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    (Ongoing) Team Juggernauts presents… The Gauntlet: Evolved




    THE GAUNTLET IS BACK!! AND IT HAS EVOLVED!!


    You've dominated in Quick Matches.
    Your rating has climbed into the 350's.
    You've fine-tuned your best decks, and you can’t seem to find a decent challenge!!
    You win some tournaments, here and there, and you want to be in your top shape to all the Official competition that is to come.

    So… what else is left for you to prove?
    What other challenges are out there for you to master?

    Re-launching - The Gauntlet: Evolved (sponsored by Team Juggernauts)

    The Gauntlet was one of the first Guild based competitions to be presented to SE Community. In its latter format, was defeated some months ago, by mighty champion Busti.
    Check all about it here.

    Time for evolution!!
    The Gauntlet is Back, and now in TWO new formats:
    The Gauntlet: Duel Master
    The Gauntlet: Lords of Battle


    What is The Gauntlet: Duel Master?


    The Gauntlet: Duel Master is a SIX round tournament style organized play event.
    In each round, you will be matched up against a member of Team Juggernauts.
    To successfully complete The Gauntlet: Duel Master, you must consecutively defeat all SIX members of Team Juggernauts, without losing a round.

    Rules of The Gauntlet: Duel Master

    1. Rounds 1 to 4 will be best of three (Bo3). Rounds 5 and 6 will be Best of Five (Bo5).
    2. Alternate who goes first in games 1 and 2 (and also games 3 and 4 in last two rounds). Let fate decide who goes first in game 3 (or game 5, for last two rounds).
    3. Within a round, you must use the exact same deck for each game. However, you may change your deck if you make it to the next round.
    4. The use of any hero is allowed. No heroes are banned.
    5. If there is a sync/freeze error or draw, game will be replayed. Any further game rules that are not explicit here, shall be clarified further ahead.
    6. If more than a week passes without a round being played, situation will be analyzed and a call will be made.
    7. Participants are chosen by invitation only. Team Juggernauts reserves the right to select who participates/competes.
    8. Due to our busy schedule and to the importance that Team Juggernauts give to this challenge, only one participant/participant team will compete, at a time, in each of the Gauntlet’s formats.

    Prize of The Gauntlet: Duel Master

    5000 SC for the undefeated winner.


    What is The Gauntlet: Lords of Battle?

    The Gauntlet: Lords of Battle is also a SIX round tournament style organized play event.
    The difference is, you need to form and present a team of two players (using 2 different decks that are locked for the round) that will play both in each round against one Juggernaut defender. Players on the team alternate in first two games and choose who wants to go in the last one. Defender may change deck in any of the games.
    To successfully complete The Gauntlet: Lords of Battle, your team must consecutively defeat all SIX members of Team Juggernauts, without losing a round.
    At the end of each Round, the Juggernaut that played will present himself, but before the round it will be unknown, since all rounds will be played against the Team Juggernauts game account.

    Rules of The Gauntlet: Lords of Battle

    1. Rounds 1 to 4 will be best of three (Bo3). Rounds 5 and 6 will be Best of Five (Bo5).
    2. Alternate between the 2 players of the team who goes first in games 1 and 2. Team decides who you want to start game 3, alternate on game 4, and team chooses again who goes first in game 5 (if games 4 and 5 are needed, and for the rounds with 5 games).
    3. Within a round, the team must use the two decks (one for each player) that they have picked for that round. However, players may change decks if they make it to the next round. Juggernaut defender may change deck in any of the games.
    4. The use of any hero is allowed. No heroes are banned.
    5. If there is a sync/freeze error or draw, game will be replayed. Any further game rules that are not explicit here, shall be clarified further ahead.
    6. If more than a week passes without a round being played, situation will be analyzed and a call will be made.
    7. Participant teams are chosen by invitation only. Team Juggernauts reserves the right to select who participates/competes.
    8. Due to our busy schedule and to the importance that Team Juggernauts give to this challenge, only one participant/participant team will compete, at a time, in each of the Gauntlet’s formats.

    Prize of The Gauntlet: Lords of Battle

    10000 SC for the undefeated winner team.


    Think you have what it takes to survive any of The Gauntlet: Evolved formats?


