Triple Threat World title match kicks off at midnight

A definitive World Champion will finally be crowned weeks before a potential DubPoints XV tournament.

A new format emerges.

World Champion Eric Hersey will defend his title against top contenders Mike Kendjorsky and Joe Patterson over the course of April 23-25 in what is being described as a “Five Stages of Dub” matchup, the first of its kind.

The matchup will, instead of the traditional five-category DubPoints scoring, consist of five mini-games in which competitors will earn points. An outright victory in a game earns 2 points, while a runner-up nets 1 point and finishing last earns 0 points.

The contestant with the most points after all five games will win.

Here is what we are looking at for these contests, many of which take into account a little bit of each of the championship divisions:

April 23
Game #1: DubPoints trivia. All three contestants will be given 13 multiple choice questions about Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar, and must try their best to answer them. These questions will be structured in a way that no competitor should have insider knowledge to their true answer.

Game #2: Vote of peers. All day on April 23, from midnight to midnight, fellow DubPoints contestants will be able to vote on their favorite competitor on the “DubPoints Players” board. ONLY active competitors will be counted. Hersey, Kendjorsky, and Patterson’s votes will automatically count for themselves, even if they try to be cute and vote for someone else or not vote at all.

April 24
Game #3: Simulation Challenge. The stage? WWE 2k19. Players will be drafting competitors from the WWE active roster to engage in a match that will be livestreamed on Facebook Wednesday evening. We are still getting all the details finalized for this.

Game #4: Sports Pick ’em. Every MLB, NBA, and NHL game that takes place on Thursday will be expertly predicted by our three competitors. Whomever gets the most wins, its that plain and simple.

Game #5: Stock Wars. Players can use their existing stocks or pick 7 new ones for a one-day, cumulative total (or loss) proposition. Only Wednesday’s stock activity will count.

April 25
THE BIG WAGER.
One final standings are announced, each competitor will be able to privately make a bet of any or all of their points for one spin of the wheel. They can bet on any amount of numbers on the wheel but it will only be spun once for all competitors, and scores will be adjusted based on odds.

Keep updated to dubpoints.com for the latest on this matchup.

 

World Champion Hersey is set to take over

Fan favorite Eric Hersey is back on top of DubPoints, but made it clear today that it’s only on his terms.

With the sudden dropping of a video on the private group page today, Eric Hersey has ignited the World Championship division for the first since his DubPoints XIV victory in January.

Hersey’s first public comments since his victory immediately stirred controversy amongst his peers. The focus of the video revolved around certain “championship rights” he his demanding as part of his first top-tier title reign since 2013. These included a say in his opponent, a limited schedule, and the banishment of The Wheel for his matches, amongst other things.

The 5-minute promo, which also builds hype towards his one-on-one showdown with #1 contender Mike Kendjorsky later this month, created even more uncertainty in a division in which Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar has been anything but consistent in dealing with. DubPoints XIV crowned a new champion in Hersey a few months after a 5th title reign by the legendary Brad Uhrig, marred by controversy as he never got the physical belt that had remained in the possession of former champion Rafe Haddox. Edgar had also announced a free-for-all “Clockblockers” tournament for April, but that appears to be on hold as well. These decisions and many others have given the commish a reputation for being skiddish and flaky when it comes to determining matchups.

 

Has Edgar got himself in over his head again by naming Eric Hersey the World Champion a third time over?

The introduction of Stock Wars was supposed to change all that. Though Edgar clearly fired from the hip in naming Kim Roberts and Mike Kendjorsky as top contenders to the Board Game and World titles respectively (Roberts would win her matchup already this month), there were undertones that future title shots would have a heavy basis on the monthly results of Edgar’s new contest du jour, a random miasma of people slightly masquerading as a financial contest with actual skill involved.

As such, just when Edgar seems to be on the precipice of announcing a standardized, unified method for determining challengers and how the title pictures will work, Hersey is attempting to throw a wrench in his plans like so many others before him. It just may work. Edgar has historically acquiesced to Hersey’s demands in the past, specifically when he was one of the brand’s biggest stars during the middle part of the decade. But Hersey, who long disavowed the championship defense format, seems to now be embracing it, if only as a concession to fulfill his demands as part of his title reign.

Currently, any agreement made between Hersey and Kendjorsky on a title match has not been publicly determined, but the expectation is that Edgar will likely be posting a video this weekend outlining his new strategy for determining top contenders before the inmates begin to fully take over the asylum. If there was any month for anarchy to happen though, it’s this one: Edgar is frantically trying to develop a new contest in its infancy while hammering out the logistical concerns of the busiest time of the year in the Fantasy Sports division.

One thing is for certain — there is constant uncertainty on a month-to-month basis on if or how matches will play out, and until Edgar can get his top stars and champions on board, he will be negotiating with the equivalent of belt-wielding terrorists. Hersey has already dropped the bomb, but will Edgar drop the ball?

