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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.