DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 04/27/2010    Duedate: 05/10/2010

JHELUM ARENA

DM-4    TURN-625

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

PETE MASTIFF
DOGS OF WAR (115)
(4-6387) [36-12-0,124]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

PETE MASTIFF                   CASSIS
DOGS OF WAR (115)              KIWI CONNECTION (609)
(4-6387) [36-12-0,124]         (4-6487) [5-2-1,76]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

PETE MASTIFF                   GERMAINE SHEPPARD
DOGS OF WAR (115)              DOGS OF WAR (115)
(4-6387) [36-12-0,124]         (4-6514) [5-5-0,42]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

TL;DR (616)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DOGS OF WAR (115)           29
2. TL;DR (616)                 22      DOGS OF WAR (115)
3. DREAD EMPIRE (615)           0      Unchartered Team
4. KIWI CONNECTION (609)      -12
                                       KIWI CONNECTION (609)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*KIWI CONNECTION (609)     22   6  3 78.6   1/ 2*TL;DR (616)              10  5 2
 2/ 2*TL;DR (616)               21   9  2 70.0   2/ 1*KIWI CONNECTION (609)     8  4 1
 3/ 4 DOGS OF WAR (115)        579 748 26 43.6   3/ 3 DOGS OF WAR (115)         6  9 0
 4- 5*DREAD EMPIRE (615)         1   2  0 33.3   4- 5*DREAD EMPIRE (615)        1  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

                    Blood on a Purple Robe: A Bloodgames Primer
                                by One Armed Bandit

     Twice a year, there is a great gathering.  These tiny men with their stained
clothing and great intellects do not look like your traditional gladiators, but they
will meet and compete for a chance at Duel-2 immortality.  No, no, I'm not talking
about the managers at the Face-to-Face.  I'm talking about the murderous dwarves of
the Bloodgames.
     It's probably the worst advertised event in Duel-2 history.  It happens twice a
year, in January and July, and you don't have to fly across the country to
participate.  For some, the Bloodgames are just a distant memory of a t-shirt that
never arrived, newer managers may have never even heard of it.  For others, though,
it is a way of life.  And it can be yours, too.
     The cost:  $10 to roll up the team, $49 to run them.  At each Face-To-Face
tourney, two Bloodgames arenas are run.  One of them (called the FtF Bloodgames) gets
run round-by-round for ten rounds, and warriors are allowed to change their
strategies, avoid, and make Bloodfeud challenges.  For the other arena (called the
Mail-In Bloodgames), there are no bloodfeuds or avoids and each warrior must use the
same strategy and train for all ten rounds.  You can participate in both even if you
don't attend the FtF, but you'll be at a slight disadvantage in the FtF Bloodgames
(the Mail-In Bloodgames is a perfectly level playing field).
     The teams:  Each team consists of TEN warriors, one of EACH style.  You can
design each warrior however you want, as long as the stats add up to 84 points and no
stat is lower than a 3 or higher than a 21 (referred to as DYOs or design-your-own
warriors).  Simply write down the following information on a piece of paper and mail
it to RSI (or email it to csr@reality.com): your name, your account number, the words
"Mail-In Bloodgames" or "FtF Bloodgames", the team name, and all ten warriors (name,
style, gender, ST-CN-SZ-WT-WL-SP-DF).  If you submit them early enough you will
probably get a chance to see the overviews before sending in strategies for each of
them (using a normal strategy sheet, remember only one strategy and one train for the
entire event).  If you want to play it safe, however, you can submit strategies along
with the team information, just write "NEW" in each of the Warrior ID spots and
either "MI BG" or "FTF BG" in the Game # spot.  Some managers who are especially
ambitious will roll up each team more than once, and look over the overviews to
determine which team had the best luck in the roll-up process.  Just remember, it
costs $10 each time you roll them up.
     The rules:  So what's the catch? $59 for 10 design-your-own warriors?  Not so
fast, buddy.  At the end of ten rounds, the top three warriors of different styles
from each arena will be granted immortality, trained up to the minimum ADM
requirements, and will graduate to ADM.  Every other warrior will be gone forever.
Executed, freed, or retired to a quiet life on the farm like your childhood dog
Buster, if that helps you sleep at night.  If the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ranked warriors
are a LU, a WS, and an AB, then those three will win the prizes.  However, if the
1st, 2nd, and 3rd ranked warriors are a LU, a LU, and a WS, the 2nd place LU is out
of luck, his prize will drop down to the highest ranking member of a style that isn't
LU or WS.  So what does it take to be one of the top ranked warriors?  Warriors are
ranked based on number of kills, first and foremost, with their record and
recognition points being the tie breakers.  Oh, did I mention that the chances of
dying are FIVE TIMES that of a normal arena?
     What to expect:  You will run into many opponents who are SZ 3, who have 21 WT
and 21 WL, who are using a 10 KD and aiming for the vitals, who are using unusual
weapons that Duel-2 folklore says have a greater chance of delivering that killing
blow, such as the Battle Axe.  You may run into such classic archetypes as the 17-3-
3-21-21-8-11 ST or the 17-16-3-3-21-3-21 AB.
     So why should you play?  There are many reasons.  You don't have to feel guilty
about killing your friend's warrior, for starters, because that's the whole
objective.  Unique kill text make it all the sweeter, too.  You won't see anyone get
"pierced completely through" or "skewered through their vital organs" anywhere else
(at least I hope not).  Not only is it exciting to read, but my most rewarding
warrior came from the Bloodgames and yours could, too.  Whether you are a tournament
player or an arena player, if your warrior is tough enough to survive the Bloodgames,
he's tough enough for whatever task you set him to.  My first Bloodgames graduate was
a warrior named Sushi Slinger of Sea Dogs: 17-3-3-21-21-12-7 SL.  He left Old
Valamantis with a 10-0-3 record and immortality.  Since then, he has been a
Tournament Victor in the Freshman tourney, a Runner-Up in the ADM tourney, and a
three-time Tournament Victor in the Eligibles tourney.  He is now fighting in Primus
against the best of the best and holding his own.  Your Bloodgames graduate could
join him in Primus, too.

