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Monthly Team Tournament Codex

Postby Impregnable » Wed 24 Jun, 2020 7:56 am

- This is a page to help people understand detailed rules of Monthly Team Tournament. It is being constantly updated whenever there are changes in rules. It is based on rules of [Codex Tournamentus viewtopic.php?f=14&t=2115] but altered to fit the need of a team tournament.

- If anyone got any questions regarding rules in this page, contact the organizer either on Steam or Discord.
Steam - https://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198008307003/
Discord - Impregnable#8903

- The organizer has the right to alter any rules during the tournament to adapt to various needs that arise.
- I will refrain from altering rules during tournaments as best as I can in order to keep consistency in applying rules but will not hesitate to intervene if the need arises.

Table of Contents
1. Starting Time / Date
- 1.1/ Scheduling
- 1.2/ Time I Date
2. Sign Up Procedure
- 2.1/ Players I Reserves
- 2.2/ Referees I Streamers I YouTube Casters
3. Tournaments Settings
- 3.1/ The Default Format
- 3.2/ Divisions & Seeding
- 3.3/ Map Picks
- 3.4/ Hero Picks
- 3.5/ Division Finals Specific Rules
4. Disconnection
- 4.1/ 5 Minutes Rule
- 4.2/ Disconnection Penalties I Preventive Measure
- 4.3/ Exceptions
5. Dropping/Reserves
- 5.1/ Dropping
- 5.2/ Reserves
6. Player Rights
- 6.1/ Observer Slot Purge Right
- 6.2/ YouTube Cast Privacy Right
7. Extra Players
- 7.1/ Observers
- 7.2/ Referees
- 7.3/ Streamers
- 7.4/ YouTube Casters
8. Replays / Results
- 8.1/ Replays
- 8.2/ Results
9. Prizes
- viewtopic.php?f=14&t=5405
10. Definitions

1. Starting Time / Date
- The section explains how Monthly Team Tournaments are scheduled and where to check time and date of each tournament.

1.1/ Scheduling
- Monthly Team Tournament is a once per month tournament.
- The organizer can host more tournaments outside the regular schedule if he has more time.
- Tournament is always held at 5 PM UTC and always on Saturday.
^(CAUTION)
- Depending on where you live, the tournament day can be Sunday instead of Saturday.

- Usually, the tournament is held at the first Saturday of each month.
- Future tournament schedules are posted on Tournaments section of this forum after the last event of May, August, November and February.
- Decided dates are rarely changed.

1.2/ Time I Date
- Starting time and the date of each tournament is provided in the respective sign up page for that tournament.
- All sign up pages are located at Tournaments section of this forum.
- Each tournament sign up page contains Time Conversion Links. This link auto detects IP location and converts 5 PM UTC starting time into local starting time. It takes into account changes caused by Day Light Saving when providing local time to the user.
- Right side clock inside the Time Conversion Link is the local starting time and date.

2. Sign Up Procedure
- Registering for a tournament is done by posting a reply post at the respective tournament sign up page of each tournament.

2.1/ Players I Reserves
- How to sign up as a player or a reserve is given in the link provided below.
- The link also includes what a signed up player or a reserve has to do on the tournament day.
- viewtopic.php?f=14&t=5187

2.2./ Referees I Streamers I YouTube Casters
- Those who wishes to be a Referee, a Streamer or a Youtube Caster should contact Impregnable directly either on Steam or Discord.
Steam - https://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198008307003/
Discord - Impregnable#8903
- Once contacted, the organizer instructs the person who contacted him on what to do.

3. Tournament Settings
- These are standard settings for a Monthly Team Tournament.
- If a specific tournament sign up page includes special rules, those special rules hold priority over standard rules.
- Most of the time, these special rules are about banning certain heroes because of glaring imbalances or bugs.

