DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 01/29/2013    Duedate: 02/25/2013

TELORINTHE ARENA

DM-83    TURN-75

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

CONTRACT BRIDGE
OLDIES (5)
(83-308) [22-8-1,117]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

CONTRACT BRIDGE                POSITION IS EMPTY
OLDIES (5)                     
(83-308) [22-8-1,117]          

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

CONTRACT BRIDGE                ROID FLOYD
OLDIES (5)                     PUNY ORC PELOTON (8)
(83-308) [22-8-1,117]          (83-61) [12-4-0,103]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

PUNY ORC PELOTON (8)

          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. PUNY ORC PELOTON (8)        37
2. NONSUCH HOUSE (39)          17      OLDIES (5)
3. OLDIES (5)                   4      Unchartered Team
4. MIDDLE WAY 21 (40)         -15
                                        (-1)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1/ 1 OLDIES (5)               259 116  9 69.1   1/ 2 PUNY ORC PELOTON (8)     10  5 0
 2/ 2 PUNY ORC PELOTON (8)      50  30  1 62.5   2/ 1 OLDIES (5)                8  7 0
 3/ 3 NONSUCH HOUSE (39)        36  24  1 60.0   3/ 4 NONSUCH HOUSE (39)        6  4 0
 4/ 4 MIDDLE WAY 21 (40)       123 147  6 45.6   4/ 3 MIDDLE WAY 21 (40)        5 10 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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                              ---===SLOW ARENA NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 356): PORT-A-FORTRESS of THE CHOSEN (Longshot, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 354): POSTAGE of EXPENSE ACCOUNT (Finance Manager, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 352): DRONE-ON of BAD NEWS BEES (Stinger, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 306): MASSEY of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 330): ROSELYN of DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 324): SOUTH SPOON of OTTODROME TW (Otto X, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 311): MOLDAR NAY of MIDDLE WAY 6 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 305): GLOATING GARDENIA of FLOWER GIRLS (Lady Fern, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 289): DIAN WEI of ASIAN INVASION (Pec Killer, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 282): JOHN WAYNE of TALL TALES (A-Sop, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 258): HALIFAX of BOMBS AWAY (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 259): TOO SHORT of BASH BROS HAIR CUT (Assurnasirbanipal)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 259): FRISBEE of FOUND IN THE SAND (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  83 TELORINTHE (turn 74): CONTRACT BRIDGE of OLDIES (Coach, mgr.)
 DM 106 CRYSALIS (turn 257): GABBER KNIGHT of 500 BPM (The Mun, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   8 ARKERS (turn 356): MIDDLE WAY 11 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 354): LORD OF DISCIPLINE (Longshot, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 352): BAD NEWS BEES (Stinger, mgr.)
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 306): KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 330): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 324): OBG! (Howlin' Wolf, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 311): LIFE IMAPACTS (Coach, mgr.)
 DM  52 FRATSFA (turn 305): BASH BROS ROAD SIGN (Assurnasirbanipal, mgr.)
 DM  54 TROCAR (turn 289): ASIAN INVASION (Pec Killer, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 282): IMPROVED ILLUSION (Phantasm, mgr.)
 DM  71 KYR'TERR (turn 258): THE ZOO (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 259): MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 256): SUPER STARS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  83 TELORINTHE (turn 74): POSITION IS EMPTY
 DM 106 CRYSALIS (turn 257): WAH CHING (Pec Killer, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                   ----------------
 DM  39 XOCHITHLAN (turn 305): WOXTON of KIWI CONNECTION (The Mun, mgr.)
 DM  47 NORTH FORK (turn 324): LATKA of SECOND BANANAS (Mannequin, mgr.)
                   (turn 323): FROSTY of FAST FOOD (Madwand, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 310): MATH of LIFE IMPACTS (Coach, mgr.)
 DM  59 ILLIS (turn 281): KING MIDAS of TALL TALES (A-Sop, mgr.)
              (turn 280): INUYASHA of IMPROVED ILLUSION (Phantasm, mgr.)
 DM  72 DRAGONHEAD (turn 259): NAEFAN ORDH of MIDDLE WAY 9 (Jorja, mgr.)

                                 DUELMASTER'S COLUMN
                             Notes from the arena champ.

