DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 06/03/2010    Duedate: 06/16/2010

VEASTIAN ARENA

DM-43    TURN-581

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

XARGOTH
THE BRETHREN (212)
(43-2146) [16-10-0,101]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

XARGOTH                        ALVERNON STRONGAXE
THE BRETHREN (212)             WARRIORS OF STEEL (470)
(43-2146) [16-10-0,101]        (43-4715) [3-0-0,28]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

ELDARRAN                       NEKKAR AGIN
THE BRETHREN (212)             THE FAMILY (116)
(43-2176) [15-10-1,93]         (43-4717) [1-1-0,14]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

WARRIORS OF STEEL (470)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. WARRIORS OF STEEL (470)     31
2. THE FAMILY (116)            19      THE BRETHREN (212)
3. THE BRETHREN (212)           4      Unchartered Team
4. LUROCIAN ROYALTY (462)       0
                                       WARRIORS OF STEEL (470)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*WARRIORS OF STEEL (470)   13   2  3 86.7   1/ 1*WARRIORS OF STEEL (470)  13  2 3
 2- 2 LUROCIAN ROYALTY (462)   111  64  3 63.4   2/ 2 THE FAMILY (116)          7  6 1
 3/ 3 THE BRETHREN (212)        69  61  1 53.1   3/ 3 THE BRETHREN (212)        6  4 0
 4/ 4 THE FAMILY (116)         733 788 19 48.2   4- 4 LUROCIAN ROYALTY (462)    0  2 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 645): LIP GLOSS of HOT STUFF (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 647): SCURVY LADY of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 524): CRAZED CANARY of SATAN'S KINGDOMS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 641): MAXIMILLIAN of VC RULES (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 643): BAABRA LAMMONT of PUNNY AMINALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 634): GRACCHUS of GLADIATORS (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 635): ERIC CARTMAN of CUNNING RUNTS (Deep Thought, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 320): ANFERROUS of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 632): BIMBO SLICE of STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 317): SINGALEK of THE KINDRED (Godric Magnusson DaVinci)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 629): ENVY of ANGELS OF PAIN (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 626): BITCHIN' BEAST of DIVINE HERITAGE (Bubba Ganoosh)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 618): PELICAN EEL of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 580): XARGOTH of THE BRETHREN (Godric Magnusson DaVinci, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 295): DAN MACK GRU of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 289): ROIS ANIN of WARHAMMERS (Coyote, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 276): MRS. VAUGHN of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 508): RYVAS VOLKMAURI of INCONSISTENT FURY (Banthius, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 495): BB BULLY BOY of RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 475): FALLING LEAF of AUTUMN SAGA (Jugger, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 469): CHAEGO SARILDAN of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 225): EXTORTION of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 431): POLYNIKES of GATES OF FIRE (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 425): JAGUAR JON of GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 417): UNFORGETTABLE of THE WILLBURYS 78 (Rascally Rabbit)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 533): NIGHTCAP of DARKLINGS (She-Puppy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 645): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 647): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 524): SATAN'S KINGDOMS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 641): VC RULES (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 642): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 634): GLADIATORS (Caesar, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 635): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 320): FORCE OF FIVE (?, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 632): MID EARTH (Visionist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 317): THE KINDRED (Godric Magnusson DaVinci, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 629): DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 626): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 618): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 580): WARRIORS OF STEEL (?, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 295): STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 289): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 276): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 508): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 495): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 475): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 469): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 225): BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 431): GATES OF FIRE (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 425): GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 417): J (?, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 533): THE WILLBURYS 13 (Rascally Rabbit, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 645): LIP GLOSS of HOT STUFF (Papa Bear, mgr.)
                          BILBO BAGGINNI of MIDDLE ITALY (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 640): AGATE of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 643): BAABRA LAMMONT of PUNNY AMINALS (Jorja, mgr.)
                           BRUAR of MAXIMUM RESULTS (Coyote, mgr.)
               (turn 642): TAIKUTSU of YAMABUSHI (?, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 617): FARTIOR of ON THE ROCKS (Bartender, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 579): SENJIRO of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 475): FALLING LEAF of AUTUMN SAGA (Jugger, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 225): EXTORTION of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 425): SUNSET THUNDER of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings, warriors of VEASTIAN!  Once again I've been called out of retirement 
for my abilities and insights into Spyreporting.  What's with DANIEL SILVERLOCK?  He 
actually beat VEASTIAN's EMBEZZLING SCRIBE, and walked away with 14 more points from 
the fight.  Major screwup at THE BRETHREN.  MARIUS lost 8 points to LIRVENZ.  Some 
new strategies, perhaps?  Maybe MARIUS will provide more easy wins...  M. CHARDINEE 
was reminded on the sands why XARGOTH is Duelmaster.  Wouldn't it be nice to have 
live subjects to practice on?  I hear some team is looking into the uses of convicted 
prisoners.   
     Speaking of cowardly avoiders and unfair challenges...   
     Warriors of VEASTIAN unite.  You have only your games to lose!  Here's some 
advice:  study your opponent, master many skills, fight dirty.   
     Who knows what the future holds for a warrior.  More fights, there's no doubt.  
Are you as tired of reading this as I am of writing it?  Actually, I guess I'm 
writing it before you read it.  Oh, well.  Remember--a good fighter needs both good 
skills and good luck.  Until next time,-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 XARGOTH 2146                 16  10  0   101       THE BRETHREN (212)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-PRINCE CONNOR 4618           33  11  0   120       LUROCIAN ROYALTY (462)
 ELDARRAN 2176                15  10  1    93       THE BRETHREN (212)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LIRVENZ 4708                 11   5  1    75       THE FAMILY (116)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VAISTINIE 4702               14  12  1    65       THE FAMILY (116)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FELSTAVA 2147                15  11  0    56       THE BRETHREN (212)
 KENSELJO 4709                 7   3  0    55       THE FAMILY (116)
 STEEL SPAR 2145              11  15  0    54       THE BRETHREN (212)
 MARIUS 4707                   7   5  0    54       THE BRETHREN (212)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ALVERNON STRONGAXE 4715       3   0  0    28       WARRIORS OF STEEL (470)
 DANIEL SILVERLOCK 4713        3   0  0    26       WARRIORS OF STEEL (470)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JONAS SWITCHBLADE 4714        3   0  2    23       WARRIORS OF STEEL (470)
 JEREMIAH BROADBLADE 4712      2   1  1    20       WARRIORS OF STEEL (470)
 NEKKAR AGIN 4717              1   1  0    14       THE FAMILY (116)
 SAMUEL CLIPPER 4716           2   1  0     9       WARRIORS OF STEEL (470)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
PRINCESS EMILY I 4704   4  8 0 LUROCIAN ROYALTY 462 VAISTINIE 4702        579   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Xargoth -- Well done.  I am glad you took the title with a win.  It is always better
so. -- Senjiro

