DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 05/01/2010    Duedate: 05/14/2010

RODEKI ARENA

DM-42    TURN-586

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

STICKY FINGERS
DUNGEON CELL (402)
(42-4523) [9-0-0,118]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

STICKY FINGERS                 BRAID
DUNGEON CELL (402)             I CAN'T BRUSH YOU (407)
(42-4523) [9-0-0,118]          (42-4548) [3-2-0,31]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

EACHAM                         NUDE SOMNAMBULIST
DELVERS (154)                  DUNGEON CELL (402)
(42-4485) [17-27-0,89]         (42-4536) [1-0-0,9]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

COLOR ME SUAVE (322)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. COLOR ME SUAVE (322)        49
2. DUNGEON CELL (402)          28      DUNGEON CELL (402)
3. DELVERS (154)                8      Unchartered Team
4. DEMNAT'S PRIDE (405)         0
5. I CAN'T BRUSH YOU (407)     -1      I CAN'T BRUSH YOU (407)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 DUNGEON CELL (402)       110  36  7 75.3   1/ 1 COLOR ME SUAVE (322)     13  2 0
 2/ 2 COLOR ME SUAVE (322)     728 483 31 60.1   2/ 2 DELVERS (154)             7  8 0
 3- 4*DEMNAT'S PRIDE (405)       3   4  0 42.9   3/ 4 DUNGEON CELL (402)        5  1 0
 4/ 5 DELVERS (154)            658 880 17 42.8   4/ 3*I CAN'T BRUSH YOU (407)   2 10 0
 5/ 3*I CAN'T BRUSH YOU (407)    9  13  1 40.9   5- 5*DEMNAT'S PRIDE (405)      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

                    Blood on a Purple Robe: A Bloodgames Primer
                                by One Armed Bandit

     Twice a year, there is a great gathering.  These tiny men with their stained
clothing and great intellects do not look like your traditional gladiators, but they
will meet and compete for a chance at Duel-2 immortality.  No, no, I'm not talking
about the managers at the Face-to-Face.  I'm talking about the murderous dwarves of
the Bloodgames.
     It's probably the worst advertised event in Duel-2 history.  It happens twice a
year, in January and July, and you don't have to fly across the country to
participate.  For some, the Bloodgames are just a distant memory of a t-shirt that
never arrived, newer managers may have never even heard of it.  For others, though,
it is a way of life.  And it can be yours, too.
     The cost:  $10 to roll up the team, $49 to run them.  At each Face-To-Face
tourney, two Bloodgames arenas are run.  One of them (called the FtF Bloodgames) gets
run round-by-round for ten rounds, and warriors are allowed to change their
strategies, avoid, and make Bloodfeud challenges.  For the other arena (called the
Mail-In Bloodgames), there are no bloodfeuds or avoids and each warrior must use the
same strategy and train for all ten rounds.  You can participate in both even if you
don't attend the FtF, but you'll be at a slight disadvantage in the FtF Bloodgames
(the Mail-In Bloodgames is a perfectly level playing field).
     The teams:  Each team consists of TEN warriors, one of EACH style.  You can
design each warrior however you want, as long as the stats add up to 84 points and no
stat is lower than a 3 or higher than a 21 (referred to as DYOs or design-your-own
warriors).  Simply write down the following information on a piece of paper and mail
it to RSI (or email it to csr@reality.com): your name, your account number, the words
"Mail-In Bloodgames" or "FtF Bloodgames", the team name, and all ten warriors (name,
style, gender, ST-CN-SZ-WT-WL-SP-DF).  If you submit them early enough you will
probably get a chance to see the overviews before sending in strategies for each of
them (using a normal strategy sheet, remember only one strategy and one train for the
entire event).  If you want to play it safe, however, you can submit strategies along
with the team information, just write "NEW" in each of the Warrior ID spots and
either "MI BG" or "FTF BG" in the Game # spot.  Some managers who are especially
ambitious will roll up each team more than once, and look over the overviews to
determine which team had the best luck in the roll-up process.  Just remember, it
costs $10 each time you roll them up.
     The rules:  So what's the catch? $59 for 10 design-your-own warriors?  Not so
fast, buddy.  At the end of ten rounds, the top three warriors of different styles
from each arena will be granted immortality, trained up to the minimum ADM
requirements, and will graduate to ADM.  Every other warrior will be gone forever.
Executed, freed, or retired to a quiet life on the farm like your childhood dog
Buster, if that helps you sleep at night.  If the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ranked warriors
are a LU, a WS, and an AB, then those three will win the prizes.  However, if the
1st, 2nd, and 3rd ranked warriors are a LU, a LU, and a WS, the 2nd place LU is out
of luck, his prize will drop down to the highest ranking member of a style that isn't
LU or WS.  So what does it take to be one of the top ranked warriors?  Warriors are
ranked based on number of kills, first and foremost, with their record and
recognition points being the tie breakers.  Oh, did I mention that the chances of
dying are FIVE TIMES that of a normal arena?
     What to expect:  You will run into many opponents who are SZ 3, who have 21 WT
and 21 WL, who are using a 10 KD and aiming for the vitals, who are using unusual
weapons that Duel-2 folklore says have a greater chance of delivering that killing
blow, such as the Battle Axe.  You may run into such classic archetypes as the 17-3-
3-21-21-8-11 ST or the 17-16-3-3-21-3-21 AB.
     So why should you play?  There are many reasons.  You don't have to feel guilty
about killing your friend's warrior, for starters, because that's the whole
objective.  Unique kill text make it all the sweeter, too.  You won't see anyone get
"pierced completely through" or "skewered through their vital organs" anywhere else
(at least I hope not).  Not only is it exciting to read, but my most rewarding
warrior came from the Bloodgames and yours could, too.  Whether you are a tournament
player or an arena player, if your warrior is tough enough to survive the Bloodgames,
he's tough enough for whatever task you set him to.  My first Bloodgames graduate was
a warrior named Sushi Slinger of Sea Dogs: 17-3-3-21-21-12-7 SL.  He left Old
Valamantis with a 10-0-3 record and immortality.  Since then, he has been a
Tournament Victor in the Freshman tourney, a Runner-Up in the ADM tourney, and a
three-time Tournament Victor in the Eligibles tourney.  He is now fighting in Primus
against the best of the best and holding his own.  Your Bloodgames graduate could
join him in Primus, too.

