DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 02/11/2005    Duedate: 02/24/2005

JURINE ARENA

DM-61    TURN-349

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

COOL CAT
ARENA FELINES (341)
(61-3147) [13-2-1,151]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

COOL CAT                       CHICKEN POODLE SOUP
ARENA FELINES (341)            CANINE CUISINE (358)
(61-3147) [13-2-1,151]         (61-3194) [2-0-1,32]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SABA EL KEER                   MS S.B. ANTHONY
BLADE AND BLOOD (314)          FAVORITE GUYS (186)
(61-2719) [17-14-2,111]        (61-3323) [12-6-0,89]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

ARENA FELINES (341)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. FAVORITE GUYS (186)         29
2. CANINE CUISINE (358)        25      ARENA FELINES (341)
3. BLADE AND BLOOD (314)        8      Unchartered Team
4. ARENA FELINES (341)        -49
                                       CANINE CUISINE (358)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*CANINE CUISINE (358)      17   8  3 68.0   1/ 1 ARENA FELINES (341)       8  4 1
 2/ 2 ARENA FELINES (341)      141  91 15 60.8   2/ 3 BLADE AND BLOOD (314)     6  8 1
 3/ 3 BLADE AND BLOOD (314)     78  61 11 56.1   3/ 2 FAVORITE GUYS (186)       6  9 0
 4/ 4 FAVORITE GUYS (186)      421 479  9 46.8   4/ 4*CANINE CUISINE (358)      4  1 1

    '*'   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 508): CAT TASTROPHIE of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 508): AGLIBOL of DARKMOON (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 502): BATTERY of STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 504): FELIX of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 502): DARON EL of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 501): MYSTIC of ANARCHY (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 250): ALARIC of THE WARLORDS II (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 493): LEXINGTON of DARK GLORY (Ultraist, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 248): DROKK of WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (Micky, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 490): TRADEMARK of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 488): CLINCH of SACKETT'S & CO. (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 481): BARRISTER of BLITZKRIEG (Polarius, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 444): DISMAY of HELL'S PAWNS (Harbinger, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 225): STORM SERPENT of SUPERIOR FORCES (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP(turn 220): COURAGE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 207): NO-PAIN-4U of EXTREMISTS (Eclipse, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 369): HEDGEHOG of REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 348): COOL CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 155): CHINESE SIMIAN of K.B.W.F II (Polarius, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 394): HERMES of MYTHICAL from DELARQ TOR (Rillion, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 508): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 508): DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 502): GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 504): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 502): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 501): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 250): LADZ OF LUGBURZ (Bum, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 493): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 248): THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 490): DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 488): SACKETT'S & CO. (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 481): BUSY, BUSYTOWN (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 444): GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 225): MORDRED'S MADMEN (Abraxis, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP(turn 220): LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 207): SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 369): REDHORSE (Mila, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 348): ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 155): DUDS (Amy A. Airhead, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 394): LEGION OF DUMB (Carnage, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 508): AGLIBOL of DARKMOON (Bobby Bigfoot, mgr.)
                           JUDGE PARKER of THE LAWMEN (Marshal D, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 501): MYSTIC of ANARCHY (Jekyll, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 250): ALARIC of THE WARLORDS II (Fizban, mgr.)
                          RAY D AYTOR of OTTO'S MECHANICS (Crip, mgr.)
              (turn 249): RHINOVIRUS of BAD GERMS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 492): LUCIUS of EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 247): CHERRY 2000 of NUMBERS GAME (Destitute Noble, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 490): TRADEMARK of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
              (turn 489): MAY FISTAFOLES of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
                          STYLISH of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 487): CATLOW of SACKETT'S & CO. (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 481): RED FERN of VOLUNTEER FLOWERS (Inferno, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 443): STILTZ of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP(turn 220): COURAGE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 206): VANWAFEA of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Hail and well met warriors of JURINE!  Know me for who I am, Zontani Sharp Eyes, 
Spymaster extraordinaire of all Alastari.  DELORES caught the eye of many in the 
gladiatorial commission as he skillfully bested KIT-KAT and was awarded 14 points in 
recognition.  In one of the week's more notable duels, DELORES put down KIT-KAT, 
causing him to lose 11 points of recognition in the process.  Who here was not 
present for the title fight this week as DRACO EL TANIN boldly challenged COOL CAT in 
order to strive for the Duelmasters honors?  Not for nothing has COOL CAT in the past 
laid claim to the Duelmaster's throne, and this week he's proven his combat skill yet 
again.  Would you believe that over half of the old women in JURINE seem to feel that 
they could fight better than you gladiators?   
     Many and various are the arts of battle.  In JURINE "art" is a word that has 
long since passed from the language!  Mighty fighters cannot but expect competition 
from those below.  DRACO EL TANIN take warning!  You have more than a few enemies in 
JURINE.  Give SABA EL KEER credit for hers courage.  Did you note how she challenged 
TAIL IN THE AIR despite the 49 point difference in their rankings?  Do not the gods 
reward courage?  SABA EL KEER it was that claimed victory in the bout, while also 
rising 21 points in recognition.   
     Is not Death a warrior's foremost adviser?   Warriors, may this counselor stand 
ready at your right hand forever!  Some say a warrior is judged by the way he bears 
arms.  One thing is sure, better a dagger in hand then a sword on the belt!   
     A thought before I go.  Each warrior practices one style, but must not the wise 
manager learn the secrets of them all?  More than a sharp eye must I keep, indeed a 
stout pair of legs must I keep as well!  The endless paths of Alastari await me!  
Till next we meet remember:  a fool flies into a rage quickly and often.  The wise 
are angered by the same thing only once.  Zontani Sharp Eyes  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 COOL CAT 3147                13   2  1   151       ARENA FELINES (341)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SABA EL KEER 2719            17  14  2   111       BLADE AND BLOOD (314)
 DRACO EL TANIN 2723          14  11  4    93       BLADE AND BLOOD (314)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MS S.B. ANTHONY 3323         12   6  0    89       FAVORITE GUYS (186)
 DELORES 3311                 14  11  0    87       FAVORITE GUYS (186)
 TAIL IN THE AIR 3148         13   4  2    86       ARENA FELINES (341)
 KIT-KAT 3128                  9  10  2    78       ARENA FELINES (341)
-RACK OF LAB 3185              5   0  1    67       CANINE CUISINE (358)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KETA 3328                     9   4  0    63       FAVORITE GUYS (186)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 M.C. CAT 3124                 6  11  0    47       ARENA FELINES (341)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CHICKEN POODLE SOUP 3194      2   0  1    32       CANINE CUISINE (358)
 CHILLILI CHES 3343            2   0  0    24       FAVORITE GUYS (186)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 XANDER HAXAN 3270             2   3  0    14       BLADE AND BLOOD (314)
 MATTEO 3334                   3   3  0    12       FAVORITE GUYS (186)
 PUPSICLE 3221                 2   0  0    12       CANINE CUISINE (358)
 ZENRY CASSAUDO 3342           0   2  0     2       BLADE AND BLOOD (314)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
FRAY AL ZANRA 3327     1  2 1 BLADE AND BLOOD 314   CHICKEN POODLE S 3194 349         
RUEFAGE 3326           0  1 0 CANINE CUISINE 358    STONE GOLEM 26        349 NONE    
BENIRI B'RAN 3336      2  1 0 FAVORITE GUYS 186     PUTTY TAT 3129        347 NONE    

