This idea has been on my mind for a good while, why aren't any dama competitions double elimination format? For those who don't know, double elimination is where you have to lose twice to be out. Everyone starts in the upper/winners bracket and once you lose a match, you drop down to the lower/losers bracket. In the end you'll have two people come out on top; the winner of the upper bracket, and the winner of the lower bracket. They play to decide the winner of the whole competition. The person from the losers bracket has to win 2 matches to win the whole contest because you have to lose twice to be out right? Anyways, the reason I think this is a much better way of running Open Divisions is because of the luck factor in kendama. Yes kendama is a toy based mostly on skill and muscle memory, but there IS undeniable luck involved. Whether it's the trick pulled or just some straight up fluke of an attempt. Plus, who doesn't want a second chance? Another good reason is because of how often a top player/pro is eliminated early. An easy example is at MKO 2015 when Nic Stodd and Jake Fischer played round 1. Both these players were expected to do well in the comp, but one of them was out round 1. This can also be avoided by seeding the brackets so top players don't play each other too early, but double elimination helps as well. The only con to this is the fact that it does take longer, so I understand why tournament organizers wouldn't implement it in single day events like Tacoma Takeover, but for multiple day events like MKO when day 1 rounds don't start till 4 P.M. anyways, there is more than enough time. Double elimination not only gives players a second chance but it also creates a bunch of hype when someone makes a sick run through the losers bracket to take the whole comp. It's just something that's been on my mind for a while and I was wondering what the community thought. Let's hear it!