DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 04/24/2007    Duedate: 05/21/2007

FLORAL VALLEY ARENA

DM-52    TURN-230

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

INSOLENT IRIS
FLOWER GIRLS (189)
(52-3323) [32-9-0,185]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

INSOLENT IRIS                  ANGEL
FLOWER GIRLS (189)             MORE' GOTH (384)
(52-3323) [32-9-0,185]         (52-3784) [5-0-0,37]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

MAYHEM                         ANXIOUS AZALEA
ASSASSIN NATION (186)          FLOWER GIRLS (189)
(52-3537) [18-16-2,99]         (52-3825) [6-4-1,33]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

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          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. ISN'T IT OBVIOUS (382)      48
2. FLOWER GIRLS (189)          44      FLOWER GIRLS (189)
3. ASSASSIN NATION (186)       41      Unchartered Team
4. PURPLE PEONS (397)          37
5. MORE' GOTH (384)            24      MORE' GOTH (384)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 FLOWER GIRLS (189)       447 271 13 62.3   1/ 2 FLOWER GIRLS (189)       10  5 1
 2/ 2 BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)     70  47  4 59.8   2/ 1 SITTEES (359)            10  5 1
 3/ 4 SITTEES (359)             46  33  3 58.2   3/ 6 ISN'T IT OBVIOUS (382)    7  5 1
 4/ 7*MORE' GOTH (384)          10   9  1 52.6   4/ 4 ASSASSIN NATION (186)     7  8 2
 5/ 8 ASSASSIN NATION (186)    195 210 30 48.1   5/ 5*FIRE INC. (394)           7  8 0
 6/ 3*FIRE INC. (394)           12  13  1 48.0   6/ 3 BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)     6  4 1
 7/ 0*SELECTED ECLECTIC (388)   11  12  2 47.8   7/ 8*MORE' GOTH (384)          5  2 1
 8/ 9 DARK RAIDERS (78)        172 200  9 46.2   8/ 7 DARK RAIDERS (78)         2  4 0
 9/10 ISN'T IT OBVIOUS (382)    40  47  4 46.0   9/13*PURPLE PEONS (397)        2  6 2
10/11*ODD ODIUS ORCS (374)      11  20  2 35.5  10/11*ODD ODIUS ORCS (374)      2  7 0
11-12*RED KNIGHTS (370)          9  17  1 34.6  11/ 0*SELECTED ECLECTIC (388)   1  2 0
12/13*PURPLE PEONS (397)         2   6  2 25.0  12-12*RED KNIGHTS (370)         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

     "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.

     Sixteen?!  That's a lot of crowns.  They are getting heavier and heavier.  Have
YOU had to ever wear 16 hats before?
     But the good thin about all these titles is that it surely has boosted my
activity at The Flower Shoppe.  (Not that I didn't have a lot of people coming and
going anyway.)
     I get so much business that I am just plain tired some days.  Satisfied,
depleted, and tired.  But I wouldn't give up either of these jobs for anything!  I
like the action.  I like the intensity.  I like the spewing of exclamations or
whatever upon victory!  I like the money.  I love all you Fratsfans here in Floral
Valley.
     So come and get me.  (or reverse those two verbs.  Tee hee.)  You will be glad
you did.
          Insolent Iris