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Cool Cat -- Very impressive.  We'll have to fight again before you leave. -- Saba El
Keer

Ms. S. B. Anthony -- That beating wasn't meant for you.  That was for Tail In The
Air.  Sorry. -- Draco El Tannin

Chillili Ches -- Ouch!  That first shot hurt a lot.  Take it easy next time. -- Frey
Al Zenra

Pupsicle -- Are you a frozen puppy?  I didn't know I had that much endurance.  We'll
have to fight again soon. -- Zenry Cassaudo

Canine Cuisine -- Welcome back to our small arena.  Stick around awhile, won't ya? --
Noachian, mgr. Blade And Blood

Tail in the Air -- Darned cat. -- Delores

Draco El Tanin -- That you are a fine figure of a man, and a good gladiator besides,
is not enough.  Are you a male chauvinist, or are you not? -- Ms S.B. Anthony

M.C. Cat -- I have been wondering about the possibilities of a McCatBurger.... --
Keta

Chicken Poodle Soup -- (crossly)  That's a fine idea, but whatever happened to "names
are limited to fifteen characters"? -- Matteo

Fray Al Zanra -- Oh, you're too stiff, boy!  (snuggles close)  Let me help you relax.
-- Chillili Ches

Saba El Keer -- The worst killers around here seem to be cats. -- Delores
P.S.  Besides, nobody lives forever.  We take it as it comes.

