DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/08/2005    Duedate: 02/21/2005

ZUKAL ARENA

DM-9    TURN-509

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

CAT TASTROPHIE
ARENA FELINES (433)
(9-4940) [9-4-0,81]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

CAT TASTROPHIE                 HP SAUCE
ARENA FELINES (433)            WAR ON THE TERRACES (472)
(9-4940) [9-4-0,81]            (9-5127) [1-0-0,15]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

THE PRUSSIAN                   LAZULIO
BLUE MOON (381)                BLUE MOON (381)
(9-5039) [15-13-0,59]          (9-5123) [5-0-0,51]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

BLUE MOON (381)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. WAR ON THE TERRACES (472)   42
2. BLUE MOON (381)             34      ARENA FELINES (433)
3. HOMESTAR & CO (474)         23      Unchartered Team
4. LETTER BOMBS (436)          15
5. ARENA FELINES (433)         12      HOMESTAR & CO (474)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*HOMESTAR & CO (474)        2   0  0  100   1/ 1 BLUE MOON (381)          10  5 0
 2/ 0*WAR ON THE TERRACE (472)   3   2  1 60.0   2/ 2 ARENA FELINES (433)       5  3 0
 3/ 1 ARENA FELINES (433)      123  90  9 57.7   3/ 0*WAR ON THE TERRACE (472)  3  2 1
 4/ 2 LETTER BOMBS (436)        96  91  8 51.3   4/ 0*HOMESTAR & CO (474)       2  0 0
 5/ 3 BLUE MOON (381)          356 475  9 42.8   5/ 3 LETTER BOMBS (436)        1  2 1

