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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.

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.

Uhrig headlines list of DubPoints XIV competitors

DubPoints XIV, the classic 64-person single-elimination tournament for the World Championship, was officially announced earlier today with a kickoff of January 14. The contest will run twelve days through January 25th, and will feature all of the traditional scoring categories (availability, creativity, effort, publicity, and value).

In addition, a livestream was announced for 8PM on the night of Sunday, January 13th, in which the bracket will be revealed in its entirety hours before the contest starts. However, Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar has opted to share the overall top #1 seed, as well as a list of confirmed competitors at press time.

Brad Uhrig seeks his 6th World Championship reign, though he still hasn’t received the belt from his 5th.

Brad Uhrig, The current World Champion is, as expected, the overall #1 seed, and since the “title defense” format no longer applies, a win outright in this tournament would net him a 6th recognized championship reign (and 9th overall if you consider and Internet and two Gang Wars titles). Uhrig has been a mainstay but really emerged as a perennial contender in the last few years — he had won many championships but his victory in DubPoints XIII proved that he could win in the traditional 64-person tournament style.
However, Uhrig and his fanbase have had problems with his title reigns, including the fact that the actual belt never seems to be in his possession when he is the champion. Uhrig has been waiting several months for former champion Rafe Haddox to mail him the belt from his title victory last year. It is unlikely he even gets it before this tournament begins, and this won’t be the first time. So the question is, will he stage a boycott in this event while Mr. Edgar hastily tries to get the hardware shipped back to him? Or will he play strongly, living up to the legendary status his record-setting 5 world title reigns have afforded him?

In addition to Uhrig, dozens of other names have been confirmed for DubPoints XIV, though their seeding won’t be known until Sunday evening. The list is not yet complete, but here are names confirmed by the commissioner himself:

(46 of 64 confirmed contestants as of press time)

  • Jessica Atwood
  • Justin Benline
  • Andrew Biggert
  • Phil Bliss
  • Jared Bloom
  • Eric Bonham
  • Luke Bumbico
  • Ryan Church
  • Michael Clyde
  • Spencer Conner
  • Lance Delbrugge
  • Melanie Delbrugge
  • David Dodrill
  • Laura Dominquez
  • Nick Dompa
  • Seth Eddy
  • Mychal Egri
  • Mike Fedczak
  • RJ Frohnapfel
  • Brandon Garcia
  • Ashleigh Griffin
  • Nicholas Griffin
  • Rafe Haddox
  • Jason Haught
  • Jimmy Howes
  • Ryan Hunker
  • James Jasinski
  • Matthew Kelley
  • Brittany Kendjorsky
  • Mike Kendjorsky
  • Eric Hersey
  • Joe Klier
  • Desi Lekanudos
  • Nicholas Levi
  • Vince Levi
  • Allen Lewis
  • Amber Lutz
  • Jessica Mentzer
  • Justine Mentzer
  • Brian Nicholson
  • Joe Patterson
  • Cody Reed
  • Kari Reed
  • Brad Uhrig
  • Riley Wedge
  • Charles Wilfong
  • Donnie Yeager

Be sure to tune in to the DubPoints Facebook page to see the LIVE video at 8PM EST Sunday, in which the entire bracket is announced!

2019 plans for DubPoints revealed

With the new year upon us following a few months of inactivity in the DubPoints championship scenes (except for Fantasy Sports), action is expected to pick back up again in all of our title pictures very shortly.

Alongside the announcement that the “title defense” format will be dropped in 2019, there are some new rules regarding championship matches for the different titles. Here is “what we can expect in 2019”:

World Championship

  • The World Championship will be contested for four or five times this year.
  • The first World Championship match of the new year will be the DubPoints XIV tournament.
    • This event will begin on Monday, January 14th and run through Friday, January 25th.
    • It will consist of a 64-person single elimination bracket.
    • Each of the six rounds will be two days long.
    • Traditional DubPoints scoring will be used over the following categories:
      • Availability
      • Creativity
      • Effort
      • Publicity
      • Value
    • An element of “random chance” will be used only for tiebreaking purposes.
    • We will begin determining the bracket starting on Monday, January 8th.

Ohio Valley Championship

  • The Ohio Valley Championship will be contested for four or five times this year.
  • The current champion will have influence on when and where a contest takes place.
  • All title matches will be in-person and follow traditional YTR rules. In the event of multiple people, it will follow a single- or double-elimination bracket. The current champion will always have the #1 seed if he/she is participating.
  • Those wishing to compete will need to make plans for the appropriate time and location when it is determined by the announcement of the current champion and the commissioner.
  • The first “event” will be sometime in Q1 2019.

Internet Championship

  • The Internet Championship will be contested for four to five times this year.
  • Each matchup will take place with a “pick ’em” challenge that happens over a major WWE pay-per-view weekend.
  • The first contest will be Saturday, January 26th, and Sunday, January 27th. It will span NXT TakeOver: Phoenix and Royal Rumble 2019.
  • This, and all subsequent contests, will be open to all competitors.

Video Game Championship

  • The Video Game Championship will be contested for ten times this year, once a month between the months of February and November.
  • The current champion will have influence on when and where a contest takes place, as well as in what game it is played in.
  • Title matches will be in-person if necessary, but we will try to do them over the Internet where possible.
  • In the event of an in-person contest, those wishing to compete will need to make plans for the appropriate time and location when it is determined by the announcement of the current champion and the commissioner.
  • If the current champion cannot participate in a given month, the title will still be competed for.
  • The first “event” will be sometime in February 2019.

