Quick Rules

Match Progress
Once the tournament begins, check “My Matches” and contact your opponent via ESL Chat, Discord, or your console to start the match. Before a game begins, verify that all of the settings are correct.


  • Single Elimination
  • Best of Three Games (Bo3) - until Semifinals
  • Best of Five Games (Bo5) for the Semifinals and Finals
  • Game settings:
    • Round Count: 3
    • Battle Timer: 60 seconds
    • Stage: Random

Players have up to 15 minutes to show up for a match before forfeiting the first game. Additional games will be forfeited every additional five minutes if the player does not show up. In the event of a no-show or disconnect, refer to the rules and contact an admin via support ticket immediately.

Character Selection
Players may use only Basic Characters with the Default 2 Costumes. Custom and DLC characters are not allowed for the time being (see full rules for details).

Choosing Sides
Unless both players agree to decide differently, the person with the better seed (lower number appointed in the bracket) chooses a side (who will be on 1p and who will be on 2p).

Reporting Scores
To report your score enter a number (0,1,2,3) to specify how many games you won and lost in the web-site or ESL Play App. Both players are expected to report the score.

If there are any inconsistencies in the reported scores, contact us via a support ticket. In the event of a dispute, be prepared to provide screenshots or video evidence from the match. Uploading clips to twitch.tv or youtube.com is the best way to provide video evidence.


discordicon2.pngLooking for your opponents or need help? Access our discord server or open a support ticket.

ESL Play App


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.

Match related issues must be handled via match protest.