PlayVS Summer Showdown Tournament Guide
To wrap up a summer marred by social distancing and a lull in competition everywhere, PlayVS will be hosting a Summer Showdown event open to any US High School prepared to field a team of five determined competitors. We’ll be splitting the nation up into various regions and holding tournaments starting at the end of August and lasting until the end of September.
In this guide we review:
- Rules Overview
- Tournament Structure
- Tournament Schedules
- Tournament Sections
Tournament rules follow our regular season rules with a few modifications. We have a few updates for team qualification, rosters, and substitutions. View our regular season League of Legends Rules here.
Brief overview of the tournament rules:
- Any school may register League of Legends teams for the tournament. Schools may register more than one team while team slots are available. Read more about how to register in the next section.
- Rosters will be flexible and will allow for subs to compete. However, players may only compete for one team in the tournament.
- Player in-game names must be connected by the registration deadline of August 24th. 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 tournament.
Note: If a Summoner Name is changed, players may not receive Champion Unlock.
- Reschedules cannot be requested.
- Teams may play from home following our Play from Home Guidelines
Coaches provide contact information to opponents. Sign up using phone numbers and emails that you will check during your match. We’d prefer cell phone numbers, so your opponents may easily contact you.
Be online with your players. League of Legends allows spectators; however if you cannot spectate, you can still watch your players in various ways.
1. Utilize a chat app like Discord, Remind, or at the least an email thread.
2. Spectate or follow one of your players’ streams.
3. If you play a custom match, send the results to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All players and coaches must follow our codes of conduct and rules. By participating in the tournament you are agreeing to the Rules and the PlayVS Terms of Service.
To be scheduled matches, teams need to be signed up on PlayVS and fill out a registration form.
Existing Spring 2020 teams fill out our registration form and build their Fall 2020 teams to be scheduled.
New teams will need to sign up on PlayVS, build their teams, and fill out the registration form.
The tournament consists of two phases. The two phases are a group stage and a bracket stage in that order. The group stage acts as a qualifier for the bracket. The bracket consists of the top 64 teams leading to the championship match.
Group Stage Phase - Teams will be divided into groups. Each group will play at least two best-of-three matches. There will be one round of the Group Stage Phase.
Group Stage: Teams will be divided into groups of four. Each group of four is split into pairs to play best-of-three matches. The winners and losers then play each other, where the 2-0 team takes 1st and the 0-2 team takes 4th place. The 1-1 teams then play to determine 2nd/3rd place. 1st and 2nd place from each group advance to the bracket phase.
Bracket Phase - 64 teams are matched based on group stage placement and play single elimination best-of-three matches culminating to our championship 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.
Tournament matches will be at 4:00pm local time. Championship matches will be broadcasted on the PlayVS Twitch channel.
Group Stage: August 31 - September 2
August 31 - Initial Match
September 1 - 1st and 4th Place Matches
September 2 - 2nd Place Match
Bracket Phase: September 4 - September 12
September 4 - Round of 64
September 8 - Round of 32
September 9 - Round of 16
September 11 - Quarterfinals + Semifinals
September 12 - Championship
Regions - States
Pacific - CA, WA, NV, OR
Continental - AZ, NM, LA, MI
Southeast - GA, AL, MS, FL
South - TX, AR, KS, OK
West - CO, AK, HI, UT, ID, MT, WY
Northeast - MA, NY, CT, RI, PA, NJ, ME, VT, DE, NH
East - VA, DC, KY, NC, TE, SC, MD, WV
Central - IL, OH, ND, WI, MO, SD, IN, MI, IA, NE
Can 2020 graduated seniors compete?
Yes, players that graduated in 2020 may compete in the Summer Showdown, however at the conclusion of the tournament, they must be removed from the roster and will not be able to participate in the Fall 2020 season.
How is side selection determined?
The team shown on the left of a Match Overview (displayed as “Blue Side”) will have side selection in Game 1 and Game 3. The team shown on the right of a Match Overview (displayed as “Purple Side”) will have side selection in Game 2.
If a side is not selected, the team will default to the “Blue” side. In the event that a team has side selection for a game, but is not the first team to enter the lobby, the opponent should move to the red side until they arrive.
Tip: Each side has benefits in champion select and within the game. Chat with your players to determine which side they prefer.
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.
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 any impact on the play of the game.
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 can I practice using the PlayVS platform?
Teams may practice using our scrimmage feature. This allows you to scrimmage against teams across the nation or create a direct scrimmage. Learn more about our scrimmages here.
What are the prizes?
We will shower the champions with many prizes! As the tournament gets closer, we’ll be sending out more prize details.
Want to see more?
Check out our page for all things Summer Showdown here.