DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 09/28/2005    Duedate: 10/11/2005

DAL SHANG ARENA

DM-65    TURN-352

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

5 GOLDEN WARRIORS
GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (717)
(65-6624) [7-0-1,101]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

VELVET CRUSH                   5 GOLDEN WARRIORS
UNDERGROUND KINGS (575)        GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (717)
(65-5227) [18-5-1,100]         (65-6624) [7-0-1,101]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TEBAS TEN KOGAN                $1.25 Q-STAFF
SAND DANCERS (233)             MIGHTY DUCKS (720)
(65-6598) [14-14-0,65]         (65-6690) [17-10-0,98]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (717)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (717)  31
2. MIGHTY DUCKS (720)          31      UNDERGROUND KINGS (575)
3. GHETTO FABULOUS (631)       20      Unchartered Team
4. POSSE (718)                 19
5. REFUGEES (377)               6GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (717)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 2*GOT IT FOR CHRISTM (717)  29   6  3 82.9   1/ 1*GOT IT FOR CHRISTM (717) 11  4 0
 2/ 3*GHETTO FABULOUS (631)     13   4  2 76.5   2/ 2 POSSE (718)               9  6 2
 3- 5 TOO GOOD FOR ME (600)    134  90  5 59.8   3/ 4*GHETTO FABULOUS (631)     6  1 1
 4/ 0 UNDERGROUND KINGS (575)  310 269 21 53.5   4- 3*DIRTY SOUTH (571)         5  1 1
 5- 6*DIRTY SOUTH (571)         16  15  2 51.6   5/ 0 MIGHTY DUCKS (720)        4  1 0
 6/ 7 POSSE (718)               72  69  5 51.1   6- 5 TOO GOOD FOR ME (600)     2  0 0
 7/ 0 MIGHTY DUCKS (720)       129 132  4 49.4   7/ 6 REFUGEES (377)            2  7 0
 8/ 8 REFUGEES (377)           374 446 13 45.6   8/ 9 SAND DANCERS (233)        2 12 0
 9/ 9 SAND DANCERS (233)       705 848 16 45.4   9/ 0 UNDERGROUND KINGS (575)   1  2 0
10-10*THE TRIP (548)             0   1  0  0.0  10-10*THE TRIP (548)            0  1 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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                        *--=== LIRITH KAI REGIONAL NEWS ===--*

                                     Duelmasters
                                 -------------------
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 350): BACKLASH of TOO GOOD FOR ME (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 321): LOQUE of FACING WORLDS (The Sentinel, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 319): VOLTO LEENI of SAND DANCERS (Lorana, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 306): 150): PBA (Elderberry, mgr.)
ADM 107 LIRIN KIV (turn 283): NIGHTFALL of DARKLINGS from DAYLA KIV (She-Puppy, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                       --------
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 350): GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 321): SAND DANCERS (Olinda, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 319): SAND DANCERS (Lorana, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 306): PBA (Elderberry, mgr.)
ADM 107 LIRIN KIV (turn 283): POSSE (Rosebud, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 350): BACKLASH of TOO GOOD FOR ME (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAIYLA KIV (turn 321): RONSEVAN of SAND DANCERS (Olinda, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 319): VOLTO LEENI of SAND DANCERS (Lorana, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 306): 150 of PBA (Elderberry, mgr.)
                   (turn 305): FIVE + FIVE of PBA (Elderberry, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

I don't know what to say other than: "Thank you, TEBAS TEN KOGAN!" -- 5 Golden
Warriors

Backlash overestimates me and my clan.  We've had a great start, but I can't imagine
how it can possibly continue.  I look at my team up and down and shake my head in
disbelief.  Being the Delarquan manager that I am, I will be doing everything I can
to stay on the throne and on top, but my best efforts can only do so much.  Thanks
for the fine words, Backlash, but if you knew what I was working with, you'd join my
camp.... -- Assurnasirbanipal, manager of this motley crew

