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PROGRAM UPDATE – MAY 26

RULE AMENDMENT

SUMMARY

Please be advised that the following adjustments have been made to the Handbook and are effective immediately (as of May 26th 2020):

Section 7.1.7: Challenger Points and Travel Awards (Ladders) – Only teams in the top 10 who played a match that week will be eligible for Challenger Point rewards. Additionally, any team found to have reported a false win will be awarded no points for that week and will be ineligible for ladder-based Challenger Points for the remainder of the Quarter.

Section 7.3.1: Pro League Qualifiers – As Ladders now reward points, all spots for the following Quarter will be determined by Challenger Points and no spots will awarded directly from the Ladders.

Section 7.3.6: Substitutions – As substitutions are intended for emergency situations beyond the player’s/team’s control, the following additions are being made to the rule:

  • A coach must be selected prior to the start of week 3. If a coach is not selected by this time, the team will be forced to compete without one.
  • A coach may not act as a substitute, nor may a team play 4v5, for two or more consecutive matches. If a team is unable to play with their official roster for two consecutive weeks, then the team will forfeit the second week. If a team is unable to play with their official roster for three consecutive weeks, the team will forfeit their Pro League spot.
  • A coach may not act as a substitute, nor may a team play 4v5, for more than two matches over the course of a Quarter. If a team is unable to play with their official roster three times over the course of a Quarter, they will forfeit their Pro League spot.
  • Exceptions may be made at the Administration’s discretion.

Section 7.3.8: Mid-Quarter Promotion – Additionally, the Mid-Quarter Pro League promotion tournaments will now feature only the top 4 Challenger Points teams in a double elimination tournament (previously top 8).

Section 7.3.10: Player Agreements – All Pro League players are expected to complete the Quarter with their original team. If a Pro League player quits their team prior to the end of the Quarter, thereby forcing their team to forfeit their Pro League spot, the player will be barred from competing in Challenger competition for the remainder of the Quarter. If a team chooses to disband or quit competing, all players will be considered ineligible for any cash or travel prizing for the remainder of the Quarter.

CONTEXT

Regarding the adjustments to Section 7.1.7: Challenger Points and Travel Awards (Ladders) – Previously, teams were awarded for having played a match during the previous week, regardless of the outcome or their placement on the Ladder. Moving forward, we will only be awarding teams in the top 10 who played a match during the previous week as these points play such an important factor in respect to event seeding and Pro League eligibility. Additionally, any team found to have reported a false win will be awarded no points for that week and will be ineligible for ladder-based Challenger Points for the remainder of the Quarter.

Regarding Section 7.3.1: Pro League Qualifiers – As Ladders now award Challenger Points, all spots for the following split will be determined by the Challenger Points standings at the end of the Quarter with no teams automatically qualifying from their Ladder placement.

Regarding Section 7.3.6: Substitutions – The substitutions rule was implemented as a means to help teams address emergency situations beyond their control that require a player to miss a week. It was brought to our attention during the Spring Quarter that the rule could be too easily exploited in ways that enabled teams to make roster changes that would otherwise be illegal. Therefore, in order to ensure this rule isn’t exploited in the future, we have added the following limitations:

  • A coach must be selected prior to the start of week 5. If a coach is not selected by this time, the team will be forced to compete without one.
  • A coach may not act as substitute, nor may a team play 4v5, for two or more consecutive weeks. If a team is unable to play with their official roster for two consecutive weeks, then the team will forfeit the second week. If a team is unable to play with their official roster for three consecutive weeks, the team will forfeit their Pro League spot.
  • A coach may not act as a substitute, nor may a team play 4v5, for more than two matches over the course of a Quarter. If a team is unable to play with their official roster three times over the course of a Quarter, they will forfeit their Pro League spot.
  • Exceptions may be made at the Administration’s discretion.

Regarding the adjustment to Section 7.3.8: Mid-Quarter Promotion – Given the substantial amount of time required to complete an 8 team double elimination tournament, and that the team that wins this tournament may be required to play immediately the following day, we have decided to reduce this tournament to only the top 4 teams based on Challenger Points.

Regarding Section 7.3.10: Player Agreements – Pro League players are expected to act professionally and play through the entirety of the Quarter. As such, if any player quits his/her team prior to the end of the Quarter and in turn forces the team to forfeit their Pro League spot, that player will be not be eligible to compete for the remainder of the Quarter. If the Team decides to quit playing collectively, then the players will no longer be eligible for any cash or travel prizing for the remainder of the Quarter. These players can still compete, however they can only accrue Challenger Points to be used for Pro League Qualifier eligibility the following Quarter.

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