     "Remember, blood on the purple robe does not change it from a purple robe.
     Dare to fight bravely." - Alarond the Scribe

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 647): BLACK of FULL SPECTRUM (Jester, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 530): IGNORANT BAUD of 042709A (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 653): VIRTUAL REALITY of STATE OF MIND (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 624): PETE MASTIFF of DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 648): MOSQUITO of BLOOD SUCKERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 643): EVE AND EMMA of PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 652): CAJETAN of SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 636): HAGAR BLUETOOTH of VIKINGS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 638): SALLANCHE of SUPERIOR FORCES 6N (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 637): WALLACE of GRIM FANDANGO (Stik, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 605): EDDIE INCHER of MIDDLE WAY 17 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 598): KARTIKAYA of JINDA-BAN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 272): MANN SLAUGHTER of CRIMINAL ELEMENT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 585): EACHAM of DELVERS (Harby, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 536): CARGO of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 255): VARDIN ABEQ of TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 246): GISBORNE of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 481): JERANS LA'ROC of MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 223): TORANS ULRIK of MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 529): GATEWAY of ATTACK OF THE CLONES (The Upright Man, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 647): HOMICIDAL MANIACS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 530): THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 653): ASTRAL KIN (Arcane Kid, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 624): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 648): THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 643): PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 652): BEACH BABES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 636): ABOMINATION (Chase, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 638): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 637): GRIM FANDANGO (Stik, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 605): BABES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 598): JINDA-BAN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 272): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 585): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 536): DARK HORSEMEN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 255): TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 246): WHAT'S IN A NAME (Storm Lord, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 481): DETHKLOT (?, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 223): MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 529) 0729205R et al (The Muffin Man, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 529): GROND of THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
               (turn 528): BRANDY PINKERTON of PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE (Gavin Rule, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 652): CANDY CANE of CHURCH LADIES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 635): FAMINE of DARK AT HEART (?, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 272): MANN SLAUGHTER of CRIMINAL ELEMENT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 535): SHALAITHA of DARK HORSEMENT (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 246): GISBORNE of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     That was a good try, Cassis.  In fact, I'll admit it was a delight to deal with
you, and I don't care if I'm a dwarf and you aren't.  I'm not blind, after all.

                                   Pete Mastiff
                        The Gladiator the Commission Forgot

P.S.  Do you suppose I'll get an auto-graduation at fifty fights?  I know some say it
is now the "new rule," but also know some who weren't called under it and should have
been.

