Kendjorsky “next in line” for title opportunity

Mike Kendjorsky has emerged as a top personality in DubPoints and is currently in the hunt for his first Fantasy Sports Championship.
Mike Kendjorsky has emerged as a top personality in DubPoints and is currently in the hunt for his first Fantasy Sports Championship.

With no official public ranking of DubPoints competitors available, contestants are often left wondering when, or even if, they will receive a one-on-one championship opportunity for one of the four main titles. Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar made the looking glass a little less cloudy today, when he confirmed that Michael Kendjorsky is “next in line” for a title shot.

It’s really too early to tell what this means, but it’s looking quite possible that he would get a title shot in October. Kendjorsky narrowly missed out on taking the Ohio Valley Championship from Joe Patterson earlier in the year, and a spin of the DubPoints Wheel left him short in having this month’s tag team opportunity against Brad Uhrig and Charles Wilfong. However, he has remained a dedicated competitor and, along with Vince Levi, is one of only two players to make the playoffs in all four fantasy sports leagues this year.

With Edgar also confirming that the D-1 Classic Tournament would be held in October for the World Championship, it is likely that Kendjorsky will get a shot at one of the other three titles (though he will undoubtedly qualify for the tournament as well). The championship opportunity is not a guarantee; however should any of the other current title holders win out this month, Kendjorsky would be the next up.

Quite simply that means that either Joe Patterson, Donnie Yeager, or Uhrig/Wilfong must retain in their matches at the end of the month, and Kendjorsky would be the next top contender for one of those titles. In the unlikely, but possible, event where all three champions would lose, their opponents would have automatic rematch clauses invoked for November. That would put him on the backburner for at least another month.

The good news? The statistical probability of the Ohio Valley, Internet, and Tag Team Championships all changing hands at the end of this month is about 13%, meaning that Kendjorsky has a near 90% chance of getting a title shot next month. The bad news? The Wheel has been unkind to him the last few months and luck may not be on his side.

Keep checking back for more news and updates!

Hersey to return to DubPoints, will tag with Church

Eric Hersey's dominance in 2012-2013 had many viewing him as the "heart and soul" of the DubPoints tournament.
Eric Hersey’s dominance in 2012-2013 had many viewing him as the “heart and soul” of the DubPoints tournament.

The talent pool of DubPoints got a little bit deeper on Monday, with the announcement that 2-time World Champion Eric Hersey would be making a return to the brand to partner with Ryan Church in a Tag Team Championship match against Brad Uhrig and Charles Wilfong this month.

The scheduled matchup will mark Hersey’s first championship match since 2013. He had become increasingly less of a factor in recent major DubPoints events before expressing his unwillingness to participate under the new “championship belt” format (aside from appearances in the Fantasy Sports division).

The move is seen as a big get by Church, who is going after his first championship. It also opens up a lot of possibilities for Hersey to work more with the brand. Hersey had increased his activity in the fantasy sports division in the past few weeks, leading to rampant speculation that he was mulling a return to the brand which he helped shape.

During Hersey’s two-plus years on top, he elevated the annual DubPoints Tournament to unforeseen heights through high-profile rivalries with Spencer Conner and Luke Bumbico. The DubPoints X “Invasion Angle” is widely regarded as the pinnacle of his DubPoints career, even though it was cut short by Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar’s decision to halt the tournament midway through to cope with personal issues.

Hersey would emerge again en route to a three-peat in DubPoints XI, and despite putting out arguably the best-produced content of his career, he was eliminated early by eventual champion Lance Delbrugge, who at the time was getting some criticism for his “old school hanging out with Dub” style of play. A similar fate befell Hersey in DubPoints XII and a surprising first-round exit in DubPoints XIII seemed to mark the end of the line for the brand’s then greatest spectacle.

Ryan Church will be tagging with Hersey to go after his first-ever championship this month. The two partners have a mutual respect and a similar palette of incredible talent.
Ryan Church will be tagging with Hersey to go after his first-ever championship this month. The two partners have a mutual respect and a similar palette of incredible talent.

