DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/12/2012    Duedate: 01/25/2012

ZUWAYZA ARENA

DM-19    TURN-678

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

MAGIC TODAY
THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)
(19-5201) [22-20-0,102]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

MAGIC TODAY                    T'AI-KU
THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)     GAIDINS (447)
(19-5201) [22-20-0,102]        (19-5324) [2-0-0,19]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

FARMERS ALMANAC                MR MONEY BAGS
THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)     MONOPOLY (430)
(19-5239) [15-13-0,85]         (19-5294) [5-5-1,31]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. MONOPOLY (430)              32
2. GAIDINS (447)               17      MAN OR BEAST? (432)
3. MAN OR BEAST? (432)         17      Unchartered Team
4. MOM'S STUFF (444)            0
5. THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)  -5      GAIDINS (447)

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)  9  6 0
 2/ 2 MAN OR BEAST? (432)       65  31  3 67.7   2/ 4 MONOPOLY (430)            8  4 1
 3/ 3*GAIDINS (447)              6   4  1 60.0   3/ 5*GAIDINS (447)             6  4 1
 4/ 5 MONOPOLY (430)           106 119  8 47.1   4/ 2 MAN OR BEAST? (432)       5  1 0
 5/ 6 THE MAGNIFICENT MA (241) 669 783 21 46.1   5- 3*MOM'S STUFF (444)         3  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 687): PREDATOR of THE WILLBURYS 9 (Rascally Rabbit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 689): PRODICUS of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 608): ANVIL of CARDOW HUNTERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 683): SOURWOOD of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 685): GOLD LOCKET of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 676): GANDALF of IN MIDDLE EARTH (?, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 677): MAGIC TODAY of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 341): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 674): PRIORE of MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 338): PANCAKES of KAOS II (Grimm, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 671): EMPTY BOTTLE of FOUND IN THE SAND (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 668): SALORIMA TIRANSITH of THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 660): KELLY GALL of CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 617): JEREMIAH BROADBLADE of WARRIORS OF STEEL (?, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 316): 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 297): 4-H of LIFE IMPACTS (Coach, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 550): RATHNOK MULROOT of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 535): KOTTER of RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 517): ANDRES of BOMB SQUAD (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 511): KOLACTAN KABOB of SHEWISH BUFFET (One Armed Bandit)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 246): BBIAB of H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 472): GORBLE of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 467): GREEN ROCK of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 458): UNBELIEVABLE of THE WILLBURYS 78 (Rascally Rabbit)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 575): LORD FIREFLASH of LUROCIANS II (The Greek Guy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 687): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 689): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 608): HOUSE OF CARDS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 683): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 685): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 676): ZOMBIE SQUAD 2 (Khisanth, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 677): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 341): DODGE BULLETS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 674): MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 338): AVENGERS (Huckle Cat?, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 671): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 668): THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 660): HAPPY FUN TIME (Floyd, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 617): IS THAT A CLUE? (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 316): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 310): PALINDROMES (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 297): THE MYRMIDONS (Sigurd Fafnisbane, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 550): INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 535): RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 517): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 511): BASH BROS EVANGELIST (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 246): H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 472): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 467): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 458): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 575): MIDDLE ITALY et al (The Dark ONE, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 687): PREDATOR of THE WILLBURYS 9 (Rascally Rabbit, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 683): SOURWOOD of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 685): GOLD LOCKET of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 340): PYRITE of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 674): DARIUS of OPEN HAND (Bahram, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 671): EMPTY BOTTLE of FOUND IN THE SAND (Assurnasirbanipal, 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  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 297): BULLDOG of LIFE IMPACTS (Coach, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 550): RATHNOK MULROOT of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 511): KOLACTAN KABOB of SHEWISH BUFFET (One Armed Bandit)
                              SASHA of ZOMBIE SQUAD (Khisanth, mgr.)
                              GARNO TEN KORO of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 246): BBIAB of H8 2 TXT (Sherlock, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     M. Chardinee defeated Farmers Almanac and thought that should make him
duelmaster.  He was really pushy about it.  So I had to step in and show him
differently.  The hand is quicker than the eye, you know, and now he can't see what
happened, but he is OUT.

