DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 06/29/2009    Duedate: 07/11/2009

NIANIA ARENA

DM-2    TURN-509

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

GALLORDIN
THE GOLDEN FISH (147)
(2-5486) [29-20-1,127]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

GALLORDIN                      INVINCIBLE
THE GOLDEN FISH (147)          CONAN THE... (462)
(2-5486) [29-20-1,127]         (2-3923) [5-2-0,51]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

GALLORDIN                      BUBBA BENDER
THE GOLDEN FISH (147)          PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE (657)
(2-5486) [29-20-1,127]         (2-5566) [7-3-0,89]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

STEEL ARMS (658)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE (657)   34
2. CONAN THE... (462)          31PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE (657)
3. THE GOLDEN FISH (147)       -1      Unchartered Team
4. DEADLY DANCERS (424)        -7
5. STEEL ARMS (658)            -7      CONAN THE... (462)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 PEANUT BUTTER FUDG (657)  34  16  1 68.0   1/ 2 STEEL ARMS (658)          9  2 1
 2/ 0*CONAN THE... (462)        20  13  0 60.6   2/ 1 THE GOLDEN FISH (147)     8  7 0
 3/ 2 STEEL ARMS (658)          21  15  2 58.3   3/ 4 PEANUT BUTTER FUDG (657)  5  5 0
 4/ 4 THE GOLDEN FISH (147)    691 777 22 47.1   4/ 3 DEADLY DANCERS (424)      4  4 0
 5/ 3 DEADLY DANCERS (424)      18  22  1 45.0   5/ 0*CONAN THE... (462)        3  2 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

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                         ---===DELARQUAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 626): ENURAM of DESOLATE TEMPLE (Toker, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 508): GALLORDIN of THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 632): FARFALE of PASTA (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 627): HALIBUTT of WIZARD'S WRATH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 627): WHISPER WALK of MY LITTLE TRIBE (Little Whop, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 630): WHOLLY MOLLY of AMEN! (?, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 620): DEIMOS of THE MOONDOGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 616): SPARE ANCHOR of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 615): CROUCHING HAMSTER of D.R.I. (?, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 587): EVA MENDES of GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 579): GURU GNU of HILLTOP GURUS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 561): DUCK A L'ORANGE of DUCKS UNLIMITED (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 563): CHATTY CABALIST of DUNGEON CELL (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 514): UP FROM THE SEA of RAISING R'LYEH (Reaper, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 248): RUBBER BULLET of USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 236): GISBORNE of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 464): CAPTAIN SCOURGE of DEATH MOB (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 212): SLO-PITCH of SPORTS CRIP PLAYS (?, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 508): SUPER BUM of FLAT BROKE (The Muffin Man, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 626): SWEORDMASTERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 508): THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 632): GAMES LIBRARY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 627): THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 627): MY LITTLE TRIBE (Little Whop, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 630): SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 620): THE MOONDOGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 616): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 615): GRIM FANDANGO (Stik, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 587): GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 579): U.A.K. (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 261): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 563): DUNGEON CELL (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 514): AMAZON ELITE (?, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 248): TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 236): ISLANDERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 464): DEATH MOB (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 212): FEARSOME LEGENDS (?, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 508) 0729205R et al (The Muffin Man, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 630): WHOLLY MOLLY of AMEN! (?, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 615): SURLY DECKHAND of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
               (turn 614): PILSON of DEATH MOB 4 (Jakari, mgr.)
                           SLYTHR of GRIM FANDANGO (Stik, mgr.)
                           WHITMAN of LITERATE LOONS (?, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 261): DEELA ELLIS of THE MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
                   (turn 260): D'URVILLE of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 563): CHATTY CABALIST of DUNGEON CELL (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 513): HASARCH of DARK HORSEMEN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 248): RUBBER BULLET of USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)
                           A.O. HELL of USELESS TOOLS (Crip, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Ah, fair Seef Haraine.  I couldn't "let" her win because of her gender and
looks, or she'd have murdered me in an alley.  And I couldn't use *excessive* force
against her, or her Ssothiss the Assassin would have murdered me an alley.  It's a
narrow line to walk.  Good thing I've got a lot of Cool (even the Commission
noticed).

