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1.1
7/07/2021
  1. 1.
    Added Tournament Divisions information
1.2
1/3/2022
  1. 1.
    Updated Coaching rules
  2. 2.
    Added tactical timeouts
  3. 3.
    Updated allowed techs
  4. 4.
    Updated pausing rules
2.0
5/24/2022
  1. 1.
    Coaches may speak during tactical timeouts
  2. 2.
    Updated Map Pick / Ban Procedure to be more in line with professional play
  3. 3.
    Updated rules on breaks and disconnects
  4. 4.
    Updated Tiebreakers, Included Strength of Schedule
3.0
9/9/2022
  • To follow the new guidelines set by CVAL and RSAA, Default day / time is now Friday at 5pm.
  • All matches are now due Saturday at 9pm
  • Updated playoff dates for all divisions
  • Included regional information
  • Included California Clash information
-Important Notes:
Regular Season and Playoffs are all in a Best of 3 format. All matches are to be played on either N. California 1 or N. California 2 servers.
Higher seed is the lower number seed between the two teams!
The higher seeded team will determine if they are Team A or B for the series. Teams will follow this map ban procedure:
  • Team A will ban one Map
  • Team B will ban one Map
  • Team A will pick one Map
  • Team B picks side for Map 1
  • Team B picks Map 2
  • Team A picks side for Map 2
  • Team A bans one Map
  • Team B bans one Map
  • Map 3 will be the leftover map
  • Team A picks side for Map 3

1. Fall Frenzy Overview

  1. 1.
    The format for the Fall Frenzy 2022 is broken into three primary phases; the regular season, playoffs, and the California Clash. Throughout the entire tournament, teams will play 1 best of 3 match per week.
    1. 1.
      The regular season will begin the week of Sept 26th and conclude the week of Nov 6th.
    2. 2.
      Playoffs will begin Nov 7th and will run until Nov 18th.
    3. 3.
      The California Clash (For division 1 only) will take place Jan 13 to Jan 15.

Tournament Divisions

  1. 1.
    Tournament Divisions are a way to allow teams the opportunity to grow and compete against teams of similar skill level. Additionally, it provides a pipeline for players to rank up and grow as a team.
  2. 2.
    Specific Rules and requirements for tournament divisions can be found here: Tournament Divisions
  3. 3.
    All 3 tournament divisions will share the same format and schedule for matches.

Regional Leagues

  1. 1.
    Starting in the Fall Frenzy 2022, our top division (Division 1) is now split into two regions: NorCal and SoCal. Teams competing in Division 1 will sign up for the region that their school, or a majority of players, are located.
    1. 1.
      Specific details regarding division 1 playoffs and the finals, The California Clash, can be found here
  2. 2.
    Division 2 and 3 will continue to stay as a statewide tournament for the Fall Frenzy 2022 but may become regionalized in future events as well.

2. Format and Schedule

1. Regular Season

  1. 1.
    Regular Season Format
    1. 1.
      The regular season consists of a six round swiss bracket format, with each team playing one match per week against an opponent of similar standings.
    2. 2.
      For each of the 6 rounds, the default day / time will be FRIDAY at 5:00pm (PST)
      1. 1.
        However, if both teams agree, the match date or time can be changed to another time
      2. 2.
        NOTE: The deadline for submitting scores is SATURDAY at 9:00pm. Please allow ample time for matches to be played and scores to be submitted. We recommend no later than Saturday afternoon when rescheduling a match.

2. Regular Season Schedule

  • Round 1: (Sept 26th - Oct 1st)
  • Round 2: (Oct 3rd - Oct 8th)
  • Round 3: (Oct 10th - Oct 15th)
  • Round 4: (Oct 17th - Oct 22nd)
  • Round 5: (Oct 24th - Oct 29th)
  • Round 6: (Oct 31st - Nov 5th)

2. Division 1 Playoffs

1. Regional Playoffs

  1. 1.
    At the conclusion of regular season, the top 8 teams by overall season record will be invited into their region's playoffs. There will be a separate playoff bracket for each region that determines the representatives for the California Clash.
  2. 2.
    Playoffs will be a single elimination tournament taking place between November 7th and concludes November 18th.
  3. 3.
    In the event a team is unable to compete in playoffs, the next highest placed team by seeding will be invited.
The NorCal Regional Playoff Bracket where the top two teams in the bracket will qualify for the California Clash.

