Sunday Morning Roundup: May 6, 2018

It’s already been a few weeks since the first edition of the Sunday Morning Roundup, but a lot has transpired in the championship pictures of DubPoints, particularly in the last few days. Let’s recap all six title pictures for you and give some insight into where we are going next!

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Following Joe Patterson’s victory in a Fatal 4-way match for Brad Uhrig’s World Championship, Patterson now sits alone at the top of the brand. He still owes Uhrig a contractually obligated one-on-one rematch at some point over the next month. While that has not been officially scheduled, all signs indicate this may very well be the “Salty Bet Challenge” that Uhrig originally wanted, though anything is subject to change at this point.

It’s still unknown when the match will take place, but expect those details to be hammered out this week, as summer schedules and vacations always throw a wrench in DubPoints match plans at this time of the year.

The two are setting up for a potential back-and-forth feud over the next few months, but only if Uhrig can capture the title back in this next match. As we will elaborate further along in the article, there is already a surprise top contender waiting in the wings if Patterson can retain by vanquishing Uhrig.

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Mike Kendjorsky captured the Internet Championship last month in a match featuring about a dozen competitors, dethroning the former champ (and current #1 contender) Donnie Yeager. The contest, which was a WWE PPV Prediction Challenge, looks to be the standard for this division going forward, at least for now. Kendjorsky will now defend the title against the former champ in a one-on-one match that takes place tonight, when they try to correctly predict the results of the WWE Backlash PPV.

The move of this belt to a prediction-based contest has also opened up opportunities elsewhere. Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar has opened this month’s contest up to the general public (though only Kendjorsky and Yeager are eligible for the title) as part of a multi-pronged approach to have an objective scoring/qualification system for other contests. More on that as well, further in the article.

A Yeager win today would see yet another rematch between these two next month. If Kendjorsky retains, the rumor is that Edgar has already decided a #1 contender for the title in Yeager’s wake.

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Following the controversy that was the first match for the Ohio Valley belt contested under YTR rules, Michael Clyde is now the holder of this prestigious belt, but owes Mike Kendjorsky a rematch in the next 30 days. It looks like it’s going to be difficult to schedule, but Commissioner Edgar should be pushing for some answers this week as to when and where this will take place, and, more importantly, if the commissioner can be physically present for it.

Clyde’s dominance in this contest over the years has to make him the favorite to retain, though a win-back by Kendjorsky (who could again be holding two belts by the end of the month) is not out of the question. Logic would dictate that Jared Bloom would be the next in line on the contendership ladder, but it’s not a sure thing, as there are questions whether he can hold up in another marathon match. He would still likely get the nod for next month if Clyde retains while Edgar builds up a strong contender list behind him over the next couple of months.

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The long-awaited Board Game Championship finally made its debut on Thursday, when Lance Delbrugge defeated Chris Dominquez in the finals of a 16-person Yahtzee tournament for the inaugural title.

The finals, which were contested live on Facebook as a best-of-5 series, saw Delbrugge earn his 6th overall DubPoints title, 3 games to 1. Dominquez trailed 2-0 early on, but won Game 3 and was building a lot of momentum towards forcing a Game 5 rubber match, but a wild and crazy sequence of lucky bounces and roles allowed Delbrugge to hold on to a slim Game 4 margin and capture the championship.

Commissioner Edgar stated that his goal for the belt is for it to be defended in multi-person matches on a regular basis. Delbrugge would get to pick the game for his first title defense, so expect that announcement this week. Dominquez has at least one title shot this month, or whenever he is able to take it. Nicholas Griffin and Charles Wilfong have been announced as the other two people in line for the title, so it’s possible Delbrugge takes on all three this month, if they are available.

31402972_833863304974_7938450575035727872_nGang Wars Championship

A month ago, it looked like Gang Wars was going to be cancelled or undergo some major revisions, but it returned for a 16th season a couple of weeks ago. The surprise winner this time was the debuting Brittany Kendjorsky, who defeated Rodney Gentile in the playoff final. This followed a season which saw two people (Jim Jasinski and a debuting Mike Markus) set a record for most regular season wins with 21, only to be ousted in the first round in both of their matches.

