NSL Open Rules + Bracket




1. General rules

(a) Ignorance of the rules does not pardon any violation.

(b) The Code of Conduct applies to this tournament and can be viewed at http://ensl.org/articles/1104

(c) Players must use their name and Steam Account registered with the NSL.

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


2. Server rules

(a) There are two options:

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

(ii) In case of disagreement, a match can use two servers for fairness. The team picking the first map chooses the first server. If a second map is required, the second team gets to choose the server choice after the first two rounds.

(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

(c) Community and private servers are acceptable, as long as they adhere to the

server guidelines and are approved by Admin in advance of the tournament. See NSL Server Guidelines.



3. Tournament rules

(a) Format

(i) The format of the tournament is double elimination, which means that a team ceases to advance if they lose two matches. Rounds before Semifinals are played on Saturday and Semifinals, Finals and Grand Finals occur on Sunday.

(ii) Matches are played between two teams in a 6 versus 6 format.

(iii) Players registered in the tournament must be in a team.

(iv) A round ends when the victory screen is displayed.

(v) A referee or admin is to be consulted in case of any rule or match issue.

(b) Coin Toss

(i) A Coin Toss is done on the match server and in the presence of each team’s Team Captain. The upper bracket team is heads, and the lower team bracket is tails.

To do the coin toss simply type “coinflip” in the chat.

(ii) The team that wins the coin toss decides whether they want to choose map and server or to choose Aliens/Marines first.

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

(iii) Picking order is reversed for any additional maps.

(iv) In case of Grand Finals, the team in the upper bracket has the option of first right of choice instead of a coin toss.

(c) Early rounds

(i) Matches consist up to two maps with three rounds played in total. Teams will play a round on aliens and marines for the first map, and one round on the second map if required.

(ii) Teams are encouraged to play their next matches as soon as their opponents are available.

(d) Semifinals & Finals

(i) Matches consist of up to three maps with five rounds played in total.

(ii) Both teams are allowed to ban 3 maps and the team choosing the first map gets the first ban. Teams alternate in their ban choices until 6 maps have been banned in total and then continue selecting first map and Alien/Marine as normal. Map bans are in effect until the conclusion of the series.

(e)  Map Pool

(i) Map pool for NSL Open per round:

(All maps have “close spawns disabled”)

R1 (First): Tram, Veil, Unearthed

R1 (Loser): Eclipse, Mineral, Nexus

R2 (Winner): Summit, Biodome, Caged

R2 (Losers Winners): Jambi, Derelict, Descent

 (More rounds will be added if required)

(ii) Map pool / Fixed Spawns for semifinals, finals and grand finals: 

(All maps have “close spawns disabled”)




ns2_descent (Randomized South+North Spawns for both)





ns2_summit (Randomized BUT NO Alien North)

ns2_tram (Aliens spawn North, both rounds)



(f) Spectators

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

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

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

(i) A team forfeits if they fail to have 6 players, including any approved mercs, ready to play in the match server 15 minutes after the tournament start time.

(ii) After a team finishes a match they have a right to a maximum of 10 minutes of break before starting the next match. Teams are responsible for ensuring timeliness.

(iii) Team Captains must arrive at least 5 minutes before the first match start for map and server selection. If one Team’s Captain is not present, the captain that is present on time wins the coin toss by default.

(iv) 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.

(v) Starting spawns remain unchanged in case of round restart.

(h) Pause function on matches

(i) 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.

(ii) Each team is allowed 2 pauses to use during a match.

(iii) An individual pause lasts a maximum of 5 minutes.

(j) After a Match

(i) Once the match has ended captains must report Match results to a presiding Admin or Referee.

Check the Matchpage or ask a Referee or Admin for information regarding your next match.


4. Mercenary Rules

A team may substitute a missing player with another player, so long as they satisfy a set of requirements.

In order to merc for a team, a player must fill these requirements:

(i) A merc is a substitute player who is not registered on an actively competing team with unplayed matches.

(ii) Players are only allowed to play on one team. Players from eliminated teams can act as merc substitutes.

(iii) The merc must be approximately the same skill level as the average player in the match and an exception is possible if both teams are in agreement.

(iv) 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.

(v) 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.


Grissi on 25 June 19 00:02


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