Stock Wars set to begin on March 1

Stock Wars, the new monthly contest set to replace and take over the lineage of the Gang Wars championship, will officially begin on Friday, March 1.

The contest will feature eligible DubPoints competitors having virtual stock portfolios of seven different publicly-traded stocks. They will be tracked over the course of each month, and the winner will receive a plaque as well as a contendership for one of the main championships.

While it was originally due to kick off this month, Stock Wars was pushed back after an exciting World Championship Tournament and some website adjustments that were being made to handle the new contest.

How it works

Ryan Hunker is the only 3-time Gang Wars champion in history, and will hope to continue under the lineage of the new Stock Wars title.

Contestants will fill out a short form in which they will select any SEVEN (7) publicly-traded stocks of their choosing. The selections must be stocks, and can not be mutual funds, bonds, currencies, etc. They also must be traded on an American-based stock exchange.

Once these seven stocks are selected, they are LOCKED IN for the remainder of 2019. The only way that any competitor may switch out a stock is if their stock gets de-listed from an exchange. Players will have through the end of February to make their selections.

Each month, every competitor’s “virtual portfolio” will begin at $700, with the equivalent of $100 each for all of their seven picks. The value of their portfolio will go up and down over the course of the month based on the real-life value of their stocks. The final four trading days of the month are the “playoffs”, in which the portfolio is reset back to $700, and it becomes a single-elimination 16-person tournament where the portfolio values reset every day.

As such, there are going to be many things to think about when choosing one’s stocks. They must be something they believe will perform well throughout the entirety of 2019.

What is at stake?

While one aim of Stock Wars is to have a monthly, low-effort tournament, it serves another important purpose — it will establish contenders for all of the major singles titles. A victory in Stock Wars, while a championship in itself, would guarantee one the opportunity to have a title shot at the World Championship in the following month, with some exceptions.

There is an inherit randomness with this contest, but unlike Gang Wars, which was almost completely random at its core, players will have a little more agency when they sign up.

Hersey claims third world title in DubPoints XIV

It’s been six long years since Eric Hersey has hoisted the DubPoints World Championship, and while it may be a couple more weeks seeing that the belt is en route here as this is being delivered, it wasn’t a moment too soon for fans of his work or the explosiveness that he brings to DubPoints as a whole.

Brandon Garcia was a #16 seed and had a star-making performance, advancing to the Elite 8.

Hersey capped off an unprecedented three-way final that also featured former champions Justine Mentzer and Charles Wilfong with a close but decisive victory. In a contest chock full of memes, podcasts, bribery, trash talking, audio and video content, and even a book, Hersey’s dedication to the tournament for 12 straight days paid off in an event where some people advanced through the ranks by sheer luck.

Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar kicked off DubPoints XIV, the first 64-person single-elimination tournament of it’s kind in nearly two years, on January 14 with only about a week or so of hype. The event was governed by many “rule tweaks” that had never been seen in a DubPoints tournament before, including the controversial option to allow two competitors to settle their fate via a singular spin of “The Wheel.”

Round by Round

While enthusiasm for the event was high upon kickoff, largely in part due to the huge influx of new competitors who had not yet been beaten down by the frivolity of the games, the biggest story in the first round was the non-performance and elimination of several noteworthy competitors, including overall #1 seed and then-current champion Brad Uhrig, who’s score of zero on the first day prompted Edgar to eliminate him (and many others) from the bracket altogether. Uhrig would then go on to announce his retirement from the brand hours later.

With about half of the field already eliminated day one, Edgar opened up a few wildcard spots to notable performers who would go on to officially lose their matches in the first round. Notably, Charles Wilfong and Phil Bliss (who both lost in the first round via a gamble with The Wheel), would be re-entered simply due to the fact they were willing to risk it all, and both had deep runs.

If only Jessica Atwood’s tattoo was permanent, she may have won the contest outright.

In addition to Uhrig, many former champions were already out by the time the second round kicked off, including Ryan Hunker, Jimmy Howes, Amber Lutz, Spencer Conner, and Jessica Mentzer. However, it was in Round 2 when things really started to officially “pick up”. The #16 seed Brandon Garcia, who ended up tying in a match with #8 Tyler Dickey, ultimately had to settle the match via a wheel spin, and he never looked back from it. Kim Roberts and Jessica Atwood cemented themselves as key players in the tournament, while Eric Hersey formally announced that he was “all in” via a video conference.

The Wheel took over as a key alternative for actually scoring points in the third round, with inclimate weather approaching, a detriment to many’s weekend plans to score in availability and/or value categories. Wilfong was able to defeat a capable but gambling-obsessed Jim Jasinski to move on, while Phil Bliss perhaps unwisely agreed to a losing spin against Michelle Lemons in a match he was favored to win. Competitors like Garcia, Atwood, and Hersey stepped on the gas, earning points to defeat their opponents handily. Roberts was able to take down a dark horse favorite of the tournament (and former champion), Joe Klier, by simply counteracting his spam play with even more spam.