As a result of Kendjorsky’s win, she was named as the next World Championship contender, following the results of the Patterson-Uhrig match. It remains to be seen if this will be a one-on-one matchup, but it probably will be unless the two most recent champions trade the title back and forth all summer amidst a bunch of rematch clauses. It’s unknown whether the next winner of the league will be afforded the same opportunity.

Season XVII is expected to begin in late May, and Commissioner Edgar is already teasing some major changes. It would appear that the results of the WWE Backlash Prediction Challenge will have some influence on scoring, and that there could be a major influx of new talent. That in itself could mean one of two things — we see some low-performing competitors on their way out, or the field just gets that much bigger.

One of the things that former World Champion Charles Wilfong suggested last month was to send out some kind of monthly survey, the results of which would have an impact on statistics and scoring. Edgar seems to have already done this with the PPV survey people filled out this week, but it’s also likely something else will be sent out before the season kicks off. The field of players should be announced in the next few days.

Fantasy Sports Championship

In the slowest part of the year, Fantasy Baseball is still in its infancy. However, Edgar has ordered plaques for the winners of all previous leagues and should be distributing them over the next couple of weeks, as well as belts to anyone who is owed them.

The belt is undergoing a re-design at this stage and it will be the same for every Fantasy Sports Championship, regardless of league. It will also be black instead of white for the foreseeable future.

The rumor still going around is that all of the DubPoints Fantasy leagues will accommodate 30 participants, beginning with football in the fall.

Sunday Morning Roundup: April 15, 2018

I’d like to welcome you to a new feature here on the DubPoints website, the Sunday Morning Roundup. Every Sunday, we will break down what is happening in every title picture, and try our best to recap the events of the week as well as what lies ahead. Let’s get started!

World Championship

Brad Uhrig captured his 3rd World Championship back in October, but has yet to really defend it in any significant way. That was set to change this past week when he announced Uhrig would defend the title in a Fatal 4-way match against Joe Klier, Nicholas Levi, and Joe Patterson. Uhrig’s original proposal for an in-person “Saltybet Challenge” fell through due to none of the competitors being able to make it. With Uhrig in town for the next few days, look for Edgar to make a ruling as early as today to get a match scheduled, even if it is something that Uhrig doesn’t prefer.

What’s next? Following the result of Uhrig’s title defense, he will get a one-on-one rematch next month (if he loses) or will have a one-on-one contest against either Klier, Levi, or Patterson..

Internet Championship

Mike Kendjorsky captured the Internet Championship following the results of a 2-day long WrestleMania Weekend Prediction Challenge, beating the 2-time champion Donnie Yeager in an attendance tiebreaker. The event, which was open to all participants, had nearly 20 people submit entries, giving Edgar yet another quick monthly contest he can implement (further details below). While the idea could use some refining, and will likely be tweaked in the coming months, we should expect to see the Internet Championship be almost exclusively defended in this fashion going forward.

What’s next? Kendjorsky will defend his title in a contractual rematch against the former champion Yeager on May 6, in another wrestling prediction challenge that will focus on WWE Backlash. While the contest will again be open to all participants (more details on that below), only these two will be competing for this particular championship.

Ohio Valley Championship

You can find full details on the zaniness that went on last night, but Michael Clyde defeated Mike Kendjorsky as a late replacement for Jared Bloom to capture the Ohio Valley title. This marks his 6th overall reign with a DubPoints belt, tied for the all-time record with Brad Uhrig. While there was some confusion due to the commissioner not being present, last night’s match brought a lot of interest and prestige to the title which had not been defended since November. Expect to see some equally crazy title defenses as we roll into the spring and summer months.

What’s next? Clyde will be defending his newly-won belt against Kendjorsky in a rematch in May, likely with the commissioner present to avoid any more shenanigans. Even though Bloom was a huge part of last night’s match, his withdrawal mid-contest doesn’t give him a direct route back to the title for now, though he should still be a huge part of the division going forward.

