Double Elimination Tournament Format
A player (or team) participating in a Rival double elimination tournament continues to advance in the tournament bracket until they have lost two games. Upon a second loss, they are eliminated from the event.
All players begin the first round of a double elimination tournament together in a single bracket. This bracket is called the Winner's bracket. A player will continue their progression through the Winner's Bracket until either they lose a game or reach the tournament finals. If and when a player in the Loser's Bracket loses a game they are automatically moved from the Winner's bracket to the Losers bracket.
The Losers Bracket is conducted in the same manner as a single elimination tournament, except of course that the losers from each round "drop down" into the Loser's Bracket. A Player progresses through the Loser's Bracket until they either lose a second game and are eliminated, or win all their games and reach the tournament finals.
The Finals for a double elimination team tournament is comprised of the winner of the Winner's Bracket (undefeated) and the winner of the Loser's Bracket (one loss). If the undefeated player wins the first game of the finals, they are crowned the champion. However, if the undefeated player loses the first game of the finals, both teams have only one loss, forcing one final game to be played and its winner is crowned champion.
The maximum number of games in a double elimination tournament is one less than twice the number of teams participating. The minimum number is two less than twice the number of teams.