DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/08/2005    Duedate: 11/04/2005

SNOWBOUND ARENA

DM-50    TURN-216

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

YAIWE
DARK SIDHE (288)
(50-3414) [26-4-0,123]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

NEUMA                          POSITION IS EMPTY
DARK SIDHE (288)               
(50-3406) [18-16-0,139]        

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

GILIA HARN                     GILIA HARN
MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)             MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
(50-3391) [25-23-0,104]        (50-3391) [25-23-0,104]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

DARK SIDHE (288)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. IRON CURTAIN (299)          48
2. DARK SIDHE (288)            29      MASTER BLASTERS (60)
3. MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)          26      Unchartered Team
4. MASTER BLASTERS (60)         8
5. OPEN SESAME (199)            4      GRAVE WALKERS (191)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 MASTER BLASTERS (60)     135  89  3 60.3   1/ 1 DARK SIDHE (288)          9  6 0
 2/ 2 OPEN SESAME (199)        289 198 17 59.3   2/ 2 DRUID'S GROVE (292)       8  7 1
 3/ 3 DARK SIDHE (288)         356 311 23 53.4   3/ 3 MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)        6  8 1
 4/ 4 DRUID'S GROVE (292)      104 100  9 51.0   4/ 4 OPEN SESAME (199)         5  3 0
 5- 5*FRONTIERSMEN (361)         9   9  0 50.0   5/ 0 IRON CURTAIN (299)        4  1 0
 6/ 0 IRON CURTAIN (299)       133 143  9 48.2   6/ 5 MASTER BLASTERS (60)      3  0 0
 7/ 6 MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)       108 131  3 45.2   7/ 6 BONDSMEN (269)            3  7 0
 8/ 7 BONDSMEN (269)            25  35  1 41.7   8- 7*FRONTIERSMEN (361)        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 525): COPY CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 525): LUIGI of TEAM MARIO (?, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 519): GO AND GO of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 522): CAT MAN DO of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 520): ALEXANDER THE GREAT of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 517): ELLE of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 259): GRIM BLACKSMITH of NORTHERN BADLANDS
                                         (Maximillian, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 511): TETRICUS of EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 257): IT FELT GOOD of WHY DID I DO IT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 507): BEFORE THE DAWN of CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 505): WRETCHEDMISERY of CHAOTICDISORDER (Bobby Bigfoot)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 498): LOCO of PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 461): TIRANIAN of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 233): HOT LIPS of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 228): KALYPSO of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 215): YAIWE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 386): GLASS JOE of PUNCH-OUT! (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 365): STONE DOG of BLACK PEARL (Dr. Guts, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 164): VANISH of THE INANIMATES (Mannequin, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 412): SAMOO of DARKENED PRIDE from SIBIKHAS (Ultraist)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 525): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 525): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 519): TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 522): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 520): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 517): FUNKY FOLK (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  28 SLAUGHTER PRIEST MEM (turn 259): NORTHERN BADLANDS (Maximillian, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 511): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 257): LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 507): CALL THE PRIEST (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 505): CHAOTICDISORDER (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 498): PHILANTHROPISTS 3 (Aragorn, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 461): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 233): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 228): none
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 215): DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 386): BAD APPLES (Uncle Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 365): FEAR FACTORY (Var, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 164): THE BULLS (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 412): DARKENED PRIDE, etc. (Ultraist, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 525): CAT TAGIOUS of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
               (turn 524): ANARCHY of CASTLE (Citizen Kane, public relations)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 257): HELM HAMMERHAND of LORDS OF VALHALLA (High Lord Bosk)
                   (turn 256): DOOM HAMMER of THE STORM REAVERS (?, mgr.)
                               GREYSCALES of THE STORMBRINGERS (High Lord Bosk, mgr.)
                               SPATHA of SOL INVICTUS (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 507): TASSALTER of FISHERMAN'S WHARF (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 505): WRETCHEDMISERY of CHAOTICDISORDER (Bobby Bigfoot)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 228): KALYPSO of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