Board Game Championship

The yet-to-debut Board Game Championship should be crowned later this month, and hopefully before the next edition of this article. Lance Delbrugge and Chris Dominquez are slated to go at it in an in-person, best-of-three Yahtzee series for the inaugural title, in a contest that will most likely be livestreamed. Expect to see details on the when and where so that you can see one of these two men make history in what should be a fun new division of DubPoints.

What’s next? Edgar has stated that it’s likely this belt will be defended in multiple-person scenarios. The current plan for the winner is for them to defend next month against the runner-up, as well as two additional participants of Edgar’s choosing, in a board game chosen by the champion. There is no doubt that Delbrugge and Dominquez are already thinking of ideas for May’s title defense, should they emerge victorious this month.

Fantasy Sports Championship

We have entered the slowest part of the year for the Fantasy Sports division, after a two-day span where Andrew Biggert, Ryan Church, and John Edgar all captured their share of the title in the culmination of various fantasy seasons and contests. The focus now remains on baseball until the fall, when drafts and signups will begin for football, basketball, and hockey again.

What’s next? The baseball season will officially conclude on September 30, a few weeks after the start of fantasy football season. Edgar has no plans to add any more sports leagues this year (despite a small calling for golf and auto racing leagues), but he has made it known that he would like to expand the football league to 30 teams in 2018.

Gang Wars Championship

Following Brian Nicholson’s ascension to the title last month by winning Season XV of Gang Wars, it looks like major changes are set to be underway with the belt. Citing burnout from an excess of backside work needed to maintain the league, Edgar informed participants last week that he was looking at retiring the league while keeping the championship and belt active in some form.

Due to many calling for a contest involving THE WHEEL, and the inherit randomness of Gang Wars anyway, it looks like we are going to see a contest every month for those not directly involved in a current title picture. Edgar will be using the results of the monthly WWE Prediction Challenge described above to determine eligibility for the Gang Wars Championship, in addition to the winner of the Internet Championship match. It’s a unique idea, since not nearly everyone in DubPoints watches wrestling, but this title looks to be based mostly on participation and not skill.

What’s next? Ten participants will be “competing” for the title in April: Jeff Edzkowski, RJ Frohnapfel, Rodney Gentile, Nicholas Griffin, Eric Hersey, James Jasinski, Brittany Kendjorsky, Mike Markus, Jessica Mentzer, and Charles Wilfong. The title will also be undergoing a redesign and name change. It is likely that performance in this event will also goes towards determining top contenders for other belts in the absence of a contractual rematch.

That’s all for this week. As always, keep posted here for the latest news and information regarding DUBPOINTS!

Clyde’s O.V. title win controversial, historic

Michael Clyde is now tied on the all-time list with Brad Uhrig for most overall championships won (6), but at what cost?
Michael Clyde is now tied on the all-time list with Brad Uhrig for most overall championships won (6), but at what cost?

The night skies of Columbus, OH were filled with the sounds of chaos and ballyhoo on Saturday night, when an epic showdown between two YTR and OVBP figureheads turned into a shocking title change in Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar‘s absence.

Reigning Ohio Valley Champion Mike Kendjorsky, who won the title back in November but had yet to officially defend it, was set to christen the “new era” of the belt by bringing it back to the roots it had originated from back at the turn of the decade: an old school back-and-forth battle against retroactive 4-time Ohio Valley Champion Jared Bloom.

With the commish out on a previous engagement, Kendjorsky (who still holds the Internet Championship) and Bloom decided on a best-of-seven series for the title defense, a bold move made to not only elevate the title but to prove if either competitor could still go at full speed. Shortly before the match commenced, longtime OVBP alum Michael Clyde contacted the commissioner requesting if he could have an immediate title shot on the winner. Mr. Edgar tentatively granted the request given the unique circumstances (there had been no title defenses yet and all three parties other than Edgar were in the same location), but still wanted to see how the match played out.