The Elite 8 was one of the most surprising in history, consisting of Charles Wilfong, Michelle Lemons, Brandon Garcia, Eric Hersey, Laura Dominquez, Kim Roberts, Jessica Atwood, and Justine Mentzer. Wilfong and Lemons quickly went for the wheel, allowing Wilfong to advance to the Final Four without much effort. Roberts used the wheel in the same regard to advance. Mentzer turned down Atwood’s pleas for the wheel, winning handly in what was by then considered an upset. Meanwhile, the cinderella story Brandon Garcia took Eric Hersey to the absolute limit, narrowly missing out on a Final Four berth in an already star-creating run he had.

With Mentzer defeating Roberts via a wheel spin and getting an automatic berth in the finals, the semifinals was really only about one match — Wilfong vs. Hersey. Given the nature of the match and the fact that Mentzer was unlikely to do much publicly, Commissioner Edgar made the decision to make the finals a three-way dance, one which Hersey was able to capture despite the best efforts of the other two parties.

Key gameplans

Hersey’s gameplan, as it has done in the past, relied heavily on using video and social media — but unlike his past victories, it was actually behind-the-scenes actions that formed the core of his strategy. He spent most of the two week period making various upgrades, adjustments, features, contributions, and fine-tunes to the DubPoints website, a gameplan with culminated in the first-ever commercial offering from the brand, it’s own funcional t-shirt shop, debuted live just before the end of scoring for the tournament. Wilfong, who also had a solid effort, gave us some great media content that included several brand new solo musical works and a music video. He also did several Q&A livestreams that were heavily entertaining.

The champion, Eric Hersey, posing with all of his former DubPoints trophies as well as the best-designed Justin Benline shirt in history.

Perhaps the biggest play of the whole tournament was the writing of a book by Brandon Garcia about DubPoints and its key strategies. The existence of the book stirred a lot of controversy, but was ultimately put up for sale on Amazon following his close elimination to Hersey, and the book is legitimate, if not fully stocked with the content that you’d maybe expect to see.

One other big play was that of Kim Roberts, who had a very cohesive performance in every round she was a part of, but really blew Edgar’s mind when she created the official and completely original DubPoints board game, which is expected to be a candidate for future Board Game Championship events.

Other assorted highlights included the dedicated play of newcomers Phil Bliss and Jessica Atwood, as well as Wayne Stidd’s “Tetris Challenge” — just a handful of all the great content we saw over the last two weeks.

Life after DubPoints XIV

As for what’s next? Hersey will likely celebrate in victory for a while until the next big event pops up. There are plans for a new “Clockblockers” tournament for the World Championship in April, and while it was officially announced, Edgar might be reconsidering that just a little bit. Hersey seems like a “big event” participant that may not want to be involved in a frequent labor of defending the title in smaller formats, but if he did, he would certainly have a couple capable contenders like Luke Bumbico (who could have made a solid run had it not been for the wheel), Brandon Garcia, Charles Wilfong, or the rumored-to-debut Derek Parrott. In all likelihood, they will be waiting until April for an opportunity in Clockblockers.

For better or for worse, there is a book now.
Support Cast for DubTV arranged in a Brady Bunch Opening Fashion

DubPoints Supporting Cast

By Eric Hersey

Over the years we have seen hundreds of DubPoint competitors. We have seen random contestants join and make huge names for themselves. We have also seen known names join and fizzle out. Between these groups we find the DubPoints middle class. These players stick around, do just enough to be included, but not enough to ever win.

John Wyatt Edgar usually includes a few new names each contest. Most are new co-workers. But each go around, there is a small percentage that Edgar has almost no relationship with.

Supporting Cast

Many DubPoint competitors gain friends and followers throughout the tournament. These supports sometimes show up in social network threads, commenting with support. Others lend support with their creative efforts by video or graphics. Some make such an impact that they are thrown in the game. Most have their few minutes of fame and are never seen again.

Let’s take a look at some of the more notable DubPoint Supporting Cast.

Friday Bastulo

Friday Bastulo

Friday debuted in DubPoints IX along side Bobby Casserole. Anchor of DubTV, Friday’s quick wit, snark, and general demeanor kept the audience entertained and wanting more. He made appearances throughout the next few tournaments but has been unseen in years. His last appearance was on Casserole’s DubPoints Live in 2016.

Where is Friday Now?

Although we don’t have contact with Friday, we have resources telling us he has changed his name to Issac Whitebody and is in hiding from the Irish mob.

Penny Dimes

Penny Dimes with Forecast
Penny made a one time appearance and provided a very detailed forecast of DubPoints in 2013. “Dimes on the Ten” was a fun, yet often unseen program that helped advance her ‘friend’ to the next round.

