DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/01/2013    Duedate: 02/14/2013

TRANSEL ARENA

DM-6    TURN-716

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SKIP JAMES
BLACK AND BLUES (575)
(6-6579) [14-11-0,107]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SKIP JAMES                     TORPEDO
BLACK AND BLUES (575)          MMM BEER (587)
(6-6579) [14-11-0,107]         (6-6712) [6-0-0,48]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SKIP JAMES                     BIG BILL BROONZY
BLACK AND BLUES (575)          BLACK AND BLUES (575)
(6-6579) [14-11-0,107]         (6-6640) [10-4-0,53]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

PSYCHO SQUAD (135)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. MMM BEER (587)              35
2. BLACK AND BLUES (575)       21INK & STEEL FOREVER (577)
3. INK & STEEL FOREVER (577)   19      Unchartered Team
4. PSYCHO SQUAD (135)           9
                                       MMM BEER (587)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 INK & STEEL FOREVE (577)  33  27  5 55.0   1/ 1 PSYCHO SQUAD (135)        8  7 0
 2/ 2 BLACK AND BLUES (575)     76  63  1 54.7   2/ 2 BLACK AND BLUES (575)     7  7 0
 3/ 3 PSYCHO SQUAD (135)       360 328 14 52.3   3/ 3 INK & STEEL FOREVE (577)  3  4 1
 4/ 0*MMM BEER (587)            13  21  2 38.2   4/ 0*MMM BEER (587)            1  4 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 719): PHIL HELLMUTH of POKER GREATS (?, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 602): FORBIDDEN FRUIT of MISNOMERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 724): FREQUENT FLAYER of GENERATION X (The Storm Lord, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 696): ELDERLY WOMAN of PEARL JAM (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 720): BUZZ KILL of HOOKED ON COFFEE (slugbait, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 715): HARD CORE of INK & STEEL FOREVER (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 724): ANNIE AWL of TOOL SHED (Leprechaun, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 708): CRAVER of THE MENTORS (Dr. Feelgood, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 710): KILL KITTEN of ARDUIN GRIMOIRE (Rascally Rabbit, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 709): GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE of TOON INN (Chuck, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 675): FANG of SERPENTS HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 664): NORVANDARRO KREN of JINDA-BAN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 308): MASSEY of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 657): ELIFAS KENT of DELVERS (Harby, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 608): MOONDARK of DARK HORSEMEN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 289): DIAN WEI of ASIAN INVASION (Pec Killer, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 282): JOHN WAYNE of TALL TALES (A-Sop, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 553): NEEVAN POVAR of MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 259): TOO SHORT of BASH BROS HAIR CUT (Assurnasirbanipal)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 601): CRYSOPRASE of ILLFANG PACT (She-Puppy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 719): HOMICIDAL MANIACS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 602): THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 724): GAMES LIBRARY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 696): DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 720): HOOKED ON COFFEE (slugbait, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 715): PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 724): SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 708): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 710): CENTER FOR OLDS (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 709): TOON INN (Chuck, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 675): SERPENTS HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 664): JINDA-BAN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 308): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 657): FLAGG'S FIVE (Flagg, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 608): DARK HORSEMEN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 289): ASIAN INVASION (Pec Killer, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 282): IMPROVED ILLUSION (Phantasm, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 553): MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 259): MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 601) DYSLEXICS UNTIE! II (The Upright Man, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 719): PHIL HELLMUTH of POKER GREATS (?, mgr.)
                            CEREAL KILLER of HOMICIDAL MANIACS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 602): FORBIDDEN FRUIT of MISNOMERS (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 695): JAEGER of DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 715): HARD CORE of INK & STEEL FOREVER (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 707): JIGGA of JAY-Z (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 710): DERRY DARLIN of RYAN'S HENCHMEN (Leprechaun, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 708): SPOONFUL of THE BLUES (Buri, mgr.)
                           DAGAN of BLOOD AND SAND (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 306): WOXTON of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 657): COMMON SENSE of INTELLECTS OF HIPHOP (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
                           ARMORED ECHO of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 281): KING MIDAS of TALL TALES (A-Sop, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 553): NEEVAN POVAR of MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 259): NAEFAN ORDH of MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     The sages err'd not in their foretelling of a god descending upon TRANSEL, for 
I, Novgorodny Vir, have returned!  Practice pays for SON OF JOHN, who pummelled 
ROBERT JOHNSON, to pocket 22 points.  A certain someone should cut down on the 
drinking and practice more, after losing 15 points to TORPEDO.  (Discrete enough, 
SHIRLEY KNOTT?) Well, Duelmaster HARD CORE Dark Arena Challenged DARK ARENA's 
C'YLENRE THE SLY.  Is a 15-1-1 good enough?  HARD CORE successfully staved off a grab 
for the roses by C'YLENRE THE SLY of DARK ARENA.  Does TRANSEL have no one talented 
enough to dethrone it?  So who was the warrior seen charging into immovable walls and 
challenging dead trees?  Someone's got a basic problem...   
     So much to report, so little time!   
     Is there life after death?  Pragmatics (and warriors) know there is death after 
life!  C'YLENRE THE SLY in the Dark Arena wasn't enough for HARD CORE of INK & STEEL 
FOREVER.  Maybe that certain serving girl(?) at The Sultan's Tent will be!  
Admittedly Death waits for no one, but me thinks COORS of MMM BEER (2-0-0) is being 
sent off a little prematurely.  Oh hard!  that to strike a flame, the match itself 
must needs be wasting!   
     All good things must come to an end.  My fingers tire and I fear my incessant 
prattling may cause unfair judgement upon my impeccable character.  Do not despair!  
I shall return!-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SKIP JAMES 6579              14  11  0   107       BLACK AND BLUES (575)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JOE WILLIAMS 6583            25  11  0   106       BLACK AND BLUES (575)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ROBERT JOHNSON 6586          11  16  0    61       BLACK AND BLUES (575)
 SON OF JOHN 6738              8   7  0    58       PSYCHO SQUAD (135)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BIG BILL BROONZY 6640        10   4  0    53       BLACK AND BLUES (575)
 TORPEDO 6712                  6   0  0    48       MMM BEER (587)
 DOOPHUS 6746                  6   6  1    42       PSYCHO SQUAD (135)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ALICE AIN'T HERE 6759         6   4  0    31       PSYCHO SQUAD (135)
 SHIRLEY KNOTT 6730            7   9  0    30       PSYCHO SQUAD (135)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TOM TIGER 6774                3   1  0    20       PSYCHO SQUAD (135)
 ELMORE JAMES 6782             1   1  0     8       BLACK AND BLUES (575)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
BLAH 6775               0  1 0 INK & STEEL FORE 577 KOLDIS THE CRAFT      716  NONE
BLAH BLAH 6776          0  1 0 INK & STEEL FORE 577 LORD TEV GREENHE      716  NONE
INK BLOT 6783           0  1 0 INK & STEEL FORE 577 RORIK STEELFIST       716  NONE
BYE 6784                0  1 0 MMM BEER 587         KALTOS PRIVATEER      716  NONE
COORS 6731              2  1 0 MMM BEER 587         KALTOS PRIVATEER      716  NONE
HARPOON 6740            0  1 0 MMM BEER 587         JAKON STARSTRIKE      716  NONE
SHINER BOCK 6739        0  1 0 MMM BEER 587         C'YLENRE THE SLY      716  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Our congratulations to Hard Core. -- Jorja and at least some of the Psycho Squad