                                      SPY REPORT

     Busy, busy, busy, lots of things happening in DAL SHANG this turn, and let's 
start with a look at some of the teams.  And let's see, RED RYDER fought TEBAS TEN 
KOGAN and gained 17 points and contributed to GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS' 4-1-0.  TEBAS TEN 
KOGAN has lost to RED RYDER, falling 14 points, while helping make SAND DANCERS a 
1-3-0 turn.  This turn 5 GOLDEN WARRIORS Bloodfeuded WIDOWMAKER in what was DAL 
SHANG's Title bout.  The attempts to dethrone the Duelmaster have failed, and 5 
GOLDEN WARRIORS remains DAL SHANG's top warrior for another turn.  Tell me, is 
nothing sacred?  I have heard from unimpeachable sources that The Blazing Unicorn 
uses trolls in their stew.  Talk about gristle!   
     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 GOT IT FOR 
CHRISTMAS stable was the most avoided team this turn.  Come on DAL SHANG, what are 
you afraid of?  And avoiding GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS more than any other team we find 
GHETTO FABULOUS.  DAL SHANG, are we going to accept, or respect this sort of thing?  
The most challenged warrior this turn was GHETTO FABULOUS' warrior RUNE HELLFIRE.  
More fighters challenged her than challenged the Duelmaster!  VIRGINIA, NO SANTA of 
GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS had better have a good reason for challenging down 15 points in 
a challenge which he won.  I thought VIRGINIA, NO SANTA showed great skill and 
promise when he beat GOBARL.  All right, so I slept through it!  Big deal!   
     We only live a short time in this world, so why not take a sharp blade, and 
shave it close?  Congratulations go out to GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS, with 5 GOLDEN 
WARRIORS revenging a bloodfeud against WIDOWMAKER of POSSE.  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.   
     I like this place, DAL SHANG, the taverns have old wine, and young serving 
girls.  Who could ask for more?  Always good to rest in DAL SHANG, but never good to 
wear out my welcome.  Look for me in future turns.  Until the sun next rises and my 
pen sets to paper-- Alarond the Scribe  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 5 GOLDEN WARRIORS 6624        7   0  1   101       GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (717)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VELVET CRUSH 5227            18   5  1   100       UNDERGROUND KINGS (575)
 $1.25 Q-STAFF 6690           17  10  0    98       MIGHTY DUCKS (720)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 RED RYDER 6626                7   0  1    85       GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (717)
 CORROSIVE KITTY 5225         15   8  0    82       UNDERGROUND KINGS (575)
 RUNE HELLFIRE 5701            7   1  0    81       GHETTO FABULOUS (631)
 CRYSTAL ICEDREAM 5698         6   2  2    76       GHETTO FABULOUS (631)
 DAKORIL 6596                 17  13  1    68       REFUGEES (377)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VIRGINIA, NO SANTA 6623       6   1  0    66       GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (717)
-CRIMSON CRUSH 5174            5   2  1    66       DIRTY SOUTH (571)
 TEBAS TEN KOGAN 6598         14  14  0    65       SAND DANCERS (233)
 DUCKMAN 6679                  7   7  0    58       MIGHTY DUCKS (720)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 KO LAO-DEN 6614              12   7  1    53       SAND DANCERS (233)
 JERI TAVAN 6615              11   8  0    51       SAND DANCERS (233)
 GOBARL 6604                  12  14  0    50       REFUGEES (377)
 RAGOLAS 6607                  9  15  2    50       REFUGEES (377)
 DARK WING 6686                9  12  0    49       MIGHTY DUCKS (720)
-AGENT ORANGE 5175             4   3  1    48       DIRTY SOUTH (571)
 CHADDEAUX NOIRE 5224         10  11  1    44       UNDERGROUND KINGS (575)
 KASSAL TEN DRU 6608          10  11  0    41       SAND DANCERS (233)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WIDOWMAKER 6666               2   1  1    33       POSSE (718)
-KUDZU KILLER 5176             6   1  0    30       DIRTY SOUTH (571)
 JOHNNY SIN 6668               2   0  0    27       POSSE (718)
 MY TWO FRONT TEETH 6622       5   2  0    26       GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (717)
 YOIKS! 6675                   4   4  0    26       MIGHTY DUCKS (720)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ABOMINAL SNOWMAN 6673         3   4  0    22       MIGHTY DUCKS (720)
 DEADWOOD 6669                 2   0  1    22       POSSE (718)
 LAW MAN 6631                  3   3  0    15       POSSE (718)
 BLACKTHORN 6667               2   0  0    11       POSSE (718)
-MAGIC CITY MAULER 5177        1   3  0     7       DIRTY SOUTH (571)
-DARE TO BARE 4994             0   1  0     5       THE TRIP (548)
 MADE IT HOME 6671             0   1  0     1       GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (717)

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

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
LUMP COAL 6625         4  2 1 GOT IT FOR CHRIST 717 WIDOWMAKER 6666       351 JUST REV
DANNAL TEN VARN 6621   7  3 1 SAND DANCERS 233      CRYSTAL ICEDREAM 5698 351         

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Widowmaker -- Thanks!  You did me a great favor! -- Assur

Lump (of) Coal was aptly named:
     12-10-16-11-3-21-11 B, Very Little Endurance, Good Damage
     no obvious bonuses

Gobarl -- It is nothing personal.  My dreams have been crushed, my fantasies
shattered, and my hopes destroyed.  You're just a convenient outlet for the feelings
the come from within.  But slugs might be a nice nighttime pastime.... -- Virginia

Kassal -- Your gifts to me are appreciated!  Thank you.  They aren't Red Ryder BB
Guns, but not everyone gets the best, not to mention the fact that you might shoot
your eye out.... -- RR

5 Golden Warriors -- Well done!  Write a column? -- Tebas ten Kogan

Red Ryder -- You were a Christmas gift?  How strange. -- Kassal ten Dru

Rune Hellfire -- How tedious for you. -- Jeri Tavan

Crimson Crush -- So wash. -- Ko Lao-Den

Crystal Icedream -- I hate it when stuff like this happens. -- Ghost of Dannal ten
Varn

