Quick Rules

The Community Cup - Beginners is an event for new teams and teams and/or players that do not participate in any seasonal ESL Insurgency Playoffs. Once you won this event three times (either with your team or as single player) you are not allowed to sign up for the Beginner- Cups anymore. The ESL Insurgency Admins therefore reserve the right to not accept individual leaguejoin- requests if one of these requirements is not fullfilled. The Cup will be played as a Swiss-Cup, meaning that there is no single-elimination bracket. Instead we have split the Event into three stages with each stage having 90 minutes for one match to be played. After a total of 3 matches played (Stage 3 finished) the tournament is over and rankings will be generated at. Good luck!


Don't forget to:

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exclamation.png record a POV Demo: Each player has to record a pov demo while playing
exclamation.png upload a Screenshot: there has to be a screenshot showing the result uploaded right after the match

How to play:
  • Match Mode: BO1 / MR16 / 5vs5 Firefight
  • Bracket: Swiss-Cup (No Lossdrop, End after 3 matches)
  • Max. Rounds: MR16, First to 9, auto Sideswitch after 8 rounds played.

The Match:
  • Map Selection: Map Elimination System on matchsheet (click on your match in "results"- tab)
  • Mappool: Verticality, District, Heights, Market, Ministry, Panj, Station, Siege, Uprising
  • Pistol Round: The team that started the Mapelimination picks the side to play in pistol round. The pistol round is played to determine the team that has the right to choose which side to start the match as (security or insurgents).

  • Timeout & Pause: Each team has a maximum of 3 pauses with a combined maximum pause-time of 3 minutes during each map. (Only during Freezetime of a round, NO pause midgame). Check the Pause Rules.
  • Overtime: In case of a draw, an overtime (MR 4) must be played to determine the winner of the match. Please check the Overtime Rules for more information.
  • Theater & Configs: Server must be running official "ESL Insurgency Competitive" Firefight Theater and Configs
  • Steamgroup: ESL Insurgency Steam Community

Check out the announcements on the New-Games (PC) mainpage.

If you want to learn more about our weekly Community Cups check out our Cup FAQ.


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If you are interested in Streaming one of the matches, check this guide and do not hesitate to write an application via support ticket.


Join us on Facebook, Discord & Steam to communicate with other ESL Insurgency players, look for scrims, read about upcoming events or to get help from admins.



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.