DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 04/30/2010    Duedate: 05/27/2010

TROCAR ARENA

DM-54    TURN-256

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

SAMILDAR
TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
(54-3004) [18-11-2,91]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

SAMILDAR                       ALBERT
TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)        KIWI CONNECTION II (318)
(54-3004) [18-11-2,91]         (54-2990) [4-1-0,46]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

VARDIN ABEQ                    VARDIN ABEQ
TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)        TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
(54-3002) [18-15-0,90]         (54-3002) [18-15-0,90]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. KIWI CONNECTION II (318)    39
2. GOTHUM (328)                26      TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
3. WARRIORS (329)              10      Unchartered Team
4. TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)     -9
                                       KIWI CONNECTION II (318)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 3*KIWI CONNECTION II (318)   9   5  1 64.3   1/ 1 TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)   8  6 0
 2/ 4 TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)  314 262 11 54.5   2/ 3*GOTHUM (328)              8  7 2
 3/ 5*GOTHUM (328)               8   7  2 53.3   3/ 5*KIWI CONNECTION II (318)  4  1 0
 4/ 6*WARRIORS (329)             4   9  0 30.8   4/ 4*WARRIORS (329)            4  9 0

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

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

                    Blood on a Purple Robe: A Bloodgames Primer
                                by One Armed Bandit

     Twice a year, there is a great gathering.  These tiny men with their stained
clothing and great intellects do not look like your traditional gladiators, but they
will meet and compete for a chance at Duel-2 immortality.  No, no, I'm not talking
about the managers at the Face-to-Face.  I'm talking about the murderous dwarves of
the Bloodgames.
     It's probably the worst advertised event in Duel-2 history.  It happens twice a
year, in January and July, and you don't have to fly across the country to
participate.  For some, the Bloodgames are just a distant memory of a t-shirt that
never arrived, newer managers may have never even heard of it.  For others, though,
it is a way of life.  And it can be yours, too.
     The cost:  $10 to roll up the team, $49 to run them.  At each Face-To-Face
tourney, two Bloodgames arenas are run.  One of them (called the FtF Bloodgames) gets
run round-by-round for ten rounds, and warriors are allowed to change their
strategies, avoid, and make Bloodfeud challenges.  For the other arena (called the
Mail-In Bloodgames), there are no bloodfeuds or avoids and each warrior must use the
same strategy and train for all ten rounds.  You can participate in both even if you
don't attend the FtF, but you'll be at a slight disadvantage in the FtF Bloodgames
(the Mail-In Bloodgames is a perfectly level playing field).
     The teams:  Each team consists of TEN warriors, one of EACH style.  You can
design each warrior however you want, as long as the stats add up to 84 points and no
stat is lower than a 3 or higher than a 21 (referred to as DYOs or design-your-own
warriors).  Simply write down the following information on a piece of paper and mail
it to RSI (or email it to csr@reality.com): your name, your account number, the words
"Mail-In Bloodgames" or "FtF Bloodgames", the team name, and all ten warriors (name,
style, gender, ST-CN-SZ-WT-WL-SP-DF).  If you submit them early enough you will
probably get a chance to see the overviews before sending in strategies for each of
them (using a normal strategy sheet, remember only one strategy and one train for the
entire event).  If you want to play it safe, however, you can submit strategies along
with the team information, just write "NEW" in each of the Warrior ID spots and
either "MI BG" or "FTF BG" in the Game # spot.  Some managers who are especially
ambitious will roll up each team more than once, and look over the overviews to
determine which team had the best luck in the roll-up process.  Just remember, it
costs $10 each time you roll them up.
     The rules:  So what's the catch? $59 for 10 design-your-own warriors?  Not so
fast, buddy.  At the end of ten rounds, the top three warriors of different styles
from each arena will be granted immortality, trained up to the minimum ADM
requirements, and will graduate to ADM.  Every other warrior will be gone forever.
Executed, freed, or retired to a quiet life on the farm like your childhood dog
Buster, if that helps you sleep at night.  If the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ranked warriors
are a LU, a WS, and an AB, then those three will win the prizes.  However, if the
1st, 2nd, and 3rd ranked warriors are a LU, a LU, and a WS, the 2nd place LU is out
of luck, his prize will drop down to the highest ranking member of a style that isn't
LU or WS.  So what does it take to be one of the top ranked warriors?  Warriors are
ranked based on number of kills, first and foremost, with their record and
recognition points being the tie breakers.  Oh, did I mention that the chances of
dying are FIVE TIMES that of a normal arena?
     What to expect:  You will run into many opponents who are SZ 3, who have 21 WT
and 21 WL, who are using a 10 KD and aiming for the vitals, who are using unusual
weapons that Duel-2 folklore says have a greater chance of delivering that killing
blow, such as the Battle Axe.  You may run into such classic archetypes as the 17-3-
3-21-21-8-11 ST or the 17-16-3-3-21-3-21 AB.
     So why should you play?  There are many reasons.  You don't have to feel guilty
about killing your friend's warrior, for starters, because that's the whole
objective.  Unique kill text make it all the sweeter, too.  You won't see anyone get
"pierced completely through" or "skewered through their vital organs" anywhere else
(at least I hope not).  Not only is it exciting to read, but my most rewarding
warrior came from the Bloodgames and yours could, too.  Whether you are a tournament
player or an arena player, if your warrior is tough enough to survive the Bloodgames,
he's tough enough for whatever task you set him to.  My first Bloodgames graduate was
a warrior named Sushi Slinger of Sea Dogs: 17-3-3-21-21-12-7 SL.  He left Old
Valamantis with a 10-0-3 record and immortality.  Since then, he has been a
Tournament Victor in the Freshman tourney, a Runner-Up in the ADM tourney, and a
three-time Tournament Victor in the Eligibles tourney.  He is now fighting in Primus
against the best of the best and holding his own.  Your Bloodgames graduate could
join him in Primus, too.