     All right!  Duelmaster!?  How many master points do I get for that?  Will it
elevate me above Life Master?
     I was lucky.  I think Roid Floyd forgot to take his stuff.  That wasn't the
"real" him out there.  It was the real me,  though. I had the HEART and like a
DIAMOND in the rough CLUBbed him in SPADES!
     A salute, in my column, to teammate Life Scout, who was granted Lord
Protectorship.  He will now retire to The Isle.  A tribute....
12-17-13-6-19-9-9 mode TP
"roided" to 14-19-13-7-21-9-11
adex parry
FAVES -- couldn't even guess
     Are you going to try me again this time Roid Floyd?  I hope so.
                     Contract Bridge, Duelmaster

                                      SPY REPORT

     Greetings, Warriors of TELORINTHE.  Allow this humble servant Novgorodny Vir to 
give you a respite from the fights in the form of this Spyreport.  The boys at OLDIES 
left the arena dejected, after being kicked out of the top spot by PUNY ORC PELOTON.  
Good show!  OLDIES had cause to celebrate, after LIFE SCOUT got 12 points by beating 
STEEL MUSE.  Win some, lose some.  Speaking of which, WHITEY D'EAGLE was winsome, 
after beating SPORT and seeing him lose 9 points.  MELANIE OBERN found out that 
TELORINTHE isn't a democracy.  You've gotta be the best to be Duelmaster here!  Word 
has it one team in TELORINTHE is taking speech lessons to try to bore their opponent 
to death.  I'll bet it works.   
     A Zenmaster once told me, 'Does not the spinning wheel turn?  And do not the 
little birds cry out?'  Any ideas?  Like a horde of jackals fleeing from the lion, so 
did the "warriors" in TELORINTHE avoid NONSUCH HOUSE.  As a woman of good breeding 
scorns the "warriors" of OLDIES, so did that sorry team shy from NONSUCH HOUSE Is it 
charming personality?  Conversational abilities?  Good oral hygiene?  Whatever it is, 
SAM TALL is the most challenged warrior.   
     Ah, the duel!  The roar of the oppenent, the smell of the crowd!  Oh hard!  that 
to strike a flame, the match itself must needs be wasting!   
     Leave me now, you base fools!  Keep those sands bloody and the buzzards fat!  
TELORINTHE, I leave you now.  The Duelmaster has agreed to foot my bill at The 
Swinging Aardvark.  'Til next time-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CONTRACT BRIDGE 308          22   8  1   117       OLDIES (5)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 ROID FLOYD 61                12   4  0   103       PUNY ORC PELOTON (8)
 SAM TALL 293                 20  34  0    94       MIDDLE WAY 21 (40)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MELANIE OBERN 324            12  13  2    87       MIDDLE WAY 21 (40)
 STEEL MUSE 287                8   4  0    85       NONSUCH HOUSE (39)
 BAD BAD BASSO 58             12   4  0    67       PUNY ORC PELOTON (8)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 CIRCLE K 354                 11   5  0    66       OLDIES (5)
 WHITEY D'EAGLE 289            8   4  0    66       NONSUCH HOUSE (39)
 CUSTODIAN 325                11  13  1    62       OLDIES (5)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SPORT 368                     5   3  0    45       OLDIES (5)
 CORNELIUS 285                 7   5  0    43       NONSUCH HOUSE (39)
 ROOK 286                      8   4  0    42       NONSUCH HOUSE (39)
 PETRO SALM 337                9  14  0    41       MIDDLE WAY 21 (40)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 POSTAL TURNCOAT 369           4   3  1    29       PUNY ORC PELOTON (8)
 SPANISH BEEF 366              6   3  0    28       PUNY ORC PELOTON (8)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 SILVERBACK 288                5   7  1    23       NONSUCH HOUSE (39)
 OLOVOR PARIS 371              3   2  1    16       MIDDLE WAY 21 (40)
 SKY HIGH OMERTA 383           1   0  0    12       PUNY ORC PELOTON (8)
 TAMARIND URLIK 370            1   4  0     7       MIDDLE WAY 21 (40)

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

THE DEAD                W  L K TEAM NAME            SLAIN BY              TURN Revenge?
LILLIPUTAIN LEVI 62     8  4 0 PUNY ORC PELOTON 8   MELANIE OBERN 324      71  REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Contract Bridge -- Well, that didn't go well.  Hope to meet you next time running
dodge. -- Roid

Coach -- 1-1 this turn and 9-3.  I'm on a roll so watch out. -- slugbait

Sport -- Well, you're a smarty pants -- Bad learner Basso

Corneliius -- Well, so much for trying to stab you in the back with a dagger. --
Turncoat

