DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/19/2008    Duedate: 03/03/2008

ZUKAL ARENA

DM-9    TURN-588

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

VENTRIIE
DARK WARDS (451)
(9-4987) [16-3-0,104]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

BRUJAH                         SLITS THEM HAMMER
DARK WARDS (451)               ACE ZUKAL HAMMERZ (498)
(9-5000) [13-0-0,122]          (9-5369) [4-0-0,46]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

BLUETTE                        BLUETTE
BLUE MOON (381)                BLUE MOON (381)
(9-5328) [17-16-0,97]          (9-5328) [17-16-0,97]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DARK WARDS (451)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. ACE ZUKAL HAMMERZ (498)     31
2. DARK WARDS (451)            19      DARK WARDS (451)
3. CRIMSON DEATH (471)          3      Unchartered Team
4. BLUE MOON (381)            -10
                                       ACE ZUKAL HAMMERZ (498)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2*ACE ZUKAL HAMMERZ (498)   15   5  0 75.0   1/ 1 DARK WARDS (451)         11  2 0
 2/ 3 DARK WARDS (451)         109  59  3 64.9   2/ 2*ACE ZUKAL HAMMERZ (498)  11  4 0
 3/ 4 BLUE MOON (381)          531 677 18 44.0   3/ 3 CRIMSON DEATH (471)       5  5 0
 4/ 5 CRIMSON DEATH (471)       47  73  7 39.2   4/ 4 BLUE MOON (381)           4 11 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 587): BLUETTE of BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 587): SISTER Q of CULTS-R-US (?, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 496): DARKWIND of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 581): REDBIRD of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 583): TANOSHII of YAMABUSHI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 582): ARTEMIDORUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 580): JACK HAMMA of FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 290): VAIDISAVA of THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 573): MURRY of CROC FILES (THawk, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 288): COMMANDER SPUD of MILITARY MAYHEM (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 569): SHEA TANN of DEVIL ADVOCATES (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 567): HOPALONG of SACKETT'S & CO. (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 558): GARTH THE SEAMITE of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 521): MUSHAD of EASTERN HORDE (Mr. Mojo, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 265): RAGGEDY ANN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 259): TEMPUS of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 246): TRASH CAN of OPEN SESAME (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 448): AARON of AVERAGE GUYS (?, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 435): HOFFA of BUGS, SLUGS & THUGS (A-Sop, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 426): LOCKENLOAD of CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 412): LORIN TEN KORO of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 195): BLACK EYE of BLACK & BLUE (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 384): GREEN DISEASE of INSIGNIFICANCE (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 380): DARQUE of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 367): NECROMANCER of MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 474): NEBUCHADNEZZAR of BLADES OF WONDER (The Sandman)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 587): DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 587): HIGH JINX (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 496): THE TERMAGANTS (Noachian, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 581): DARK CREATION (Herbert Philip Lovecraft West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 583): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 582): FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (CaesaR, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 580): TEAM CHAOS (?, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 290): THE PENTARCHY (Le Pentarque, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 573): WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (Sporkis, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 288): LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 569): ANGELS OF PAIN (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 567): RAVAGING LORDS (?, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 558): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 521): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 265): OF WOLF & MAN (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 259): THE BEAR'S PAW (Kat, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 246): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 448): KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 435): HOUSE OF GRAIN (DK Bread, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 426): CLAN GHOST BEARS (Bjorn, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 412): MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 195): MIDDLE WAY 18 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 384): CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 380): MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 367): MAGIC ARTISTS (Houdini, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 474): DIRT DEVILS et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 587): NOSFERATU of DARK WARDS (Dr. Doom, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 585): WINTER SHADOWS of SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 496): SILENT HAWK of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 582): ARTEMIDORUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 572): ZERO VISIBILITY of FORCE OF NATURE (Storm Front, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 288): COMMANDER SPUD of MILITARY MAYHEM (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 558): GARTH THE SEAMITE of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 265): RAGGEDY ANN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
                               THE BRIDE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 259): TEMPUS of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
                 (turn 258): SWAMP BURP HAMMER of ALL SWAMP HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 245): ADRIANN of DARQUE FORCES II (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 448): AARON of AVERAGE GUYS (?, mgr.)
                            MATT of AVERAGE GUYS (?, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 434): THE AVENGING SCROD of 4000 BLOWS (Nuln, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 412): LORIN TEN KORO of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 380): DARQUE of MANAGER MUSINGS (FTF Manager, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

Roses are redette.
Violets are Bluette.
Pepper is spiceyette.
And this suckettes!