Longtime fans of the brand will see Hersey’s return as long overdue, but the current field of champions has to be a little on edge, considering the D-1 Tournament (a mid-year alternative to the traditional DubPoints contest) is next month and this certainly guarantees him entry. Many also consider Hersey the first domino to potentially drop in a line of potential returns, particularly big names like Luke Bumbico, Spencer Conner, and Cheryl Harrison.

Due to the best-of-seven daily challenge of the tag team championship match, we likely won’t see Hersey hit peak tournament form anytime soon (especially with fantasy football in full swing), but a possible championship run along with hopefully some active participation in the D-1 would go far to whet the fans’ appetite for a full-caliber DubPoints XIV run in 2018. Edgar has stated that his plan for next year’s field of 64 was to get as many big names actively participating as possible, and this could be the first step in a months-long build to an epic tournament in April.

Patterson reclaims Ohio Valley Championship in Yahtzee series

Joe Patterson becomes the first person to have won the Ohio Valley Championship on two occasions.
Joe Patterson becomes the first person to have won the Ohio Valley Championship on two occasions.

In the first title defense since Allen Lewis won the DubPoints Ohio Valley Championship in January, Joe Patterson emerged victorious in a best-of-five Yahtzee series that saw him reclaim the title for the 2nd time.

Patterson ended Lewis’s 203-day reign as belt-holder 3 games to 1, playing in a contest that was not only streamed live for the entire DubPoints audience to see, but also in a game that Patterson supposedly had no previous experience in.

The contest also marked a welcome return to form for Lewis, who despite the loss, finally made his grand return after months of certainty, firmly cementing his foot inside the door of multiple monthly championship scenes.

Patterson won games 1 and 2 largely in part to scoring Yahtzees on his very first turn, and despite also scoring one in the third game, Lewis was able to narrowly beat him to hold on to hope. Game 4 was a much more decisive victory for Patterson, who became the only person to get the “upper section bonus” in any of the four games to seal his victory.

Both players actually played incredibly well. Lewis had sound strategy in mind, and Patterson made good choices despite his inexperience. Luck came into play slightly more than you’d expect in a Yahtzee series (which is a lot), with Lewis suffering multiple rolls towards the end with no kind of consistency between the dice. Patterson made good moves, but also missed out on several scoring opportunities.

Contest Lewis Patterson
Game 1 191 254
Game 2 229 245
Game 3 260 230
Game 4 192 271

After this contest, the contestants will look on to the future. Both Patterson and Lewis will be involved in the 18-person tournament for the Internet Championship later this week. Going forward, Patterson is set to defend the Ohio Valley Championship in a multi-person board game format in September. Lewis, as the #1 contender with a due rematch clause, will be exempted into the final grouping of any tournament that would take place, meaning he will at least have a shot at the belt next month.

Klier wins 2nd-ever Dubby in the Bank Contract

Joe Klier has a belt and a briefcase, and looks to be a prominent figure in various title pictures for months to come.
Joe Klier has a belt and a briefcase, and looks to be a prominent figure in various title pictures for months to come.

In a scenario that many hoping to get close to the World Championship picture must dread, incumbent champ Joe Klier was announced as the holder of the “Dubby in the Bank” briefcase on Friday, just days before he will defend his title in a unification match with champion Brad Uhrig.

The unlikely scenario, which was the result of a spin of Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar’s Wheel of Chaos, saw Klier obtain the briefcase and contract from a pool of 30 different competitors (including Uhrig). In the process, he became only the second person to ever win the contract (after Lance Delbrugge in 2016, who unsuccessfully cashed in on Klier earlier this year) as well as the first person to be simultaneously holding a DubPoints championship at the same time.

Klier’s options as holder of this precious contract open up immensely. He can cash in the contract at any time between August 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 — almost an entire year. He might possibly keep it in his back pocket through at least August, in the event that he loses the unification match against Uhrig. The contract gives him an at-will title shot at any DubPoints champion of his choosing, in a classic 24-hour scoring format.

The element of surprise can also be used with the briefcase. It is possible Klier decides to go after another championship while holding his current World title. He would be able to set the time and date of the match, which would only be announced to his opponent (as well as the public) the moment the match actually starts.

