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For general ruleset on Nationals format, reschedules, and no shows, see rules here.

Player ​and ​Team ​Eligibility

1.1. Player ​eligibility

1.1.1. To ​be ​eligible ​to ​compete ​in ​the ​British Esports Student Champs, ​each player ​must ​have ​satisfied all of the following conditions: Be ​registered in full-time education ​at ​an Institution ​of ​Secondary or Further Education as defined in sections 1.1 and 1.2 within the General Rules. They ​must ​have ​a ​EUW ​account on League of Legends. Accounts must have at least 20 champions unlocked to access tournament draft mode. A ​Players ​account ​name ​should ​not ​be ​offensive ​and ​if ​the British Esports Student Champs ​considers ​this ​to ​be ​the ​case, ​that ​player ​will ​be ​required to ​change ​their ​name. A Player must be aged 12+. Refer to ‘Overall Rules’ for general eligibility also.

1.1.2. Ineligible ​Students

The ​following ​students ​are ​ineligible ​to ​participate: British Esports Student Champs tournament admins

1.2. Team ​eligibility

1.2.1. Each ​team ​must ​have ​a ​designated ​Leader that satisfies the following conditions: A registered staff member at the Institution that the team represents. In exceptional circumstances, a student with written permission from their school or college may be designated leader, subject to British Esports approval. Able to act as representative and point of contact for British Esports. Able to supervise all online interaction between Players at that Institution. This must include before and after games as well as during.

1.2.2 A ​team ​must ​consist ​of ​at least ​5 ​but no more than ​7 ​players that must be ​from ​the ​same Institution.

1.2.3. A ​team ​may ​request ​a ​name ​change ​at ​any ​point ​during ​a ​season. ​To change ​a ​team’s ​name, ​an ​admin ​must ​be ​contacted ​with ​desired change.

1.2.4. A ​Teams ​name ​should ​not ​be ​explicitly ​offensive ​and ​if ​the ​British Esports Student Champs considers ​this ​to ​be ​the ​case ​that ​team ​will ​be ​required ​to ​change their ​name.

Match ​Rules

2.1. Match ​Setup ​and ​Champion ​Select

2.1.1. All ​matches ​are ​to ​be ​played ​on ​the ​European ​West (EUW) ​server.

2.1.2. Players ​must ​use ​the League of Legends ​account ​associated ​to ​their ​British Esports Student Champs account. ​If ​this account ​information ​is ​not ​up ​to ​date ​it ​will ​lead ​to ​a ​loss ​of ​ban ​in ​the first ​incident ​with ​increasing ​penalty ​for ​repeat ​offence. Players’ League of Legends account must abide by the rules in On specific occasions if the account is unable to access tournament draft, then the team must contact an admin who can assist with using a third party website, e.g., to create a similar process. In this event, both teams must agree to use this other process. If a mutual agreement is not made, then the team with ineligible accounts will forfeit. In this event, games cannot be paused due to use of a different game mode.

2.1.3. The school/college shown on the left of the match page is the “home” team and should host the lobby.

2.1.4. If ​tournament ​codes ​are ​provided ​they ​should ​be ​used ​by ​all ​players. If, ​for ​some ​reason ​tournament ​codes ​are ​not ​available, ​either ​team may ​host ​the ​match ​and ​the ​match ​name ​and ​password ​should ​then be ​given ​to ​opposing ​team. Alternatively, add the captain of the opposing team and invite them to the lobby. If you would like help with the lobby set up, speak to an admin.

The ​lobby ​should ​be ​set ​up ​as ​follows: The ​game ​mode ​tournament ​draft ​must ​be ​used ​for ​all matches. If this game mode is unable to be used, see In this event, games cannot be paused due to use of a different game mode. The ​map ​Summoners ​Rift ​must ​be ​used ​for ​all ​matches. Spectators ​are ​in ​general ​allowed ​however ​either ​team ​may request ​that ​spectating ​is ​turned ​off ​or ​lobby ​only. Team ​size must ​be ​5. All champion skins and chromas are banned. All ward skins and emotes are allowed.

2.1.5. For side selection, this must be determined via coin flip. The winner of the coin flip gets to choose the side. For a series that is longer than best of 1 (e.g. best of 3, 5, etc.), teams will swap sides after each map. The first map will still be decided as stated in rule 2.1.5.

2.1.6. Once ​both ​teams ​have ​joined ​the ​lobby ​and ​stated ​they ​are ​ready, ​the lobby ​leader (denoted by gold medal symbol) ​may ​begin ​Champion ​Select.

2.1.7. New ​champions ​may ​not ​be ​used ​until ​they ​have ​been ​available in Ranked and ​for purchase ​for ​at ​least ​one ​week.

2.1.8. Champions ​which ​have ​been majorly ​reworked ​may ​not ​be ​used ​until ​a ​week has ​passed ​since ​patch ​date.

