DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 09/02/2009    Duedate: 09/15/2009

ARVAT ARENA

DM-32    TURN-610

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

AGONY
ANGELS OF PAIN (360)
(32-4944) [14-2-1,164]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

AGONY                          POSITION IS EMPTY
ANGELS OF PAIN (360)           
(32-4944) [14-2-1,164]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

LOU C. FIRR                    ABBIE DONN
DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)          DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
(32-4853) [18-21-0,83]         (32-5038) [10-4-1,70]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)       22
2. ANGELS OF PAIN (360)        17      DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
3. ROMAN HEROES (73)            9      Unchartered Team
4. CAESAR'S THUGS (379)         7
5. GLADIUS MAXIMUS (61)         0       (-1)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)    %1106 669 56 62.3   1/ 2 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)    11  3 1
 2/ 2 ANGELS OF PAIN (360)     276 183 16 60.1   2/ 1 ANGELS OF PAIN (360)      8  2 0
 3/ 3 CHRISTIAN ROCK (415)      29  24  0 54.7   3/ 4 ROMAN HEROES (73)         6  6 0
 4/ 4 ROMAN HEROES (73)        665 563 70 54.2   4/ 3 CHRISTIAN ROCK (415)      3  6 0
 5- 5 GLADIUS MAXIMUS (61)      43  43  1 50.0   5/ 5 CAESAR'S THUGS (379)      1  7 0
 6/ 6 CAESAR'S THUGS (379)      74  99 11 42.8   6- 6*CLASSIC SLAYER (376)      0  2 0
 7- 7*CLASSIC SLAYER (376)       2   5  0 28.6   7- 7 GLADIUS MAXIMUS (61)      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 625): SEA LEGS of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 627): SOPHOCLES of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 621): PIE EYED PIPER of STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 623): SILVIA MINNO of PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 620): URSILA VINE of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 620): MODERN SCENE of THE MAGNIFICIENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 310): CASH MEALS of EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 613): RED HOT CHILI of BOHICA (Scruffy, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 308): ULTHAR STORMHELM of THE STORM GUARDS (The Icelord)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 609): AGONY of ANGELS OF PAIN (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 607): KOBALT of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 598): CIVIL of LOST CAUSE (Vol, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 561): KING COREY of LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 285): HALF of SRETSAMLEUD II (Phat Phat, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 279): MOTHER TERESA of OLD HABITS (Soultaker, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 266): PETRA QUORD of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 488): PURPLE KITTEN of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 475): LASSIE of RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 455): XAVAN YOLE of MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 452): CHIANA of TIL DEATH DO US PART (Killjoy, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 215): DEATH SUCKS of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 416): MOKO TEN ZORA of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 408): BEARSTONE KAI of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 398): GABRIELLE REESE of GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 514): NIGHTCAP of DARKLINGS ( ?, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 625): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 627): SWEET MAGIC (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 621): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 622): PUNNY ANIMALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 620): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 620): THE MAGNIFICIENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 310): EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 613): VENUSIANS (Venus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 308): WAR (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 609): ANGELS OF PAIN (Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 607): RAVAGOMG LORDS (General Ikillu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 598): LOST CAUSE (Vol, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 561): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 285): MIKES HEROES (Mike?, mgr.)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 279): THE OPERA (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 266): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 487): MIDDLE WAY 20 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  60 COLLUSION COVE (turn 475): EX OBLIVIONE (Enigma, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 455): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 452): TIL DEATH DO US PART (Killjoy, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 215): BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 416): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 408): GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 398): GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 514): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 621): PIE EYED PIPER of STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 310): CASH MEALS of EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 613): RED HOT CHILI of BOHICA (Scruffy, mgr.)
              (turn 612): LUNA of WILL DUEL 4 MEAD (Sporkis, mgr.)
                          A.A. SHOCK of FORCE OF NATURE (Storm Front, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 609): ARTEMIDORUS IV of ROMAN HEROES (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 607): DARK JOURNEY of STORM BRINGERS (The Rake, mgr.)
                       (turn 606): THE MONGOL of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillu)
 DM  47 DOUBLE X (turn 279): CHINA MILKMAID of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
                             IVAN POISY of SPOONERTICS (Spawn, mgr.)
                             MADAME BUTTERFLY of THE OPERA (Manager, mgr.)
                 (turn 278): LURKING FEAR of ABYSMAL RITES (Reaper, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 265): C.H.S. of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 487): CHARLIE EKSA of MIDDLE WAY 20 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 454): SAND MAGGOT of FEAR FACTORY (Var, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 416): MOKO TEN ZORA of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 398): GABRIELLE REESE of GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     The Arvat Memorial Coliseum was packed to capacity.  The audience of 71642
screaming customers shook the ancient stone edifice from cellars to rafters.  It had
been some time since Arvat had seen a spectacle of this magnitude.
     Waiting patiently, Agony rested within the western gate as the animal handlers
coaxed the raging undead dragon out onto the sands.  Though he had only had a week to
train with the massive enchanted greatsword that he had acquired to defeat the
dragon, it felt comfortable in his hand, as if he had owned the blade all his life.
It was light, perfectly balanced and exuded a steady throb of power.  It had
performed admirably in the trial runs and Agony was confident that it would give him
a swift victory against the beast.
     Overhead the bell rang, indicating he had one minute until the gates were raised
and the battle would begin.
     Agony went through his pre-fight ritual and prepared for the fight.