By all accounts, Bloom led the contest 3-2 five games in, and was in position to possibly finish Game #6 with a 4-2 victory. At some point during or after this match (we still don’t know if this was a 4-2 series or a 4-3 series at press time), Bloom withdrew from the match, allowing a hungry and eager Clyde to take his place and finish what he started, winning the series.

Commissioner Edgar then made the ruling of Clyde’s recognition as the Ohio Valley Champion, much to the chagrin of an irate Kendjorsky, who had played well, but may have gotten a benficial forfeit or “no contest” ruling had Bloom resigned without a substitute. Edgar made the ruling that Kendjorsky will get a rematch next month due to the unusual circumstances, and will likely be present to make sure there are no more surprises.

Kendjorsky had entered Saturday as the simultaneous holder of both the Internet and Ohio Valley Championships.
Kendjorsky had entered Saturday as the simultaneous holder of both the Internet and Ohio Valley Championships.

Aside from the pure shock value of Clyde’s ascension to the #3 title in the company, he had slowly already been gaming some rungs on the all-time championship leaderboard going into tonight’s match, after winning the Fantasy Sports Championship in football the last two seasons and being retroactively recognized as a former 3-time Ohio Valley Champion due to his tournament performances in 2009-2010. As a result, he now is one of only two people to have won 6 different titles in DubPoints, the other being Brad Uhrig (3 Worlds, 1 Internet, 2 Gang Wars).

Regardless of the public opinion on how tonight’s events transpired, the trio of Bloom, Clyde, and Kendjorsky are synonymous with what the Ohio Valley Championship stands for, and should be involved in many high-profile classics for months and years to come.

Kendjorsky is dual champion after Internet victory

Mike Kendjorsky is now part of a small group of people to hold two DubPoints titles at once..
Mike Kendjorsky is now part of a small group of people to hold two DubPoints titles at once..

Mike Kendjorsky shocked the world on Sunday, capturing the DubPoints Internet Championship to go along with the Ohio Valley Championship he already holds. He bested 2-time Internet Champion Donnie Yeager, as well as 16 others, in the first-ever DubPoints WrestleMania prediction challenge on Sunday.

The contest, which featured 18 participants, was a straight-up “pick ’em” style contest that covered 19 WWE matches, across both the NXT Takeover: New Orleans and WrestleMania 34 events this past weekend. Those leading, or tied in leading for correct picks after the conclusion of Saturday’s event and the ‘Mania pre-show went on to compete against Yeager, using only results from the main card.

In addition to Kendjorsky, two others qualified for the title match on Sunday: former Pugs of Anarchy stablemates Nicholas Griffin and Charles Wilfong. Kendjorsky and Yeager tied with 6 correct picks across the main card, but Kendjorsky won the tiebreaker of having the closest guess to the stadium attendance. Wilfong and Griffin finished with 4 and 3 picks, respectively. Kendjorsky further justified his victory by having the most correct picks across all 19 matches.

Full Results: Internet Championship Match

  • Mike Kendjorsky: 6 picks (won tiebreaking question)
  • Donnie Yeager: 6 picks
  • Charles Wilfong: 4 picks
  • Nicholas Griffin: 3 picks

Full Results of ALL Matches

  • Mike Kendjorsky: 11 picks
  • Rodney Gentile, Eric Hersey, James Jasinski, Donnie Yeager: 10 picks
  • Jeff Edzkowski, RJ Frohnapfel, Brittany Kendjorsky, Mike Markus, Charles Wilfong: 9 picks
  • Nicholas Griffin, Nicholas Levi, Jessica Mentzer: 8 picks
  • Luke Bumbico, Ryan Church, Michael Clyde, Seth Eddy, Vince Levi: 7 picks

With such a huge turnout for this contest, there is a strong possibility that Kendjorsky has a similar title defense next month for the Internet Championship, though it remains to be seen if Yeager will be given a rematch or if the event will be open up to the general public. Kendjorsky also has his first-ever title defense of the Ohio Valley Championship scheduled for later this week against multi-time OVBP champion, Jared Bloom.

