Patterson reclaims Ohio Valley Championship in Yahtzee series

Joe Patterson becomes the first person to have won the Ohio Valley Championship on two occasions.
Joe Patterson becomes the first person to have won the Ohio Valley Championship on two occasions.

In the first title defense since Allen Lewis won the DubPoints Ohio Valley Championship in January, Joe Patterson emerged victorious in a best-of-five Yahtzee series that saw him reclaim the title for the 2nd time.

Patterson ended Lewis’s 203-day reign as belt-holder 3 games to 1, playing in a contest that was not only streamed live for the entire DubPoints audience to see, but also in a game that Patterson supposedly had no previous experience in.

The contest also marked a welcome return to form for Lewis, who despite the loss, finally made his grand return after months of certainty, firmly cementing his foot inside the door of multiple monthly championship scenes.

Patterson won games 1 and 2 largely in part to scoring Yahtzees on his very first turn, and despite also scoring one in the third game, Lewis was able to narrowly beat him to hold on to hope. Game 4 was a much more decisive victory for Patterson, who became the only person to get the “upper section bonus” in any of the four games to seal his victory.

Both players actually played incredibly well. Lewis had sound strategy in mind, and Patterson made good choices despite his inexperience. Luck came into play slightly more than you’d expect in a Yahtzee series (which is a lot), with Lewis suffering multiple rolls towards the end with no kind of consistency between the dice. Patterson made good moves, but also missed out on several scoring opportunities.

Contest Lewis Patterson
Game 1 191 254
Game 2 229 245
Game 3 260 230
Game 4 192 271

After this contest, the contestants will look on to the future. Both Patterson and Lewis will be involved in the 18-person tournament for the Internet Championship later this week. Going forward, Patterson is set to defend the Ohio Valley Championship in a multi-person board game format in September. Lewis, as the #1 contender with a due rematch clause, will be exempted into the final grouping of any tournament that would take place, meaning he will at least have a shot at the belt next month.

Klier wins 2nd-ever Dubby in the Bank Contract

Joe Klier has a belt and a briefcase, and looks to be a prominent figure in various title pictures for months to come.
Joe Klier has a belt and a briefcase, and looks to be a prominent figure in various title pictures for months to come.

In a scenario that many hoping to get close to the World Championship picture must dread, incumbent champ Joe Klier was announced as the holder of the “Dubby in the Bank” briefcase on Friday, just days before he will defend his title in a unification match with champion Brad Uhrig.

The unlikely scenario, which was the result of a spin of Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar’s Wheel of Chaos, saw Klier obtain the briefcase and contract from a pool of 30 different competitors (including Uhrig). In the process, he became only the second person to ever win the contract (after Lance Delbrugge in 2016, who unsuccessfully cashed in on Klier earlier this year) as well as the first person to be simultaneously holding a DubPoints championship at the same time.

Klier’s options as holder of this precious contract open up immensely. He can cash in the contract at any time between August 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 — almost an entire year. He might possibly keep it in his back pocket through at least August, in the event that he loses the unification match against Uhrig. The contract gives him an at-will title shot at any DubPoints champion of his choosing, in a classic 24-hour scoring format.

The element of surprise can also be used with the briefcase. It is possible Klier decides to go after another championship while holding his current World title. He would be able to set the time and date of the match, which would only be announced to his opponent (as well as the public) the moment the match actually starts.

Yet another option exists where he foregoes his contract shot for a spin at the aforementioned Wheel, which could randomly land on one of the four championships for an instant win. This would put all other champions in DubPoints on notice, but there is also about a 30% chance that he would land on either a wedge that awards him no title at all, or the one that he currently holds, so there is some risk there.

Brad Uhrig, who holds a share of both the World and Tag titles, may still have to contend with Klier if he wins his unification match next month.
Brad Uhrig, who holds a share of both the World and Tag titles, may still have to contend with Klier if he wins his unification match next month.

Whatever Klier decides to do, he has plenty of time. The 11-month window to actually use the contract is quite generous and should keep his peers on their toes for quite some time. His actions are nothing but unpredictable, so he is an exciting fit for the briefcase… even if it makes the main title picture extremely difficult for anyone else to penetrate right now.

The World Championship unification match between Klier and Uhrig begins on Tuesday, August 1, and will be a best-of-thirty-one series of random daily challenges decided by the wheel.

Stay posted for further updates.

World Championship Unification Series will begin August 1

It’s taken us some time to get to this point, but the unification match for the DubPoints World Championship is going to begin in just about a week, and it’s going to be epic.

