DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 07/27/2004    Duedate: 08/09/2004

ZUKAL ARENA

DM-9    TURN-497

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

TOXIK
KILLING FLOOR (434)
(9-4704) [10-6-0,97]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

TOXIK                          CAVE DWELLER
KILLING FLOOR (434)            SOLITAIRE (466)
(9-4704) [10-6-0,97]           (9-5085) [4-1-0,45]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TOXIK                          TOXIK
KILLING FLOOR (434)            KILLING FLOOR (434)
(9-4704) [10-6-0,97]           (9-4704) [10-6-0,97]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

BLUE MOON (381)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. SOLITAIRE (466)             27
2. KILLING FLOOR (434)          9      KILLING FLOOR (434)
3. DSM4 (239)                   0      Unchartered Team
4. LETTER BOMBS (436)           0
5. IMMORTAL OATH (268)          0      SOLITAIRE (466)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 KILLING FLOOR (434)       12   7  0 63.2   1/ 1 BLUE MOON (381)           9  6 0
 2- 3 IMMORTAL OATH (268)      153 103  6 59.8   2/ 5*SOLITAIRE (466)           2  0 1
 3- 4 DSM4 (239)               362 280 25 56.4   3/ 3 KILLING FLOOR (434)       2  1 0
 4/ 7*SOLITAIRE (466)           15  13  3 53.6   4- 2 DSM4 (239)                1  0 0
 5- 6 LETTER BOMBS (436)        77  77  5 50.0   5- 7 LETTER BOMBS (436)        0  2 0
 6/ 8 BLUE MOON (381)          322 449  9 41.8   6- 6 IMMORTAL OATH (268)       0  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

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                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 496): TOXIK of KILLING FLOOR (Stik, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 494): BRIARTHORN of DARKMOON (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 490): RUTHLESS of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 490): SLOTHIS of MINOTAURS (?, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 489): SIGIL CAMISADO of BALANCE OF TERROR (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 487): ADARA AL ZAHRA of JAGUAR WARRIORS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 243): CIARAN POWER of 50TH MILK RAS (Dr. Mabuse, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 479): ENOSHIMA of BLACK SAMURAI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 241): LUCKY 7 of NUMBERS GAME (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 476): SOLAR MAN of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 474): STRAY of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 467): GWALCHMAI of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 430): STILTZ of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 218): MARILYN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 213): CUP OF CAT of MYSTIC ORC FEAST (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 200): TOM SMITH DISEASE of STRANGE TUNES (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 355): JONATHANNIE of BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 335): TAIL IN THE AIR of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 148): RED HOT CHILE PAPA of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 380): WOUNDWORT of DARKMOON from RIZTAB (Bobby Bigfoot)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 496): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 494): none
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 490): TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 490): PUNNY AMINALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 489): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 487): JAGUAR WARRIORS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 243): BAD GERMS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 479): SHREW CAN IT BE NOW (The Anarchist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 241): OVERLORDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 476): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 474): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 467): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 430): none
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 218): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 213): MYSTIC ORC FEAST (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 200): DRUID'S GROVE (Talon Warsmith, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 355): BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 335): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 148): DEMONIC (?, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 380): DARKENED PRIDE, etc. (Sylvester Frothingslosh, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 493): RIFT of SPIRITUAL GIFT (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 489): KARO LEE of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 243): CIARAN POWER of 50TH MILK RAS (Dr. Mabuse, mgr.)
                          STUPID SMILEY of IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
              (turn 242): TERRIBLE TOTOMAC of IDIOTIC ICCERS (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 479): COOKIE of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 241): DIXIE SCUM of LOONY TOONS (Rascally Rabbit, mgr.)
                   (turn 240): LAPHROAIG of SINGLE MALTS (Berylstar, mgr.)
                               TIGBASA of STORMWATCH (Polar Bear, mgr.)
                               SIR PELLEAS of WILLBENDERS (Abraxis, mgr.)
                               STIGMA OF STUPID of UNFIT TO BE ORCS (Slugbait, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 474): LUCKY LADY HAMMER of CASINO HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 429): MISERY of HELL'S PAWNS (Harbinger, mgr.)
                             PREDNIZONE of MEDS (Berylstar, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 218): SUNFLASH of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
                   (turn 217): SCORPIUS of KNIGHT BREED (The Omnimancer, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 213): CUP OF CAT of MYSTIC ORC FEAST (Slugbait, mgr.)
                   (turn 212): HONEY BEAR of THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 199): MAEGOLOS of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

