DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 05/07/2010    Duedate: 05/20/2010

LIN TIRIAN ARENA

DM-78    TURN-416

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

TOVER DUCK
SAND DANCERS (68)
(78-2825) [16-12-1,121]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

TOVER DUCK                     THE COUNT
SAND DANCERS (68)              J (322)
(78-2825) [16-12-1,121]        (78-2843) [5-2-1,40]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

SHILLIS VAIR                   CJ
SAND DANCERS (68)              J (322)
(78-2824) [15-13-1,68]         (78-2840) [5-2-1,18]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

KIWI CONNECTION (267)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. THE WILLBURYS 78 (269)      29
2. SAND DANCERS (68)           20      THE WILLBURYS 78 (269)
3. SHADOW MOSSES (321)         17      Unchartered Team
4. J (322)                    -19
5. KIWI CONNECTION (267)      -27      J (322)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 0 THE WILLBURYS 78 (269)    29  11  2 72.5   1/ 1 KIWI CONNECTION (267)     7  2 0
 2/ 1*J (322)                   21  10  4 67.7   2/ 3 SAND DANCERS (68)         7  6 1
 3/ 2 KIWI CONNECTION (267)     31  23  1 57.4   3/ 4*SHADOW MOSSES (321)       5  4 2
 4/ 3 SAND DANCERS (68)        834 954 29 46.6   4/ 2*J (322)                   5  7 1
 5/ 4*SHADOW MOSSES (321)        7  14  3 33.3   5/ 0 THE WILLBURYS 78 (269)    2  0 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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                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 643): EIGHTH MATE of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 645): SCURVY LADY of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 520): ROBERTO LEATHAM of HOUSE OF CARDS (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 639): REXROTH of DARK CREATION (H. P. L. West, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 641): ON GOLDEN POND of GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 632): GRISHORT HURM of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 633): FARM WEEKLY of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 319): ANFERROUS of STEEL AND SILK (Michael Eldritch, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 630): WHIP ME HOUSTON of STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 316): SINGALEK of THE KINDRED (Godric Magnusson DaVinci)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 627): ENVY of ANGELS OF PAIN (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 624): CRAB SMASHER of SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 616): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 578): PRINCE CONNOR of LUROCIAN ROYALTY (The Greek Guy, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 294): DAN MACK GRU of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 288): RONDOL QUIGLO of THE MIDDLE WAY 3 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 275): CASS DOLAN of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 506): FREM HARID of MIDDLE WAY 20 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 493): BB BULLY BOY of RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 473): DRAGON HARVEST of AUTUMN SAGA (Jugger, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 467): LOEKER SMITH of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 224): EXTORTION of BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 429): POLYNIKES of GATES OF FIRE (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 423): JAGUAR JON of GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 415): DEVONSHIRE of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 531): JOHN TYLER of I'M HISTORY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 643): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 645): SEA DOGS (One Armed Bandit, mgr.)
 DM  13 DULLENS (turn 520): HOUSE OF CARDS (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 639): VC RULES (Fizban, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 641): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 632): MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 633): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 319): FORCE OF FIVE (?, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 630): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 316): MIDDLE WAY 7 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 627): DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 624): THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 616): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 578): THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 294): STREET WALKERS (Roadkill, mgr.)
 DM  47 TEMPLE OF ABARSIS (turn 288): DEVIATION (Marma Duke, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 275): LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 506): THEM (Papa Bear, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 493): RED DOG GANG (Spot, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 473): MIDDLE WAY 16 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 467): SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 222): BLACKMAIL (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  74 DAYLA KIV (turn 429): GATES OF FIRE (Chief Illiniwek, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 423): GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