    '*'   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 508): CAT TASTROPHIE of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 508): AGLIBOL of DARKMOON (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 502): BATTERY of STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 504): FELIX of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 502): DARON EL of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 501): MYSTIC of ANARCHY (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 250): ALARIC of THE WARLORDS II (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 493): LEXINGTON of DARK GLORY (Ultraist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 248): DROKK of WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (Micky, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 490): TRADEMARK of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 488): CLINCH of SACKETT'S & CO. (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 481): BARRISTER of BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 444): DISMAY of HELL'S PAWNS (Harbinger, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 225): STORM SERPENT of SUPERIOR FORCES (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP(turn 220): COURAGE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 207): NO-PAIN-4U of EXTREMISTS (Eclipse, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 369): HEDGEHOG of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 348): COOL CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 155): CHINESE SIMIAN of K.B.W.F II (Polarius, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 394): HERMES of MYTHICAL from DELARQ TOR (Rillion, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 508): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 508): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 502): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 504): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 502): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 501): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 250): LADZ OF LUGBURZ (Bum, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 493): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 248): THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 490): DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 488): SACKETT'S & CO. (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 481): BUSY, BUSYTOWN (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 444): GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 225): MORDRED'S MADMEN (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP(turn 220): LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 207): SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 369): REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 348): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 155): DUDS (Amy A. Airhead, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 394): LEGION OF DUMB (Carnage, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 508): AGLIBOL of DARKMOON (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
                           JUDGE PARKER of THE LAWMEN (Marshal D, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 501): MYSTIC of ANARCHY (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 250): ALARIC of THE WARLORDS II (Fizban, mgr.)
                          RAY D AYTOR of OTTO'S MECHANICS (Crip, mgr.)
              (turn 249): RHINOVIRUS of BAD GERMS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 492): LUCIUS of EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 247): CHERRY 2000 of NUMBERS GAME (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 490): TRADEMARK of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
              (turn 489): MAY FISTAFOLES of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
                          STYLISH of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 487): CATLOW of SACKETT'S & CO. (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 481): RED FERN of VOLUNTEER FLOWERS (Inferno, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 443): STILTZ of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP(turn 220): COURAGE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 206): VANWAFEA of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Good day, friends and fiends, welcome to your friendly neighborhood spyreport.  
I doubt ZUKAL will ever be the same.  On their very first turn, WAR ON THE TERRACES 
had a 3-2-1, and with this kind of luck or skill, should do well.  Welcome to ZUKAL.  
And let's see, AZURITA fought THE USEROUS MERCHANT and gained 21 points and 
contributed to BLUE MOON's 4-1-0.  BLUE SUEDE has lost to TOP CAT, falling 5 points, 
while helping make BLUE MOON a 4-1-0 turn.  The attempts to dethrone the Duelmaster 
have failed, and CAT TASTROPHIE remains ZUKAL's top warrior for another turn.  By the 
way, was that our Duelmaster that I saw last night, cramped under the table at The 
Blue Boar Inn?   
     He who challenges well, fights well.  He who avoids without cause, shall lose 
for good reasons.  My mama told me that one.   
     A coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man only once.  Wise men know this to 
be true.  You gotta do what you gotta do.  ARENA FELINES has sent CATNIP to the Dark 
Arena.  The deed is done.  Lift the ale, and toast the memory.  We'd like to remind 
certain teams not to rob the graves of their enemies.  You know who you are; and it's 
considered rude.   
     I like this place, ZUKAL, the taverns have old wine, and young serving girls.  
Who could ask for more?  Well, I'm burning daylight here in ZUKAL and I've a long 
road ahead of me.  Happy Trails.  Until you see my quill in ZUKAL again, farewell-- 
Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CAT TASTROPHIE 4940           9   4  0    81       ARENA FELINES (433)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-T. ZER 5011                  13   5  2    93       LETTER BOMBS (436)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TOP CAT 4928                  8   3  0    68       ARENA FELINES (433)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE PRUSSIAN 5039            15  13  0    59       BLUE MOON (381)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LAZULIO 5123                  5   0  0    51       BLUE MOON (381)
 BLUE HAVEN 5087              11   9  0    47       BLUE MOON (381)
 AZURITA 5124                  4   1  0    46       BLUE MOON (381)
 BLUE SUEDE 5112               6   6  0    42       BLUE MOON (381)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HP SAUCE 5127                 1   0  0    15       WAR ON THE TERRACES (472)
 DAVID BECKHAM 5128            1   0  1    14       WAR ON THE TERRACES (472)
 HOMESTAR 5143                 1   0  0    13       HOMESTAR & CO (474)
 ZINGER TOWER BURGER 5129      1   0  0    11       WAR ON THE TERRACES (472)
 TROGDOR 5142                  1   0  0    10       HOMESTAR & CO (474)
 C. MENT 5132                  1   0  1     6       LETTER BOMBS (436)
 CHINESE TAKE-AWAY 5131        0   1  0     1       WAR ON THE TERRACES (472)
 KITTY LITTER 5113             0   1  0     1       ARENA FELINES (433)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
CONVICTED THIEF 604    0  1 0   1                   DAVID BECKHAM 5128    509 NONE    
CATNIP 4872            6 10 1 ARENA FELINES 433     SHEWISH GIANT 624     509 NONE    
FISH BREATH 4950       2  3 1 ARENA FELINES 433     MASTER ZROF ONE-E 626 509 NONE    
D. STROYA 5133         0  1 0 LETTER BOMBS 436      MOUNTAIN TROLL 621    509 NONE    
M. PATH 5126           0  1 0 LETTER BOMBS 436      STONE GOLEM 629       509 NONE    
ROBBIE FOWLER 5130     0  1 0 WAR ON THE TERRAC 472 C. MENT 5132          509         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Cat Tastrophie -- In a larger arena, we wouldn't get to see each other so often,
isn't that terrible to contemplate?  Of course, if the arena gets much smaller, we'll
be biting ourselves in the back of the neck.... -- The Prussian

Ambitious Guard.  (sigh) -- Blue Haven

Captured Orc.  (shake of the head) -- Blue Suede

Ambitious Guard.  Again. -- Lazulio

And an Embezzling Scribe.  Oh, well. -- Azurita

12 January 2005
On Jhans turn number 476 (due on Feb. 16, 2005) the Second Annual kLk St. Valentine's
Massacre Kill Contest will begin.  The rules are simple; the team with the most kills
on the last turn wins.  Last year's winner was Shocking Toad.  Can he repeat?  Could
DOOMcorps crush all challengers?  Will the kLk prevail?  Or will you be the
independent manager to show that alliances aren't all that?  Come on to Jhans and
let's find out!
     Prizes are:  1st.  Renaming of a Dark Arena monster and five roll-up
                        certificates or $25.00 deposited in your account.
                  2nd.  Renaming of a Stand-In monster.
     Come on and celebrate the Delarquan way!
                                                                   Azrael