Silverback -- You can hammer in the morning, you can hammer in the evening, but if my
shields get in the way it will do you no good. -- The beef

slugbait, slugbait, slugbait -- You sandbagger!  You tell everyone those negative
things and then "whammo", you are writing DM Columns.  Silly!  We know better. --
Coach and the Oldies

Uh, slugbait, wasn't that Big Bad Basso that just beat me?  Phbbbtttt! -- Sport (a
sad Oldie)

Sam Tall -- It was my pleasure.  Thanks for boosting me to Lord Protector. I feel
almost like I might if I attained Eagle. -- Life Scout

Steel Muse -- I must give you credit.  Well fought! -- Circle K (the loser)

Rook -- You should have castled. -- Custodian

Roid Floyd -- Sometimes one gets too tricky on the bid and should just jet to slam.
Perhaps I just did? -- Contract Bridge

Health.  Humility.  Honor. -- Coach

Our congratulations to Life Scout. -- Jorja and those who walk the Middle Way

Custodian -- Because your clock is always dirty.  What do you DO to that poor clock?
Always giving it dirty looks, maybe? -- Melanie Obern

     Or talking dirty to it?

Life Scout -- Sorry, I got bored and went to sleep. -- Sam Tall
P.S.  Was it the rating that put you over the edge?

I found the Virginal Gigolo offensive, so I offended him back. -- Melanie Obern

Whitey D'Eagle -- Oh, a hotshot.  Damn. -- Petro Salm

And a couple of Convicted Thieves.  We hear the arena imports them. -- Tamarind Ulrik
and Olovor Paris

     Certainly.  We don't have NATIVE thieves here, you know. -- Arenamaster Salgreid

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

ROID FLOYD viciously subdued SAM TALL in a crowd pleasing 4 minute Challenge fight.
SPORT was demolished by WHITEY D'EAGLE in a 1 minute one-sided Challenge melee.
CORNELIUS luckily beat PETRO SALM in a 2 minute bloody Challenge duel.
POSTAL TURNCOAT bested OLOVOR PARIS in a 2 minute Challenge fight.
SILVERBACK was luckily beaten by SPANISH BEEF in a 2 minute bloody Challenge match.
CONTRACT BRIDGE devastated MELANIE OBERN in a 1 minute one-sided Title duel.
LIFE SCOUT devastated STEEL MUSE in a 2 minute mismatched match.
CIRCLE K was handily defeated by KHALHUMS DWARF in a 1 minute uneven fight.
BAD BAD BASSO won victory over CUSTODIAN in a action packed 3 minute duel.
ROOK slimly won victory over FRATSFA SLAVE in a 8 minute expert vs. beginner fight.
TAMARIND URLIK was defeated by SKY HIGH OMERTA in a 3 minute gory beginner's match.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|AIMED BLOW                       3         STRIKING ATTACK   15 -   4 -  0      79  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  3         AIMED BLOW        17 -  10 -  1      63  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      3         PARRY-STRIKE       6 -   4 -  0      60  |
|WALL OF STEEL                    3         TOTAL PARRY       20 -  18 -  0      53  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   3         SLASHING ATTACK   15 -  14 -  1      52  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         WALL OF STEEL     16 -  15 -  0      52  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   2         PARRY-LUNGE        2 -   2 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     1         BASHING ATTACK     5 -   5 -  1      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         LUNGING ATTACK    12 -  13 -  1      48  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   1 -  0       0  |

Turn  75 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     1 -  2         2  STRIKING ATTACK
AIMED BLOW         2 -  1     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  AIMED BLOW     
STRIKING ATTACK    2 -  1     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         2  TOTAL PARRY    
TOTAL PARRY        2 -  1     SLASHING ATTACK    0 -  2         2  SLASHING ATTACK
WALL OF STEEL      2 -  1     BASHING ATTACK     0 -  2         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
                                                                1  WALL OF STEEL  