Yet another option exists where he foregoes his contract shot for a spin at the aforementioned Wheel, which could randomly land on one of the four championships for an instant win. This would put all other champions in DubPoints on notice, but there is also about a 30% chance that he would land on either a wedge that awards him no title at all, or the one that he currently holds, so there is some risk there.

Brad Uhrig, who holds a share of both the World and Tag titles, may still have to contend with Klier if he wins his unification match next month.
Brad Uhrig, who holds a share of both the World and Tag titles, may still have to contend with Klier if he wins his unification match next month.

Whatever Klier decides to do, he has plenty of time. The 11-month window to actually use the contract is quite generous and should keep his peers on their toes for quite some time. His actions are nothing but unpredictable, so he is an exciting fit for the briefcase… even if it makes the main title picture extremely difficult for anyone else to penetrate right now.

The World Championship unification match between Klier and Uhrig begins on Tuesday, August 1, and will be a best-of-thirty-one series of random daily challenges decided by the wheel.

Stay posted for further updates.

World Championship Unification Series will begin August 1

It’s taken us some time to get to this point, but the unification match for the DubPoints World Championship is going to begin in just about a week, and it’s going to be epic.

The new and improved wheel will contain 30 possibilities for every round of the match.
The new and improved wheel will contain 30 possibilities for every round of the match.

After long negotiations with both competitors and difficulties in finding both common ground and handling logistics, Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar have determined that co-champions Joe Klier and Brad Uhrig will face off in a best-of-thirty-one series, with a new “mini-contest” taking place every 24 hours.

Each of the mini-contests will begin at 8PM EST daily, and will require some form of response by both competitors within a 24-hour window. The first contestant to get to 16 victories will be the undisputed DubPoints World Champion, as the old belt (currently held by Klier) will then be retired.

Edgar will be doing a live stream on Facebook daily to announce what the contest is. He will invoke the usage of his brand new, 30-slot prize wheel to randomly select the stipulation for each day. There is a possibility that some contests may appear more than once, and some will probably not appear at all. While all the options showcasing the full range of the wheel has not yet been announced, some of the examples will probably include:

  • DubPoints and JWE-themed trivia questions about things currently residing about his household
  • Contest and skill challenges revolving around Commissioner Edgar’s cats (i.e. which cat will poop first)
  • Simulation on sports or other one-on-one video games (where each player will chose an AI representative and the results will be streamed live)
  • Small-scale contests of skill voted on by the general public (haikus, photoshops, memes)
  • The wheel itself
The new belt design features custom sideplates and will replace the classic World Championship going forward.
The new belt design features custom sideplates and will replace the classic World Championship going forward.

None of the options listed on the wheel will require in-person appearances by either competitors, and they will have a full 24 hours to submit their entry for the daily contest. It will be an important test of endurance, and one that will need to be checked up on daily by both players… a failure to submit their required information within the 24-hour window will result in a forfeiture of that round.

Join Commissioner Edgar on Tuesday, August 1, at 8 PM EST, for the first spin of the wheel, and the first step in deciding who will lay undisputed claim to the World Championship!

Full details emerge on Dustin Kawa Klassic

In an unprecedented move, Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar has announced that the DubPoints Internet Championship, currently held by Riley Wedge, will be defended in a 16-person mini-tournament known as the “Dustin Kawa Klassic.”

The event, named after the often DubPoints-eschewing RFFL veteran, will be the first event of a proposed “partnership” with Eric Hersey’s fantasy football juggernaut. Admittedly, the partnership may seem a little one-sided, as Mr. Hersey has not publicly commented anything official about it. But regardless, this event will have nothing to do with football.

The Internet Champion will see its first defense since December of 2016 in the Dustin Kawa Klassic.
The Internet Championship will see its first defense since December of 2016 in the Dustin Kawa Klassic.

Beginning August 13 and running through one week, this tournament will not be a full-blown DubPoints tournament and will have very simple (but oddly specific) rules. This will be the first title defense for Internet Champion Riley Wedge since winning it back in December. As champion, Wedge will be afforded the #1 seed, but the rest of the field has not yet been announced.

