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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- winner of previous head-to-head matchup
- if tied, total overall points scored in preliminaries
- 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 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!