                                    Magic Today

                                      SPY REPORT

     Good day, in ZUWAYZA a quiet thief gets rich, but a quiet spymaster gets poor.  
So bring me ale and harken to my tidbits of news.  And let's see, VANDAL fought 
EMBEZZLING SCRIBE and gained 16 points and contributed to GAIDINS' 3-2-0.  MISSOURI 
WILDLIFE has lost to KUNG-FU MASTER, falling 18 points, while helping make THE 
MAGNIFICENT MAGS a 2-3-0 turn.  The attempts to dethrone the Duelmaster have failed, 
and MAGIC TODAY remains ZUWAYZA's top warrior for another turn.  Can someone confirm 
a rumor for me?  I hear the top team makes their losing fighters do dishes at The 
Drunken Ox until they win.  Maybe?   
     He who challenges well, fights well.  He who avoids without cause, shall lose 
for good reasons.  My mama told me that one.  MOM'S STUFF has cause to stand tall, as 
they were ZUWAYZA's most avoided team.  A smart manager knows this is a team to beat. 
And guess who avoided MOM'S STUFF stable the most?  Believe it or not, it was MAN OR 
BEAST?.  Anyone surprised?   
     A coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man only once.  Wise men know this to 
be true.  Is it really true that ZUWAYZA has more dishwashers per capita that 
fighters?  Just thought I'd ask...   
     Thought for the day, a new sword shines bright, but the notched sword sings the 
sweetest.  It's been nice chatting with you, until we meet again, keep your swords 
sharp and your hammers heavy.  Until you see my quill in ZUWAYZA again, farewell-- 
Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MAGIC TODAY 5201             22  20  0   102       THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BEAR GRYLLS 5185             12   2  0   127       MAN OR BEAST? (432)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FARMERS ALMANAC 5239         15  13  0    85       THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MISSOURI WILDLIFE 5256       15   9  0    78       THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DONKEY HOTAY 5187             6   0  1    56       MAN OR BEAST? (432)
 WATER WORKS 5265              8  12  0    51       MONOPOLY (430)
-PHONOGRAPH 5305               3   0  1    41       MOM'S STUFF (444)
 BALTIC AVE 5271               4   7  0    39       MONOPOLY (430)
-WALTER PIDGEON 5302           4   0  0    38       MAN OR BEAST? (432)
 NEWS-OPTIC 5285               7   5  0    37       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)
 TAXES DUE 5295                6   5  1    31       MONOPOLY (430)
 MR MONEY BAGS 5294            5   5  1    31       MONOPOLY (430)
-COAL STOVE 5307               2   1  0    28       MOM'S STUFF (444)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BULL HALSEY 5329              2   0  0    23       MAN OR BEAST? (432)
 T'AI-KU 5324                  2   0  0    19       GAIDINS (447)
-EASTER BONNET 5304            4   1  0    17       MOM'S STUFF (444)
 VANDAL 5323                   1   1  0    17       GAIDINS (447)
 DRAGO 5325                    1   1  0    11       GAIDINS (447)
 XIRIUS 5327                   1   1  1     8       GAIDINS (447)
 DRAGON 5311                   1   5  0     8       THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)
 KRUSH 5326                    1   1  0     4       GAIDINS (447)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Noble Discord -- And a welcoming "Good Day" to you. -- Jorja, the Magnificent Mags

How provoking.  M. Chardinee came by when I was deep in the calculation of probable
snowfalls, and I just didn't realize he was there at all until he'd dumped several
inches of snow on me.  Who hired him to deliver snow, anyway? -- Farmers Almanac

The Kung-Fu Master thought he had an edge.  But he didn't look where he was going and
ran into a deer crossing the road.  Running into a deer at speed can be devastating,
and I am pleased to observe that the Kung-Fu Master was devastated. -- Missouri
Wildlife
P.S.  Yes, I know, the steward didn't say "devastated," but he's biased.  It was
devastation, trust me.

Taxes Due!  Not So!  All an Effort to Rob the Public!  Read all about it, story on
page five. -- News Optic

Who would have thought that a dragon-bane lived on Baltic Avenue, of all unlikely
places? -- Dragon
P.S.  Fortunately not a fatal one.

