Quick Rules

Custom Game Settings:
  • High bandwidth: Off
  • Game mode: Best of Five
  • Map rotation: Single map
  • Return to lobby:
    • Payload & Point Capture: After a mirror match
    • Control: After a game
  • The higher seeded team starts the map veto. The lower seed will then choose the starting side of the first map.
    • Available maps: King's Row, Numbani, Watchpoint: Gibraltar, Dorado, Hanamura, Temple of Anubis, Volskaya, Nepal, Lijiang Tower, Hollywood, Ilios & Route 66
  • Hero selection limit: None
    • All heroes are currently allowed
  • Disable kill cam: On
General Rules:
  • If the match ends in a draw (both defending sides win and got stuck on the same objective or checkpoint), a random preset Control map will be played. The team to capture the first objective wins the match.
  • If both attacking sides win, the victory will be award to the team that completed the map in the fastest time. If no screenshots or other match media is available the match will be treated as a draw.
  • Recordings and/or screenshots from each round are required
All other settings are to be left as the default. For a full list of server settings, please refer to the rules page.


The top 4 placed teams from the final will qualify for the Atlantic Showdown at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.

All qualified teams will have their travel and hotel paid for the duration of the event.


discordicon2.pngLooking for your opponents or need help? During the cup join ESL Overwatch on Discord, use the ESL Play App to chat with your opponent or open a support ticket.

Match related issues must be handled via match protest

ESL Play App


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

  • Follow the instructions on the right to sign up
  • 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 Discord chat if it is available, otherwise please contact support.

Match related issues must be handled via match protest.