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.

DubPoints XIV “will happen”, says Commish

A much-anticipated follow up to the last proper 64-person DubPoints tournament has been long rumored for a couple of years and finally somewhat confirmed today by Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar in an interview with the press.

The last several DubPoints tournaments have been marred with controversy. DubPoints IX in 2012 featured co-champions, Spencer Conner and Eric Hersey, after Edgar reversed a decision to give the title to Conner alone. DubPoints X the following year, arguably had the biggest peaks and valleys of any tourney to date, but came to an anti-climactic finish after the then-destruction of Edgar’s social life halted the contest temporarily. DubPoints XI notoriously broke the scoring system with “meme” and “availability frenzy”, while the level of ire between contestants in DubPoints XII temporarily halted the entire brand. The most recent event, DubPoints XIII, saw Brad Uhrig finally win the big one, only after an agonizing last-minute game of “chance.”

Edgar has spent the last couple of years rebuilding DubPoints into a multi-faceted family of contests, and while he has struggled to remain consistent in several of the divisions, the general public consensus (though maybe not the players) is that DubPoints has been traditionally built around one big annual event.
“We’ve learned a lot from the last few years,” said Edgar. “We know that the brand wasn’t sustainable on just the tournament itself, but we feel that it still has a place here in DubPoints.”

The DubPoints Tournament has historically been a multi-person free-for-all in which contestants do their best to impress the commissioner over a fixed time span. This was changed to a 64-person, single-elimination bracket in 2010, and it is expected that DubPoints XIV will retain the same format. Previous contests have ran anywhere from 3-6 weeks, but a shorter contest is most likely for the next iteration.

“Time is valuable to everyone, especially our competitors,” stated Edgar. “As people grow older and take on more obligations, we realize it’s not easy to dedicate two months of time for something that is essentially bragging rights amongst a small group of people.”

But there remain many concerns that would need to be addressed before DubPoints XIV would take place, particularly when will it take place, and what will be at stake for the winner?

Edgar elaborated: “We don’t want to fall in the trap of having this kind of event too often. There’s a certain level of excitement that the tournament brings, and we need time to make sure it is hyped up and that the objectives are very clear… DubPoints is best when it’s slightly chaotic, so I think that The Wheel will probably determine when it takes place and what the rewards are.”

Though he did not clarify in his interview, the general belief amongst fans is that Edgar will be using part of his monthly livestreams to have The Wheel “roll” for a possible DubPoints tournament, and that the frequency Edgar is aiming for is about once a year on average, if not less often. The World Championship would be at stake in the event, but it’s unclear if it would be the only title up for grabs.

“It’s important to protect the integrity of our championships and champions,” said Edgar. “We are going to make sure that going into a hypothetical DubPoints XIV, that the current champion has some kind of an advantage. People work hard to get to the top and I don’t want anyone to feel slighted because all of a sudden they are basically defending against 63 other challengers.”

“The tournament will happen,” Edgar continued. “It’s a matter of when and not if at this point.”

Unconfirmed at press time, a rumor had been circulating in circles close to Edgar that the winner of DubPoints XIV would “potentially be able to end DubPoints forever.”

World Championship rematch set to begin October 14

Ever-fickle DubPoints Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar has opted to change the format of an agreed-upon World Championship rematch that was due to take place last month to something a little more chaotic, announcing today that the title defense for current champ Rafe Haddox against multiple-time champ and #1 contender Brad Uhrig will now be a best-of-seven series of mini-contests chosen solely by “The Wheel.”

“One of the things the fans wanted was more interactivity,” said Edgar, talking to the press. “We want to be able to really build up the excitement of this match with some daily livestreams and make it a week-long event.”

The match is not expected to have other competitors added to it, and is expected to cover an “exhaustive amount” of possible gameplay types, all of which should be feasible considering the competitors’ locations several states away.

The contest will kick off at 8:00 PM EST in a livestream, where The Wheel will be spun and it will select one of thirty different types of contests for the two competitors to perform in. Their results will be expected over the following 24 hours, after which a winner for the game will be determined, and the wheel will be spun again promptly at 8:00 PM the following day. This will go on until one competitor wins four “games.”

img_3204Edgar said the list of contests will be “simple, fun, and fair” and to expect a “wide variety” of possibilities, including some that these and other competitors have suggested in the past. As is often the case in DubPoints, there will be a few spots on the wheel that will favor random chance more than skill, though they will be the exception and not the rule. The contests will be designed with very low probabilities of deadlocks or ties, but the wheel will be involved in the rare event of one, or in the event that both competitors fail to complete a daily “task.”