2. Regional Playoff Schedule

  • Round 1: November 11th at 5pm
  • Round 2: November 18th at 5pm

3. Playoffs Default Time and Rescheduling

  1. 1.
    Default Playoffs Match Times:
    1. 1.
      Similar to regular season, all playoff matches' default time is 5:00PM PST.
  2. 2.
    In order for a reschedule during playoffs to be approved, teams must consult with a PEL admin after discussing a new time with their opponents.
    1. 1.
      If a reschedule for playoffs is approved it must meet the following requirements:
      1. 1.
        Be stated 24 hours in advanced unless an emergency occurs.
      2. 2.
        Reasons given as to why the reschedule is needed
      3. 3.
        Approval of the new time from both teams

3. Division 2 and 3 Playoffs

1. Playoff Format

  1. 1.
    The top 8 teams at the end of the regular season by overall season record (round wins and losses) will be invited into the playoffs.
    1. 1.
      In the event a team is unable to compete in playoffs, the next highest placed team by seeding will be invited.
  2. 2.
    Playoffs will be a single elimination tournament taking place between November 7th and conclude December 2nd.
Fall Frenzy 2022 Division 2 and 3 Playoffs Format
  1. 1.
    Playoffs Schedule
    1. 1.
      Round 1: November 11th at 5pm
    2. 2.
      Round 2: November 18th at 5pm
    3. 3.
      Championships: December 2nd at 5pm

3. Playoffs Default Time and Rescheduling

  1. 1.
    Default Playoffs Match Times:
    1. 1.
      Similar to regular season, all playoff matches' default time is 5:00PM PST.
  2. 2.
    Teams must discuss with PEL Admins if they wish to reschedule any playoff matches and both teams must agree on the changes before discussing with an admin. To ensure quality broadcasts, playoff reschedules may not be approved. Please be prepared to play playoff matches with extra substitutes if needed.
    1. 1.
      If a reschedule for playoffs is approved it must meet the following requirements:
      1. 1.
        Be stated 24 hours in advanced unless an emergency occurs.
      2. 2.
        Reasons given as to why the reschedule is needed
      3. 3.
        Approval of the new time from both teams
  3. 3.
    Unless given specific permission by the PEL Admin team due to emergencies or other issues, no matches are able to be rescheduled past the set match date, stated in Playoffs Schedule.

4. The California Clash

1. California Clash Format

  1. 1.
    The California Clash begins with the regional finals for both NorCal and SoCal to determine the champion for each region. The regional champion will be the representative in grand finals.
  2. 2.
    The teams that lose the regional finals match will compete in a consolidation match to determine the 3rd place team in the tournament.
  3. 3.
    The tournament will take place online with the hope for an in-person event in future seasons. If you are a school or company with the ability to host an in-person finals, please contact us!
The format for the California Clash

2. California Clash Schedule

  1. 1.
    Saturday, January 14th
    1. 1.
      NorCal Regional Finals
    2. 2.
      SoCal Regional Finals
  2. 2.
    Sunday, January 15th
    1. 1.
      Consolidation 3rd Place Match
    2. 2.
      California Clash Grand Finals
  3. 3.
    Exact times will be clarified at a later time when we get closer to the event. All matches will take place sequentially during the event so we can broadcast every match.

5. Tiebreakers

1. Tiebreaker Format

  1. 1.
    Tiebreakers will be used if multiple teams have the same record after the regular season and are in contention to qualify for playoffs. Tiebreakers will be run in the order shown below until the tie is broken.
  • Team's Strength of Schedule
    • Every team in the tiebreaker will have their overall schedule compared for the regular season. Teams who faced off against opponents with better records during the season will receive the tiebreaker spot.
  • Team’s Map Win/Loss Ratio
    • Every map during matches played in the regular season will be calculated and compared against the other teams in the tiebreaker. The team with the highest positive map win differential will receive the contested spot in the playoffs.
  • Tiebreaker Match
    • In the event that two teams still tie with the same strength of schedule and map differential, then the teams will face each other in a best of 3 format match.
      • If needed, the match will be set at a later date.
  1. 1.
    Any changes made to the tiebreaker format will be communicated to teams through discord.

