Rules

play Heroes of the Storm SEA Regional Qualifiers

Last change: 12.06.2017 15:23

These are the rules for the Heroes of the Storm SEA Regional Qualifiers. We make every effort to ensure the rules are complete and up to date but this may not always be the case. You should also check the Info Page and News for additions, exceptions and modifications that may apply. The rules are a guideline and the decisions by admins may differ from them depending on the circumstances. If you have any questions about the rules, please write a support ticket.

1. Heroes of the Storm Southeast Asia Team Rules and Requirements

1.1. Participation in the Southeast Asia Qualifier

The Southeast Asia Qualifier is a team-based competition. Teams are comprised of five (5) players, each of whom must be an Eligible Participant. None of the Team Members may be associated with more than one Team in the Southeast Asia Qualifier.

Teams must elect one Team Manager either from within the roster of five (5) Eligible Participants who make up the Team or add a sixth (6th) member to the Team who will not be considered an Eligible Participant. The role of the Team Manager is to be the primary point of contact for the Team.

One person cannot be a Team Manager in two or more Teams simultaneously.

A team's players must be residents if not citizens of Southeast Asia and have their Battle.net Country of Residence accurately reflect their residency. A team may be comprised of any mix of Southeast Asian players but may not include players who do not reside in Southeast Asia.

1.1.1. Active Roster

The five Eligible Participants who are designated as starters to play for the Team in the Southeast Asia Qualifier will be considered the Active Rosters for the Team.

Only players who are on the Active Roster at the conclusion of the Team’s final game of the Playoffs will be eligible to receive prizes from Blizzard.

1.1.2. Roster Locks and Changes

Teams may only consist of five (5) players and a Team manager.

Teams must submit their roster 48 hours in advance of their first match each weekend to be eligible for play in the Southeast Asia Qualifier.

Registration closes forty-eight (48) hours prior to the first match of the Southeast Asia Qualifier. All rosters submitted before this time are considered final once registration closes and no new rosters will be accepted, nor any roster changes of any kind allowed.

Teams that qualify for the Southeast Asia Top 8 Finals will not be allowed to change any of their Team members between the Southeast Asia Qualifier and the start of the Southeast Asia Top 8 Finals.

1.1.3. Team Name and Player BattleTags

Team name must be deemed appropriate by Blizzard. Blizzard reserves the right to ask Teams to change their name or to directly change Team names that are seen as unfit for the Tournament.

Player's BattleTags must be deemed appropriate by Blizzard. Blizzard reserves the right to ask Players to change their BattleTag or to directly change BattleTags that are seen as unfit for the Tournament. Blizzard may also insert Player’s Team Name as a part of the Player’s BattleTag to enhance the viewing experience for fans.

1.2. Structure of the Southeast Asia Qualifier

1.2.1. Roster Restrictions

Teams that qualify for the Top 8 Finals can replace up to two players from their Active Roster under the following restrictions:

  • The replacement player must be Eligible to participate in the Southeast Asia Qualifier as an Eligible Participant in the region.
  • The player entering the team is not from any team that competed in the Southeast Asia Qualifier.
  • The replacements may only happen before rosters are locked and registration closed for the Southeast Asia Top 8 Finals.

1.2.2. Southeast Asia Qualifier Format

A. The Southeast Asia Qualifier will be played in two parts, a Single Elimination open bracket accommodating up to 64 teams and a Double Elimination series for the Top 8 teams.

B. The Open Bracket will be single elimination with Best of 3 rounds.

C. Top 8 Finals play will consist of a Double Elimination bracket with all matches being Best of 3 except for the Semifinals and Finals which will be Best of 5.

3.3 Tournament Rules; Match Details.

a. In each Tournament match, two teams will compete against each other by playing Heroes of the Storm on the Battle.net server operated by Blizzard. Matches will be played in the Custom game mode and Tournament Draft lobby mode.

b. Blizzard, at its sole discretion, will select a pool of nine Battlegrounds for the Tournament prior to the commencement of the Southeast Asia Qualifier. The Battlegrounds pool can be changed at Blizzard's sole discretion.

c. Each match will begin with an initial Battleground selection process. One team will be chosen at random to start the process (here labeled Team A'), and will begin by banning one battleground. The other team ('Team B) will then ban one battleground. Team A will then select a battleground from the remaining (unbanned) battlegrounds. Since each team plays each other twice in each phase, teams will have both first and second pick in every match up.

d. Players will be able to select from any heroes that are available to them on their Battle.net accounts and that have been commercially released in the region of play for at least two weeks before the match, except that Blizzard, in its sole discretion, may restrict certain heroes from the Southeast Asia Qualifier at any point during the Southeast Asia Qualifier. Eligible Participants must have access to at least fourteen Heroes in order to participate in the Southeast Asia Qualifier.

