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28th May '17 3:40:18 PM nombretomado
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* ''WarhammerFantasy'' has these in spades, both in the background and on the tabletop. The spellcasting system in the game means that your wizards are essentially in a constant duel with your opponent's wizards throughout the battle, with his wizards attempting to thwart and dispel the spells of your side and vice-versa (although a lot of the damage tends to accrue to the army the wizard is accompanying rather than necessarily the wizard himself). The 2011 Storm of Magic supplement takes this up to eleven by introducing a range of super-powerful spells and cantrips for more direct wizard-to-wizard duelling and scenarios which are won by occupying magical node points with your wizards and denying them to the opponent. Magical duels to the death are almost innumerable in the background books, but the most prominent example of the (usually) non-lethal kind is probably the octannual ritual duel between senior Imperial College Wizards for the honour of becoming the Supreme Patriarch of all the magical colleges for the next eight years. The goal is to be the first wizard to grasp the Patriarch's staff of office at the centre of the ritual duelling chamber.

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* ''WarhammerFantasy'' ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'' has these in spades, both in the background and on the tabletop. The spellcasting system in the game means that your wizards are essentially in a constant duel with your opponent's wizards throughout the battle, with his wizards attempting to thwart and dispel the spells of your side and vice-versa (although a lot of the damage tends to accrue to the army the wizard is accompanying rather than necessarily the wizard himself). The 2011 Storm of Magic supplement takes this up to eleven by introducing a range of super-powerful spells and cantrips for more direct wizard-to-wizard duelling and scenarios which are won by occupying magical node points with your wizards and denying them to the opponent. Magical duels to the death are almost innumerable in the background books, but the most prominent example of the (usually) non-lethal kind is probably the octannual ritual duel between senior Imperial College Wizards for the honour of becoming the Supreme Patriarch of all the magical colleges for the next eight years. The goal is to be the first wizard to grasp the Patriarch's staff of office at the centre of the ritual duelling chamber.
26th May '17 5:20:41 PM Malady
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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': Elven Mage Fey and the Necromancer in all three Boston brawls.
24th Apr '17 11:31:56 PM ironcommando
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* ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies2ItsAboutTime'': The Witch Hazel (which permanently turns zombies into puff-shrooms) targets and prioritizes transforming Wizard Zombies (which temporarily turns plants into useless sheep).

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* ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies2ItsAboutTime'': The Witch Hazel (which permanently turns zombies into puff-shrooms) targets and prioritizes transforming Wizard Zombies (which temporarily turns plants into useless sheep).sheep until he's killed). According to WordOfGod, she's the arch-nemesis of Wizard Zombie.
18th Apr '17 10:45:55 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', the most likely (there's a peaceful option, but it requires doing some specific things and avoiding saying the wrong things) end to the Mages Guild questline was a duel with the current Arch-Mage and Guildmaster of Vvardenfel over the position. Since this could only happen at the higher ranks, and ''Morrowind'' had skill requirements for faction advancement, both you and your opponent will be decent at worst at magery.
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': If your magic skills are at a high enough level, you may encounter a "challenger" in your travels who wishes to duel you with magic. This rarely plays out straight, though, seeing as how there's nothing stopping the player from simply '''FUS RO DAH'''ing him over the castle walls and [[DisneyVillainDeath watching him plummet to his death]], or simply drawing your [[{{BFS}} huge greatsword]] and cleaving him in twain the second the duel begins. And that's if the guards don't intervene first: apparently, no-one told the challenger that the Nords don't like the idea of someone flinging fireballs around in the castle walls.
*** This encounter becomes particularly hilarious if you happen to be the Archmage of the [[WizardingSchool College of Winterhold]], [[BadassInCharge a position you didn't claim by being a magical weakling]].[[note]]Unless you did; [[GameplayAndStorySegregation it doesn't actually take much mojo to claim the office.]][[/note]]
*** It also gets funnier if you drain his magicka with a load of lightning magic or magicka poison. He whips out a tiny dagger and starts wailing on you with it, and then when you pull out your own weapon and do the same, [[HypocriticalHumour he starts bitching that it's supposed to be a magic duel, fought with magic]].

