREIGN (393)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 WRATHMEN (387)            50   9  5 84.7   1/ 2 WRATHMEN (387)            9  5 1
 2/ 3 YOU DON'T SAY! (377)      18   5  3 78.3   2/ 4*THE SOVEREIGN (393)       9  6 1
 3- 5 WE GOT GAME (289)         81  54  5 60.0   3- 1 WE GOT GAME (289)         7  3 0
 4/ 9*THE SOVEREIGN (393)        9   6  1 60.0   4/ 3 FANDILS (75)              6  3 1
 5/ 6 FANDILS (75)             %1350 909 47 59.8   5/ 5 BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)   6  9 0
 6-10*ABYSS' DARK FORCE (391)    3   4  0 42.9   6/ 7 YOU DON'T SAY! (377)      3  0 0
 7/11 BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)  815 %1263 28 39.2   7- 8*ABYSS' DARK FORCE (391)   2  1 0

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

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     "Thank you, Josephine."
     Chess Master weighed the small bag of gold in his hand, smiling at the warm,
fuzzy feeling it brought to his heart.  He pulled a bronze coin from his purse and
flipped it to the young lady behind the betting counter, who deftly caught it with a
warm smile and an almost believable "Thank you!"
     A few steps away from the counter, in a quiet spot away from the press of the
crowd, Chess Master took a long draw from his pipe, enjoying the familiar buzzing
sensation it gave him.  The smell of the pipe, the taste of the tobacco, the fresh
air blowing off the great Ardiventi river, the view almost to the opposite bank, and
of course the feel of the gold purse all made him feel alive and well.  Nothing could
ruin this day.
     "Chess Master," he heard from a voice behind him, "you have been very lucky
today."
     A muffled, "you can't talk your way out of this one" happened more or less at
the same time roughly sixteen strong hands grabbed his arms, pinning them to the
side, and the musty smelling bag was deftly placed over his head.  He felt himself
being dragged--fairly quickly, and a little more roughly than was strictly necessary
--down a corridor and some steps he was all too familiar with.  He gave up
resistance, which was futile anyway, and more or less cooperated with his own
kidnapping until he was dropped into a chair somewhere in the bowels of the arena and
the bag was taken off his head.
     Chess Master looked around, doing his best to ignore the two goons who had
brought him here.  They weren't important, anyway.  Mere pawns in a game he was
playing against an as yet unnamed opponent, although even pawns could prove to be
powerful if properly positioned and part of an overarching strategy.  He hoped this
wasn't the case here, but the Chess Master knew all too well that hope was not the
best strategy in any game.
     "I know this place.  You should put out the 'Bingo!' sign."  There was a
shuffling sound, and Chess Master tried to turn around to see who was sitting behind
him.  This maneuver was rewarded with a 'gentle' cuff from Pawn #1.  "The old ladies
are probably lining up outside, waiting for the free buffet."  He got a chuckle, and
another gentle rebuff from Pawn #2, for his trouble.  And when I say gentle, well,
you understand.
     "You worry too much about other people," came the heavily accented reply.  "You
should worry about yourself.  Especially now."
     "Well, that didn't work," Chess Master thought to himself.  So he tried a
different tactic: Silence.  He waited for whatever Shewish Giant was in charge of
this mission to show himself.
     "I find senseless violence to be the answer to most of life's problems," the
hulking brute stepped around Chess Master, showing himself to be of disappointingly
small stature, considering the position he had gotten the Ardiventi manager into. 
There was something about the way he dressed that didn't seem right.  The dark grey
tunic, the black cloak, the soft boots.  That could blend into any crowd, but the
small emblem over his heart was unfamiliar to Chess Master.  Still, it didn't hurt to
take a stab at guessing it.
     "The Black Tower?"  Apparently, he guessed right, if the blow that sent him
tumbling ass over tea kettle across the room was any indication.  Chess Master did
his best to black out, but unfortunately today was not his day, after all.
     "Once again, your warriors have cost me a lot of money.  Money that I had
promised to certain friends who were, shall we say, less than understanding when I
told them these things happen."  The Ardiventi Half-Elf punctuated his remarks with
kicks that would have been effective, even if Chess Master wasn't tied up, beaten
down, and wondering if he was going to get his pipe back.  Or if he'd have any teeth
left to clench it with.
     "You are going to pay me back.  And here's how you're going to do it.  Your
entire team will match up with Wrathmen for the remainder of the week.  It has
already been arranged."
     Chess Master felt his chair being placed upright, the ropes untied.
     "Because I know you are a man of integrity, I would never ask you to throw a
fight.  However, if any of your team wins these bouts... well, we know where you
live, don't we?"
     The two brutes opened the door, and walked out, pushing past the local beat
writer from the Ardiventi Free Press, "Foam Finger Guy," and three blue haired ladies
who looked hungry.  The elf turned and smiled.
     "I believe you are late for your press conference."

