To say that dueling is dead might depend on one's situation. If you are fairly low level on a halfway active world, if you are in a town, you are a target....and if you aren't skilled and geared to duel, you are a dead target. For myself, before I went townless, I spent more time in hotels recovering than I could on a job working it seemed....even if I wasn't ko'd I would need hotels to recover the lost HP since continuing on a job would kill me as sure as the next duel would. On the other hand, if you are a high level player, even on the most active worlds here in .net, you are lucky to find more than 10 players in your range, luckier still if you can actually duel more than 3 of them in a day. And if you have the misfortune of needing to ko someone for a quest, good luck, because if you aren't actually a dueler, you will never kill off an opponent at that level. For those who are deulers, its almost impossible to attack an opponent without killing them off, thus making a living at dueling like the low levs can very difficult.