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', the most likely (there's a peaceful option, but it requires doing some specific things and avoiding saying the wrong things) end to the Mages Guild questline was Archmage Trebonius Artorius ''is'' a duel with talented [[MagicKnight Battlemage]], but proved so hopelessly incompetent at managing Guild affairs that his mainland superiors [[KickedUpstairs Kicked him Upstairs]] to run the current Arch-Mage and Guildmaster of Vvardenfel over Guild branch in [[ReassignedToAntarctica the position. Since this most backwater district in the Empire]] where he could only happen at do the higher ranks, and least amount of damage. While there is a peaceful way to claim his title, it leaves you ''co''-head of the Guild with Trebonius, which is obviously less desirable. More likely, you'll [[ChallengingTheChief challenge him]] to a [[KlingonPromotion duel to the death]] in one of these. Given that, unlike future games in the series, factions in ''Morrowind'' had have attribute and skill requirements for faction advancement, you will both you and your opponent will likely be decent at worst at magery.
quite magically skilled for said duel.
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'': If your magic skills are at a high enough level, you may encounter a "challenger" in your travels who wishes to duel you with magic. This rarely plays out straight, though, seeing as how there's nothing stopping the player from simply '''FUS RO DAH'''ing him over the castle walls and [[DisneyVillainDeath watching him plummet to his death]], or simply drawing your [[{{BFS}} huge greatsword]] and cleaving him in twain the second the duel begins. And that's if the guards don't intervene first: apparently, no-one told the challenger that the Nords don't like the idea of someone flinging fireballs around in the castle walls. \n*** This (This encounter becomes particularly hilarious if you happen to be the Archmage of the [[WizardingSchool College of Winterhold]], [[BadassInCharge a position you didn't claim by being a magical weakling]].[[note]]Unless you did; [[GameplayAndStorySegregation it doesn't actually take much mojo to claim the office.]][[/note]]
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]][[/note]] It also gets funnier if you drain his magicka with a load of lightning magic or magicka poison. He whips out a tiny dagger and starts wailing on you with it, and then when you pull out your own weapon and do the same, [[HypocriticalHumour he starts bitching that it's supposed to be a magic duel, fought with magic]].magic]]).
15th Mar '17 1:40:44 PM Rhodes7
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*** Also, there is a type of charm, called a gram, that when worn renders someone immune to direct sympathy attack. These seem to be expensive and difficult to craft, but would tend to render such fights pointless.
13th Mar '17 1:04:36 PM intastiel
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* In ''Literature/TheBlackMagicianTrilogy'', formal mages' duels are held in an Arena with an exceptionally powerful AntiMagic barrier, with each combatant's personal shields augmented by adjudicating mages. The setup allows the use of deadly magic but prevents it from doing anything worse than pushing a combatant to exhaustion.
1st Mar '17 1:02:36 PM lordfan
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* ''Literature/DesolateEra'': Ning engages in a series of magical duels called Dao Debates with more senior students as a form of hazing.
27th Feb '17 6:16:36 AM Mhazard
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* OlderThanFeudalism example: In the Egyptian tale "Prince Khaemwase and Si-Osiri," the story-within-the-story features a duel between an Egyptian wizard and an Ethiopian wizard at the royal court in Memphis. The effects are quite dramatic: starting fires, manipulating the weather, creating flying boats, turning into invisible geese, causing humungous blocks of stone to materialize in midair, etc. Though Egyptian, this tale only dates to the 1st century CE.


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* OlderThanFeudalism: In the Egyptian tale ''Prince Khaemwase and Si-Osiri'', the story-within-the-story features a duel between an Egyptian wizard and an Ethiopian wizard at the royal court in Memphis. The effects are quite dramatic: starting fires, manipulating the weather, creating flying boats, turning into invisible geese, causing humungous blocks of stone to materialize in midair, etc. Though Egyptian, this tale only dates to the 1st century CE.
* ''Literature/BookOfExodus'' has Aaron dueling against the Pharaoh by turning his MagicStaff into a snake, and the Pharaoh sends his own sorcerers to turn their staves into snakes. But Arron's snake swallowed the Pharaoh's snakes. The Ten Plagues incident also involves Moses dueling against Egyptian sorcerers.
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2nd Feb '17 3:47:46 PM MiffPengi
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* The ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' episode "Tiger Trails" starts InMediasRes with Uncle Grandpa and a boy named Caleb in a "wizard battle" with an evil wizard [[ShapedLikeItself named Evil Wizard]].
2nd Nov '16 10:05:51 PM intastiel
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* [[ArchEnemy Ctuchik]] vs [[BadassGrandpa Belgarath]] in Book 3 of ''Literature/TheBelgariad''. It is awesome. There's also the confrontation between [[TheMentor Sephrenia]] and [[TheEmperor Otha]] in ''Literature/TheElenium'', its spiritual successor.

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* [[ArchEnemy Ctuchik]] vs [[BadassGrandpa Belgarath]] in Book 3 of ''Literature/TheBelgariad''. It is awesome. There's also In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', after 3000 years, Belgarath finally gets a chance to duel the confrontation between [[TheMentor Sephrenia]] singularly loathsome wizard Ctuchik. It ''starts'' with lightning, escalates to the two of them ripping reality open to batter each other with things from outside it, and [[TheEmperor Otha]] ends with [[spoiler:Ctuchik accidentally annihilating himself in a panic]].
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''Literature/TheElenium'', its spiritual successor.Sephrenia and Otha get to have a go at each other: each of them [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld ancient]] sorcerers and the most privileged acolytes of [[ReligionIsMagic their respective deities]]. [[spoiler:[[UnskilledButStrong Otha]] has more raw power, but Sephrenia has the advantage of not being a total drooling idiot -- and Sparhawk ends up cutting it short by {{kill|TheGod}}ing Otha's patron god anyway.]]
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