DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 04/25/2007    Duedate: 05/22/2007

STORMCROWE ARENA

DM-45    TURN-255

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

RAGGEDY ANN
DARQUE FORCES (428)
(45-4148) [21-9-0,91]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

RAGGEDY ANN                    ARCTIC FOX
DARQUE FORCES (428)            ARCTIC WASTES (486)
(45-4148) [21-9-0,91]          (45-4290) [3-1-1,26]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

FROSTBITE                      ANGEL HAMMER
NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)          MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
(45-4014) [7-40-0,61]          (45-3962) [11-4-2,84]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DARQUE FORCES (428)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. DARQUE FORCES (428)         38
2. NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)       32      MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
3. ARCTIC WASTES (486)         25      Unchartered Team
4. EGGBEATERS ANON (10)         0
5. MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)       -18      ARCTIC WASTES (486)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)      48  27  2 64.0   1/ 2 DARQUE FORCES (428)      11  4 0
 2/ 3*ARCTIC WASTES (486)       15   9  2 62.5   2/ 1 MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)     10  5 0
 3/ 2 DARQUE FORCES (428)      240 184 13 56.6   3/ 3 NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)     8  7 0
 4/ 4 NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)    170 216  4 44.0   4/ 4*ARCTIC WASTES (486)       7  7 0
 5/ 5*SUDDEN FURY (487)          4  11  1 26.7   5/ 5*SUDDEN FURY (487)         4 11 1
 6- 6*EGGBEATERS ANON (10)       0   1  0  0.0   6- 6*EGGBEATERS ANON (10)      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

     "It's infamous!"  Ardane, spy reporter for Andorak, scowled and drew back his
arm to throw his goblet through the window at the crowd outside.  Then paused to
drain the contents before resuming the about-to-throw-it position.
     "Now, now, it isn't THAT bad."  Desiree of Darkholm, always the voice of sweet
reason at these meetings, laid a hand on his, smiled, and guided the goblet back to
the table.  "It's just a little mistake, you know."
     "Ha!"  Debby Tonte of Free Blades stabbed viciously into her drink with an
umbrella.  "That's easy for YOU to say.  The Delarquans aren't complaining."
     "Of course not."  Galen of Talahya looked faintly envious as she pulled a chunk
of pineapple out of her glass and began to nibble it.  "That's because the Delarquans
are THE Masters of Kung-Fu."
     "You think some managers are complaining," Olaf Modeen said, "you should hear
what the GLADIATORS are saying.  All these rumors about the Aimed Blows having
'special enhancements'..." he shook his head.  "I know it isn't true, you know it
isn't true, the top managers know it isn't true--"
     "Of course it isn't true!"  Ketchum, spy reporter for Crysalis, matched scowls
with Ardane and said, "If ANY one style was going to get a special enhancement, it
should be--"
     "Not now, Ketch," Olaf said.  "Nobody gets, nobody has gotten, nobody WILL get,
special enhancements.  That's always been the rule, and we all know how the Greywand
hates changes.  The real problem--"
     "Try telling that to some of the managers," Debby muttered, peering into her
glass for more fruit.  "They don't want to hear it.  Every time I turn around, some
manager is claiming that someone got a special change and, you know, HE didn't and
it's all unfair."
     "The REAL problem," Olaf said firmly, over-riding her voice, "is explaining to
all the second-rate Aimed Blows why they haven't received any of these 'special
enhancements' they keep hearing about."
     "There aren't any special enhancements," Ardane growled.  "None.  Just managers
who noticed that the Kung-Fu Master is a lot more dangerous than anyone expected, and
have put YEARS into the study of Kung-Fu and learned how to really USE it for their
own gladiators."
     "Saved a lot on weapons, too," Ketchum murmured.
     "But people keep complaining," Debby Tonte said.  She fished one last piece of
fruit out of her glass and stared at it dubiously.
     "There WERE no special enhancements," Olaf said.  "There ARE no special
enhancements.  There WILL BE no special enhancements.  It's all a matter of deep
study and skilled management."
     "Like anyone's going to believe that!"
     "They have no choice," Ketchum said.  "If no 'special enhancements' were given
out, then none can be taken back.  It is the way it is.  What's the point in
complaining because the sun rises in the east?"

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

StormCrowe Spectators

The View from the Top is Simply Amazing and when you are an ANGEL HAMMER the heights
are Even Greater and the View Even More Spectacular!

Thanks to Every Gladiator, Manager and RSI Stand-In that made My Ascent Possible!

Special Thanks to My Manager Hammer who keeps our Stable on Maintenance and Rarely
Challenges or Avoids!

Makes the Victories That Much Sweeter!