So there!  Har har har.  Ole Bluette thought that writing my column was the in thing.
Har har.  Fooled that Babette.  Fooled her good.
          Your King, Lady Nosferatu (for vassal Bluette)

The other column:

     I did warn you about that nose ring, Nosferatu.

Bluette,
     for herself

                                      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.  Advancing in 
the rankings was ACE ZUKAL HAMMERZ who went from last turn's 11-4-0, to this week's 
record of 15-5-0.  Hey everybody, watch out for SLITS THEM HAMMER, who flew up 15 
points in the rankings after mashing ATHOS like a melon.  Keep your eye on this 
beast.  And falling like a basher in the top ten was ATHOS, who dropped 11 points 
after a disappointing (to say the least) bout with SLITS THEM HAMMER.  Drawing on all 
of his experience as a 15-3-0 warrior, VENTRIIE went for the Duelmastership against 
BLUETTE this week.  It's a proud day for the DARK WARDS stable, as their warrior, 
VENTRIIE, ascended the Duelmaster's throne.  Advice to bashers--never force anything, 
just get a bigger halberd!   
     Let's dig a little deeper into what's happening in the ZUKAL arena.  Here's a 
song for you:  Who's afraid of the big, bad CRIMSON DEATH?  Big bad CRIMSON DEATH.  
Big bad CRIMSON DEATH.  ZUKAL's afraid of the big bad CRIMSON DEATH.  Tra la la la 
la!  For those of you who like math, try this one:  CRIMSON DEATH + Weapons That go 
Boom = DARK WARDS + Avoid City.  Well just about everybody wants a piece of 
NOSFERATU, who was this week's most challenged warrior.  In a touching display by a 
'touched' warrior, DEBARROWS went after NOSFERATU, who was higher by 24 points.  
Well, when the dust settled, DEBARROWS was overcame by NOSFERATU.   
     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.   
     Well, there's the manager of the ZUKAL giving me the 'cut' sign (or is that 
'They're going to strangle you in the alley?).  Okay, so I may not be the world's 
best comedian, but then you guys aren't the world's best warriors.  Its been real, 
and its been fun, but it hasn't been real fun...-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VENTRIIE 4987                16   3  0   104       DARK WARDS (451)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BRUJAH 5000                  13   0  0   122       DARK WARDS (451)
 BLUETTE 5328                 17  16  0    97       BLUE MOON (381)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GANGREL 4999                 16   4  0    88       DARK WARDS (451)
 BLU JON 5308                 16  24  1    84       BLUE MOON (381)
-TOREADOR 4948                17  11  2    74       DARK WARDS (451)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DEBARROWS 5121               10  15  0    66       CRIMSON DEATH (471)
 TRAKE DARROWS 5357            6   7  0    62       CRIMSON DEATH (471)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GLINDORA 5118                 8  16  1    48       CRIMSON DEATH (471)
 SLITS THEM HAMMER 5369        4   0  0    46       ACE ZUKAL HAMMERZ (498)
 BLEU BONET 5356              10  12  2    44       BLUE MOON (381)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HURTS THEM HAMMER 5367        3   1  0    30       ACE ZUKAL HAMMERZ (498)
 MORAVIA MAUVE 5363            5   7  0    29       BLUE MOON (381)
 BORES THEM HAMMER 5371        4   0  0    25       ACE ZUKAL HAMMERZ (498)
 ATHOS 5366                    4   1  2    24       CRIMSON DEATH (471)
 GORES THEM HAMMER 5368        3   1  0    24       ACE ZUKAL HAMMERZ (498)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLESSINGS HAMMER 5370         1   3  0    10       ACE ZUKAL HAMMERZ (498)
 BLHU MURTHER 5372             1   3  0     6       BLUE MOON (381)
 PORTHOS 5373                  1   1  0     4       CRIMSON DEATH (471)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
BLUJACK 5364            2  2 1 BLUE MOON 381        ATHOS 5366            584  NOT REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Bluette, The Seriously Annoyed and Dumb To Boot -- I didn't teach you anything
because at your wit level you are apparently too impaired to learn. -- Noseferatu The
Lady King
P.S.  But I see someone taught you how to cheat.  How else could you have eked me
out?

Blu Jon -- I know. I know.  It hurts. -- Ventriie

Roving Demon.  Roving Demon?  Must be the wannabees who wanted to be Dark Wards?
Sorry, Roving Demon, if I hurt you too bad. -- Brujah

Debarrows -- It was quite the dance.  I wish you could have lasted longer. --
Toreador

Ventriie -- Yeah, well, I'm all set to take a job unshelling clams for my "day job."
Thanks for the training. -- Blu Jon

Glindora -- With a record like that, you should be on our team! -- Bleu Bonet
P.S.  We've got cake, come on over and share.

