DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/15/2008    Duedate: 12/27/2008

ALJAFIR ARENA

DM-17    TURN-604

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

THE RED BARON
DEATH INCARNATE (558)
(17-6952) [11-6-2,85]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

THE RED BARON                  POSITION IS EMPTY
DEATH INCARNATE (558)          
(17-6952) [11-6-2,85]          

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

THE RED BARON                  GERMANICUS
DEATH INCARNATE (558)          GLADIATORS (569)
(17-6952) [11-6-2,85]          (17-6999) [6-3-0,62]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

MIDDLE WAY (484)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. GLADIATORS (569)            39
2. DEATH INCARNATE (558)       13      DEATH INCARNATE (558)
3. MIDDLE WAY (484)            -2      Unchartered Team

                                       CINTAS SACKS!! (348)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 DEATH INCARNATE (558)     66  30  4 68.8   1/ 1 MIDDLE WAY (484)          9  6 0
 2/ 3 MIDDLE WAY (484)         439 615  9 41.7   2/ 2 DEATH INCARNATE (558)     3  0 0
 3/ 4 GLADIATORS (569)          26  49  4 34.7   3/ 4 GLADIATORS (569)          2  6 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 607): KEEL HAULER of SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 609): INVENTOR OF PAIN of THE PAIN GANG (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 603): LYLYANNA of DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 605): ONDO FLEUR of PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 603): YAREK ZURN of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 601): BART SIMPSON of CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 301): VELVET FINISH of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 594): PLATINUM PEENER of METAL MINCERS (Oremaster, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 298): BEDLAM of CHAOS (Lord of Chaos, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 591): WAR EAGLE of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 589): THE MONK of RAVAGING HORDES (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 580): KNUCKLE of LOST CAUSE (Vol, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 542): HAWK NELSON of POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 276): BOLI of OF WOLF & MAN (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 270): SISTER MERCY of OLD HABITS (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 257): DOMJON of DRUID'S GROVE (Armalias, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 470): ELLYN GRUNE of MIDDLE WAY 20 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 457): ENIGMA XXV of DEATH STUDS XII (Death Stud, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 442): XAVAN YOLE of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 433): ROPE MAN of MIGHTY HEROES (Hombre, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 206): POP KHAN of MONGOL HORDE (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 401): GOOGLE of CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 397): FOOTSTEPS of PARANOID ASYLUM (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 379): SHANA TWO-KNIVES of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 495): GOLEM of THE PHILANTROPHISTS (Aragorn, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 606): SEA DOGS (One-Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 609): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 603): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 605): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 603): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 601): CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 301): THE ANIMALS (The Zoo Keeper, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 594): MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 298): LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 591): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 589): RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 580): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 542): LUROICIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 276): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 270): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 257): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 470): KNIGHTS OF ROCANIS (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 457): FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 442): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 463): MIGHTY DUCKS (Woody, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 206): BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 401): CORPS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 397): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 379): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 495): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 608): BIG SHRIMP of ICE AGE (Wali Kharif, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 603): LYLYANNA of DARK CREATION (H.P.L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 604): GOLD BULLION of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 593): HULIK of MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 591): WAR EAGLE of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
                          MYSTIC MIRAGE of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 589): THE MONK of RAVAGING HORDES (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 580): KNUCKLE of LOST CAUSE (Vol, mgr.)
                           BRENNA of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 276): AUNTY ENTITY of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
                               YUFFIE of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 269): THE RON of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
                             FOLMOR GRIGG of THE MIDDLE WAY 3 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 256): CANTEX of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 456): STITCHES of CHILDHOOD TRAUMA (Samwise the Bald)
                                   FLICKED BOOGERS of HIT ME WITH... (PTFT, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 205): SKIN PEELER of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
                            HAWTHORN of BAD APPLES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 397): FOOTSTEPS of PARANOID ASYLUM (Jekyll, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Ha!  Today, I defeated the Chardinee, so he's got no claim on any of this space!
The column is MINE, totally.  Ah...not that I have anything to say.

                                     Yarek Zurn

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail and well met warriors of ALJAFIR!  Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp 
Eyes, Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari.  GERMANICUS caught the eye of many in 
the gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested GRISHORT HURM and was awarded 9 
points in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, DANGEROUS CRIMINAL 
put down ZALMAN ARVO, causing him to lose 1 points of recognition in the process.  
The city has turned out in honor of THE RED BARON, for with his arena victory he may 
now lay claim to the highest position in the city!  No confirmation, but my sources 
claim that the top team has gained their position using magical aids.  Charmed 
weapons perhaps?   
     Many and various are the arts of battle.  In ALJAFIR "art" is a word that has 
long since passed from the language!  I saw one fighter that warriors avoided when 
this week's challenge seeking began.  DEATH INCARNATE is feared.  This much I can 
say.  If you didn't look down dark alleys you'd have been hard pressed to find any of 
DEATH INCARNATE last week.  Busy avoiding DEATH INCARNATE?   
     What warrior does not hone his years, impatiently waiting for the moment of his 
foe's mortality?  Dark alleys may hide both secrets and assassins.  In the arena 
there is only the brightness of steel.  Keep vigil always!   
     A thought before I go.  Each warrior practices one style, but must not the wise 
manager learn the secrets of them all?  More than a sharp eye must I keep, indeed a 
stout pair of legs must I keep as well!  The endless paths of Alastari await me!  
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                  
 THE RED BARON 6952           11   6  2    85       DEATH INCARNATE (558)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-JACK THE RIPPER 6803          9   2  0   115       DEATH INCARNATE (558)
-VERCINGETORIX 6950           15   4  1    93       DEATH INCARNATE (558)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 YAREK ZURN 6955              10  16  0    66       MIDDLE WAY (484)
 GERMANICUS 6999               6   3  0    62       GLADIATORS (569)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 URSILA VINE 7006             11   3  1    56       MIDDLE WAY (484)
 GRISHORT HURM 6929            7  35  0    56       MIDDLE WAY (484)
-VLAD THE IMPALER 6961         4   2  0    48       DEATH INCARNATE (558)
 SALARA LORMIN 7037            7   1  0    41       MIDDLE WAY (484)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ZALMAN ARVO 7010              8   4  1    37       MIDDLE WAY (484)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-HENRY VIII 6964               1   1  0    18       DEATH INCARNATE (558)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
DEAD ROMAN 29 7046      0  1 0 GLADIATORS 569       ARENAMASTER KARG      604  NONE
DEAD ROMAN 30 7047      0  1 0 GLADIATORS 569       ARENAMASTER KARG      604  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

