DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

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

MURSKA ARENA

DM-35    TURN-482

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

BARRISTER
BLITZKRIEG (357)
(35-3817) [13-3-3,139]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

BARRISTER                      HUCKLE CAT
BLITZKRIEG (357)               BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)
(35-3817) [13-3-3,139]         (35-3874) [6-2-0,57]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

O'MALLEY                       RAZZLE DAZZLE
BLITZKRIEG (357)               BLITZKRIEG (357)
(35-3816) [11-6-1,94]          (35-3863) [10-1-1,94]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

BLITZKRIEG (357)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)      63
2. BLITZKRIEG (357)            21      BLITZKRIEG (357)
3. THE BEARS (253)             21      Unchartered Team
4. DEAD MUSICIANS (362)         0
5. DIRT DEVILS (363)           -4      BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 BLITZKRIEG (357)          62  19  9 76.5   1/ 2 BLITZKRIEG (357)         10  2 0
 2/ 3*BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)      24  11  4 68.6   2/ 4 CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)    8  7 0
 3- 4*DEAD MUSICIANS (362)       5   3  2 62.5   3/ 1*BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)      3  3 0
 4/ 5 THE BEARS (253)          349 258 25 57.5   4/ 5*DIRT DEVILS (363)         2  2 0
 5/ 1*DIRT DEVILS (363)          2   2  0 50.0   5- 3*DEAD MUSICIANS (362)      2  2 0
 6/ 6 CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)   466 718 20 39.4   6/ 6 THE BEARS (253)           2  7 1

    '*'   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 MURSKA this turn, and let's start 
with a look at some of the teams.  It seems the training can make the difference, as 
BUSY, BUSYTOWN is pushed out of top team by BLITZKRIEG, who came from 2nd with a 
5-0-0 this turn.  And let's see, MORPETH fought BANANNAS GORILLA and gained 25 points 
and contributed to CHILDREN OF LLYR's 5-0-0.  BANANNAS GORILLA has lost to MORPETH, 
falling 22 points, while helping make BUSY, BUSYTOWN a 0-3-0 turn.  Defending his 
title for another turn, BARRISTER kept MURSKA's warrior, CONVICTED ASSASSIN, from 
claiming the throne.  Tell me, is nothing sacred?  I have heard from unimpeachable 
sources that The Howling Wolf uses trolls in their stew.  Talk about gristle!   
     Oriental wise man once say, 'Hiding behind shields prevents proper sun tanning.' 
Inscrutable, but true.  THE BEARS has cause to stand tall, as they were MURSKA's most 
avoided team.  A smart manager knows this is a team to beat.  And avoiding THE BEARS 
more than any other team we find DIRT DEVILS.  MURSKA, are we going to accept, or 
respect this sort of thing?  The most challenged warrior this turn was CHILDREN OF 
LLYR's warrior DALLOW.  More fighters challenged him than challenged the Duelmaster!  
     We only live a short time in this world, so why not take a sharp blade, and 
shave it close?  You gotta do what you gotta do.  THE BEARS has sent BLUE EYES to the 
Dark Arena.  The deed is done.  Lift the ale, and toast the memory.  This is not good 
to see.  Why pray tell has BLUE EYES been sent to the Dark Arena by THE BEARS?  And 
why with a 11-4-0 record??  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.  Always good to rest in MURSKA, but never good to wear out my 
welcome.  Look for me in future turns.  Until you see my quill in MURSKA again, 
farewell-- Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BARRISTER 3817               13   3  3   139       BLITZKRIEG (357)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 O'MALLEY 3816                11   6  1    94       BLITZKRIEG (357)
 RAZZLE DAZZLE 3863           10   1  1    94       BLITZKRIEG (357)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KAMA KAZI 3859               11   1  1    90       BLITZKRIEG (357)
 DARLING NIKKI 3842           12   2  2    89       BLITZKRIEG (357)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HUCKLE CAT 3874               6   2  0    57       BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MORPETH 3862                  8  10  0    56       CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)
 TAKE COVER 3870               6   2  3    52       THE BEARS (253)
-DINGO DOG 3878                4   2  3    45       BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)
-FATHER CAT 3875               4   1  0    42       BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BANANNAS GORILLA 3876         6   2  1    33       BUSY, BUSYTOWN (360)
-JANICE JOPLIN 3891            2   0  1    26       DEAD MUSICIANS (362)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KAI 3873                      5   6  0    23       CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)
 DALLOW 3872                   3   8  1    23       CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)
 PADDY 3898                    3   1  0    19       CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)
 CADAL COONTZ 3901             2   1  0    18       CHILDREN OF LLYR (141)
-BUDDY HOLLY 3890              2   0  1    17       DEAD MUSICIANS (362)
 TYPHOON 3895                  1   1  0    16       DIRT DEVILS (363)
 NOREASTER 3896                1   1  0    10       DIRT DEVILS (363)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-JIMI HENDRIX 3889             1   1  0     5       DEAD MUSICIANS (362)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
BLUE EYES 3845        11  5 0 THE BEARS 253         MISTRESS SHA'TYIR 23  482 NONE    
HUNTED 3880            1  1 0 THE BEARS 253         BLACK ORC 20          482 NONE    
MR. FRUMBLE 3877       4  4 0 BUSY, BUSYTOWN 360    TAKE COVER 3870       482         
OISAN 3794             8 26 0 CHILDREN OF LLYR 141  BARRISTER 3817        478 NOT REVE
CU-CADAL 3848          7 14 1 CHILDREN OF LLYR 141  DINGO DOG 3878        479         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Dallow -- Cold.  That is cold.  Much like me.... -- Buddy Holly

