Say what you will about the travesty that the Star Wars prequels turned into (and they had such promise!); the writing was bad, the plot was bad, the writing was bad, the acting was so-so, and the writing was awful, but at least John Williams did his part!
Duel of the Fates was released online before The Phantom Menace hit theaters to build hype, and it did its job marvelously.
The duel between Darth Maul and Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon was easily the high point of the first prequel film.
Instead of ruining the entire franchise by associating it with the prequels, Lucas would have been better served by adapting Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn Trilogy. The writing was better, the plot was better; they were just better all around.