The new and improved wheel will contain 30 possibilities for every round of the match.
The new and improved wheel will contain 30 possibilities for every round of the match.

After long negotiations with both competitors and difficulties in finding both common ground and handling logistics, Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar have determined that co-champions Joe Klier and Brad Uhrig will face off in a best-of-thirty-one series, with a new “mini-contest” taking place every 24 hours.

Each of the mini-contests will begin at 8PM EST daily, and will require some form of response by both competitors within a 24-hour window. The first contestant to get to 16 victories will be the undisputed DubPoints World Champion, as the old belt (currently held by Klier) will then be retired.

Edgar will be doing a live stream on Facebook daily to announce what the contest is. He will invoke the usage of his brand new, 30-slot prize wheel to randomly select the stipulation for each day. There is a possibility that some contests may appear more than once, and some will probably not appear at all. While all the options showcasing the full range of the wheel has not yet been announced, some of the examples will probably include:

  • DubPoints and JWE-themed trivia questions about things currently residing about his household
  • Contest and skill challenges revolving around Commissioner Edgar’s cats (i.e. which cat will poop first)
  • Simulation on sports or other one-on-one video games (where each player will chose an AI representative and the results will be streamed live)
  • Small-scale contests of skill voted on by the general public (haikus, photoshops, memes)
  • The wheel itself
The new belt design features custom sideplates and will replace the classic World Championship going forward.
The new belt design features custom sideplates and will replace the classic World Championship going forward.

None of the options listed on the wheel will require in-person appearances by either competitors, and they will have a full 24 hours to submit their entry for the daily contest. It will be an important test of endurance, and one that will need to be checked up on daily by both players… a failure to submit their required information within the 24-hour window will result in a forfeiture of that round.

Join Commissioner Edgar on Tuesday, August 1, at 8 PM EST, for the first spin of the wheel, and the first step in deciding who will lay undisputed claim to the World Championship!

Full details emerge on Dustin Kawa Klassic

In an unprecedented move, Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar has announced that the DubPoints Internet Championship, currently held by Riley Wedge, will be defended in a 16-person mini-tournament known as the “Dustin Kawa Klassic.”

The event, named after the often DubPoints-eschewing RFFL veteran, will be the first event of a proposed “partnership” with Eric Hersey’s fantasy football juggernaut. Admittedly, the partnership may seem a little one-sided, as Mr. Hersey has not publicly commented anything official about it. But regardless, this event will have nothing to do with football.

The Internet Champion will see its first defense since December of 2016 in the Dustin Kawa Klassic.
The Internet Championship will see its first defense since December of 2016 in the Dustin Kawa Klassic.

Beginning August 13 and running through one week, this tournament will not be a full-blown DubPoints tournament and will have very simple (but oddly specific) rules. This will be the first title defense for Internet Champion Riley Wedge since winning it back in December. As champion, Wedge will be afforded the #1 seed, but the rest of the field has not yet been announced.

The rules for this event are as follows:

  • Each round will be two days long (except for the first round which will last only one day)
  • It will be a single-elimination tournament with four rounds in total
  • The winner of each round will be the person who can amass the most likes on a single Facebook post on their page:
    • The post may not in any way mention DubPoints or this particular contest
    • The post may not in any way solicit people for likes or shares (the idea is that all of these likes are “organic”)
    • Only the post with the most likes will be counted each round
    • Comments on the post, either by the competitor or others, will not count for points. However, the original poster must not use the comment thread to solicit likes or mention DubPoints
    • The participant may “like” his/her own post, and it will count
    • In the event of a tie, shares will serve as first tiebreaker, comments second tiebreaker
Internet Champion Riley Wedge knows how to use social media to its fullest potential, and may not be at a huge disadvantage despite defending against 15 other players.
Internet Champion Riley Wedge knows how to use social media to its fullest potential, and may not be at a huge disadvantage despite defending against 15 other players.

On the surface, it’s a pretty basic concept but also somewhat unique. Participants will be hoping that they can make their posts go somewhat “viral”, albeit without referencing the direct connection to DubPoints. There surely will be a lot of participants who will be angling behind-the-scenes for people to like specific posts, meaning that networking is going to come into play. Riley Wedge is known to excel at his abilities to rally the people, so this match should play to his strengths, though Commissioner Edgar is expected to stack the bracket with strong competitors to breathe some life into an Internet Championship scene that has been dormant in 2017.