                                      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!.  Say good-bye to WE GOT GAME, as they are pushed 
from the coveted top team spot by the WRATHMEN stable.  Hey everybody, watch out for 
TYNARAE, who flew up 31 points in the rankings after mashing CASPER JOHN like a 
melon.  Keep your eye on this gal.  Ya know, some days it doesn't pay to walk out on 
the sands.  ROCKSOCK JONES lost to UNCLE LEROY and drops 14 points.  Well, if ya 
don't shows up at the laundromat, ya can'ts wash yer clothes.  KASPAROV did not fight 
this week so his title was forfeit.  In front of all the crowds, TYNARAE took the 
Duelmaster's crown for hers own.  I give the bum two weeks.  An apple a day keeps the 
doctor away, but an onion a day keeps T.P.s at bay.   
     Let's dig a little deeper into what's happening in the ARDIVENT arena.  And hey, 
kiddies, those of you who didn't avoid WE GOT GAME, please raise you hand.  Wow.  
Does ARDIVENT really have that many liars?  For those of you who like math, try this 
one:  WE GOT GAME + Weapons That go Boom = FANDILS + Avoid City.  And who is this 
ROCKSOCK JONES you ask, with 70 points and a 11-26-1 record.  Ooh, the tales I could 
tell!  In a touching display by a 'touched' warrior, LADY ANNABELLE went after JODI, 
who was higher by 21 points.  Well, when the dust settled, LADY ANNABELLE was killed 
by JODI.   
     Remember that an arena is not always a safe place to be, but it is one of the 
most interesting, though!  Proving again that ARDIVENT is not rated G, TYNARAE of the 
WRATHMEN slew the warrior CASPER JOHN in a rather bloody bout.  Let's look for a 
bloodfeud.  Remember:  alliances are great, but try and take your ally in the arena 
with you and see what happens.   
     I think I had better cut this one short.  It's been nice chatting to those of 
you whom I have not offended yet.  Okay, so I may not be the world's best comedian, 
but then you guys aren't the world's best warriors.  And remember, you can pick your 
friends and you can pick your--(loud boos), oh, you've heard that one already!-- The 
Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TYNARAE 4401                 11   1  2   120       WRATHMEN (387)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-KASPAROV 4450                12   3  1   113       WE GOT GAME (289)
-MMMMBUHHH 4292                8   4  3    99       YOU DON'T SAY! (377)
-CAPABLANCA 3105              21  16  0    92       WE GOT GAME (289)
 SOLAARRIN 4402               10   2  1    91       WRATHMEN (387)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 UNCLE LEROY 4435              8   3  0    90       FANDILS (75)
 MATTHEAS 4398                11   1  1    89       WRATHMEN (387)
 FEHEADRAE 4400               10   2  0    73       WRATHMEN (387)
-BAERUS 4399                   8   3  1    73       WRATHMEN (387)
 ROCKSOCK JONES 4412          11  26  1    70       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
 HEREFORD JONES 4413          12  25  0    69       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-NIMZOVICH 3279               16  12  1    61       WE GOT GAME (289)
-EARL 4429                     9   9  0    57       FANDILS (75)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DEE DAA 4478                  4   0  0    51       YOU DON'T SAY! (377)
 LORENS KLU 4431               9  14  0    41       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
-RUY LOPEZ 4461                5   3  0    39       WE GOT GAME (289)
-ALEKHINE 4473                 4   1  1    35       WE GOT GAME (289)
 BROOKE JONES 4455             6   9  0    34       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
 BILLY JOE 4439                5  13  0    34       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JODI 4476                     4   0  1    31       FANDILS (75)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MILDRED LEONA 4434            6   6  1    25       FANDILS (75)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GLADIUS 4493                  3   0  0    22       THE SOVEREIGN (393)
 MISTY EVE 4491                2   1  1    22       THE SOVEREIGN (393)
 P-NUT FIREBEARD 4492          2   1  0    19       THE SOVEREIGN (393)
-NICO ROBIN 4484               2   1  0    18       ABYSS' DARK FORCE (391)
 BLACK CHAOS 4494              1   2  0    17       THE SOVEREIGN (393)
-BAIN 4482                     1   1  0     6       ABYSS' DARK FORCE (391)
-SPIRAL FLAME 4480             0   1  0     1       ABYSS' DARK FORCE (391)
-MATSUMOTO 4483                0   1  0     1       ABYSS' DARK FORCE (391)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
SHIFTYEYED VOLUN        0  0 0                      MISTY EVE 4491        705  NONE
DEW 4216                3  7 0 ERRATA 357           JACK SPARROW 3843     702   
CASPER JOHN 4428       11  8 0 FANDILS 75           TYNARAE 4401          705   
LADY ANNABELLE 4490     1  2 0 THE SOVEREIGN 393    JODI 4476             705   
DECEPTICON 3844         1  1 0 WENSINWASIN 1234 343 ALEKHINE 4473         702   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