     The instant the gate rose, Agony charged out onto the sands, seeking to confuse
the dragon and give himself the first attack.  Unfortunately, the dragon was ready
and roared as it also charged forward.  At least the monster did not think to use its
undead flame breath and sought instead to simply devour the puny man-thing before it.
     As the audience shouted encouragement, Agony leaped high into the air, taking a
furious slash...  but the dragon, with an agility that belied its mass, reared back
and avoided the blow.  In response it swiped at the Duelmaster with its razor sharp
claws.  The greatsword, of its own volition, arced upward to parry the deadly blow!
     With the momentum of the fight stalled, Agony began to circle the dragon,
preparing himself to react to any aggressive movement.  He did not have to wait long.
Irritated, the beat lunged forward, jaws snapping.  Agony ducked under the attack and
then leaped into the attack, bringing the greatsword down with a savage fury.  Sparks
leaped from the undead bones as the blade sliced through three ribs like butter.  The
dragon bellowed in fury.
     Agony knew that the best way to kill the dragon was to plunge his sword into its
skull, where the force of its undead power was held.  If he could do that, the undead
energy would be shattered and it would collapse like so many bones and rotting flesh.
But the dragon was now wary.  It sensed the power of his sword and the determination
of the Duelmaster and kept back, seeking an opportunity of its own.
     Fortunately, Agony had the benefit of experience on his side.  As the veteran of
many battles, he knew how to feign weakness quite well.  As he circled the dragon
once more, he pretended to stumble, sparking an instant and furious attack by the
foul beast.
     Gathering himself, Agony leaped high into the air once more, soaring over the
snapping jaws and came down full on the dragon's neck.  As he landed, he plunged the
enchanted greatsword into the soft spot at the back of its skull with all his force!

     The audience screamed its approval.
     And a moment later the dragon exploded into chunks of gory, rotting flesh and
splinted bone.
     The battle was over.

     "Well done, my host," came a dry voice from the depths of the sword in Agony's
hand!
     The Duelmaster, shocked, tried to hurl the blade out onto the sands, but was
dumbfounded as he found it stuck fast to his flesh.  Agony realized that the dragon
may have been killed, but his troubles were just beginning....