Virginia, No Santa -- I'm heartbroken. -- Gobarl

Backlash -- See you...no, probably I won't, now that I think about it.  Well, have a
good trip. -- Dakoril

Agent Orange -- NOT with the crimson vest!  Gods, the least glimpse is enough to make
my eyes hurt. -- Ragolas

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

26 September 2005
Regarding the Regional News:
     If any of y'all glance at it and find some arenas are behind, rest assured I'll
get them caught up next time around.  I was trying to unsnarl the darned thing, but
it was just getting worse, so I decided gradual and partial was better than not at
all or ever. -- The Saint, keeper of lists

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

5 GOLDEN WARRIORS devastated WIDOWMAKER in a 1 minute Bloodfeud Title fight.
RUNE HELLFIRE won victory over DAKORIL in a 1 minute Challenge battle.
CRYSTAL ICEDREAM handily defeated JERI TAVAN in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge match.
VIRGINIA, NO SANTA won victory over GOBARL in a 1 minute Challenge brawl.
VELVET CRUSH bested MASTER OF THE EDGE in a 2 minute gory fight.
RED RYDER demolished TEBAS TEN KOGAN in a 1 minute mismatched competition.
$1.25 Q-STAFF won victory over CORROSIVE KITTY in a exciting 3 minute master's fight.
CHADDEAUX NOIRE was bested by KO LAO-DEN in a 1 minute competition.
YOIKS! was overpowered by RAGOLAS in a 1 minute uneven melee.
DUCKMAN vanquished DENGAN THE TRADER in a 1 minute uneven duel.
KASSAL TEN DRU was overpowered by DARK WING in a 1 minute uneven duel.
MY TWO FRONT TEETH defeated LAW MAN in a exciting 1 minute fight.
ABOMINAL SNOWMAN handily defeated HERROL TWO-FINGER in a 1 minute one-sided bout.
DEADWOOD demolished HERROL TWO-FINGER in a 1 minute mismatched match.
JOHNNY SIN handily defeated OLTIMAL THE LAME in a 1 minute one-sided contest.
BLACKTHORN subdued MADE IT HOME in a 4 minute novice's brawl.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|BASHING ATTACK                  10         TOTAL PARRY        5 -   1 -  0      83  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  4         AIMED BLOW        14 -   5 -  1      74  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         BASHING ATTACK    43 -  17 -  4      72  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         WALL OF STEEL      7 -   3 -  1      70  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         SLASHING ATTACK   11 -   9 -  1      55  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      2         LUNGING ATTACK     7 -   6 -  1      54  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      5 -   5 -  1      50  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         STRIKING ATTACK    6 -   7 -  1      46  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   6 -  0      45  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         PARRY-STRIKE       1 -   4 -  0      20  |

Turn 352 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-RIPOSTE      1 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         3  BASHING ATTACK 
LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  2         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  1         2  SLASHING ATTACK
BASHING ATTACK     7 -  3                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  1                                       1  STRIKING ATTACK
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  2                                       1  TOTAL PARRY    
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  1                                       1  PARRY-LUNGE    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   5 GOLDEN WARRIORS 6624      7   0  1  101 GOT IT FOR CHRISTMAS (717)
WALL OF STEEL    VELVET CRUSH 5227          18   5  1  100 UNDERGROUND KINGS (575)
STRIKING ATTACK  $1.25 Q-STAFF 6690         17  10  0   98 MIGHTY DUCKS (720)
TOTAL PARRY      CORROSIVE KITTY 5225       15   8  0   82 UNDERGROUND KINGS (575)
LUNGING ATTACK   RUNE HELLFIRE 5701          7   1  0   81 GHETTO FABULOUS (631)

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
PARRY-LUNGE      DAKORIL 6596               17  13  1   68 REFUGEES (377)
AIMED BLOW       JERI TAVAN 6615            11   8  0   51 SAND DANCERS (233)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is TEBAS TEN KOGAN 6598.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was $1.25 Q-STAFF 6690.  The ten other most popular fighters were MADE IT HOME 
6671, MY TWO FRONT TEETH 6622, 5 GOLDEN WARRIORS 6624, RUNE HELLFIRE 5701, VELVET 
CRUSH 5227, CRYSTAL ICEDREAM 5698, VIRGINIA, NO SANTA 6623, RED RYDER 6626, KO 
LAO-DEN 6614, and RAGOLAS 6607.

The least popular fighter this week was BLACKTHORN 6667.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were KASSAL TEN DRU 6608, CORROSIVE KITTY 5225, TEBAS TEN KOGAN 6598, GOBARL 
6604, JERI TAVAN 6615, DAKORIL 6596, WIDOWMAKER 6666, LAW MAN 6631, YOIKS! 6675, and 
CHADDEAUX NOIRE 5224.