                                     Gallordin

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly NIANIA games.  Former top team THE GOLDEN FISH was 
unseated this week as STEEL ARMS moved up from 2nd ranking to take the top spot with 
a 1-2-0 record for the round.  FLAMBOYANT caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial 
commission as he skillfully bested MORDANT DESERTER and was awarded 17 points in 
recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, VENOMOUS CONCUBINE put down 
GULBY, causing him to lose 10 points of recognition in the process.  Not for nothing 
has GALLORDIN in the past laid claim to the Duelmaster's throne, and this week he's 
proven his combat skill yet again.  Informants "close" to the city champion have told 
me that he never fights without pantyhose on beneath his armor.  Watch out!   
     I have been in deep conclave with my spies who watched all that has recently 
transpired.  Indeed there is much I would report.  My inside sources tell me that the 
team to beat in NIANIA these days is PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE.  At least, most blades in 
town are looking to avoid them.  Apparently the stalwarts of DEADLY DANCERS are 
catching the bulk of jests down at the challenging board for their large share of the 
avoids.  Loose talk at the arena has reached my ears and it but confirms the 
knowledge that many fighters are after KESTRATLAK.  Watch your back!   
     What warrior does not hone his years, impatiently waiting for the moment of his 
foe's mortality?  Some say a warrior is judged by the way he bears arms.  One thing 
is sure, better a dagger in hand then a sword on the belt!   
     A thought before I go.  Each warrior practices one style, but must not the wise 
manager learn the secrets of them all?  Sadly warriors, now longer can I keep thy 
company nor savor the ale of thy fine city.  Depart I must and soon!  Till next we 
meet remember:  a fool flies into a rage quickly and often.  The wise are angered by 
the same thing only once.  Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GALLORDIN 5486               29  20  1   127       THE GOLDEN FISH (147)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BUBBA BENDER 5566             7   3  0    89       PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE (657)
 BRANDY PINKERTON 5565         8   2  1    88       PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE (657)
 KESTRATLAK 5511              22  15  0    81       THE GOLDEN FISH (147)
 EIO YUE 5568                  7   3  0    80       PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE (657)
 GROND 5540                   16  13  0    79       THE GOLDEN FISH (147)
 GULBY 5558                   13   7  1    70       THE GOLDEN FISH (147)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LAW 5574                      9   1  0    52       STEEL ARMS (658)
 TWO-STEP 3426                 5   5  1    52       DEADLY DANCERS (424)
 INVINCIBLE 3923               5   2  0    51       CONAN THE... (462)
 LILLY PEPPER 5564             7   3  0    44       PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE (657)
 GOLDINA 5563                  9   5  0    41       THE GOLDEN FISH (147)
 BARBARIAN 3922                5   2  0    39       CONAN THE... (462)
 HAUS HEUS 5567                5   5  0    36       PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE (657)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LUGER 5576                    3   4  0    31       STEEL ARMS (658)
 GLOCK 5571                    5   5  1    29       STEEL ARMS (658)
 LOMBATTA 3970                 2   2  0    26       DEADLY DANCERS (424)
 BARETTA 5573                  4   3  1    25       STEEL ARMS (658)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-DISCO DAN 3938                3   2  0    21       DEADLY DANCERS (424)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TRIUMPHANT 4260               3   2  0    19       CONAN THE... (462)
 FLAMBOYANT 4366               1   0  0    17       CONAN THE... (462)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
MEDIOCRE 4276           1  1 0 CONAN THE... 462     MOUNTAIN TROLL        509  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Response to the question asked in Aruak City:

Gavin Rules -- It depends on which has the greater damage rating.  If both are the
same, the damage is likely near same.  BOTH size and strength are direct contributors
to damage doing.  Big guys have "built in muscles." -- Kennelworth

Re Question of the Week:  If you have a gladiator with 17 ST and 7 DF and another
with 5 ST and 17 DF... first, how likely are they to have the same skills?  And they
are NOT going to use the same weapon equally well. -- Jorja

Disco Dan -- You've got good steps, do you work out with the Disco Queen on the Isle?
Maybe if you had a glittery crown like hers, it would help.  But it's okay with me
for you to lose.  In fact, it would be terribly embarrassing if you didn't! --
Goldina

Fine for Gallordin to boast about how careful he was with the Venomous Concubine, but
he just stirred her up so that *I* had to take the fall.  And I went down hard on
something harder.  You wouldn't think sand could be that jagged, would you? --
Kestratlak

Oh, Cheeze Louize!  The Veteran Mercenary's been eating red meat again.  I did not
need this. -- Grond