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BULL HALSEY devastated KRUSH in a 1 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
MAGIC TODAY won victory over CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 1 minute uneven Title battle.
MISSOURI WILDLIFE was subdued by KUNG-FU MASTER in a action packed 1 minute fight.
FARMERS ALMANAC devastated CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a popular 1 minute one-sided contest.
NEWS-OPTIC was bested by DONKEY HOTAY in a action packed 1 minute brawl.
WATER WORKS defeated THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 2 minute struggle.
BALTIC AVE savagely defeated CAPTURED ORC in a 1 minute master vs. novice brawl.
MR MONEY BAGS viciously subdued DRAGON in a action packed 3 minute gory duel.
TAXES DUE vanquished XIRIUS in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
VANDAL defeated EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 2 minute beginner's match.
T'AI-KU overpowered MORDANT DESERTER in a 3 minute one-sided fight.
DRAGO subdued PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute amateur's competition.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         PARRY-LUNGE        4 -   1 -  1      80  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         LUNGING ATTACK    19 -   9 -  0      68  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         WALL OF STEEL     10 -   5 -  0      67  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         BASHING ATTACK    12 -   7 -  0      63  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         AIMED BLOW         9 -   6 -  1      60  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         TOTAL PARRY        9 -   7 -  1      56  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      5 -   5 -  0      50  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         SLASHING ATTACK    2 -   2 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         STRIKING ATTACK   26 -  29 -  2      47  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 678 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     BASHING ATTACK     1 -  2         4  STRIKING ATTACK
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         2  AIMED BLOW     
SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    4 -  0                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0                                       1  BASHING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  1                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  1     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       MAGIC TODAY 5201           22  20  0  102 THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)
STRIKING ATTACK  FARMERS ALMANAC 5239       15  13  0   85 THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)
BASHING ATTACK   MISSOURI WILDLIFE 5256     15   9  0   78 THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (241)
LUNGING ATTACK   DONKEY HOTAY 5187           6   0  1   56 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 MR MONEY BAGS 5294.  The ten other most popular fighters were FARMERS 
ALMANAC 5239, WATER WORKS 5265, BALTIC AVE 5271, DONKEY HOTAY 5187, VANDAL 5323, 
MAGIC TODAY 5201, MISSOURI WILDLIFE 5256, TAXES DUE 5295, DRAGO 5325, and BULL HALSEY 
5329.

The least popular fighter this week was T'AI-KU 5324.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were XIRIUS 5327, KRUSH 5326, DRAGON 5311, NEWS-OPTIC 5285, BULL HALSEY 
5329, DRAGO 5325, TAXES DUE 5295, MISSOURI WILDLIFE 5256, MAGIC TODAY 5201, and 
VANDAL 5323.

                              "DARK ARENA" -- The Novel

    For centuries, the Shagornan Elves have been forced to live underground. 
    Human invaders, the Delarquans, burned their forests, sparking a war of elven 
    annihilation. The elders told tales that when the Delarquans marched to war 
    against the elves, the land itself bled as they passed. Since the war, the 
    elves have dwindled with every passing year, while the humans multiply like 
    rodents across the land of Alastari. 

    Now, the Delarquans have disappeared. Some say they departed, others indicate 
    it.s a ruse, but there have been whispered rumors of another greater threat 
    looming in the region. Khyron of the Shagornan Elves has been tasked to 
    determine the cause, realizing that failure is probable and at the end of the 
    road death could be the only reward. 

    Khyron has known only the safety of the caves, but now he must journey to the 
    world above...the World with No Ceiling.

Throughout the years, many fine writers have played Duelmasters/Duel II and have 
contributed greatly to the history and background of the world of Alastari.  One very 
intense period, during the early '90's, was during the Rocanis War, when authors from 
both the Delarquan and Free Blades arenas collaborated on writing the history of the 
invasion of the arena-city of Rocanis.  Mark Manley (aka Grimwood) is a long-time 
manager in Rocanis, and was one of the writers who contributed so much to this 
history.  Over the subsequent years, he has worked to bring his novelization to life 
and make the story of the War and the preceding events which led to it available to 
the greater public.  Many Rocanis legends appear in the book: Itoz Trollbane, 
Sandstorm, and others.  The novel is a treat to read--even more so if you are familiar 
with the game!

If you're interested in purchasing a copy of the book, here are links: 
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Arena-Mark-G-
Manley/dp/1936127598/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319631863&sr=1-2
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-arena-mark-
manley/1105609584?ean=2940011494659&itm=2&usri=dark%2barena
Treble Heart Books: http://www.trebleheartbooks.com/WDManley.html 

Mark Manley is planning to attend the upcoming Winter Face-to-Face in Tempe, and has 
offered a special prize to the winner of the Rookies and Primus tournaments:  An 
autographed copy of Dark Arena, autographed by the author, the artist, and the RSI 
staff!  In addition, as a special prize, the top up-and-coming tournament manager will 
also receive an autographed copy!  Mark will have copies of Dark Arena available at 
the tournament, and as a special bonus, each copy of Dark Arena sold at the FTF will 
include one new team rollup!  We hope that many of you can venture to Tempe to 
participate in the Face-to-Face, compete in the tournament, and congratulate Mark in 
person on his achievement!