It is expected, though not yet confirmed, that Edgar will announce some or all of the bracket as early as next week, possibly on July 28 when he announces the new Dubby in the Bank holder and top contenders for next month.

Keep checking back for more details on this upcoming event!

DubPoints XIII kicks off at midnight Thursday

Click on the image above to see an all-inclusive look at this year's bracket!
Click on the image above to see an all-inclusive look at this year’s bracket!

It’s been long overdue since a true DubPoints tournament kicked off, and the waiting will finally come to an end when DubPoints XIII begins at midnight EST on Thursday, April 13.

The 64-person, single-elimination tournament will serve two purposes: to crown a new DubPoints World Champion (which will then be unified in a one-on-one match against incumbent champion Joe Klier next month), and to determine who else is eligible for various title shots and opportunities for the remainder of the year.

The premise of the contest is simple. Impress Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar in whatever appropriate methods you determine. Ultimately, it is he who awards the points, and it is he who determines champions and top contenders to the belts.

The tournament will span six two-day rounds over the course of three weeks:

  • Round of 64: April 13-14
  • Round of 32: April 15-16
  • Round of 16: April 20-21
  • Quarterfinals: April 22-23
  • Semifinals: April 27-28
  • Championship: April 29-30

Changes to scoring for the first-time in several years

Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar has not only greatly shortened the length of the tournament, but also modified many of its pillars of scoring for a more-balanced contest. As before, there will be five scoring categories, but they are a little different than the last few go arounds:

  • Effort/Value (50 points per day max; 100 points per round max) — Effort and value have been combined into one category this year. This will serve as a calculation of total time spent on DubPoints-related activities over the course of a day, from both a chronological and fiscal standpoint. You know what they say: time is money. In order to de-emphasize contestant’s willingness to try and bribe the Commissioner, Mr. Edgar has combined these categories under one roof to mitigate their effect. How long did you spend? How much did you spend? And how clear will it be to the commissioner to calculate?
  • Creativity (50 points per day max; 100 points per round max) — Creativity is always subjective, but serves as a measure of how original the commissioner determines your actions are. In a day where everyone is sending photoshops, maybe you make a craft! In a day where everyone is typing random nonsense, maybe you come up with a well-constructed haiku. How well can you make your actions stand out against your peers? That is the main drive behind this category.
  • Engagement (50 points per day max; 100 points per round max) — We live in a world of social media and are constantly connected. But a lot of times we are just shouting nonsense out into the ether with little to no response. How well can you use social media and your personable skills to relate your DubPoints actions to the general public? Are you someone that can rally people behind you? There is no such thing as a “fan vote” in DubPoints, but if you can amass “fan support”, you will certainly do well in this category.
  • Brevity (50 points per day max; 100 points per round max) — There’s no doubt you can amass a lot of points in some categories by repetitively and mindlessly doing the same things over and over and over. Such has been one of the most controversial “points” in recent DubPoints history. But this category is crazy because you actually get less points in it for the more separate actions you take. How well can you take all of your ideas for a daily power play and combine them into one concise action? Feel like your opponent is gaining ground on you and need to do a little more late in the day? Just be wary that you could take a hit in this new category. Planning is key.
  • Luck (100 points per day max; 200 points per round max) — It’s been a well-known secret that Mr. Edgar loves employing the use of random number generators to help him with making tough down-the-line judgement calls. We’re not going to sugar-coat it for you any longer: you will get a random amount of points added on to your daily total that can range anywhere from 0 to 100. That’s potentially a third of your total score. It’s enough to make all the difference in a close contest, but probably not enough to mount a comeback if your opponent is blowing you out of the water. Play to the best of your abilities in the other four categories, and maybe luck will be less of a factor for you.

To the victor, goes the spoils

The winner of DubPoints XIII will be declared DubPoints World Champion and will receive the new World Championship belt. They will also be granted a one-on-one title match with current World Champion Joe Klier in May to unify the belts. (unless, of course, Klier wins the tournament outright — he is the #1 overall seed).

In addition, those who perform well in the tournament will be eligible for title shots over the remainder of the year, for the Ohio Valley Championship (currently held by Allen Lewis), the Internet Championship (currently held by Riley Wedge), and the Tag Team Championship (currently held by Nicholas Griffin & Brad Uhrig).

I wish you all the best of luck, and we kick things off Thursday at midnight!