ANGEL HAMMER

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings, Warriors of STORMCROWE.  Allow this humble servant Novgorodny Vir to 
give you a respite from the fights in the form of this Spyreport.  The boys at MUTANT 
HAMMERZ left the arena dejected, after being kicked out of the top spot by DARQUE 
FORCES.  Good show!  Say what you will about blind luck and dirty fighting, but 
ARCTIC WASTES will tell you 15-9-2 is nothing to laugh at...  Practice pays for 
GELIDNIA HALE, who pummelled BISHOP HAMMER, to pocket 28 points.  BISHOP HAMMER 
certainly had a baffled expression on his face, after losing to GELIDNIA HALE and 
losing 26 points in the process!  In STORMCROWE, nothing is permanent (except Death), 
and we find ourselves a new Duelmaster, RAGGEDY ANN.  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 STORMCROWE's warriors?  Come, let us see.  Word has it 
WHIRLWIND suffered a romantic setback.  Note how she challenged LADY WINTER, 31 
points hers senior.  Soopreyes, soopreyes!  WHIRLWIND emerges from the fray 3 points 
the richer.  Good show, WHIRLWIND!   
     Ah, the duel!  The roar of the oppenent, the smell of the crowd!  Oh hard!  that 
to strike a flame, the match itself must needs be wasting!   
     All good things must come to an end.  Keep those sands bloody and the buzzards 
fat!  Can anything compare to the pleasure of writing Spyreports for STORMCROWE?  On 
that giddy note I take my leave-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RAGGEDY ANN 4148             21   9  0    91       DARQUE FORCES (428)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ANGEL HAMMER 3962            11   4  2    84       MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
 CANNONBALL HAMMER 3960       11   4  0    82       MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
 WALRUS 3995                  15  34  0    79       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
 SHADOWCAT HAMMER 3961         9   6  0    75       MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 THE BRIDE 4180               11   8  0    66       DARQUE FORCES (428)
 FROSTBITE 4014                7  40  0    61       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BEAST HAMMER 3963             9   6  0    52       MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
 GELIDNIA HALE 4260            4   4  0    52       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
 DAN MACK GRU 4283             5   0  1    42       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)
 LADY WINTER 4231              7   7  0    35       NORTHERN LIGHTS (393)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 AUNTY ENTITY 4253             4   4  1    32       DARQUE FORCES (428)
 YUFFIE 4291                   3   0  0    32       DARQUE FORCES (428)
 BISHOP HAMMER 3993            8   5  0    30       MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
 ARCTIC FOX 4290               3   1  1    26       ARCTIC WASTES (486)
 WHITE BEAR 4282               4   1  0    25       ARCTIC WASTES (486)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TUNDRA 4280                   4   1  1    23       ARCTIC WASTES (486)
 GLACIER 4279                  3   2  0    23       ARCTIC WASTES (486)
 YUMALESCA 4289                2   2  0    12       DARQUE FORCES (428)
 PAINLESS 4288                 2   1  1    11       SUDDEN FURY (487)
-THUMPER 65                    0   1  0     9       EGGBEATERS ANON (10)
 VORTEX 4285                   1   2  0     6       SUDDEN FURY (487)
 OVERWHELM 4287                1   2  0     5       SUDDEN FURY (487)
 WHIRLWIND 4286                0   3  0     5       SUDDEN FURY (487)
 IMPACT 4284                   0   3  0     3       SUDDEN FURY (487)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
PERMAFROST 4278        0  1 0 ARCTIC WASTES 486     DAN MACK GRU 4283     251 NOT REVE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Raggedy Ann -- No Challenges and No Avoids!  Take Another Shot for the Throne! --
Angel Hammer

The Bride -- Looks like a Gauntlet of Mutant Hammerz awaits to Kiss The Bride! --
Beast Hammer

Glacier -- Not Too Difficult to Avoid Me You Are Stranded in the Initiates Ranks and
I Am in the Challenger Adepts! -- Cannonball Hammer

Friend Wretch -- As All Can See My Mutant Hammerz are Moving Up with Three in the
Challenger Adepts and Only One in the Adepts!  Alas Your Stable Dwells in the
Initiates!  Good Thing Yours Cannot Kill Mine or Angel Hammer Would Swoop Down from
the Throne! -- Hammer/Minister of War

StormCrowe Citizens -- Was Almost Persuaded to Write a Team Spotlight, but I did
Manage to Write These P-ads and Got Angel Hammer to Write a DuelMaster's Column! --
Hammer/Minister of War

Thanks for the welcome.  We are honored to meet you all on the sands! -- Shadow
Dragon, mgr. Sudden Fury

Glacier -- A little far south, aren't you?  What if you melt? -- Dan Mack Gru

Angel Hammer -- Cool!  I really didn't have anything left to say as Duel2Dude.  Once
you've covered cabbages and kings, what is there left? -- Walrus

Beast Hammer -- Ah...go hammer on some beasts!  They might appreciate it. --
Frostbite
P.S.  Or not, but at least they wouldn't be me.