Where is Penny now?

Some say that Penny stopped giving the news but remained doing her part for the news. She may have been upgraded to a quarter by now.

Linus and Lomus

Linus and Lomus Casserole Dogs

When Bobby and Billy Casserole (more on him later) battled it out in 2016, their pets got involved in the action. Linus and Lomus were never entered into DubPoints, even though many feel pets should not be segregated from the contest.

Where are they now?

Linus is sleeping on your couch right now (occasionally barking at the UPS driver). Unfortunately we lost Lomus several months after the recording. RIP Lomus.

Saturday Dollar-Short

Saturday Dollar-Short Sonic The Hedgehog Fan

We had Friday and soon we got Saturday. Originally just Saturday Dollar, he found himself joining the Short family and added the hyphen to his name. Saturday was known for his great knowledge on Sonic the Hedgehog. He had a few brief cameos over the years.

Where is Saturday now?

Saturday has left Sonic behind and moved on to Fortnite. Sometimes you can still hear him humming the Marble Zone Theme.

Mike Smith

Mike Smith
Mike Smith is known for his love of Penguins. He was brought on as a guest by Bobby Casserole to give everyone their fix of penguin news. Mike was the Steve Irwin of DubPoints. He fascinated his audience with his little known facts about his tuxedo dressed friends.

Where is Mike Smith now?

Mike decided to move in the polar opposite direction and now lives in Florida and studies manatees.

Billy Casserole

Billy Mother F'n Casserole
Billy’s story never came to a full close and that is partially due to his wildcard nature. Billy showed up, unwanted, on Casserole’s DubPoints Live broadcast. Claiming to be the brother of Bobby, Billy had a mustache which caused many to miss the resemblance. The truth came out that they were indeed brothers, even if Bobby still denies.

Where is Billy now?

That’s a great question. Many say that he cut his hair, shaved his mustache, and lives in the county – making websites. Others say that he disappeared in a stamp like Tommy Tricker.

Vote for Hersey – Hard Worker


No one worked harder than the Hard Worker from DubPoints IX. This working man fixed cars and hammered nails to get our attention for a great cause. Many say that without hard working Hard Worker, the Vote Hersey campaign would have never worked.

Where is Hard Worker now?

Working Hard.

Justin Benline

Justin Benline

Benline might be the most famous from this group. Justin was even in the latest tournament (DubPoints XIV) but probably is best known for his non-competition involvement. Ever since his controversial victory over Eric Hersey in the first round of DubPoints XI. When Edgar wouldn’t allow the match to end on a Madden outcome, Justin boycotted life. He did have his own talk show in 2014, but was never seen on camera.

Where is Justin Benline now?

Justin has not been seen for decades. He is now being talked about like the legends of Bigfoot and Loch Ness Monster. There are web cameras established all over Moundsville in hopes that they catch a glimpse of the man.

CLOSING

DubPoints contestants come and go. We have touched on several of the supporting cast over the years but did not discuss ALL. Many of the characters that show up in videos, graphics, threads, live streams, etc… have become names in their own rights. Most of them deserve their own articles on DubPoints.com.

When you think of DubPoints, many picture John Wyatt Edgar in their head. This is something that should change over the years. When the end credits run, I want you to picture the faces of Bobby, Friday, Saturday, Mike, Lomus, etc…

Picture them all standing together. Let your ‘mind-camera’ zoom out and see the faces of Lance Delbrugge and David Dodrill. Keep zooming and see a beautiful rainbow, unicorns, and butterflies.

Zoom completely out and see ALL of the DubPoints contestants over the years…..

…and a Wheel.

DubPoints Supporting Cast - but really muppets.

I would like to thank John Wyatt Edgar for giving me his blog to play with over the last several days. It has been a good time and more importantly, it has allowed me to gain some points.

 

Decoding DubPoints Part Two

Decoding DubPoints: Part Two

by Eric Hersey

Eric Hersey holds up DubPoints Trophy

I won DubPoints on two separate occasions. Although I wasn’t able to find the results for every tournament, I don’t recall ever losing before the Elite 8. I credit this success to understanding the ‘random’ scoring system.

Edgar has been rather secretive with the scoring over the years. Although I have had many conversations, interviews, and interactions, Edgar remained tight lipped on his scoring. Often conspiracy theorists like Luke Bumbico would claim there is no actual system – just randomness and favoritism. This has elements of truth, but is not entirely factual.

Luke Bumbico has no shortage of DubPoints Conspiracy Theories.

DubPoints IX proved that Edgar can adjust the scoring when he sees fit. Spencer Connor had to split the championship with yours truly, Eric Hersey, when Edgar decided that neither one of us should lose. I can’t imagine a sophisticated scoring system would end in a tie – odds would believe Edgar deviated to do what was best for his brand.