2.1.9. If ​a ​player ​does ​not ​own ​a ​specific ​champion ​then ​they ​must ​pick ​a placeholder ​champion. ​In ​the ​event ​a ​team ​wishes ​to ​use ​a placeholder ​champion ​they ​must: Inform ​the ​opposing ​team ​captain ​and ​the ​casters ​must ​be told ​before ​the ​champion ​is ​locked ​in ​that ​you ​are ​using ​a placeholder ​and ​who ​the ​placeholder ​represents. ​This ​is done ​by ​messaging ​opposing ​captain. Once ​champion ​select ​finishes, ​the ​game ​must ​be ​remade, ​still as ​Tournament ​Draft, ​with ​the ​same ​champions ​selected ​apart from ​the ​“placeholder”.

2.1.10. Smurf accounts are reportable, and will be investigated on a case-by-case basis. For any concerns, please reach out to an admin, or raise a support request, with your evidence.

2.2. Tiebreakers

2.2.1. If teams are tied on points (win-loss) on the overall scoreboard at the end of Swiss/Group Stage, then ranking is determined by previous head-to-head, or fastest game time.

2.2.2. If unable to determine a leader in the tied teams with the above method, or due to a lack of evidence regarding game time, tiebreakers will be played.

2.2.3. Screenshots should always be taken of scoreboards as best practice, in case needed.

2.3. Casting ​of ​Games

2.3.1 Champs matches can only be streamed if agreed by both teams. Those wishing to stream should reach out to the opposing staff leader and team ahead of the match to gain permission. If one of the teams in a fixture does not agree to be streamed, then the match must not be streamed.

2.3.2. Tournament ​admins ​and ​people ​that ​are ​explicitly permitted ​to ​spectate ​by ​British Esports Student Champs ​(e.g. ​shoutcasters or ​streamers) ​may ​ask ​to ​spectate. ​You cannot refuse to invite a tournament admin.

2.3.3. Players ​must ​wait ​for ​casters ​to ​declare ​they ​are ​ready ​before starting.

2.3.4. Coaches, managers or anyone not explicitly permitted to spectate may spectate with permission from both teams.

2.3.5. Stream delay of at least 180 seconds must be enabled in the streaming software to prevent cheating.

2.4 Timeouts 

2.4.1 At LAN, timeouts can only be called for technical reasons. This can be done with the in-game pause system. Notify the admin if you would like to call a timeout. No communication about the game can be discussed during this timeout period.


3.1. Any ​person ​found ​to ​have ​engaged ​in ​or ​attempted ​to ​engage ​in ​any act ​that ​British Esports Student Champs ​believes, ​in ​its ​sole ​and ​absolute ​discretion, ​constitutes unfair ​play, ​will ​be ​subject ​to ​penalty. ​The ​nature ​and ​extent ​of ​the penalties ​imposed ​due ​to ​such ​acts ​shall ​be ​in ​the ​sole and ​absolute discretion ​of ​the ​British Esports Student Champs.

3.2. If ​any ​team ​or ​player ​is ​suspected ​of ​breaking ​any ​rules, ​admins should ​be ​informed by the Leader. At this ​point ​they ​may ​ask ​for ​screenshots ​or other ​evidence ​of ​misconduct such as the game replay file (also known as a .rofl file).

3.3. Upon ​discovery ​of ​any ​team ​member ​committing ​any ​violations ​of ​the rules ​listed ​above, ​the ​British Esports Student Champs ​may, ​without ​limitation ​issue ​the following ​penalties:

3.3.1. Loss ​of ​a ​ban. In this instance, the offending team must select “None” in place of their first ban.

3.3.2. Issue of ​a ​warning on the record of that team.

3.3.3. Forfeit ​of ​a ​match.

3.3.4. Temporary ​suspension ​of ​a ​player. If this results in <5 players on the team, the team will become ineligible (according to 1.4.2) unless a substitute is brought in.

3.3.5. Permanent ​ban ​of ​a ​player.

3.3.6. Deduction ​of ​points ​or ​seeding ​for ​the ​current ​or ​next tournament. Penalties are carried over with the majority of the offending team for the full academic year.

3.3.7. Disqualification ​of ​team ​from ​a ​tournament.

3.3.8. Disqualification ​of ​team ​from ​the ​British Esports Student Champs.

Spirit ​of ​the ​Rules

4.1. These ​rules ​may ​be ​amended, ​modified ​or ​supplemented ​by ​the ​British Esports Student Champs, ​from time ​to ​time, ​in ​order ​to ​ensure ​fair ​play ​and ​integrity ​of ​the ​British Esports Student Champs.

4.2. All ​decisions ​regarding ​the ​interpretation ​of ​these ​rules ​lie ​solely ​with ​the British Esports Student Champs, ​the ​decisions ​of ​which ​are ​final.