 DM  78 LIN TIRIAN (turn 415): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 531): DO IT AGAIN et al (The Dark One, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 638): ROCKWOOD of GREENWARDENS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 632): GRISHORT HURM of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
                            TIBERIUS of FIELDS OF ELYSIUM (Caesar, mgr.)
                (turn 631): SALARA LORMIN of MIDDLE WAY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 633): FARM WEEKLY of THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 318): SECI of PHANTACITY (Omega, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 315): KOLUM MAROD of MIDDLE WAY 7 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 626): BILL P. GORE of DEVIL ADVOCATES (The Dark One, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 623): TOBY of RAVAGING LORDS (General Ikillyu, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 614): FROSTBITE of URBAN JUNGLE (Jugger, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 576): BITT BETRO of THE FAMILY (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 292): WALRUS of NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 274): HOOPS of LIFE IMPACTS (Smitty, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 506): FREM HARID of MIDDLE WAY 20 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  60 ARADI (turn 493): PERFECT SNOTLING of SUPERIOR FORCES 1601 (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 473): DRAGON HARVEST of AUTUMN SAGA (Jugger, mgr.)
 DM  65 DAL SHANG (turn 465): FLITCHAK of CASTAWAYS (She-Puppy, mgr.)
 DM  75 JADE MOUNTAIN (turn 422): QUINCY WATTS of GREATS OF TROY (Zalgor Prigg, mgr.)
                                  JADE RING of SAND DANCERS (Jorja, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     Thankyouthankyou.  It's great for me, The Unknown Spymaster to be back in LIN 
TIRIAN.  Hope you enjoy the show.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I already got paid!  Hey 
everybody, watch out for UNFORGETTABLE, who flew up 18 points in the rankings after 
mashing SHILLIS VAIR like a melon.  Keep your eye on this guy.  And falling like a 
basher in the top ten was SHILLIS VAIR, who dropped 13 points after a disappointing 
(to say the least) bout with UNFORGETTABLE.  Isn't that life?  One minute you're on 
top of the world and then next you're laid out on a slab!  DEVONSHIRE was slain by 
TOVER DUCK.  Say no more.  Can you believe they are paying me 10 gold to deliver this 
stuff?   
     Let's dig a little deeper into what's happening in the LIN TIRIAN arena.   
     Remember that an arena is not always a safe place to be, but it is one of the 
most interesting, though!  Knowing when to use the right tactics at the proper time 
is a very important step on the road to Duelmaster.   
     Well, that wasn't too bad; Alarond told me that the people in LIN TIRIAN have no 
sense of humor.  Or maybe that they were senseless.  C'mon, Leadfoot, let's make some 
tracks.  And remember, you can pick your friends and you can pick your--(loud boos), 
oh, you've heard that one already!-- The Unknown Spymaster  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 TOVER DUCK 2825              16  12  1   121       SAND DANCERS (68)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-LANCE 2784                    9   0  1   101       IRON MEN (316)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 UNFORGETTABLE 2306            7   1  1    90       THE WILLBURYS 78 (269)
 HARNY BLACK 2823             16  12  0    86       SAND DANCERS (68)
 WIGRAM 2293                   9   8  0    70       KIWI CONNECTION (267)
 SHILLIS VAIR 2824            15  13  1    68       SAND DANCERS (68)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 UNBELIEVABLE 2308             7   3  1    61       THE WILLBURYS 78 (269)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 VOLGA 2778                   11   2  0    57       KIWI CONNECTION (267)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ROD 2786                      4   0  0    50       IRON MEN (316)
 THE COUNT 2843                5   2  1    40       J (322)
 BLACK TOM 2831                9   7  1    37       SAND DANCERS (68)
-UNRELIABLE 2307               7   1  0    37       THE WILLBURYS 78 (269)
 MATT 2844                     4   3  1    37       J (322)
 JOEY 2847                     5   1  1    34       J (322)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 LIQUID SNAKE 2839             3   3  1    26       SHADOW MOSSES (321)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 OSALAT REVOLVER 2836          2   4  0    23       SHADOW MOSSES (321)
-UNTOUCHABLE 2305              6   2  0    20       THE WILLBURYS 78 (269)
 CJ 2840                       5   2  1    18       J (322)
-UNSTOPABLE 2309               2   4  0    10       THE WILLBURYS 78 (269)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
CONVICTED THIEF         0  0 0                      LIQUID SNAKE 2839     416  NONE
TJ 2841                 2  1 0 J 322                SNIPER WOLF 2837      412  REVENGED
DEVONSHIRE 2779        10  5 1 KIWI CONNECTION 267  TOVER DUCK 2825       416   
SNIPER WOLF 2837        2  4 2 SHADOW MOSSES 321    CULT MEMBER           416  NONE
VOLCAN RAVEN 2835       0  2 0 SHADOW MOSSES 321    JOEY 2847             412  NOT REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Devonshire -- I could get tired of this. -- Tover Duck