15 January 2005
     BR 4 is upon us!  First turn is due on 1/29/05.  Many thanks to RSI for helping
supply a great prize for the winner and those who meet the 90% endurance criteria.
     Winning prize:  6 months free play, a +1 bonus potion, a limited damage potion,
a favorites knowledge potion, a minor stat-switch prize, and renaming a Dark Arena
creature.
     Endurance prizes:  a +1 bonus potion to all teams that fight 90% of the possible
fights during the contest.
     For details, visit Talcama's newletter or
http://www.geocities.com/assurnasir/br4
     To join, simply bring a team to DM 18, announce your entry in the personals, and
follow the very simple rule of not avoiding!

31 January 2005
     My fellow duelists I come before you bearing a sad and unfortunate message.
Several months ago our group, the Vendetta Cartel, had lost contact with one of our
friends.  Since he was in contact or correspondence on an almost daily basis there
was concern amongst us.  With some research two of our members discovered why contact
was lost with him.
     On November 10, 2004, Richard Hammes was taken from us in a senseless act of
violence during a robbery attempt at a friend's store where he sometimes worked.  He
was watching the store so his friend could go home to tend to his son who had taken
ill.  You may have known Rich as Abarsis, The Slaughter Priest ; richh10 on the RT;
or gameogre on the Duel2 messageboard.  You may not have known that he spent 13 years
serving the United States in the Navy.
     Rich dearly loved this game and all it encompassed.  He may not have been the
best or most experienced manager but he loved to interact with others and was quick
to offer advice whenever anyone asked for help.  He was always kind and gracious and
tried to strengthen our game, often by helping new players feel welcome or give them
a chance to compete.  With his prolific posting I know that I am simply speaking the
obvious about what he did for our game.  Many, like me, were drawn to him, perhaps
for his kind nature or his sense of humor, and it appears he lived his life as he
played this game.  Always willing to help or do right by others.
     I realize that he had many friends outside the VC so I will include the link to
the news story in case any of his other friends would like to know more of what
happened.  We're all dealt a hand in life but it's not the strength of the hand
you're dealt but rather how you play it that really matters.  Rich played his hand to
the very best of his human ability and for this I admire him greatly.  I know we all
choose to like or dislike managers but I believe deep down we are all good and
decent, in this game, and will drop party (alliance) lines and will show the proper
respect.
     http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20041112/news_7m12clerk.html
     Rich was taken from us all to soon and with so much left to offer the community
around him.  He spoke of a desire to run a contest on the Duel2 site which I hope to
uphold in his name.  Some of the people I have spoken with think it would be a nice
gesture to do one final good act in Rich's name, though it could never match what he
would've done within his community, for his community of San Diego.  I hope that with
this contest we might raise a little money to donate to an appropriate charity within
San Diego in his name.
     In conclusion I send a message to Rich:
     "Rich, though I'm sure you gathered this I never really told you how much I
admired you and what a friend I considered you.  I thank you for being my voice of
reason and always reminding me of why we both loved this game so much!  You have
taught me one final valuable lesson in learning more of you.  There are things far
more valuable in life than material possessions such as character and kindness.  That
nothing going on in your life means that you cannot find a way to be kind and giving
to others.  We always spoke of meeting someday and until we finally do know that you
will live on in with me and the rest of your brothers and sisters in the Cartel:
Master Darque, Kat, Bum, Sensei Jan, Maximillian, Hammer, Fizban, Firehawk, Phat
Phat.  You increased all of our enjoyment of this game, you were a true ambassador of
Duelmasters, and the game will not be quite the same without you.  A farewell battle
cry from the ZalCon:  'Confusion to our enemies'.  May your soul rest in peace, my
friend."
     Should anyone wish to correspond about Rich feel free to contact myself, or
anyone else within the Vendetta Cartel.
     Street Legal
     Jeff Bura
     The Death Squad(63) in Tobir or triumph1971@hotmail.com

