DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/09/2005    Duedate: 02/22/2005

MALCORN ARENA

DM-15    TURN-503

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

CITATION
TRIPLE CROWN (382)
(15-3925) [17-13-0,113]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

CITATION                       XANE REAVER
TRIPLE CROWN (382)             DARK CREATION (471)
(15-3925) [17-13-0,113]        (15-4666) [2-0-0,23]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

CITATION                       NIGHTWYN
TRIPLE CROWN (382)             KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)
(15-3925) [17-13-0,113]        (15-891) [16-14-2,91]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

GREENWARDENS (244)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. STARBASE 5 (263)            39
2. GREENWARDENS (244)          29      OF WOLF AND MAN 5 (367)
3. DARK CREATION (471)         23      Unchartered Team
4. KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)       18
5. TRIPLE CROWN (382)           7      DARK CREATION (471)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0 OF WOLF AND MAN 5 (367)   13   7  1 65.0   1/ 1 GREENWARDENS (244)        8  7 0
 2/ 5*DARK CREATION (471)        6   4  1 60.0   2/ 2 TRIPLE CROWN (382)        6  2 0
 3/ 1 STARBASE 5 (263)          41  33  1 55.4   3/ 4*DARK CREATION (471)       6  4 1
 4/ 2 TRIPLE CROWN (382)       287 236 16 54.9   4/ 3 STARBASE 5 (263)          6  6 0
 5/ 3 KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)     61  69  4 46.9   5/ 5 KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)     2  0 0
 6/ 4 GREENWARDENS (244)       362 471  8 43.5   6/ 0 OF WOLF AND MAN 5 (367)   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 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

     Busy, busy, busy, lots of things happening in MALCORN this turn, and let's start 
with a look at some of the teams.  And let's see, NIGHTWYN fought JAVOR and gained 18 
points and contributed to KAMAKAZI HITMEN's 1-0-0.  PUTRID CORPSE has lost to 
BLACKWIND, falling 16 points, while helping make DARK CREATION a 4-1-1 turn.  Well 
done, MALCORN, the Duelmaster was this turn's most challenged warrior.  Perhaps 
BATTERY is not as thrilled, being challenged 2 times.  CITATION challenged for the 
Duelmastership this turn, attempting to dethrone STARBASE 5's warrior.  And not 
without some honor, CITATION now claims the title and throne of Duelmaster of 
MALCORN.  Can someone confirm a rumor for me?  I hear the top team makes their losing 
fighters do dishes at The Victory Tavern until they win.  Maybe?   
     I tell you, a green quarterstaff lasts longer than a seasoned sapling.  A basher 
friend of mine assures me this is true.  I also notice that the KAMAKAZI HITMEN 
stable was the most avoided team this turn.  Come on MALCORN, what are you afraid of? 
And guess who avoided KAMAKAZI HITMEN stable the most?  Believe it or not, it was 
TRIPLE CROWN.  Anyone surprised?  In a brave attempt, FOREVER from STARBASE 5 
challenged up 21 points to fight CHARISMATIC from the TRIPLE CROWN stable.  FOREVER 
perhaps got his just desserts, seeing as he won victory over CHARISMATIC and ended up 
with 50 recognition points.   
     We only live a short time in this world, so why not take a sharp blade, and 
shave it close?  A brave warrior does not carry a red shield, he has nothing to cover 
or hide when the fight is over.  Consider well.   
     Remember, blood on the purple robe does not change it from a purple robe.  Dare 
to fight bravely.  It's been nice chatting with you, until we meet again, keep your 
swords sharp and your hammers heavy.  Until the sun next rises and my pen sets to 
paper-- Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CITATION 3925                17  13  0   113       TRIPLE CROWN (382)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BATTERY 2293                 13   4  0    95       STARBASE 5 (263)
 NIGHTWYN 891                 16  14  2    91       KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)
-LIL E. TEE 4608              10   4  0    91       TRIPLE CROWN (382)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MORTIKHAN 2294               12   9  1    79       STARBASE 5 (263)
 JAVOR 3796                   10   3  1    76       OF WOLF AND MAN 5 (367)
 WOODEN ARROW 4619            11   5  0    71       GREENWARDENS (244)
 STALKING HORSE 4569          14  27  1    70       GREENWARDENS (244)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MAYFLOWER 4649                6   2  0    58       GREENWARDENS (244)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OAKLEAF 4651                  5   2  0    51       GREENWARDENS (244)
 FOREVER 2540                  8   3  0    50       STARBASE 5 (263)
 GREENGROVE 4612              12  11  0    49       GREENWARDENS (244)
 CHARISMATIC 4607             12   9  0    49       TRIPLE CROWN (382)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-DASHING 3798                  3   4  0    32       OF WOLF AND MAN 5 (367)
-RED STORM 986                 6   6  0    30       KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-STASHEFF 1112                 3   3  0    23       KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)
 XANE REAVER 4666              2   0  0    23       DARK CREATION (471)
 BLACKWIND 2518                1   0  0    18       STARBASE 5 (263)
 AARON SLAYSONG 4664           1   1  0    13       DARK CREATION (471)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ARKANE SLAYBACK 4662          1   1  1    10       DARK CREATION (471)
-MR. PISTON 1095               1   2  0    10       KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)
 FLESH GOLEM 4663              1   1  0     9       DARK CREATION (471)
 PUTRID CORPSE 4665            1   1  0     5       DARK CREATION (471)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
ECLIPSO 4667           0  1 0 STARBASE 5 263        ARKANE SLAYBACK 4662  503         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Ahem! -- I said, "..or is it Eclipso?" *Eclipso enters* (hint-hint) -- Battery