The rules for this event are as follows:

  • Each round will be two days long (except for the first round which will last only one day)
  • It will be a single-elimination tournament with four rounds in total
  • The winner of each round will be the person who can amass the most likes on a single Facebook post on their page:
    • The post may not in any way mention DubPoints or this particular contest
    • The post may not in any way solicit people for likes or shares (the idea is that all of these likes are “organic”)
    • Only the post with the most likes will be counted each round
    • Comments on the post, either by the competitor or others, will not count for points. However, the original poster must not use the comment thread to solicit likes or mention DubPoints
    • The participant may “like” his/her own post, and it will count
    • In the event of a tie, shares will serve as first tiebreaker, comments second tiebreaker
Internet Champion Riley Wedge knows how to use social media to its fullest potential, and may not be at a huge disadvantage despite defending against 15 other players.
Internet Champion Riley Wedge knows how to use social media to its fullest potential, and may not be at a huge disadvantage despite defending against 15 other players.

On the surface, it’s a pretty basic concept but also somewhat unique. Participants will be hoping that they can make their posts go somewhat “viral”, albeit without referencing the direct connection to DubPoints. There surely will be a lot of participants who will be angling behind-the-scenes for people to like specific posts, meaning that networking is going to come into play. Riley Wedge is known to excel at his abilities to rally the people, so this match should play to his strengths, though Commissioner Edgar is expected to stack the bracket with strong competitors to breathe some life into an Internet Championship scene that has been dormant in 2017.

It is expected, though not yet confirmed, that Edgar will announce some or all of the bracket as early as next week, possibly on July 28 when he announces the new Dubby in the Bank holder and top contenders for next month.

Keep checking back for more details on this upcoming event!

DubPoints XIII kicks off at midnight Thursday

Click on the image above to see an all-inclusive look at this year's bracket!
Click on the image above to see an all-inclusive look at this year’s bracket!

It’s been long overdue since a true DubPoints tournament kicked off, and the waiting will finally come to an end when DubPoints XIII begins at midnight EST on Thursday, April 13.

The 64-person, single-elimination tournament will serve two purposes: to crown a new DubPoints World Champion (which will then be unified in a one-on-one match against incumbent champion Joe Klier next month), and to determine who else is eligible for various title shots and opportunities for the remainder of the year.

The premise of the contest is simple. Impress Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar in whatever appropriate methods you determine. Ultimately, it is he who awards the points, and it is he who determines champions and top contenders to the belts.

The tournament will span six two-day rounds over the course of three weeks:

  • Round of 64: April 13-14
  • Round of 32: April 15-16
  • Round of 16: April 20-21
  • Quarterfinals: April 22-23
  • Semifinals: April 27-28
  • Championship: April 29-30

Changes to scoring for the first-time in several years

Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar has not only greatly shortened the length of the tournament, but also modified many of its pillars of scoring for a more-balanced contest. As before, there will be five scoring categories, but they are a little different than the last few go arounds:

