Newcomer Tournament 2020 Rules


1. General rules

1) Ignorance of the rules does not pardon any violation.

2) The Code of Conduct and Appeal process apply to this tournament and can be viewed at and

3) Players must use their name and Steam account registered with the NSL and can only play on 1 Steam + NSL account per contest.

4) To be considered eligible to play in the Newcomer Tournament, a player shall not have more than 3 official Season or Tournament matches on record, and/or not played in the Play-offs of any past Newcomer Tournaments.

Official Tournaments are namely:
- Grand Open Tournament
- Community Tournament
- Intermediate Tournament
- Nation Cup

5) Each team is forced to set 1 Leader and 1 Deputee on the team page.

6) If you have more than 1 Leader/Deputee, the first comment on the first match page will be considered as the Leader/Deputee for the rest of the tournament.

7) Any issues or disputes are subject to the Referee discretion and Admin review. Referee or Admin are available on theNSL discord if they are not present in the match.

8) It is the players responsibility to document ample proof of any issues or disputes in the absence of any staff during the match.


2. Server rules

(a) There are two options:

1) Teams agree to use one server with the fairest possible ping.

2) In case of disagreement, a match can use two servers for fairness, which will be decided by a Referee or Admin. Players from both teams may offer their input to the Referee/Admin in this case, who will take their feedback into consideration.

(b) Apply common sense and sportsmanship when deciding servers.

Suggested locations:

EU vs NA - London & Central/East US Servers

EU vs AUS/Pacific Region - Kansas City/West

US ServersNA vs AUS/Pacific Region - West US & EU Servers


3. Tournament Timings / Format

(a) Format

1) Matches are played between two teams consisting of 6 players each with 1 time playing Marine and Alien on each map on each Server.

2) Scheduling will be done by the Admins and announced in time, one week ahead, before the Tournament starts.

3) A round ends when the victory screen is displayed each round counts 1 point.

4) A Referee or Admin is to be consulted in case of any rule or match issue.

(b) Group Stages / Round Robin Phase

1) Maps are set by the match page.

2) This Stage will be played on the 8th of August, starting at 11:00 PDT / 14:00 EDT / 20:00 CEST.

The estimate will be 45minutes per round and the total estimate is 4-5 hours.

3) Matches may not be postponed. If a team doesn’t show up, it will automatically forfeit. Missing members can be replaced with a suitable Merc, but have to be approved by an Admin or Referee.

(c) Playoffs Final Phase / Coinflip etc

1) The Playoffs will be Bo5 on 3 maps with map and side picks.

2) A Coin Flip is done on the match server and in the presence of each team’s Team Captain or Deputee. The higher seeded team is heads, and the lower seeded team is tails. To do the Coin Flip simply type “coinflip” in the server chat.

3) The team that wins the coinflip decides whether they want to choose map and server or to choose Aliens/Marines first.

4) Map and server choice is selected first and before the second team picks Aliens/Marines.

5) Picking order is reversed for any additional maps.

6) Each team decision at the coinflip stage is final and cannot be changed afterwards.

7) Teams have 1 minute to make each decision alternatively after the coinflip. If a decision takes more than 1 minute, right of choice is given to the opposing team. If neither team makes any decisions all choices are randomized by the Referee or Admin.

(d) Spectators / Livestreams

1) The only allowed spectators during a match are Casters, Admins and the Referee for the current match.

2) Teams have the right to deny a Referee or Caster if a team believes the official may be biased. Note; proper arguments need to be supplied.

3) If a team wishes to do so, they must contact the League Admin or the Admin hierarchy above the League Admin (one who is not involved in the match as a Referee or Caster) to make a final determination here.

4) Any team that denies a referee or caster in an abusive way may be sanctioned.

5) Anyone streaming the match must do so with at least three (3) minute delay (in their owns team interest).

(e) Starting a match - Live/not live on matches

1) When present, Referee and Casters must be confirmed as ready prior to match start.

2) If the team has 6 approved players on the match server and is ready, the opponent team has 10 minutes to get 6 approved players on the match server and ready. This includes any approved mercs.

3) A team may, within the first 15 seconds of a round, use  “ready” in chat or in the console to restart a round. A team must have reasonable grounds for a round restart. Teams are only allowed to restart a round a maximum of 2 times per match. Any violation of this rule may lead to round forfeit.

4) Starting spawns remain unchanged in case of round restart.

(f) Pause function on matches

1) NSL Mod’s pause function freezes the entire state of a game, including all movement and timers. A pause can be initiated by typing “pause” in chat.

2) Each team is allowed 1 pause to use per map.

3) An individual pause lasts a maximum of 5 minutes.

(g) During a match

1) All-chat is disabled during live matches, except for gg, gl, hf, ready, pause or during pauses to explain reasons for pause or updates.

2) After a team finishes a round they have a right to a maximum of 5 minutes of break before starting the next round. Teams are responsible for ensuring timeliness.

3) Both teams can agree on a longer break for a maximum of 15 minutes.

(h) After a Match

1) Once the match has ended Captains/Deputies must report match results & players who played in the match to a presiding Admin or Referee or confirm the score on the Match page, regardless of whether an admin or Referee was present or not.
Unreported match results will be considered a forfeit.


4. Teams / Players

1) All teams must have and maintain a minimum six (6) registered users for the tournament
2) Disbanded teams will,

 - during Group Stage, automatically forfeit all proceeding matches once scheduling is done. The forfeit score will be given to each opposing team from that point, or none if both teams of a match disbanded.

 - during Play-Offs, automatically forfeits the match.The forfeit score will be given to the opposing team.

3) A player can only be rostered on one (1) active team during the entirety of the tournament.

4) If a player otherwise not eligible to play will be caught playing on an alternate account to participate, the Admin team reserves the right to sanction the player based on the Code of Conduct 1(a).


5. Mercenary Rules

A merc is a player that is not registered with the team requesting the substitution. Teams are responsible for ensuring that they have substitute players available in their active roster. A team may substitute a player in exceptional circumstances by substituting an active player with another player, so long as they satisfy a set of requirements.

1) Teams can use 2 merc at a time: a merc is a player that is not registered on an actively competing team with unplayed matches.

2) Players are allowed to play on only one team. Players from disbanded teams can act as merc substitutes.

3) The merc must fulfill all the requirements of 1. 4) to be eligible to play.

4) The opposing team has the right to deny any submitted merc, but not unreasonably deny a proposed merc. If an agreement cannot be made between both teams, all players must respect the Referee or Admin decision to forfeit the match or let the merc play.

5) The intention of a merc is to allow teams that can’t field 6 players the ability to play a match. It is NOT meant to be used to bolster the skills of a team’s roster.

6) Approval of the merc by the opponents teamleader or deputee is final. Starting the match as a team via ready will count as consent by the teamleader or deputee.


6. Map Pool

(a) Maps to be played during the Group Stages are:

Round 1: ns2_veil

Round 2: ns2_summit

Round 3: ns2_tram

Round 4: ns2_jambi

Round 5: ns2_biodome

Round 6: ns2_nexus

Round 7: ns2_mineral

(b) Maps for the Playoffs will be picked by teams in the following list:

1) ns2_biodome

2) ns2_descent

3) ns2_jambi

4) ns2_summit

5) ns2_tram

6) ns2_veil

7) ns2_nexus

8) ns2_mineral

9) ns2_unearthed

10) ns2_origin

11) ns2_eclipse

12) ns2_caged

(c) No close spawns will be permitted on any map.

Espa on 25 July 20 22:21


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