Hey, people.  Stik says I've got to write this 'cause all his DM's write a column,
it's the honorable, respectful thing to do, you need the practice, blah blah blah...
anybody listening anyway??  I'd heard Zukal was once one of the most feared arenas in
Alastari, look at it now!  DSM4 took a turn off so I get to sit up here and pretend
I'm good.  Only thing is, I AM pretty good!  Damn strikers...that's all I've got.
Later!

Toxik
Duelmaster of Zukal

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail and well met warriors of ZUKAL!  Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp Eyes, 
Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari.  Warriors--remember that glory waits always 
around the corner!  Witness how this week SOLITAIRE went 2-0-1 to move up 3 in the 
rankings.  Although VETERAN MERCENARY made a valiant effort, it did not suffice to 
topple the reign of victorious TOXIK.  No confirmation, but my sources claim that the 
top team has gained their position using magical aids.  Charmed weapons perhaps?   
     But come now, let us look deeper into the maze of contention and crossed blades 
that is city ZUKAL.  ZUKAL, city of gladiators!  Mighty among the names of thy guilds 
is WYRM FUUD, a guild shunned and avoided by many in the weekly duels.  Apparently 
the stalwarts of SOLITAIRE are catching the bulk of jests down at the challenging 
board for their large share of the avoids.  A match that raised a few eyebrows at the 
games this week, it seems that CAVE DWELLER posted a challenge against the more 
highly recognized MALACHITE.  The results, you ask?  Well, the firebrand CAVE DWELLER 
overcame MALACHITE.  Remember warriors, this is the discipline of steel.   
     What warrior does not hone his years, impatiently waiting for the moment of his 
foe's mortality?  My sources at BLUE MOON stable claim they've never seen the guild 
bitterer.  This as a result of the untimely demise of NEARBLACK.  Beware MRI!  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!   
     If it were not for my skills as a spy I would have been mugged three times 
already in ZUKAL.  Nice atmosphere you have here!  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 - the pen is mightier than the sword, but a maul is a different 
story!-- Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TOXIK 4704                   10   6  0    97       KILLING FLOOR (434)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-INSOMNIAC 4870               13   1  0   110       DSM4 (239)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLUE RUIN 5023               11  11  0    66       BLUE MOON (381)
-ANXIETY 4961                  8   1  1    65       DSM4 (239)
-T. ZER 5011                   7   3  1    59       LETTER BOMBS (436)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE PRUSSIAN 5039             8   8  0    53       BLUE MOON (381)
 CAVE DWELLER 5085             4   1  0    45       SOLITAIRE (466)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MALACHITE 5047                6   7  0    35       BLUE MOON (381)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLUE HAVEN 5087               5   3  0    33       BLUE MOON (381)
 MRI 5069                      4   1  1    33       SOLITAIRE (466)
-N. TOMBER 5037                5   1  1    31       LETTER BOMBS (436)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-D. BASER 5074                 1   0  0    13       LETTER BOMBS (436)
-VOTING BOOTH 5070             3   3  0    12       SOLITAIRE (466)
-HEX 4640                      0   2  0     6       IMMORTAL OATH (268)
-CLEVER 4029                   0   2  0     2       IMMORTAL OATH (268)
-P.Q. LYAR 5098                0   1  0     1       LETTER BOMBS (436)
-SILKEN WHISPER 3985           0   1  0     1       IMMORTAL OATH (268)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
NEARBLACK 5096         3  1 0 BLUE MOON 381         MRI 5069              497         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Toxik -- (gasping and strangling)  Poisoned!  (choking and coughing)  Quick!  Gin! --
Blue Ruin