Big Bill Broonzy -- Oh, hey!  Like that, huh?  I'll... um, I'll try to remember it.
-- Doophus

Alice hates Cult Members, and if she'd been here, she'd probably have killed him.  He
got off easy. -- Not-a-Nut Jones

Orcs.  Huh.  Beasts. -- Shirley Knott

I quite like Cult Members.  They squish so pleasantly. -- Son of John

Elmore James -- You snuck up on me!  You... you dragged things out and snickered at
me!  You're despicable. -- Tom Tiger

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

HARD CORE butchered C'YLENRE THE SLY in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
COORS was barely slain by KALTOS PRIVATEER in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
INK BLOT was assassinated by RORIK STEELFIST in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
BLAH BLAH was butchered by LORD TEV GREENHEART in a 1 minute Dark Arena contest.
BLAH was assassinated by KOLDIS THE CRAFTY in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
HARPOON was murdered by JAKON STARSTRIKE in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena competition.
SHINER BOCK was slaughtered by C'YLENRE THE SLY in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
BYE was narrowly killed by KALTOS PRIVATEER in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena brawl.
JOE WILLIAMS overpowered SIR RENARD D'KENSIS in a action packed 5 minute uneven melee.
SKIP JAMES vanquished WEGERIN GREATBLADE in a 1 minute one-sided Title duel.
ROBERT JOHNSON was vanquished by SON OF JOHN in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
BIG BILL BROONZY defeated DOOPHUS in a action packed 1 minute match.
SHIRLEY KNOTT was overpowered by TORPEDO in a 1 minute brutal one-sided fight.
ALICE AIN'T HERE bested CULT MEMBER in a 3 minute conflict.
TOM TIGER viciously subdued ELMORE JAMES in a 3 minute bloody novice's battle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         WALL OF STEEL     15 -   3 -  1      83  |
|AIMED BLOW                       4         TOTAL PARRY       12 -   8 -  0      60  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         AIMED BLOW        20 -  20 -  0      50  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         SLASHING ATTACK    9 -  10 -  1      47  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         LUNGING ATTACK     7 -  11 -  0      39  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         STRIKING ATTACK    4 -   9 -  0      31  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         BASHING ATTACK     0 -   2 -  0       0  |