e. Each game within a match will begin with a drafting process to determine which heroes each team will play. Each team will have 60 seconds per selection phase in which to ban and pick heroes. If a team runs out of time, its pick will be randomly selected or it's ban will be missed. The team that began the battleground selection process (Team A) will go second during the first game' hero selection process, in the following sequence:

     Hero Selection Sequence
     1.Team B will ban one hero
     2.Team A will ban one hero
     3.Team B will choose one hero
     4.Team A will choose two heroes
     5.Team B will choose two heroes
     6.Team A will ban one hero
     7.Team B will ban one hero
     8.Team A will choose two heroes
     9.Team B will choose two heroes
     10.Team A will choose one hero

f. In the following games of a match, the losing team of the previous game will have the choice for Battlegrounds selection or first hero pick in the draft. Battlegrounds may not be repeated during a match.

g. Blizzard or ESL, in their sole discretion, may require that a game or match be paused, suspended, replayed, or forfeited by a team in the event that one or more players lose their connections or the game is otherwise affected by abnormal technical or nontechnical issues, or based upon violations of the Specific Rules or otherwise unfair or unsportsmanlike conduct

h. Pauses

Teams may pause a total of 3 times per game. The amount of pause time must not exceed 10 minutes per game per team.

Referees reserve the right to unpause a game at any time and to extend pause time at any time.

Any team abusing pause will be punished and automatically be ineligible to any prize in the ongoing match. The abuse of pause will also result in a default loss in the ongoing match. Blizzard as its sole discretion may apply additional sanction.

i. Bugs & Exploit

Any use of a known bug or exploit will result in the team using the bug or exploit being ineligible to any prize for the ongoing match. Any use of bug or exploit will result in a default loss. Blizzard as its sole discretion may apply additional sanctions.

Known bugs and exploits are defined as anything made known previous to the game in question by the administrators or any report that is public on the official bug report forums, the Heroes of the Storm Subreddit (/r/heroesofthestorm) or any form of social media.

j. Game Forfeitures

If fewer than five Eligible Participants on a team's roster are present ten minutes after the scheduled match time, that team forfeits the match.

Blizzard, in its sole discretion, may require that a game or match be paused, suspended, replayed, or forfeited by a team in the event that one or more players lose their connections or the game is otherwise affected by abnormal technical or nontechnical issues, or based upon violations of the Official Rules or otherwise unfair or unsportsmanlike conduct.

k. Replays

All players are required to retain their replays for at least 14 days after any Official Match has finished.

Every player that participates in the Southeast Asia Qualifier is automatically required to submit all replays to the Administrators.

Administrators will communicate directly with all persons who have their replays requested in order to obtain the replays in a method that is feasible for all parties.

1.2.3. Prize Awards

The teams that successfully place in the Southeast Asia Qualifier will receive the following monetary prizes:

    Placemment          Prize Payout
        1st             2,500 USD
        2nd             1,250 USD
        3rd             750 USD
        4th             500 USD

D. National, state and local taxes, including VAT taxes, which are associated with the receipt or use of any prizes are the sole responsibility of the winner. All cash prizes will be paid in US dollars. Winners will be required to complete and submit to Blizzard all governmental and tax forms required to receive a cash prize, including an IRS form W-8 or W-9 and any other forms required by the country in which the player is a resident. Additional paperwork that Blizzard requests, including waivers, indemnities and releases, must be submitted to Blizzard before Blizzard will provide the winner with any prize. Prizes are not transferable.

E. No substitutions or exchanges (including for cash) of any non-cash prizes will be permitted, except that Blizzard reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any noncash prize.

F. All Eligible Participants must be verified by Blizzard to ensure their eligibility prior to being declared a winner and/or receiving any prize. Display of statistics in the game (e.g., on a leader board) during the Qualifier does not entitle any Eligible Participant to a prize. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of any winner, Blizzard will resolve the dispute using the email addresses of Team Members used on the Battle.net Account.

G. As a condition of being awarded any prize, winners will be required to execute and deliver to Blizzard a signed affidavit of eligibility and acceptance of these Specific Rules and an indemnity and release of liability. In the event that a winner is under the age of majority, the winner’s parent or legal guardian will be required to execute and deliver such documents. Failure to return a signed affidavit and related documents within seven days may result in forfeiture of prize. Potential winners are responsible for ensuring return of all required materials; proof of sending will not be considered proof of receipt by Blizzard.

H. Blizzard will post a list of winners at http://goblizzard.tw/esports/sea/heroes/2017/Season-1 no later than seven days after the end of each quarter. The list will remain available for six months on the website.