  • Effort/Value (50 points per day max; 100 points per round max) — Effort and value have been combined into one category this year. This will serve as a calculation of total time spent on DubPoints-related activities over the course of a day, from both a chronological and fiscal standpoint. You know what they say: time is money. In order to de-emphasize contestant’s willingness to try and bribe the Commissioner, Mr. Edgar has combined these categories under one roof to mitigate their effect. How long did you spend? How much did you spend? And how clear will it be to the commissioner to calculate?
  • Creativity (50 points per day max; 100 points per round max) — Creativity is always subjective, but serves as a measure of how original the commissioner determines your actions are. In a day where everyone is sending photoshops, maybe you make a craft! In a day where everyone is typing random nonsense, maybe you come up with a well-constructed haiku. How well can you make your actions stand out against your peers? That is the main drive behind this category.
  • Engagement (50 points per day max; 100 points per round max) — We live in a world of social media and are constantly connected. But a lot of times we are just shouting nonsense out into the ether with little to no response. How well can you use social media and your personable skills to relate your DubPoints actions to the general public? Are you someone that can rally people behind you? There is no such thing as a “fan vote” in DubPoints, but if you can amass “fan support”, you will certainly do well in this category.
  • Brevity (50 points per day max; 100 points per round max) — There’s no doubt you can amass a lot of points in some categories by repetitively and mindlessly doing the same things over and over and over. Such has been one of the most controversial “points” in recent DubPoints history. But this category is crazy because you actually get less points in it for the more separate actions you take. How well can you take all of your ideas for a daily power play and combine them into one concise action? Feel like your opponent is gaining ground on you and need to do a little more late in the day? Just be wary that you could take a hit in this new category. Planning is key.
  • Luck (100 points per day max; 200 points per round max) — It’s been a well-known secret that Mr. Edgar loves employing the use of random number generators to help him with making tough down-the-line judgement calls. We’re not going to sugar-coat it for you any longer: you will get a random amount of points added on to your daily total that can range anywhere from 0 to 100. That’s potentially a third of your total score. It’s enough to make all the difference in a close contest, but probably not enough to mount a comeback if your opponent is blowing you out of the water. Play to the best of your abilities in the other four categories, and maybe luck will be less of a factor for you.

To the victor, goes the spoils

The winner of DubPoints XIII will be declared DubPoints World Champion and will receive the new World Championship belt. They will also be granted a one-on-one title match with current World Champion Joe Klier in May to unify the belts. (unless, of course, Klier wins the tournament outright — he is the #1 overall seed).

In addition, those who perform well in the tournament will be eligible for title shots over the remainder of the year, for the Ohio Valley Championship (currently held by Allen Lewis), the Internet Championship (currently held by Riley Wedge), and the Tag Team Championship (currently held by Nicholas Griffin & Brad Uhrig).

I wish you all the best of luck, and we kick things off Thursday at midnight!

DubPoints XIII will kick off on April 13th

DPXIIIAfter months of speculation and several delays, John Wyatt Edgar has confirmed that the annual DubPoints tournament will make its first full appearance in two years, when DubPoints XIII kicks off at midnight EST on Thursday, April 13.

The tournament will be a much-swifter affair than in years past, lasting just twelve days over three weeks, and will be broken up into six two-day long rounds. They will take place on Thursday-Friday and Saturday-Sunday over the course of that timespan.

Edgar will select a field of 64 participants from his friends, peers, and colleagues, who will participate through the six rounds to see who can impress him the most in three different categories: creativity, effort, and publicity. This marks a change from the most recent tournaments and sees the elimination of former controversial categories availability and value.

The DubPoints World Championship, currently held by Joe Klier, will be on the line, as will the other three major championships (Ohio Valley, Internet, and Gang Wars) which will be distributed to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place finishers, an event which could serve as a potential annual “reboot” of the championship picture.

Joe Klier will be given the overall #1 seed as World Champion. Ohio Valley Champion Allen Lewis and Internet Champion Riley Wedge will be given #1 seeds as well. The remaining #1 seed will go to either Nicholas Griffin or Brad Uhrig (co-Gang Wars Champions), with the other partner receiving a #2 seed. Former champion and recent GM Charles Wilfong will be reinstated as a player for the contest. Other seeds and matchups will be announced on a “selection show” on Facebook Live in the weeks leading up to the start of the contest.

In addition, Edgar is planning a DubPoints “kick-off show” to stream on Facebook’s Live platform, in the hours leading up to the midnight EST kickoff on Thursday, April 13.

Prior to the start of the tournament, none of the DubPoints championships will be defended, though regular monthly title defenses will resume following the conclusion of the tournament. The intention is to keep the tournament as an annual event to cap off the year and refresh the title picture, while also determining who the upcoming talent is that would be worthy of future title shots, based on their bracket performance.

Good luck, and check back often as we begin announcing matchups and other news related to this historic event.

Internet Championship match to be determined by fan vote on January 31

DubPoints Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar made his first announcement in over a week on Monday, declaring that the much-anticipated bout between Internet Champion Riley Wedge and challenger Brandy Sall would be solely determined by the outcome of a one-day fan vote.