    Reply to this thread and include your IGN, stating to each format you are applying (if you are applying for the team challenge, please name your partner on the application).
    Team Juggernauts will consider your request.
    A private message invitation will be sent to you if you have been selected, by this account. All setting up communication to play the rounds will also always be done through this account.
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    LORE – The Initial Gauntlet Demise…

    PART 1 - The Hall of the Elders

    The shadow warrior pushed upon the great iron bound oaken doors, and they swung open easily to reveal a large hall. 12 stone columns supported a high vaulted ceiling. The hall was lit, but he was unsure by what means.

    Casting his weary gaze around, the warrior Busti, noted the austere decor. Nothing fancy here, except for the vast array of weapons hung on the walls, or wooden frames. Towards the far end of the hall were 6 thrones, the seats of power for the Elders of the Juggernauts.

    The hall was occupied. A crowd or warriors stood on either side of the hall creating a central isle to the 6 thrones. To the left, the faces of the warriors were young, eager even. These were the acolytes of the Juggernauts, shadow warriors in training, the "Xtended". One or two he recognized, the brutish Minato, the wolf-like Salivanth. Warriors he must surely face in the future....assuming he survived the Challenge.

    To the right were men all known to him. One of these might be his final test....but who?
    The Orc, his cruel eyes burning with hatred? Maybe.
    The Mongoose, who even standing still looked quick and deadly? Perhaps.
    Airact, the lethal manipulator of the elements....possibly.
    All deadly opponents for sure, but worthy of the final test?

    Having dispatched 3 Elders and 2 Captains of the Juggernauts already, Busti was in a position to do what no previous Warrior of the Shadow had done.....defeat The Gauntlet. His Captain Wtzky the Destroyer had come close, and now it was his turn.

    Busti cast his mind back to the carnage of the duels, all flame, swords, and death. The first to fall was Chanson the Bronze, then Nahar the horse warrior. Samuel the Brave was next, and the talented youth FF in quick succession. Finally, another Elder, Barca the Wizard fell in the shadow zone. Did any of those opponents survive? It was always hard to tell when dueling in the grey.

    He was snapped out of his reverie by a voice, familiar, friendly even "Approach, honored warrior". The voice came from a man clad in mail armor, and a red cloak. He had appeared from behind the thrones, and now sat down on the first. It was Nahar. He had indeed survived the duel. His face did not betray the pain he must surely be feeling…but there was something else there in his eyes…respect.

    He was not alone, from his right strode a giant of a man, clad in black armor that shimmered and crackled with energy. The famed Juggernaut Armor. By Aeons balls, he was imposing…whoever he was.

    "So....who am I to face horse warrior? Who cares to duel with me in the shadow plains?" said Busti with a confidence he didn't feel. As he spoke his mind whirled with the options available to him. 20 Mantles of Power to choose from. The obvious choice was Mage, but which one? Or Warrior? Rogue perhaps? No....wait and see who my opponent is before choosing.

    "That would be the wise thing to do" the giant said with a voice like grating glass.
    What the....can he read minds too?
    "Stop wasting time Juggernaut....I'm not here to play games"

    "Oh really, I thought this was all one...big...game” said Nahar, a wry smile on his face. “Then to action Lord Busti, and choose your Mantle wisely, and your allies more wisely still...for you shall face....the Juggernaut, and the warrior within.

    Busti looked his giant opponent over. By Aeons blood, this is going to be messy.

    There was a still in the hall, as in a tongue long forgotten, the Juggernaut and the challenger Busti, spoke words of magic. To both, the halls faded away, but could be seen as if through a mist. Busti could see his opponent’s form changing...his body stretching and contorting in impossible ways...and knew his own form was doing the same.

    His Mantle of Power chosen, one thought went through Busti’s mind as he transformed, By Aeon, I hope he doesn't choose…

    PART 2 – The Rogue’s View

    In the Hall of the Elders, there was a palpable energy. Excitement. Expectation. Fear. Mongoosey felt it too. He cast his gaze about. His peers, fellow warriors, mages, rogues, healers in ‘real life’, were all capable Shadow Warriors. Those special individuals that were able to manipulate the magics, and transfer to the Shadow Plains.

    Once there in the Grey, they could assume the Mantles of Power….a strange name, for taking on the powers and form of fallen heroes of battle. Mongoosey’s mentor, the Elder Bluejet, had once likened it to “wearing a Ghost”. Whatever it truly was, it was awesome.

