Hi to all!, I was just checking the rules out for KWC 2017 and noticed a few new rules (at least I think they are new). The following are new: 1-Qualifying now consists of 12 tricks, not 10. Each player will have 1 back up trick that they can preform each preliminary round. Caveat being that the back up trick can't exceed the lowest point value in your 5 "main tricks". The reason is, if you miss a trick from your original 5, you can hit your back up and use those points. Gloken explains it well on the website. 2- 6 automatic bids will be given to the following- 3 past champs and the winner of the North American, Asian, and European championship. The top 25 players from qualifying rounds, excluding the 6 automatic bids advance to finals as well as 4 wild card. 3- level 11 and 12 can only be used in finals. 4- If Kendama touches hand or clothes, and you keep going, trick will be judged as "failed" and you will lose 200 points. Other than those changes, everything seems the same. Thoughts on the new rules??