- The Lead Admin is Jon Chia (Dr. Pie#5610)
- The Lead Overwatch Admin is Naeem Desai (Hyd#1705)
- Overwatch Admins:
- Chris Mousdale (spoopy#0352)
- Liudvikas Lazauskas (Leauy#7469)
- All teams may have a maximum roster size of 8 players, 6 starting and 2 substitutes.
- Only the players who played in the final map of the teams final match of the tournament will be eligible for prizing.
- Coaches will be classified as a substitute.
- All players must be added and verified before the start of that week's qualifier.
- No players may be added to the roster during the online qualifiers.
- All players must play on the battletag that they signed up with.
- In the case of a medical emergency and/or technical issue that prevents a player from rejoining the game, a player may be changed mid-game, provided the opposing team and an admin are informed in advance. The new player must be eligible to play, on the roster, and join within 5 minutes. In multiple map series, teams may make substitutions more freely between maps, however abusing the substitution rule to swap players in/out during the game based on their strengths is prohibited.
- Coaches are allowed to spectate the game as long as they can only spectate their team’s side and have written consent from the opposing team.
- Coaches are not allowed to communicate with their team during the game and may only communicate during setup phase. If this occurs the coach will be removed from the game and punishment is subject to the Lead Admin’s decision.
- The tournament will consist of two single elimination qualifiers taking place on the 28th October and the 4th November. The top two from each will qualify for the King of The North live event on the 2nd December 2018 at MediaCityUK, Salford.
- Rounds of the tournament will be best of three, except for the qualifier final and semifinal, which are best of five.
- If a team progresses during the first qualifier, they will be ineligible to enter the second qualifier.
- Week 1 registration closes on: Friday 26th October at 22:00
- Week 1 tournament begins on: Sunday 28th October at 13:00
- Week 2 registration closes on: Friday 2nd November at 22:00
- Week 2 tournament begins on: Sunday 4th November at 13:00
Live event Format:
- The semi-finals will be best of three.
- The finals will be best of five.
- The Overwatch semi-finals begin at 10:10 on Sunday 2nd December.
- Coaches are allowed to be on stage during the games and can listen to their team’s voices, but may not communicate with their teams during games.
- In a best of three, each team may communicate with their coach between map two and map three for no more than 2 minutes.
- In a best of five, either team may call a tactical pause at the end of one of the maps, during the tactical pause both coaches may communicate with their teams for no more than 2 minutes. Both teams may only call a tactical pause once per series.
- During a best of five series, there will be a 5 minute toilet break between maps three and four
- The map pool for the event is:
- Map 1 - Escort
- Map 2 - Hybrid
- Map 3 - Control
- Map 4 - Assault
- Map 5 - Control
- Tiebreaker - Oasis
- A tied map counts as 0 to the set count for both teams, the team with an unbeatable majority then wins the set - in the case of a 2-2 map score, the tiebreaker is played.
- The higher seed picks the map to be played on for game 1, for subsequent games the losing team of the previous game picks the map.
- The tiebreaker map cannot be chosen for maps 3 or 5.
More prizes may be added in the future.
- Captains meeting at 13:10 on KoTN Teams Discord:
- All games must be played under the following settings:
- Map Rotation: Single Map
- Return To Lobby: After A Game
- Only the map set to be played that game should be enabled. All others must be disabled.
- No cosmetic versions of the maps should be played.
- Hero Selection Limit: 1 per team
- Role Selection Limit: None
- Allow Hero Switching: On
- Respawn As Random Hero: Off
- All heroes to be set to on, unless any heroes are prohibited for that qualifier. (See New Heroes)
- Kill Cam: Off
- All other options should remain unchanged
- If a lobby is accidentally set up incorrectly, but allowed to proceed into game, then it is acceptable to restart the game with maps and settings corrected.
- Any settings configurable from the in game client are acceptable.
Map Veto Phase:
- Seeding determines who gets to pick/ban first. The team with the higher seed will first choose which game mode will be played first (Assault/Escort/Hybrid/Control), then the lower seed will pick the map. For subsequent games in the best of three, the loser of the previous game will decide the game mode, then the winner will pick the map.
- Game modes can not be played twice during a best of three series.
- Seeding determines who gets to pick/ban first. The team with the higher seed will first choose which game mode will be played first (Assault/Escort/Hybrid/Control), then the lower seed will pick the map. For subsequent games in the best of five, the loser of the previous game will decide the game mode, then the winner will pick the map.
- Game modes can be played twice during a best of five series, however the first three maps must all be different game modes.
- In the event of a tie on any game. A Control map will be played in a best of one format to decide the winner of the tied game. The team that picked the game mode of the tied map will ban one iteration of the control map, then the other team bans another iteration and the game will be played on the remaining map.
- Control Game Mode Format: Best of 1
- Assault - Horizon Lunar Colony / Temple of Anubis
- Escort - Dorado / Route 66 / Junkertown
- Hybrid - King’s Row / Eichenwalde / Numbani
- Control - Lijiang Tower / Nepal / Ilios
- Control (in the event of a tied game) - Oasis (First: City Centre, Second: Gardens, Third: University)
- Assault - Hanamura / Volskaya Industries
- Escort - Rialto / Watchpoint: Gibraltar / Dorado
- Hybrid - Numbani / Blizzard World / King’s Row
- Control - Oasis / Ilios / Nepal
- Control (in the event of a tied game) - Lijiang Tower (First: Night Market, Second: Garden, Third: Control Center)
- Each team is allowed to pause for a maximum of 5 minutes total during the game with due reason. (E.g. A teammate disconnecting)
- When 5 minutes have elapsed the game must be unpaused and continued, regardless of number of players on both sides.
- If the game servers are experiencing global problems, then the tournament admins may delay or postpone individual matches or the tournament until such a time that the server is stable.
- If a hero has been released or reworked and is not enabled in current competitive matchmaking, it will not be allowed to be played in the tournament.
Punishments and Disqualification:
- Any player or team found to be breaking any rules outlined in the tournament literature will be subject to penalties or possible disqualification.
- Verbal Abuse or Trolling: Any team found to be verbally abusing others, or trolling in matches will be first given a warning, then the map in which the infraction occurred will be set as a default loss, then finally disqualification from both weeks of the tournament. This does not include friendly banter this is subject to an admin’s ruling.
- Hacking, Scripting or Botting: Disqualification from both weeks of the the tournament. A two year ban for the player(s) caught cheating from all tournaments organised by University of Manchester Esports Society.
- Undeclared Players (“Ringers”): If a team is found to be fielding an undeclared player, then that team will be disqualified from that week’s tournament, however they can register the player to play for the following week, provided they are eligible. (See Eligibility under Global Rules)
- Warnings may also be given for other infractions not listed above. Other punishments may be levied if required.
- Teams participating in qualifiers are expected to report any rule breaking behaviour to admins, such as the above.
- Accusations of cheating:
- Accusations should be reported directly to admins, available on the KotN discord server
- All accusations require strong photographic proof, from the player’s perspective
- Do not publically make accusations of cheating - see Verbal Abuse or Trolling
Game Results Reporting:
- Both team captains are expected to report the results of each game to an admin immediately after they happen.
- Screenshots proving results are required. Gyazo and Imgur are both easy to use.
Rules are subject to change at any time. Admin’s decision is final.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any enquiries.