DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 12/22/2014    Duedate: 01/03/2015

ARDIVENT ARENA

DM-46    TURN-699

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

DEATHSCAR
BLACK COLOSSUS (359)
(46-3989) [16-3-1,103]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

DEATHSCAR                      POSITION IS EMPTY
BLACK COLOSSUS (359)           
(46-3989) [16-3-1,103]         

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

DEATHSCAR                      KASPAROV
BLACK COLOSSUS (359)           WE GOT GAME (289)
(46-3989) [16-3-1,103]         (46-4450) [8-2-0,88]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

WE GOT GAME (289)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE 27 CLUB (374)           36
2. BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)     30      BLACK COLOSSUS (359)
3. BLACK COLOSSUS (359)        26      Unchartered Team
4. ERRATA (357)                 1
5. YOU DON'T SAY! (377)         0NEW SUPERIOR FORCES (273)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2 BLACK COLOSSUS (359)      20   3  1 87.0   1- 1*WRATHMEN (387)            9  1 0
 2- 1*WRATHMEN (387)            26   4  4 86.7   2/ 2 WE GOT GAME (289)         7  6 0
 3- 3 YOU DON'T SAY! (377)      14   4  3 77.8   3/ 5 BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)   5 10 0
 4/ 5 WE GOT GAME (289)         66  44  3 60.0   4- 4*DUNGEON CELL (388)        4  5 0
 5/ 4 FANDILS (75)             %1340 902 46 59.8   5/ 7 THE 27 CLUB (374)         4 11 1
 6/ 6 ERRATA (357)              46  34  0 57.5   6- 6 YOU DON'T SAY! (377)      3  0 0
 7/ 7 THE 27 CLUB (374)        146 120  5 54.9   7/ 3 FANDILS (75)              3  6 0
 8- 8*DUNGEON CELL (388)        12  14  0 46.2   8/ 8 BLACK COLOSSUS (359)      2  1 0
 9/ 9 BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)  808 %1240 28 39.5   9/ 9 ERRATA (357)              0  2 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     "Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats.  The press conference will begin
shortly."

     It was standing room only as Chess Master and Nimzovich walked into the tight
confines where the media met the current champion under the stands of Ardivent's
gladiatorial arena.  The Commission required all Duelmasters and their managers to
make themselves available immediately after each Title duel.  Normally, these get
togethers were of interest only to beat writers and overzealous fans, but the sheer
numbers of reporters as well as the long (and growing) line of business suits filing
in behind the new Duelmaster, each with a contract and pen in hand, said something
more was happening here
     Hands shot up as Chess Master took off his fedora and set it on the table before
him.  He pulled the pipe from his mouth, and motioned towards the local beat writer,
an unassuming fellow from the local Ardivent Free Press.  "What do you call that new
move you unleashed on Deathscar to start the duel?"
     Nimzovich looked up from the contract he was signing, and made eye contact with
the writer, causing him to quickly look away.  Chess Master nodded to a lackey in the
corner, and a banner blazoned with "Ford Quality Wagons and Coaches" unfurled behind
them.  He elbowed Nimzovich, who responded with a grimace and a weak smile, as a
photographer took several pictures and hurried away to get them to his marketing
department before the deadline.
     "Leg sweep."
     Nimzovich sat back, picked up his flagon of mead, and took a long drink.  He set
it down, picked up his pen, and nodded towards the line of new business admirers.
The writers all feverishly wrote down the comment, leaning forward as they waited
expectantly for the rest of the explanation, which never came.  More experienced
writers immediately shot their hands in the air, yelling "Chess Master!  Chess
Master!"  He motioned towards a young, ivy league looking fellow from Sports
Illustrated.
     "Who is the most dangerous opponent you've faced?"
     Nimzovich signed the contract in front of him, and shook hands with the business
rep while more cameras flashed.  A marketing intern slapped a Nike "swoosh" on his
sweat stained armor, and whispered something in his ear.  Nimzovich glumly took off
his Converse All Stars, which were quickly replaced with a specially designed,
overpriced, overly flashy leather shoe that Chess Master hoped would bring in the
royalties.  It had springs in the heel, and velcro straps instead of shoe laces.
     "Deathscar."
     By now everyone in the room had figured out that Nimzovich was a man of few
words, and as quickly as they could scrabble down his one word answer, they were
elbowing each other, shouting at the top of their lungs and fighting for position to
ask the next question.  Chess Master nodded towards a beautiful female, with a
stunning smile, and short skirt.  This time it was Nimzovich who looked away when eye
contact was made.
     "What do you say to your critics who claim you were unbelievably lucky to win,
and that this rates as one of the biggest upsets in the history of Title fights,
certainly in Ardivent and possibly in all of Alastari."
     Nimzovich signed the next contract, and watched woefully as his flagon of mead
was snatched away and replaced with a bottle of Dasani Water, while another banner,
this time with "Pepsi" emblazoned on it, rolled down behind him.  More cameras
flashed, more hands were shaken, and more money flowed into Chess Master's bank
account.
     "Probably true."
     Chess Master stood up, raised his arms, and smiled broadly at the group of
reporters and business people who crowded the room.  "Just a couple more questions,
please.  I don't want to wear out our new Duelmaster."  He gestured to the biggest
name in the room, a reporter from a nationally syndicated show, who nodded
condescendingly toward the two at the front of the room.
     "Chess Master, this question is directed at you.  What exactly is your
relationship with Nimzovich, and what do you say to accusations that you are just
trying to make a quick buck off his sudden success?"
     Nimzovich looked up, startled at the allegations, but a quick word from Chess
Master put him back to signing the tall stack of endorsement contracts.  As Chess
Master commanded the attention of those in the room, a stack of merchandise piled up
around Nimzovich, all of it with his likeness stamped on it.  The "Nimzovich Knockout
Dueling" game drew the most attention, with its brightly colored box already
displaying his new signature move on the cover.
     "I discovered Nimzovich.  I trained him.  I developed him throughout his career.
I created the strategy for his success.  I brought in mentors, coaches, even
psychologists to get him where he is now.  I invested money and time in his career.
This is not me cashing in on his overnight success.  This is merely a return on my
investment."
     The last question startled the sponsors, who looked up with alarm and leaned
forward to hear the fateful answer.
     "What happens to the endorsement money if Nimzovich loses next week, and falls
back into faceless anonymity?"
     Nimzovich stood up, gathered everything in his arms, and kicked the table over,
scattering the reporters in the front row.
     "No Refunds."