3.1/ The Default Format
a) Match Format
Game Mode: 2 Versus 2
Victory Point Control: 500 VPs
Starting Location: Random
Resources: Standard

b) Tournament Format
- It is a Single Elimination Tournament.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-el ... tournament

c) Number of Matches
- All the matches are best of 3 except Division Finals.
- All Division Finals are best of 5.

d) Patch
- The newest patch is used.
- The patch used for each tournament can be found at the respective tournament sign up page of each tournament.
- The newest patch has to be released at least 30 minutes before the start of a tournament to be used in that tournament.
- This is an extreme case but if a new patch is released exactly 29 minutes and 59 seconds before the start of a tournament, that patch will not be used for that particular tournament.
- Beta patches are not used even when released in advance.

3.2/ Divisions & Seeding
- viewtopic.php?f=14&t=6506

3.3/ Map Picks
  • Maps are always selected before hero picks.
  • The first map is always fixed and is different for each Round.
  • The first map can be found in bracket pages and links to them are posted at the respective tournament sign up page of each tournament.
  • After the first map, the losing team of the previous match chooses the map.
  • No map can be played more than once within a Round.
  • Maps that are variants of other maps, such as Calderis Refinery and Valderus Refinery, will count as one map.
  • A map from within the map pool must be used for a match to be considered a valid tournament match. Map Pool can be found on sign up pages.
Map Pool
Ancestors Rest
Argus Desert Gate
Ashes of Typhon
Calderis Refinery
Desert Showdown
Golgotha Depths
Judgement of Carrion
Lyredon Thrall
Medean Cliff Mines
Ruins of Argus
Tharsis Forge

Map Selection Rule Summary
- Map Picking procedure is always done first before Hero Picking procedure starts.
1st Game - Predetermined by the organizer for each Round
- First game map for each Round can be found on bracket page.
2nd Game - The losing team of the previous match chooses
3rd Game - The losing team of the previous match chooses
- No map can be played more than once within a Round.
- Maps that are variants of other maps, such as Calderis Refinery / Valderus Refinery, will count as one map.
- Only maps in Map Pool should be played.

3.4/ Hero Picks
  • Players can select either only Random or 3 heroes prior to the tournament.
  • Hero picks can be viewed by visiting participant list links provided in the respective sign up page of each tournament
  • Once selected, the player will only be able to pick among those 3 heroes or only Random for the duration of the tournament depending on their selection.
  • As long as players are picking from 1 of the 3 registered heroes, each hero can be picked any number of times and in whatever order in each game. If one wishes to, can use only 1 hero throughout the entire tournament.
  • The team on the top side of the match box always selects their hero first for the first game. In the second game, the team on the bottom side of the match box selects their hero first. The order alternates like this until the victor is decided.
  • Unlike map picking order, hero picking order has nothing to do with winning or losing matches and follows an set order.
  • When it is a team's turn to pick heroes, both players belonging to that team have to finalize their choices.
  • To check which team is on the top or bottom of a match box, have a look at brackets pages. Links to bracket pages can always be found at the respective sign up page of each tournament.
  • Players must announce their hero picks in the match chat room after finalizing their hero pick.
  • Players picking random must immediately announce their faction via Shift + Enter global chat as soon as the game finishes loading.

Hero Selection Rule Summary
1st Game - Top of the box team locks heroes first
- Teams who are having a match is grouped into a rectangular box shape at bracket page. One team occupies the top side while the other occupies the bottom. This is what it means by top or bottom of a box.
2nd Game - Bottom of the box team locks heroes first
3rd Game - Top of the box team locks heroes first
- Players must choose from one of 3 registered heroes. Each player's pick is located at participant list.
- Players who chose random can only play random throughout the entire tournament.
- Players must announce their hero picks in the match chat room after finalizing their hero pick.
- Players picking random must immediately announce their faction via Shift + Enter global chat as soon as the game finishes loading.