Haddox won the Championship earlier in the year, overcoming longshot odds to take the title from Uhrig, as one of the final two in a multiple-person match that featured former champion Joe Klier with a 75% chance to win his second title. Ultimately, that match came down to two spins of said wheel for Haddox, both of which ended in his favor and gave him his first career championship of any kind under the DubPoints banner.

Meanwhile, Uhrig has been champion or a step away from it for the better part of three years now, as no one has been able to beat him cleanly in a rematch. While it is expected that a new #1 contender will be crowned following a possible Uhrig defeat, there is no guarantee that Haddox gets an immediate rematch if he loses here, as the commissioner is currently looking at doing away with automatic rematch clauses for all titles. However, unless he resurrects or finds an acceptable alternative to Gang Wars this month, Haddox will probably get it if he can’t come through here.

Kendjorsky reclaims Internet Championship in 10-way

The last 12 months have proved fruitful for Mike Kendjorsky, who has won 3 titles in that span.
The last 12 months have proved fruitful for Mike Kendjorsky, who has won 3 titles in that span.

Mike Kendjorsky claimed his 2nd Internet Championship, and 3rd DubPoints title reign overall, after defeating former champion Charles Wilfong and eight other competitors in a weekend-log WWE pay-per-view pick ’em contest.

Wilfong, who came into the match as a dual champion (he still holds the Board Game Championship), had an abysmal performance, finishing in 9th place and failing to remain in contention going into Sunday. Meanwhile, Kendjorsky’s pick of Shinsuke Nakamura in the U.S. championship match broke a three-way tie with Nick Levi and Donnie Yeager (the other two most recent holders of the Internet title), to win the match with 13 out of 18 correct picks.

The full standings for the event, which spanned both NXT Takeover: Brooklyn IV and SummerSlam, were as follows:

  • 1st place — Mike Kendjorsky, 13
  • T-2nd place — Nick Levi, Donnie Yeager, 12
  • 4th place — Jim Jasinski
  • T-5th place — Rodney Gentile, Brittany Kendjorsky, Joe Klier, Justine Mentzer
  • 9th place — Charles Wilfong, 8
  • 10th place — Seth Eddy, 10

Seth Eddy was a last-minute addition who subbed in for a vacant Vince Levi, scheduled to be in the contest.

Kendjorsky will set his sights on September 16, when he must defend against Wilfong in a tentatively one-on-one rematch that will cover the Hell in a Cell event.

Haddox claims first World Championship in thriller

In what turned out to be a tense but refreshing contest, Rafe Haddox beat the odds and claimed his first ever World Championship title over Joe Klier in the finals of a 10-person elimination match on Friday.

The contest consisted of multiple rounds of the simple task of filling out surveys — competitors were judged based on speed, accuracy, prediction skills, and peer vote. In addition, each day culminated with a wheel spin that adjusted players’ scores based on blind wagering, an optional and exciting addition to the contest.

Haddox's natural charisma makes him the closest thing to a pure babyface that DubPoints has had in several years.
Haddox’s natural charisma makes him the closest thing to a pure babyface that DubPoints has had in several years.

While then-reigning champion Brad Uhrig gave it a great run, and upstart Laura Dominquez was in the mix at the end, Haddox overcame 4-1 odds in the finals to beat the challenging Joe Klier, a former champ in his own right, on two consecutive wheel spins that turned up “odd”-ly in Haddox’s favor.

Haddox burst onto the DubPoints scene in 2016, finishing as a semi-finalist in the 64-person tournament in his debut. Despite not having any formal ties to Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar, he was recommended by longtime contest mainstay Charles Wilfong as a new competitor. Haddox did not fail to disappoint, entertaining the Commissioner with wonderful narratives and putting on one of the most impressive debut performances in DubPoints history. At that time, he was earmarked as a future top star with title shots in his future.

Edgar’s pivoting over the following months to more “in-person” title defenses put Haddox on the backburner, as title shots were few and far between. When the Gang Wars franchise returned at the beginning of 2018, Haddox was reinvigorated and breathing new life, making the playoffs in every season since his debut, even while the size of the field grew dramatically.

Haddox threw his name in the hat for a title shot in August’s planned multi-person matchup, and even though mathematically Edgar had planned to put him in contention for one of the other titles instead, he knew that Haddox’s star power was too good to squander on a midcard title over 2 years after his debut, and subsequently gave him the shot. He clearly did not disappoint.

Haddox becomes the first World Champion since Joe Klier to win the belt as their first-ever championship, as well as the only competitor that has never met the commissioner in-person. In addition, he is currently the lone champion who sits outside of the confines of the Ohio Valley proper, making him as close to a global champion as the World Championship can be.

