Spring 2020 playoffs will be held in the following participating leagues: Arkansas (LOL, RL), Hawaii (LOL, RL), Texas (LOL, RL), Rhode Island (LOL, RL), Massachusetts (LOL, RL), New York (LOL), Eastern Club (LOL), Central Club (LOL), and Mountain Club (LOL). State sanctioning varies by league, however all participating partnered leagues are operated with permission from their associated governing body.
Playoffs consist of the league’s top team from each school competing to reach the finals. Read more about our Playoffs in section 5.2 of our rulebooks. To help accommodate teams during the COVID-19 pandemic, each school will be eligible to compete, regardless of their season standing, provided they are willing and able.
In this guide we review:
Spring 2020 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 not lock for the Spring 2020 season to help with school closures. Teams are allowed their standard number of players, plus substitutes. Substitutes may only compete for one team and should be added to the roster.
League of Legends - five (5) starters and three (3) substitutes
Rocket League - three (3) starters and two (2) 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.
- Teams may play from home. Each championship match will be broadcasted on PlayVS’ Twitch channel.
Read more about our COVID-19 play from home guidelines here.
- Rocket League teams may use consoles and can do so by setting up a custom match. Coaches should collaborate with opponents to create the match and submit the match results to PlayVS.
Click here to read how to set up a custom match.
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 or custom match results have been entered.
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
Spring 2020 Playoff Schedule
Playoff matches will be at the regularly scheduled match time for your league. Championship matches will be broadcasted on the PlayVS Twitch channel. Our full schedule will be released soon.
Reschedules cannot be requested for playoff matches.
What if my league is not included in the participating leagues?
Leagues with states have not opted in* or do not have enough teams to participate will not have a post season for Spring 2020. More information will be sent to coaches in these leagues in the coming days. Additionally, no post seasons will be held for SMITE.
*California teams can join our California Cup Tournament. Learn more here.
Can I change my playoff roster?
Yes. Any player from the same esport may be added to your playoff roster as long as they are willing and able to compete.
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.
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.
When are substitutions allowed?
Substitutions may be used between matches and games. Substitutions may not be used in the middle of the 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 Season Passes for Spring 2020
- Players must be assigned to the esport they wish to participate in
- 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.
How do I report custom match results?
Please report all results with screenshots directly to PlayVS to email@example.com. Match results may only be submitted by verified coaches.
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.
Behavior reports may only be submitted by verified coaches.
How do I scout my playoff opponents?
Coaches and players may view opponent stats from our official matches. Each team’s profile page will display team and individual player stats. These stats are from PlayVS matches only. Click on any team’s name in standings or click ‘View Opponent’ to view the Team Profile in your match overview.
Why do some teams have byes?