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!