Noachian -- Yep, but we're not a bad group to deal with.  Sure, some of those cats
have been killers lately, but it's just the luck of the game, and low CN. -- Jorja,
Favorite Guys

12 January 2005
On Jhans turn number 476 (due on Feb. 16, 2005) the Second Annual kLk St. Valentine's
Massacre Kill Contest will begin.  The rules are simple; the team with the most kills
on the last turn wins.  Last year's winner was Shocking Toad.  Can he repeat?  Could
DOOMcorps crush all challengers?  Will the kLk prevail?  Or will you be the
independent manager to show that alliances aren't all that?  Come on to Jhans and
let's find out!
     Prizes are:  1st.  Renaming of a Dark Arena monster and five roll-up
                        certificates or $25.00 deposited in your account.
                  2nd.  Renaming of a Stand-In monster.
     Come on and celebrate the Delarquan way!
                                                                   Azrael

15 January 2005
     BR 4 is upon us!  First turn is due on 1/29/05.  Many thanks to RSI for helping
supply a great prize for the winner and those who meet the 90% endurance criteria.
     Winning prize:  6 months free play, a +1 bonus potion, a limited damage potion,
a favorites knowledge potion, a minor stat-switch prize, and renaming a Dark Arena
creature.
     Endurance prizes:  a +1 bonus potion to all teams that fight 90% of the possible
fights during the contest.
     For details, visit Talcama's newletter or
http://www.geocities.com/assurnasir/br4
     To join, simply bring a team to DM 18, announce your entry in the personals, and
follow the very simple rule of not avoiding!

31 January 2005
     My fellow duelists I come before you bearing a sad and unfortunate message.
Several months ago our group, the Vendetta Cartel, had lost contact with one of our
friends.  Since he was in contact or correspondence on an almost daily basis there
was concern amongst us.  With some research two of our members discovered why contact
was lost with him.
     On November 10, 2004, Richard Hammes was taken from us in a senseless act of
violence during a robbery attempt at a friend's store where he sometimes worked.  He
was watching the store so his friend could go home to tend to his son who had taken
ill.  You may have known Rich as Abarsis, The Slaughter Priest ; richh10 on the RT;
or gameogre on the Duel2 messageboard.  You may not have known that he spent 13 years
serving the United States in the Navy.
     Rich dearly loved this game and all it encompassed.  He may not have been the
best or most experienced manager but he loved to interact with others and was quick
to offer advice whenever anyone asked for help.  He was always kind and gracious and
tried to strengthen our game, often by helping new players feel welcome or give them
a chance to compete.  With his prolific posting I know that I am simply speaking the
obvious about what he did for our game.  Many, like me, were drawn to him, perhaps
for his kind nature or his sense of humor, and it appears he lived his life as he
played this game.  Always willing to help or do right by others.
     I realize that he had many friends outside the VC so I will include the link to
the news story in case any of his other friends would like to know more of what
happened.  We're all dealt a hand in life but it's not the strength of the hand
you're dealt but rather how you play it that really matters.  Rich played his hand to
the very best of his human ability and for this I admire him greatly.  I know we all
choose to like or dislike managers but I believe deep down we are all good and
decent, in this game, and will drop party (alliance) lines and will show the proper
respect.
     http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20041112/news_7m12clerk.html
     Rich was taken from us all to soon and with so much left to offer the community
around him.  He spoke of a desire to run a contest on the Duel2 site which I hope to
uphold in his name.  Some of the people I have spoken with think it would be a nice
gesture to do one final good act in Rich's name, though it could never match what he
would've done within his community, for his community of San Diego.  I hope that with
this contest we might raise a little money to donate to an appropriate charity within
San Diego in his name.
     In conclusion I send a message to Rich:
     "Rich, though I'm sure you gathered this I never really told you how much I
admired you and what a friend I considered you.  I thank you for being my voice of
reason and always reminding me of why we both loved this game so much!  You have
taught me one final valuable lesson in learning more of you.  There are things far
more valuable in life than material possessions such as character and kindness.  That
nothing going on in your life means that you cannot find a way to be kind and giving
to others.  We always spoke of meeting someday and until we finally do know that you
will live on in with me and the rest of your brothers and sisters in the Cartel:
Master Darque, Kat, Bum, Sensei Jan, Maximillian, Hammer, Fizban, Firehawk, Phat
Phat.  You increased all of our enjoyment of this game, you were a true ambassador of
Duelmasters, and the game will not be quite the same without you.  A farewell battle
cry from the ZalCon:  'Confusion to our enemies'.  May your soul rest in peace, my
friend."
     Should anyone wish to correspond about Rich feel free to contact myself, or
anyone else within the Vendetta Cartel.
     Street Legal
     Jeff Bura
     The Death Squad(63) in Tobir or triumph1971@hotmail.com