On other occasions, we have seen the exact same production from contestants day over day and varying results. With a sliding scale (based on everyone else’s involvement), how can anyone accurately predict their probability of winning?

Understanding the Basic Math

DubPoints scores competitors on five categories: Effort, Value, Availability, Creativity, and Publicity. In most cases (although this might have changed over the years), Edgar awards points to each of the categories by a ranking system. Whoever he viewed as being number 1 in creativity takes the most points, the second person gets slightly less points, and so on. The bank of points for a given category is distributed by the number of contestants. As people are eliminated, the gap between 1st and 2nd grow larger (all other rankings as well).

Early in the tournament, you can put limited effort into all categories and usually outscore most of the field. If seeding is done correctly, you will advance just by playing attention. This was especially true when the rounds were 4-5 days long.

Once all of the non-players were removed, your best case to advance was to pick one of two strategies.

  • Availability and Value (Sprinkled with Publicity)
  • Creativity, Publicity, and Effort

Before Live Streaming on Social platforms, videos were more effective due to the effort in filming and editing.

Option 1: Hanging out with Dub

You could easily own two categories in DubPoints with minimal effort. Many times contestants would go to Dubs house and not leave. If you had 8-10 hours, you would get full points. While hanging out, bring a gift, pay for a meal, or show John a great time and get rewarded with value. Make sure you are posting images and videos on social and earn your publicity points.

Inviting Edgar to an outing or just sitting at his house had man contestants scrambling.

This may have been the easiest way to advance. As long as you didn’t score zeroes In the other categories, you would surely advance. We have seen many champions: Lance Delbrugge and Justine Mentzer win with this being their main game plan.

Option 2: Creating and Distributing Content

DubPoints YouTube Channel
Luckily, the utilization of YouTube keeps some of these (awful) gems alive.

There is no way I can write this strategy and not sound biased. This is a much more difficult path to victory, but highly rewarding for creative types. By creating something (video, work of art, elaborate storyline, etc…) and posting online, you are awarded in three categories. In most cases, the more creative – the more effort was put in. If it is creative and entertaining enough, the more comments and publicity.

Since creativity is not something everyone excels in, this category was a bit easier to win. Most competitors won’t put forth the effort into creating something new. This means less competition. This is a huge factor in the later stages of the tournament when the difference between 1st place and 4th place could be 20-30 points.

Knowing Your Competition

Once you pick your strategy, you need to cater against your opponent. Understand their relationship with John Edgar.

  • Do they work together?
  • Will they pay for lunches?
  • Have they shown signs of creativity in the past?
  • Do they have a large online following?

If you can find three obvious weaknesses, exploit those and put all of your energy in defeating them in those three areas.

If you find two weaknesses, exploit them but be prepared to pull out your best in at least one other category.

Planning For the Future

These shortened rounds have less chance to rest (unless your gamble with the wheel paid off). Before a tournament begins, think of some out of the box ideas for the contest. Have these ideas in your back pocket for when you find yourself in a battle. Up until that moment, do the least possible to win.

Save your time, energy, and value for when you need it. Once you know you are going into a battle, hit them hard on the first day. Often this will force the competitor to throw in the towel mentally (this is a pointless contest, remember?). If you haven’t showed them the goods up until this point, they likely didn’t do the work to get a good score and you could have a sizable lead. This works only once. Use the rest of your ideas when needed.

The Justin Benline Hour was planned and recorded several weeks before most of the contest.

Tips and Tricks that Work Every-time

  • Always offer something of value to Edgar – everyday. Even something with no value means you outscore anyone that doesn’t offer anything.
  • Always offer to hang out or join you. Make the offer something that he will decline or wouldn’t want to do. You tend to get the potential availability points as if he were hanging out.
  • Phone calls give more points than texts.
  • Creativity points are not just for videos, graphics, art, etc…. Anything original typically scores well. It doesn’t actually have to be ‘media’ to get points.
  • Always over exaggerate how long something takes. The same goes for value. Everything costs more and took hours to do.
  • Publicity is easily staged. Getting one person not linked to DubPoints to mention DubPoints is a big deal. Include friends and you will score better than most.

Closing

With this very article being published, be on the lookout for changes to the system. More importantly, this could equalize the game for those who figured this out years prior.

John Wyatt Edgar using market to calculate DubPoints Scoring
The game will evolve and more importantly needs to evolve. By unveiling some of the easy hacks and strategies, we will force the contestants to utilize better planning and more effort. That should help bring better content, more publicity, and a healthier brand.

DubPoints has never been about John Wyatt Edgar. In fact, DubPoints has been about the contestants. DubPoints is Edgar’s social experiment to see how contestants could deal with random scoring, hidden rules, and a complicated algorithm. The winner was always the one that managed to uncover enough of the system to outlast the competition.

Today, we Decoded DubPoints. Therefore, we are all DubPoint Champions.