     "Remember, blood on the purple robe does not change it from a purple robe.
     Dare to fight bravely." - Alarond the Scribe

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

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 647): BLACK of FULL SPECTRUM (Jester, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 530): IGNORANT BAUD of 042709A (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 653): VIRTUAL REALITY of STATE OF MIND (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 624): PETE MASTIFF of DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 648): MOSQUITO of BLOOD SUCKERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 643): EVE AND EMMA of PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 652): CAJETAN of SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 636): HAGAR BLUETOOTH of VIKINGS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 638): SALLANCHE of SUPERIOR FORCES 6N (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 637): WALLACE of GRIM FANDANGO (Stik, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 605): EDDIE INCHER of MIDDLE WAY 17 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 598): KARTIKAYA of JINDA-BAN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 272): MANN SLAUGHTER of CRIMINAL ELEMENT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 585): EACHAM of DELVERS (Harby, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 536): CARGO of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 255): VARDIN ABEQ of TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 246): GISBORNE of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 481): JERANS LA'ROC of MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 223): TORANS ULRIK of MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 529): GATEWAY of ATTACK OF THE CLONES (The Upright Man, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 647): HOMICIDAL MANIACS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 530): THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 653): ASTRAL KIN (Arcane Kid, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 624): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 648): THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 643): PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 652): BEACH BABES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 636): ABOMINATION (Chase, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 638): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 637): GRIM FANDANGO (Stik, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 605): BABES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 598): JINDA-BAN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 272): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 585): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 536): DARK HORSEMEN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 255): TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 246): WHAT'S IN A NAME (Storm Lord, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 481): DETHKLOT (?, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 223): MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 529) 0729205R et al (The Muffin Man, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 529): GROND of THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
               (turn 528): BRANDY PINKERTON of PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE (Gavin Rule, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 652): CANDY CANE of CHURCH LADIES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 635): FAMINE of DARK AT HEART (?, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 272): MANN SLAUGHTER of CRIMINAL ELEMENT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 535): SHALAITHA of DARK HORSEMENT (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 246): GISBORNE of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Ah, nothing like being prepared!  I came to meet Coldfishfinger with heated
gloves--not an easy thing to find at this season--and warmed him right up.  And I
don't mind having the title, either.

