DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 05/20/2010    Duedate: 06/16/2010

DRAGONHEAD ARENA

DM-72    TURN-224

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

TORANS ULRIK
MIDDLE WAY 9 (706)
(72-6399) [9-5-0,79]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

ARABELLA DEEDS                 ROOT
MIDDLE WAY 23 (719)            KIWI CONNECTION 7 (702)
(72-6465) [9-2-1,90]           (72-6374) [6-3-0,59]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

TORANS ULRIK                   TEXAS
MIDDLE WAY 9 (706)             STATES (718)
(72-6399) [9-5-0,79]           (72-6456) [2-2-0,23]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

MIDDLE WAY 23 (719)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. MIDDLE WAY 23 (719)         42
2. STATES (718)                20      MIDDLE WAY 23 (719)
3. LHC (705)                   17      Unchartered Team
4. KIWI CONNECTION 7 (702)      8
5. MIDDLE WAY 9 (706)           0      KIWI CONNECTION 7 (702)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0 MIDDLE WAY 23 (719)       40  14  1 74.1   1/ 0 MIDDLE WAY 23 (719)      13  2 0
 2/ 1 MIDDLE WAY 9 (706)        39  30  0 56.5   2/ 1 MIDDLE WAY 9 (706)       10  4 0
 3/ 2*KIWI CONNECTION 7 (702)   15  12  3 55.6   3/ 2*STATES (718)              9  6 2
 4/ 3*STATES (718)              10   8  2 55.6   4/ 3*LHC (705)                 4  8 0
 5/ 4*LHC (705)                  7  10  0 41.2   5/ 4*KIWI CONNECTION 7 (702)   3  6 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 649): VAN DERMINT of BOOZE (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 531): IGNORANT BAUD of 042709A (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 655): FURIOUS GORGE of IRATE FORMATIONS (The Muffin Man, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 626): CASSIS of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 650): MOSQUITO of BLOOD SUCKERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 645): EVE AND EMMA of PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 653): CAJETAN of SENTINELS (Nomad, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 638): 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 483): DETONATOR of EOD (Tripwire, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 223): TORANS ULRIK of MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 531): GATEWAY of ATTACK OF THE CLONES (The Upright Man, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   1 MORDANT (turn 649): MIGHTY MORALS II (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM   2 NIANIA (turn 531): THE GOLDEN FISH (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   3 OSKSI (turn 655): STATE OF MIND (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM   4 JHELUM (turn 626): TL;DR (?, mgr.)
 DM   5 KALTOS (turn 650): BLOOD SUCKERS (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM   6 TRANSEL (turn 645): PSYCHO SQUAD (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM   7 BONSUR (turn 653): BEACH BABES (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  10 KOLACT (turn 638): 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 483): MIDDLE WAY 10 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 223): MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
ADM 104 DARKHOLM (turn 531) 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.

     Despite Jorja completely falling down on the job four weeks ago--WE fought, but
she didn't write personals, the slacker--here we are, and we WILL have personals this
time.  Although I can't honestly say that the Kung-Fu Master inspires me.

                                    Torans Ulrik

                                      SPY REPORT

     Like the magnificent Sun, rising upon the Dawn and exiling the Night for a Day, 
I, Novgorodny Vir, return once again!  MIDDLE WAY 9?  Who?  MIDDLE WAY 23 is the top 
team these days, buddies!  MIDDLE WAY 23 had cause to celebrate, after ELSPETH HAUN 
got 17 points by beating VENEMOUS CONCUBINE.  RONARDA SOLA certainly had a baffled 
expression on hers face, after losing to ATLAS and losing 8 points in the process!  
Those who hoped for a new Duelmaster were disappointed by CONVICTED ASSASSIN, of 
DRAGONHEAD, who despite a 0-0-0 couldn't overcome DRAGONHEAD's Number 1.  So who's 
the team that's been walking into taverns last week and ordering milk?  Sounds like a 
PR stunt to me.   
     And how sociable are DRAGONHEAD's warriors?  Come, let us see.  If challenges 
were horses, NAEFAN ORDH could open up a fast food joint!   
     Ah, the duel!  The roar of the oppenent, the smell of the crowd!  Questions are 
being raised about the disposing of severed body parts in the arena.  A certain 
tavern in DRAGONHEAD would I avoid!   
     Leave me now, you base fools!  My fingers tire and I fear my incessant prattling 
may cause unfair judgement upon my impeccable character.  Like a mixed metaphor, and 
an overtaxed simile, I now bid DRAGONHEAD farewell-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TORANS ULRIK 6399             9   5  0    79       MIDDLE WAY 9 (706)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ARABELLA DEEDS 6465           9   2  1    90       MIDDLE WAY 23 (719)
 ELSPETH HAUN 6468             8   3  0    83       MIDDLE WAY 23 (719)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CUSTIS FORN 6470              8   3  0    62       MIDDLE WAY 23 (719)
 ROOT 6374                     6   3  0    59       KIWI CONNECTION 7 (702)
 DONIA GRELL 6466              5   0  0    58       MIDDLE WAY 23 (719)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LOUIE MURH 6395               9   5  0    51       MIDDLE WAY 9 (706)
 FLORIDA 6460                  3   1  1    40       STATES (718)
 NAEFAN ORDH 6396             10   4  0    34       MIDDLE WAY 9 (706)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 DELIA GARTH 6469              7   4  0    33       MIDDLE WAY 23 (719)
 ROMOR SAITH 6398              8   6  0    32       MIDDLE WAY 9 (706)
 BAYLY 6371                    4   5  1    28       KIWI CONNECTION 7 (702)
 FOX 6370                      5   4  2    26       KIWI CONNECTION 7 (702)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TEXAS 6456                    2   2  0    23       STATES (718)
 UTAH 6463                     2   0  0    22       STATES (718)
 ATLAS 6391                    1   3  0    19       LHC (705)
 ARIZONA 6462                  2   0  1    18       STATES (718)
 CMS 6390                      2   2  0     8       LHC (705)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ALICE 6392                    2   2  0     8       LHC (705)
 MONTANA 6464                  1   0  0     7       STATES (718)
 RONARDA SOLA 6461             1   1  0     4       MIDDLE WAY 9 (706)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
LHC B 6394              1  2 0 LHC 705              ARIZONA 6462          223   
TOTEM 6393              1  1 0 LHC 705              FLORIDA 6460          222   
PITRE QUIN 6397         2  9 0 MIDDLE WAY 9 706     FOX 6370              221  REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Bayly -- You inspire me, in a way, but all you makes me want to say is, "Hey,
beautiful, are you busy tonight?" -- Romor Saith