Decoding DubPoints Part One

Decoding DubPoints: Part One

By Eric Hersey

As many of you (probably don’t) know, I have participated and won two DubPoint tournaments. Before the tournaments, Edgar used some type of leaderboard. I participated, but had very little knowledge of what was going on – like most that are in these contests.

John Wyatt Edgar

I have known John Wyatt Edgar for many years. Most of it was in passing during our High School days, but the stories from Justin Benline were classic. John also enjoyed trolling my good friend. He instantly gained favor in my eyes.

Some of the best trolling of Justin Benline done in a DubPoints  contest.

John joined our fantasy football league in 2007 and that is where our real friendship formed. We saw each other at our annual draft (in the famous Martins Ferry Room at Wendy’s) and that was about it. This yearly meeting is what – I imagine – gained me access into DubPoints.

DubPoints 1.0

I am not a DubPoints historian, but from what I can remember, it was an anonymous scoring system that awarded points to anyone that came in contact with John Wyatt Edgar. I remember being tagged on Facebook and looking at a long spreadsheet of names. At the end of this contest, the person who had the most points was awarded the Championship or Trophy. It appears that Lance Delbrugge defeated Cheryl Harrison in July 2009.

John Wyatt Edgar shaking hands and presenting the DubPoints I trophy to Lance Delbrugge
John Wyatt Edgar shaking hands and presenting the DubPoints I trophy to Lance Delbrugge

Prior to the tournament format change, I participated but put forth very little effort or time. I would make an occasional graphic or social media post. You were competing against a field of individuals in a free-for-all and that just wasn’t as appealing as his newest concept.

At some point in time, John Wyatt Edgar came back to the Ohio Valley (previously in some Columbus area). I remember meeting with him and discussing the possibilities of DubPoints. It was on hiatus for a while and I urged him to bring it back. After several weeks/months of contemplating, he announced the return.

The Tournament

When John announced the tournament version, I was all in. Facing a person one-on-one sparked the competitiveness that was dormant for years. After schooling, there are very few contests that grown adults can compete in. Some might pick up hobbies, but often we just sit back and work. We might compete for promotions or incentives, but this was something different. The tournament felt like an athletic contest, where your skills and strategy directly impacted your ability to win.

The tournament was also a small sample of real life politics. Round by round, you could campaign against your opponent to gain favor. Small rivalries would form and people would be invested in this fake-dumb contest.

Early tournament Photoshop and graphic work done by Eric Hersey (prior to many of the apps available to make easy MEMEs today.)

As people were eliminated, you gain followers, supporters, and alliances. Many of friendships were made from DubPoints. Facebook invites and Twitter follows were abundant.

With a one-on-one format, this made things incredibly tense and difficult for John Wyatt Edgar. Feelings were doubtfully going to be hurt by the loser of this 64-person tournament. The first few tournaments might have marked the glory days of DubPoints.

In 2015 I made my last attempt at a DubPoints Tournament Championship. Some of Bobby Casserole’s best work.

Championship Belts and Games

The Tournaments started to fizzle. I found myself wanting out after several. The cost of putting time, effort, creativity, value, and publicity forced many people out after several days. The tide started shifting to small contests within the game. The championship final between Luke Bumbico and myself (Eric Hersey) ended in a game of Monopoly.

John Edgar saw this trend and moved to the next phase and transitioned into a ‘pro wrestling’ format. He would name champions and have them compete in monthly/quarterly battles. This was a great concept – but the audience was limited.

The tournament always started with at least 64 people interested (or involved). We audience always trickled down by the final four. Once most people were eliminated, they didn’t come back to see what else was going on. In the championship format, you might only have 6-8 people interested. This is not enough to sustain a successful audience.

John Wyatt Edgar showcasing the DubPoints Fantasy Championship Belt
John Wyatt Edgar showcasing the DubPoints Fantasy Championship Belt

Edgar adapted once more and started bringing in more by using Fantasy Sports. He would have a league for almost every sport and would name a new champion for each league. These individuals might not have an understanding of classic DubPoints, but they were now involved.

Tournament 2.0

The Famous John Wyatt Edgar Wheel
The Famous John Wyatt Edgar Wheel (or variation of it.)

We are in the now. Tournament 2.0 has evolved from the previous games. John Wyatt Edgar’s infamous Wheel has taken over. A wheel of chance now decides many of the matchups. While some rely on old scoring (Value, Effort, Publicity, Creativity, Availability), others go right to the wheel for a 50/50 chance to move forward.

Also, instead of a full week of competition for each round, Edgar has moved that to a two-day window. There is less time to slack, but also less content you are forced to create.

The new tournament has created a feeling of randomness and hope for many. The veterans can compete again, knowing that they can move on with little effort. The underdogs can win by using the wheel or catching the OGs off guard. We have already witnessed a 16-seed move on and the rebirth of several longtime DubPoint competitors.