Eldarran -- It's all well and good for Senjiro to take that high line, but I think
you should have LOST this one. -- Lirvenz

Steel Spar -- Magnets. -- Kenseljo

Felstava -- Well, that was marginally embarrassing.  Still, it happens.  Bummer, but
there it is. -- Vaitinie

Samuel Clipper -- Ah!  So THAT is how it works.  Okay, I can DO this. -- Nekkar Agin

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

XARGOTH devastated M. CHARDINEE in a 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
ELDARRAN vanquished KENSELJO in a 1 minute uneven battle.
FELSTAVA was subdued by VAISTINIE in a 1 minute expert's fight.
MARIUS was devastated by LIRVENZ in a 1 minute gory one-sided contest.
STEEL SPAR demolished JEREMIAH BROADBLADE in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
NEKKAR AGIN lost to JONAS SWITCHBLADE in a exciting 3 minute amateur's fight.
DANIEL SILVERLOCK devastated EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute one-sided competition.
ALVERNON STRONGAXE handily defeated CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute uneven melee.
SAMUEL CLIPPER won victory over PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 4 minute novice's duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         WALL OF STEEL      3 -   0 -  0     100  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         TOTAL PARRY       10 -   1 -  2      91  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   1 -  0      67  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         LUNGING ATTACK     7 -   4 -  0      64  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         BASHING ATTACK    12 -   8 -  0      60  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         STRIKING ATTACK   26 -  20 -  1      57  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      7 -   6 -  0      54  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         AIMED BLOW        12 -  14 -  1      46  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         SLASHING ATTACK    0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 581 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  XARGOTH 2146               16  10  0  101 THE BRETHREN (212)
AIMED BLOW       VAISTINIE 4702             14  12  1   65 THE FAMILY (116)
BASHING ATTACK   FELSTAVA 2147              15  11  0   56 THE BRETHREN (212)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is ELDARRAN 2176.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was NEKKAR AGIN 4717.  The ten other most popular fighters were XARGOTH 2146, 
ELDARRAN 2176, JONAS SWITCHBLADE 4714, VAISTINIE 4702, LIRVENZ 4708, STEEL SPAR 2145, 
DANIEL SILVERLOCK 4713, ALVERNON STRONGAXE 4715, FELSTAVA 2147, and MARIUS 4707.