                                      SPY REPORT

     Welcome ARDIVENT.  I, Olaf Modeen remember this place well.  Many the fights 
have I fought here.  The celebrations, the disappointments...  Woof!  WRATHMEN were a 
bunch of dogs after WE GOT GAME got through with 'em!  1st ain't so sweet as 2nd!  
Hmmmph!  I always thought FANDILS was an over-rated team and they proved it with a 
0-3-0!  What's with WINEHOUSE?  She actually beat BLUVALLEY WARRIORS' ROCKSOCK JONES, 
and walked away with 15 more points from the fight.  Major screwup at THE 27 CLUB.  
PIGPEN lost 12 points to LORENS KLU.  Some new strategies, perhaps?  Maybe PIGPEN 
will provide more easy wins...  I can barely restrain my enthusiam for BLACK 
COLOSSUS' outstanding member, Duelmaster DEATHSCAR.  I suppose you want to hear some 
rumors and dirty gossip about your fellow fighters?  Tough!   
     If at first you don't succeed, avoid.  That'll get you in the Spyreports.  
ARDIVENT thinks WRATHMEN and their 26-4-4 is too much!  If at first you don't 
succeed, give up...  Management must be dealin', as the boys at FANDILS ain't 
reelin'!  WRATHMEN's mad!   
     There have been some calls to lengthen the time limit.  Do you want the fighters 
to walk away, or not?  Here's some advice:  study your opponent, master many skills, 
fight dirty.   
     Well, I'm pretty much through.  You guys need to get back practicing.  All work 
and no play makes Olaf a dull fighter.  Work and play no fighter dull Olaf.  
Olaffighterwork and no play.  I don't want to overstay my welcome...-- Olaf Modeen  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DEATHSCAR 3989               16   3  1   103       BLACK COLOSSUS (359)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MMMMBUHHH 4292                8   3  3   102       YOU DON'T SAY! (377)
-RON BURGUNDY 3974            10   5  0   100       ERRATA (357)
-BAXTER 3970                  13   9  0    99       ERRATA (357)
 CAPABLANCA 3105              18  14  0    93       WE GOT GAME (289)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KASPAROV 4450                 8   2  0    88       WE GOT GAME (289)
 NIMZOVICH 3279               15   8  1    81       WE GOT GAME (289)
-CASPER JOHN 4428             10   6  0    79       FANDILS (75)
-UNCLE LEROY 4435              6   1  0    73       FANDILS (75)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HEREFORD JONES 4413          11  20  0    65       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
-TYNARAE 4401                  6   0  1    60       WRATHMEN (387)
 JEROME 4418                   9   4  1    58       FANDILS (75)
 WINEHOUSE 4433                9   6  0    57       THE 27 CLUB (374)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-MATTHEAS 4398                 6   0  1    54       WRATHMEN (387)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ROCKSOCK JONES 4412           9  22  1    50       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
 LORENS KLU 4431               8   9  0    48       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
-FEHEADRAE 4400                5   1  0    45       WRATHMEN (387)
-BAERUS 4399                   4   2  1    39       WRATHMEN (387)
-HEADSMAN 4423                 4   2  0    37       DUNGEON CELL (388)
 EARL 4429                     7   8  0    36       FANDILS (75)
 FREAKY TAH 4440               4   3  1    36       THE 27 CLUB (374)
-SOLAARRIN 4402                5   1  1    34       WRATHMEN (387)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BILLY JOE 4439                4   8  0    31       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
 PIGPEN 4432                   5   7  1    27       THE 27 CLUB (374)
-USURPER 4447                  4   0  0    26       DUNGEON CELL (388)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-RUY LOPEZ 4461                2   1  0    23       WE GOT GAME (289)
 DEW 4216                      2   6  0    22       ERRATA (357)
 MILDRED LEONA 4434            5   5  1    21       FANDILS (75)
 BROOKE JONES 4455             4   5  0    21       BLUVALLEY WARRIORS (74)
-MODEL PRISONER 4453           1   0  0    20       DUNGEON CELL (388)
-INQUISITOR 4422               3   3  0    14       DUNGEON CELL (388)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
BLIND OWL 4381         19 15 2 THE 27 CLUB 374      DEATHSCAR 3989        696   
DA1 4471                0  1 0 THE 27 CLUB 374      MISTRESS FANDETT      699  NONE
DA2 4472                0  1 0 THE 27 CLUB 374      SPYMASTER             699  NONE
POLGAR 4463             2  2 0 WE GOT GAME 289      FREAKY TAH 4440       698   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Congrats to Duelmaster Nimzovich. -- Fandil The Wise