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail and well met warriors of ARVAT!  Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp Eyes, 
Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari.  Former top team ANGELS OF PAIN was 
unseated this week as DEVIL ADVOCATES moved up from 2nd ranking to take the top spot 
with a 4-1-1 record for the round.  MARCELLUS caught the eye of many in the 
gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested LOU C. FIRR and was awarded 7 points 
in recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, MARCELLUS put down LOU C. 
FIRR, causing him to lose 2 points of recognition in the process.  Although EAST TO 
WEST made a valiant effort, it did not suffice to topple the reign of victorious 
AGONY.  Would you believe that over half of the old women in ARVAT seem to feel that 
they could fight better than you gladiators?   
     Many and various are the arts of battle.  In ARVAT "art" is a word that has long 
since passed from the language!  ARVAT, city of gladiators!  Mighty among the names 
of thy guilds is DEVIL ADVOCATES, a guild shunned and avoided by many in the weekly 
duels.  Apparently the stalwarts of ANGELS OF PAIN are catching the bulk of jests 
down at the challenging board for their large share of the avoids.   
     Is not Death a warrior's foremost adviser?   Warriors, may this counselor stand 
ready at your right hand forever!  Look no more for ARTEMIDORUS IV in the arena or on 
the streets of ARVAT.  His fate was sealed in the Dark Arena.  Inevitable for one at 
25-15-2.  Was I the only one shocked to see the well respected fighter ARTEMIDORUS IV 
(25-15-2) appear on the sands of the Dark Arena?  He is now dead.  Some say a warrior 
is judged by the way he bears arms.  One thing is sure, better a dagger in hand then 
a sword on the belt!   
     The girls are as pretty in ARVAT as ever I remembered them....and the fighters 
as ugly!  Don't let your reputation slip!  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                  
 AGONY 4944                   14   2  1   164       ANGELS OF PAIN (360)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MARCELLUS 5133               16   2  0   163       ROMAN HEROES (73)
 EAST TO WEST 4929            11   8  0    92       CHRISTIAN ROCK (415)
 ARTEMIDORUS V 4686           24  15  0    91       ROMAN HEROES (73)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LOU C. FIRR 4853             18  21  0    83       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
 ABBIE DONN 5038              10   4  1    70       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 UNBREAKABLE 4996              9   5  0    63       CHRISTIAN ROCK (415)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 COMATOSE 4926                 9   5  0    54       CHRISTIAN ROCK (415)
 E. BLISS 5096                 7   2  0    54       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
-FLAVIUS 463                  10   8  1    50       GLADIUS MAXIMUS (61)
 CARNAGE 5089                  5   3  0    48       ANGELS OF PAIN (360)
 BILL P. GORE 5114             4   0  1    38       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
-OCTAVIUS 462                 10   7  0    37       GLADIUS MAXIMUS (61)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-CRAXUS 801                    2   0  0    35       GLADIUS MAXIMUS (61)
-MARCUS 533                   10   4  0    34       GLADIUS MAXIMUS (61)
 LIL ETHE 5079                 7   2  0    34       DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OCTAVIUS 5054                 4   9  0    31       ROMAN HEROES (73)
-ENVY 5113                     4   0  0    31       ANGELS OF PAIN (360)
-SPARTACUS 579                 6   6  0    25       GLADIUS MAXIMUS (61)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-RAMPAGE 5076                  1   0  0    21       ANGELS OF PAIN (360)
-REIGN IN BLOOD 4380           2   5  0    17       CLASSIC SLAYER (376)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
GREED 5129              0  1 0 ANGELS OF PAIN 360   SHEWISH GIANT         610  NONE
DISPOSABLE THUG 5135    0  1 0 CAESAR'S THUGS 379   SPYMASTER             610  NONE
GOVERNMENT THUG 5134    0  1 0 CAESAR'S THUGS 379   SHEWISH GIANT         610  NONE
TIBERIUS 5106           1  5 0 CAESAR'S THUGS 379   BILL P. GORE 5114     610   
ARTEMIDORUS IV 4663    25 16 2 ROMAN HEROES 73      SPYMASTER             610  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

All -- For those who care about such things, Artie IV is 13(+1)-17(+2)-11-11(+2)-21-
3-13 Shortsword, Very Low/Low and prefers Attack skills...  He learned 42 skills and
has a Master Parry and Expert Attack.  He also gained 3 skills via stat burns.  Dark
Arena will be his last fight. -- Caesar