Other matches set to still take place in the coming weeks are the long-awaited Yahtzee match for the inaugural Board Game Champion (between Chris Dominquez & Lance Delbrugge) as well as Brad Uhrig‘s title defense against Joe Klier, Nicholas Levi, and Joe Patterson.

March Madness: Three new champions crowned in 2 days

The month of March saw a slew of Fantasy Sports titles change hands, with the conclusion of the Fantasy Basketball and Hockey leagues, as well as the annual College Basketball prediction tournament.

In Fantasy Hockey, Andrew Biggert claimed his first-ever DubPoints championship, after debuting in the Fantasy Sports division last year. He defeated Joe Patterson in a nail-biting final round, which arguably would have went the other way had Patterson’s starting goalie not gotten hurt midway through his contest on the final day of scoring. Biggert, who has to this point been exclusive to the Fantasy Sports division, will earn guaranteed spots in each of the four major fantasy leagues over the next three years, and may be called into action for other DubPoints contests going forward.

Ryan Church found himself in prime position to win a hoops championship this past weekend — he was in the finals of both the Fantasy Basketball league (against Commissioner John Edgar) as well as being down to the last two remaining in the college prediction tournament (along with Jason Haught).

A bevy of injuries decimated both Edgar and Church’s teams, and neither played up to their standard in the final week (they had a combined 3 losses total in the regular season), but Edgar was able to narrowly defeat Church and capture his second Fantasy Sports championship in two years, in arguably the only division in which he should be allowed to compete.

Less than 24 hours later, Church was victorious in the prediction tournament with Villanova’s victory, clinching his first title in the Fantasy division, and second overall along with last year’s 80-day plus Internet Championship reign. Church, a longtime DubPoints competitor who is finally having success accumulating championships, seems to be catching fire in one of the things he does best.

Meanwhile, Edgar will get to defending last year’s Fantasy Baseball championship during a nearly 26-week long season. Rumors seem to suggest that the fantasy sports division will again see some adjustments next year, as Edgar has long advocated for more teams and a “real” experience. Some have speculated that the full-scale leagues will go up to 30 teams beginning with the 2018 Fantasy Football league, though that remains to be seen.

The 33-person participant total for the prediction tournament was the largest field in DubPoints Fantasy Sports history, and the third largest event — EVER — under the history of DubPoints in general.

Way to go everybody!

Joe Patterson wins first OVGW season held since 2007

Joe Patterson claimed his first OVGW Championship and third title overall on Tuesday.
Joe Patterson claimed his first OVGW Championship and third title overall on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, January 29, 2018, Joe Patterson defeated Justine Mentzer in the finals of the 13th season of Ohio Valley Gang Wars. This was the culmination of the first season of OVGW to be held since 2007, and marks Patterson’s third overall championship in the world of DubPoints.

30 players competed in a 24-game season that lasted the entire month of January, with 16 participants advancing to a playoff held on January 29. Season 14 will begin on Thursday, February 1.

Full Results

First Round

  • (8) James Jasinski def. (1) Joe Klier, 158-113
  • (4) Ryan Nagy def. (5) Charles Bursee, 180-164
  • (6) Spencer Conner def. (3) Rafe Haddox, 168-142
  • (2) Joe Patterson def. (7) Mike Kendjorsky, 279-105
  • (8) Donnie Yeager def. (1) Charles Wilfong, 178-177
  • (5) Eric Hersey def. (4) Ryan Church, 143-95
  • (3) Justine Mentzer def. (6) Nicholas Griffin, 154-149
  • (2) Nicholas Levi def. (7) Ryan Hunker, 157-147

Second Round

  • (8) James Jasinski def. (4) Ryan Nagy, 153-140
  • (2) Joe Patterson def. (6) Spencer Conner, 165-143
  • (8) Donnie Yeager def. (5) Eric Hersey, 222-167
  • (3) Justine Mentzer def. (2) Nicholas Levi, 182-144

