DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/23/2010    Duedate: 02/19/2010

XOCHITHLAN ARENA

DM-39    TURN-269

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

MATT RISIDE
CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)
(39-3705) [15-4-0,99]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

MATT RISIDE                    MAGLOR
CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)         SONS OF FEANOR (430)
(39-3705) [15-4-0,99]          (39-3657) [1-1-0,26]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

KAHR, JACK                     LUCARIO
CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)         IDLE ITEMS (456)
(39-3637) [17-15-1,75]         (39-3852) [1-0-1,7]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

THE MIDDLE WAY (385)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. IDLE ITEMS (456)            55
2. THE MIDDLE WAY (385)        40      KIWI CONNECTION (449)
3. KIWI CONNECTION (449)       35      Unchartered Team
4. SONS OF FEANOR (430)        13
5. CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)       9      IDLE ITEMS (456)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0*IDLE ITEMS (456)           4   1  2 80.0   1/ 1 THE MIDDLE WAY (385)      9  6 0
 2/ 1 KIWI CONNECTION (449)     85  30  9 73.9   2/ 2 KIWI CONNECTION (449)     8  7 1
 3/ 0 CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)   216 137 10 61.2   3/ 0*IDLE ITEMS (456)          4  1 2
 4/ 0 OPHIDIAN ORDER (328)     141 112  6 55.7   4/ 0 CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)    3  2 0
 5/ 0*SONS OF FEANOR (430)       1   1  0 50.0   5/ 0*SONS OF FEANOR (430)      1  0 0
 6/ 2 THE MIDDLE WAY (385)     306 340 11 47.4   6/ 0 OPHIDIAN ORDER (328)      1  2 0
 7- 3*SCAREDY-CATS (454)         0   1  0  0.0   7- 3*SCAREDY-CATS (454)        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

       + ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ Report from the Tourney #1 ]H[ + ---:--- + ]H[ +

     Larkin here, with a report from the Winter Tourney.  Okay, maybe this isn't
Atlantis, but it's somewhere warm, and if that isn't a beach, at least it's sand,
and, as advertised, there are drinks with umbrellas in them.  And young women with a
lot of suntan showing.  By the time you read this, the tourney will be over, but
while I'm writing it, the tourney is NOT over.  And a lot of you guys reading this
won't have been able to go, anyway.
     I'm interviewing Zalgor Prigg, one of the managers participating in the Old
Valamantis Bloodgames, and let me tell you, Old Valamantis is not a place you want to
hang around if you don't have to.  It's rotten with magic, to begin with--Folstrom
magic, the blackest there is--and then it's got all this blood and violence on top of
it, and it makes for a dark and scary venue.  Anything might rise out of the ruins
around the arena, summoned by the blood and the curses of the managers.
     "Mr. Prigg, could you tell us why you--"
     "It was the play on words," the manager said, overriding the question.  "I
couldn't resist--the chance to call a Bloodgames team Phoenix, you know, the 'rising
from the ashes of death' business.  Of course, then I had to change it to Phonetix,
but that's okay, keep people guessing."
     "I've heard the Commission mages talking about that name, sir, and they seem
alarmed.  One of them said the name was practically a spell in itself, used here."
     "I heard.  That's why I had to change it."
     "Have you considered what might actually rise from the ashes and blood here as a
result?"
     "Well, no, but that isn't my business, you know.  I manage gladiators.  Let the
mages worry about what pops in from some other dimension.  Besides, what if nothing
happens?"
     "But, sir, there have already been reports of zombie rats and tentacled monsters
lurking in the backs of the locker rooms!  And someone is bound to consider that you
have a partial responsibility--"
     "No," Prigg said, "I have no responsibility for that kind of thing.  I'm no
magician, I haven't been reading forbidden tomes...."  He paused, looking thoughtful.
"Maybe it was TigToad with his Obscure Lore...."
     "I don't believe there's a team of that name in this Bloodgames--"
     "No, not here.  Earlier, in Veastian.  He could have been, hmm, preparing for
this, opening contacts if not gates, stuff like that.  Has anybody seen any Dark
Toads around?"
     "Not until they've had six drinks with umbrellas in them.  Tell me, sir, have
you given any thought to the moral implications of the Bloodgames?"
     "What moral implications?" the manager asked.  "This isn't about morals, it's
about survival.  And the way to survive on the sands is to kill your opponents every
chance you get!"
     "Yes, but--"
     "There's a reason they don't hold these contests up in Andoria," the manager
said sternly.  "Good people in their ways, the Andorians, but they just aren't cut
out for this kind of grim business."  He paused to listen to the roar of the crowds
jamming the ancient arena.  Checked the marquee where slaves dangled from ropes and
updated the records of participants.  Nodded, grimly satisfied.  "Another death.
That's good--can't have too many survivors, or it cheapens the victory at the end."
     "But the death toll--"
     "Bah!  Don't get the idea that these gladiators are the flower of Alastarian
youth.  The ones who enter the Bloodgames are the men with no hope.  We offer them a
future they could never have dreamed of, but they have to work for it, sweat for it,
bleed for it, and sometimes die for it.  The survivors..." he bared his teeth in a
grin that would not have looked out of place on a wolf, "they owe us EVERYTHING, and
they'll do anything to repay us."
     "But--"
     "And besides," Zalgor Prigg went on, "if you really want to take up the moral
question, go talk to the Grey Wand.  She's the one set this up, after all."
     "I don't see the point, frankly.  She's got plenty of Lord Protectors, and they
have longer training, skills polished and honed to a--"
     "The Bloodgames victors, they're Her enforcers," Prigg said.  "No polish, sure,
but when a dirty job needs doing, one of these guys will do it, and no questions
asked."