31 January 2005
     Be it known throughout Alastari that Hammer is no longer a member of the
Vendetta Cartel alliance.
     A difference of opinion with another highly respected member of the VC due to my
recent vocal actions in DM 47 can only be resolved by my resignation from the VC as
of January 29, 2005.
     I leave of my own accord, in good standing with all members and with no hard
feelings towards anyone in the Vendetta Cartel.
     There was a time when I felt that my membership in the VC made the alliance
stronger.  I know that my resignation today makes the Vendetta Cartel a stronger
alliance with my absence. -- Hammer

1 February 2005
                           St. Valentine's Massacre update
My apologies, the Kill Contest starting on turn 476 in Jhans will run for 10 (ten)
turns ending on turn number 486.
                                                                   Azrael

5 February 2005
On behalf of the ILLUMINATI Confederation of Alliances (The kLk, CHAOS, Inc. and The
Company of Brothers) I would like to express our sympathies concerning the tragic
loss of Rich Hammes to both the DM community and to the real life world.  Surely our
loss has been Heaven's gain. -- Talon Darkhart, deeply sorrowful
                                kLk God of War, Illuminati Alliance, Puppetmaster

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

CATNIP was dealt death by SHEWISH GIANT in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
FISH BREATH was slaughtered by MASTER ZROF ONE-EYE in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
D. STROYA was easily killed by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 1 minute gory Dark Arena match.
M. PATH was dispatched by STONE GOLEM in a 3 minute bloody Dark Arena brawl.
CAT TASTROPHIE overpowered ROVING DEMON in a 1 minute one-sided Title fight.
TOP CAT devastated BLUE SUEDE in a 1 minute uneven brawl.
LAZULIO savagely defeated THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a exciting 4 minute bloody struggle.
BLUE HAVEN overcame CAPTURED ORC in a 5 minute expert vs. beginner fight.
THE PRUSSIAN viciously subdued AMBITIOUS GUARD in a popular 2 minute uneven duel.
AZURITA vanquished THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a exciting 1 minute one-sided fight.
HOMESTAR overcame CHINESE TAKE-AWAY in a 2 minute bout.
TROGDOR overpowered KITTY LITTER in a 1 minute one-sided match.
ZINGER TOWER BURGER bested PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 2 minute amateur's conflict.
ROBBIE FOWLER was killed by C. MENT in a 4 minute amateur's match.
DAVID BECKHAM executed CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
HP SAUCE overpowered PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  7         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         STRIKING ATTACK   11 -   4 -  2      73  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         AIMED BLOW         4 -   2 -  0      67  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         LUNGING ATTACK    25 -  14 -  2      64  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         BASHING ATTACK     4 -   3 -  0      57  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -   3 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         WALL OF STEEL      7 -   8 -  1      47  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         TOTAL PARRY        5 -   6 -  0      45  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         SLASHING ATTACK    0 -   2 -  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:

AIMED BLOW         1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         3  STRIKING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  2         1  TOTAL PARRY    
STRIKING ATTACK    5 -  2     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1         1  AIMED BLOW     
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  1                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  1                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   CAT TASTROPHIE 4940         9   4  0   81 ARENA FELINES (433)
STRIKING ATTACK  TOP CAT 4928                8   3  0   68 ARENA FELINES (433)
TOTAL PARRY      BLUE HAVEN 5087            11   9  0   47 BLUE MOON (381)
AIMED BLOW       AZURITA 5124                4   1  0   46 BLUE MOON (381)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is THE PRUSSIAN 5039.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was LAZULIO 5123.  The ten other most popular fighters were THE PRUSSIAN 5039, 
M. PATH 5126, ROBBIE FOWLER 5130, CATNIP 4872, CAT TASTROPHIE 4940, AZURITA 5124, 
HOMESTAR 5143, ZINGER TOWER BURGER 5129, TOP CAT 4928, and CHINESE TAKE-AWAY 5131.

The least popular fighter this week was KITTY LITTER 5113.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were BLUE SUEDE 5112, FISH BREATH 4950, DAVID BECKHAM 5128, TROGDOR 
5142, BLUE HAVEN 5087, D. STROYA 5133, HP SAUCE 5127, C. MENT 5132, CHINESE TAKE-AWAY 
5131, and TOP CAT 4928.