I've said it before, or somebody from this team has, and I say it again, as others
from this team will, the orcs should not be allowed to study kung-fu.  If this kind
of thing catches on amongst 'em, it'll be way too hard to capture new ones when the
stock on hand wears out. -- Gulby

Lilly Pepper -- As a golem, I don't incline much to "dressing up."  Although, as with
many arena golems, I never realized I was anything but a "normal" human until the
Commission's medical examiners delivered their verdict.  And then I was SOOO mad!  I
would have expected my mother to at least WARN me about this.  But from what I can
find out, she may not have known, either.  There's a clique of specialized magicians
going around altering human fetuses, and maybe some infants, for purposes unknown--
the gladiator thing is only part of it, I'm sure--and when I catch up to them, heads
will roll! -- Goldina

Eio -- I hope your sister doesn't marry a member of the Knot family. -- Kestratlak

Gavin -- Armor and CN.  Otherwise, they die a lot. -- Jorja

Deep Thought -- Thanks, I'll respond shortly. -- Gavin

Law -- Now all you hav to do is gain a few points.  Good Luck!  I'll be waiting. --
Brandy

Let's see if the time off helped.  Hopefully, my warriors are refreshed and have a
new mindframe aimed for success.  This round is a gamble.  Hopefully Brandy will make
Gallordin wish he'd graduated and the others will move up.  *crossed fingers*

Anyone ever have a 4 strength warrior with great damage?  I'm still trying to figure
this one out. -- Gavin
P.S.  Hope you enjoy the story.

Hopefully, the money I paid to the Venomous Porccipine is enough for her to bother
Gulby instead of me.  I hear it's not just her dispositon that's venomous. -- Eio

All -- Fair warning, Lilly is *single* again, he he. -- Bubba

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MEDIOCRE was dealt death by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
BUBBA BENDER won victory over KESTRATLAK in a action packed 3 minute Challenge battle.
TWO-STEP was demolished by EIO YUE in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
HAUS HEUS was bested by LAW in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
BARETTA was defeated by GOLDINA in a 1 minute Challenge match.
GALLORDIN bested BRANDY PINKERTON in a 2 minute uneven Title brawl.
GULBY was overpowered by VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
GROND was unbelievably bested by KHALHUMS DWARF in a 3 minute veteran's competition.
LILLY PEPPER vanquished TRIUMPHANT in a 2 minute uneven duel.
BARBARIAN defeated LOMBATTA in a 2 minute expert vs. novice duel.
INVINCIBLE overpowered GLOCK in a 2 minute uneven match.
FLAMBOYANT overpowered MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute one-sided fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         PARRY-STRIKE      10 -   1 -  0      91  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         LUNGING ATTACK    13 -   5 -  1      72  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-RIPOSTE      9 -   4 -  1      69  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         AIMED BLOW         8 -   5 -  0      62  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         SLASHING ATTACK    9 -   6 -  0      60  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         STRIKING ATTACK   16 -  18 -  0      47  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         BASHING ATTACK     5 -   8 -  0      38  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         WALL OF STEEL      4 -   7 -  0      36  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         TOTAL PARRY        1 -   2 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 509 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-STRIKE       2 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  3         2  SLASHING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         1  PARRY-STRIKE   
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  2         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
AIMED BLOW         1 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  2         1  WALL OF STEEL  
                                                                1  AIMED BLOW     
                                                                1  BASHING ATTACK 
                                                                1  STRIKING ATTACK
                                                                1  TOTAL PARRY    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-STRIKE     GALLORDIN 5486             29  20  1  127 THE GOLDEN FISH (147)
SLASHING ATTACK  BUBBA BENDER 5566           7   3  0   89 PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE (657)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    BRANDY PINKERTON 5565       8   2  1   88 PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE (657)
WALL OF STEEL    KESTRATLAK 5511            22  15  0   81 THE GOLDEN FISH (147)
AIMED BLOW       EIO YUE 5568                7   3  0   80 PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE (657)
BASHING ATTACK   GROND 5540                 16  13  0   79 THE GOLDEN FISH (147)
STRIKING ATTACK  GULBY 5558                 13   7  1   70 THE GOLDEN FISH (147)
LUNGING ATTACK   LAW 5574                    9   1  0   52 STEEL ARMS (658)
TOTAL PARRY      INVINCIBLE 3923             5   2  0   51 CONAN THE... (462)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is GALLORDIN 5486.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was BUBBA BENDER 5566.  The ten other most popular fighters were GROND 5540, 
KESTRATLAK 5511, GALLORDIN 5486, LILLY PEPPER 5564, BARBARIAN 3922, EIO YUE 5568, 
LOMBATTA 3970, INVINCIBLE 3923, MEDIOCRE 4276, and TWO-STEP 3426.