Florida -- Huh, somehow I didn't picture you as such a BIG state. -- Naefan Ordh

Fox -- I like a woman with brains. -- Louie Murh
P.S.  And furry, pointed ears.

Cms -- I was going to say something rude about your "name," but then I realized you
are a golem.  Golems don't really have names, do they?  Just designations. -- Ronarda
 Sola

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

FLORIDA was bested by LOUIE MURH in a 1 minute Challenge fight.
TEXAS was unbelievably bested by NAEFAN ORDH in a exciting 7 minute Challenge duel.
UTAH demolished ALICE in a 1 minute uneven Challenge fight.
ARIZONA bested CMS in a popular 1 minute novice's Challenge contest.
TORANS ULRIK savagely defeated CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 1 minute Title competition.
ARABELLA DEEDS overpowered KUNG-FU MASTER in a 1 minute one-sided struggle.
CUSTIS FORN was bested by KHALHUMS DWARF in a popular 1 minute competition.
ELSPETH HAUN handily defeated VENEMOUS CONCUBINE in a 1 minute uneven melee.
ROOT vanquished ROMOR SAITH in a 1 minute one-sided duel.
DONIA GRELL vanquished FRATSFA SLAVE in a 2 minute one-sided duel.
FOX was defeated by DELIA GARTH in a action packed 5 minute gory match.
BAYLY overpowered CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute one-sided match.
ATLAS devastated RONARDA SOLA in a 1 minute mismatched conflict.
MONTANA outlasted CONVICTED THIEF in a tiring 7 minute amateur's match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   7         WALL OF STEEL      3 -   1 -  0      75  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  4         AIMED BLOW         6 -   2 -  0      75  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         STRIKING ATTACK   12 -   5 -  1      71  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         TOTAL PARRY        5 -   3 -  0      63  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  1         PARRY-RIPOSTE      6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    1         PARRY-LUNGE        3 -   2 -  0      60  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         LUNGING ATTACK    24 -  20 -  4      55  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    1         BASHING ATTACK     3 -   3 -  0      50  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   1         SLASHING ATTACK    2 -   6 -  0      25  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 224 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:

SLASHING ATTACK    1 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         3  LUNGING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        3 -  0     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         2  STRIKING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      1 -  0     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  1         2  TOTAL PARRY    
LUNGING ATTACK     5 -  2     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  1         1  SLASHING ATTACK
AIMED BLOW         1 -  1                                       1  AIMED BLOW     
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  2                                       1  WALL OF STEEL  
                                                                1  BASHING ATTACK 

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
LUNGING ATTACK   TORANS ULRIK 6399           9   5  0   79 MIDDLE WAY 9 (706)
STRIKING ATTACK  ARABELLA DEEDS 6465         9   2  1   90 MIDDLE WAY 23 (719)
SLASHING ATTACK  ELSPETH HAUN 6468           8   3  0   83 MIDDLE WAY 23 (719)
AIMED BLOW       DONIA GRELL 6466            5   0  0   58 MIDDLE WAY 23 (719)
WALL OF STEEL    LOUIE MURH 6395             9   5  0   51 MIDDLE WAY 9 (706)
TOTAL PARRY      NAEFAN ORDH 6396           10   4  0   34 MIDDLE WAY 9 (706)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is TORANS ULRIK 6399.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was TEXAS 6456.  The ten other most popular fighters were FOX 6370, ARIZONA 
6462, TORANS ULRIK 6399, DONIA GRELL 6466, UTAH 6463, ROOT 6374, LOUIE MURH 6395, 
ARABELLA DEEDS 6465, CUSTIS FORN 6470, and ELSPETH HAUN 6468.

The least popular fighter this week was MONTANA 6464.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were NAEFAN ORDH 6396, RONARDA SOLA 6461, ROMOR SAITH 6398, CMS 6390, ALICE 
6392, BAYLY 6371, DELIA GARTH 6469, FLORIDA 6460, ATLAS 6391, and ELSPETH HAUN 6468.

                  MAIL-IN TOURNEY XLIX

ADEPTS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
PULVERIZE 4001 (0-0-0)                 3  3  0         REAPUS MAXIMUS       

APPRENTICES TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
FLORIDA 6460 (2-0-1)                   1  3  0         STATES               

APPRENTICES FOOL TOURNEY               W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
TEXAS 6456 (1-1-0)                     0  3  0         STATES