Single Elim vs Double Elim

The Dota2 Major was announced. The biggest piece of news was that it was to be a single elimination bracket, which is different from the previous iterations. For he record, this is fine as tournaments need to keep it fresh with different formats. Also it’s not The International which is supposed to crown the best team at the event.

For this I’d like to talk about the narrative argument fallacy. Neither single elim or double elim have a definitive edge in narrative storytelling. Single elim cuts the amount of games and thus makes it easier to follow the story for analysts/audience. Double elim is superior in giving teams more chances to prove they are the best. You can find multiple examples of great stories in both formats with Fnatic’s CS:GO Cologne run in 2015 or Naniwa’s triple elimination of Nestea at MLG.

As single elim and double elim give you roughly the same gains in narrative structure, the big difference is that double elim is much better at telling you who is the best team/player on the day and gives you the highest chances of having memorable matches. But as I said, tournaments do need to switch formats to keep it fresh.

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