Semifinals

  • (2) Joe Patterson def. (8) James Jasinski, 257-122
  • (3) Justine Mentzer def. (8) Donnie Yeager, 287-91

Championship

  • (2) Joe Patterson def. (3) Justine Mentzer, 206-141

More details emerge regarding Gang Wars revival

We don’t have to wait too long for the rebirth of Ohio Valley Gang Wars as DubPoints Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar already announced that it would be returning in January 2018. But we didn’t have a whole lot of details other than that. As we approach a busy end of the year schedule, some concrete details have emerged about Mr. Edgar’s oldest and possibly weirdest tradition.

The return of Gang Wars is not a one-off. Edgar is planning on making this a full-blown division of DubPoints with its own champion. The plan is to have a season every month during the 2018 year, meaning there will be twelve opportunities to win the championship. It will, alongside the Fantasy Sports championship, not be defended in one-on-one contests, and will be exempt from Dubby in the Bank cash-in rules.

The field will be larger, but the schedule will be shorter. Traditional Gang Wars seasons comprised of 16 players during an 18-game regular season, followed by 3 playoff rounds. The field will be much larger this time around: 30 players encompassing 6 divisions in 2 conferences, but the regular season will only feature 12 games. The playoffs will consist of 4 rounds, and feature 10 of the 30-contestant field every month.Ttygh

All 30 players have already been selected for 2018. Edgar has vetted 30 top players for this new project, and will feature a fine mix of both old and new competitors to Gang Wars. The plan is for competitors to remain for every season played in 2018, with no expansion considerations until after at least one year is in the books. The announcement of who all is participating, as well as division alignments (which will also be semi-permanent) should be announced in the coming week or so.

There will be a draft for the first season of 2018. The draft will take place over the course of December and will be four rounds. Edgar is still trying to determine how the draft order will be decided, and it may be decided in a live Facebook broadcast. Players will have the option to autodraft a team, but their team will remain static throughout all of 2018, making this particular draft important.

The Gang Wars Championship will involve more luck than any other title in the brand. Gang Wars has always been a crapshoot, an elaborate lottery devised by Edgar with results that came from statistics that weren’t even based in reality. This time, he has assured there will be a lot more transparency, but there will still be a lot of virtual dice rolling in determining the monthly results.

Keep checking back later in the week as more details on the return of Gang Wars become available!

Massive championship unification planned

internet-beltPiggybacking off of yesterday’s announcement that Ohio Valley Gang Wars would be re-debuting in 2018, details emerged today about a massive championship unification match that will help make way for the new division, as well as how the lineages of each will be handled.

The Tag Team Championship will be unified with the Internet Championship in an 8-person mini-tournament, following head-to-head challenge rules. It will not be a traiditonal DubPoints scoring tournament, but will instead feature various challenges as determined by THE WHEEL. The participants will include:

  • Nicholas Levi (current Internet Champion)
  • Ryan Church (current co-Tag Team Champion)
  • Eric Hersey (current co-Tag Team Champion)
  • Donnie Yeager (#1 contender to the Internet Championship)
  • Desi Lekanudos (#2 contender to the Internet Championship)
  • Nicholas Griffin (co-#1 contender to the Tag Team Championship)
  • Brad Uhrig (co-#1 contender to the Tag Team Championship)
  • Charles Wilfong (co-#1 contender to the Tag Team Championship)

The winner of this tournament, slated to begin on Sunday, November 26, will be the sole DubPoints Internet Champion. Former winners of both the Internet Championship and the Tag Team Championship will fall under the lineage of the newly-reformed title. The tag team belts will be retired and repurposed for use in the new Gang Wars Division.

Edgar prepared a statement:

“While the tag team division has been an important part of DubPoints in the last year or so, we recognize that the demand is more for chasing our singles titles. In making this unification happen, we will be preventing our competitors from suffering from ‘belt overload’ when OVGW makes its return at the beginning of the year.”