DubPoints might be back to its former self, while also evolving to make a better game. This might be the time to invest and become a member of the community.

Decoding DubPoints: Part Two – How to Win coming next.

DubPoints XIV: Bracket, rules, and everything else you need to know

As of press time, we are a little over 24 hours away from the 12-day long DubPoints XIV Tournament for the World Championship. The first full-on 64-person tournament since 2016 is bound to be an exciting one with a lot of questions. Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar will be “officially” revealing the bracket on his 8PM Livestream scheduled for 8PM EST on Sunday, but we already have the bracket up for those of you interested:

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE BRACKET FOR DUBPOINTS XIV

The DubPoints Tournament has always been exciting and full of content at its best, and controversial-but-still-entertaining at its worst. It’s hard to know what to expect from this particular event, the first time a winter tournament has been scheduled since 2010 (one that saw Chad Becca win the first-ever bracket format edition in DubPoints VII).

As has been the case in recent years, the scoring system will be built upon the same core principles as before, but with some minor tweaks to keep it fresh. Let’s take a look at the rules for this year’s tournament.

The Field and Format

The field consists of 64 of Mr. Edgar’s friends and acquaintances, arranged in a proprietary order in a single-elimination bracket. Many participants who have recently won some type of championship automatically qualified, though Edgar also added 20 or so “at-large” wildcard bids of players that have yet to ascend to the top of any division. Rankings and seedings were made with a combination of factors, including past tournament performance, championship performance, access to social media, and some element of random chance.

In theory, lower-numbered seeds should have “easier” matchups, but the reality has shown that any seed is capable of winning any matchups, and “upsets” should be expected in nearly every round.

Dates

The tournament will last 12 days beginning at midnight EST on January 14 and ending at 11:00PM EST on January 25th. Each round will be roughly two days long, and scores will be posted each day. The schedule for rounds is as follows:

  • First Round (64 participants) — Monday, January 14 and Tuesday, January 15
  • Second Round (32 participants) — Wednesday, January 16 and Thursday, January 17
  • Third Round (16 participants) — Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19
  • Quarterfinals (8 participants) — Sunday, January 20 and Monday, January 21
  • Semifinals (4 participants) — Tuesday, January 22 and Wednesday, January 23
  • Finals (2 participants) — Thursday, January 24 and Friday, January 25

Each scoring day will BEGIN at midnight EST and END at 11:00PM EST, though that there is time to calculate the scores for the day. Edgar may extend this one-hour window if he feels he needs more time.

Scoring and Categories

Players can earn a total of 50 points per day (100 per round) across five different categories, and may only earn up to 10 points per day (20 per round) in any one specific category:

  • Availability — spending time or legitimate attempts to spend time with the Commissioner, also includes any type of communication, in-person or otherwise, with the Commissioner
  • Creativity — the level of uniqueness of one’s actions, in an attempt to curry the Commissioner’s favor, relative to the rest of the field and/or a historical precedent
  • Effort — the estimated amount of time spent on actions in the other four categories in an attempt to curry favor with the Commissioner
  • Publicity — the estimated positive effect and reach of a player’s actions for the DubPoints brand as a whole or the tournament itself
  • Value — the estimated monetary cost of one’s actions in regards to activities attempting to earn points, this would include any and all outright bribes.

Scores reset to zero at the beginning of every round, but they do carry over in days during rounds. Thus, 50 is a perfect score for any one day, and 100 is a perfect score for any one round.

Mr. Edgar reserves the right to use his “random chance wheel” to break any ties or matches that he feels are too close to call at the end of the round.

Miscellaneous Rules and Notes

  • The Commissioner will make a reasonable attempt to honor as many social obligations that appear as a result of DubPoints XIV, and may award points based on credibility if he is unable to do so
  • The Commissioner will likely cease responding to digital forms of communication unless a response is required by the participant. This is so he does not inadvertently keep a conversation going to unfairly give a competitor an opportunity for more points.
  • Any two participants may leave the fate of their match up to random chance if they both agree to it at any point before the scores from the first day of their match are revealed. At that point, the wheel would be spun to determine the victor.
  • The Commissioner reserves the right to immediately disqualify any competitor whom he feels is doing actions detrimental to the contest — please use good judgment as this is to be an enjoyable experience for all involved.
  • Feedback on this tournament is welcome, and will help determine the direction that the World Championship division takes in the future.
The belt that everyone will be playing for — if Rafe Haddox can SHIP IT PLZ

Prizes and Awards

Subject to shipping delays, the winner of DubPoints XIV will be declared the DubPoints World Champion and will receive the world title belt that they get to keep until whenever the next event starts. I say “subject to shipping delays” because currently the belt is in limbo between Virginia and Detroit, so it may be a few weeks before it appears wherever you are.

