DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 04/21/2007    Duedate: 05/18/2007

SNOWBOUND ARENA

DM-50    TURN-236

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

ON MY WAY
OPEN SESAME (199)
(50-3378) [22-11-1,107]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ON MY WAY                      FROSTBITE
OPEN SESAME (199)              NOCTURNAL BLISS (393)
(50-3378) [22-11-1,107]        (50-3606) [1-0-0,20]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

HARRY MONSTER                  FACE THE SKY II
OPEN SESAME (199)              DREAMS OF KADATH (181)
(50-3430) [10-12-0,97]         (50-1447) [7-3-0,54]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

OPEN SESAME (199)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. NOCTURNAL BLISS (393)       61
2. DREAMS OF KADATH (181)      28      OPEN SESAME (199)
3. OPEN SESAME (199)           24      Unchartered Team
4. DARQUE FORCES II (348)      22
5. MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)          21      NOCTURNAL BLISS (393)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 OPEN SESAME (199)        310 210 17 59.6   1/ 1 OPEN SESAME (199)        11  1 0
 2/ 2 MESOPOTAMIA (389)         30  25  0 54.5   2/ 4 MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)        8  7 1
 3/ 4 DRUID'S GROVE (292)      147 133 14 52.5   3/ 3 DREAMS OF KADATH (181)    8  7 0
 4/ 5 DARQUE FORCES II (348)    43  42  4 50.6   4/ 2 MESOPOTAMIA (389)         6  9 0
 5/ 6 DREAMS OF KADATH (181)    26  29  0 47.3   5/ 6 DARQUE FORCES II (348)    5  5 0
 6/ 7 MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)       139 191  5 42.1   6/ 5 DRUID'S GROVE (292)       4  5 1
 7/ 8*NOCTURNAL BLISS (393)      4   6  0 40.0   7/ 8*NOCTURNAL BLISS (393)     4  6 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.

Apparently, I'm not skilled enough to go to ADM, so I may have to wait another 8
months, despite now having 21 of those so called political points.  Woe is me.
Sweet Air may yet beat me out of here.

On My Way
Open Sesame
But not just yet.....