Kai -- Sometimes a woman has to be hard. -- Janice

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

BLUE EYES was butchered by MISTRESS SHA'TYIR in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
HUNTED was dealt death by BLACK ORC in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
TYPHOON was subdued by KAI in a 2 minute Challenge melee.
NOREASTER was savagely defeated by DALLOW in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
BARRISTER savagely defeated CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a exciting 1 minute Title fight.
DARLING NIKKI viciously subdued KUNG-FU MASTER in a 2 minute gory duel.
RAZZLE DAZZLE viciously subdued KHALHUMS DWARF in a crowd pleasing 2 minute match.
O'MALLEY overpowered HUCKLE CAT in a 1 minute uneven melee.
KAMA KAZI viciously subdued KUNG-FU MASTER in a action packed 3 minute gory duel.
TAKE COVER slaughtered MR. FRUMBLE in a popular 1 minute one-sided duel.
BANANNAS GORILLA was overpowered by MORPETH in a 2 minute gory one-sided melee.
CADAL COONTZ demolished PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute mismatched match.
PADDY devastated PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 3 minute one-sided battle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   8         TOTAL PARRY        2 -   0 -  1     100  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -   1 -  0      75  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         STRIKING ATTACK    9 -   4 -  1      69  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         SLASHING ATTACK   16 -   9 -  2      64  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         LUNGING ATTACK    39 -  23 -  6      63  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         WALL OF STEEL      8 -   7 -  1      53  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   5 -  0      44  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         AIMED BLOW         5 -   8 -  0      38  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-LUNGE        3 -   7 -  1      30  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         BASHING ATTACK     2 -   7 -  0      22  |

Turn 482 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     SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  2         6  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         3  SLASHING ATTACK
PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0         1  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  0                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  0     
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     
LUNGING ATTACK     4 -  4     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   BARRISTER 3817             13   3  3  139 BLITZKRIEG (357)
STRIKING ATTACK  RAZZLE DAZZLE 3863         10   1  1   94 BLITZKRIEG (357)
WALL OF STEEL    KAMA KAZI 3859             11   1  1   90 BLITZKRIEG (357)
SLASHING ATTACK  TAKE COVER 3870             6   2  3   52 THE BEARS (253)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is O'MALLEY 3816.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was RAZZLE DAZZLE 3863.  The ten other most popular fighters were DARLING NIKKI 3842, 
KAMA KAZI 3859, MORPETH 3862, BARRISTER 3817, TYPHOON 3895, DALLOW 3872, O'MALLEY 
3816, TAKE COVER 3870, CADAL COONTZ 3901, and KAI 3873.

The least popular fighter this week was PADDY 3898.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were BANANNAS GORILLA 3876, HUCKLE CAT 3874, BLUE EYES 3845, MR. FRUMBLE 
3877, HUNTED 3880, NOREASTER 3896, KAI 3873, CADAL COONTZ 3901, TAKE COVER 3870, and 
O'MALLEY 3816.

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

RED FERN (35-3371) VOLUNTEER FLOWERS (310)