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These are the rules for the Go4Overwatch (PC) North America August Monthly Finals powered by Thermaltake. 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. Overwatch and Format

1.1. Player Eligibility

All players participating in Overwatch competitions must enter their Overwatch (Americas) BattleTag. The gameaccount is needed to invite players into a custom match and to check if the correct player is playing. In order to participate in tournaments by ESL, you must meet the following requirements:

If you do not not meet these requirements, you will be deemed ineligible.

1.2. Team and Player Names

ESL reserves the right to edit Nicknames and/or URL aliases. Team or player names that are too similar to that of another team or player are subject to be changed by ESL. For more information on team and player names, please refer to the ESL Global Ruleset section 3.1.2. “Nicknames, Team Names and URL Aliases.” If a team name has been wrongly seized, please file a support ticket with proof of ownership of the name.

Only registered team members are allowed to play for a team. Playing in any matches with a ringer is prohibited. (See “Ringing/Faking” in the ESL Global Rules) Players and teams must compete under their officially registered Overwatch team names and Nicknames during all official matches.

1.3. Roster

Team rosters must consist of at least the minimum amount of players required to participate in a cup. Teams are only allowed to play with players on their roster with a registered gameaccount. All roster changes must be made prior to the start of a cup. Playing with different players and/or illegal ringers will result in punishment.

1.4. Game version

All players must install the newest version of the game in order to participate in ESL tournaments. Updates must be installed before the tournament starts, so delays will be at a minimum.

1.5. Technical Issues

Teams are responsible for their own technical issues (hardware/internet). Matches will not be rescheduled because of technical issues and matches will be played nevertheless. If the maximum pause time is exceeded, the game goes on, even if the issue is not solved yet.

1.6. Disqualification

To keep tournaments as efficient as possible, ESL reserves the right to disqualify teams. This will only be done in cases where a team purposefully stalls or attempts to block another team. In some scenarios both teams may be affected. Any team found to be using a known exploit will forfeit their game upon the first occurrence of the exploit. If the team is found to use another known exploit for a second time and it is determined to have been done on purpose they will be removed from the event and barred from any future events. Betting during any ESL event (by a player, team, or on behalf of anyone associated with the team) is off limits. Those partaking will be disqualified from the event in question and will receive a minimum of 6 months ban.

2. Overwatch Cup Rules

2.1. Overwatch Tournament Format

2.1.1. Match Settings

Custom Game Settings:

  • Game mode:

    • Start of the tournament - Quarter finals: Best of One
    • Quarter Finals & Semi Finals: Best of Three
    • Finals: Best of Five
  • The higher seeded team starts the map veto (explained here)
    • Available maps: King's Row, Numbani, Watchpoint: Gibraltar, Dorado, Hanamura, Temple of Anubis, Volskaya, Nepal, Lijiang Tower, Hollywood, Ilios and Route 66
  • Hero selection limit: 1 per team
    • all heroes are currently allowed
    • Disable kill cam: On
    General Rules:
    • In case of a draw on Assault or Hybrid, a preset Best of One Control map is to be played. The winner of the Control map will win the draw. Please note: Control maps picked in from the map pool are to be played as a Best of Five
    • Recordings and/or screenshots from each round are required

2.2. Map Pick/Veto

Unless otherwise specified, the map pick/veto rules are as follows:

  • The highest seeded team will be chosen to start the pick & ban phase
  • Contestants take turns banning maps until the number of maps needed remain
  • Contestants take turns picking maps until the number of maps needed remain
  • Maps are played in the order they were picked, the remaining map is played last

2.3. Custom Match Settings

2.3.1. Rule Set

  • Rule Set: Competitive

2.3.2. Map Options

  • Map rotation: After a game
  • Map order: Single Map
  • Return to lobby: After a game

2.3.3. Maps

  • Disable all maps except for the map that is to be played.

2.3.4. Hero Options

  • Hero selection limit: 1 per team
    • all heroes are currently allowed
      • Role selection limit: None
      • Allow Hero Switching: On
      • Respawn as random hero: Off
  • 2.3.5. Heroes

    • All heroes are to be set as "on".

    2.3.6. Gameplay Options

    • High Bandwidth: On
    • Control game mode format: Best of 5
    • Skirmish only: Off
    • Health modifier: 100%
    • Damage modifier: 100%
    • Healing modifier: 100%
    • Ultimate charge rate modifier: 100%
    • Respawn time modifier: 100%
    • Ability cooldown modifier: 100%
    • Disable skins: Off
    • Disable health bars: Off
    • Disable kill cam: On
    • Disable kill feed: Off
    • Headshots only: Off

    2.3.7. Team Options

    • Team balancing: Off
    • When balancing occurs: After a mirror match

    2.4. Regions

    The majority of the players on a team must be from North America (4 out of 6). Any teams outside of the North American region trying to circumvent this rule in any way will be removed from the cup and is subject to penalization.

