Quick Rules

Cup Format:
  • Match setup: The highest seeded player creates a custom match in tournament mode then invites their opponent using the Lobby ID
  • The higher seeded player will be allowed side selection for each odd-numbered game (1, 3 & 5), while the lower seeded player will be allowed side selection for even-numbered games (2 & 4)
  • Matches: Best of Three
  • Grand finals: Best of Five
  • Tournament structure: Single Elimination
Match settings
  • Game Mode: Custom, Solo Battle
  • Heroes: All allowed (The tournament administration reserves the right to ban any hero from use in the tournament. In the event of a hero ban, that banned hero may not be played)
Failure to show
  • If a participant is not ready to play 15 minutes after the scheduled match time, please submit a support ticket. Any delays must be immediately brought to a tournament administrator’s attention. If a player fails to show up for a match within the given time, penalties may be applied. Penalties include, but are not limited to, forfeiting the game, forfeiting a map or penalty points
Screenshots to prove match results and any abuse must be uploaded into the match page.

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Terminology Help
  • "Highest Seed" :- Seeding is the term used to rank a team/players by number. This number changes over time based on a their cup progression and placement. You can view your seeding via the Bracket information where the lower the number, the higher the seed ranking is.
  • "Best of" :- This term is given to the number of matches played per round. For example in the first round of the bracket, you may be asked to play 3 matches to determine which team can win the most of those 3 matches i.e 3-0, 2-1. This is a best of 3 series.
  • "Single Elimination" :- This term is used when no second chances are given once a contestant loses a round. Once you lose a "best of" series, you are no longer in the tournament. In double elimination tournaments, contestants would be moved to a "lower/losers" bracket and given one more chance to win a "best of" series against other contestants who have lost a "best of" series. From here contestants must win every round to stay in the tournament.
Need help signing up? Follow our step by step guide


Looking for your opponents or need help? During the cup join ESL Arena of Valor on Discord. Alternatively you can open a support ticket.

Match related issues must be handled via match protest


Is this your first time? Here are the important steps:

  • Follow the instructions on the right to sign up and check in
  • If check in is enabled, make sure to check in on time
  • Wait for your first match to show up on the right
  • Get in contact with your opponent and play the match
  • Enter the result and ask your opponent to confirm
  • Wait for your next match

Still need help? During the cup, use chat if it is available, otherwise please contact support or for match related issues, please open a protest.