Playoffs consist of the top teams from each league playing to reach the finals. Read more about our Playoffs in section 5.2 of our rulebooks. Our in-person and broadcasted events will be streamed on twitch.tv/playvs and all events will be uploaded to YouTube once the season had ended. For a full list of dates and times visit: Fall 2019 Playoffs Information.
In this guide we review:
Fall 2019 Playoff Updates
Rules for the playoffs comply with our regular season. We have a few updates for team qualification, rosters, and substitutions.
Brief overview of the playoff rules:
- Top teams will qualify based on the PlayVS standings. Only one team per school may qualify for playoffs.
- Playoff rosters will lock on January 6, 2020. Alaska playoff rosters will lock January 13, 2020. No additional players may be added or play during playoffs that are not on the locked roster. Playing with additional players may result in a forfeiture and removal from the playoffs.
- Teams are allowed their standard number of players, plus substitutes. Substitutes may only compete for one team and must be added to the roster.
League of Legends - five (5) starters and three (3) substitutes
Rocket League - three (3) starters and two (2) substitutes
SMITE - five (5) starters and three (3) substitutes
- Player in-game names must be connected. In-game names may not be changed unless requested by PlayVS. These names may not contain any inappropriate or vulgar language or symbols. Playing with an unconnected in-game name may result in a forfeiture and removal from the playoffs.
Note: If a Summoner Name is changed, players may not receive Champion Unlock.
- Players must be on campus with the team and supervised by the coach.
Once a match is complete, the winning team will advance and the losing team will be eliminated. Brackets will be updated as soon as matches have ended.
League of Legends - Tuesdays, ‘Best of Three’ format, single-elimination
Rocket League - Thursdays, ‘Best of Five’ format for playoffs and ‘Best of Seven’ format for finals, single-elimination
SMITE - Thursdays, ‘Best of Three’ format, single-elimination
Reschedules cannot be requested for playoff matches unless it is an acceptable emergency.
Examples of acceptable and unacceptable match day emergencies:
|Acceptable Emergency||Unacceptable Emergency|
|Weather||Player or coach absence|
|Natural disaster||School activity|
How is side selection determined?
League of Legends - The League of Legends team with the higher seed in playoffs will be allowed to select their side of the map in Game 1 and Game 3. The team with the lower seed will have side selection in Game 2.
PlayVS Tip: Each side has benefits in champion select and within the game. Chat with your players to determine which side they prefer.
Rocket League - Rocket League team selection will follow the same format as regular season.
SMITE - SMITE side selection will follow the same format as regular season.
When are substitutions allowed?
Substitutions may be used between matches and games. Substitutions may not be used in the middle of game. The game must be complete to substitute players. Check out our Substitution Guide for more information.
To complete the substitution:
- Players must have activated Fall 2019 Season Passes
- Players must be assigned to an esport
- Players must have a connected in-game name
- Players must be assigned to the roster before the current game ends
Can teams have spectators during matches?
Each team is allowed 1 spectator, which must be a player or faculty member from their school. Spectators may not be denied except by a league official. Spectators view the game with a 3 minute delay, preventing them from having a meaningful advantage during the game.
League of Legends - Spectators must have their own League of Legends account and may join the "spectator" lobby before the pick and ban phase starts.
Rocket League - Spectators must be from the coach's account. The account must be connected in the settings tab.
1. Connect your personal or PlayVS Steam account in the Coach Dashboard Connections section. Quick tutorial video.
2. Open Rocket League at match time.
3. Select the game invitation.
SMITE - Spectators must follow the SMITE Broadcasting Protocol.
How do I report team or player misconduct?
Please report all player or team misconduct directly to PlayVS. Send all evidence via a Reporting Ticket or firstname.lastname@example.org. Evidence may include screenshots, video, player or coach anecdotal records. PlayVS league operators will investigate the situation and determine the necessary action.
Penalties will be enforced for any rule violations including but not limited to match forfeitures, game forfeitures, player bans or suspension, and game specific penalties. These penalties will be determined by PlayVS, and are not required to report decisions to all parties.
Players are expected to conduct themselves with good sportsmanship. Players need to use appropriate language and actions in all interactions including, chats, emotes, and excessive celebration. You may see section 12 of our rulebooks and our Player Code of Conduct for a list of behavior expectations.