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HGC North America – Open Division

Rules

1. Team Rules and Requirements

1.1. Participation in the NA Open Division.

  1. The NA Open Division is a team-based competition. Teams are comprised of five (5) players, each of whom must be an Eligible Participant. None of the Team Members may be associated with more than one Team in the NA Open Division.
  2. Teams must elect one Team Captain from within the roster of five (5) Eligible Participants who make up the Team. The role of the Team Captain is to be the primary point of contact for the Team.
  3. One person cannot be a Team Captain in two or more Teams simultaneously.
1.2. Active Roster.

  1. The five Eligible Participants who are designated as starters to play for the Team in the NA Open Division will be considered the “Active Roster” for the Team.
  2. Only players who are on the Active Roster at the conclusion of the Team’s final game of the Playoffs will be eligible to receive prizes from Blizzard.
1.3. Roster Locks and Changes.

  1. Teams may only consist of five (5) players.
  2. Teams must submit their roster 3 hours in advance of their first match each weekend to be eligible for play per individual Open Division Cup.
  3. Registration closes three (3) hours prior to the first match of each NA Open Division Cup. All rosters submitted before this time are considered final once registration closes and no new rosters will be accepted, nor any roster changes of any kind allowed.
  4. Teams that qualify for the NA Open Division Playoffs will not be allowed to change any of their Team members between the last NA Open Division Cup and the start of the NA Open Division Playoffs.
1.4. Team Name and Player BattleTags.

  1. Team names must be deemed appropriate by Blizzard and GosuGamers. Blizzard and GosuGamers reserve the right to ask Teams to change their name or to directly change Team names that are seen as unfit for the Tournament.
  2. Player’s BattleTags must be deemed appropriate by Blizzard. Blizzard reserves the right to ask Players to change their BattleTag or to directly change BattleTags that are seen as unfit for the Tournament. Blizzard may also insert Player’s Team Name as a part of the Player’s BattleTag to enhance the viewing experience for fans.
  3. It is incredibly important that you register your GosuGamers account with your battle.net account. The battle.net account that is attached to your GosuGamers account is the one you MUST play with in the tournament.
1.5. Registration on GosuGamers.net:

  1. Team captains are required to create a team and invite the other members in order to register themselves for the qualifiers. Team members are then required to accept the invitation to that team.
  2. When registering for the tournament team members once again are required to accept. While doing so, they must supply their BattleTag.
  3. All players must have their correct BattleTags entered as their Open Division NA BattleTag. Battle.net accounts must be owned by the player wishing to use the accounts mentioned to compete.
  4. After registering teams may swap their members as many times as needed until the roster is locked 48 hours before the tournament begins. Old players must be removed from the team, then team captains must invite the replacement player(s) to their team, and he/she must accept the invitation, before they are added to the Active Roster.
  5. All Teams are required to check-in 180 minutes before the tournament start - any team failing to check in will be replaced automatically by a team in the Reserve list.
  6. Teams in the reserve list must also check-in to be eligible as replacements.
  7. Participants in the NA open divison must only be from the following countries: United States, Canada.
1.6. Communication.

  1. All team captains are required to join the Discord channel: https://discord.gg/JxSAxP2 where you can contact admins and players alike regarding upcoming and in progress tournaments.
    1. Discord can be used both in the browser and as a desktop app - https://discordapp.com
  2. To initiate a match registered players can find the opponent captain's BattleTag on the GosuGamers match page. This will allows direct contact in regards to drafting and hosting details.
    1. The match pages are generated after the check-in period has ended and can be found by clicking on pairings in the tournament bracket.
    2. Any given member of a team can start the communication - it does NOT have to be the captain.
    3. If a match is due to begin and the opponent captain does not respond to Discord or in-game communication within 15 minutes the match will be forfeit. A tournament admin will be required to confirm any forfeited match.

2. Structure of the NA Open Division

2.1. Roster Restrictions.
Every team that participates in the NA Open Division is subject to the following Roster Restrictions:

  1. A team that disbands (more than two players leave the team) will be automatically disqualified from the NA Open Division. A team that is disqualified will lose all standings points that they have earned and the players will have no claim to any such points.
    • Any standings points that a disqualified team held will be removed and will not be redistributed in any way.
  2. Teams can replace up to two players from their Active Roster under the following restrictions:
    • The replacement player must be Eligible to participate in the NA Open Division as an Eligible Participant in the region.
    • The player entering the team is not currently on any HGC Team and has not been forcibly removed from the HGC within a Phase previous to the current Phase or in the current Phase
    • The replacements may only happen before rosters are locked and registration is closed for each Cup.
    • Teams are not allowed to substitute a player from their Active Roster under any conditions
2.2. Open Division Format.