A salute to Kasparov, a great Chessmaster and Duelmaster. -- Fandil The Wise

Capablanca -- Uncle?  You can't be my uncle; he doesn't play chess. -- Uncle Leroy

Side note:  Actually it was my Godfather and Uncle Leroy Miller who introduced me to
chess and, in the old days, PBM chess.  I loved waiting for those postcards with
opponent chess moves and playing 5 or 6 opponents at a distance at one time.  Those
were the days. (pre RSI) -- The Consortium boss

Scorpio?  THE Scorpio from Aruak City and other parts unstated?  That Scorpio?!
Welcome, my friend, to Ardivent The Arena Of Red Sands.  May your stay prove long and
fruitful. -- Fandil The Wise, Consortium affiliated

Matthias -- Maybe you aren't always THAT good?  This time we random and this time I
win.  What does that tell me? -- Casper John

My, my; troubles here in Ardivent?  I surely hope they are not linked to those in
Willaf.  I do. -- WOF

     Nope.  At least not directly, who knows what digging might uncover.

Black Chaos -- It was MY day.  I think my pinks outplayed your blacks. -- Mildred
Leona (Whose favorite color is really lavender)

Lady Annabelle -- It was great tussling with you.  Let's go beat up on the men,
however.  That seems like more fun. -- Jodi

Health.  Humility.  Honor.  The Red Sands await. -- Fandil The Wise

Baerus -- You seem a decent fellow, I would hate to have killed you. -- Capablanca

Solaarrin -- All that extra fight experience ought to count for something, don't you
think? -- Nimzovich

Tynarae -- Now THAT was a surprise! -- Kasparov

Feheadrae -- I thought we agreed before the fight, "NOT THE FACE!"  That's how I make
my money, honey. -- Guy

Brooke -- Thank you for breaking up the monotony of fighting nothing but Wrathmen.
You are MUCH nicer. -- Alekhine

Fandil -- Sorry, no energy or time to write this week.  Next time, I hope. -- Jorja

Ruy Lopez -- What?  A word ending with "s" without apostrophe is not a possessive,
especially when it's a personal name.  I believe it may originally, several
generations ago, been something with more letters, something like "Lawrence."  A
ridiculous spelling for a simple name. -- Lorens Klu
P.S.  The ability of some people, mentioning no names, to get confused by a simple
name amazes me.  One of our colleague teams is called the Cardow Hunters, and people
keep asking in apparent seriousness what cardows are and how you hunt them.  And I
suppose if a team were called the Green Bay Packers or some such, they'd be asked
whether green bays were easier to pack than red ones.  Pshaw.