Athos -- Well, at least I didn't have to stand around in the cold waiting for you to
finish. -- Moravia Mauve

Slits Them Hammer -- Great, you can get to work in our mailroom. -- Blhu Murther

King Lady Nosferatu -- Okay, good point. -- Bluette

Ventriie -- Yeah.  Bummber. -- Blu Jon

Our congratulations to Nosferatu. -- Jorja and Blue Moon

28 January 2008
CALLING ALL THUGS, BRUTES, OGRES, QUARTER HALF WITS, SHALLOW HALBERD ENTHUSIASTS AND
MAUL RATS:  Since the Bashing style has often been maligned in the forums, it is time
to give the style a little tough love with the following concept:  An ALL-BASHER
arena.  The rules are simple--enter the arena as a rookie basher.  That's it.  RSI
said I need to get 20 managers on board and I'm about half way there.  If you are
interested in taking part, PM me in the forums or email me:  chase at accesspr.com
and put D2 in the subject header.

Chase a.k.a. SwineTiger

2 February 2008
ATTENTION EVERYONE -- In March I am going to do manager lists for all arenas.  This
is part of my ongoing and undoubtedly largely futile attempt to get my lists
organized.  If you think I might not know who you are or if you think I might and
you'd rather I not share that information, let me know this month!  You can e-mail
me at Sue at solberg dash mathews dot com (replacing the at, dash and dot with
appropriate characters.  You can send a diplo to The Saint.  You can put an ad in
the newsletter.  Semaphore doesn't work so well, nor does telepathy. -- The Saint,
keeper of lists

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

VENTRIIE unbelievably bested BLUETTE in a 2 minute master's Challenge Title fight.
DEBARROWS was overcome by NOSFERATU in a 3 minute veteran's Challenge match.
TRAKE DARROWS vanquished BLEU BONET in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge brawl.
BRUJAH defeated KUNG-FU MASTER in a crowd pleasing 1 minute bloody one-sided fight.
BLU JON was unbelievably bested by GANGREL in a exciting 2 minute master's fight.
ATHOS was devastated by SLITS THEM HAMMER in a 1 minute one-sided competition.
GLINDORA viciously subdued GORES THEM HAMMER in a popular 2 minute uneven duel.
MORAVIA MAUVE vanquished PORTHOS in a exciting 1 minute one-sided fight.
HURTS THEM HAMMER handily defeated BLHU MURTHER in a exciting 1 minute one-sided bout.
BLESSINGS HAMMER subdued CONVICTED THIEF in a 3 minute amateur's competition.
BORES THEM HAMMER bested PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a unpopular 5 minute novice's battle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         TOTAL PARRY       21 -   1 -  0      95  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-LUNGE        3 -   1 -  0      75  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         WALL OF STEEL      9 -   3 -  0      75  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         AIMED BLOW         5 -   3 -  0      63  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         SLASHING ATTACK   18 -  16 -  1      53  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         LUNGING ATTACK    12 -  13 -  3      48  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         STRIKING ATTACK    9 -  10 -  0      47  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         BASHING ATTACK     6 -  10 -  0      38  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      5 -   9 -  0      36  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 588 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     LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  2         4  SLASHING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  0         1  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         1  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         1  WALL OF STEEL  
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  2     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  3         1  BASHING ATTACK 
                                                                1  PARRY-LUNGE    
                                                                1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                                                                1  LUNGING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      VENTRIIE 4987              16   3  0  104 DARK WARDS (451)
STRIKING ATTACK  BRUJAH 5000                13   0  0  122 DARK WARDS (451)
SLASHING ATTACK  BLUETTE 5328               17  16  0   97 BLUE MOON (381)
WALL OF STEEL    GANGREL 4999               16   4  0   88 DARK WARDS (451)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is BLUETTE 5328.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was BLUETTE 5328.  The ten other most popular fighters were BLU JON 5308, BRUJAH 
5000, GLINDORA 5118, SLITS THEM HAMMER 5369, MORAVIA MAUVE 5363, VENTRIIE 4987, TRAKE 
DARROWS 5357, HURTS THEM HAMMER 5367, BLESSINGS HAMMER 5370, and GANGREL 4999.

The least popular fighter this week was BORES THEM HAMMER 5371.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were ATHOS 5366, BLEU BONET 5356, DEBARROWS 5121, BLHU MURTHER 5372, 
PORTHOS 5373, GORES THEM HAMMER 5368, GANGREL 4999, BLESSINGS HAMMER 5370, HURTS THEM 
HAMMER 5367, and TRAKE DARROWS 5357.

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

NOSFERATU (9-4946) DARK WARDS (451)