Unbreakable -- Consider yourself broken.  Not once, but twice! -- Artie V, Last of
the Fighting Artemidorii

Agony -- Great stuff!  We--me and Arnie, you know--wait eagerly to learn What Happens
Next! -- Arenamistress Sugar

Aremtemidorus IV -- How about, oh, a statue, maybe?  With your name on it.  We could
put it on the road out of town, with one arm extended pointing west toward the Isle,
well, actually toward just about everything, starting with Zukal and Riztab, but you
know what I mean.  Nothing fancy, Arnie says we can't afford fancy right now, but it
would be something. -- Arenamistress Sugar

26 August 09
     There has been a run lately of personals and columns turning up in the wrong
     arenas.  When you email in something, check and make sure you have the correct
     arena number!  It's easy for a finger to slip onto the wrong key.  When the
     receipt comes back, check again to be sure it went where you intended!
     Vigilance is your friend, and mine too. -- the Editor

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

ARTEMIDORUS IV was butchered by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
GREED was slaughtered by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
DISPOSABLE THUG was easily killed by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute Dark Arena match.
GOVERNMENT THUG was assassinated by SHEWISH GIANT in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
AGONY devastated EAST TO WEST in a 1 minute one-sided Title fight.
MARCELLUS demolished LOU C. FIRR in a action packed 1 minute mismatched competition.
ARTEMIDORUS V narrowly defeated UNBREAKABLE in a 22 minute veteran's struggle.
ABBIE DONN savagely defeated COMATOSE in a 3 minute gruesome melee.
CARNAGE won victory over OCTAVIUS in a 3 minute duel.
E. BLISS viciously subdued CAPTURED ORC in a 3 minute gruesome fight.
BILL P. GORE slaughtered TIBERIUS in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
LIL ETHE outlasted FRATSFA SLAVE in a tiresome 8 minute veteran vs. novice melee.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|TOTAL PARRY                      5         WALL OF STEEL      7 -   3 -  0      70  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         BASHING ATTACK     7 -   3 -  0      70  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         STRIKING ATTACK   16 -   7 -  0      70  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         AIMED BLOW        11 -  10 -  3      52  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         SLASHING ATTACK    4 -   4 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         TOTAL PARRY       25 -  33 -  0      43  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         LUNGING ATTACK    14 -  32 -  1      30  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -   9 -  0      10  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 610 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    2 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        2 -  3         4  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  4         3  STRIKING ATTACK
AIMED BLOW         2 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  AIMED BLOW     
                              PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1     
                              SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1     
                              BASHING ATTACK     0 -  0     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  AGONY 4944                 14   2  1  164 ANGELS OF PAIN (360)
AIMED BLOW       MARCELLUS 5133             16   2  0  163 ROMAN HEROES (73)
TOTAL PARRY      ARTEMIDORUS V 4686         24  15  0   91 ROMAN HEROES (73)
LUNGING ATTACK   CARNAGE 5089                5   3  0   48 ANGELS OF PAIN (360)
WALL OF STEEL    LIL ETHE 5079               7   2  0   34 DEVIL ADVOCATES (105)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is LOU C. FIRR 4853.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was ABBIE DONN 5038.  The ten other most popular fighters were MARCELLUS 5133, 
CARNAGE 5089, E. BLISS 5096, AGONY 4944, BILL P. GORE 5114, GOVERNMENT THUG 5134, LOU 
C. FIRR 4853, COMATOSE 4926, GREED 5129, and DISPOSABLE THUG 5135.

The least popular fighter this week was ARTEMIDORUS V 4686.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were UNBREAKABLE 4996, LIL ETHE 5079, TIBERIUS 5106, OCTAVIUS 5054, 
EAST TO WEST 4929, DISPOSABLE THUG 5135, GREED 5129, COMATOSE 4926, LOU C. FIRR 4853, 
and GOVERNMENT THUG 5134.

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

ARTEMIDORUS IV (32-4663) ROMAN HEROES (73)