DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 10/06/2005    Duedate: 10/19/2005

ROCANIS ARENA

DM-56    TURN-387

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

PRONGHRON
REDHORSE (207)
(56-3852) [15-9-1,99]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

PRONGHRON                      POSITION IS EMPTY
REDHORSE (207)                 
(56-3852) [15-9-1,99]          

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

PRONGHRON                      PRONGHRON
REDHORSE (207)                 REDHORSE (207)
(56-3852) [15-9-1,99]          (56-3852) [15-9-1,99]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

BAD APPLES (187)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. BAD APPLES (187)            26
2. PUNCH-OUT! (411)             8      PUNCH-OUT! (411)
3. REDHORSE (207)               5      Unchartered Team

                                       RAHEIZS (66)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 PUNCH-OUT! (411)          53  22  5 70.7   1/ 1 BAD APPLES (187)          8  7 0
 2/ 3 REDHORSE (207)           438 489 15 47.2   2/ 3 PUNCH-OUT! (411)          5  0 0
 3/ 4 BAD APPLES (187)         371 511 14 42.1   3/ 2 REDHORSE (207)            5  8 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.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

                                      SPY REPORT

     Busy, busy, busy, lots of things happening in ROCANIS this turn, and let's start 
with a look at some of the teams.  And let's see, PIEFACE fought DOOM FROM THE SOUTH 
and gained 12 points and contributed to BAD APPLES' 3-2-0.  YUL has lost to PRIVET, 
falling 4 points, while helping make REDHORSE a 2-3-0 turn.  Defending his title for 
another turn, GLASS JOE kept REDHORSE's warrior, SHANKS PONY, from claiming the 
throne.  Can someone confirm a rumor for me?  I hear the top team makes their losing 
fighters do dishes at Mylar's until they win.  Maybe?   
     Oriental wise man once say, 'Hiding behind shields prevents proper sun tanning.' 
Inscrutable, but true.   
     The Dark Arena is for those who cannot win, not who cannot lose with grace.  
Dignity in life or death is the warrior's creed.  We'd like to remind certain teams 
not to rob the graves of their enemies.  You know who you are; and it's considered 
rude.   
     Remember, blood on the purple robe does not change it from a purple robe.  Dare 
to fight bravely.  Always good to rest in ROCANIS, but never good to wear out my 
welcome.  Look for me in future turns.  Until you see my quill in ROCANIS again, 
farewell-- Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PRONGHRON 3852               15   9  1    99       REDHORSE (207)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BITTER VETCH 3762            19  31  0    88       BAD APPLES (187)
 SHANKS PONY 3854             11  13  0    82       REDHORSE (207)
 PRIVET 3867                  14   6  0    67       BAD APPLES (187)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-BALD BULL 3843                9   2  1    61       PUNCH-OUT! (411)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PIEFACE 3875                  8   9  0    56       BAD APPLES (187)
-MR. SANDMAN 3844              6   5  1    51       PUNCH-OUT! (411)
 EATS GRASS 3853              13  11  0    50       REDHORSE (207)
 YUL 3868                      9  10  0    43       REDHORSE (207)
 LARGE DOG 3848                4  23  0    35       BAD APPLES (187)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-KING HIPPO 3845               7   4  1    28       PUNCH-OUT! (411)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JONNA THANE 3903              3   0  0    22       BAD APPLES (187)
 SLIM ODDS 3904                0   1  0     1       REDHORSE (207)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Glass Joe -- The best thing I can see in this situation is that you're leaving.  Have
a good trip, and try to stay out of trouble. -- Bitter Vetch

Yul -- You again. -- Privet

Doom from the South, I'm so scared!  I'm trembling in my boots! -- Pieface

Pieface -- You should be.  You lost, after all. -- Uncle Wolf, very testy

Eats Grass -- With ranch dressing, yes? -- Large Dog

Why do we treat the Torcaran Deserter as a criminal?  He had the good sense to leave
Trocar and come here, after all. -- Jonna Thane

Kid Quick -- You're as good as your name.  That hurt. -- Pronghorn
P.S.  I made the most and lead popular lists and you didn't.

Ohhhhh, no!  (hanging head in shame)  Beaten by a stand-in.  And yet, I was voted the
crowd's favorite warrior?  I don't understand. -- Shanks Pony

Privet -- That was a strange fight.  I think I need a strategy adjustment. -- Yul

Large Dog -- It is intended to be. -- Yul

Large Dog -- Oh no, another "Large Dog/Eats Grass matchup!  At least I won.  Ha, you
tried to eat me but I wouldn't stay down. -- Eats Grass

Lord Protector Glass Joe -- Congratulations.  I see that you're a golem, so that must
mean that your designer is all puffed up in his own esteem, no doubt?  Bop him one on
the head, just to keep it from swelling, and go to the Isle with our good will. --
Khel Rojida, for Rocanis arena
P.S.  A golem wouldn't want lands, would he?

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

GLASS JOE devastated SHANKS PONY in a 1 minute gruesome mismatched fight.
BITTER VETCH was demolished by PRONGHRON in a popular 1 minute one-sided Title melee.
PRIVET vanquished YUL in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
PIEFACE overpowered DOOM FROM THE SOUTH in a 1 minute bloody one-sided fight.
EATS GRASS bested LARGE DOG in a 4 minute veteran's duel.
JONNA THANE devastated SLIM ODDS in a 1 minute mismatched match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         WALL OF STEEL      3 -   0 -  0     100  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         TOTAL PARRY       12 -   3 -  0      80  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         LUNGING ATTACK    33 -  18 -  1      65  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         PARRY-STRIKE       6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         SLASHING ATTACK    3 -   2 -  0      60  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         BASHING ATTACK     5 -   5 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      1 -   2 -  0      33  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         STRIKING ATTACK    4 -   8 -  0      33  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         AIMED BLOW         1 -  10 -  0       9  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -  12 -  0       8  |

Turn 387 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-STRIKE       1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  2         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         2  SLASHING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  PARRY-LUNGE    
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0         1  AIMED BLOW     
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  1     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  STRIKING ATTACK
                                                                1  PARRY-STRIKE   
                                                                1  BASHING ATTACK 
                                                                1  TOTAL PARRY    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   PRONGHRON 3852             15   9  1   99 REDHORSE (207)
PARRY-STRIKE     PRIVET 3867                14   6  0   67 BAD APPLES (187)
TOTAL PARRY      EATS GRASS 3853            13  11  0   50 REDHORSE (207)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is PRONGHRON 3852.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was PRONGHRON 3852.  The ten other most popular fighters were LARGE DOG 3848, PIEFACE 
3875, PRIVET 3867, JONNA THANE 3903, YUL 3868, EATS GRASS 3853, SHANKS PONY 3854, 
BITTER VETCH 3762, SLIM ODDS 3904, and  0.

The least popular fighter this week was SLIM ODDS 3904.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were BITTER VETCH 3762, SHANKS PONY 3854, EATS GRASS 3853, YUL 3868, JONNA 
THANE 3903, PRIVET 3867, PIEFACE 3875, LARGE DOG 3848, PRONGHRON 3852, and  0.

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

GLASS JOE (56-3847) PUNCH-OUT! (411)