Valorant
Version
Date
Update Notes
1.0
5/17/2021
  1. 1.
    Public Release
  2. 2.
    Added Breeze to official Map Pool
  3. 3.
    Updated Map Pick / Ban Procedure
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
-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. Summer Splash Overview

  1. 1.
    The format for the Summer Splash 2022 is broken into three primary phases; the regular season, tiebreakers, and playoffs. Throughout the entire tournament, teams will play 1 best of 3 match per week.
  2. 2.
    The regular season will begin the week of June 20th and conclude the week of July 31st
  3. 3.
    Tiebreakers, if needed, will run the weekend of July 31st.
  4. 4.
    Playoffs will begin August 1st and will run until August 13th

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.

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 Saturday 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 Sunday at 9:00pm. Please allow ample time for matches to be played and scores to be submitted. We recommend no later than Sunday afternoon when rescheduling a match.

2. Regular Season Schedule

  • Round 1: (June 20th - June 26th )
  • Round 2: (June 27th - July 2nd)
  • Round 3: (July 6th - July 10th)
  • Round 4: (July 11th - July 17th)
  • Round 5: (July 18th - July 24th)
  • Round 6: (July 25th - July 31st)

2. 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. Playoffs will be a double elimination tournament taking place between August 1st and will run until August 13th.
  2. 2.
    In the event a team is unable to compete in playoffs, the next highest placed team by seeding will be invited.
Summer Splash 2022 Playoffs Format
  1. 1.
    Playoffs Schedule
    1. 1.
      August 1st - August 13th
      1. 1.
        Round 1: Monday [8/1/2022] - Thursday [8/4/2022] (Default Day Thursday 8/4/2022 5:00PM PT)
      2. 2.
        Round 2: Friday [8/5/2022] - Sunday [8/7/2022] (Default Day Saturday 8/6/2022 5:00PM PT)
      3. 3.
        Grand Finals: Played Saturday (August 13th 5:00PM PT)

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.
    1. 1.
      For example, Round 1 is not able to be scheduled past Sunday, (3/27)

3. 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 during the weekend of July 30th, 2022. The winner of this series will receive the spot.
  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.
      Split
    2. 2.
      Bind
    3. 3.
      Haven
    4. 4.
      Ascent
    5. 5.
      Icebox
    6. 6.
      Breeze
    7. 7.
      Fracture
  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.