DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 04/16/2020    Duedate: 05/13/2020

ARKERS ARENA

DM-8    TURN-450

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

GETTYSBURG
SMITHSONIAN (245)
(8-5854) [15-11-1,122]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

GETTYSBURG                     MAGNETIC WOMBAT
SMITHSONIAN (245)              UNLIKELY HEROES (635)
(8-5854) [15-11-1,122]         (8-5584) [7-1-1,72]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

RAL STORMBREAKER               PEARL HARBOR
THE CHOSEN (613)               SMITHSONIAN (245)
(8-5786) [21-15-0,111]         (8-5950) [8-1-0,79]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

SMITHSONIAN (245)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. SMITHSONIAN (245)           43
2. UNLIKELY HEROES (635)        6      Z GLADIATORZ (519)
3. Z GLADIATORZ (519)           3      Unchartered Team
4. BLOODY HAND CLAN (626)       2
5. BOOK OF THOMAS (411)         0      UNLIKELY HEROES (635)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*UNLIKELY HEROES (635)      7   1  1 87.5   1/ 1 SMITHSONIAN (245)         8  4 1
 2/ 2 Z GLADIATORZ (519)       379 206 10 64.8   2/ 2 THE CHOSEN (613)          8  7 0
 3/ 3 SMITHSONIAN (245)        894 533 21 62.6   3/ 3 BLOODY HAND CLAN (626)    8  7 0
 4/ 4 BLOODY HAND CLAN (626)   187 150 12 55.5   4/ 5*UNLIKELY HEROES (635)     3  0 0
 5/ 5 THE CHOSEN (613)         351 327 25 51.8   5- 4 BOOK OF THOMAS (411)      2  4 0
 6- 6 BOOK OF THOMAS (411)     128 178  9 41.8   6/ 6 Z GLADIATORZ (519)        2  5 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

                                  WHEEL OF MISFORTUNE
                                     DM 45 VERSION

Do you want to join an arena contest with cool prizes, but always have trouble finding 
a partner?  Fret not!  I have just the contest for you!  No partners needed.  
Stormcrowe (DM 45) will be hosting a contest for single teams.  The rules are exactly 
the same as the current WHEEL OF MISFORTUNE contest in Kolact (DM 10), but for single 
teams!

Here is all the pertinent information so you can join us for a festive time in 
Stormcrowe!

Overview

A contest for Stormcrowe (DM 45) that runs 10 turns (starting turn 424, due 
05/19/2020).  One (1) team per manager.  Participating managers may not run multiple 
teams in the arena during the contest.

Premise

Master Darque is fiddling with Chaos Gates again, which creates CHAOS and randomness 
during the contest.  Turn 1 (Stormcrowe turn 424) and Turn 10 (Stormcrowe turn 433) 
will be scored using STANDARD scoring (explained below).  Turns 2 through 9 will use a 
wide variety scoring mechanisms and will be randomly determined as the contest 
progresses using a random generator.  The scoring mechanisms will be posted in 
Stormcrowe's newsletter two (2) turns in advance, as well as on the D2 website under 
the contest forums.

Entry

Entry into the contest is open to anyone who meets the following criteria:

1) Bring a team to Stormcrowe (DM 45).

2) Each manager must declare their intention to participate in the contest BEFORE Turn 
1 of The WHEEL OF MISFORTUNE contest (No exceptions will be made).  Declarations must 
include A) TEAM NAME and B) MANAGER NAME.  You can submit a declaration by:

     a. A personal ad in DM 45 BEFORE turn 324
     b. A diplomatic note to Darque Ages (29) in DM 81
     c. An email to rebelnerfherder @ yahoo.com (put "WHEEL OF MISFORTUNE DM 45" in 
        the Subject Line)
     d. Private Message in the Duel2 Chatzy channel

**NOTE:  Failure to meet these criteria by the deadline will result in NO ENTRY into 
the contest.  Your team MUST be listed on the Master Contest List for Turn 1 to 
participate.  Please be mindful of the requirements and submit them in a timely manner 
to avoid any misfortunes.

Prizes

Endurance Award -- Here Is Your Participation Trophy

Every participating Team will receive one (1) +1 Bonus Potion for participating in all 
10 rounds of the contest and in at least 45 of the 50 scheduled fights.  Teams that 
participate in ALL 60 fights will receive an additional +1 Bonus Potion.