                                       Eacham

                                      SPY REPORT

     I was going on vacation, see?  Surf, sun...  But what do those bums say?  "Hit 
the road, Debby Tonte.  RODEKI needs a spyreport."  Oh, well.  MVP award for FAROMAN? 
DELVERS' proud of him after beating DEAD MAN WALKING and getting 18 points.  Talk 
about yer big time losers!  DEAD MAN WALKING got smashed by FAROMAN, and lost 13 
points!  Was that a tear I saw in STICKY FINGERS' eye, as he took over 
Duelmastership?  And wasn't EACHAM fit to be tied!  I hear the top team insists all 
their warriors get nine hours sleep.  They want photogenic fighters for PR photos.   
     So just why would someone becomes a warrior anyway?  It can't be for these 
really neat Spyreports can it?   
     Challenges, revenges, Bloodfeuds.  All RODEKI ever talks about is fighting!  Me, 
I'm more laid back.  What if they had a fight and nobody showed up?  I'd be out of a 
job, that's what!!!   
     Remember, blood on a purple robe may stain.  Soak it in cold water, and hand 
wash.  I know how much you like reading this stuff, but I really should stop.  
Remember you guys, ease up sometimes!  Chill out!  Later, Debby Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STICKY FINGERS 4523           9   0  0   118       DUNGEON CELL (402)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FAROMAN 4495                 14  28  1    94       DELVERS (154)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 COLDFISHFINGER 4501          23  16  0    90       COLOR ME SUAVE (322)
 EACHAM 4485                  17  27  0    89       DELVERS (154)
 DEAD MAN WALKING 4512         8   2  0    69       DUNGEON CELL (402)
 BUB MCSCRUBBS 4530            8   2  0    68       COLOR ME SUAVE (322)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ROCKHOG JR 4511              12  18  0    54       DELVERS (154)
 HARD KNOCKS 4555              3   0  0    41       COLOR ME SUAVE (322)
 GASTAIGNE 4535                4   3  0    35       DELVERS (154)
 URCHIN 4522                   3   0  0    34       DUNGEON CELL (402)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BRAID 4548                    3   2  0    31       I CAN'T BRUSH YOU (407)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DAMON SHOVELL 4552            2   2  1    22       DELVERS (154)
 FLIMSY KNICKERS 4553          2   1  0    21       COLOR ME SUAVE (322)
 JELLO KNUCKLES 4554           3   0  0    19       COLOR ME SUAVE (322)
-LIONESS 4524                  3   4  0    15       DEMNAT'S PRIDE (405)
 PREMATURE EMBALMER 4551       1   0  0    15       DUNGEON CELL (402)
 TOOTHBRUSH 4546               3   2  0    11       I CAN'T BRUSH YOU (407)
 COMB 4545                     2   3  1    10       I CAN'T BRUSH YOU (407)
 NUDE SOMNAMBULIST 4536        1   0  0     9       DUNGEON CELL (402)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HAIRBRUSH 4547                0   5  0     5       I CAN'T BRUSH YOU (407)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
FLOOR MAT 4549          1  1 0 I CAN'T BRUSH YO 407 DAMON SHOVELL 4552    583   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Bub McScrubbs -- No, I will *not* do that floor for you, what am I, Tom Sawyer?  No,
that would be you.  Well, anyway, NO. -- Gastaigne
P.S.  People seem to think that just because I'm an orc, I'll do any dirty job.  As
if!

M. Chardinee.  That just makes my day. -- Faroman

The Fratsfa Slave doesn't teach worth spit, which I suppose goes with him being such
a wimp. -- Rockhog

What's the deal with this Dangerous Criminal?  I didn't sign up to fight Dangerous
Criminals.  I want a better match. -- Damon Shovell