Three-two for us, because we drew three standbys.  Not glorious, but who wants
glorious when we can be alive instead? -- Rocksock Jones

Nothing much in this town it seems.  A lot of farming around here, looks like. --
Scorpio

     Somebody's got to farm, unless you want to eat nothing but fish and grasses.

Maybe I should invest in opening up a vegetarian tavern, eh? -- Scorpio *on his 5th
shot of bourbon*

Fandil the Wise? -- That jackass Kennelworht back in Aruak City, you brother?  I hear
there's two more brothers as well.  Well, your inbred cousins the Producer and
Generalissimo Puerco really sucked. -- Scorpio *on his 9th shot of bourbon*

Where's Assur, the Brash Bros dude?  I think I'm in two arenas he's in.  Like Noblish
all over again. -- Scorpio *smiles*

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DEE DAA unbelievably bested LORENS KLU in a crowd pleasing 5 minute Challenge fight.
UNCLE LEROY demolished ROCKSOCK JONES in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
LADY ANNABELLE was assassinated by JODI in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge duel.
CASPER JOHN was assassinated by TYNARAE in a 1 minute one-sided Title fight.
HEREFORD JONES was devastated by MATTHEAS in a popular 1 minute bloody uneven brawl.
SOLAARRIN savagely defeated KHALHUMS DWARF in a crowd pleasing 2 minute gory brawl.
FEHEADRAE overcame M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute melee.
BILLY JOE vanquished CULT MEMBER in a 1 minute uneven duel.
BROOKE JONES overpowered CULT MEMBER in a popular 1 minute uneven duel.
BLACK CHAOS overpowered POLITE BEGGAR in a 1 minute uneven match.
MISTY EVE executed SHIFTYEYED VOLUNTEER in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
P-NUT FIREBEARD subdued TRUSTWORTHY SCRIBE in a 4 minute amateur's competition.
GLADIUS bested FRIENDLY CONSTABLE in a 1 minute novice's battle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       5         TOTAL PARRY        3 -   1 -  0      75  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         SLASHING ATTACK   13 -   5 -  2      72  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   1 -  1      67  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         LUNGING ATTACK    31 -  20 -  2      61  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-LUNGE        3 -   2 -  0      60  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         STRIKING ATTACK   13 -  12 -  1      52  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         AIMED BLOW        37 -  38 -  2      49  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         BASHING ATTACK    18 -  20 -  1      47  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         WALL OF STEEL      8 -  11 -  0      42  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -   6 -  0      33  |

Turn 705 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:

AIMED BLOW         5 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         3  AIMED BLOW     
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         3  BASHING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         2  WALL OF STEEL  
BASHING ATTACK     3 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  1         1  LUNGING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  1                                       1  STRIKING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  1                                       1  SLASHING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       TYNARAE 4401               11   1  2  120 WRATHMEN (387)
STRIKING ATTACK  SOLAARRIN 4402             10   2  1   91 WRATHMEN (387)
BASHING ATTACK   UNCLE LEROY 4435            8   3  0   90 FANDILS (75)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is LORENS KLU 4431.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was LORENS KLU 4431.  The ten other most popular fighters were DEE DAA 4478, 
SOLAARRIN 4402, MATTHEAS 4398, BROOKE JONES 4455, MISTY EVE 4491, UNCLE LEROY 4435, 
TYNARAE 4401, FEHEADRAE 4400, BILLY JOE 4439, and BLACK CHAOS 4494.

The least popular fighter this week was P-NUT FIREBEARD 4492.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were LADY ANNABELLE 4490, ROCKSOCK JONES 4412, HEREFORD JONES 4413, 
CASPER JOHN 4428, JODI 4476, GLADIUS 4493, BLACK CHAOS 4494, BILLY JOE 4439, 
FEHEADRAE 4400, and TYNARAE 4401.