Turn 716 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       SKIP JAMES 6579            14  11  0  107 BLACK AND BLUES (575)
TOTAL PARRY      JOE WILLIAMS 6583          25  11  0  106 BLACK AND BLUES (575)
STRIKING ATTACK  SON OF JOHN 6738            8   7  0   58 PSYCHO SQUAD (135)
LUNGING ATTACK   TORPEDO 6712                6   0  0   48 MMM BEER (587)

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 SKIP JAMES 6579.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was BIG BILL BROONZY 6640.  The ten other most popular fighters were TOM TIGER 6774, 
COORS 6731, BYE 6784, SKIP JAMES 6579, TORPEDO 6712, SON OF JOHN 6738, SHINER BOCK 
6739, JOE WILLIAMS 6583, ALICE AIN'T HERE 6759, and ELMORE JAMES 6782.

The least popular fighter this week was SHIRLEY KNOTT 6730.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were DOOPHUS 6746, ROBERT JOHNSON 6586, HARPOON 6740, BLAH 6775, 
BLAH BLAH 6776, INK BLOT 6783, ELMORE JAMES 6782, ALICE AIN'T HERE 6759, JOE WILLIAMS 
6583, and SHINER BOCK 6739.

The following warriors have traveled to AD after fighting this turn:

HARD CORE (6-6599) INK & STEEL FOREVER (577)

                           AVOIDS, BLOODFEUDS, & CHALLENGES

                                       by Pagan

     Ever wonder how the whole challenge/avoid thing works?
     Who you fight depends on exactly how it works.  We will never know exactly how it 
works unless we can get a look at the coding for the program, but this is how I think 
it works:

The Situation:
     The system allows a warrior to make two separate challenges and two distinct 
avoids.
     Avoids are distinct in that they MUST indicate a specific team to be avoided, so 
a "double avoid" indicates a single team twice, which by default means you are 
avoiding one team.  In this case, the second avoid is a duplicate and therefore a 
waste of an avoid.
     Challenges are to specific warriors.  You have a first challenge, and then you 
have a second challenge.

The Process:
     First the computer removes all Dark Arena challengers from the list of available 
warriors.
     Second, the computer checks for WHO fights WHO by going though all TVs and 
bloodfeuds, which are 100% sure to go through except in four instances:
     1. the warrior challenged does not fight,
     2. the warrior challenged is also making a bloodfeud or TV challenge and that 
challenge has already been assigned,
     3. the warrior has already been assigned to a Dark Arena fight,
     4. that warrior has declared your team to be one of his warrior's avoids, 
reducing your challenge to 50%.
     Third, the computer assesses all the regular first-challenge warriors and assigns 
fights.  All other challenges are at 100% chance of success except in a few instances:  
warrior challenged is going to the DA, warrior challenged is involved in a previously 
assigned challenge, warrior challenged is not running this turn, or warrior challenged 
has avoided your team at 50% chance to avoid.
     Fourth, the computer assesses and assigns all secondary challenges of warriors 
not so far assigned for bloodfeuds and TVs.
     Fifth, the computer assesses and assigns all the regular second challenges.
     Sixth, the computer assigns random matchups in each available class starting with 
the highest class first.
     Seventh, the computer finds the remaining warriors that have successfully avoided 
all first and second challenges and/or who also did not get randomly assigned, AND for 
whom no more available warriors remain in their class for random pairing.  All of 
these warriors get RSI-generated warriors to fight based on their class.
     So, if I'm right and avoids reduce the chance for a challenge to 50%, then:
     In the absence of an avoid
          single challenge = 100% success
          double challenge = 100% success, then an additional 100% success
     Where an avoid is involved
          single challenge vs avoid = 50% success
          double challenge vs avoid = 75% (chance to avoid is 0.5 * 0.5 = 0.25; 1 - 
0.25 = 75% chance to succeed

     Bloodfeuds and TVs may increase the percentage chance of success above 100%, or 
they may not.  I feel that their increased ability to get through is based solely on 
the way the computer assigns challenges.  They are first, so they are most likely to 
go through.  The 100% chance for a challenge to succeed is 100% if it's a TV bloodfeud 
and you are the first one to get assigned a fight that day because you are also the 
Duelmaster.  But after that the chances start to diminish rapidly.
     The run-through for second challenges theoretically means your challenge should 
be 100% but it's not the case if you are the LAST guy the computer goes to for finding 
challenges.
     If you don't double challenge, you significantly lower your chance to get your 
challenge through.  The second challenge is not equal to the first challenge.

Pagan