The least popular fighter this week was GULBY 5558.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were BARETTA 5573, GLOCK 5571, TRIUMPHANT 4260, BRANDY PINKERTON 5565, 
GOLDINA 5563, HAUS HEUS 5567, FLAMBOYANT 4366, LAW 5574, TWO-STEP 3426, and MEDIOCRE 
4276.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

GALLORDIN (2-5486) THE GOLDEN FISH (147)

                                  Daydream Believer

You once thought of me,
As a white knight on a steed.
Now you know how happy I can be...

It's true.  I'm gone.  I've punched my ticket to Immortality and I'm off to the Isle.
I know a lot of you are wondering what it is about me that has made me so successful.
I wish I knew for sure.  I think it has more to do with intangibles (knack) than it
does with design, bonuses and favorites.  I'll let you decide.

Daydream Believer (PR) 17-14-4-17-7-8-17  Poor Endurance--Good Damage
I -- 8 (+1)  R -- 13  A -- 14 (+4)  P -- 14 (+4)  Df - 8  Dc - 6 (+3)

I know what you're thinking, "WTF, that guy looks like a 98 lb weakling!"  Sigh...I
prefer to think my physical characteristics are ideally suited for a finesse style.
As for my bases, I know they aren't much to look at.  After all, I am a PR.  I'm
fortunate to be blessed where I need it the most--attack and parry.

Okay, so I've got nice bases with bonuses in the right spots.  What about favorites?
Did I know them in advance or did I change them?  The answer is no, I had no idea
what they were for sure until I recieved my graduation announcement.  I would be
happy to tell you what my favorites are but I don't think my clone, Jumpinjack Flash,
would be very happy with me if I did.  Let's just say that from the moment I stepped
on the sands as a Rookie I used the same strategy in EVERY fight.  The only thing I
ever changed was armor (early on vs. TP's) and attack/defend locations.  That should
give those of you who have faced me more than once something to think about.

You may be interested to know that I am all natural.  I haven't had a prize of any
type used on me.  I'm a freak of nature.  It just goes to show you never know when a
guy like me will walk into your guildhouse looking for work as a gladiator.  It's up
to you to spot the potential and nuture it along.

I'm going to list my tourney results and records versus each style.  It isn't meant
to be a brag--I just thought you might find it interesting and a lot easier than
looking it up yourself.  Enjoy!
     Tourneys:  Rookies: 15-1-3 TC.  Initiates: 15-3-3 TV.  Adepts: 16-2 TC.
Champs: 13-1-1 TC.  Rookies--Champs record: 59-7-7 (.894)  Challengers: 9-3 TV.
Challengers: 15-1-1 TC.
 
Challengers: 13-3 TV -- Runner-up (Marv-AB)  Challengers: 13-3 TV -- Runner-up
(Teevella-LU)  Challengers: 7-3  Challengers: 11-3-2 TV  Challengers: 11-3-1 TV
 Challengers: 13-3 TV -- Runner-up (Marv-AB)

Challengers: 12-3 TV.  Challengers record: 104-25-4 (.806).  Career Tourney record:
163-32-11 (.836)  TC's: 4  TVs: 8 (3 Runner-ups)  Arena record: 5-0-1  Grudge
matches: 3-0

Total record: 171-32-12 (.842)  Tourney record vs all styles:  AB: 7-11  BA: 6-0-1
LU: 46-9-4  PL: 5-1-1  PR: 2-0  PS: ---  SL: 9-2  ST: 51-5-2  TP: 35-4-3  WS: 2-0

As you can see, the only style I had trouble with is the ABs.  I think that has more
to do with which ABs I fought rather than the style as a whole.  I was 3-1 vs ABs
early on (Rookies-Champs) and 4-10 in Challengers.  I was 1-5 vs Marv, 0-1 vs Marv Jr
and 0-3 vs Soulsnare.  I am going to make an educated guess and assume they all had
skills or prizes added to them to make them competetive at the Challenger level where
so few ABs are.  I could be wrong, though I doubt it.

See you on the Isle,
    Daydream Believer