DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/29/2011    Duedate: 01/11/2012

ZUWAYZA ARENA

DM-19    TURN-677

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

MAGIC TODAY
THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)
(19-5201) [21-20-0,100]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

MAGIC TODAY                    OUT HOUSE
THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)     MOM'S STUFF (444)
(19-5201) [21-20-0,100]        (19-5308) [3-2-0,32]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

FARMERS ALMANAC                DONKEY HOTAY
THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)     MAN OR BEAST? (432)
(19-5239) [14-13-0,76]         (19-5187) [5-0-1,52]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. GAIDINS (447)               42
2. MONOPOLY (430)              36      MAN OR BEAST? (432)
3. MAN OR BEAST? (432)         18      Unchartered Team
4. MOM'S STUFF (444)            2
5. THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)   1      MOM'S STUFF (444)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*MOM'S STUFF (444)         15   4  2 78.9   1/ 1 THE MAGNIFICENT MA (241) 11  4 0
 2/ 2 MAN OR BEAST? (432)       63  31  3 67.0   2/ 3 MAN OR BEAST? (432)       6  2 0
 3/ 0*GAIDINS (447)              3   2  1 60.0   3/ 2*MOM'S STUFF (444)         5  4 0
 4- 3 SERPENTS HOLD II (438)    16  15  1 51.6   4/ 5 MONOPOLY (430)            5  8 1
 5/ 5 MONOPOLY (430)           102 119  8 46.2   5/ 0*GAIDINS (447)             3  2 1
 6/ 4 THE MAGNIFICENT MA (241) 667 780 21 46.1   6- 4 SERPENTS HOLD II (438)    1  0 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 686): OGRE BATTLE of QUEEN (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 688): KUNG PO FROG of KAOS FROGS (Grimm, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 606): ROBERT ROY of HOUSE OF CARDS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 682): BOWEN of SERPENTS' HOLD (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 684): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 675): CANDIED YAMS of ALMOST THANKSGIVING (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 676): FARMERS ALMANAC of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): PYRITE of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 673): BISMUTH BENDER of METAL MINCERS (Oremaster, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 338): PANCAKES of KAOS II (Grimm, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 670): TAMARIN of GOING APES (?, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 667): DARK DUMPLING of BAD BREAD (Otto X, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 659): KAILIE RHIN of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 617): JEREMIAH BROADBLADE of WARRIORS OF STEEL (?, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 315): ROSELYN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): EUREKA PRIDE of ALASKAN PIPELINE (Storm Lord)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 296): RED ALERT of PUBLIC ENEMY (Pec Killer, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 549): RATHNOK MULROOT of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 534): TICK ... TOCK of UNNAMEABLES (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 516): ANDRES of BOMB SQUAD (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 510): KOLACTAN KABOB of SHEWISH BUFFET (One Armed Bandit)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 245): BBIAB of H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 471): TUNA SALAD of PARKING LOT 4 (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 466): GREEN ROCK of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 457): MO J of J (Sherlock, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 574): GAZELLE of REDHORSE (She-Puppy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 686): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 688): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 606): HOUSE OF CARDS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 682): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 684): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 675): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 676): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): DODGE BULLETS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 673): METAL MINCERS (Oremaster, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 338): AVENGERS (Huckle Cat?, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 670): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 667): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 659): HAPPY FUN TIME (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 617): IS THAT A CLUE? (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 315): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 296): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 549): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 534): RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 516): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 510): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 245): H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 471): NUMB-ERS (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 466): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 457): J (Sherlock, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 574): MIDDLE ITALY et al (The Dark ONE, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 606): ROBERT ROY of HOUSE OF CARDS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 680): SKITTLES of RAINBOW CONNECTION (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 674): KAIREEN LAMAR of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr)
                            REAPER of ZOMBIE SQUAD 2 (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): PYRITE of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 667): DARK DUMPLING of BAD BREAD (Otto X, mgr.)
                                   VIN DIESEL of HEROES (?, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 659): KAILIE RHIN of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
                           MOZART of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 616): BOOT PRINT of IS THAT A CLUE? (Sherlock, mgr.)
                             ODD DRAFT of IS THAT A CLUE? (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): RACECAR of PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal)
                                      AGOSERIS of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr)
                          (turn 309): TNT of PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 533): POTATO BUG of BUGS, SLUGS & THUGS (A-Sop, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 465): GANOOSH of ZOMBIE SQUAD (Khisanth, mgr.)
                                  MONDEKKER of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     I'm afraid I have no sympathy at all for an Assassin, and a Convicted one at
that.  His moon has been eclipsed by Libra, so far as I'm concerned.