The classic world belt design will officially return, as belts are swapped out to make room for the Video Game Championship next month.
The classic world belt design will officially return, as belts are swapped out to make room for the Video Game Championship next month.

The first thing’s first for Mr. Haddox, however. In order to have a successful title reign, he needs to do what no champion in 2 years has been able to do, and that is defeat 4-time champion Brad Uhrig (who is getting a rematch clause via Gang Wars) to continue advancing to more challengers in the title picture. Charles Wilfong, Joe Klier, and Joe Patterson have all served as semi-transitional champions (you could argue it goes the other way as well) in between Uhrig’s 4 title reigns. Uhrig has remained a mere one step away from the championship for a full two years, but no one has been able to sideline him for any length of time. Haddox will need to do that if he wants to have a lengthy title reign.

Options for their planned September match will likely be driven by Haddox, and reviewed by the Commissioner, though Uhrig has already proposed a “Salty Bet” challenge much like we saw in his three-way win over Klier and Patterson a few months back. However, despite the fact that whatever challenge appears to be a one-on-one scenario, there are no guarantees — Edgar has hinted that the wheel has the power to make one of the five championship matches next month another multi-person blitz, and the World Championship is fair game like its slightly less prestigious bretheren.

But Haddox doesn’t have to worry about that just yet… he just needs to await the arrival of his belt next week, bask in the glory, and assume his place on top of a brand that only a dozen or so more names have joined him at the peak of.

Brand new Video Game Championship will headline August Anarchy event

The WHEEL makes its long-awaited return, and will determine up to 20% of the World Championship scores in August.
The WHEEL makes its long-awaited return, and will determine up to 20% of the World Championship scores in August.

With Season XIX of Ohio Valley Gang Wars in the books, and scrapped plans for July in two scheduled one-on-one title matches, the focus now shifts to August, a month that Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar has promised will be nothing short of wild. So much so, that he is calling the month’s series of events “August Anarchy.”

In addition to Season XX of Gang Wars, three of the four existing major championships will be on the line in up to 20-person matchups (The Board Game Championship will not be on the line this month). Also, a brand new championship widely rumored but never before seen will be up for grabs, called the Video Game Championship.

The list of contestants for each series of matches is still being finalized, but it appears that we will see the following events take place.

World Championship (currently held by Brad Uhrig)
It appears that a new spin on the traditional DubPoints scoring system is in the works, and we will see it debut in a 9-day long elimination match with 10 participants. Uhrig and current #1 contender Joe Patterson are confirmed to be involved, as are everyone who has won Gang Wars this year, leaving a couple open slots yet to be confirmed.

The premise of the match will involve all eligible contestants submitting some kind of information on a daily basis. Scoring will be graded in five equal parts — speed, accuracy, wisdom, influence, and random chance. Players will have direct control of their own fate in three of these categories (speed, accuracy, wisdom), will be able to determine other’s fate in one of them (influence), and will rely on the famous WHEEL on a daily basis to fill out the last fifth of their score. It should be an exciting, yet accessible, type of contest that we may see more of if it goes well.

Mr. Uhrig is slated to get a rematch in September if he does not retain in August. In addition, we will be reverting back to the “classic” gold belt design after this event.

Internet Championship (currently held by Charles Wilfong)
Wilfong had a busy July, nabbing two titles in the span of a weekend. As a result of what some may call manipulation to get in the Internet title match, Edgar agreed that he would not have to defend the Board Game belt this month. That’s good news, as the chance of him defending the Internet Championship against nine other competitors in a weekend-long, winner-take-all, WWE SummerSlam Pick ‘Em Challenge is only 10%.

Donnie Yeager leads the list of candidates set to be Wilfong’s opponent, but the list has not been finalized yet. The event will cover both NXT TakeOver and SummerSlam, and will feature live scoring updates. Wilfong gets a rematch in September if he does not win outright, but he will walk out of August with the Board Game Championship, at the very least.

Modeled here by Joe Klier, August will see the return of the BIG GOLD BELT.
Modeled here by Joe Klier, August will see the return of the BIG GOLD BELT.

Ohio Valley Championship (currently held by Michael Clyde)
Even though Michael Clyde formally offered to vacate the Ohio Valley Championship amidst scheduling conflicts, it was not accepted by the Commissioner, though his ability or willingness to defend it remain in doubt. The Commissioner has chosen a solid date of Saturday, August 25th, to host an in-person mini-tournament in beer pong to determine the rightful holder of the belt. The uniqueness of having an in-person tournament means that the field could potentially be very small (Edgar himself stating a hard cap of 10 people max). It will be invite-only and contenders will be required to RSVP so that the bracket can be drawn up.

