Playoff Ruleset


Schedule

Season 12 EU:

What
When
Season 12 Draw show
5th of July
Season 12 Playoffs start
6th of July 
Season 12 Playoffs end
2nd of August 
Rare Cup Group Stage - Divisions 6 & 7
6th of July - 23rd of July
Epic Cup Group Stage - Divisions 4 & 5
6th of July - 23rd of July
Legendary Cup Group Stage - Divisions 2 & 3
6th of July - 30th of July
Mythic Championship Group Stage - Division 1
6th of July - 30th of July
Rare Cup Finals - Divisions 6 & 7
25st of July
Epic Cup Finals - Divisions 4 & 5
26th of July
Legendary Cup Finals - Divisions 2 & 3
1st of August
Mythic Championship Finals - Division 1
2nd of August

EU Playoff Structure

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


Season 4 NA:

What
When
Season 4 Draw show
19th of April
Season 4 Playoffs start
20th of April
Season 4 Playoffs end
24th of May
Mythic Championship Group Stage - Division 1
20th of April - 22th of May
Legendary Cup Group Stage - Division 2
20th of April - 22th of May
Epic Cup Group Stage - Divisions 3 & 4
20th of April - 16th of May
Epic Cup Finals - Divisions 3 & 4
17th of May at 1pm PST
Legendary Cup Finals - Division 2
23rd of May at 1pm PST
Mythic Championship Finals - Division 4
24th of May at 1pm PST

NA Playoff Structure

Divisions

Group stage

Playoff bracket

Division 3 & 4

Top 8 teams from each division
4th of November - 29th of November

Top 2 of each group
Single elimination bracket
1st of December

Division 2

Top 8 teams (2 groups)
4th of November - 5th of December

Top 3 of each group
Double elimination bracket
7th of December

Division 1

Top 8 teams (2 groups)
4th of November - 6th of December

Top 3 of each group
Double elimination bracket
8th of December


The NA season will end with 3 playoffs, with each playoff consisting of a group stage and 1 bracket day. The first playoff will be between divisions 3 and 4. Divisions 1 and 2 will have their own playoffs. The top 8 teams of each division qualify for the group stages. All group stages will be a round-robin with each group consisting of 4 teams, with 4 groups for the joint division playoffs and 2 groups for the division 1 playoff.

Qualifying and seeding into playoffs

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. Map score(total map wins - total map losses)
  4. Coinflip

After the second criteria and each following 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.

Should teams be tied on the first three criteria and head-to-head not be applicable all tied teams are free to organize tiebreaker matches and report the result to the moderator team before the day of the draw show. For example if the Drawshow is on the 13th of October the result would have to be reported before 23:59 on the 12th of October 

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. Map score (total map wins - total map losses)
  4. Coinflip

 After the third criteria and each following 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 and roster rules

At the start of the draw show, the participating teams' roster will be locked. Meaning no more roster changes can be made. 

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 have to 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. Each player can only play for one team in each Cup throughout the playoffs even after that team has been eliminated.

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 (the final day of the playoffs). 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 (of the division for for single-division playoffs; of the higher division for the mixed-division playoffs)

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.

SUB MMR Calculations

For Playoffs [EU] Season 11 and [NA] Season 3 we will use the following MMR calculations for Subs:
Heroes Lounge stores a weighted average of the player’s MMR on Heroes Profile based on SL and UD with the weights 70/30 respectively. Only game modes where a player has enough games uploaded to Heroes Profile are included. SL needs 10 games and UD needs 20 games. If neither SL nor UD has enough games QM MMR is used instead, QM needs 25 games uploaded to be counted. Players without an MMR are not considered for the average, players who don't have enough games uploaded in all game modes will have both SL and UD used as if they had enough games. For any questions on how to calculate this please contact a moderator on discord.