One of the premises behind this is that OVGW will be guaranteed to have a championship match every single month, while the Internet Championship sees significantly less activity over the year. Edgar is planning on rebranding and rotating the two retired tag team belts to the two most recent champions of OVGW, facilitating the delivery of them in a timely fashion, something that has been criticized in recent months.

It’s also heavily speculated that both the Internet and Ohio Valley Championships will be getting their own “identities” soon — a specific manner in which they are defended which will make all four of the championships “separate but equal.”

Edgar continued, “We know that there are competitors out there who want different opportunities. While for some, the goal will be to win as many championships as possible in each of our five divisions, we also recognize there are competitors who may want to focus specifically on one division or two — we hear you, and will be addressing it soon.”

Ohio Valley Gang Wars will return in 2018

OVGWA decade after its folding to make way for what would eventually become DubPoints, John Wyatt Edgar’s Ohio Valley Gang Wars is set to make a return for what will be its 13th season of play (and first since 2007) in January of 2018.

The league, a “fantasy sports” league based on no real sports whatsoever, will feature multiple players go head-to-head over the course of a month’s span to see who’s team reigns supreme.

The classic OVGW league was based around 16 owners drafting various local “celebrities” with varying statistics. These statistics then used a proprietary formula created by Edgar to be arbitrarily awarded points in each matchup, something that came down to more luck than probably everything else. Owners who actively participated more were typically given additional variables that might stack the deck in their favor, but this varied from season-to-season.

This news is the first official announcement coming from several rumors out of DubPoints HQ in the past several weeks. Former Gang Wars champions had previously been retroactively recognized as DubPoints World Champions until recently, when they were quietly moved under the lineage of last year’s newly-created Internet Championship instead. What’s more confusing is that the current Tag Team Championship was originally referred to as the Gang Wars Championship, leading to some uncertainty as to how former and future champions of this new division will be recognized.

It is expected that Edgar will be inviting many former OVGW players to participate in its first season back, and that the league will also be expanded from its traditional 16-person format to something a tad larger. Edgar went into some detail over the decision-making process and what can we expect:

“The popularity of THE WHEEL in our matches the last few months led us to believe that there is a segment of our fanbase that would like to see competitions involving little-to-no-effort, and ones highly-based in random probabilities. We are resurrecting Ohio Valley Gang Wars to fill that niche, while also injecting some more real competition into our other divisions for 2018.”

Ryan Hunker, a 2-time OVGW champion, won both the inaugural and the most recent seasons of the "league."
Ryan Hunker, a 2-time OVGW champion, won both the inaugural and the most recent seasons of the “league.”

Edgar did not have every detail worked out at press time, and did not elaborate completely on what form the new season of OVGW will take. “It will be a little bit different,” Edgar said in an interview. “The core structure of the season and individual matchups will remain largely the same.”

Edgar also teased at some “promising announcements” for the Ohio Valley and Internet divisions would be coming, presumably to give them their own identity as well.

“The DubPoints Universe and its larger circle have held some interesting contests over the years, whether they be Gang Wars, Ohio Valley Beer Pong, Yahtzee Tournaments, the new Fantasy Sports Division, and a bunch of other one-offs and other events. Bringing back OVGW is the first step in recognizing the entirety of our history, and making sure we can provide something for everyone.”

Keep checking back for more details on this and other announcements.

D-1 Fall Classic will begin on October 8

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A tournament speculated for months has officially been announced, and is happening very soon.

Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar wasted no time in October announcing the D-1 Fall Classic ’17, a mid-year tournament that will bring back the traditional DubPoints scoring system for two weeks under a different format of play, and will be for Joe Klier’s World Championship.

Klier will ultimately defend his title in mid-October against 5 other challengers (one of which will be Brad Uhrig) under traditional scoring rules. But finding out the other four can be somewhat tricky. Let’s walk you through all you need to know about this new tournament.

Joe Klier will have a huge challenge this month, defending the World Championship against five other finalists.
Joe Klier will have a huge challenge this month, defending the World Championship against five other finalists.