Obviously, as the current champion, Clyde is guaranteed an invite, but the tournament will take place with whatever players Edgar can rally up if he can’t make it. If he can’t make it or doesn’t retain, he will get a rematch offered in September. Potential participants will be polled this week to see who can make the date.

We will be upgrading the Ohio Valley belt to a bigger model, as the existing one will be used for…

Video Game Championship (currently vacant, debuting next month)
Perhaps a championship centered around video gaming should have debuted a while ago, but there were never any plans to actually do so until recently despite the rumors. The great news is, this will be an epic 20-person tournament to declare the inaugural championship, and it will be live-streamed in some fasion in its entirety. The bad news is, its unlikely that the inaugural winner has to actually play any video games to get there. The tournament is likely to involve some kind of detailed character or team creation on the player’s end, with some simulated results that will play out live over the video feed. Obviously, sports games are being heavily considered, as are pseudo-sports like WWE or Fire Pro Wrestling World.

Obviously, whomever wins should be proficient in some type of video gaming — as this tournament will be the exception and not the norm. Champions will be required, for the most parts, to defend their title in some type of video game challenge, in person where applicable.

Keep posted this week as we begin announcing participants for all of these events!

Wilfong becomes dual champion over 36-hour span

Charles Wilfong, whose World Championship reign a couple years ago set the gold standard, added two more titles towards his Grand Slam aspirations.
Charles Wilfong, whose World Championship reign a couple years ago set the gold standard, added two more titles towards his Grand Slam aspirations.

WILFONG GETS IT DONE

It was a weekend showered in gold for longtime DubPoints fan favorite Charles Wilfong, who captured both the Board Game and Internet Championships this past weekend, the latter in surprising fashion.

A scheduled Board Game title defense for inaugural champ Lance Delbrugge did not go in his favor, losing swiftly in a series of Battleship to Wilfong, in a livestreamed event emanating from Wintersville, OH, on Saturday afternoon.

Wilfong indicated he would be happy to defend the belt in a game of Risk for his next title shot, though Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar informed him that he would be looking at a likely multi-person scenario in such a match if it was scheduled over the next 30 days. The two agreed to table the talks for a few days to let Sunday’s long-awaited Internet Championship showdown between Donnie Yeager and Rodney Gentile take place.

But something interesting happened a few hours before the match began — Wilfong indicated that he was willing to put up his newly-won Board Game Championship as collateral to enter as a Triple Threat entrant in an Extreme Rules Pick’em Challenge against Yeager and Gentile. If Wilfong were to lose, he would vacate the title, and Edgar would proceed with holding a second Yahtzee tournament for the vacant belt in August. If he won, he would keep both belts.

Michael Clyde opted to vacate the Ohio Valley Championship for the good of DubPoints.
Michael Clyde opted to vacate the Ohio Valley Championship for the good of DubPoints.

The four-and-a-half hour ordeal started with Wilfong falling behind early, but a series of great picks against his opponents allowed him to mathematically clinch the Internet Championship with a fourth of the card left, doubling his all-time championship total to 4 in the span of just under two days. As part of the agreement, Edgar also counted the match as Wilfong’s next title defense, and will not require him to defend the belt until at least September 1, though anything could change. He will be defending the Internet Championship, however, over SummerSlam weekend in a 10-person mega-matchup.

UNCERTAINTY FOR OHIO VALLEY CHAMPIONSHIP

Following illness and an inability to get a scheduled match between Michael Clyde and Jared Bloom going for the Ohio Valley Championship, current champion Clyde has offered to vacate the belt rather than see it go undefended, an honorable proposition that creates a wide-open and uncertain scenario.

Plans had been in the works for a multiple-person mini-tournament for the championship in August in the game of beer pong, but many contestants and critics have pointed out that relegating the belt solely to defenses of this type walls the belt off from many potential candidates, and infringes too much on the credibility of the historical Ohio Valley Beer Pong league.

As of this writing, Edgar has not officially accepted Clyde’s offer to vacate, and there exists many options on the table. One of which is simply to delay the Clyde-Bloom match and ensure that it takes place. Another is to proceed with a tournament for a vacant title. Yet another situation involves holding a completely different event entirely for the vacant belt. A possible scenario even exists where two contenders would compete for the belt in beer pong but would be narrowed down using some other type of contest… everything is up in the air at that point.

