DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 05/10/2010    Duedate: 05/22/2010

VALAMANTIS ARENA

DM-62    TURN-483

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

DETONATOR
EOD (436)
(62-4323) [12-1-1,89]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

DETONATOR                      SQUIZGOR
EOD (436)                      DETHKLOT (450)
(62-4323) [12-1-1,89]          (62-4553) [5-1-0,54]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

JERANS LA'ROC                  JIMEMMA LOCA
MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)            MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)
(62-4501) [15-12-1,70]         (62-4523) [12-8-0,67]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. TOKEN ENTRY (207)           32
2. DISASTERS (448)             21      EOD (436)
3. EOD (436)                   17      Unchartered Team
4. DETHKLOT (450)              17
5. MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)         -5      DETHKLOT (450)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1*DETHKLOT (450)            21   9  6 70.0   1/ 2 MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)       8  6 0
 2/ 2 EOD (436)                 29  14  1 67.4   2/ 1*DETHKLOT (450)            8  7 1
 3/ 3 DISASTERS (448)           16  17  3 48.5   3/ 3 EOD (436)                 3  0 1
 4/ 4 MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)      359 435  7 45.2   4/ 4 DISASTERS (448)           2  3 1
 5/ 0*TOKEN ENTRY (207)          1   4  0 20.0   5/ 0*TOKEN ENTRY (207)         1  4 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 648): CHINA BULL of HOMICIDAL MANIACS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 531): IGNORANT BAUD of 042709A (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 654): FARFALE of PASTA (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 625): PETE MASTIFF of DOGS OF WAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 649): MOSQUITO of BLOOD SUCKERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 644): EVE AND EMMA of PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 653): CAJETAN of SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 637): DEMON of ABOMINATION (Chase, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 639): SALLANCHE of SUPERIOR FORCES 6N (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 638): WEASEL of OMINOUS REIGN (Archaic Elf, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 606): GORM HOLLIS 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 586): STICKY FINGERS of DUNGEON CELL (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 537): CARGO of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 256): SAMILDAR of TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 247): I'M A BASHER of BASHAHOLICS ANON (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 482): 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 530): GATEWAY of ATTACK OF THE CLONES (The Upright Man, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 648): HOMICIDAL MANIACS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 531): THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 654): STATE OF MIND (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 625): TL;DR (?, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 649): BLOOD SUCKERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 644): PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 653): BEACH BABES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 637): ABOMINATION (Chase, mgr.)
 DM  18 TALCAMA (turn 639): OF WOLF AND MAN II (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  21 SUNSET (turn 638): GRIM FANDANGO (Stik, mgr.)
 DM  36 JHANS (turn 606): MIDDLE WAY 17 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  38 CLIFFHOME (turn 598): JINDA-BAN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 272): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  42 RODEKI (turn 586): COLOR ME SUAVE (Suave, mgr.)
 DM  51 TRICORUS (turn 537): DARK HORSEMEN (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 256): TRADERS OF TROCAR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 247): WHAT'S IN A NAME (Storm Lord, mgr.)
 DM  62 VALAMANTIS (turn 482): DETHKLOT (?, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 223): MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 530) 0729205R et al (The Muffin Man, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 648): DOOMTAIL of EVIL BEAVERS (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 654): FARFALE of PASTA (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 649): CREDIT CARD of BLOOD SUCKERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 652): CANDY CANE of CHURCH LADIES (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 637): HAGAR BLUETOOTH of VIKINGS (Nomad, 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  59 ILLIS (turn 246): GISBORNE of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     Once again, M. Chardinee tried and failed to unseat me.

                                   Jerans La'Roc

                                      SPY REPORT

     I was going on vacation, see?  Surf, sun...  But what do those bums say?  "Hit 
the road, Debby Tonte.  VALAMANTIS needs a spyreport."  Oh, well.  Too bad, DETHKLOT, 
but MIDDLE WAY 10 was just too good to be stopped.  MVP award for KARN FIREVALE?  
TOKEN ENTRY's proud of him after beating MORDANT DESERTER and getting 13 points.  
Talk about yer big time losers!  PICKLES got smashed by FARGO HAIL, and lost 1 
points!  And I was just getting used to the ex-Duelmaster's habit of...(!)  Oh well, 
welcome DETONATOR.  Aren't EOD proud.  (Oh, my.) Who was the wiseguy that said 
VALAMANTIS' Duelmaster was paying for drinks at Drunkard's Guild?  Don't look at me!  
     I gotta admit I haven't been in "deep con caves" with any spies.  Really, I just 
wing this stuff.   
     Man, all these warriors dying and killing each other!  Don't you guys ever give 
it a break?  What if they had a fight and nobody showed up?  I'd be out of a job, 
that's what!!!   
     I really didn't, you know, study when I was a kid.  Who would've guessed I'd be 
a famous Spyreporter?  I gotta leave.  VALAMANTIS is like such a dump, and you guys 
smell too much!  Remember you guys, ease up sometimes!  Chill out!  Later, Debby 
Tonte  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DETONATOR 4323               12   1  1    89       EOD (436)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 JERANS LA'ROC 4501           15  12  1    70       MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)
 JIMEMMA LOCA 4523            12   8  0    67       MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 FARGO HAIL 4530              10   6  0    59       MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SQUIZGOR 4553                 5   1  0    54       DETHKLOT (450)
-C-4 4322                      5   1  0    53       EOD (436)
 HOBBAN JEPP 4503              9  17  0    44       MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)
 NATHAN 4552                   4   2  2    40       DETHKLOT (450)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-FLEX-X 4302                   3   5  0    30       EOD (436)
-THE PLAGUE 4533               2   2  0    30       DISASTERS (448)
 MURDER FACE 4551              4   2  3    29       DETHKLOT (450)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 PICKLES 4550                  4   2  1    23       DETHKLOT (450)
 TOKI 4549                     4   2  0    21       DETHKLOT (450)
 LAND SLIDE 4554               2   0  1    21       DISASTERS (448)
 KARN FIREVALE 1447            1   0  0    13       TOKEN ENTRY (207)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
TYPHOON 4532            0  1 0 DISASTERS 448        DARK CHAMPION         483  NONE