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
STRIKING ATTACK  CONTRACT BRIDGE 308        22   8  1  117 OLDIES (5)
AIMED BLOW       ROID FLOYD 61              12   4  0  103 PUNY ORC PELOTON (8)
TOTAL PARRY      BAD BAD BASSO 58           12   4  0   67 PUNY ORC PELOTON (8)
LUNGING ATTACK   WHITEY D'EAGLE 289          8   4  0   66 NONSUCH HOUSE (39)
SLASHING ATTACK  SPORT 368                   5   3  0   45 OLDIES (5)
WALL OF STEEL    CORNELIUS 285               7   5  0   43 NONSUCH HOUSE (39)
PARRY-STRIKE     ROOK 286                    8   4  0   42 NONSUCH HOUSE (39)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is CONTRACT BRIDGE 308.  The most popular warrior this 
turn was ROID FLOYD 61.  The ten other most popular fighters were CUSTODIAN 325, 
TAMARIND URLIK 370, PETRO SALM 337, POSTAL TURNCOAT 369, CONTRACT BRIDGE 308, WHITEY 
D'EAGLE 289, CORNELIUS 285, OLOVOR PARIS 371, SILVERBACK 288, and SPANISH BEEF 366.

The least popular fighter this week was ROOK 286.  The other ten least popular 
fighters were SKY HIGH OMERTA 383, CIRCLE K 354, MELANIE OBERN 324, SPORT 368, SAM 
TALL 293, BAD BAD BASSO 58, STEEL MUSE 287, SPANISH BEEF 366, SILVERBACK 288, and 
OLOVOR PARIS 371.

The following warriors have traveled to AD after fighting this turn:

LIFE SCOUT (83-316) OLDIES (5)

                           AVOIDS, BLOODFEUDS, & CHALLENGES

                                       by Pagan

     Ever wonder how the whole challenge/avoid thing works?
     Who you fight depends on exactly how it works.  We will never know exactly how it 
works unless we can get a look at the coding for the program, but this is how I think 
it works:

The Situation:
     The system allows a warrior to make two separate challenges and two distinct 
avoids.
     Avoids are distinct in that they MUST indicate a specific team to be avoided, so 
a "double avoid" indicates a single team twice, which by default means you are 
avoiding one team.  In this case, the second avoid is a duplicate and therefore a 
waste of an avoid.
     Challenges are to specific warriors.  You have a first challenge, and then you 
have a second challenge.

The Process:
     First the computer removes all Dark Arena challengers from the list of available 
warriors.
     Second, the computer checks for WHO fights WHO by going though all TVs and 
bloodfeuds, which are 100% sure to go through except in four instances:
     1. the warrior challenged does not fight,
     2. the warrior challenged is also making a bloodfeud or TV challenge and that 
challenge has already been assigned,
     3. the warrior has already been assigned to a Dark Arena fight,
     4. that warrior has declared your team to be one of his warrior's avoids, 
reducing your challenge to 50%.
     Third, the computer assesses all the regular first-challenge warriors and assigns 
fights.  All other challenges are at 100% chance of success except in a few instances:  
warrior challenged is going to the DA, warrior challenged is involved in a previously 
assigned challenge, warrior challenged is not running this turn, or warrior challenged 
has avoided your team at 50% chance to avoid.
     Fourth, the computer assesses and assigns all secondary challenges of warriors 
not so far assigned for bloodfeuds and TVs.
     Fifth, the computer assesses and assigns all the regular second challenges.
     Sixth, the computer assigns random matchups in each available class starting with 
the highest class first.
     Seventh, the computer finds the remaining warriors that have successfully avoided 
all first and second challenges and/or who also did not get randomly assigned, AND for 
whom no more available warriors remain in their class for random pairing.  All of 
these warriors get RSI-generated warriors to fight based on their class.
     So, if I'm right and avoids reduce the chance for a challenge to 50%, then:
     In the absence of an avoid
          single challenge = 100% success
          double challenge = 100% success, then an additional 100% success
     Where an avoid is involved
          single challenge vs avoid = 50% success
          double challenge vs avoid = 75% (chance to avoid is 0.5 * 0.5 = 0.25; 1 - 
0.25 = 75% chance to succeed

     Bloodfeuds and TVs may increase the percentage chance of success above 100%, or 
they may not.  I feel that their increased ability to get through is based solely on 
the way the computer assigns challenges.  They are first, so they are most likely to 
go through.  The 100% chance for a challenge to succeed is 100% if it's a TV bloodfeud 
and you are the first one to get assigned a fight that day because you are also the 
Duelmaster.  But after that the chances start to diminish rapidly.
     The run-through for second challenges theoretically means your challenge should 
be 100% but it's not the case if you are the LAST guy the computer goes to for finding 
challenges.
     If you don't double challenge, you significantly lower your chance to get your 
challenge through.  The second challenge is not equal to the first challenge.

Pagan