    2.5. Game preparations

    Please resolve any problems that might occur before a match starts. Connection or hardware problems during a match could lead to a disqualification by ESL admins. Agreements between the teams/players have to be posted as match comments. The match must be played with the right settings. Make sure all players are eligible to play. In team games, all players must be registered for their corresponding team.

    2.6. Substitute Players

    One substitute is allowed to play for your team during a cup, starting with the next map. Substitutes cannot begin playing on a map that has already begun. Keep in mind that the substitute must have been on the team roster before the cup started.

    2.7. No show

    If a participant is not ready to play 15 minutes after both participants have been matched on the bracket, please submit a support ticket. This is the fastest way to get your match checked to move on to the next round.

    2.8. Number of players

    Matches should be played as example in 3on3 with 3 players, if a side is missing a player the match can be played 2on3 or 2on2.

    2.9. Disconnects

    In the case that a player(s) disconnects, the team is allowed to continue to play the match at a disadvantage.

    2.10. Forfeit

    Participants can choose to forfeit a match if they wish. Forfeiting will result in loss of the match and possible penalty points.

    2.11. Protests

    If a match was incorrectly reported by your opponents, your team has 10 minutes to protest (under []) the report. Match protests must include media evidence clearly showing the results of the match/series.Teams are responsible for providing proof of match results in case of disputes.

    2.12. Re-host

    A rehost can only be played with prior admin approval. Please contact an admin via support ticket to receive approval. In a re-hosted game each participant must choose the same side as they picked at the start of the the original match. Disconnects and lag issues will only qualify for a re-host if the issue occurs the within the first 60 seconds of the game.

    2.13. Observers

    Observers are allowed only if both teams agree. Exceptions to this rule are, ESL admins and people that are given permission by an admin (e.g. shoutcasters or streamer). Under no conditions are teams allowed to play with referees other than ESL referees.

    3. Results

    Both participants are responsible to enter the correct result. Results must be submitted after all games have been played. If anything is unclear, participants should have screenshots and the required replay files available to verify the result and file a protest.

    4. Communication & Support

    Please use matchchat, located on the bottom right hand side of your screen or submit a support ticket for any assistance during the cup.

    4.1. Admins

    All participants must adhere to the decisions and rules of the tournament organizers, admins, and referees. All decisions are final, except in cases where the option to appeal is clearly stated. Conversations, either verbal or written, between organizers, admins, or referees, and participants are confidential. Publicly posting or sharing these conversations with outside parties is strictly forbidden, unless permission is obtained.

    5. Match Media

    All match media (screenshots, demos, etc) must be kept for at least 14 days. In general, you should upload the match media from a match to the match info page as soon as possible. Faking or manipulating match media is forbidden and will result in severe penalties. Match media should be named clearly based on what it is. It is not possible to file a protest or write a support ticket to complain about bad match media naming. However, if an admin is hindered in their work because of bad match media names then it can be punished.

    6. Casting and Streaming

    Casting an ESL match is only permitted with an ESL admin agreement. To get an agreement please write a Support ticket.

    6.1. Personal Streaming

    Personal Streaming is always allowed if ESL TV is not casting the same match. If ESL TV is casting a match, personal streaming is not allowed without an admin agreement. Personal Streaming of a match shown by ESL TV, without permission from an ESL admin, can lead to a disqualification of the team or ban of the participant streaming content during the tournament.

    7. Penalty points

    In general, a player and the team can receive up to 6 penalty points per match, unless a single violation has a higher punishment. A team is only punished once per violation, regardless of how many players. Where a player or team receives penalty points for multiple violations, the penalty points are added together.

    Rule violation Number of penalty points
    Reject compulsory challenge Normal: 1
    Intense (top 10): 2
    Abort match Player / Team: 4
    Use of ineligible player
    Inactive barrage Player / Team: 3
    Barraged Player / Team: 6
    Unregistered player Player / Team: 3
    Missing Premium (where required) Player / Team: 3
    Missing Trusted (where required) Player / Team: 3
    Ringer/Faker Player / Team: 6
    Playing with wrong gameaccount Player / Team: 3
    Playing without a registered gameaccount Player / Team: 3
    Unsportsmanlike behaviour
    Multiple/Fake accounts Warning / 1-3 penalty points
    Faking country/nationality Warning / 1 / 2 / 3 penalty points
    Deception Player / Team: 1 - 4
    Fake result Player / Team: 4
    Fake match media Player / Team: 6
    Fake match Player / Team: 6
    Cheating Player: 12 / Team: 6

    Only a team, which participated in a match, can complain about their opponent breaking the rules.

    All rules are subject to change without notification.