I'm already tired of the Veteran Mercenary.  Thinks he's hot stuff because he's half
an elf, ha!  True elves know better. -- Shillis Vair

Strange though it feels to say so, I'd have to agree with Shillis on that. -- Harny
Black

Wigram -- Drat. -- Black Tom

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

DEVONSHIRE was butchered by TOVER DUCK in a 1 minute mismatched Title fight.
HARNY BLACK won victory over WIGRAM in a 2 minute gruesome battle.
UNFORGETTABLE demolished SHILLIS VAIR in a 1 minute uneven fight.
JOEY slimly lost to DISHONEST JUSTICE in a 3 minute contest.
THE COUNT was luckily beaten by VOLGA in a 5 minute brutal fight.
UNBELIEVABLE devastated BLACK TOM in a 1 minute gory uneven brawl.
MATT was devastated by DISHONEST JUSTICE in a 1 minute mismatched match.
CJ was unbelievably bested by OSALAT REVOLVER in a action packed 5 minute fight.
SNIPER WOLF was barely slain by CULT MEMBER in a 2 minute gruesome duel.
LIQUID SNAKE assassinated CONVICTED THIEF in a 1 minute uneven duel.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|LUNGING ATTACK                   5         PARRY-RIPOSTE      4 -   1 -  0      80  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         PARRY-LUNGE        5 -   2 -  1      71  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         TOTAL PARRY        9 -   4 -  0      69  |
|AIMED BLOW                       2         STRIKING ATTACK   14 -   8 -  3      64  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         BASHING ATTACK    17 -  10 -  2      63  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      1         AIMED BLOW        15 -   9 -  0      63  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      1         LUNGING ATTACK    15 -  13 -  2      54  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         SLASHING ATTACK    5 -   9 -  0      36  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  0         PARRY-STRIKE       3 -   7 -  0      30  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    0         WALL OF STEEL      0 -   0 -  0       0  |

Turn 416 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     LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  3         4  LUNGING ATTACK 
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  0     STRIKING ATTACK    1 -  2         3  BASHING ATTACK 
AIMED BLOW         1 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     1 -  2         2  AIMED BLOW     
                              PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  1         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                              PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         1  PARRY-RIPOSTE  
                              SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  0     
                              WALL OF STEEL      0 -  0     

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
BASHING ATTACK   TOVER DUCK 2825            16  12  1  121 SAND DANCERS (68)
LUNGING ATTACK   UNFORGETTABLE 2306          7   1  1   90 THE WILLBURYS 78 (269)
AIMED BLOW       HARNY BLACK 2823           16  12  0   86 SAND DANCERS (68)
TOTAL PARRY      VOLGA 2778                 11   2  0   57 KIWI CONNECTION (267)
STRIKING ATTACK  MATT 2844                   4   3  1   37 J (322)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is SHILLIS VAIR 2824.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was CJ 2840.  The ten other most popular fighters were THE COUNT 2843, HARNY 
BLACK 2823, UNFORGETTABLE 2306, JOEY 2847, VOLGA 2778, UNBELIEVABLE 2308, OSALAT 
REVOLVER 2836, SNIPER WOLF 2837, LIQUID SNAKE 2839, and TOVER DUCK 2825.

The least popular fighter this week was BLACK TOM 2831.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were SHILLIS VAIR 2824, DEVONSHIRE 2779, MATT 2844, WIGRAM 2293, TOVER DUCK 
2825, LIQUID SNAKE 2839, SNIPER WOLF 2837, OSALAT REVOLVER 2836, UNBELIEVABLE 2308, 
and VOLGA 2778.

                  MAIL-IN TOURNEY XLIX

PRIMUS TOURNEY                         W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
HST 1738 (159-113-1)                   5  3  0         PRESIDENTS           
SVEN THORFIN 1622 (157-89-5)           2  3  0         DOMINATION           

FRESHMEN TOURNEY                       W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
BENJAMIN 430 (20-6-1)                  4  3  0         SUPERIOR FORCES      

CHALLENGERS TOURNEY                    W  L  K         TEAM NAME            
ROGAR THORFIN 2255 (10-9-5)            8  3  0         DOMINATION           
SINISTER 2358 (5-2-0)                  3  3  0         THE BROTHERHOOD