DubPoints XIII will kick off on April 13th

DPXIIIAfter months of speculation and several delays, John Wyatt Edgar has confirmed that the annual DubPoints tournament will make its first full appearance in two years, when DubPoints XIII kicks off at midnight EST on Thursday, April 13.

The tournament will be a much-swifter affair than in years past, lasting just twelve days over three weeks, and will be broken up into six two-day long rounds. They will take place on Thursday-Friday and Saturday-Sunday over the course of that timespan.

Edgar will select a field of 64 participants from his friends, peers, and colleagues, who will participate through the six rounds to see who can impress him the most in three different categories: creativity, effort, and publicity. This marks a change from the most recent tournaments and sees the elimination of former controversial categories availability and value.

The DubPoints World Championship, currently held by Joe Klier, will be on the line, as will the other three major championships (Ohio Valley, Internet, and Gang Wars) which will be distributed to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place finishers, an event which could serve as a potential annual “reboot” of the championship picture.

Joe Klier will be given the overall #1 seed as World Champion. Ohio Valley Champion Allen Lewis and Internet Champion Riley Wedge will be given #1 seeds as well. The remaining #1 seed will go to either Nicholas Griffin or Brad Uhrig (co-Gang Wars Champions), with the other partner receiving a #2 seed. Former champion and recent GM Charles Wilfong will be reinstated as a player for the contest. Other seeds and matchups will be announced on a “selection show” on Facebook Live in the weeks leading up to the start of the contest.

In addition, Edgar is planning a DubPoints “kick-off show” to stream on Facebook’s Live platform, in the hours leading up to the midnight EST kickoff on Thursday, April 13.

Prior to the start of the tournament, none of the DubPoints championships will be defended, though regular monthly title defenses will resume following the conclusion of the tournament. The intention is to keep the tournament as an annual event to cap off the year and refresh the title picture, while also determining who the upcoming talent is that would be worthy of future title shots, based on their bracket performance.

Good luck, and check back often as we begin announcing matchups and other news related to this historic event.

Internet Championship match to be determined by fan vote on January 31

DubPoints Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar made his first announcement in over a week on Monday, declaring that the much-anticipated bout between Internet Champion Riley Wedge and challenger Brandy Sall would be solely determined by the outcome of a one-day fan vote.

Internet Champion Riley Wedge has been campaigning for an obstacle course run matchup, but Edgar's decision will also suit his strengths well.
Internet Champion Riley Wedge has been campaigning for an obstacle course run matchup, but Edgar’s decision will also suit his strengths well.

The decision was made due to a combination of factors: a stalemate in the negotiation process for an in-person title match, and as part of a new initiative to standardize how championships are contended and fought for.

“The rapid of expansion of DubPoints has provided many people with opportunities but has also led to some confusion,” Edgar said in a statement. “The intention of the Internet Championship was for it to be determined, partially or in whole, by the will of the people. On Tuesday, January 31, we will let the people decide if Mr. Wedge shall continue his reign, or if Ms. Sall will take over the belt.”

Anyone in the general public will be able to vote for either of the two competitors, but can ONLY vote one time. Ballots will ONLY be accepted from midnight-to-midnight  (Eastern time) on Tuesday, January 31, and will ONLY be accepted in the form of a private message to the DubPoints Fan page. Anyone can message the page with their vote: “Riley” or “Brandy.” Any other forms of voting will NOT be counted. Results will be tallied, but specifics will remain anonymous.

It’s an interesting idea, one which makes it easy enough for people to actively participate in the outcome of a DubPoints match, but one that will also put both competitors’ networking skills to the test as they try to convince people on that day to take the simple, yet specific steps necessary to secure their vote.

If the format proves a success, the idea for the championship going forward will be to continue to defend the title in this manner or a similar one. Edgar is also hoping to standardize title defenses for some of the other championships in the coming months.

Full Details on Ohio Valley Championship Match, Jan. 16

Joe Patterson's reign as champion has been dangerous, as he will now have defended against nearly 30 people in the last month alone.
Joe Patterson’s reign as champion has been dangerous, as he will now have defended against nearly 30 people in the last month alone.

The first and only DubPoints Ohio Valley Champion in history, Joe Patterson, will have his work cut out for him on Monday, January 16, when he defends his title against 19 other challengers in the first-ever “Spinning Scramble” matchup.

The bout, which will begin at midnight EST on Monday and run for 24 hours only, will feature numerous elite competitors. There will be two key elements to this matchup: who can be quickest on the draw, and who gets the luck of the draw.

Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar will make posts on the DubPoints Players Facebook group 14 different times during this 24-hour span. The first contestant to respond with a comment will have their name added to one of the 14 wedges on his lucky spinning wheel. Once all 14 wedges are filled, the wheel will be spun during a live video to determine the champion. Edgar’s posts will happen randomly and with no prior announcement — meaning that contestants will have to be constantly aware if they want the best chance to win. And yes, contestants can be the first commenter multiple times, further increasing the amount of wedges they have and their opportunity to win.

The match was chosen as Patterson is known as somewhat of a night-owl and insomniac, as well as a social media guru. He should still have a clear advantage (or as much as one can have against 19 other people) in this matchup. Though there will be speculation of tampering because he and Edgar work together, they both have a scheduled day off on Monday due to the Martin Luther King holiday, meaning that he will be just as in the dark as everyone else is as to Edgar’s weird schedule.

Edgar plans on using the full 24-hour window to make the 14 posts, giving everyone an opportunity to have a slice of the lucky pie, but due to the inherit randomness of this contest, it’s possible that he can go anywhere from minutes to hours between posts. Only the 20 participants below will be eligible, though the posts will be visible to anyone in the group:

  • Joe Patterson (defending champion)
  • Ryan Church
  • Spencer Conner
  • Mike Fedczak
  • Brandon Garcia
  • Rafe Haddox
  • Eric Hersey
  • Ryan Hunker
  • James Jasinski
  • Dustin Kawa
  • Mike Kendjorsky
  • Nick Levi
  • Vince Levi
  • Dewayne Meeker
  • Jess Mentzer
  • Justine Mentzer
  • Rachael Moynihan
  • Kim Roberts
  • Justin Scott
  • Ashleigh Thress

Can Joe Patterson continue his historic, inaugural reign, or will we see the first new champion of 2017 crowned next week?

Michael Clyde wins inaugural Fantasy Sports Championship

Michael Clyde's strategic postseason wildcard run makes him the first champion under the DubPoints Fantasy Sports banner.
Michael Clyde’s strategic postseason wildcard run makes him the first champion under the DubPoints Fantasy Sports banner.

The beginning of the new year marked a coronation of sorts for Michael Clyde, whose victory in the DubPoints Fantasy Football League championship game makes him our first-ever Fantasy Sports champion. He will be receiving a belt, which he will be able to keep for a whole year, to commemorate this historic occasion.

His victory came over #8 seed, Nicholas Griffin, in the finals. Clyde had represented the championship game as the #6 seed in a wacky postseason that saw all four division winners drop in the first round. Clyde had been back-and-forth as the leader of his division for multiple weeks towards the end of the season, while Griffin nearly let a playoff chance slip by after wagering a Week 1 tie in a real-life wing-eating contest against Joe Patterson last month.

The victory is Clyde’s first DubPoints championship of any kind, and considering he had not signed up for any of the other leagues under the DubPoints Fantasy Sports umbrella at press time, he certainly made this entry count. His win also spoiled a potential accomplishment for Griffin, who would have been the first person ever to hold two championships simultaneously (he co-holds the Gang Wars championships with Brad Uhrig).

Clyde’s 9-5 regular season-record was very decent considering the talent in his division and the massive depth of the league (which was at a full capacity of 20 teams). Vince Levi entered the playoffs as the consensus favorite for the title, with an 11-3 record and averaging 85.8 points a game. But Clyde’s well-scouted roster and starting lineups allowed him to handly defeat hopefuls Jeff Fetty (who opened the season with a 7-game unbeaten streak) and Eric Hersey (a perennial threat in any fantasy football league) en route to an obliteration of Griffin in the finals. Having a championship game in Week 17 of the NFL regular season with already-thin rosters made choosing the right players at the right times a key strategy, and Clyde clearly delivered here.

With this inaugural victory, Clyde’s well-rounded and stellar postseason run is the initial gold standard for a Fantasy Sports division still in its infancy. It remains to be seen how his future role in DubPoints grows, or if it does. While he has never been a consistent threat in the brand’s other major competitions, and doesn’t even appear to be interested in anything outside of fantasy football for now, he certainly called his shot here and delivered. At the very least, expect him to be back in the league next season to defend his honor.

Clyde will be awarded with the Fantasy Football title belt for the rest of the year.
Clyde will be awarded with the Fantasy Football title belt for the rest of the year.