3.5/ Division Finals Specific Rules
- Below rules overrides standard rules in Division Finals.
- Only rules stated below are changed for Division Finals. Not mentioned rules stay the same.

a) Preventing Disconnection
- All participants including referees who host the final room must turn their game and Steam off and on after each set in order to prevent disconnection issues.
- The hosting referee must warn involved players about this rule before the start of the first set.
- The hosting referee must not start the first set until all players in the room comply or say in the lobby chat that they fully understand this rule.
- If there are replacements, replacing players must also be informed of this rule when they arrive in the match lobby.

b) Map/Hero Picks
- Division Finals uses best of 5 format.
- Every rule for map and hero picks stays the same but with below changes and extensions made.

b.1) Map Picks
- 4th and 5th games are added.
1st Game - Predetermined by the organizer for each Round
2nd Game - The losing team of the previous match chooses
3rd Game - The losing team of the previous match chooses
4th Game - The losing team of the previous match chooses
5th Game - The losing team of the previous match chooses

b.2) Hero Picks
- 4th and 5th games are added.
1st Game - Top team locks heroes first
2nd Game - Bottom team locks heroes first
3rd Game - Top team locks heroes first
4th Game - Bottom team locks heroes first
5th Game - Top team locks heroes first
- Teams still take turns each game to lock heroes first but the top team who locks heroes first in the first set is decided by coin flip feature provided at the tournament section of the main elite discord.
- Before the hero pick of the first set, top team is decided by below process.
Step 1> The hosting referee asks each team to decide on whether to take heads or tails.
Step 2> The hosting referee uses flip coin feature to get either heads or tails.
Step 3> The team who picked matching result from flipping coin is decided as the top team and the hosting referee informs players in the lobby chat on who got chosen as the top team.
Step 4> Hero picking procedure starts.

c) Disconnection
- Standard disconnection rules are disregarded and replaced with below rules.

c.1) Rematch Rules
- Regardless of game length, a rematch happens when disconnection occurs using the same map and same hero settings on both teams but with below conditions attached.
- If 2 units belonging to either team except Spore Mines/Ripper Swarm get wiped before the disconnection, a rematch does not happen and the team with disconnected player take the loss for the applicable set of the series.
- Hero deaths also counts as unit wipes.
- The hosting referee is the one who determines whether a disconnection happened before or after 2 squad wipes based on his or her observation.
- The hosting referee's decision will be final and without discussion so the tournament can go on as smoothly as possible. Failure to comply will result in the tournament ejection of the offending party.
- Rematches are limited to only 1 time per team without exceptions.
- When a rematch cannot be done for whatever reason, the team with disconnected player loses the applicable set of the series.
- Disconnection Penalties are not applied in Division Finals.

c.2) Exceptions
- In below cases, a rematch is done without having to use same map and same hero settings on both teams, without having to count unit wipes and without using up rematch limits.
> Everyone crashing together including the referee
> Players crashing during the loading screen

d) Dropping/Reserves
- Standard dropping and reserve rules are disregarded and replaced with below rules.
- Different rules are applied based on who and how many dropped.
- Regardless of which rule is applied, dropping results in prize not getting granted to anyone for that Division.
- In addition, reserves who could not or did not participate in the first set of semifinals for the team they got assigned to, cannot receive tournament prizes.
- For Division A Finals, getting a reserve results in winning team members not getting tournament championship wins. This affects seeding in future tournaments.

d.1) Missing a team member
- When dropping happens, players who lost their teammate have the first say on whom to pick for their respective teams but if they cannot bring or find reserves for some reason, the organizer find someone for them.
- If either the organizer is absent or is unable to bring reserves for some reason, bystanders like streamers, referees and observers can bring one but only under the condition that the receiving player agrees on accepting the selected reserve.
- Players who got rejected out of the tournament due to receiving disconnection penalties and those who are banned from the tournament cannot become a reserve.
- If for some reason a reserve cannot be acquired by bystanders, rules under d.2) applies.

d.2) Missing an entire team or both teams
- The score freezes at that moment and the tournament concludes without a champion team.

e) Restrictions in Player Rights
- Observer Slot Purge Right cannot be exercised.
- YouTube Cast Privacy Right cannot be exercised.