                   (turn 227): GREGOLA of LIFE'S LESSONS (Street Legal, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 214): ELLITA FESS of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
                  (turn 213): HOLLAN INNIS of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 386): GLASS JOE of PUNCH-OUT! (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
                (turn 385): KID QUICK of PUNCH-OUT! (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 365): STONE DOG of BLACK PEARL (Dr. Guts, mgr.)
               (turn 364): AFFLICTED of FEAR FACTORY (Var, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 164): VANISH of THE INANIMATES (Mannequin, mgr.)
                (turn 163): BASE ON BULLS of THE BULLS (Crip, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     It is I, Novgorodny Vir, Spymaster of Spymasters.  Look on my work, ye mighty, 
and despair!  Practice pays for FENDER GRALE, who pummelled BLAZE, to pocket 30 
points.  Win some, lose some.  Speaking of which, SWEET AIR was winsome, after 
beating STRYKER and seeing her lose 10 points.  GILIA HARN found out that SNOWBOUND 
isn't a democracy.  You've gotta be the best to be Duelmaster here!  So who was the 
warrior seen charging into immovable walls and challenging dead trees?  Someone's got 
a basic problem...   
     So much to report, so little time!  Like a horde of jackals fleeing from the 
lion, so did the "warriors" in SNOWBOUND avoid DARK SIDHE.  The warriors of DARK 
SIDHE found their efforts at combat frustrated as OPEN SESAME apparently had more 
important things to do than fight.  Is it charming personality?  Conversational 
abilities?  Good oral hygiene?  Whatever it is, HARRY MONSTER is the most challenged 
warrior.  Do my ears deceive me?  ON MY WAY (outclassed by 27 points) challenged 
NEUMA, in what promises to be a fight.(!) If ON MY WAY had overcame NEUMA, he'd be a 
hero, but since he lost we just laugh at him.  Tough break.   
     Like the wind whispering among the pines, do hearest I many disquieting rumors.  
You've heard about BLAZE of DRUID'S GROVE.  Death plays no favorites, and neither do 
I.  What was a 13-14-4 doing on the fields in the first place?  Questions are being 
raised about the disposing of severed body parts in the arena.  A certain tavern in 
SNOWBOUND would I avoid!   
     All good things must come to an end.  More important duties call me.  SNOWBOUND, 
I leave you now.  The Duelmaster has agreed to foot my bill at The Victory Tavern.  
'Til next time-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 YAIWE 3414                   26   4  0   123       DARK SIDHE (288)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NEUMA 3406                   18  16  0   139       DARK SIDHE (288)
 GILIA HARN 3391              25  23  0   104       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
 FENDER GRALE 3389            17  25  2   104       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
-SUPER GROVER 3413            12   4  0    93       OPEN SESAME (199)
 30 3320                       9   3  1    92       IRON CURTAIN (299)
 SWEET AIR 3381               16   9  0    91       OPEN SESAME (199)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ON MY WAY 3378               17   8  1    90       OPEN SESAME (199)
 STRYKER 3404                 16  19  0    84       DRUID'S GROVE (292)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 10 3321                       6   5  0    63       IRON CURTAIN (299)
 MATASAI THE MYSTIC 3531       5   1  1    63       DRUID'S GROVE (292)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HARRY MONSTER 3430            4  10  0    56       OPEN SESAME (199)
 AZAER 3096                   10   5  0    55       MASTER BLASTERS (60)
 ROXANNE DE'MORRE 3449        13  10  0    51       DRUID'S GROVE (292)
 31 3322                       7   5  0    51       IRON CURTAIN (299)
 GRONK 3472                   10  10  1    48       DARK SIDHE (288)
 LEVATOR 2256                  8   4  0    48       BONDSMEN (269)
 VARLET 2259                   4   8  0    45       BONDSMEN (269)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BERLINETTA 2156               7   6  0    40       MASTER BLASTERS (60)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 GERRICK GRIMM 3530            4   2  0    29       DRUID'S GROVE (292)
 MAILEA 3518                   5   4  1    28       DARK SIDHE (288)
 STREET SIGN 3523              3   3  0    27       OPEN SESAME (199)
 ZYTOR 3293                    2   7  0    26       BONDSMEN (269)
 BLAZON 2257                   5   7  1    25       BONDSMEN (269)
-JOHN SEVIER 3340              3   1  0    24       FRONTIERSMEN (361)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DRAGOUL 3516                  5   5  1    21       DARK SIDHE (288)
 ZERO 3397                     4   3  0    21       IRON CURTAIN (299)
-ANTHONY WAYNE 3343            3   3  0    20       FRONTIERSMEN (361)
 CASS DOLAN 3517               2   8  0    14       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
-BLACK JACK 3358               1   0  0    11       FRONTIERSMEN (361)
 STUMP 3532                    0   1  0     1       BONDSMEN (269)
-SIMON GIRTY 3356              0   1  0     1       FRONTIERSMEN (361)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
QUIXOTE 2258           4  7 0 BONDSMEN 269          MATASAI THE MYST 3531 215         
BLAZE 3412            13 14 4 DRUID'S GROVE 292     FENDER GRALE 3389     216         
22 3533                0  1 0 IRON CURTAIN 299      CARAVAN RAIDER 25     216 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Stryker -- Despite my time off, things didn't appear to be much different.  I'd 
suggest a little training in the weight room -- On My Way