3. In-Game

1. Host

  1. 1.
    The Higher Seed Team will make the lobby. A link to the bracket will be announced and shared on discord when it is available.
  2. 2.
    If the match is being streamed, the PEL broadcast team will host the lobby.

2. Lobby Settings

  1. 1.
    Closed party custom lobby
  2. 2.
    Cheats: off
  3. 3.
    Tournament Mode: On
  4. 4.
    Overtime Win By Two: On
  5. 5.
    Play Out All Rounds: Off

3. Server Settings

  1. 1.
    Server: US West (N. California 1) or (N. California 2)

4. Coach / Spectator Slots

  1. 1.
    Teams may have a player in the coach slot as long as that player is officially on the roster. Players in the coach slot may only speak with their team in-between maps or during tactical timeouts.
  2. 2.
    Teams are not allowed to have players in spectating slots unless they are an approved talent program student with their presence being organized beforehand.

4. Match Procedure

1. Map Banning

  1. 1.
    The higher seeded team will determine if they are Team A or B for the series. The following Map Ban procedure applies for both regular season and playoffs:
    • Team A will ban one Map
    • Team B will ban one Map
    • Team A will pick one Map
    • Team B picks side for Map 1
    • Team B picks Map 2
    • Team A picks side for Map 2
    • Team A bans one Map
    • Team B bans one Map
    • Map 3 will be the leftover map
    • Team A picks side for Map 3

2. Regular Season

  1. 1.
    Regular Season will be in a Best of 3 format.

3. Playoffs

  1. 1.
    Playoffs and Grand Finals will be in a Best of 3 format.

4. Available Maps

  1. 1.
    The Following Maps are available in competition for the Pacific Esports League
    1. 1.
      Bind
    2. 2.
      Haven
    3. 3.
      Ascent
    4. 4.
      Icebox
    5. 5.
      Breeze
    6. 6.
      Fracture
    7. 7.
      Pearl
  2. 2.
    If any new maps are made available during the tournament, the maps will be banned from competition until the Administration team of the Pacific Esports League have approved them for competition.
  1. 1.
    Any newly added or reworked agents will be banned for a set of time determined by the league admins. After that point, teams are free to play the agent in official matches.
    1. 1.
      If an illegal agent is picked during a match, the pick phase will be restarted with the same agents selected
      1. 1.
        If a team repeatedly picks the illegal agent during a match, they risk the match being forfeited to their opponents.
  2. 2.
    Any agents that are temporarily disabled by Riot Games will be unable to be picked or used while the agent is still disabled by Riot Games. Once the agent is fixed and eligible to be played, they are allowed to be used in official matches for the Pacific Esports League.

5. Breaks, Pauses, Disconnects

1. Between Map Breaks

  1. 1.
    Between maps, teams will have 5 minutes of break time available. If both teams agree, the match can continue without the break. Additionally, teams may also extend the break if both teams agree.
  2. 2.
    If your match is being officially streamed by the Pacific Esports League, the admin / broadcasting team may request more time. Teams will follow the instructions given by the broadcast team.

2. Disconnects

  1. 1.
    When a player disconnects, a pause must be requested. The game can only be requested to be paused during the buy phase proceeding the disconnect.
    1. 1.
      The game may only be unpaused after 10 minutes, or after the player reconnects, whichever comes first.
  2. 2.
    The match will not be restarted for any player disconnections.

3. In-Game Timeouts

  1. 1.
    Teams are allowed to call Timeouts of 60 seconds in duration, two times per map, using the Tactical Timeout feature in-game.
  2. 2.
    In the case of issues resulting from severe issues of lag in game, or connection issues, teams are allowed to pause the match.
    1. 1.
      Each Team has 5 minutes of in-game pause time each map. After 5 minutes the game is eligible to resume.

4. Exploits and Techs

1. Prohibited Exploits

  1. 1.
    Any exploit that Riot Games does not allow will be prohibited in competition for the Pacific Esports League.
  2. 2.
    If there are questions about if something is allowed, please contact PEL Admins.