     "Remember, blood on the purple robe does not change it from a purple robe.
     Dare to fight bravely." - Alarond the Scribe

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                         ---===DELARQUAN REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 647): BLACK of FULL SPECTRUM (Jester, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 530): IGNORANT BAUD of 042709A (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 653): VIRTUAL REALITY of STATE OF MIND (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 624): PETE MASTIFF of DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 648): MOSQUITO of BLOOD SUCKERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 643): EVE AND EMMA of PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 652): CAJETAN of SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 636): HAGAR BLUETOOTH of VIKINGS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 638): SALLANCHE of SUPERIOR FORCES 6N (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 637): WALLACE of GRIM FANDANGO (Stik, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 605): EDDIE INCHER of MIDDLE WAY 17 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 598): KARTIKAYA of JINDA-BAN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 272): MANN SLAUGHTER of CRIMINAL ELEMENT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 585): EACHAM of DELVERS (Harby, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 536): CARGO of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 255): VARDIN ABEQ of TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 246): GISBORNE of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 481): JERANS LA'ROC of MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 223): TORANS ULRIK of MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 529): GATEWAY of ATTACK OF THE CLONES (The Upright Man, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 647): HOMICIDAL MANIACS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 530): THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 653): ASTRAL KIN (Arcane Kid, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 624): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 648): THE MIDDLE WAY 5 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 643): PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 652): BEACH BABES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 636): ABOMINATION (Chase, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 638): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 637): GRIM FANDANGO (Stik, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 605): BABES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 598): JINDA-BAN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 272): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 585): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 536): DARK HORSEMEN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 255): TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 246): WHAT'S IN A NAME (Storm Lord, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 481): DETHKLOT (?, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 223): MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 529) 0729205R et al (The Muffin Man, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 529): GROND of THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
               (turn 528): BRANDY PINKERTON of PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE (Gavin Rule, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 652): CANDY CANE of CHURCH LADIES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 635): FAMINE of DARK AT HEART (?, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 272): MANN SLAUGHTER of CRIMINAL ELEMENT (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 535): SHALAITHA of DARK HORSEMENT (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 246): GISBORNE of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Again, a standby, a win, one skill, and I keep the title.  This isn't exactly
thrilling or conducive to self-esteem, but it's a job.