The least popular fighter this week was SAMUEL CLIPPER 4716.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were JEREMIAH BROADBLADE 4712, KENSELJO 4709, MARIUS 4707, FELSTAVA 
2147, ALVERNON STRONGAXE 4715, DANIEL SILVERLOCK 4713, STEEL SPAR 2145, LIRVENZ 4708, 
VAISTINIE 4702, and JONAS SWITCHBLADE 4714.

                        WINTER FACE-TO-FACE IN SUNNY ARIZONA!

Our next winter FTF will be held in Tempe, Arizona, January 14-16, 2011.  It will be 
held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tempe, Arizona (480-894-7444), the same hotel as 
last year by popular request.  Room rates are $129.00 per night, 1-2 occupancy, which 
includes full cooked breakfast, complimentary manager's reception (yes, really!), free 
airport shuttle, free parking and free high speed internet.  There's a fitness center, 
jacuzzi, and pool.  The rooms are blocked--please make your reservation by December 22 
before the block is released!  (This is prime season for Phoenix, and people have been
unable to book rooms because they waited too long.)  Look for the tournament info 
sheet and minioverviews some time in December.  We hope you're all looking forward to 
it and that we will see you there!

                          SUMMER FACE-TO-FACE IN CLEVELAND!

Our summer FTF will be down south this year, located in Orlando, Florida on July 9-11, 
2010.  It will be held at the Courtyard Orlando International Drive, near Universal 
Studios and Sea World, and not far from the Disney parks.  The hotel is located at 
8600 Austrian Court, Orlando, 32819 (800-321-2211).  Rooms are $112/night, 1-2 
occupancy, and are listed under the Reality Simulations room block.  

The hotel features free parking and free high-speed wireless internet in all 
guestrooms.  The hotel has an pool, jacuzzi, and fitness center.  There's a Starbucks, 
a restaurant, and a little Market where you can get snacks and sandwiches all day and 
night.  There are tons of restaurants nearby on I-Drive.

The tournament information sheet will be out imminently.  We hope you're all looking 
forward to the tournament and that we will see you there!

               NEW GRADUATES--FROM ALL ARENAS (INCLUDING CLOSED ARENAS)

     For those of you who keep track of such things, several additional warriors 
graduated from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament.  

                                TROLL (7-4624) BIG BAD  
                       BARBARIAN (12-4783) SUPERIOR FORCES 22T  
                           RAMPAGE (32-5076) ANGELS OF PAIN  
                                HOOFA (68-8617) ALMOST  
                         SCUMMY BOY (73-3371) THE FAMILY TREE  
                         NIGHTBINDER (82-3120) FORGE OF FURY  
                           HEDWIG (82-11622) LUROCIAN XIII  
                           DOLAN (82-15864) WHETSTONE 2D II  
                       LOAD MASTER (82-15924) ARIZONA TRIP 2K2  
                             SNOTMONSTER (82-26261) NOSEY  
                    YELLOW SUBMARINE (82-26471) LBA:  BEATLEMANIA!  
                            CLUSTER (82-28582) HALF A WORD  
                        KINETIX (82-30489) SUPERIOR FORCES 706  
                            LUNG BUTTER (82-33462) 11405O  
                        WEBBED BEAUS (82-36458) DATING A FROG  
                        KATAMARI DAMACY (82-38613) COOL GAMES  
                           BEAVER (82-39056) ANIMAL'S FARM  
                       VITO BERTOLDO (82-41532) MEDAL OF HONOR  
                       CECIL BOLTON (82-42248) MEDAL OF HONOR V  
                      SOULTAKER (82-45716) FAIRLY ODD PEOPLE II  
                          HARVEY (82-46194) KELLUMBO'S K 06F  
                        PRISONER R09 (82-51085) DUNGEON CELL 4  