                                      SPY REPORT

     Well, what are you looking at, SNOWBOUND?  Ain't you never seen Snide Clemens 
before?  Ah, shaddup and listen to my news.  Gee, I'm impressed, a 4-1-0 is nice, but 
don't get cocky, NOCTURNAL BLISS, the Fates teach humility, and the Fates are proud.  
Of course, we're all terribly impressed to see GOBERT HINNY win a fight and gain 23 
points, terribly.  Tsk, tsk, SANITY LOSS beat PYROPA and PYROPA lost 9 points.  
You're breakin' my heart.  And if variety is the spice of life, SNOWBOUND may be 
getting bland, as ON MY WAY stays top dog in the city.  The Victory Tavern, humph!  
I've tasted better ale at mortuaries.  Where do they get this stuff?  From 
SNOWBOUND's trash dumps?   
     He who fights and runs away will live to fight another day, the coward.  
SNOWBOUND, I am losing what little hope I had in you.  MESOPOTAMIA the most avoided 
team?  What insult will suffice, I cannot say.  And who led the way in this mass act 
of cowardice?  Let's see, well, whatcha know?  It was OPEN SESAME.  Ha ha ha ha!  
EVALON ELKHORN was challenged more times this turn than the Duelmaster.  Now was the 
DM insulted or feared?  Heh, heh.   
     Death and Taxes.  The less death I see, the more it taxes my patience.  Let's 
see if anyone's dead or dying.  Let's see, 7-4-0.  Pretty good record for a living 
warrior.  A sad one though, for a dead one.  Such is the case for SIDURI of 
MESOPOTAMIA.  Tsk.  A big yahoo goes out to ADRIANNE this turn, for revenging DARQUE 
FORCES II's bloodfeud against DRUID'S GROVE's warrior EVALON ELKHORN.  Heh, heh, heh. 
Titanium shields and bamboo daggers, guess what brave team is developing these kinds 
of weapons?   
     What does the SNOWBOUND arena have in common with the inns?  It's just as 
comfortable to sleep in either place.  Ha ha ha ha!  Just wait 'till next time I show 
up here, I won't be so nice!  So nyaaah!  Paste this one in your scrapbooks, you'll 
need the kindling come this winter-- Snide Clemens  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ON MY WAY 3378               22  11  1   107       OPEN SESAME (199)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 HARRY MONSTER 3430           10  12  0    97       OPEN SESAME (199)
 ADRIANNE 3190                11   6  1    96       DARQUE FORCES II (348)
 SWEET AIR 3381               21  12  0    95       OPEN SESAME (199)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 STREET SIGN 3523              8   7  0    85       OPEN SESAME (199)
 GERRICK GRIMM 3530           15  11  0    83       DRUID'S GROVE (292)
 EVALON ELKHORN 3553          11   5  3    72       DRUID'S GROVE (292)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KINGU 3575                    7   4  0    56       MESOPOTAMIA (389)
 GOBERT HINNY 3552             5  12  1    56       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
 FACE THE SKY II 1447          7   3  0    54       DREAMS OF KADATH (181)
 CASS DOLAN 3517               8  22  0    48       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
 FAUSTICA 3563                 4   0  0    47       DARQUE FORCES II (348)
 DOMJON 3554                   9   7  2    38       DRUID'S GROVE (292)
 TIAMAT'S DEMISE 3572          7   4  0    36       MESOPOTAMIA (389)
 IRINA JASSE 3551              8   9  1    34       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SANITY LOSS 3602              3   1  0    31       DREAMS OF KADATH (181)
 PETRA QUORD 3577              7   4  0    29       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
 CUNEIFORM 3583                5   5  0    26       MESOPOTAMIA (389)
 WINGED DEATH 1374             4   7  0    25       DREAMS OF KADATH (181)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WHISTLIN' DIXIE 3565          3   1  1    23       DARQUE FORCES II (348)
 LUPUS HORRIFIQUE 3605         2   0  0    23       DREAMS OF KADATH (181)
 FROSTBITE 3606                1   0  0    20       NOCTURNAL BLISS (393)
 CONSORT OF APSU 3573          4   7  0    19       MESOPOTAMIA (389)
 DEERHUNTER 3600               1   1  0    16       NOCTURNAL BLISS (393)
 STARGAZER 3599                1   1  0    14       NOCTURNAL BLISS (393)
 BISON 3601                    1   1  0    13       NOCTURNAL BLISS (393)
 SOJOURN TO SARNATH 3594       2   5  0    11       DREAMS OF KADATH (181)
 PYROPA 3564                   2   2  0     9       DARQUE FORCES II (348)
 INGLEMORT JULS 3596           1   3  0     6       MIDDLE WAY 6 (368)
 MIDNIGHT 3597                 0   2  0     2       NOCTURNAL BLISS (393)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
KILL ME! 3607          0  1 0 DARQUE FORCES II 348  ICEWORM 27            236 NONE    
KAYE 3188              9  7 0 DARQUE FORCES II 348  EVALON ELKHORN 3553   235 JUST REV
SIDURI 3576            7  4 0 MESOPOTAMIA 389       GOBERT HINNY 3552     236         
HOLGER IRSIN 3562      1  7 0 MIDDLE WAY 6 368      DOMJON 3554           232 NOT REVE

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Irina Jasse -- I think Reaper is getting sick of me.... -- Winged Death

Petra Quord -- Damn the zebras...one can only. -- Sanity Loss

Inglemort Juls -- Bringing Doom when and where ever I can. -- Sojourn to Sarnath
P.S.  Lately it has been bringing gloom and not doom upon returning to face the boss
but....

Stargazer -- Sorry to damage your...uhm...bliss.... -- Sanity Loss

Adrianne -- Welcome back.  It's so nice not to have to fight the RSI stockyard
workers. -- On My Way

Gerrick Grimm -- Your versatility never ceases to amaze me. -- Sweet Air

Face The Sky II -- I struggle to explain the differences in our two fights. -- Street
Sign

Kingu -- Rats.  I was really hoping for another win, well, A win, not "another"
really, to get Fender off my case.  Oh, well. -- Cass Dolan

Tiamat's Demise -- For somebody who MIGHT be demised, you're darned active out there.
-- Irina Jasse

