They do not seem to be a thing on every server, but there appears to be a community on some of the european servers. I am sort of frustrated at the moment, because almost every battle I have seen over the past three days appeared to be a duel. I want to do my dailies somehow and ... well I do WvW for the tickets ... participation.
What I know or at least believe to know:
What I do not understand:
How do I spot a duel in other places?
Two people fighting on the field is not a real indicator. Asking? Either you fight or you write. I cannot message and fight at the same time and those combats look quite intense. Duelists are not much talkative, even if the fight is over. They only care about the duel itself, which is sort of understandable.
From my understanding, duels only work because players agree to some basic rules. What belongs to those rules and what not depends, on the day, the time and the mood of the players. If the bloodthirst is high enough, every non-dueling player is a free kill. A spectator can also watch when he is dead.
Is there an agreement, that server X is the dueling hotspot for this week? Then I will skip it entirely. Where can I look this up?
Could we get a map with 50 square holes in the ground, each hole has the measurements of the Arcane Council room in Rata Sum. People who want to duel can jump into a room and fight. The others can do WvW on the other maps?