                                  Farmers Almanac

                                      SPY REPORT

     Well, what are you looking at, ZUWAYZA?  Ain't you never seen Snide Clemens 
before?  Ah, shaddup and listen to my news.  Gee, I'm impressed, a 3-1-1 is nice, but 
don't get cocky, MONOPOLY, the Fates teach humility, and the Fates are proud.  Of 
course, we're all terribly impressed to see XIRIUS win a fight and gain 17 points, 
terribly.  Our last turn's Duelmaster has lost, folks, lost to M. CHARDINEE, and 
FARMERS ALMANAC has made the way for a new Duelmaster!  With FARMERS ALMANAC clearing 
the throne, THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS of MAGIC TODAY takes a proud seat as ZUWAYZA's new 
Duelmaster, by virtue of recognition points.  Kickbacks and bribes, kickbacks and 
bribes, how else do you think some of these guys win their fights?  Skill?  Ha!   
     My mother always told me, 'If you don't have anything nice to say, start 
talking.' I loved that woman.  ZUWAYZA, I am losing what little hope I had in you.  
MAN OR BEAST? the most avoided team?  What insult will suffice, I cannot say.  And it 
looks like MAN OR BEAST? avoided them the most this turn.  What a pack of would be 
losers, if you ask me.  Hmph.  Ooh, I'm frightfully impressed, BALTIC AVE was this 
turn's most challenged warrior.  Watch that ego swell, sports fans.   
     Death and Taxes.  The less death I see, the more it taxes my patience.  Let's 
see if anyone's dead or dying.  We're all going to die in the end, so why worry if 
the fate catches up with you sooner that later?   
     I was about to buy a new quill pen the other day, but some fighter took it for 
an epee.  Forgive me for writing with a dagger.  Well, I've had enough of this 
drivel, and I'm sure you have too.  Off like a dirty shirt of padded leather.  I see 
the crowds are getting restless, I must leave now-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MAGIC TODAY 5201             21  20  0   100       THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BEAR GRYLLS 5185             12   2  0   127       MAN OR BEAST? (432)
 MISSOURI WILDLIFE 5256       15   8  0    96       THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FARMERS ALMANAC 5239         14  13  0    76       THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DONKEY HOTAY 5187             5   0  1    52       MAN OR BEAST? (432)
 WATER WORKS 5265              7  12  0    44       MONOPOLY (430)
-PHONOGRAPH 5305               3   0  1    41       MOM'S STUFF (444)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-WALTER PIDGEON 5302           4   0  0    38       MAN OR BEAST? (432)
 NEWS-OPTIC 5285               7   4  0    36       THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)
-CELLER 5306                   3   0  1    36       MOM'S STUFF (444)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OUT HOUSE 5308                3   2  0    32       MOM'S STUFF (444)
 MR MONEY BAGS 5294            4   5  1    29       MONOPOLY (430)
-COAL STOVE 5307               2   1  0    28       MOM'S STUFF (444)
 BALTIC AVE 5271               3   7  0    26       MONOPOLY (430)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TAXES DUE 5295                5   5  1    21       MONOPOLY (430)
 EASTER BONNET 5304            4   1  0    17       MOM'S STUFF (444)
 XIRIUS 5327                   1   0  1    17       GAIDINS (447)
 KRUSH 5326                    1   0  0    13       GAIDINS (447)
 BULL HALSEY 5329              1   0  0    10       MAN OR BEAST? (432)
 T'AI-KU 5324                  1   0  0    10       GAIDINS (447)
 DRAGON 5311                   1   4  0     7       THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)
 VANDAL 5323                   0   1  0     1       GAIDINS (447)
 DRAGO 5325                    0   1  0     1       GAIDINS (447)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
EMBEZZLING SCRIB        0  0 0                      MR MONEY BAGS 5294    677  NONE
PERSISTENT BEGGA        0  0 0                      XIRIUS 5327           677  NONE
BULL DURHAM 5328        0  1 0 MAN OR BEAST? 432    NOACHIAN              677  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

All -- Fans of Zuwayza Arena!  Noblemen!  Stable managers!  Gladiators!  Lend me your
ear.  This day, I herald presents of five new warriors, a fraternity of Brothers to
Battle, pledged to prove themselves worthy Battle Lords.  Their noble cut of cloth,
cleaved from the ideals of godling-gladiators, has rightly bequeathed them the Old
Tongue name-sake:  GAIDINS (pronounced GYE-deens).  Without further or due, I give
you:  T'AI-KU (the Aruaki Solven aegis); KRUSH (the Kraellian Iaye mystical
maverick); DRAGO (the Frafrejan Fratsfa vanguardian); XIRIUS (the Palani Dal Shang
philosopher-warrior); and VANDAL (the Plainsman berserker). -- Noble Discord, mgr.

Easter Bonnet -- You can't seriously expect ME to WEAR that?  If any other dragons
saw me, I would NEVER hear the end of it.  And the Mags are already laughing at the
idea. -- Dragon

M. Chardinee wanted to bring in pesticides.  As you will imagine, I gave him the
shortest shrift I could find. -- Missouri Wildlife
P.S.  Whatever a shrift is....