The Red Baron -- There you are. -- Grishort Hurm

I rather like fighting the Fratsfa Slave, first, because he loses a lot, and second
because, will wonders never cease, he's actually Fratsfan. -- Ursila Vine

Germanicus -- I don't see what is the big deal about you being a gladiator.  So'm I,
and everyone else who steps out to fight on the sands. -- Salara Lormin
P.S.  My teammates tell me, "Everyone needs a loss," but I would argue against that
view.  *I* didn't need one.

Cult Member?  They're worse than rats!  Can't we do something about them? -- Zalman
Arvo

A salute to all who dared the tourney, and congratulations to Tiberius, Champion at
the Apprentices level. -- Jorja and the Middle Way

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DEAD ROMAN 30 was butchered by ARENAMASTER KARGHAL in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
DEAD ROMAN 29 was slaughtered by ARENAMASTER KARGHAL in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
YAREK ZURN was handily defeated by THE RED BARON in a 1 minute one-sided Title match.
GERMANICUS viciously subdued GRISHORT HURM in a crowd pleasing 6 minute gory brawl.
ZALMAN ARVO was narrowly defeated by DANGEROUS CRIMINAL in a 2 minute bloody match.
URSILA VINE viciously subdued CAPTURED ORC in a 4 minute veteran vs. amateur duel.
SALARA LORMIN bested FRATSFA SLAVE in a 2 minute gory competition.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         SLASHING ATTACK   10 -   5 -  2      67  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         LUNGING ATTACK    16 -  12 -  0      57  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         STRIKING ATTACK    5 -   4 -  0      56  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-STRIKE       6 -   5 -  0      55  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         TOTAL PARRY       16 -  20 -  1      44  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         BASHING ATTACK     5 -   8 -  0      38  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   1 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         WALL OF STEEL      0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         AIMED BLOW         0 -   2 -  0       0  |

Turn 604 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  THE RED BARON 6952         11   6  2   85 DEATH INCARNATE (558)
TOTAL PARRY      GERMANICUS 6999             6   3  0   62 GLADIATORS (569)
LUNGING ATTACK   SALARA LORMIN 7037          7   1  0   41 MIDDLE WAY (484)
PARRY-STRIKE     ZALMAN ARVO 7010            8   4  1   37 MIDDLE WAY (484)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is THE RED BARON 6952.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was GERMANICUS 6999.  The ten other most popular fighters were URSILA VINE 7006, 
SALARA LORMIN 7037, ZALMAN ARVO 7010, DEAD ROMAN 30 7047, THE RED BARON 6952, DEAD 
ROMAN 29 7046, YAREK ZURN 6955, GRISHORT HURM 6929,  0, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was GRISHORT HURM 6929.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were YAREK ZURN 6955, DEAD ROMAN 29 7046, THE RED BARON 6952, DEAD 
ROMAN 30 7047, ZALMAN ARVO 7010, SALARA LORMIN 7037, URSILA VINE 7006, GERMANICUS 
6999,  0, and  0.

                        WINTER FACE-TO-FACE IN SUNNY ARIZONA!

Our next Winter FTF will be held in Tempe, Arizona, January 16-18, 2009.  It will be 
held at the Fiesta Resort in Tempe, AZ at 2100 South Priest Drive, Tempe, 85282
(480-967-1441).  Rooms are only $139.00 per night, 1-2 occupancy.  There is a free 
24-hour shuttle from the airport, free parking, free high-speed wireless internet
in all guest rooms.  There is a fitness center with cardiovascular and weight-lifting 
equipment, a heated swimming pool and jacuzzi, with poolside beverage delivery.  They 
have a bustling happy hour in the Kachina lounge, with complimentary hors d'oeuvres.
There are tons of restaurants nearby at the Mall, a Denny's across the street, and 
several fast food options nearby as well, as well as a restaurant in the hotel with 
room service.  

If you arrive early or stay late, don't forget that there is excellent golfing in 
the Phoenix area, with several championship courses nearby.  Winter is an excellent 
time to explore Arizona with a trip to the Grand Canyon or Sedona or any of our 
other scenic sites across the state.  

Hotel info:  http://www.fiestainnresort.com

The rooms are blocked--ask for the "Reality Simulations" room block.  

The tournament information sheet will be out imminently.  We hope you're all looking 
forward to the tournament and that we will see you there!