Brooke and Lorens -- I apologize for Earl.  He has always been a little, as you say,
perverse. -- WOF

Tynarae -- What you did to me was perverse!  I am going to complain to The
Commission, Dearie. -- Earl

Lorens Klu -- I salute on your skill and the victory, you witch! -- Mildred Leons

Now, now Mildred.... -- Fandil The Wise

Pigpen -- Whew!  You were more messed up than I was messed up, so I fought better
than you fought, and I won and you lost.  Whew! -- Jerome

Winehouse -- It was simply my day. -- Uncle Leroy

     Maybe so, but a dry white wine would have been better.

I'm dreaming of a White Christmas--for Tempe. -- An Anonymous Fandil

     Perish the thought!

Health.  Humility.  Honor.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
See you in Tempe in January. -- Fandil The Wise

Mmmmbuhhh -- Uh, yeah.  You're right.  That is hard to say. -- Capablanca

Deathscar -- What?  You never saw a leg sweep before?  It's my new secret weapon. --
Nimzovich, the NEW People's Champion

Inquisitor -- I have a question for YOU: How in the world did you learn more than I
did? -- Ruy Lopez

Freaky Tah -- Great!  Now I have to figure out how who to bloodfeud with.  JUST what
I needed!  Since you like Down Challenges so much, I was thinking of a Champion+.
But, even for me, that's bit much.  Ruy Lopez, it is!

RIP Polgara 11(+1)-17(+1)-12-17-9-3-17 PR.  Running her with a 4 KD in APA/F, I
really thought she was unkillable.  Looks like I was wrong.  Again.

Four dead!  Not catastrophic, but ominous.  Who will cut the firewood if they're all
dying in the Dark Arena?

Earl -- How sweet of you to say so! -- Brooke Jones

Polgar -- No problem, we aim to serve. -- Brooke Jones
P.S.  Oh, darn.  You weren't supposed to carry ON that way.  Dying is not a good
career move.