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
FERRIS HALE 4517        8 13 0 MIDDLE WAY 10 420    DETONATOR 4323        482   
DA 1 1448               0  1 0 TOKEN ENTRY 207      BLACK ORC             483  NONE
DA 2 1446               0  1 0 TOKEN ENTRY 207      SPYMASTER             483  NONE
DA 3 1449               0  1 0 TOKEN ENTRY 207      MOUNTAIN TROLL        483  NONE
MARCUS 1445             0  1 0 TOKEN ENTRY 207      LAND SLIDE 4554       483   

                                     PERSONAL ADS

We didn't get our fights, so these personals are being written from the e-newsletter.
-- the Middle Way

Detonator -- I REALLY wish you wouldn't blow up in my face like that. -- Ghost of
Ferris Hale

Nathan -- That's no way to woo a lady. -- JimEmma Loca

Squizgor -- Ack.  Five minutes, and I lost!  I hope I got good skills out of it. --
Hobban Jepp

Pickles -- Eh?  Some manager actually named a gladiator Pickles?  Talk about a spur!
-- Fargo Hail

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

TYPHOON was dealt death by DARK CHAMPION in a 1 minute Dark Arena fight.
DA 1 was butchered by BLACK ORC in a 2 minute brutal Dark Arena duel.
DA 2 was easily killed by SPYMASTER in a popular 1 minute gruesome Dark Arena match.
DA 3 was barely slain by MOUNTAIN TROLL in a 1 minute Dark Arena contest.
JERANS LA'ROC was overpowered by DETONATOR in a 1 minute one-sided Title fight.
JIMEMMA LOCA bested NATHAN in a 2 minute brawl.
FARGO HAIL vanquished PICKLES in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
SQUIZGOR overpowered HOBBAN JEPP in a 2 minute gory mismatched brawl.
MURDER FACE was unbelievably bested by THE USEROUS MERCHANT in a 3 minute melee.
TOKI won victory over OSKSI NOBLE in a 2 minute duel.
LAND SLIDE assassinated MARCUS in a 1 minute gory uneven duel.
KARN FIREVALE overpowered MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute uneven match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         PARRY-RIPOSTE      3 -   0 -  0     100  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         AIMED BLOW         2 -   0 -  0     100  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-LUNGE       11 -   4 -  1      73  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         LUNGING ATTACK    12 -   5 -  2      71  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         SLASHING ATTACK   24 -  14 -  2      63  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         BASHING ATTACK     4 -   3 -  3      57  |
|AIMED BLOW                       0         STRIKING ATTACK    7 -  11 -  1      39  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         TOTAL PARRY        1 -  11 -  0       8  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         WALL OF STEEL      0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 483 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:

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

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-LUNGE      DETONATOR 4323             12   1  1   89 EOD (436)
SLASHING ATTACK  JIMEMMA LOCA 4523          12   8  0   67 MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)
LUNGING ATTACK   FARGO HAIL 4530            10   6  0   59 MIDDLE WAY 10 (420)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is JERANS LA'ROC 4501.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was JIMEMMA LOCA 4523.  The ten other most popular fighters were MURDER FACE 
4551, SQUIZGOR 4553, TYPHOON 4532, DA 3 1449, DETONATOR 4323, FARGO HAIL 4530, KARN 
FIREVALE 1447, DA 1 1448, DA 2 1446, and NATHAN 4552.

The least popular fighter this week was MARCUS 1445.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were TOKI 4549, HOBBAN JEPP 4503, PICKLES 4550, JERANS LA'ROC 4501, LAND 
SLIDE 4554, NATHAN 4552, DA 2 1446, DA 1 1448, KARN FIREVALE 1447, and FARGO HAIL 
4530.

                  MAIL-IN TOURNEY XLIX

PRIMUS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
5 2979 (200-120-4)                     4  3  0         NUMBERS              

CONTENDERS TOURNEY                     W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
THE ETERNAL PLEDGE 2931 (97-49-0)      7  3  0         LEGENDS OF TKE       

INITIATES TOURNEY                      W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
WHITE WIZARD 4484 (0-0-0)              3  3  0         HILLTOP GURUS        

APPRENTICES TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
THE PLAGUE 4533 (2-2-0)                4  3  0         DISASTERS            
TYPHOON 4532 (0-0-0)                   2  3  1         DISASTERS            
NATHAN 4552 (4-0-2)                    1  3  0         DETHKLOT             

APPRENTICES FOOL TOURNEY               W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
MURDER FACE 4551 (3-1-2)               0  3  0         DETHKLOT             
PICKLES 4550 (4-0-1)                   0  3  0         DETHKLOT             

               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