    Only 20 Mantles were known throughout the realm…but all of the Great Houses searched for more. Being powerful in the Grey, meant power and influence in the real-world. Once transformed by the magics, the Shadow warrior’s power and abilities increased 10 fold.

    As a new member to the House of Juggernaut, Mongoosey had never seen a combatant wear the Juggernaut armor in the Grey…would it provide greater power? Only the Elders truly knew that. What was known was that no-one had ever defeated the wearer of the Juggernaut armor in Shadow combat.

    Busti though was good…very good…hence the fear in the hall. If he was to do the impossible, the reputation of the House would fall. Although, if he could defeat and hopefully kill an Elder, there might be a seat for me at the top table he mused. Glancing to the thrones, his eyes fell on Nahar, who sat there still. He had survived, as did Chanson and Barca. Elders were tough to kill…a real shame. The Captains Samuel and FF weren’t so lucky.

    A duel between two masters was beautiful to behold. In many ways it resembled a dance. Both combatants would move with a fluid grace, their footwork quick and nimble, their arms and hands swirling, twirling and contorting with the intricate movements required to set the foundations for the summoning’s.

    Mongoosey was startled out of his reverie, when a big meaty hand clamped down on his shoulder.

    “Has it started yet Goosey?” said the recently promoted Blades-man Monomax.

    Looking back to the duel, the two combatants’ forms had fully changed. Oh it’s started alright thought Mongoosey, the real question is how do I benefit from the outcome?
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    Part 3 - Duel in the Grey

    His Mantle of Power chosen, one thought went through Busti’s mind as he transformed, By Aeon, I hope he doesn't choose Millstalker!

    No…its Zhanna, he’s chosen Zhanna the Priest! I have a chance. Looking across at his opponent, one might have thought it odd that the metal giant was now a petite, robe-wearing female, but Busti had long since got used to the transformations. Besides, he thought, once they start lobbing fireballs at you, what they look like is a moot point!

    He too had adopted female form, that of the Ice Mage Eldawen. Her body was dressed in a pale blue dress, but it was the green sheen of the magical shield that gave him some comfort. It conformed to his body, like an extra layer of skin. His opponent also had a similar shield, though it was red in hue. Once enough physical or magical damage was done, the shield would disappear signaling the loss of the first match. Damage would still hurt, but not half as bad as when the shield was gone.

    Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that

    Busti had recovered first from the transformation and the initiative was his. Weaving the correct patterns in the air, and by the speaking the words of power, a red-haired warrior blinked into existence, and immediately charged the Priest form of the Juggernaut.

    A second warrior followed, the Puwen. His presence menacing, but due to the summoning sickness that effected the majority of the Summoned, the Puwen remained still and silent. A third warrior joined the fray, another red-haired warrior, the Kris. I’ve got this

    All three now assaulted the Juggernaut-Priest, landing minor blows to the red shield.

    The Juggernauts response was slow but methodical. First a red force emanated from around the Priest. The curse was powerful and all of Busti’s allies felt weaker. Their movements slowed, and the Kris allies were literally rendered immovable.

    Busti summoned a fourth ally, a strange clawed creature, the Oracle, but the Priests next move was devastating as water bubbled out of the mouths of all four allies. The Tidal Wave spell wasn’t quite what one expected, but as all allies dropped to the ground, effectively drowned, it was potent indeed.

    The warriors in the hall watched as both combatants summoned more warriors and creatures, including, a beautiful warrior maiden whose very presence was mesmerizing, and an Armored Sandworm whose thick hide made him hard to kill.

    Fireballs, Cones of frost, bolts of holy energy, and healing spells were all cast. One could almost smell the energy. All the while, the combatants moved, never still. At last though, the Juggernaut’s allies prevailed, striking hard and fast, Busti went down, and his green shield dissipated.

    A cheer went up in the hall.

    Mongoosey kept quiet, this ain’t over yet. He watched closely. Busti’s face had changed. Gone was the doubt….replaced by rage, pure rage.

    That was as good as it got for the Juggernaut. Fueled by his rage, Busti took the second match, and it was the turn of the Juggernaut to fall…losing his red shield.