4. Disconnection
- The meaning of the term disconnection used here includes but not limited to any activities that result in leaving the game while the match is in progress such as sound bug, rage quitting and force quitting.
- Same map and same hero settings on both teams have to be used for all rematches.
- In any rematch, players who registered as random must pick the hero the random gave them during the crashed match for the rematch.

4.1/ 5 Minutes Rule
- In case of disconnection, different rules are applied based on whether it happened over or below 5 minutes.
- The hosting referee is the one who determines whether the match was over or below 5 minutes based on his or her observation.
- The hosting referee's decision will be final and without discussion so the tournament can go on as smoothly as possible. Failure to comply will result in the tournament ejection of the offending party.

a) Below or exactly 5 minutes
  • A rematch is done.
b) Above 5 minutes
  • The hosting referee must explain that there are two options to 4 players in the room.
  • The first and by default option is the hosting referee or the organizer determining the winner using whatever information available.
  • The second and optional rule is doing a rematch. It can only be done under the condition that all players in the room agree on a rematch.
  • For this to work, the referee should directly message each player via group chat and ask which option he or she chooses. However, before making contacted players choose an option, the referee must explain in detail that the first option is the default one and the second option cannot be forced if one of involved players disagrees.
  • The referee should also notify when directly messaging each player that harassing the player who does not agree on the rematch will result in disqualification of the offending party.
4.2/ Disconnection Penalties I Preventive Measure
  • For whatever reason if a team member disconnects twice in an entire tournament, it will result in that player being ejected out of the tournament.
  • If each team member of a team disconnects once within a round, the entire team is disqualified.
  • If someone disconnects during the game, the hosting referee must inform applicable players about above penalties when players enter rehosted room. At the same time, the referee must inform applicable players about the preventive measure. Almost all types of the disconnections can be prevented by turning the game and Steam off and on after every match.
  • Players who got disqualified due to these penalties cannot be a reserve.
4.3/ Exceptions
- Disconnection rules are strictly applied in all forms of disconnection but there are exceptions. In below cases, a rematch is done without having to use same map and same hero settings on both teams, without having to count minutes and without applying penalties.
a) Everyone crashing together including the referee
b) Players crashing during the loading screen

5. Dropping/Reserves
5.1/ Dropping
- A player either being absent or being unresponsive in the match lobby when required to be present and ready is considered dropping. Reasons for absence or unresponsiveness are not considered when judging whether someone has dropped or not.
- When dealing with dropping, the organizer chooses the course of action based on the order of priority as described below.
> The top priority is progressing the tournament at normal pace as to not cause other involved players to wait unnecessarily.
> The second priority is making sure the reserve player given as a new teammate is of similar skill to the missing member of the team.

a) 15 Minutes Rule
- The moment the referee realizes dropping happened, he or she starts 15 minutes countdown and takes different actions depending on what happened in the room.
- The hosting referee is the one who decides from when to when is 15 minutes time limit.

a.1) When there is no remaining member who is present and responsive
- The referee will wait for 15 minutes and report to the organizer.
- If the entire team manages to return and be responsive within time limit, the match will progress as normal.
- If only one member arrives or become responsive within time limit, reserve finding procedure begins immediately.

a.2) When there is a remaining member who is present and responsive
- The referee asks the remaining member to choose from one of four options stated below.
- The remaining member can decide to switch between options but need to know that 15 minutes countdown is shared among options and which means it is not reset when switching to other options.

a.2.1) Wait for 15 minutes
- If the remaining member decides to wait, the referee continue the countdown. If the missing or unresponsive manages to return or become responsive in time, the match proceeds as normal.
- If the missing member fails to arrive in time, the hosting referee reports to the organizer and he starts reserve finding procedure.
- When this happens, the remaining member cannot refuse the reserve player given by the organizer.

a.2.2) Find a substitute member
- If the remaining member decides to find a substitute, the substitute player must be found and be made to arrive in the game lobby within time limit.
- Just saying that he or she is available and not coming inside the lobby within time limit is not allowed.
- In case of unresponsiveness, when the substitute member comes into the lobby, the unresponsive member is kicked from the room.
- After arriving in the lobby, the substitute player must respond quickly to the referee's instructions. If the referee deems that the substitute or the remaining member is delaying the tournament, the entire team is disqualified.
- If the substitute member fails to arrive in the match lobby within time, the hosting referee reports to the organizer and he starts reserve finding procedure.
- When this happens, the remaining member cannot refuse the reserve player given by the organizer.