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                         ---===DELARQUAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 640): BALL PEIN of MANNEQUIN'S BEST (Mannequin, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 523): GOLDINA of THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 646): HELIAS SOL of ASTRAL KIN (Kid Arcane, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 617): PETE MASTIFF of DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 641): CREDIT CARD of BLOOD SUCKERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 636): ACOLYTE 1 of GOLDEN DAWN (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 645): SALTILLA of BEACH BABES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 629): CHAGAN of VIKINGS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 631): GRUMPY GHOUL of THE GRATEFUL UNDEAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 630): SARALEE JO of SWORD OPERA (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 602): GRACIE NICOLE of GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 594): ZIG of U.A.K. (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 268): XYOKOR YAHL of THE MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 578): ALMOST PRETTY of COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 529): CARGO of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 253): MATEEN of SAI'FULLAH (?, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 243): GISBORNE of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 476): SAND STORM of DISASTERS (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 219): BAYLY of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 522): GATEWAY of ATTACK OF THE CLONES (The Upright Man, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 640): HOMICIDAL MANIACS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 523): THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 646): IRATE FORMATIONS (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 617): TRIBAL COUNCIL (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 641): BLOOD SUCKERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 636): THE DIRECTORS (?, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 645): BEACH BABES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 628): Bacon Makin' (?, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 631): THE GRATEFUL UNDEAD (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 630): BEN'S BAZAAR (Gentleben, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 602): GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 594): U.A.K. (Otis the Drunk, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 268): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 578): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 529): RAISING R'LYEH (Reaper, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 253): STREET-SOLDIERS (Darkface, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 243): WHAT'S IN A NAME (Storm Lord, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 476): MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 219): KIWI CONNECTION 7 (The Mun, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 522) 0729205R et al (The Muffin Man, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 646): HELIAS SOL of ASTRAL KIN (Kid Arcane, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 644): BLUEBURN of SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 601): EVA MENDEZ of GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 267): WHAKAPAPA of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 577): DACIMOUSEL of DELVERS (Harby, mgr.)
                           LAZY LOOKOUT of DUNGEON CELL (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 528): GOB of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 475): SALTY DOG of DEATH MOB (Jakari, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 218): EAGLE KEYS of ANCIENT KNIGHTS (?, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     I salute the departing Whakapapa, who has a strange name but an acute skill in
combat.  You were a more worthy duelmaster than I.

                                    Xyokor Yahl

                                      SPY REPORT

     Like the magnificent Sun, rising upon the Dawn and exiling the Night for a Day, 
I, Novgorodny Vir, return once again!  Those betting on SCAREDY-CATS lost their 
shirt, as SCAREDY-CATS lost their fighting abilities:  0-0-0.  The boys at IDLE ITEMS 
are walking tall, as they are ranked 3rd on their first try!  Going for the 
Duelmaster soon?  Practice pays for FRANKS RED HOT, who pummelled RIRORNI WOMAN, to 
pocket 21 points.  KAHR, JACK certainly had a baffled expression on his face, after 
losing to IPSWICH and losing 14 points in the process!  In XOCHITHLAN, nothing is 
permanent (except Death), and we find ourselves a new Duelmaster, MATT RISIDE.  So 
who's the team that's been walking into taverns last week and ordering milk?  Sounds 
like a PR stunt to me.   
     And how sociable are XOCHITHLAN's warriors?  Come, let us see.   
     Is there life after death?  Pragmatics (and warriors) know there is death after 
life!  Oh hard!  that to strike a flame, the match itself must needs be wasting!   
     Do not think spyreporting in XOCHITHLAN is the highlight of my life.  As the 
seasons change, and the creatures of the wild change also, so do I feel a yearning to 
leave this place.  Like a mixed metaphor, and an overtaxed simile, I now bid 
XOCHITHLAN farewell-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MATT RISIDE 3705             15   4  0    99       CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MANN SLAUGHTER 3688          15   6  2    95       CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 XYOKOR YAHL 3767             12  32  0    90       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)
 IPSWICH 3839                 11   2  0    87       KIWI CONNECTION (449)
 MS D. MEENER 3696            14   6  0    80       CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)
 ANACONDA 3382                11   3  0    78       OPHIDIAN ORDER (328)
 KAHR, JACK 3637              17  15  1    75       CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RATA 3844                     7   1  0    64       KIWI CONNECTION (449)
-BLACK ADDER 3373              9   4  0    62       OPHIDIAN ORDER (328)
 TIMOR UNRED 3842              8   4  0    61       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SAML TYNE 3815                8  13  0    53       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)
 FALLON GRIMM 3847             6   1  0    48       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)
 QUITA ROSALA 3846             4   3  0    45       THE MIDDLE WAY (385)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MAGLOR 3657                   1   1  0    26       SONS OF FEANOR (430)
 ASQUITH 3843                  6   5  1    24       KIWI CONNECTION (449)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FRANKS RED HOT 3851           1   0  1    21       IDLE ITEMS (456)
 MASSEY 3848                   2   1  1    16       KIWI CONNECTION (449)
 PYTHON 3608                   2   2  0    14       OPHIDIAN ORDER (328)
 KEEBLER 3854                  1   0  0    13       IDLE ITEMS (456)
 KITCHEN WITCH 3855            1   0  0    13       IDLE ITEMS (456)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LUCARIO 3852                  1   0  1     7       IDLE ITEMS (456)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
RIRORNI WOMAN           0  0 0                      FRANKS RED HOT 3851   269  NONE
DRU G. LORDS 3730       0  1 0 CRIMINAL ELEMENT 379 LUCARIO 3852          269   
MEW 3853                0  1 0 IDLE ITEMS 456       MASSEY 3848           269   
DEATH 3850              0  1 0 KIWI CONNECTION 449  ARENAMASTER XORO      269  NONE
SEA SNAKE 3609          2  2 0 OPHIDIAN ORDER 328   SHAGORNAN HERMIT      269  NONE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Rata -- You just the "rata-tata-tat" on me, this time.  I didn't care for it, but I
suppose it's dues.  And at least I survived. -- Saml Tyne