Board Game Championship

  • The Board Game Championship will be contested for ten times this year, once a month between the months of February and November.
  • The current champion will have influence on when and where a contest takes place, as well as in what game it is played in.
  • Title matches will be in-person if necessary, but we will try to do them over the Internet where possible.
  • In the event of an in-person contest, those wishing to compete will need to make plans for the appropriate time and location when it is determined by the announcement of the current champion and the commissioner.
  • If the current champion cannot participate in a given month, the title will still be competed for.
  • The first “event” will be sometime in February 2019.

Fantasy Sports Championship

  • There will be a total of ten opportunities for the Fantasy Sports title annually:
    • Fantasy Football (two leagues, 16 players each)
    • Fantasy Basketball (two leagues, 16 players each)
    • Fantasy Baseball (two leagues, 16 players each)
    • Fantasy Hockey (two leagues, 16 players each)
    • College Football (Bowl pick ’em, no limit on players)
    • College Basketball (NCAA Tournament pick ’em, no limit on players)
  • Each winner of a league or contest will receive a plaque that they can keep, instead of a belt
    • In the case of contests with two leagues, there will also be a travelling trophy and modest cash prize

Stock Wars Championship

  • Gang Wars Championship will be retired to make room for a new game called Stock Wars, but the lineage will carry over.
  • There will be a total of ten opportunities for the Stock Wars championship, in the months of February through November.
  • 32 players will go head-to-head over the course of 16 games and three rounds of playoffs.
  • There will be 8 divisions of four players each.
  • The Top 12 will make the playoffs.
  • The Bottom 10 will be removed for the next month’s season and will be put on a wait-list for re-entry, so that we may cycle in new competitors each month.
  • Points in head-to-head matchups will be determined based on a virtual portfolio of real-life stocks that each player has.
    • There will be a draft for these before the first season, as well as necessary expansion drafts each month.
  • Championship players will receive a plaque that they get to keep. We may also create a travelling trophy.

Other/Miscellaneous

  • In the event of those not local in the Ohio Valley, former champions that need to deliver belts to a winning competitor will have a pre-paid delivery box mailed to them so that they do not need to incur the cost of shipping. They will just have to put the belt in and drop it in a mailbox.
  • Database functionality has been restored to the website and you will notice many historical standings, statistics being added over the next few weeks. This should all be completed by the end of January.
  • Former Gang Wars and Fantasy Sports champions that have not received their plaque will get them this month.

We’ll have finer details on all of this stuff shortly, but please make sure to keep checking back!

Bloom’s O.V. title win has huge implications

Jared Blooms 5th Ohio Valley Championship is the most title reigns by any one person of any one title in DubPoints history.
Jared Bloom’s 5th Ohio Valley Championship is the most title reigns by any one person of any one title in DubPoints history.

It was a quiet evening, and well before the midnight hour, when news broke that Jared Bloom had defeated Michael Clyde for the Ohio Valley Championship.

Eight years removed from his last victory, there was little fanfare — no large excitable crowd from which to draw upon their energy. This was something these two competitors were used to, though. They had competed in many finals of hours-long tournaments that saw most of the other participants asleep or on their way home by the time it got to the marquee match that would actually determine the champion.

But the Bloom-Clyde rivalry doesn’t need an audience, and never did. These two friends and rivals have been battling over what this championship means, well before it actually existed, almost seemingly since the beginning of time.

Just six months ago, an exhausted Bloom had to be pulled out of a match against then-champ Mike Kendjorsky and was replaced by Clyde in a controversial commissioner’s decision. Clyde would go on to close out that match, take home the title, and then sweep Kendjorsky in an eventual rematch. The Clydesdale of a decade prior had seemingly been unleashed.

It took months for a blockbuster match against Bloom to be booked, and many questions needed to be answered as a result. Was Bloom the last, best hope to actually bring the championship to the Ohio Valley? Would Clyde sit on the championship for as long as possible, effectively snuffing out its momentum? Would any other contenders step up, either moving forward or in the interim? Would it even be a competitive match, or had Bloom lost a step over the last few years?

The best-of-seven series and immediate aftermath seemed to address all these concerns. Bloom won handily, 4-2, in a quick but competitive showcase that was over before 11PM. For now, the title will return with him to the Ohio Valley. Clyde has a rematch opportunity that he would need to likely travel for, and Nick Dompa re-asserted his desire to be a top contender in the hours following this match.

The excitement of a Bloom-Clyde rematch cannot be underscored, and it is certainly an inevitability that will likely have more hype behind it. But Bloom’s victory may be a building block in a long-awaited OVBP revival that many have hoped for.

Former mainstays like Kendjorsky, Ryan Hunker, and Mike Fedczak have campaigned for a resurrection of the Valley’s premiere “sport” league, and even former OVBP co-founder Storm Conaway had recently been doing a localized version of a contendership/title defense series from his homestead.

Nick Dompa continued to campaign on Saturday to be named the next #1 contender, and a match against Bloom could close out the 2018 season.
Nick Dompa continued to campaign on Saturday to be named the next #1 contender, and a match against Bloom could close out the 2018 season.

The real question is, now several years removed from a regular annual circuit, what form the Ohio Valley Championship will take. DubPoints Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar is reportedly “well aware” of concerns that his entity will try to absorb OVBP into DubPoints and tarnish its legacy. He has gone on the record to say that the Ohio Valley Championship is the “spiritual successor” to OVBP’s Key to the Valley trophy, and the organization does recognize former holders of that title as retroactive Ohio Valley Champions as well.

Logistical concerns have been the biggest hurdle in a full-blown OVBP reunion that would admittedly be merely a small-scale return to form. But with the belt back in the Valley around a prestigious champion (not that Clyde was any less so), the prospects of a few tournaments in 2019 become a lot greater.

So, whether it’s Bloom-Clyde II, Bloom-Dompa, or an at least partial reunion of a rag-tag group of misfits in someone’s backyard, the future of the Ohio Valley Championship has a ceiling much higher than that of DubPoints.