a.2.3) Ask the organizer to find a substitute member
- When this option is chosen, the hosting referee reports to the organizer immediately without waiting for 15 minutes and he starts reserve finding procedure.
- When this happens, the remaining member cannot refuse the reserve player given by the organizer.

a.2.4) Quit the tournament
- The remaining member is eliminated from the tournament.
- it is possible to return as a substitute player for other teams.

b) Reserve Finding Procedure
- With the aforementioned priorities in mind, the organizer chooses from below options.
b.1) Choose a replacement player from signed up reserves
b.2) Searching from Steam friend list
b.3) Getting recommendation from someone
- This someone can be literally anyone who messages the organizer on either Steam or Discord.
b.4) Merging
- This is done by grouping two players who both lost their teammate into a new team.
- In order to apply this option, both players must be under reserve finding procedure.
- This is a destructive process that cannot be undone thus is used as a last resort.

c) Reuniting with Dropped Players
- The returning dropped player must contact the organizer on either Steam or Discord for this section to apply.
- When a dropped player returns after replacement finding procedure began, he or she can only reunite with the original member under below conditions.

c.1) The remaining member was not subject to merging
- Once contacted, the organizer contacts the hosting referee to ask the remaining member whether he or she wants to accept the dropped player.
- The dropped player is only allowed to rejoin when the remaining member allows it.
- The match must not be in progress.
- The reserve player must not be present inside the lobby. When the reserve player is already present, he or she must be guaranteed to play 1 game before the organizer asked him or her to leave.
- The referee is the one who decides which happened earlier between the reserve player getting in the room and getting message from the organizer that the dropped player has returned.

c.2) The remaining member got merged
- When merging was chosen, the dropped player cannot rejoin the team until the player who got teamed up with the original member quit the tournament or get disqualified.
- It is fine for players in a merged team to persuade each other to leave the spot for the dropped member but harassing the player who does not agree on quitting or purposefully sabotaging games is not allowed.
- If the referee thinks one of merged team member is doing such thing to get rejoined with the dropped member, he or she will disqualify the offender.

5.2/ Reserves
- A reserve is a player who substitutes for a missing member of a team.
- Anyone except players who got rejected out of the tournament due to receiving disconnection penalties and those who are banned from the tournament can become a reserve.
- Reserves are normally acquired when the need to replace dropped players arises but players can sign up in advance as a reserve.
- Players who wants sign up as a reserve in advance should contact Impregnable directly either on Steam or Discord.
Steam - https://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198008307003/
Discord - Impregnable#8903
- Once contacted, he instructs the person who contacted him on what to do as a reserve.
- Depending on how busy he is, the organizer will either tell the person to make a post at the sign up page or ask the person to give hero details and do registration process himself.
(CAUTION)
- Reserves who could not or did not participate in the first set of semifinals for the team they got assigned to, cannot receive tournament prizes.


6. Player Rights
- Any participating player can exercise below rights during a tournament.

6.1/ Observer Slot Purge Right
- Players have the right to kick all observers and streamers. Even if only one player requests it, the referee must kick all observers and streamers from the room.
- Participating players can exercise this right anytime during a tournament by messaging the hosting referee.

6.2/ YouTube Cast Privacy Right
- Players have the right not to get casted on YouTube.
- Participating players can exercise this right any time during a tournament by messaging the hosting referee who will relay the message to the organizer. However, it has to be exercised before leaving the tournament. The last chance a player gets for exercising this right is when the organizer gives a farewell message to that player after the last game of that player concludes on either Steam or Discord.
- When requested, the organizer will not provide replays of all matches in which the requested person played in to YouTube Casters.
- Furthermore, the organizer warns YouTube Casters whom he has contacts with to not cast replays from the tournament that involves that player and if videos already got uploaded, will request them to take them down.
^(CAUTION)
- If a YouTube Caster refuses to respect this right, there is nothing the organizer can do.
- If replays in question are sent a long time after the tournament they originated from concludes, YouTube Casters are likely to forget and the organizer won't have time to take care of them.