                                      SPY REPORT

     Good day, friends and fiends, welcome to your friendly neighborhood spyreport.  
I doubt FLORAL VALLEY will ever be the same.  PURPLE PEONS stable has parlayed this 
turn's 2-2-2 into a 4 space move up the rankings.  This brings them up to 9th place.  
Good work, guys!  The ISN'T IT OBVIOUS guild has had a 4-0-0 turn and deserves to be 
watched in the future.  You never know where this kind of thing can lead.  And let's 
see, BUSHSUCKSTOADIE fought PSYCHOSIS and gained 20 points and contributed to ISN'T 
IT OBVIOUS' 4-0-0.  PSYCHOSIS has lost to BUSHSUCKSTOADIE, falling 20 points, while 
helping make DARK RAIDERS a 0-1-0 turn.  Well done, FLORAL VALLEY, the Duelmaster was 
this turn's most challenged warrior.  Perhaps INSOLENT IRIS is not as thrilled, being 
challenged 2 times.  This week's Duelmaster bout was between MAYHEM and our 
Duelmaster INSOLENT IRIS, making a challenge.  The attempts to dethrone the 
Duelmaster have failed, and INSOLENT IRIS remains FLORAL VALLEY's top warrior for 
another turn.  By the way, was that our Duelmaster that I saw last night, cramped 
under the table at The Victory Tavern?   
     He who challenges well, fights well.  He who avoids without cause, shall lose 
for good reasons.  My mama told me that one.  I also notice that the FIRE INC. stable 
was the most avoided team this turn.  Come on FLORAL VALLEY, what are you afraid of?  
And avoiding FIRE INC. more than any other team we find FLOWER GIRLS.  FLORAL VALLEY, 
are we going to accept, or respect this sort of thing?  SHY ANN from SITTEES took a 
risk this turn by bravely challenging up 31 points in a challenge against BOB LE 
CANADIEN.  And crowds were on their feet when SHY ANN claimed a victory from BOB LE 
CANADIEN, and now has 116 points for hers efforts.  In a brave attempt, SHADOW FOX 
from MORE' GOTH challenged up 19 points to fight SIZZLING SUNFLOWER from the FLOWER 
GIRLS stable.  SHADOW FOX perhaps got hers just desserts, seeing as she was subdued 
by SIZZLING SUNFLOWER and ended up with 2 recognition points.   
     A coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man only once.  Wise men know this to 
be true.  Had I not seen it, it would be hard to believe.  SEVERITY was sent to the 
Dark Arena and lived to tell about it!  Makes you think, no?  Whatever bright future 
CINDER may have had, it's all history now.  The manager of FIRE INC. has lost a 
promising 2-0-0 warrior.  Is it really true that FLORAL VALLEY has more dishwashers 
per capita that fighters?  Just thought I'd ask...   
     I like this place, FLORAL VALLEY, the taverns have old wine, and young serving 
girls.  Who could ask for more?  It's been nice chatting with you, until we meet 
again, keep your swords sharp and your hammers heavy.  Until the sun next rises and 
my pen sets to paper-- Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 INSOLENT IRIS 3323           32   9  0   185       FLOWER GIRLS (189)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-IGOR MALMORT 3594            12   8  1   130       BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)
 SHY ANN 3562                 10   5  1   116       SITTEES (359)
 TONNELLE 3634                19   5  1   111       BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)
 BUSHSUCKSTOADIE 3757         10   6  3   110       ISN'T IT OBVIOUS (382)
 MAYHEM 3537                  18  16  2    99       ASSASSIN NATION (186)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BOB LE CANADIEN 3632         19   5  0    88       BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)
 PSYCHOSIS 3651               16   8  3    86       DARK RAIDERS (78)
 IMTOOSEXY 3759               11   6  0    81       ISN'T IT OBVIOUS (382)
 SUE SOON 3572                 8   4  0    72       SITTEES (359)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PAS DE QUARTIER 3633         11  13  1    61       BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)
 BOY Z 3739                    6   0  1    59       SITTEES (359)
 PAINFUL PEONY 3744           10   5  0    57       FLOWER GIRLS (189)
 SLAYINGDEISFUN 3818           6   5  1    57       ISN'T IT OBVIOUS (382)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OAK LEE 3563                  9  10  0    50       SITTEES (359)
 TEMPEST 3770                  8   5  1    49       ASSASSIN NATION (186)
 BYRON 3559                   11   8  1    42       SITTEES (359)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ANGEL 3784                    5   0  0    37       MORE' GOTH (384)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ANXIOUS AZALEA 3825           6   4  1    33       FLOWER GIRLS (189)
 ALYSON IL'CHANT 3781          2   2  1    33       MORE' GOTH (384)
 ABHORRENT ANT 3668            3   4  1    32       ODD ODIUS ORCS (374)
 TUD 3813                      3   2  0    31       SELECTED ECLECTIC (388)
 SIZZLING SUNFLOWER 3846       3   2  0    29       FLOWER GIRLS (189)
 DISHONOR 3843                 3   4  0    28       ASSASSIN NATION (186)
-SER RED IRON 3622             2   4  1    27       RED KNIGHTS (370)
 OUTCAST ORCHID 3870           3   1  1    26       FLOWER GIRLS (189)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SPARK 3875                    3   2  0    20       FIRE INC. (394)
 THEDEONITSKNEES 3854          2   4  0    17       ISN'T IT OBVIOUS (382)
 DERANGED DIAMOND 3666         2   5  1    16       ODD ODIUS ORCS (374)
 LIFE OR DEATH 3898            1   1  1    16       PURPLE PEONS (397)
-IRMINSUL 3871                 1   0  1    16       BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)
 NIMBLE 3904                   1   0  1    16       PURPLE PEONS (397)
-SNORT 3814                    2   2  2    15       SELECTED ECLECTIC (388)
 ZHONE 3815                    2   3  0    15       SELECTED ECLECTIC (388)
-LORD RED SCORPION 3625        2   3  0    15       RED KNIGHTS (370)
 BETA 3812                     3   2  0    13       SELECTED ECLECTIC (388)
 MELANCHOLY 3777               3   0  0     9       MORE' GOTH (384)
 FIRE WALL 3876                2   3  0     9       FIRE INC. (394)
 DULL DANDELION 3731           1   0  0     9       ODD ODIUS ORCS (374)
-RATSO 3816                    1   3  0     6       SELECTED ECLECTIC (388)
 LOUT 3902                     0   1  0     5       PURPLE PEONS (397)
 SHADOW FOX 3780               0   2  0     2       MORE' GOTH (384)
 BREE IL'CHANT 3778            0   1  0     1       MORE' GOTH (384)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
VISITING ORC 8         0  1 0   1                   BOY Z 3739            230 NONE    
PASSING FANCY 3905     0  1 0 ASSASSIN NATION 186   PRINCE OF LOVE 25     230 NONE    
DECEASE 3848           3  3 0 ASSASSIN NATION 186   SLAYINGDEISFUN 3818   229         
NAPOLEON 24            0  1 0 DARK ARENA 0          SEVERITY 3538         230 NONE    
CINDER 3889            2  1 0 FIRE INC. 394         OUTCAST ORCHID 3870   230         
BLAZE 3900             1  1 0 FIRE INC. 394         LIFE OR DEATH 3898    230         
FIRESTORM 3874         2  3 0 FIRE INC. 394         NIMBLE 3904           230         
FIREBALL 3872          1  1 0 FIRE INC. 394         ANXIOUS AZALEA 3825   227 REVENGED
FLAME 3873             1  2 1 FIRE INC. 394         IRMINSUL 3871         228         
NERVOUS NEOPHITE 3664  2  5 0 ODD ODIUS ORCS 374    PRINCE OF LOVE 25     230 NONE    
LOATHSOME LUMMOX 3665  3  4 0 ODD ODIUS ORCS 374    ALYSON IL'CHANT 3781  230         
FLYING ****ER 3896     0  1 0 PURPLE PEONS 397      PASSIONATE PUMPKIN 27 230 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Now Tonelle, you didn't really think you would last longer than me, did you?  I am
glad you finished with such a climax!  (wink) -- Insolent Iris