Cannonball Hammer -- (sigh)  I must have forgotten to pray to the Match-Up Gods.  Or
maybe I didn't offer them enough ginger.  They're so picky. -- Gelidnia Hale

White Bear -- You're a golem?  Well, I suppose that explains why your "fur" isn't
really furry. -- Lady Winter
P.S.  It's no good at all for warming me up.
P.P.S.  And you needed a loss.  Everyone needs at least one, to keep them humble.

Wretch -- Well...that's YOUR problem.  It works fine from my side. -- Dan Mack Gru

20 April 2007
All -- I've been...out of circulation for the last couple of months, and my lists
are not up to date.  If you've announced a manager name, a new alliance, or changed
a manager name or alliance since the middle of February, let me know in the ads, via
diplo, or in an e-mail (Sue (at) solberg-mathews (dot) com).  For that matter, if
you just want to make sure I've got things right, you can always do the same. -- The
Saint, keeper of lists

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

WHIRLWIND was bested by LADY WINTER in a 1 minute amateur vs. expert Challenge fight.
ANGEL HAMMER was outlasted by RAGGEDY ANN in a exciting 12 minute Title melee.
WALRUS was overpowered by CANNONBALL HAMMER in a 1 minute mismatched duel.
SHADOWCAT HAMMER devastated FROSTBITE in a 3 minute one-sided fight.
BEAST HAMMER was demolished by THE BRIDE in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
AUNTY ENTITY was unbelievably bested by DAN MACK GRU in a 2 minute fight.
BISHOP HAMMER was devastated by GELIDNIA HALE in a 1 minute mismatched match.
TUNDRA viciously subdued IMPACT in a 2 minute gruesome fight.
GLACIER viciously subdued VORTEX in a 3 minute gruesome beginner's duel.
WHITE BEAR overpowered OVERWHELM in a 1 minute uneven duel.
YUFFIE overpowered PAINLESS in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
YUMALESCA was viciously subdued by ARCTIC FOX in a exciting 3 minute novice's bout.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       5         TOTAL PARRY       21 -   6 -  0      78  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   5         AIMED BLOW        23 -  14 -  1      62  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         LUNGING ATTACK    28 -  18 -  4      61  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         STRIKING ATTACK   12 -  10 -  2      55  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         SLASHING ATTACK   10 -   9 -  2      53  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     10 -  13 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         PARRY-LUNGE        6 -  10 -  0      38  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         BASHING ATTACK    12 -  20 -  0      38  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         WALL OF STEEL      2 -   6 -  0      25  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   3 -  0       0  |

Turn 255 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      RAGGEDY ANN 4148           21   9  0   91 DARQUE FORCES (428)
STRIKING ATTACK  ANGEL HAMMER 3962          11   4  2   84 MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
AIMED BLOW       CANNONBALL HAMMER 3960     11   4  0   82 MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
LUNGING ATTACK   THE BRIDE 4180             11   8  0   66 DARQUE FORCES (428)
BASHING ATTACK   BEAST HAMMER 3963           9   6  0   52 MUTANT HAMMERZ (456)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is FROSTBITE 4014.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was ANGEL HAMMER 3962.  The ten other most popular fighters were ARCTIC FOX 4290, 
TUNDRA 4280, GLACIER 4279, SHADOWCAT HAMMER 3961, FROSTBITE 4014, AUNTY ENTITY 4253, 
DAN MACK GRU 4283, LADY WINTER 4231, CANNONBALL HAMMER 3960, and GELIDNIA HALE 4260.

The least popular fighter this week was RAGGEDY ANN 4148.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were PAINLESS 4288, OVERWHELM 4287, IMPACT 4284, BISHOP HAMMER 3993, 
BEAST HAMMER 3963, WHIRLWIND 4286, YUMALESCA 4289, THE BRIDE 4180, WALRUS 3995, and 
YUFFIE 4291.

               NEW TEAMS IN THE TEMPORARY TOURNAMENT ARENAS (DM 81/83)

Please note that all new teams created at the Face-to-Face were temporarily placed 
in a temporary Tournament Arena, DM 81 or DM 83.  If you requested that your team be 
placed in a specific arena, it has already transferred to that arena.  Any teams not 
transferred out of DM 81 and DM 83 by May 1 will be deleted.  If you have questions 
about any of your teams, please contact Customer Service. -- RSI