    The Juggernaut never really recovered from that loss. Busti was in total control in the final match. Baduruu’s balls, he’s good

    In the Grey, Busti unleashed a fireball at the hapless Juggernaut. This is it, he thought.
    Juggernaut-Zhanna fell to her knees.

    And now, time to feel the pain.

    Weaving an intricate pattern in the air, and speaking his final words of power, Busti called forth, a globe of white power. It fired out towards the Juggernaut, and when it reached the mid-point, it pulsed in a wave of heat, that encompassed all allies and dualists alike.


    Part 4. The Juggernaut revealed

    There was a hush in the hall. Mongoosey watched as the final blow was delivered to the Juggernaut. He had fought bravely, but Busti was a machine. Unstoppable. Relentless.

    The haze, through which the spectators had watched, began to dissolve, and the combatants began to revert back to true form. Till moments later, they were back amongst the throng in the Hall of the Elders.

    The Juggernaut lay still. The armor was intact, but it still smoldered from the Nova. Busti stood. Different emotions played across his face...disbelief, relief, fatigue, triumph, pain.

    “Heal him” commanded Nahar, indicating Busti.

    Heal him? Surely a blade in the ribs would be a better strategy in the long run, thought Mongoosey

    “And save our Brother”

    Four of the Xtended moved forward, one towards Busti, and three towards the Juggernaut, and all muttering incantations. All of the Shadow warriors in the room knew some healing magic, but these were specialists.

    I ought to learn their names thought Mongoosey.

    As he watched, he noted the glow that seemed to envelope Busti. The warriors face seemed to relax, but his eyes never left the healer, until he was done. He acknowledged the aid with a barely perceptible nod of the head.

    His attention turned to the Juggernaut, whose still form was now aglow with the healing magic. Two of the healers continued their magical ministrations, but the third readied to remove the helmet.

    Who could it be? It can't be that lunatic Rayzie. He's leading the Northern army against the savage hordes of the KA.
    Can't be SilverClaw, he's crushing the druidic ASF who were rebelling in the Greymoon Forest.

    BlueJet, Ace...must be one of them. They've been away for ages, doing Aeon knows what. Some say they are searching for new Mantles and Summoning’s. With a bit of luck they've fallen into Squires Rift.

    With a slight twist and lift, the healer removed the Helm, to reveal the face of a young man.

    Baduruu's balls, its...Barca! Last time I saw him he could barely stand. How, in Aeons name, did he muster for this battle, and how does he appear so large?
    The Juggernaut amour! Damn, that's pure power right there. With that in my possession, I would be unstoppable.

    The healer checked Barca’s neck for a pulse, and nodded. He lives. Shame.

    Nahar declared, "Busti fought with courage and skill. He will forever be honored here. Escort him back to his camp, beyond the Castle walls. His people will treat him further. And take with you the chest of Shadow Crystals. He has earned them”

    He certainly did. 10 thousand of them! I wonder if I can arrange an unfortunate accident on the way home? Glancing at Monomax, that big ox might help.

    Busti now spoke, “I know our Houses are sworn enemies, but it has been my honor to accept the challenge. I salute your House. Till we meet again”, and with that, he was gone.

    Well said. Now…

    …what becomes of the Gauntlet?

    THE END.
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    LORE – The New Gauntlet




    Part 1. The Gauntlet: Dark Prophecy


    The Horse Lord awoke with a start. Despite the chill in the bedchamber, his nightshirt was caked in sweat.
    The dream again. Ever since the defeat of the Gauntlet, his dreamscape was assaulted by the same repeating nightmare. Sitting up, Nahar played through the images, like scenes from a macabre play. Assassins, murder, fire, ice, beasts of unimaginable power, Wulven…hordes of Wulven. Vivid images of combat played out in the Shadowlands, and in the lands of Balor.
    A shiver passed down his spine.
    This was no dream, but a message from Vozitian. No an order from Vozitian. He corrected himself.