Other than that, this tournament is really all about bragging rights. You are competing to be the face of the franchise. There is no monetary award planned or anything of that nature. You are simply competing to be champion and essentially the face of the franchise for the next few months.

In addition, those who don’t win but perform well enough (participants who make it to the final 16 or further) typically automatically qualify for the next tournament, and are given priority invites to other DubPoints-related events, so a good performance in the tournament opens up a lot of opportunities. Past winners are basically treated like DubPoints royalty and are slotted as top competitors in any contest they enter.

In Closing

Many of the above information will be reiterated during tonight’s livestream, where all 32 first-round matchups will also be broke down as well. Feel free to contact The Commissioner with any questions you might have in the meantime. The livestream will be on Facebook at 8PM EST, and the first scoring window officially begins at midnight EST.

Bloom’s first title defense successful as contenders begin to make their mark

Two longtime friends and rivals, Jared Bloom and Storm Conaway, battled over the Ohio Valley Championship on Saturday.

Perhaps partly overshadowed by the upcoming world tournament next week, an Ohio Valley Championship match took place Saturday that featured two legends of the division exchanging blows. Jared Bloom successfully defended the title against former champion and fellow OVBP co-founder Storm Conaway, in a best-of-seven series that ended 4 games to 1.

This marked Bloom’s first title defense since winning the title from Michael Clyde on October 19. Clyde had skipped out on a potential automatic rematch, ceding way to Nick Dompa (a longtime face on the scene who has yet to capture the gold) to take the #1 contender spot in the interim. Inclement weather caused Dompa and Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar to both no-show, and Conaway was inserted into the spot on the fly with the Commissioner’s blessing.

The matchup between two future Hall of Famers, while witnessed by only a handful of people, will certainly cause some underground rumblings within the division. In addition to Clyde and Dompa, who both have valid claims to the top contender spot, a side match on Saturday between multi-time champion Jeff Fetty and the last OVBP tournament winner Coltin Bloom turned the event into a “who’s who” of top division talent.

The timing of events seems to be heading towards something bigger for a division that is easily the 2nd most prestigious division in DubPoints, and probably the most prestigious to the competitors who regularly factor into it. Edgar has certainly hinted at wanting to see a return to regular tournaments, possibly as soon as this year, and you can kind of read the tea leaves that with all of these competitors still playing at a high-level, there’s probably enough interest to at the very least do a one-off reunion event, possibly something more frequently but with less participants overall than what we saw in 2008-2012.

Jared Bloom poses produly with the championship he defended and has helped build up over the last decade.

There’s probably logistical considerations to this, as there’s probably no venue that is going to be able to host a large-scale one-day tournament. That leaves a couple solutions, the first being to hard-cap a future tournament at 16 people, maybe adapting a first come, first serve or RSVP mentality. A more radical, but perhaps more effective one, would be to prolong a multi-round tournament out over the course of a 2-3 month window, giving competitors the chance to schedule their matches on their time — but that has historically proven to be a bad idea, as contenders will usually wait until the last minute, pushing everyone back.

Bloom can reflect on this evening’s win however, as the Commissioner will probably give him a few months to defend it again. However, with the queue of talent already lining up for the top contender spot, a 4- or 8-player “playoff” seems a strong possibility to test the waters.

Atwood clinches Fantasy Sports Championship

With a championship finally under her belt, what does the future hold for the hyper-competitive Jessica Atwood?

In what was the closest Bowl Pick ’em Tournament in DubPoints history, Jessica Atwood staved off Joe Klier and 15 others on Monday, clinching her first Fantasy Sports Championship (her first overall title with the brand).

Atwood, who had the lead going into Monday, mathematically clinched her victory when all three championship-eligible players chose the same team, making the results of the contest irrelevant. They all ended up picking Alabama, who lost, leaving as many as 40 points on the board in the last contest.

To show the relative closeness of this year’s contest, Atwood’s total of 523 points is the lowest in DubPoints history for the college football tournament (Vince Levi’s 2016 total of 638 is the second-lowest), and her 60% prediction rate of 24 wins is also 4 games lower than the most for a winner.

Joe Klier correctly guessed 27 of 40 picks, the most in the tournament, but finished 2nd overall due to how his points were wagered, missing out by just 2 points. Former winner Vince Levi was also in the mix at the end (24-16; 487 points), as well as a surprise performance by upstart Dewayne Meeker (23-17; 494 points) who led the event at several points.

Atwood has been viewed by many as a potential rising star within the brand — her first DubPoints championship is not surprising, though it was probably somewhat surprising that it happened here. Her stock will undoubtedly greatly increase when it comes to positioning in future tournaments, including this month’s DubPoints XIV for the World Championship. She will also qualify for entry into all four major fantasy sports leagues (baseball, basketball, football, and hockey) for the next year if she so chooses. Klier is likely to see a slight bumb up as well due to his performance.