1ST Place -- You're Awesome Awards (choose 3 from the following)

1. LIMITED Max Damage (one-time only; not perpetual; warrior must be from DM 45 and 
   participated in the contest)
2. Move a warrior from another team (that you own) to your DM 45 squad (warrior must 
   be NATURAL and UNMODIFIED; there must be an open spot via death/dark arena or 
   graduation, warrior must be alive)
3. Know Favorites (Initiates classed warrior or above)
4. Reroll one (1) warrior's favorite LEARN
5. Limited Immortality (one (1) resurrection following death in DM 45)
6. Two (2) +1 Skill Potions (added to warrior's base; no out of bound warriors)

2ND Place -- Ever the Bride's Maid Awards (choose 2 of the following)

1. LIMITED Max Damage (one-time only; not perpetual; warrior must be from DM 45 and 
   participated in the contest)
2. Know Favorites (Initiates classed warrior or above)
3. Reroll one (1) warrior's favorite LEARN
4. Two (2) +1 Skill Potions (added to warrior's base; no out of bound warriors)

3RD Place -- The Aluminum Falcon Awards (choose 1 of the following)

1. Reroll one (1) warrior's favorite LEARN
2. Two (2) +1 Skill Potions (added to warrior's base; no out of bound warriors)

Moderator
Master Darque will be the moderator for this contest.  All questions and disputes can 
be directed to him.  He is the final arbitrator for the contest and his decisions are 
final.

Scoring

Standard Scoring (Turns 1 & 12)

 +3 Win
 -2 Death
 +2 Kill
 Wins and kills against Arena Stand Bys and Squad-mates will not be scored (Please 
 note:  Death against any opponent will be scored with a -2).  Dark Arena fights will 
 be scored regularly.

Option 1:  Delarquan Death Fest Scoring (DM 59)

 Win = +2 pts
 Loss = -1 pt
 Kill = +5 pts [in addition to +2 pts for Win]
 Death = -3 pts [in addition to -1 pt for Loss]
 Dark Arena Kill = +10 pts [in addition to +2 pts for Win]
 Dark Arena Death = -5 pts [in addition to -1 pt for Loss]
 Challenges against squad-mates will incur -1 penalty for both participants.  
 Death penalties will also apply.

Option 2 -- TOGS IV Scoring (DM 60)

 10 points for winning on your upchallenge against another WoM warrior.
  7 points for winning on your even challenge of another WoM warrior.
  7 points for winning on another WoM warrior's challenge.
  7 points for winning a random matchup against another WoM warrior.
  4 points for winning a random matchup against a non-WoM warrior.
 Do not fight your teammate, you will not get any points.  Also, you will not get any 
 points if you challenge a non-WoM team (this includes the Dark Arena).
  5 points for a spotlight written by any team member, 1 per manager per turn. 
 The minimum length of a spotlight to receive points is 1/2 column in the newsletter 
 (that's 31 lines--each line 86 characters across).  In addition to the length 
 criteria, spotlights will not be given any points if they are in any way plagiarized 
 or if they are not Duelmasters or fantasy-related.  If in doubt about the content, 
 email me before the turn and I will be happy to verify it for you.
 -5 points per manager who does not write at least one (1) personal ad.
 -5 points for being the team that avoided the most.

Option 3 -- Battle Royal (DM 18)

 +1 Win
 +1 Kill
 -1 Loss
 -1 Death
 No Avoids (-10 point penalty for avoiding)

Option 4 -- (Un)Popularity Contest

 +11 for Turn's Most Popular with a descending point award for most popular warriors'     
     list (e.g. +10 for second most popular, + 9 for third most popular, etc)  Only 
     warriors listed on the most popular list will score points (between +10 and +1).
 +11 for Turn's Least Popular with a descending point award for least popular 
     warriors' list (e.g. +10 for second least popular, + 9 for third least popular, 
     etc)  Only warriors listed on the least popular list will score points (between 
     +10 and +1).

Option 5 -- Slaughter Priest Memorial (DM 54)

 No Challenges (DA fights scored regularly; avoids allowed)
  3 points for winning
  3 points for killing (giving 6 in total, 3 for the win and 3 for the kill)
  3 points for at least one of your warriors writing a personal (regardless of number 
     of personals beyond one you still only get three points).  Make sure it is 
     written from one of your team's warriors and not simply the manager entity or you 
     will not get the points.
 -3 points for losing
 -3 points for being killed (giving -6 in total, -3 for losing and -3 for being 
     killed)
Special Note:  Challenging during an SPM scoring turn will result in disqualification.