Kung-Fu Master -- Bringing your fists to a sword fight means one of two things.  Your
ego is overflowing, due to someone calling you a "Master", or you have a death wish.
At least pack a dagger next time. -- Battery

All -- What does one have to do to get an invite around here?  Did I forget to buy a
round of drinks for the counsel? -- Battery

Lil E. Tee -- You know, I could have gone for weeks, quite happily, without that
loss. -- Stalking Horse

Charismatic -- To some people, maybe, but I was never a horse person. -- Oakleaf

Nightwyn -- You didn't think I'd stay there to be hit a second time, did you?  I may
be a gladiator, but I'm not entirely stupid! -- Greengrove

Forever -- Some weeks feel like that, don't they? -- Wooden Arrow

There are just too MANY dangerous criminals around.  We should do something about
this. -- Mayflower
P.S.  If we change the laws, they won't be criminals, but they'll still be dangerous,
so THAT won't work.  But there must be something.  Execution, perhaps?

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

CITATION viciously subdued BATTERY in a 2 minute master's Challenge Title fight.
FOREVER outwaited CHARISMATIC in a slow 21 minute Challenge match.
MORTIKHAN vanquished STALKING HORSE in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
JAVOR was savagely defeated by NIGHTWYN in a crowd pleasing 5 minute veteran's fight.
WOODEN ARROW won victory over CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 2 minute bloody fight.
OAKLEAF beat THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 2 minute brawl.
GREENGROVE overcame CAPTURED ORC in a 2 minute expert vs. beginner fight.
MAYFLOWER won victory over THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 3 minute gruesome duel.
XANE REAVER luckily beat EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 3 minute beginner's duel.
ARKANE SLAYBACK savagely slew ECLIPSO in a action packed 3 minute gory novice's fight.
FLESH GOLEM defeated MORDANT DESERTER in a 2 minute novice's match.
AARON SLAYSONG devastated MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
PUTRID CORPSE was savagely defeated by BLACKWIND in a 2 minute bloody match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|WALL OF STEEL                    6         LUNGING ATTACK    13 -   3 -  0      81  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         AIMED BLOW         9 -   3 -  0      75  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         SLASHING ATTACK    2 -   1 -  1      67  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         WALL OF STEEL     24 -  18 -  0      57  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         TOTAL PARRY        8 -   7 -  0      53  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         STRIKING ATTACK    5 -   5 -  1      50  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         BASHING ATTACK    13 -  13 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -   4 -  0      20  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 503 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-LUNGE        0 -  0         6  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         1  BASHING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  0                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  1                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  1     
WALL OF STEEL      3 -  3     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   CITATION 3925              17  13  0  113 TRIPLE CROWN (382)
WALL OF STEEL    BATTERY 2293               13   4  0   95 STARBASE 5 (263)
BASHING ATTACK   MORTIKHAN 2294             12   9  1   79 STARBASE 5 (263)
AIMED BLOW       WOODEN ARROW 4619          11   5  0   71 GREENWARDENS (244)
TOTAL PARRY      FOREVER 2540                8   3  0   50 STARBASE 5 (263)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is CITATION 3925.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was NIGHTWYN 891.  The ten other most popular fighters were CITATION 3925, ARKANE 
SLAYBACK 4662, JAVOR 3796, WOODEN ARROW 4619, MAYFLOWER 4649, FLESH GOLEM 4663, 
BLACKWIND 2518, MORTIKHAN 2294, OAKLEAF 4651, and GREENGROVE 4612.

The least popular fighter this week was CHARISMATIC 4607.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were FOREVER 2540, PUTRID CORPSE 4665, ECLIPSO 4667, STALKING HORSE 
4569, AARON SLAYSONG 4664, BATTERY 2293, XANE REAVER 4666, GREENGROVE 4612, OAKLEAF 
4651, and MORTIKHAN 2294.