Congrats to the grads. -- Green Eyes

                        BLOODGAMES at the SUMMER FACE-TO-FACE

Back by popular demand, we will be having Bloodgames at the Summer FTF!  For those of 
you who always wanted the chance to manage the last warrior standing alive upon the 
arena sands, your day has come.  At the end of the ten turns, even though several 
warriors, bruised and scarred, MAY yet live, only one will be crowned Champion of the 
Bloodgames.  And in this game mere survival counts for little.  A great general once 
said, "The object of battle is not to die for your cause, but to make your enemy die 
for his."  This general would have greatly enjoyed the Duelmasters Bloodgames.  There 
will be two different arenas:

     DM 98:  for Face-to-Face attendees, with turn-by-turn strategies, and 
     DM 99:  for all managers, with one strategy for all ten rounds

Gameplay proceeds according to standard DM rules, except for a few notable exceptions: 

BLOODGAMES ROLLUP --  Your Bloodgames team is ten warriors, one of each fighting 
style, each warrior designed from scratch!  (All is 84 points, 3-21, as usual.)

DEATH -- As the name implies, the Bloodgames will leave the arena sands somewhat darker 
before they're over.  It's a dangerous sport intended only for the tough and spirited.  
The Arenamaster will be less likely to intercede on behalf of a dying warrior.  Even 
at a 1 kill desire, kill attempts will occur.

REPLACEMENTS AND ROLLUPS -- There will be no replacement characters.  

CHALLENGES AND STRATEGIES -- In DM 98, there no regular challenges, only bloodfeuds.  
For DM 99, warriors may not change their strategy from round to round (to make it fair 
for those who could not attend the F-t-F).  There will be no DA challenges.

TURN PROCESSING AND DUE DATES -- If you are not attending the FTF, we must have your 
rollups and strategies by Wednesday, July 7, else they are due by 9pm on Friday, at 
the hotel.  The Bloodgames will process at the FTF with the regular tournament.  

MISSED TURNS -- All warriors fight each round.  Only the dead may rest.

ERRORS -- If we make an input error, that warrior will be awarded a win and kill.  
Errors must be reported before the next turn processes.  

NEWSLETTER -- Warriors are ranked according to their number of kills.  Champions of 
Bloodgames may write a column for the newsletter at the end of the games. 

FEES -- A Bloodgames rollup costs a $10 set-up fee.  Managers may roll up more than 
one team but may run only one team in each arena.  The fee for all ten rounds is $49. 

AWARDS -- The Bloodgames last ten rounds.  Only warriors who survive to the end of 
Turn 10 will be eligible for an award.  However, a consolation award of a Bloodgames 
T-shirt will be awarded to the dead warrior with the most kills.

The living warrior with the greatest number of kills will be the Bloodgames Champion.  
Bloodgames Victor titles, 2nd and 3rd place, and Bloodgames Runner-up titles, 4th 
through 6th place, will be awarded to those living warriors with the greatest number 
of kills at the end of Turn 10, with one other important consideration:  Each of these 
six warriors must be of a different fighting style.  Win/loss records and, if 
necessary, recognition points will only be used to determine awards if there is a tie.  

A Bloodgames T-shirts will be awarded to the manager of the team with the most kills.

The Bloodgames Champion fights for free in Advanced Duelmasters, and all Champions and 
Victors earn Tournament Victor status, which allows them to challenge once per turn 
with increased priority.  These awards last for six months.  The manager of the 
Bloodgames Champion, Victors, and Runners-up will receive Bloodgames T-shirts.

AFTERMATH -- Warriors from the Bloodgames may not transfer to any other arena.  Once 
the games are over, the arena and teams will be disbanded.  The fighters have won 
their freedom and will never more be seen in the gladiatorial games.  A special bonus 
will, however, be awarded to the 1st through 3rd place warriors.  Lady Sheila 
Greywand, of the Isle of the Eye, has consented to allow the top three surviving 
gladiators in each Bloodgames admission to the Advanced Duelmasters Games.  Any 
special training required to qualify those three warriors for Advanced Duelmasters 
combat will be conducted before transfer into A.D.  Astute managers will note that 
this means a slim, but possible chance that a warrior designed from scratch will 
survive the Bloodgames, win one of the top three places, and go on to glory in A.D.  
That warrior could be yours!

         The challenge is yours to take.  The final plans are yours to make.  
          When the dust settles, remember:  To the victor goes the spoils!