                                      SPY REPORT

     Thankyouthankyou.  It's great for me, The Unknown Spymaster to be back in 
JHELUM.  Hope you enjoy the show.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I already got paid!  Say 
good-bye to KIWI CONNECTION, as they are pushed from the coveted top team spot by the 
TL;DR stable.  Hey everybody, watch out for RED HAMMER, who flew up 18 points in the 
rankings after mashing KENYA like a melon.  Keep your eye on this guy.  Ya know, some 
days it doesn't pay to walk out on the sands.  KENYA was defeated by RED HAMMER and 
drops 15 points.  Going for the gusto and coming up with aught but bloody knuckles 
was KIWI CONNECTION's CASSIS, who was turned away from the Duelmastership by PETE 
MASTIFF.  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 JHELUM arena.   
     Being a spy is great--other people die and you spend the rest of the day 
drinking to their memory.  Better tanked than dead!  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.  C'mon, Leadfoot, let's make some tracks.  See ya 
next time I'm on this circuit!-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PETE MASTIFF 6387            36  12  0   124       DOGS OF WAR (115)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CASSIS 6487                   5   2  1    76       KIWI CONNECTION (609)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ARMITAGE 6483                 6   1  1    66       KIWI CONNECTION (609)
 RED HAMMER 6476              12  11  0    65       DOGS OF WAR (115)
 IRONSIDE 6486                 5   2  0    57       KIWI CONNECTION (609)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MAT'ARI 6482                  9   8  0    50       DOGS OF WAR (115)
 MOBY DICK 6535                5   1  1    43       TL;DR (616)
 KENYA 6484                    6   1  1    42       KIWI CONNECTION (609)
 GERMAINE SHEPPARD 6514        5   5  0    42       DOGS OF WAR (115)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WAR AND PEACE 6532            4   2  0    33       TL;DR (616)
 DA VINCI CODE 6536            4   2  0    28       TL;DR (616)
 THE STAND 6533                4   2  0    26       TL;DR (616)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CRIME AND PUNISHMENT 6534     4   2  1    23       TL;DR (616)
-BEYOND PAIN 6527              1   0  0     9       DREAD EMPIRE (615)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HEX 6530                      0   2  0     6       DREAD EMPIRE (615)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
JACK RUSTLE 6513        5  4 0 DOGS OF WAR 115      ARMITAGE 6483         623   
THE MUTT 6586           1  1 0 DOGS OF WAR 115      CRIME AND PUNISH 6534 625   
JUICY POOPY 6562        0  1 0 HOTEL PISSES ME  617 KENYA 6484            621  NOT REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Ironside -- Damn, that's as good as extra armor! -- Red Hammer

Armitage -- Did I need this?  Was this something without which my life would not be
complete?  No, and no. -- Germaine Sheppard
P.S.  You, on the other hand, really do need a loss.  It would make your life
complete.

Kenya -- Darned kiwis.  I dislike them anyway, and you give me more reasons. --
Mat'ari

The Stand -- I dunno what kind of stand you are, but I'm not picky.  Most dogs
aren't. -- The Mutt

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

PETE MASTIFF devastated CASSIS in a 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
ARMITAGE was viciously subdued by VENOMOUS VIXEN in a 2 minute gruesome battle.
KENYA was demolished by RED HAMMER in a 1 minute uneven fight.
DA VINCI CODE was devastated by MAT'ARI in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
GERMAINE SHEPPARD was defeated by IRONSIDE in a 2 minute match.
WAR AND PEACE was devastated by DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a 1 minute uneven brawl.
MOBY DICK overpowered FRATSFA SLAVE in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT delivered the death blow upon THE MUTT in a 2 minute competition.
THE STAND overpowered CULT MEMBER in a 1 minute uneven melee.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         WALL OF STEEL      6 -   1 -  1      86  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         TOTAL PARRY        6 -   2 -  0      75  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   2 -  1      71  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         LUNGING ATTACK    32 -  14 -  1      70  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         STRIKING ATTACK   17 -   9 -  1      65  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         BASHING ATTACK     5 -   3 -  0      63  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         SLASHING ATTACK    9 -   7 -  1      56  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         AIMED BLOW        10 -  14 -  0      42  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 625 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  PETE MASTIFF 6387          36  12  0  124 DOGS OF WAR (115)
PARRY-LUNGE      CASSIS 6487                 5   2  1   76 KIWI CONNECTION (609)
WALL OF STEEL    ARMITAGE 6483               6   1  1   66 KIWI CONNECTION (609)
TOTAL PARRY      IRONSIDE 6486               5   2  0   57 KIWI CONNECTION (609)
AIMED BLOW       MAT'ARI 6482                9   8  0   50 DOGS OF WAR (115)
LUNGING ATTACK   KENYA 6484                  6   1  1   42 KIWI CONNECTION (609)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is PETE MASTIFF 6387.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was GERMAINE SHEPPARD 6514.  The ten other most popular fighters were MOBY DICK 
6535, PETE MASTIFF 6387, RED HAMMER 6476, MAT'ARI 6482, IRONSIDE 6486, CRIME AND 
PUNISHMENT 6534, THE MUTT 6586, DA VINCI CODE 6536, WAR AND PEACE 6532, and THE STAND 
6533.

The least popular fighter this week was KENYA 6484.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were ARMITAGE 6483, CASSIS 6487, THE STAND 6533, WAR AND PEACE 6532, DA 
VINCI CODE 6536, THE MUTT 6586, CRIME AND PUNISHMENT 6534, IRONSIDE 6486, MAT'ARI 
6482, and RED HAMMER 6476.

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

     For those of you who keep track of such things, 4 additional warriors graduated 
from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament.  

                 EUGENE FLUCKY (82-41642) of MEDAL OF HONOR 30 (6955)
                             FGC (47-6648) of KAOS (695)
                  PRISONER B91 (82-53433) of DUNGEON CELL B9 (9014)
                   PRISONER 0381 82-42371 of DUNGEON CELL 77 (7085)

Congrats to the grads. -- Green Eyes