Consort of Apsu -- Does Apsu know you're out on your own? -- Gobert Hinny

You know, if I were six-foot-two and the Commission insisted on calling me a dwarf, I
might become a Dangerous Criminal, too. -- Petra Quord

Deerhunter -- The way *I* heard it, the most usual nocturnal encounter with a deer is
to run into one on one of the county highways. -- Inglemort Juls

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

KILL ME! was butchered by ICEWORM in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
ADRIANNE vanquished EVALON ELKHORN in a 1 minute uneven Bloodfeud battle.
HARRY MONSTER subdued GERRICK GRIMM in a 2 minute expert's Challenge fight.
FAUSTICA devastated IRINA JASSE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge contest.
WHISTLIN' DIXIE was narrowly defeated by TIAMAT'S DEMISE in a 2 minute match.
ON MY WAY won victory over KUNG-FU MASTER in a 2 minute brutal mismatched Title fight.
SWEET AIR bested KUNG-FU MASTER in a 3 minute gruesome one-sided competition.
STREET SIGN vanquished KINGU in a 1 minute uneven duel.
SIDURI was slaughtered by GOBERT HINNY in a 1 minute uneven fight.
FACE THE SKY II won victory over PETRA QUORD in a 2 minute gory fight.
CASS DOLAN beat CUNEIFORM in a popular 1 minute melee.
DOMJON overpowered SOJOURN TO SARNATH in a 1 minute one-sided match.
CONSORT OF APSU was bested by WINGED DEATH in a 2 minute conflict.
INGLEMORT JULS was devastated by STARGAZER in a 1 minute bloody one-sided battle.
MIDNIGHT was overpowered by LUPUS HORRIFIQUE in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
DEERHUNTER overpowered PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
BISON devastated KARNHORN DESERTER in a 1 minute uneven duel.
SANITY LOSS overpowered PYROPA in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
FROSTBITE devastated EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute one-sided fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       7         PARRY-RIPOSTE      9 -   1 -  1      90  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   6         TOTAL PARRY       24 -  11 -  1      69  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  5         WALL OF STEEL     13 -   7 -  0      65  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   5         STRIKING ATTACK   22 -  13 -  2      63  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      4         SLASHING ATTACK    3 -   2 -  0      60  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         LUNGING ATTACK    20 -  17 -  0      54  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         AIMED BLOW        25 -  23 -  1      52  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         BASHING ATTACK    16 -  22 -  3      42  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   8 -  1      38  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       6 -  15 -  0      29  |

Turn 236 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-LUNGE        1 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  4         2  TOTAL PARRY    
PARRY-STRIKE       2 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         2  BASHING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    3 -  2                                       2  STRIKING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     3 -  2                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    
AIMED BLOW         4 -  3                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  2                                       1  PARRY-STRIKE   

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      ON MY WAY 3378             22  11  1  107 OPEN SESAME (199)
BASHING ATTACK   ADRIANNE 3190              11   6  1   96 DARQUE FORCES II (348)
STRIKING ATTACK  STREET SIGN 3523            8   7  0   85 OPEN SESAME (199)
LUNGING ATTACK   KINGU 3575                  7   4  0   56 MESOPOTAMIA (389)
AIMED BLOW       FACE THE SKY II 1447        7   3  0   54 DREAMS OF KADATH (181)
WALL OF STEEL    TIAMAT'S DEMISE 3572        7   4  0   36 MESOPOTAMIA (389)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is HARRY MONSTER 3430.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was FACE THE SKY II 1447.  The ten other most popular fighters were HARRY 
MONSTER 3430, CASS DOLAN 3517, TIAMAT'S DEMISE 3572, STREET SIGN 3523, CONSORT OF 
APSU 3573, WINGED DEATH 1374, LUPUS HORRIFIQUE 3605, SANITY LOSS 3602, ADRIANNE 3190, 
and FAUSTICA 3563.

The least popular fighter this week was PYROPA 3564.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were MIDNIGHT 3597, INGLEMORT JULS 3596, SOJOURN TO SARNATH 3594, PETRA 
QUORD 3577, SIDURI 3576, KINGU 3575, IRINA JASSE 3551, EVALON ELKHORN 3553, 
DEERHUNTER 3600, and CUNEIFORM 3583.

               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