31 January 2005
     Be it known throughout Alastari that Hammer is no longer a member of the
Vendetta Cartel alliance.
     A difference of opinion with another highly respected member of the VC due to my
recent vocal actions in DM 47 can only be resolved by my resignation from the VC as
of January 29, 2005.
     I leave of my own accord, in good standing with all members and with no hard
feelings towards anyone in the Vendetta Cartel.
     There was a time when I felt that my membership in the VC made the alliance
stronger.  I know that my resignation today makes the Vendetta Cartel a stronger
alliance with my absence. -- Hammer

1 February 2005
                           St. Valentine's Massacre update
My apologies, the Kill Contest starting on turn 476 in Jhans will run for 10 (ten)
turns ending on turn number 486.
                                                                   Azrael

5 February 2005
On behalf of the ILLUMINATI Confederation of Alliances (The kLk, CHAOS, Inc. and The
Company of Brothers) I would like to express our sympathies concerning the tragic
loss of Rich Hammes to both the DM community and to the real life world.  Surely our
loss has been Heaven's gain. -- Talon Darkhart, deeply sorrowful
                                kLk God of War, Illuminati Alliance, Puppetmaster

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

RUEFAGE was dealt death by STONE GOLEM in a 3 minute Dark Arena fight.
DRACO EL TANIN was devastated by COOL CAT in a 1 minute Challenge Title duel.
SABA EL KEER demolished TAIL IN THE AIR in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
PUPSICLE devastated ZENRY CASSAUDO in a 3 minute one-sided Challenge fight.
FRAY AL ZANRA was murdered by CHICKEN POODLE SOUP in a 1 minute Challenge competition.
DELORES defeated KIT-KAT in a crowd pleasing 1 minute veteran's struggle.
KETA was overcome by KUNG-FU MASTER in a 1 minute fight.
MS S.B. ANTHONY handily defeated VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a 1 minute uneven melee.
M.C. CAT outlasted FRATSFA SLAVE in a slow 13 minute expert vs. novice duel.
MATTEO was overpowered by EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 1 minute one-sided melee.
XANDER HAXAN was defeated by CHILLILI CHES in a 1 minute novice's match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         SLASHING ATTACK    8 -   3 -  0      73  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         TOTAL PARRY        5 -   2 -  0      71  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         LUNGING ATTACK     5 -   2 -  2      71  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         STRIKING ATTACK   13 -   6 -  1      68  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-STRIKE       4 -   2 -  0      67  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         WALL OF STEEL     13 -  10 -  0      57  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      2 -   2 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         BASHING ATTACK     7 -   8 -  2      47  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         AIMED BLOW         6 -   8 -  1      43  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         PARRY-LUNGE        0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn 349 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 -  1         4  STRIKING ATTACK
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         2  WALL OF STEEL  
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  BASHING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     1 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  3         1  SLASHING ATTACK
                                                                1  TOTAL PARRY    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  COOL CAT 3147              13   2  1  151 ARENA FELINES (341)
LUNGING ATTACK   DRACO EL TANIN 2723        14  11  4   93 BLADE AND BLOOD (314)
WALL OF STEEL    MS S.B. ANTHONY 3323       12   6  0   89 FAVORITE GUYS (186)
BASHING ATTACK   TAIL IN THE AIR 3148       13   4  2   86 ARENA FELINES (341)
SLASHING ATTACK  KETA 3328                   9   4  0   63 FAVORITE GUYS (186)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SABA EL KEER 2719.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was MS S.B. ANTHONY 3323.  The ten other most popular fighters were RUEFAGE 
3326, COOL CAT 3147, SABA EL KEER 2719, ZENRY CASSAUDO 3342, CHICKEN POODLE SOUP 
3194, DELORES 3311, KIT-KAT 3128, TAIL IN THE AIR 3148, FRAY AL ZANRA 3327, and KETA 
3328.

The least popular fighter this week was M.C. CAT 3124.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were XANDER HAXAN 3270, MATTEO 3334, PUPSICLE 3221, DRACO EL TANIN 2723, 
CHILLILI CHES 3343, KETA 3328, FRAY AL ZANRA 3327, TAIL IN THE AIR 3148, KIT-KAT 
3128, and DELORES 3311.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

DRACO EL TANIN (61-2723) BLADE AND BLOOD (314)