It looks like a two-three last time.  Not what we'd hoped for--a five-oh was our
dream--but it beats a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. -- Brooke Jones

Mildred Leona -- You're a fine figure of a woman, for those who like the elfin-slim
look.  I enjoyed your company. -- Lorens Klu

Mattheas -- I could have gone all day without that loss and been perfectly happy. --
Brooke Jones

Feheadrae -- On careful consideration, I've decided you must be some kind of fern.  I
have nothing against ferns, some of my best friends are ferns, but I regard them with
a tad of suspicion.  How many might be secret chaos ferns, after all? -- Rocksock
Jones

Headsman -- Ah, you thought to overawe me with your height?  I was ready for that
move. -- Hereford Jones

Solaarrin -- Is it the doubled letters that is the secret of your success?  I've got
the double ell, but maybe I should add something, maybe... Billy Jooe?

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DA2 was butchered by SPYMASTER in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
DA1 was slaughtered by MISTRESS FANDETTE in a 1 minute Dark Arena battle.
NIMZOVICH was handily defeated by DEATHSCAR in a 1 minute one-sided Title match.
KASPAROV viciously subdued NOBLE ASSASSIN in a crowd pleasing 5 minute gory brawl.
CAPABLANCA overpowered JEROME in a 1 minute mismatched match.
HEREFORD JONES devastated EARL in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
LORENS KLU devastated PIGPEN in a crowd pleasing 1 minute mismatched match.
WINEHOUSE overpowered ROCKSOCK JONES in a 1 minute uneven melee.
FREAKY TAH vanquished DEW in a 1 minute uneven duel.
BROOKE JONES was overpowered by RUTHLESS JAYWALKER in a 1 minute uneven duel.
MILDRED LEONA was overpowered by BILLY JOE in a 2 minute gruesome one-sided fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       6         PARRY-LUNGE        4 -   0 -  0     100  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   4         SLASHING ATTACK    4 -   2 -  0      67  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         LUNGING ATTACK    28 -  21 -  0      57  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    2         AIMED BLOW        38 -  34 -  3      53  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         WALL OF STEEL     12 -  11 -  0      52  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         BASHING ATTACK    10 -  13 -  0      43  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         STRIKING ATTACK    6 -  13 -  1      32  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         TOTAL PARRY        0 -   2 -  0       0  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 699 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
AIMED BLOW       DEATHSCAR 3989             16   3  1  103 BLACK COLOSSUS (359)
WALL OF STEEL    CAPABLANCA 3105            18  14  0   93 WE GOT GAME (289)
LUNGING ATTACK   KASPAROV 4450               8   2  0   88 WE GOT GAME (289)
BASHING ATTACK   JEROME 4418                 9   4  1   58 FANDILS (75)
STRIKING ATTACK  FREAKY TAH 4440             4   3  1   36 THE 27 CLUB (374)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is DEATHSCAR 3989.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was KASPAROV 4450.  The ten other most popular fighters were LORENS KLU 4431, BILLY 
JOE 4439, WINEHOUSE 4433, FREAKY TAH 4440, DEATHSCAR 3989, CAPABLANCA 3105, HEREFORD 
JONES 4413, PIGPEN 4432, DA2 4472, and DA1 4471.

The least popular fighter this week was MILDRED LEONA 4434.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were BROOKE JONES 4455, DEW 4216, ROCKSOCK JONES 4412, EARL 4429, 
JEROME 4418, NIMZOVICH 3279, DA1 4471, DA2 4472, PIGPEN 4432, and HEREFORD JONES 
4413.

               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. 

                   CHARGING BUFFALO (11-5764) TRIBAL COUNCIL  (518) 
                        PHOTON (18-3292) MAD SCIENTISTS  (75) 
                     YOURBAGD FOREVER (47-6968) THE OPERA  (613) 
                    TERRY SEYMOUR (74-4284) MEDAL OF HONOR  (519) 
                             SHADIS (77-174) RESCUE  (48) 
                  VANNA WHITE (82-39213) SUAVE'S FINEST HOUR  (4264) 
                  BANALADAR (82-37977) SUPERIOR FORCES 5703  (6306) 
                    ANNIE DUKE (82-49334) HOUSE OF CARDS 3  (8302) 
                 SLICK BILLY (82-49457) POLITICALY INCORRECT  (8320) 
                    PRIVATE 28 (84-3780) MEDAL OF HONOR L2  (736) 
                    GIAN CHILD (84-8531) SUPE FORCES 1906  (1564) 
                    LEBRON LEAVING (84-15536) WHY I WORRY  (2744) 
                  FOREST MOON (84-20784) STORMY'S TROOPERS C  (3699) 
                     GRIMLOUNGE (84-25308) THE BLACK WIND  (4494) 

Congrats to the grads. -- Green Eyes