Option 6 -- Turf War (DM 47)
 Team Points:
     Fights made:
          1 = 0 points,  2 = 0 points,  3 = 1 point,  4 = 3 points,  5 = 5 points
     Wins earned:
          1 = 1 point,  2 = 3 points,  3 = 6 points,  4 = 10 points,  5 = 15 points
     Down Challenge = (-5) points each (DM is exempt from DC rule)
     Team with most wins per round earns 4 additional points (If ties, no points 
          awarded)

 Alliance Points:
     Fights made (DA fights count as a fight made)
          All (each) team of the alliance fights 1 to 3 warriors = 3 points
          All (each) team fights 4+ warriors = 6 points
          All (each) team fights all five warriors = 9
          Alliance with most wins per that round = 5 points (If tied, no points 
          awarded.)

Option 7 -- Morya Madness (DM 28)

 +3 points to the highest ranked warrior of each style.  Highest ranked is the highest 
    recognition total, regardless of record.  If case of a tie in recognition points, 
    win/loss percentage will be the tie breaker, followed by total kills (warrior).
 +5 Top Team on the Move descending scoring down to #5 (e.g. +5 for first, +4 for 
    second, etc).
 +2 Successful Bloodfeud.  Bloodfeud victories for kills that did not occur during the 
    contest do not count to this total.
 +5 Most Avoided Squad (teammates avoiding one another will not be counted)
 -5 Most Avoiding Squad
 +5 Most Turn's Most Favorite
 +5 Most Turn's Least Favorite

Option 8 -- Mordant Olympics (DM 1) -- Only Available Turns 6-9

 The three teams with the best win-loss record from the previous contest turns (who 
 meet minimum fight criteria).  Cumulative kills and total recognition will serve as 
 tie breaks if needed.

 Gold -- 25 points
 Silver -- 15 points
 Bronze -- 10 Points

 + 3 Points for an Attacker [Challenge] Win (Challenges against squad-mates will incur 
     a -2 point penalty)
 +3 Points for a Defender [being Challenged] Win (Challenges from squad-mates will 
     incur a -2 point penalty)

Option 9 -- Stormcrowe Slaughterhouse (DM 45)

 +5 Win
 -3 Death
 +5 Kill
 Wins and kills against Arena Stand Bys and Squad-mates will not be scored (Please 
 note:  Death against any opponent will be scored with a -3).  Dark Arena fights will 
 be scored regularly.

                                      SPY REPORT

     It's me, The Unknown Spymaster, back to give you this week's Spy Report.  Sit 
back in your seats and we'll have more fun than a barrel of Zontanis.  Hey everybody, 
watch out for NATRUZ MUDSLAG, who flew up 19 points in the rankings after mashing 
CIVILIZED CRIMINAL like a melon.  Keep your eye on this gal.  And falling like a 
basher in the top ten was SKARAG MORSNAGA, who dropped 15 points after a 
disappointing (to say the least) bout with CAMPTOWN RACES.  Well here's a duelmaster 
that doesn't sit back and say 'Challenge me'!  GETTYSBURG made a challenge against 
EIGER THE HARDY this week.  Well, everybody's pal GETTYSBURG moved its record to 
15-11-1 by defeating EIGER THE HARDY in the Duelmaster's Title Bout and gaining 19 
recognition points.  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 ARKERS arena.  Here's a 
song for you:  Who's afraid of the big, bad SMITHSONIAN?  Big bad SMITHSONIAN.  Big 
bad SMITHSONIAN.  ARKERS' afraid of the big bad SMITHSONIAN.  Tra la la la la!  And 
you guys like to boo me?  Well, unsling your rasberries, cause THE CHOSEN beats feet 
every time SMITHSONIAN smiles at them.  Try farming, eh?  Well just about everybody 
wants a piece of MAGNETIC WOMBAT, who was this week's most challenged warrior.  Can 
any one out there say 'weasel'?  Oh well, just saying UGARG SNOTSNIK will do.  He 
challenged 20 points down to trash PEARL HARBOR.  Definition of petty:  UGARG 
SNOTSNIK bested PEARL HARBOR, a mismatch of 20 points.   
     Death is kind of like a new puppy:  he's always around wanting to play.  (Ha 
Zontani, how's that for a wise saying?).  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                  
 GETTYSBURG 5854              15  11  1   122       SMITHSONIAN (245)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RAL STORMBREAKER 5786        21  15  0   111       THE CHOSEN (613)
 UGARG SNOTSNIK 5815          28  10  0    95       BLOODY HAND CLAN (626)
 EIGER THE HARDY 5811         24   9  0    91       THE CHOSEN (613)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZEPHYR 5824                  15  10  0    90       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
 PEARL HARBOR 5950             8   1  0    79       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 MAGNETIC WOMBAT 5584          7   1  1    72       UNLIKELY HEROES (635)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ALBUS BONERATTLER 5874        9   7  2    57       THE CHOSEN (613)
 HAL THE CRAZED 5858           7   8  3    57       THE CHOSEN (613)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NATRUZ MUDSLAG 5949           6   4  2    48       BLOODY HAND CLAN (626)
-LICKETY-SPLIT 5909            4   0  0    41       BOOK OF THOMAS (411)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 APPALACIA 5959                5   2  0    33       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 KANGRI THE STRONG 5877        8   7  0    32       THE CHOSEN (613)
 RADTEEF WAZGRIM 5919          6   6  2    27       BLOODY HAND CLAN (626)
-BUNKER HILL 5907              5   6  1    25       SMITHSONIAN (245)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CAMPTOWN RACES 5999           1   0  0    16       SMITHSONIAN (245)
 ZODIAC 5993                   1   0  0    15       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
-ZORRO 5930                    1   0  0    11       Z GLADIATORZ (519)
 SNIKGUL 5985                  2   3  0     9       BLOODY HAND CLAN (626)
 SKARAG MORSNAGA 5988          1   3  0     6       BLOODY HAND CLAN (626)
-ALPHA 5936                    0   2  0     6       BOOK OF THOMAS (411)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
WHIPPOORWILL 5922       1  1 0 BOOK OF THOMAS 411   BUNKER HILL 5907      448   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