  1. The NA Open Division will be played in two parts, a series of open cups and a playoff bracket.
  2. Open cup play will consist of 7 separate cups that are all single elimination with Best of 3 rounds. A 3rd / 4th match will be required for each cup.
  3. Playoff bracket play will consist of a double elimination bracket with 8 teams played over three days in semi-staggered format.
  4. Day 1 = Upper bracket round 1 as Best of 3, Lower bracket round 1 as Best of 3, Upper bracket round 2 as Best of 5
  5. Day 2 = Lower bracket round 2 as Best of 3, Upper bracket round 3 as Best of 5
  6. Day 3 = Lower bracket round 3 as Best of 3, Lower bracket round 4 as Best of 5, Grand final as Best of 5
2.3. Tournament Rules; Match Details.

  1. In each Tournament match, two teams will compete against each other by playing Heroes of the Storm on the Battle.net server operated by Blizzard. Matches will be played in the “Custom” game mode and “Tournament Draft” lobby mode.
  2. Competitors are required to maintain the ability to compete in Open Division cups by having both their Live client and Tournament Realm client updated on the relevant days of competition. GosuGamers will inform competitors which tournament is to be used for competition.
  3. Blizzard, at its sole discretion, will select a pool of nine Battlegrounds for the Tournament prior to the commencement of the NA Open Division. The Battlegrounds pool can be changed at Blizzard’s sole discretion.
  4. Each match will begin with an initial Battleground selection process. One team will be chosen at random to start the process (here labeled “Team A”), and will begin by banning one battleground. The other team (“Team B”) will then ban one battleground. This process will repeat until 3 maps remain when (here labeled “Team A”) will pick the first map from the remaining 3 to be played.
  5. Players will be able to select from any heroes that are available to them on their Battle.net accounts and that have been commercially released in the region of play for at least two weeks before the match, except that Blizzard, in its sole discretion, may restrict certain heroes from the NA Open Division Events at any point during the NA Open Division. Eligible Participants must have access to at least fourteen Heroes in order to participate in the NA Open Division.
  6. Each game within a match will begin with a drafting process to determine which heroes each team will play. Each team will have 60 seconds per selection phase in which to ban and pick heroes. If a team runs out of time, its pick will be randomly selected or it’s ban will be missed. The team that began the battleground selection process (Team A) will go second during the first game’s hero selection process, in the following sequence:
    1. Team B will ban one hero
    2. Team A will ban one hero
    3. Team B will choose one hero
    4. Team A will choose two heroes
    5. Team B will choose two heroes
    6. Team A will ban one hero
    7. Team B will ban one hero
    8. Team A will choose two heroes
    9. Team B will choose two heroes
    10. Team A will choose one hero
  7. In the following games of a match, the losing team of the previous game will have the choice for Battlegrounds selection or first pick first ban in the heroe draft. Battlegrounds may not be repeated during a match.
  8. Blizzard or GosuGamers, in their sole discretion, may require that a game or match be paused, suspended, replayed, or forfeited by a team in the event that one or more players lose their connections or the game is otherwise affected by abnormal technical or nontechnical issues, or based upon violations of the Specific Rules or otherwise unfair or unsportsmanlike conduct
  9. Pauses
    1. Teams may pause a total of 3 times per game. The amount of pause time must not exceed 10 minutes per game per team.
    2. Referees reserve the right to unpause a game at any time and to extend pause time at any time.
    3. Any team abusing pause will be punished and automatically be ineligible to any prize in the ongoing match. The abuse of pause will also result in a default loss in the ongoing match. Blizzard as its sole discretion may apply additional sanction.
  10. Bugs & Exploit
    1. Any use of a known bug or exploit will result in the team using the bug or exploit being ineligible to any prize for the ongoing match. Any use of bug or exploit will result in a default loss. Blizzard as its sole discretion may apply additional sanctions.
    2. Known bugs and exploits are defined as anything made known previous to the game in question by the administrators or any report that is public on the official bug report forums, the Heroes of the Storm Subreddit (/r/heroesofthestorm) or any form of social media.
  11. Game Forfeitures
    1. If fewer than five Eligible Participants on a team’s roster are present fifteen minutes after the scheduled match time, that team forfeits the match.
    2. Blizzard, in its sole discretion, may require that a game or match be paused, suspended, replayed, or forfeited by a team in the event that one or more players lose their connections or the game is otherwise affected by abnormal technical or nontechnical issues, or based upon violations of the Official Rules or otherwise unfair or unsportsmanlike conduct.
  12. Replays.
    1. All teams are required to retain their replays for at least 14 days after any Official Match has finished.
    2. Every team that participates in the Open Division is automatically required to submit all replays to the Administrators.
    3. Administrators will communicate directly with all persons who have their replays requested in order to obtain the replays in a method that is feasible for all parties.
  13. Cheating
    1. Players must compete to the best of their ability at all times. Any form of cheating by any Team Member will not be tolerated. All Team Members are prohibited from influencing or manipulating a North America League game or match so that the outcome is determined by anything other than its merits. Blizzard may install software on computers used in North America League events that is specially designed to detect cheating. Examples of cheating would include:
      • Collusion, match fixing or any other action to intentionally alter, or attempt to alter, the results of any game or match
      • Attempts to interfere with another player’s connection to the game service through Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) or any other means
      • Tampering with the entry process or the operation of the North America League
      • Allowing an individual who is not the registered owner of a Battle.net Account to play on that Battle.net Account in Heroes of the Storm or any other Blizzard game.
    2. If someone asks you to bet on any North America League game or “fix” the outcome of a game, you must immediately report this contact to Blizzard using the following email address: [email protected].
  14. Illegal and Unethical Conduct
    1. Team Members are required to observe all laws applicable to their participation in the North America League, including all games, matches, media events, autograph signings, photo sessions, sponsor events and other gatherings or events occurring with or as part of the North America League
    2. A Team Member may not, during the North America League, commit any act or become involved in any situation or occurrence which brings him or her into public disrepute, scandal or ridicule, or shocks or offends the community, or derogates from his or her public image or reflects unfavorably upon Blizzard, Heroes of the Storm or any of the other products, services or sponsors of Blizzard
2.4. Prize Awards.
The teams that successfully place in the NA Open Division Cups will receive the following point values as well as monetary prizes:

Placement Points Per Cup Monetary Prize
1st 120 $600
2nd 90 $300
3th 75 $100
4th 60
5th 40
6th 40
7th 40
8th 40
9th - 16th 10
  1. The awarding of prizes is void where prohibited or restricted. No purchase is necessary to enter the Division.
  2. National, state and local taxes, including VAT taxes, which are associated with the receipt or use of any prizes are the sole responsibility of the winner. All cash prizes will be paid in US dollars. Winners will be required to complete and submit to Blizzard all governmental and tax forms required to receive a cash prize, including an IRS form W-8 or W-9 and any other forms required by the country in which the player is a resident. Additional paperwork that Blizzard requests, including waivers, indemnities and releases, must be submitted to Blizzard before Blizzard will provide the winner with any prize. Prizes are not transferable.
  3. No substitutions or exchanges (including for cash) of any non-cash prizes will be permitted, except that Blizzard reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any noncash prize.
  4. All Eligible Participants must be verified by Blizzard to ensure their eligibility prior to being declared a winner and/or receiving any prize. Display of statistics in the game (e.g., on a leader board) during the League does not entitle any Eligible Participant to a prize. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of any winner, Blizzard will resolve the dispute using the email addresses of Team Members used on the Battle.net Account.
  5. As a condition of being awarded any prize, winners will be required to execute and deliver to Blizzard a signed affidavit of eligibility and acceptance of these Specific Rules and an indemnity and release of liability. In the event that a winner is under the age of majority, the winner’s parent or legal guardian will be required to execute and deliver such documents. Failure to return a signed affidavit and related documents within seven days may result in forfeiture of prize. Potential winners are responsible for ensuring return of all required materials; proof of sending will not be considered proof of receipt by Blizzard.
  6. Blizzard will post a list of winners at http://heroesofthestorm.com/esports no later than seven days after the end of each quarter. The list will remain available for six months on the website.
  7. In order to receive a lootbox in game you must be registered with Gosugamers using the same email address attached to your battle.net account.
  8. All players that complete their allocated matches throughout each cup will receive one common loot chest.
  9. All players that make it to the top eight each week will also receive one epic loot chest.
2.5. Spectating and streaming.

  1. All spectators and non-affiliated streams are prohibited
  2. Any sanctioned spectators such as tournament admins and/or affiliated streamers may not be rejected by the teams
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