Quick Rules

How to Participate
  • Register on ESL.
  • Follow the steps on the widget to the right of this page.
  • You will be required to check-in. They open 30 minutes before the start time. To check in, press the button within the previous mentioned widget.
How to play
  • Add your opponent as a friend on Steam
  • Host a lobby
  • Invite your opponent to the lobby
  • Play
  • Report the results at the end of the match
Note: A name and password for a lobby may be requested by an admin.

Tournament Settings
  • Game Mode: Best of One until Round 16, then Best of Three until the Finals, where it will be a Best of Five.
  • Faction Rule: A player may not use a faction twice (i.e. Crooked Moon and The Bloody Handz are considered Greenskins and Clan Angrund is considered Dwarfs faction) in a best of series. Whichever player is on the right side of the match page must pick faction first, and then announce his or hers pick in the match chat. Then it will be the other player's turn. Once announced, a pick may not be changed. For multiple matches, the right player will pick first in the first match, then the left player in the second match, then the right in the third and so on.
  • Map Pool: Ancient Dragon Cave, Bloodpine Woods, Brionne, Castle Drakenhof, Central Chaos Wastes, Cliff of Beasts, Dok Karaz, Estalian Tomb, Excavation Site, Galbaraz, Glacial Lake, Gor Gazan, Karak Azgal, Karak Ungor, Kelp and Koldust, L'Anguille, Marbad's Tomb, Northern Chaos Wastes, Oakenhammer, Pillar of Bone, Schwartzhafen, Southern Chaos Wastes, Stir River, Troll Country, MP Alpine Ridge, MP Blue Reach River, MP Crossroads, MP Heorot Ridge, MP Peak Pass
Lobby Settings
  • Match type: 1on1
  • Battle type: Land
  • Battle map: Voted by players ¹
  • Battle Difficulty: Normal
  • Time Limit: 20 minutes
  • Funds: Large
  • Battle realism mode: OFF
  • Large armies: OFF
  • Unit size: Large ²
¹ The cup uses a map voting system, found on the match page. Players ban 1 map each and pick from the remaining ones.
² This option can be found at the Options > Graphics > Advanced > Unit size (bottom left)

Army Rules

When referring to "unit", we ignore their weapons. For example, Dwarf Longbeards and Dwarf Longbeards(Great Weapons) are considered as the same unit, Regiments of Renown count as the original unit, Ethereal heroes count as the same unit as the regular heroes and Spellcasters with no spells equipped do not count as Spellcasters.
  • There is a maximum use of 6 of the same unit
  • All single entity units are limited to 2 of the same, not including summoned units
  • Crypt Horrors limited to 4 units
  • Heroes are limited to 3 units (Generals do not count)
  • Spellcaster's limited is 1 unit ³
³ If you use a General spellcaster, you cannot use a Hero spellcaster and vice-versa. Complete rules can be found here.



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.