7. Extra Players
- Extra Players are defined as anyone inside of a match lobby that is not a player for that match.
- YouTube Casters do not fit the definition of an Extra Player technically but is included in this section for convenience.

7.1/ Observers
  • No private observers are allowed. Only signed up streamers and referees can be inside the room.
  • Players who signed up for the tournament can be in a match room to observe only if they got permission from the organizer. Enter the room and ask the hosting referee to relay the message. The organizer usually grants permission.
  • Non signed up players cannot observe games. Report to the referee or the streamer hosting the room if you see one.
  • Observers must leave if there is no observer slot for referees or streamers or when one of the players exercises the observing slot purge right.
7.2/ Referees
- The organizer is the only one who can remove referees from a hosted room.
- Being a referee does not stop a player from participating as a player or streaming or doing both.
- Referees are expected to be able to:
  • Be in the tournament chat room some time before the tournament start.
  • Host rooms according to organizer's decisions and help people find their opponents.
  • Proceed rooms according to rules and enforce rules in case they are not followed.
  • Deal with Disconnections and Dropping situations.
  • Referees have first say on rulings. If there is a dispute between referees and players, the dispute is brought up to the tournament organizer. Then, the organizer will have final say on the matter.
- Details of what referees do are stated in below post.
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=2975

7.3/ Streamers
  • Only signed up streamers are allowed in the lobby.
  • Streamers who received prior training can be assigned referee duty when there are not enough referees around.
  • Players can purge observer slot. Even if only one player requests it, the referee must kick all observers and streamers. If this happens, streamers should leave the lobby.
  • Streamers get priority in occupying observer slots. Between Streamers, it is first come first served for occupying observer slots.
- Details of being a streamer are stated in below post.
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=2975

7.4/ YouTube Casters
- This applies for those who want to get replays to cast in YouTube after the tournament is done.
  • Anyone is free to grab replays from ESL reporter to cast on his or her YouTube channel.
  • Those who contacted the organizer will receive replays via method they request.
  • Players have YouTube Cast Privacy Right. When a player exercises the right, the organizer warns YouTube Casters whom he has contacts with to not cast replays from the tournament that involves that player and if videos already got uploaded, will request them to take them down.
8. Replays / Results
8.1/ Replays
- Anyone is free to acquire tournament replays in whatever way available.
- Anyone is free to do anything with replays.
- All participating players and streamers are required run ESL reporter which auto uploads games they played or watched into this forum's server. Therefore, as long as everyone followed the instruction, all replays from any tournament should be available for download. Anyone can freely download uploaded replays.

8.2/ Results
- After a tournament concludes, the organizer posts tournament results at the respective sign up page of that tournament by making a reply post.
- The reply post includes Bracket results for each Division, the list of Streamers who participated on the tournament day and the list of YouTube Casters who signed up to cast replays from the tournament.

9. Prizes
- The prize pool for each tournament is shown at the bottom of each respective sign up page for that tournament.
- viewtopic.php?f=14&t=5405

10. Definitions
- This section is placed here purely to standardize tournament language so everyone knows what I am talking about in this page.
  • Bracket: The bracket is a chart that displays the progress of players throughout a tournament.
  • Round: A round is comprised of a single column of the bracket. Each round is named in the bracket with names such as "Round of 16" or "Semifinals". Rounds go from left to right, and with more matches in a round to less matches in a round.
  • Match = Cell: A match is a singular series within a particular round of the bracket. Matches are always between two particular players or teams and each match is composed of several games to determine the winner of that match. Matches are sometimes also called cells or boxes. The winner of a match advances into the next round of the tournament.
  • Game = Set: Every match consists of a number of games.


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