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

EACHAM was devastated by STICKY FINGERS in a 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
FAROMAN vanquished DEAD MAN WALKING in a exciting 1 minute uneven battle.
COLDFISHFINGER overpowered CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 2 minute mismatched duel.
BUB MCSCRUBBS devastated GASTAIGNE in a exciting 1 minute bloody one-sided fight.
ROCKHOG JR viciously subdued BRAID in a 3 minute bloody one-sided duel.
HARD KNOCKS overpowered FRATSFA SLAVE in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
URCHIN savagely defeated DAMON SHOVELL in a 1 minute expert vs. beginner melee.
COMB was overpowered by PREMATURE EMBALMER in a 1 minute uneven duel.
TOOTHBRUSH was overpowered by FLIMSY KNICKERS in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
HAIRBRUSH was overcome by NUDE SOMNAMBULIST in a 2 minute novice's bout.
JELLO KNUCKLES subdued MORDANT DESERTER in a 5 minute amateur's match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       3         STRIKING ATTACK    2 -   0 -  0     100  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         TOTAL PARRY       11 -   2 -  0      85  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    3         WALL OF STEEL      8 -   3 -  0      73  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         LUNGING ATTACK    12 -   5 -  0      71  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         PARRY-STRIKE      13 -  10 -  1      57  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         SLASHING ATTACK    6 -   5 -  1      55  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         AIMED BLOW        15 -  15 -  0      50  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-RIPOSTE     11 -  12 -  1      48  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -  10 -  1      33  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   0         BASHING ATTACK     0 -   8 -  0       0  |

Turn 586 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     PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -  2         3  AIMED BLOW     
STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  2         2  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  0     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  0         1  TOTAL PARRY    
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      0 -  1         1  PARRY-LUNGE    
PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  1                                       1  LUNGING ATTACK 
PARRY-STRIKE       1 -  1                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
                                                                1  STRIKING ATTACK
                                                                1  SLASHING ATTACK

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       STICKY FINGERS 4523         9   0  0  118 DUNGEON CELL (402)
TOTAL PARRY      COLDFISHFINGER 4501        23  16  0   90 COLOR ME SUAVE (322)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    DEAD MAN WALKING 4512       8   2  0   69 DUNGEON CELL (402)
LUNGING ATTACK   BUB MCSCRUBBS 4530          8   2  0   68 COLOR ME SUAVE (322)
WALL OF STEEL    GASTAIGNE 4535              4   3  0   35 DELVERS (154)
STRIKING ATTACK  URCHIN 4522                 3   0  0   34 DUNGEON CELL (402)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is EACHAM 4485.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
NUDE SOMNAMBULIST 4536.  The ten other most popular fighters were BUB MCSCRUBBS 4530, 
URCHIN 4522, STICKY FINGERS 4523, FAROMAN 4495, COLDFISHFINGER 4501, ROCKHOG JR 4511, 
BRAID 4548, FLIMSY KNICKERS 4553, DEAD MAN WALKING 4512, and HARD KNOCKS 4555.

The least popular fighter this week was JELLO KNUCKLES 4554.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were HAIRBRUSH 4547, TOOTHBRUSH 4546, COMB 4545, DAMON SHOVELL 4552, 
GASTAIGNE 4535, EACHAM 4485, PREMATURE EMBALMER 4551, HARD KNOCKS 4555, DEAD MAN 
WALKING 4512, and FLIMSY KNICKERS 4553.

                  MAIL-IN TOURNEY XLIX

PRIMUS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
JANET RENO 3823 (126-113-1)            2  3  0         I'M DEAD SEXY        

FRESHMEN TOURNEY                       W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
MODEL PRISONER 4489 (25-8-2)           8  3  0         DUNGEON CELL         
CORRUPT TURNKEY 4487 (27-8-3)          7  3  0         DUNGEON CELL         
BOZO 4016 (25-63-0)                    1  3  0         CLOWNING AROUND      
REEKY SNEAK 4491 (20-7-0)              1  3  0         DUNGEON CELL         

ADEPTS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
DEAD MAN WALKING 4512 (8-1-0)          7  3  0         DUNGEON CELL         

INITIATES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
URCHIN 4522 (2-0-0)                    2  3  0         DUNGEON CELL         
STICKY FINGERS 4523 (8-0-0)            1  3  0         DUNGEON CELL         

ROOKIES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
NUDE SOMNAMBULIST 4536 (0-0-0)         3  3  0         DUNGEON CELL         

ROOKIES FOOLS TOURNEY                  W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
PREMATURE EMBALMER 4551 (0-0-0)        0  3  0         DUNGEON CELL