The Veteran Mercenary was fond of quoting some hero of his Cone or some such, about a
magician being helpless with a lot of steel in his guts.  Ha!  SOME magicians have
sense enough to wear armor. -- Magic Today

Bribery Attempted!  Mr Money Bags Makes Improper Advances!  Read all about it, story
on page three. -- News-Optic

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BULL DURHAM was butchered by NOACHIAN in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
FARMERS ALMANAC was vanquished by M. CHARDINEE in a 4 minute brutal uneven battle.
MISSOURI WILDLIFE overpowered KUNG-FU MASTER in a 1 minute mismatched duel.
MAGIC TODAY devastated M. CHARDINEE in a 2 minute one-sided Title fight.
DONKEY HOTAY savagely defeated OUT HOUSE in a crowd pleasing 3 minute competition.
NEWS-OPTIC overpowered TAXES DUE in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
WATER WORKS devastated FRATSFA SLAVE in a 1 minute one-sided competition.
MR MONEY BAGS slaughtered EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a action packed 1 minute uneven duel.
BALTIC AVE overpowered DRAGON in a 1 minute uneven duel.
EASTER BONNET defeated DRAGO in a 1 minute gruesome novice's fight.
T'AI-KU beat PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a tiresome 4 minute novice's fight.
KRUSH devastated CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
XIRIUS murdered PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 2 minute mismatched match.
VANDAL was overpowered by BULL HALSEY in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   0 -  1     100  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   4         LUNGING ATTACK    21 -   8 -  0      72  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         BASHING ATTACK    11 -   6 -  0      65  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         WALL OF STEEL      9 -   6 -  0      60  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         TOTAL PARRY        8 -   7 -  1      53  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         AIMED BLOW         8 -   7 -  1      53  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      5 -   5 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         STRIKING ATTACK   23 -  33 -  2      41  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         SLASHING ATTACK    1 -   3 -  0      25  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 677 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         3  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         2  AIMED BLOW     
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  0     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  2         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  1                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    
BASHING ATTACK     3 -  1                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  1                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  1                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       MAGIC TODAY 5201           21  20  0  100 THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)
BASHING ATTACK   MISSOURI WILDLIFE 5256     15   8  0   96 THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)
STRIKING ATTACK  FARMERS ALMANAC 5239       14  13  0   76 THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)
LUNGING ATTACK   DONKEY HOTAY 5187           5   0  1   52 MAN OR BEAST? (432)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is FARMERS ALMANAC 5239.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was DONKEY HOTAY 5187.  The ten other most popular fighters were MAGIC TODAY 
5201, WATER WORKS 5265, MR MONEY BAGS 5294, FARMERS ALMANAC 5239, EASTER BONNET 5304, 
XIRIUS 5327, MISSOURI WILDLIFE 5256, OUT HOUSE 5308, BALTIC AVE 5271, and KRUSH 5326.

The least popular fighter this week was VANDAL 5323.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were T'AI-KU 5324, DRAGO 5325, DRAGON 5311, TAXES DUE 5295, BULL DURHAM 
5328, NEWS-OPTIC 5285, BULL HALSEY 5329, KRUSH 5326, BALTIC AVE 5271, and OUT HOUSE 
5308.

                                NAME CHANGE-O-RAMA

     The crowd was surprisingly orderly, but it was still a crowd, and the Commission 
clerk, Algernon, looked at it uneasily.  Whenever this many people came together to 
petition for something, it meant trouble.  For him, anyway.  Records to be altered.  
Altering records was Bad.  It made Extra Work.
     His assistant clerk leaned close and whispered, "If it weren't for gladiators, we 
wouldn't have jobs.  Smile at them and ask what they want."
     Algernon closed his eyes briefly.  Looking at this crowd made him dizzy.  They 
were all wearing black and white stripes.  Like a herd of zebras, except that zebras 
didn't carry swords.  Then he took a deep breath and managed a smile.  "What... ah, 
what can I do for you?"
     "We want new names," the first gladiator said.  There was a number on the front 
of his shirt:  0381.  He thumped the number with his thumb.  "This here isn't a 
name--"
     "We want REAL names!"  That voice came from farther back in the crowd.
     "Yeah!  We've paid our dues," another shouted, "and we've EARNED real names!"
     One from the very back yelled, "I want to be called Tom."
     All the others turned to look at him.
     Algernon couldn't see him, but apparently those looks were accusing.  Well, he 
could understand that, "Tom" was such a... common name.
     "My mom called me Tom," the voice in the back protested.  "It's a good name."
     "It isn't the name you put on the petition," 0381 said.  "We talked about this.  
We got our manager's agreement.  You get the name on the petition."
     "But--!"
     Algernon didn't really want to keep staring at all these stripes while they 
argued.  He picked up the petition.  "These names are the ones you want?"
     0381 turned back.  "Yes."
     "It's a lot of trouble, and when other people see that YOU are getting name 
changes, THEY are going to want them--"  Seeing the gladiators beginning to frown... 
and finger their weapons, he went on quickly, "So I figure we might as well make it a 
complete deal.  A Name-Change-O-Rama.  Everyone who wants a name change can petition 
for it.  Get it all over with at once."  He glanced at the petition, shuddered 
slightly, and passed it to his clerk.  "We'll announce it, proclaim it, even, and you 
will get the names on this petition.  And others will get the names THEY think they 
should have had, too."  He paused.  "And I think I'll get a new name, I'm tired of 
being an Algernon...."

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     Warrior and team name changes will be accepted during the month of February.  If 
you have names you want to change, please contact Customer Service. -- RSI