Playoff ruleset


Schedule

Season 1 NA:

What
When
Season 1 Tiebreakers
26th & 27th of January
Season 1 Draw show
27th of January
Season 1 Playoffs start
28st of January
Season 1 Playoffs end
17rd of February


Season 8 EU:

What
When
Season 8 Tiebreakers
2nd & 3rd of February
Season 8 Draw show
3rd of February
Season 8 Playoffs start
4th of February
Season 8 Playoffs end
3rd of March

Qualifying and seeing into playoffs

The top 8 teams of each division qualify for their respective playoffs. With the top two teams of each group in the joint division playoffs playing in the bracket and the top three teams of each group in the single division playoffs playing in the bracket. 

Divisions
Group stage
Playoff bracket
Format
Divisions 7 & 6
Top 8 teams of each division 
(4 groups)
Top 2 of each group
Single elimination
Divisions 5 & 4
Top 8 teams of each division 
(4 groups)
Top 2 of each group
Single elimination
Divisions 3 & 2
Top 8 teams of each division 
(4 groups)
Top 2 of each group
Single elimination
Division 1
Top 8 teams 
(2 groups)
Top 3 of each group
Double elimination

If teams are tied for the qualifying spots during the regular season the following criteria will be matched in order against each other to determine the qualifying team(s):

  1. Match wins
  2. Map wins
  3. Match score
  4. Average KDA over the season
  5. Average deaths per game over the season
  6. Coinflip

After each of these criteria, a head-to-head check will be done with the remaining teams. A head-to-head win will always qualify you over another team when tied on earlier criteria.

If teams are tied for the qualifying spots during the group stage the following criteria will be matched in order against each other to determine the qualifying team(s):  

  1. Match wins
  2. Map wins
  3. Match score
  4. Average KDA over the games in the group stage
  5. Average deaths per game over the group stage
  6. Coinflip

 After each of these criteria, a head-to-head check will be done with the remaining teams. A head-to-head win will always qualify you over another team when tied on earlier criteria.


Draw show

The seeding of the teams into the groups will happen during the draw show. First, the teams will be sorted into pools based on their rankings in the standings of the division.

For the joint division playoffs the pools will look as follows:

Higher division
Lower division
Pool 1
Pool 2
Pool 3
Pool 4
First place
Fifth place
First place
Fifth place
Second place
Sixth place
Second place
Sixth place
Third place
Seventh place
Third place
Seventh place
Fourth place
Eight place
Fourth place
Eight place


Then each pool will be divided among the groups, with only one team of each pool allowed in each group. The groups will end up as follows:

Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
Random pool 1 team
Random pool 1 team
Random pool 1 team
Random pool 1 team
Random pool 2 team
Random pool 2 team
Random pool 2 team
Random pool 2 team
Random pool 3 team
Random pool 3 team
Random pool 3 team
Random pool 3 team
Random pool 4 team
Random pool 4 team
Random pool 4 team
Random pool 4 team


The single division playoffs have a similar structure with only 2 teams per pool for the drawshow and only two groups.

Pool 1
Pool 2
Pool 3
Pool 4
First place
Third place
Fifth place
Seventh place
Second place
Fourth place
Sixth place
Eighth place


Group A
Group B
Random pool 1 team
Random pool 1 team
Random pool 2 team
Random pool 2 team
Random pool 3 team
Random pool 3 team
Random pool 4 team
Random pool 4 team

Bracket stage

All games in the bracket stage are bo3 with exception of the grand final which is played as a bo5. Normal match rules apply. The seeding into the brackets is based on the results in the group stage. For the joint division playoffs the 1st seed of each group will face the 2nd seed of the contradictory group. Group A and D will be matched against each other and group B and C will be matched against each other. The winners will then be matched against each other, only allowing teams from the same group to meet again in the grand final.

Bracket:

The single division groups will have three teams qualifying, with the first seeds of both groups facing each other in the upper bracket. The 2nd seed of group A will face the 3rd seed of group B and vice versa in the lower bracket. The winners of these two games will then face each other and the winner of this match will be playing the losing team of the upper bracket for a spot in the grand final against the winning upper bracket team. The team coming in from the grand final from the upper bracket will start the match by having both mappick and first pick on the first game. Normal match rules apply after.

Bracket:

Important notice: Even in the group and bracket stages captains will still need to upload their games to the website.

All playoff matches of the bracket phase will be streamed on one of the official Heroes Lounge Twitch channels. Each match will have a channel assigned it will be casted on. For this reason a ‘rolling schedule’ will be used during the entire bracket stage.

With the ‘rolling schedule’ the next match of each stream will start once the previous match is over. There are no fixed start times for matches after the initial set of matches. A tournament admin will contact the captains of qualified teams in advance of their matches to let them know when they need to be ready for their match.

If teams would have to play two matches in a row on stream they are allowed to take a 15 minute break between matches.

Below is an example of how the bracket would progress during the day:


Additional substitute player rules

If you want to, or may need to, use substitute players during the playoffs you will need to register these substitute players beforehand with a moderator. This is for both the group stages and the bracket stage. Opposing captains always have be informed of the use of substitute players before the match, even if the player has been registered and approved by a mod beforehand.  

All usual substitute rules apply, in addition, the substitute player can be used unlimited amounts of time during the playoff games but can only play for one team throughout the playoffs.

A team can register up to 5 substitute players for the playoffs. Substitute players can be registered until 12:00 CET / EST of the bracket day. Substitute players registered later can be used in compliance with all normal substitute player rules, however the enemy captain will have to approve the substitute player even if said player is within the stated MMR boundaries.

If a substitute player’s MMR raises above the MMR threshold while being below this threshold at the moment of registration the enemy captain can deny this substitute player at the time of playing.