Regardless of the future, Michael Clyde will now forever be a part of two DubPoints legacies: first-ever DubPoints Fantasy Football champion. First-ever DubPoints Fantasy Sports champion.

Our congratulations to the champion, and to all of our participants this year. I had a lot of fun and look forward to continuing to try and be competitive in our other leagues. The second-ever Fantasy Sports champion will be crowned in the coming weeks as our College Bowl Pick ‘Em tournament wraps up. Check back to see who will join Mr. Clyde in the ranks of champions!

Klier captures lifelong championship dream in chaotic fashion

Joe Klier's first DubPoints World Championship will also be the first-reign held under the new "Dubby in the Bank" briefcase era, which may keep him on his toes.
Joe Klier’s first DubPoints World Championship will also be the first-reign held under the new “Dubby in the Bank” briefcase era, which may keep him on his toes.

Those wondering where exactly the “chaos” has been in this month’s Christmas Chaos theme needed to look no further than the 10-person World Championship scramble that began on Monday and ended earlier on Thursday afternoon.

After numerous eliminations and frantic rule-changes by Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar to increase excitement, Joe Klier walked out of the match with his first ever DubPoints championship of any kind, and the World Title at that. In doing so, he snapped Charles Wilfong’s 254-day title reign, a record that may last for some time.

The match had been pretty straightforward up until Wednesday. A suggestion by the under-the-weather Wilfong to shorten the match by one day was taken in stride by Edgar, who polled the competitors and the audience numerous times, eventually getting everyone on board with the idea of using his random prize wheel to help determine the results.

That evening, Ashleigh Thress was officially eliminated from play due to the wheel (though had the match gone on as regularly scheduled, she would have been eliminated anyway), leaving Wilfong, newcomer Rafe Haddox, mainstay Luke Bumbico, and the 3-year veteran Joe Klier left in the mix.

Each competitor had solid strategies that came into play all week, and particularly Thursday. Wilfong executed arguably the most balanced gameplan of the group, owing much to his longtime experience in the contest and recent success. He actually ended the day Thursday with the most points (more on that later). Rafe Haddox, who was completely new to the brand, finished only one point behind rival Wilfong, and one could argue that had he uploaded an intimidation video minutes before the decision to call scoring for the day, that he would have been in first. Likewise, you could also make the case for Joe Klier, who had been racking up availability and value points all week, and certainly had a chance to take the top spot given a longer day of play. Luke Bumbico, who avoided the public spotlight at all costs, found himself significantly behind on Thursday, but was a strong participant all week.

The decision to spin the wheel on Thursday was met immediately with controversy and excitement. Edgar made last-minute changes to the structure of the wheel without the consent or approval of any of the participants. The justification was that the new set-up on the wheel gave a 50% chance that the match would end a day early (with the four remaining competitors getting wedges on the wheel proportional to their scoring for that day). The other 50% of the wheel would consist of random number of eliminations, ensuring either a 2-, 3-, or 4-man field on the last day of actual play.

Wilfong went into the wheel spin with a 64% chance of keeping the championship at least one more day, but it was a far cry from the original setup which would have given him chances closer to 85% (and possibly even more than that). He immediately criticized Edgar’s decision, claiming that he had broken a social contract with the players by changing the wheel at the last minute.

Edgar, who took full responsibility for the rule change, claimed that from a mathematical standpoint, he thought that the new set-up created enough drama and enough of an advantage for whomever scored highest (in this case, Wilfong) that he went ahead and made the change without anyone else’s feedback. And while this is not the first time Edgar’s decision-making in high-profile matches has come into question, it did allow Joe Klier to walk out with a championship that he probably had a good (but maybe not great) chance of winning otherwise. Edgar has immediately tried to repair the goodwill by sanctioning a one-on-one rematch for January between the new champion Klier and Wilfong.

Klier becomes only the 19th-ever holder of the DubPoints World Championship, a title he has been pursuing since DubPoints X when he was entered into the then 100-person field. His best performance recently had been a semifinals appearance in DubPoints XII, the last full 64-person tournament. He had been teasing making a run in this matchup for some time, and seemed to be genuinely enthusiastic all week and in victory. Time will tell if his title reign can live up to the standards that Wilfong set in his run — he took on all challengers and had some tough battles in 2016 that single-handedly raised the prestige of the belt. But if nothing else, Klier has generated some short-term interest that should generate some new participants in the long run, and that’s always a good thing.

Our congratulations to Mr. Klier and to all the participants in this wild matchup. Happy New Year to all, and we will see you in 2017!