Asquith -- I'm glad my momma didn't name me that.  It would have been a pain to go
through life with people yelling, "Hey, That!" -- Timor Unred

And one-one against the damned Rirorni. -- Fallon and Quita

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

SEA SNAKE was butchered by SHAGORNAN HERMIT in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
DEATH was butchered by ARENAMASTER XORON in a 1 minute Dark Arena duel.
XYOKOR YAHL was subdued by MATT RISIDE in a popular 1 minute one-sided Title melee.
IPSWICH won victory over KAHR, JACK in a crowd pleasing 1 minute brawl.
MANN SLAUGHTER overpowered COLLABORATOR in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
MS D. MEENER devastated ELITE ASSASSIN in a 1 minute uneven brawl.
ANACONDA defeated RATA in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
FALLON GRIMM devastated RIRORNI JANISSARY in a 1 minute one-sided competition.
TIMOR UNRED handily defeated CAPTURED NOMAD in a 1 minute gruesome uneven melee.
SAML TYNE vanquished ASQUITH in a 1 minute uneven fight.
QUITA ROSALA vanquished CAPTURED NOMAD in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
MAGLOR overpowered PYTHON in a 1 minute one-sided melee.
MASSEY narrowly killed MEW in a 2 minute bloody novice's match.
DRU G. LORDS was viciously butchered by LUCARIO in a 2 minute brutal novice's contest.
FRANKS RED HOT butchered RIRORNI WOMAN in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
KEEBLER handily defeated RIRORNI DESERTER in a 1 minute uneven fight.
KITCHEN WITCH overpowered RIRORNI DESERTER in a 1 minute uneven struggle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         SLASHING ATTACK    6 -   1 -  1      86  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   5         STRIKING ATTACK   22 -   6 -  0      79  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         LUNGING ATTACK    18 -   7 -  2      72  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         WALL OF STEEL     11 -   5 -  0      69  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         AIMED BLOW        13 -   8 -  0      62  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         TOTAL PARRY        1 -   1 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         BASHING ATTACK     5 -  12 -  1      29  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   1 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   1 -  0       0  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 269 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         3 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     2 -  3         3  AIMED BLOW     
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         3  BASHING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     4 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  WALL OF STEEL  
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  2     TOTAL PARRY        0 -  0         1  STRIKING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       MATT RISIDE 3705           15   4  0   99 CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)
WALL OF STEEL    MANN SLAUGHTER 3688        15   6  2   95 CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)
LUNGING ATTACK   IPSWICH 3839               11   2  0   87 KIWI CONNECTION (449)
BASHING ATTACK   MS D. MEENER 3696          14   6  0   80 CRIMINAL ELEMENT (379)
STRIKING ATTACK  RATA 3844                   7   1  0   64 KIWI CONNECTION (449)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is KAHR, JACK 3637.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was LUCARIO 3852.  The ten other most popular fighters were XYOKOR YAHL 3767, IPSWICH 
3839, FALLON GRIMM 3847, TIMOR UNRED 3842, QUITA ROSALA 3846, MATT RISIDE 3705, KAHR, 
JACK 3637, MS D. MEENER 3696, ANACONDA 3382, and MAGLOR 3657.

The least popular fighter this week was PYTHON 3608.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were ASQUITH 3843, DEATH 3850, SEA SNAKE 3609, FRANKS RED HOT 3851, DRU G. 
LORDS 3730, SAML TYNE 3815, RATA 3844, MANN SLAUGHTER 3688, KITCHEN WITCH 3855, and 
KEEBLER 3854.