Fender Grale -- The way Hollan Innis and Ellita Fess have succeeded over the past 2 
turns, I wonder if you are next -- Sweet Air

Roxanne D'More -- You really do seem to have my number.  But my number's really not 
worth much -- Harry Monster

Anthony Wayne -- Enjoy the dead tourney if you must, but I'd have been more impressed 
by the True Grit of your brother John. -- Street Sign

     The only Anthony Wayne I ever heard of was mad, besides. -- Arenamistress Tora

Sweet Air -- Ah, the finest kind! -- Fender Grale
P.S.  But remember, not artificial sweeteners allowed!

     Or "air fresheners." -- Tora

Yaiwe -- Well, I didn't want to do a column anyway. -- Gilia Harn
P.S.  And the grapes are all sour, right?

A Convicted Assassin?  That's all you can get to see me off?  Cheese. -- Hollan Innis

Neuma -- Hmm, I wonder if it was that rating, or just the slow accumulation of
political points? -- Ellita Fess

Okay, a beggar.  I can handle a beggar.  Especially a KARNHORN beggar.  Ha! -- Cass 
Dolan
P.S.  I hate Karnhorns.

Penkattan -- Um, okay.  I'm thinking about it. -- Hollan Innis

     Don't.  Nobody lives at Iceberg Estates for long, and when you leave, all your
     assets are frozen. -- Tora

Lady Protector Ellita Fess -- Congratulations!  I have a really good site for you up 
at Glacier View Estates, right next to my office.  Come up today and I'll show you 
around. -- Lars Penkattan

     Have you SEEN his "office"?  It would make an igloo look palatial. -- Tora

15 September 2005
                             HAMMER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

     Be it known from the highest mountains to the darkest alleys of Alastari that
the veteran manager known far and wide as Hammer has now officially retired from
sponsoring contests as of September 15, 2005.
     What a long time ago was a fun motivated activity to help promote our common
DM/D2 gaming interest in an effort to promote the growth and competitiveness of
selected arenas has become a far from fun experience.
     In other words Hammer has had it!
     The combination of real life situations interfering with the time needed to
effectively sponsor a contest, plus the attitudes expressed during such sponsorship
interference has led to Hammer closing his personal coin coffers and retiring from
his planned sponsorship of any future contests.
     There are others in our close knit gaming community who are well able to step up
to the plate and continue sponsoring contests that make the basic game a fun
experience for all those who choose to compete and interact in such future endeavors.
     Hammer thanks all managers both active and inactive who helped to make the
Hammer sponsored contests a historical and entertaining experience well worth the
time, effort and money spent over the past several years.
     May the Cheers and the Jeers of future contests build upon the legacies of those
who have paved the way in years gone by to help make this game what it is today.
     Hammer has no regrets for the part he has played in that history.

