Quick Rules

Game Mode:
  • Direct Challenge via friend requesting. Add your opponent in-game based on the information from the tournament widget on the right side of the page.
  • Players should play individual matches with their opponent, not using "Tournament mode" built-in game

Cup Format:
  • Tournament structure: DE or Swiss Mode (depends on # of players)
  • All matches are BO3 "best of three"

Game specific rules
  • Standard deck-building rules apply
  • Players can swap, edit, change decks between matches
  • Any draws will result in a rematch with the same decks

Banned Cards

The tournament follows the usual Standard card restrictions available here

Banned cards can be ignored if both sides agree to that


Every winner of each Staffcup will win a prize. They will get an ESL Shop voucher with an amount of 50 €. Its valid for all ESL products.

To claim your price please write a supportticket to Staffcups (Global). If you want to get more information about the prizes visit the Staffcups Portal.

To promote fairness to volunteers - all paid staff or contractors from ESL wont get the ESL Shop prize when they win a Staffcup as they get paid for their work.


DiscordLooking for your opponents or need help? During the cup join ESL Play on Discord and contact one of the Staffcups Admins.


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

  • Read the related Staffcups News & check the cupinfo for details
  • 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? Join #staffcups on ESL Play Discord for livesupport and contact the admins. Please dont open supports/protests!