Loathsome Lummox -- I expected a different outcome, but I am glad to have been able
to please you.  Let's try that differently at The Flower Shoppe.  Do you use any
different weapons?  (chuckle) -- Sizzling Sunflower

Spark -- You DID it!  I knew you had it in you. -- Anxious Azalea

Sue Soon -- You sat on me and flattened my stalk! -- Painful Peony

Fire Inc -- Make that two for you this turn.  Congrats to Cinder.  A salute to you
all.  Come on over to The Flower Shoppe and visit my gals.  (often) -- Lady Fern

Pandemic and Severity -- Congratulations to the newest Lord protectors.  Well
deserved. -- Lady Fern

Toker, Toker, when is the next Quest?  We want you! -- The Flower Girls

Toker -- Luv, I have gathered some friends here for your Quest.  I think they are
solely here to forbid a repeat.  They are so cute! -- Lady Fern

Well, that was fun!  I will try again, big flower! -- Tonnelle

Pandemic -- Congrats on the invite! -- Assassin Nation

Nervous Neophite -- Bummer of a matchup.... -- Tempest

Slayingdeisfun -- Not sure if we're going to bloodfeud.  Mayhem wanted to do you in,
but I help him back even though I don't have any other favorable matchups on the
team.  We'll see what the next couple of turns bring.... -- Ghab/Assassin Nation

All -- Sorry for the lack of PA's lately.  I've been swamped with work and a second
child on the way.  I've been faxing my turn in lately (not this time, though).  I'll
try to do more for the next turns. -- Ghab/Assassination Nation