19 September 2005
I'd like to say hello to everyone I know that is still around after my being gone for
five years.  Hope to see you all on the sands, and may your weapons strike true and
your shields protect you (except, of course, against MY warriors *grin*)!! -- Lord
Xiang, D2-101

5 October 2005
To those once of Willaf -- It's time to come back to the sands.  I'm back,
exclusively at Willaf.... -- Kurd the Vivisectionist, Your Better

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

22 was butchered by CARAVAN RAIDER in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
LEVATOR lost to MATASAI THE MYSTIC in a action packed 3 minute Bloodfeud battle.
ON MY WAY was demolished by NEUMA in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
SWEET AIR unbelievably bested STRYKER in a 1 minute veteran's Challenge contest.
HARRY MONSTER subdued VARLET in a crowd pleasing 1 minute Challenge competition.
STREET SIGN was overpowered by GRONK in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge struggle.
ZYTOR devastated CASS DOLAN in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge competition.
DRAGOUL was overcome by GERRICK GRIMM in a action packed 1 minute Challenge melee.
YAIWE unbelievably bested GILIA HARN in a action packed 4 minute veteran's Title duel.
ELLITA FESS lost to 30 in a exciting 1 minute veteran's fight.
BLAZE was easily killed by FENDER GRALE in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
ROXANNE DE'MORRE was subdued by 10 in a 4 minute match.
AZAER devastated MAILEA in a 2 minute mismatched conflict.
31 demolished BLAZON in a 1 minute mismatched match.
ZERO beat KARNHORN DESERTER in a 4 minute conflict.
STUMP was overcome by PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute beginner's fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|WALL OF STEEL                    6         PARRY-LUNGE        2 -   0 -  0     100  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         TOTAL PARRY       17 -   7 -  1      71  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         AIMED BLOW         9 -   4 -  0      69  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         STRIKING ATTACK   20 -  13 -  2      61  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  3         WALL OF STEEL     26 -  22 -  1      54  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         LUNGING ATTACK    17 -  16 -  1      52  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-RIPOSTE     10 -  10 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    2         SLASHING ATTACK   14 -  14 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         BASHING ATTACK     6 -  13 -  2      32  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-STRIKE       2 -   8 -  0      20  |

Turn 216 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         2 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  2         3  TOTAL PARRY    
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  1     WALL OF STEEL      2 -  4         2  WALL OF STEEL  
LUNGING ATTACK     3 -  2     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  2     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  2         1  AIMED BLOW     
                                                                1  BASHING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      YAIWE 3414                 26   4  0  123 DARK SIDHE (288)
AIMED BLOW       NEUMA 3406                 18  16  0  139 DARK SIDHE (288)
WALL OF STEEL    GILIA HARN 3391            25  23  0  104 MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
LUNGING ATTACK   30 3320                     9   3  1   92 IRON CURTAIN (299)
STRIKING ATTACK  MATASAI THE MYSTIC 3531     5   1  1   63 DRUID'S GROVE (292)
PARRY-RIPOSTE    ROXANNE DE'MORRE 3449      13  10  0   51 DRUID'S GROVE (292)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is GILIA HARN 3391.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was GILIA HARN 3391.  The ten other most popular fighters were MATASAI THE MYSTIC 
3531, STRYKER 3404, HARRY MONSTER 3430, GERRICK GRIMM 3530, 30 3320, MAILEA 3518, 
ZYTOR 3293, YAIWE 3414, ROXANNE DE'MORRE 3449, and 10 3321.

The least popular fighter this week was ZERO 3397.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were BLAZON 2257, BLAZE 3412, DRAGOUL 3516, CASS DOLAN 3517, STREET SIGN 
3523, ON MY WAY 3378, LEVATOR 2256, 22 3533, STUMP 3532, and VARLET 2259.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

GILIA HARN (50-3391) MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)

The following warriors have traveled to AD after fighting this turn:

ELLITA FESS (50-3392) MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)