Internet Champion Riley Wedge has been campaigning for an obstacle course run matchup, but Edgar's decision will also suit his strengths well.
Internet Champion Riley Wedge has been campaigning for an obstacle course run matchup, but Edgar’s decision will also suit his strengths well.

The decision was made due to a combination of factors: a stalemate in the negotiation process for an in-person title match, and as part of a new initiative to standardize how championships are contended and fought for.

“The rapid of expansion of DubPoints has provided many people with opportunities but has also led to some confusion,” Edgar said in a statement. “The intention of the Internet Championship was for it to be determined, partially or in whole, by the will of the people. On Tuesday, January 31, we will let the people decide if Mr. Wedge shall continue his reign, or if Ms. Sall will take over the belt.”

Anyone in the general public will be able to vote for either of the two competitors, but can ONLY vote one time. Ballots will ONLY be accepted from midnight-to-midnight  (Eastern time) on Tuesday, January 31, and will ONLY be accepted in the form of a private message to the DubPoints Fan page. Anyone can message the page with their vote: “Riley” or “Brandy.” Any other forms of voting will NOT be counted. Results will be tallied, but specifics will remain anonymous.

It’s an interesting idea, one which makes it easy enough for people to actively participate in the outcome of a DubPoints match, but one that will also put both competitors’ networking skills to the test as they try to convince people on that day to take the simple, yet specific steps necessary to secure their vote.

If the format proves a success, the idea for the championship going forward will be to continue to defend the title in this manner or a similar one. Edgar is also hoping to standardize title defenses for some of the other championships in the coming months.

Full Details on Ohio Valley Championship Match, Jan. 16

Joe Patterson's reign as champion has been dangerous, as he will now have defended against nearly 30 people in the last month alone.
Joe Patterson’s reign as champion has been dangerous, as he will now have defended against nearly 30 people in the last month alone.

The first and only DubPoints Ohio Valley Champion in history, Joe Patterson, will have his work cut out for him on Monday, January 16, when he defends his title against 19 other challengers in the first-ever “Spinning Scramble” matchup.

The bout, which will begin at midnight EST on Monday and run for 24 hours only, will feature numerous elite competitors. There will be two key elements to this matchup: who can be quickest on the draw, and who gets the luck of the draw.

Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar will make posts on the DubPoints Players Facebook group 14 different times during this 24-hour span. The first contestant to respond with a comment will have their name added to one of the 14 wedges on his lucky spinning wheel. Once all 14 wedges are filled, the wheel will be spun during a live video to determine the champion. Edgar’s posts will happen randomly and with no prior announcement — meaning that contestants will have to be constantly aware if they want the best chance to win. And yes, contestants can be the first commenter multiple times, further increasing the amount of wedges they have and their opportunity to win.

The match was chosen as Patterson is known as somewhat of a night-owl and insomniac, as well as a social media guru. He should still have a clear advantage (or as much as one can have against 19 other people) in this matchup. Though there will be speculation of tampering because he and Edgar work together, they both have a scheduled day off on Monday due to the Martin Luther King holiday, meaning that he will be just as in the dark as everyone else is as to Edgar’s weird schedule.

Edgar plans on using the full 24-hour window to make the 14 posts, giving everyone an opportunity to have a slice of the lucky pie, but due to the inherit randomness of this contest, it’s possible that he can go anywhere from minutes to hours between posts. Only the 20 participants below will be eligible, though the posts will be visible to anyone in the group:

  • Joe Patterson (defending champion)
  • Ryan Church
  • Spencer Conner
  • Mike Fedczak
  • Brandon Garcia
  • Rafe Haddox
  • Eric Hersey
  • Ryan Hunker
  • James Jasinski
  • Dustin Kawa
  • Mike Kendjorsky
  • Nick Levi
  • Vince Levi
  • Dewayne Meeker
  • Jess Mentzer
  • Justine Mentzer
  • Rachael Moynihan
  • Kim Roberts
  • Justin Scott
  • Ashleigh Thress

Can Joe Patterson continue his historic, inaugural reign, or will we see the first new champion of 2017 crowned next week?