    The God of Battle is displeased and wants blood to appease him. Twelve sacrifices, and not from the rank and file, but from the Shadow Warrior elite. All proven men. Their faces etched in Nahar’s mind. Twelve. That’s a third of our number!
    Throwing off his covers, he jumped out of bed and began pacing. His logical mind began thinking it through though. Warriors from the Xtended could be absorbed into the House proper. Yes, plenty of talent there. Keen too. An injection of vigor is what we need.
    “Asus!”
    The door flew open, and his guard stood there with his hand on the hilt of his sword.
    “Yes Lord?”
    “Send for Mongoosey”
    “As you wish Lord”, and he left closing the door behind him.
    The gleam of fire burned in his eyes.
    After all, who am I to deny a God?

    *****

    The rogue waited. He was a patient man. You had to be in his game. He patted the small scroll he kept close to his chest. Twelve names. Eleven of those were scratched out. Nine on the first night. Four personally. He smiled.
    Three had fled the castle. I guess keeping mass assassination secret can be difficult once the blood starts flowing. He mused
    Two months had passed since that bloody night. Yarikasakin had been caught quickly and was sent to the mud by the promising rogue Bayushi. Need to keep an eye on him.
    The mage Xantese had made it to the coast, but unfortunately the fishing boat he chartered, sank without a trace. Chalk one up to Airact

    Just one more to go.
    On cue, the door opened, and into the bedchamber walked a large man, carrying a double bladed axe. His eyes darted about, his nervousness apparent….but he never looked up.
    Dropping to the ground behind his quarry, there was a blade to the throat of the barbarian before he could react at all.
    “Hello Savage, long time, no”, and Mongoosey pulled the blade across the throat in one swift motion.
    “see…”
    Dropping the axe, Savage clutched his throat in a futile attempt to stem the blood gushing out of his severed artery. His eyes were wide in surprise, but soon turned glassy, as death took him.
    Mongoosey squatted down next to the dead barbarian, removed the scroll and unrolled it. Dipping his finger into the pooling blood, he drew a line through the last name on his list.

    Time to get back. He thought,
    The Gauntlet will be opening its doors soon, now different, now stronger, for more battles in the Grey…and I just love a good duel.

    THE NEW BEGINNING!!
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    PARTICIPANTS

    The Gauntlet: Duel Master

    Fakekiki - A1 Fakekiki

    *BDK16 - BDK16
    *Master_Savage - BP whoisSAVAGE

    The Gauntlet: Lords of Battle

    qaz92zag -AA1 qazzaq and Deja Vu


    RANKINGS

    SUPREME PREMIER CHAMPION

    The Gauntlet: Duel Master
    None

    The Gauntlet: Lords of Battle
    None


    ROUND 6 - LEGENDARY


    The Gauntlet: Duel Master
    None

    The Gauntlet: Lords of Battle
    None


    ROUND 5 - MYTHICAL

    The Gauntlet: Duel Master
    None

    The Gauntlet: Lords of Battle
    None


    ROUND 4 - HEROIC

    The Gauntlet: Duel Master
    None

    The Gauntlet: Lords of Battle
    None


    ROUND 3 - WARRIOR

    The Gauntlet: Duel Master

    ETC Nikola - Defeated By PaleStitch

    The Gauntlet: Lords of Battle
    None

    ROUND 2 - BRAWLER

    The Gauntlet: Duel Master
    A1 PainfulSmile - Defeated By Minato
    Mojojojo/BP Emigor - Defeated By FlyingFerrari
    Ron Zacapa - Defeated by Quirom

    The Gauntlet: Lords of Battle
    None


    ROUND 1 - COMPETITOR


    The Gauntlet: Duel Master
    BP Raphael Majere - Defeated By Nataku
    A1 Holynoob - Defeated by WrathofCroft
    BP Mip1 - Defeated by Quirom
    A1 Ron Zacap - Defeated by WrathofCroft

    The Gauntlet: Lords of Battle
    None


    ROUND 0 - PANSY
    The Gauntlet: Duel Master
    None

    The Gauntlet: Lords of Battle
    None

    *Participant is away and will be re-queued when they return
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    The Gauntlet: Duel Master

    Fakekiki - A1 Fakekiki
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    BP Vyz*
    BDK16 - BDK16*
    WhoisSAVAGE - BP whoisSAVAGE*

    The Gauntlet: Lords of Battle
    Caparod - BRK Kaparod and BRK P10*
    qaz92zag - AA1 qazzaq and Deja Vu


    *Participant is away and will be re-queued when they return
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    Awesome stuff, good luck Vyz!
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