It is an offense that a Dangerous Criminal should be allowed to go around being so
tall.  I have selflessly dedicated my arena efforts to cutting him down to size--to
wit, shorter than me. -- The Prussian
P.S.  Anyone who wishes to assist me in this worthy task is welcome.  I will be glad
to share the information from my fight with this offense against society.

Wow, somebody must REALLY hate the Fratsfa Slave to make him fight as a parry-
striker.  Talk about being doomed! -- Malachite, who beat his opponent black and
green

Gods, can that Userous Merchant haggle!  It seemed like it took HOURS to get his
price down to something reasonable.  I suspect that the only way I managed it was due
to the influence of the true blue moon that will be occurring in a very few days.  It
brings us luck. -- Blue Haven
P.S.  I just wish I could be sure what KIND of luck.

Hex -- No magic for me, thanks. -- Nearblack

17 July 2004
I am currently trying to put together a favorites chart for AD warriors.  I
desperately need help with this.  What I need are style, favorite rhythm (ex.:
hi/low), favorite weapons, and tactics.  What would be great is if you could send me
a copy of the invite with the warrior's name, id#, and arena blacked out.  This way,
I can verify that this is an actual warrior.  Minis will work, too!

For those interested, I have both a challenge style vs. style and a match-up style
vs. style chart.  There's about 250 fights calculated in these charts, and I'll be
happy to send a copy to anyone who asks.  You can contact me (if you're a free world
player) at: Rick Stringer, Merit/East, SCI, P.O. Box 500, Georgetown, DE 19947-0500.
If you're in prison, just send a diplo to:  Baphomet, Mgr. Knights Templar (568), DM
#47--North Fork.  (I also have a lot of other charts and info for anyone who wants
it.)  Thanks!

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

CAVE DWELLER viciously subdued MALACHITE in a 2 minute bloody Challenge fight.
TOXIK vanquished VETERAN MERCENARY in a exciting 1 minute uneven Title battle.
BLUE RUIN overpowered DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched duel.
THE PRUSSIAN was overpowered by KUNG-FU MASTER in a 2 minute mismatched match.
BLUE HAVEN was viciously subdued by THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a slow 8 minute duel.
MRI executed NEARBLACK in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         AIMED BLOW         5 -   2 -  0      71  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         WALL OF STEEL      7 -   4 -  1      64  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         LUNGING ATTACK    28 -  16 -  4      64  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         TOTAL PARRY        6 -   4 -  1      60  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         STRIKING ATTACK    7 -   7 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         BASHING ATTACK     6 -   7 -  0      46  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         SLASHING ATTACK    3 -   5 -  0      38  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   1 -  0       0  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 497 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     1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         5  LUNGING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
                              PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         1  BASHING ATTACK 
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                              SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                              STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  WALL OF STEEL  
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  1     
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   TOXIK 4704                 10   6  0   97 KILLING FLOOR (434)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is TOXIK 4704.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
TOXIK 4704.  The ten other most popular fighters were CAVE DWELLER 5085, BLUE RUIN 
5023, MRI 5069, THE PRUSSIAN 5039, MALACHITE 5047, NEARBLACK 5096, BLUE HAVEN 5087,  
0,  0, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was BLUE HAVEN 5087.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were NEARBLACK 5096, MALACHITE 5047, THE PRUSSIAN 5039, MRI 5069, BLUE RUIN 
5023, CAVE DWELLER 5085, TOXIK 4704,  0,  0, and  0.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

INSOMNIAC (9-4870) DSM4 (239)