GETTYSBURG devastated EIGER THE HARDY in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge Title fight.
UGARG SNOTSNIK subdued PEARL HARBOR in a popular 4 minute veteran's Challenge melee.
ALBUS BONERATTLER slimly lost to MAGNETIC WOMBAT in a 2 minute Challenge brawl.
ZEPHYR was devastated by RAL STORMBREAKER in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
HAL THE CRAZED savagely defeated APPALACIA in a 2 minute bloody competition.
KANGRI THE STRONG was viciously subdued by AMBITIOUS GUARD in a 3 minute fight.
NATRUZ MUDSLAG viciously subdued CIVILIZED CRIMINAL in a popular 2 minute competition.
RADTEEF WAZGRIM unbelievably bested VIRTUOUS SCRIBE in a 1 minute duel.
SKARAG MORSNAGA was luckily beaten by CAMPTOWN RACES in a 2 minute beginner's duel.
SNIKGUL was defeated by ZODIAC in a action packed 3 minute novice's fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         WALL OF STEEL     13 -   6 -  1      68  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         AIMED BLOW        10 -   5 -  2      67  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         TOTAL PARRY       15 -   9 -  0      63  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         STRIKING ATTACK   24 -  21 -  3      53  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         SLASHING ATTACK   12 -  11 -  1      52  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   1 -  0      50  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         LUNGING ATTACK    17 -  19 -  0      47  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         BASHING ATTACK     9 -  16 -  0      36  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   2 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 450 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   GETTYSBURG 5854            15  11  1  122 SMITHSONIAN (245)
SLASHING ATTACK  RAL STORMBREAKER 5786      21  15  0  111 THE CHOSEN (613)
TOTAL PARRY      UGARG SNOTSNIK 5815        28  10  0   95 BLOODY HAND CLAN (626)
STRIKING ATTACK  ZEPHYR 5824                15  10  0   90 Z GLADIATORZ (519)
LUNGING ATTACK   PEARL HARBOR 5950           8   1  0   79 SMITHSONIAN (245)
WALL OF STEEL    MAGNETIC WOMBAT 5584        7   1  1   72 UNLIKELY HEROES (635)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is RAL STORMBREAKER 5786.  The most popular warrior 
this turn was PEARL HARBOR 5950.  The ten other most popular fighters were NATRUZ 
MUDSLAG 5949, SNIKGUL 5985, HAL THE CRAZED 5858, GETTYSBURG 5854, ALBUS BONERATTLER 
5874, MAGNETIC WOMBAT 5584, SKARAG MORSNAGA 5988, RADTEEF WAZGRIM 5919, ZODIAC 5993, 
and EIGER THE HARDY 5811.

The least popular fighter this week was KANGRI THE STRONG 5877.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were APPALACIA 5959, ZEPHYR 5824, CAMPTOWN RACES 5999, RAL 
STORMBREAKER 5786, UGARG SNOTSNIK 5815, EIGER THE HARDY 5811, ZODIAC 5993, RADTEEF 
WAZGRIM 5919, SKARAG MORSNAGA 5988, and MAGNETIC WOMBAT 5584.