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

SEVERITY viciously butchered NAPOLEON in a 2 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
NERVOUS NEOPHITE was slaughtered by PRINCE OF LOVE in a 2 minute Dark Arena battle.
FLYING ****ER was murdered by PASSIONATE PUMPKIN in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
PASSING FANCY was butchered by PRINCE OF LOVE in a 2 minute gory Dark Arena contest.
INSOLENT IRIS defeated MAYHEM in a 2 minute master's Challenge Title match.
SHY ANN vanquished BOB LE CANADIEN in a 2 minute mismatched Challenge fight.
PAINFUL PEONY beat OAK LEE in a crowd pleasing 2 minute Challenge brawl.
ANXIOUS AZALEA defeated SPARK in a action packed 5 minute Challenge melee.
OUTCAST ORCHID viciously butchered CINDER in a 3 minute gruesome Challenge duel.
SHADOW FOX was defeated by SIZZLING SUNFLOWER in a 3 minute Challenge duel.
ALYSON IL'CHANT assassinated LOATHSOME LUMMOX in a 1 minute uneven Challenge match.
LIFE OR DEATH killed BLAZE in a 2 minute brutal novice's Challenge fight.
TONNELLE devastated SUE SOON in a exciting 1 minute mismatched conflict.
PSYCHOSIS was demolished by BUSHSUCKSTOADIE in a 1 minute one-sided brawl.
IMTOOSEXY handily defeated PAS DE QUARTIER in a 1 minute one-sided conflict.
BYRON was vanquished by TEMPEST in a 1 minute mismatched bout.
SLAYINGDEISFUN vanquished ABHORRENT ANT in a 1 minute one-sided fray.
BOY Z delivered the death blow upon VISITING ORC in a 1 minute brawl.
ANGEL overpowered BETA in a 1 minute one-sided match.
THEDEONITSKNEES beat FIRE WALL in a 2 minute match.
DERANGED DIAMOND was savagely defeated by TUD in a crowd pleasing 2 minute conflict.
ZHONE was overpowered by DISHONOR in a 1 minute uneven fight.
MELANCHOLY narrowly defeated LOUT in a action packed 8 minute beginner's bout.
FIRESTORM was butchered by NIMBLE in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
DULL DANDELION defeated BREE IL'CHANT in a 2 minute beginner's fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                  10         AIMED BLOW        42 -  26 -  3      62  |
|AIMED BLOW                       8         TOTAL PARRY       35 -  26 -  2      57  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      7         WALL OF STEEL     39 -  37 -  4      51  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    6         PARRY-STRIKE       6 -   6 -  0      50  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  5         BASHING ATTACK    24 -  24 -  5      50  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         STRIKING ATTACK   30 -  35 -  6      46  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  2         LUNGING ATTACK    40 -  49 -  4      45  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     2         SLASHING ATTACK   26 -  35 -  3      43  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -   5 -  1      38  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-LUNGE        4 -   8 -  0      33  |

Turn 230 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     TOTAL PARRY        2 -  5         3  AIMED BLOW     
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  0     LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  8         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     3 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  2         2  TOTAL PARRY    
WALL OF STEEL      4 -  2     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         1  BASHING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         5 -  3                                       1  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  2                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
TOTAL PARRY      INSOLENT IRIS 3323         32   9  0  185 FLOWER GIRLS (189)
AIMED BLOW       SHY ANN 3562               10   5  1  116 SITTEES (359)
STRIKING ATTACK  TONNELLE 3634              19   5  1  111 BLOOD AND GUTS! (365)
LUNGING ATTACK   MAYHEM 3537                18  16  2   99 ASSASSIN NATION (186)
WALL OF STEEL    PSYCHOSIS 3651             16   8  3   86 DARK RAIDERS (78)
SLASHING ATTACK  SLAYINGDEISFUN 3818         6   5  1   57 ISN'T IT OBVIOUS (382)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is MAYHEM 3537.  The most popular warrior this turn was 
ANXIOUS AZALEA 3825.  The ten other most popular fighters were TUD 3813, MAYHEM 3537, 
OAK LEE 3563, LOUT 3902, OUTCAST ORCHID 3870, NERVOUS NEOPHITE 3664, SHY ANN 3562, 
SHADOW FOX 3780, LIFE OR DEATH 3898, and TONNELLE 3634.

The least popular fighter this week was MELANCHOLY 3777.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were BREE IL'CHANT 3778, FIRESTORM 3874, ZHONE 3815, BETA 3812, ABHORRENT 
ANT 3668, BYRON 3559, PAS DE QUARTIER 3633, PSYCHOSIS 3651, LOATHSOME LUMMOX 3665, 
and CINDER 3889.

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

PANDEMIC (52-3319) DARK RAIDERS (78)
SEVERITY (52-3538) ASSASSIN NATION (186)

               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