The fifth Diamond Quest was held across two days: May 4th and May 10th, 1996. What follows is the historical recap of the tournament as written by Jake Thrash in Dueling Today Volume 3, Issue 11.
|Round 1||Jake and Percy come out fast to Jab each other for mirroring Points. 1-1|
|Round 2||Jake Fancy ArmBlocks a Fancy Dodging Percy. Advantages to both for being Fancy|
|Round 3||Jake and Percy both Feint, Hook and Armblock respectively. No score.|
|Round 4||Jake Feints a LegBlock to steal an Advantage from the Fancy Dodging paladin.|
|Round 5||Jake throws an unwise Jab and gets Flipped by Percy. 2-1 Percy|
|Round 6||The paladin and the orc go down as they both SpinKick each other. 3-2 Percy|
|Round 7||Jake tags a LegSweeping Percy with a hard Jab. 3 all|
|Round 8||) Percy uses a Feint LegBlock to steal an Adv from a Chopping orc. Adv's both.|
|Round 9||Percy pulls a "Percy" and Feints at the wrong time as his ArmBlock is wasted vs. the orc's hard Jab. No score.|
|Round 10||The orc and paladin tag each other hard with Chops and Jabs respectively to bring the score into sudden death. 4 all.|
|Round 11||The wily paladin uses a fast Fancy Dodge to escape a heavy orcish SnapKick, to win the match 5-4.|
Percy's victory gave him the title, and the distinction of being the first dueler of the Outback to have won the title twice. His title was once again well earned and does credit to the Outback. Congratulations Percival! Wear your title with pride.
Regrettably, there were some absences from the tournament, most notably DoF Demon, who was rumored to have an excellent shot at winning the title and a duelist we strongly suspect will win in the very near future. Worthy of note, in his exhibition matches, Demon defeated Percy 5-4 in 10 and Stof 5-3 in 10. Also missing from the event was long time favorite, past Diamond, and dueler extraordinaire Shannon Colton who retired in protest from the sport after a disagreement with the reigning Diamond. Regulars of the Outback, including Percival himself, have indicated they will miss this remarkable dueler.
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