                                    Vardin Abeq

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings warriors!  It is I, Zontani Sharp Eyes, here to bring report of the 
clash and bustle of the weekly TROCAR games.  My praise to GOTHUM for their 4-1-1 
week this time out.  Indeed, it was a skillfully fought round deserving of notice!  
ALBERT caught the eye of many in the gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested 
LAKE PATROL and was awarded 20 points in recognition.  In one of the week's more 
notable duels, GURTARGAN MONK put down KORASIM, causing him to lose 11 points of 
recognition in the process.  Our last turn's Duelmaster has lost, folks, lost to THE 
COLLECTOR, and VARDIN ABEQ has made the way for a new Duelmaster!  With VARDIN ABEQ 
clearing the throne, TRADERS OF TROCAR of SAMILDAR takes a proud seat as TROCAR's new 
Duelmaster, by virtue of recognition points.  Would you believe that over half of the 
old women in TROCAR seem to feel that they could fight better than you gladiators?   
     I have been in deep conclave with my spies who watched all that has recently 
transpired.  Indeed there is much I would report.  Mighty fighters cannot but expect 
competition from those below.  JOKER take warning!  You have more than a few enemies 
in TROCAR.   
     Vendettas.  Bloodied blades and broken spears.  Indeed the city has seen more 
than its fair share of red in recent times.  Fate is a fickle mistress.  She showers 
the miserable with fortune but sets enemies against the victorious.  Remember this!   
     The girls are as pretty in TROCAR as ever I remembered them....and the fighters 
as ugly!  Don't let your reputation slip!  Ahh, but I can hear the spires of a far 
off city calling to me.  I must away!  Till we meet again, remember:  a turtle walks 
slow, hides head in a shell, and harms no one; a lion runs to slay its prey.-- 
Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SAMILDAR 3004                18  11  2    91       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VARDIN ABEQ 3002             18  15  0    90       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
 ALLERDAE CHAN 3024           13   8  1    90       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
 KORASIM 3001                 21  12  0    75       TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ALBERT 2990                   4   1  0    46       KIWI CONNECTION II (318)
 TROUT 2991                    3   2  0    43       KIWI CONNECTION II (318)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BRUNO 3072                    3   0  0    25       WARRIORS (329)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NIGHTWING 3067                3   0  0    23       GOTHUM (328)
 JOKER 3066                    2   1  1    20       GOTHUM (328)
 HOLLY QUINN 3065              1   2  1    16       GOTHUM (328)
-MOKAN 2987                    2   2  1     9       KIWI CONNECTION II (318)
 BATMAN 3069                   1   2  0     6       GOTHUM (328)
 BATGIRL 3068                  1   2  0     5       GOTHUM (328)
-KENAZ THORSSON 2507           0   2  0     2       ODIN'S CHOSEN (264)
 ALEX 3079                     0   1  0     1       WARRIORS (329)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MARCUS 3078                   0   1  0     1       WARRIORS (329)
 ROBERTO 3077                  0   1  0     1       WARRIORS (329)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
EMNAR GORIN 3032        7  7 0 TRADERS OF TROCA 252 HELL GIRL 3039        252  REVENGED
FARINA HURON 3075       1  1 0 TRADERS OF TROCA 252 HOLLY QUINN 3065      256   
BORAT 3073              0  3 0 WARRIORS 329         CONJURED DEMON        256  NONE
FELIX 3070              1  1 0 WARRIORS 329         JOKER 3066            255   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Heck, I can beat the Warrior-Mage, too.  Vardin should share the title with me. --
Samildar

I dunno what The Collector thinks he's going to get out of this, but it won't be my
scalp. -- Korasim

Darned monks! -- Allerdae Chan

Mokan -- Well, I'm honored is what I am.  My first fight, I win against a more
experienced opponent, and I get the only managed opponent of the whole team.  Is this
a good sign, or what? -- Farina Huron