Format & Dates

The round-robin preliminaries will commence on Sunday, October 8 and last daily through Monday, October 16.
The six-person all-play finals will begin on Tuesday, October 17 and last daily through Saturday, October 21.

In the “round-robin preliminaries”, competitors will play against a new opponent every day for nine days. The 40-person field will be broken up into four 10-person blocks, meaning that every participant will play every other person in their block once and only once.

In the “all-play finals”, the six finalists will go at each other in a cumulative scoring 5-day event to determine the DubPoints World Champion.

Scoring

For this event, scoring will briefly return to the traditional categorical format of classic DubPoints tournaments of the past. There are 5 categories to make note of, each of which is weighted equally:

  • Availability: simply put, this is a category which scores direct interaction with Mr. Edgar during the tournament, or reasonable attempts to interact with him. It is based on the amount of time spent doing the above activities during the course of play.
  • Creativity: this is a measure of unique output, entertainment value, fun factor, and any other general uniqueness related to the actions of a competitor. It is the most subjective category as Mr. Edgar generally makes judgment calls here.
  • Effort: a measure of the amount of time performing contest-exclusive activities. Generally speaking, effort is calculated as the time spent in order to fulfill any of the other four categories.
  • Publicity: a loose measure of how much positive attention a competitor brings to themselves or the brand. Criticism and negative attention sometimes also count, unless it is legitimately detrimental to the contest.
  • Value: the estimated monetary cost in performing any action related to the contest. Direct bribes of any nature also fall under this category, though they are discouraged and usually don’t help out the other categories.

At the end of each day of scoring, competitors will be ranked 1st to 40th in each of the 5 categories and will receive a number of points corresponding to their rank (1st=40 points, 2nd=39 points, 3rd=38 points, etc.). The maximum number of points a contestant can earn each day is 200; the minimum is 5.

Brad Uhrig gave up a one-on-one title shot last month to Nick Griffin, but still gets a pass into the finals for now.
Brad Uhrig gave up a one-on-one title shot last month to Nick Griffin, but still gets a pass into the finals for now.

In the finals, which will only consist of six people, competitors will be given 1-40 points in each category as determined by the Commissioner, adding an additional level of subjectivity for the round.

Scoring Window

The scoring window for each day will begin at 12:01 AM EST of that day, and end at 10:00 PM EST. This is to give Mr. Edgar appropriate time to score and announce the results before the next window.

Advancing

The overall winners of each of the four 10-person blocks will advance to the finals of the tournament. The winner of each block will be the person who has accumulated the best head-to-head records (in wins, losses, and ties) against the 9 other people in their block.

In the event of a tie for the block winner, the following tiebreakers will be used in this order:

  1. winner of previous head-to-head matchup
  2. if tied, total overall points scored in preliminaries
  3. if still tied, Mr. Edgar will spin the wheel

It is very unlikely that we would go past the first level of tiebreaking for this event.

THE FINALS

The four winners of the 10-person blocks will be put in a six-person field with current champion Joe Klier and current #1 contender Brad Uhrig. Those six people will participate in a five-day cumulative scoring event, where the person with the most points at the end of those five days will be declared DubPoints World Champion.

PRIZES & RESULTS

The winner of the tournament will be declared DubPoints World Champion. They will receive the official championship belt and will be expected to defend the championship on a monthly, one-on-one basis beginning in November.

In addition, Mr. Edgar will be putting together literal “boxes of random stuff” for all six finalists. The stuff will be subjectively better or worse based on their final positioning in the tournament.

Lastly, future title shots for all four main championships will be largely dictated by performances in this tournament, even for those who do not win and/or make the finals. Thus, playing your best helps your odds at a future one-on-one championship match, even if you don’t reach the end goal of winning this particular event right now. So try your best!

WHO IS PARTICIPATING?

Commissioner Edgar will be revealing the entire 40-person field, along with block assignments, on Thursday, October 5, at 8PM on his Facebook page.

He will also announce the full schedule for the round-robin portion the following day, and it will be posted here on www.dubpoints.com

Keep posted for more information!