Regardless, look for the title picture to be sorted out sometime over the next few weeks.

UHRIG v. PATTERSON LIKELY OFF THE TABLE AS AUGUST APPROACHES

A scheduled rematch of current World Champion Brad Uhrig against the former champ Joe Patterson was scheduled to take place early this month, but has fallen into a holding pattern, leading many in the DubPoints universe to question why it should take place at all considering the circumstances.

Patterson is owed a contractual rematch, but the sticking point is that no matter who comes out ahead in a one-on-one battle, both would be a part of a proposed 10-person DubPoints match using a new scoring system in August, giving only a 20% chance that September rolls in with either one as champion. Granted, these are two of the biggest personalities in the brand, and Uhrig’s accolades outnumber virtually everybody at this point.

Uhrig is at a crossroads here, too. He obviously wants to hold on to the belt as long as possible, and have a rematch on his terms. If Edgar cedes to his will or cancels the match, both are to Uhrig’s benefit. The thing working against him, however, is that if he loses the title sometime over the next few months, he doesn’t have many current in-roads to a title picture aside from a contractual rematch clause. He has not fared well in Gang Wars since the reboot, a contest which is becoming more and more integral to determining title shots. That’s not to say that he can’t turn that around at any given moment.

Regardless, we have the potential to see multiple title changes over the next few weeks, making the rest of the summer an interesting one for DubPoints.

Clyde vanquishes Kendjorsky in O.V. title defense

Michael Clyde poses with the Ohio Valley and Fantasy Football Championships following his title defense.
Michael Clyde poses with the Ohio Valley and Fantasy Football Championships following his title defense.

In a series that was much closer than the final statistic indicated, Ohio Valley Champion Michael Clyde successfully defeated former champion and #1 contender Mike Kendjorsky in a best-of-seven series last night, 4-0, after Kendjorsky invoked his automatic rematch clause. The contest, which was held under traditional OVBP/YTR rules, was the second so far since the Ohio Valley Championship has been defended under the new format.

Lacking the controversy from last month’s inaugural battle between the two, Kendjorsky kept at least 3 of the four games very tight down to the end, sources say. Clyde’s unshakeable composure allowed him to clinch all three of these games, as well as one by a wider margin, to complete the series sweep.

While Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar had to cancel an in-person appearance for the match, he relayed pertinent information about the matchup thanks to insiders who were present. Kendjorsky was flanked by his wife and #2 contender to the World Championship, Brittany Kendjorsky. Other guests included former DubPoints Tournament semi-finalist Jeff Edzkowski and who is now the new #1 contender to the Ohio Valley Championship, Jared Bloom.

It was just last month when Clyde controversially stepped in for a leading Bloom against Kendjorsky mid-match, after Bloom was declared unfit to compete. After batting clean up, Clyde walked away with the Ohio Valley Championship in shocking fashion, his fourth reign with the title counting the championship’s shared lineage with the early OVBP tournaments. As a result, both Bloom and Kendjorsky were awarded rematch clauses.

The on-paper dominating performance by Clyde in the rematch shows that he may be back or close to his 2010 form, as Kendjorsky’s match with Bloom was seemingly much more competitive, though under different circumstances. However, Bloom has historically had Clyde’s number, and is 1-0 against him in outright title matches. Kendjorsky drops to 0-3 against Clyde in O.V. title matches, though it’s really 0-2 as last month’s has an asterisk.

This sets up a mega-showdown and perhaps an indicator of future direction for the championship. Clyde will next be slated to defend against Bloom, both of whom are four time champions. They have until July 14 to schedule and compete in the match. Early indications are that Clyde will push for home-field advantage in the greater Columbus area. The Commissioner is aiming to be present.

Mike Kendjorsky poses with his rival minutes before tip-off.
Mike Kendjorsky poses with his rival minutes before tip-off.

There is a very real possibility that the two could spend months at the top of the title picture, with the recently ousted Kendjorsky not far behind in the pecking order. However, rumors continue to swirl that Edgar will sanction a small tournament or other multi-person title defense in August, meaning whomever wins this battle of four-time champs will have an uphill climb to face shortly after.

For Kendjorsky, who has went from a dual-champion to losing both of his titles in the past month or so, hope is not lost. He is still due a rematch for the Internet Championship against Donnie Yeager on June 16-17, and as of press time was tied for 5th in Season XVII of Gang Wars, a position that should allow him some kind of future title shot at one of the various belts, if not the World belt, within the next few months. He has spent the better part of the last year positioning himself as one of the top stars of the company, and is a persistent threat to be in the running for all titles going forward.