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

BORAT was butchered by CONJURED DEMON in a 1 minute bloody Dark Arena fight.
VARDIN ABEQ lost to THE COLLECTOR in a exciting 3 minute expert's battle.
SAMILDAR overpowered WARRIOR-MAGE in a 1 minute mismatched Title duel.
KORASIM was bested by GURTARGAN MONK in a exciting 3 minute bloody one-sided fight.
ALLERDAE CHAN devastated THE COLLECTOR in a crowd pleasing 1 minute one-sided duel.
TROUT overpowered JHELUM RAIDER in a popular 1 minute gruesome mismatched brawl.
ALBERT viciously subdued LAKE PATROL in a action packed 3 minute gruesome duel.
HOLLY QUINN savagely slew FARINA HURON in a 1 minute gory beginner's duel.
JOKER defeated ALEX in a 1 minute beginner's match.
NIGHTWING overpowered MARCUS in a 1 minute one-sided fight.
BATGIRL was demolished by BRUNO in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
BATMAN bested ROBERTO in a 2 minute novice's battle.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         LUNGING ATTACK    10 -   5 -  3      67  |
|AIMED BLOW                       3         SLASHING ATTACK   18 -  11 -  1      62  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         BASHING ATTACK     9 -   6 -  1      60  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         STRIKING ATTACK   18 -  16 -  3      53  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   1         AIMED BLOW        13 -  12 -  0      52  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   1 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         TOTAL PARRY       10 -  12 -  0      45  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   8 -  2      38  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         WALL OF STEEL      3 -   5 -  1      38  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 256 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         3 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         3  SLASHING ATTACK
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  AIMED BLOW     
SLASHING ATTACK    3 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  1     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  3         2  BASHING ATTACK 
                              TOTAL PARRY        0 -  1         1  STRIKING ATTACK
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0         1  TOTAL PARRY    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
SLASHING ATTACK  SAMILDAR 3004              18  11  2   91 TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
STRIKING ATTACK  VARDIN ABEQ 3002           18  15  0   90 TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
AIMED BLOW       ALLERDAE CHAN 3024         13   8  1   90 TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
TOTAL PARRY      KORASIM 3001               21  12  0   75 TRADERS OF TROCAR (252)
LUNGING ATTACK   ALBERT 2990                 4   1  0   46 KIWI CONNECTION II (318)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is VARDIN ABEQ 3002.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was VARDIN ABEQ 3002.  The ten other most popular fighters were ALBERT 2990, 
ALLERDAE CHAN 3024, TROUT 2991, KORASIM 3001, HOLLY QUINN 3065, NIGHTWING 3067, BRUNO 
3072, BATMAN 3069, BORAT 3073, and SAMILDAR 3004.

The least popular fighter this week was ROBERTO 3077.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were BATGIRL 3068, MARCUS 3078, FARINA HURON 3075, ALEX 3079, JOKER 3066, 
SAMILDAR 3004, BORAT 3073, BATMAN 3069, BRUNO 3072, and NIGHTWING 3067.

                  MAIL-IN TOURNEY XLIX

PRIMUS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
WOLFINMYCLOTHES 961 (222-121-9)        2  3  0         SIS BOOM BAA         

ROOKIES TOURNEY                        W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
FLYLEAF 3076 (0-0-0)                   3  1  0  DEAD   MILLENIUM METAL      

ADM FOOLS TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
SEX ON THE BEACH 2435 (37-26-3)        0  3  0         INDULGENT DRINKS     

FRESHMEN FOOLS TOURNEY                 W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
A.O. HELL 2523 (20-7-2)                0  3  0         USELESS TOOLS        
RUBBER BULLET 2503 (23-2-1)            0  3  0         USELESS TOOLS        

ROOKIES FOOLS TOURNEY                  W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
F.O.B. 1682 (0-0-0)                    3  3  0         PLATINUM BLADES      

               NEW GRADUATES--FROM ALL ARENAS (INCLUDING CLOSED ARENAS)

     For those of you who keep track of such things, 4 additional warriors graduated 
from regular DM arenas (including closed arenas) since the last tournament.  

                 EUGENE FLUCKY (82-41642) of MEDAL OF HONOR 30 (6955)
                             FGC (47-6648) of KAOS (695)
                  PRISONER B91 (82-53433) of DUNGEON CELL B9 (9014)
                   PRISONER 0381 82-42371 of DUNGEON CELL 77 (7085)

Congrats to the grads. -- Green Eyes