Gather Rules


Q: So what are gathers?

A: These are pick-up games where you can sign up to play a competitive 6v6 NS2 game with other players from the league.

Q: Does one need to be good to play in these gathers?

A: Nope, anyone who understands basic English and is willing to listen is welcome to join. Sometimes experienced players can get a bit frustrated with beginners but it’s okay, we've all been through that path before, it’s nothing personal. :-)

Q: Why would I play these games instead of public games?

A: Because these games are much more demanding, and arguably more fun. You can get a taste of what NS2 used to be as a competitive game, pinnacle of FPS games. Nearly all players who play gathers regularly prefer them over public. Gather games tend to be more balanced, too, as captains pick the teams and admins might intervene to avoid boring walkovers.

Q: Why would I not play these games?

A: Possibly either of because of some personalities you'll come across or, you're not interested in playing this game as seriously as some players still do. Depending which kind of team you end up playing with, you'll have to put more or less effort into the game, more likely the former.

Q: What do I need before I join?

A: Teamspeak3 and working copy of NS2. Also you might need some tolerance for extended waiting.

Q: So how do I join?

A: Click here and follow the instructions. It’s important you get yourself to Teamspeak and the game server, we can guide you through the rest of the stuff.

Q: I got banned from the server after I registered, WTF is this?

A: You need to sign up to a gather, and wait until it starts, not join a game in progress. Don't worry, it’s just a temporary ban (if there even was one).






General Gather Rules

Breaking these rules can be punished by warnings and and/or bans, left to the discretion of the admins/Gathermods.

In case no Gathermod is there a Video or Screenshot proof with a timestamp is needed to warn/ban somebody (in some cases having the majority of the Players confirming the issue is enough).







Before a Gather


1.When you join a gather,show up and play until the end with the same Steam ID as the one on the NSL Gather website.

(No Show=Ban, has to go in the middle get a merc look Rule 2.)



2.If you cannot play, get a substitute the merc can't be banned from Gathers and need to be of similar skill level of the Player that needs to be replaced.

(ask all the Gatherpeople to actively help finding a merc/substitute)

You need to announce to both Teams in their Ts3 Channels with all Gatherplayers or in the Gameserver with the 11 other Gatherplayers who you got to merc and in the Gatherwebsitechat.

(Not finding anyone will result in a Regather and a warning and for happening again in a ban. So its in the interest of everyone to find a merc.)



3. Super obvious, but for the sake of completion: "Don't be a dick". (Trolling is being a Dick.)

This includes the ENSL Rules section 3(Code of Conduct)



4. Speak in English if you have people in your team who don't understand the language you're trying to speak don't speak it.

(Not doing that will result in a warning and for continuing in a ban.)



5.Make sure you check if you are a captain and pick quickly when you are.

(Not Picking will result in Moderators picking for you or Regather where you will be left out.

Can be warned or banned later for happening often. )



6. Players can't be forced to play in a specific role (commander, lifeform etc) when they said in the gatherchat before the picking started that they don't want to play in that role. If it happens more often change your gather lifeform icons accordingly.

(Not doing that will leave you with no choice then actually playing that role, If you're not doing so you will get a warning and for continuing a ban.)




7.Join the ENSL TeamSpeak + NS2 Server in less than 10 Min.

( If your later then 10 Minutes you will be replaced if available with a merc. The merc might need to be traded between the teamleaders cause he can be of a different skillevel/lifeform but the merc can't be banned from Gathers. )

(Being too late the 2nd Time of a day will be a Warning then a Ban)



During a Gather


8.Listen to your Captain, Commander then teammates.

8.1. Effective Communication is needed during gameplay, with microphone on TS3 usage preferred at all times.

(If you don't use your Microphone and/or don't listen to calls with doing counteractive stuff to the calls you get warned and for continuing a ban.)



9.Do not join a new gather when you are already in one.

The gather you are in does not end until the Ingame "Aliens/Marines wins" banner is displayed.

(Joining too early will get you removed 3 minute Timeout.)




please check this link too :

it might be easier to read for you.


jiriki on 02 October 09 23:14




ok thx

11 March 2012, 20:22



How do i know which server to join?

6 November 2012, 16:44


Nl appLEjuice | No name yet :'(

Where can I find a link to this:
5. ENSL Rules section 6.3 is applied in the gather.

Can't seem to find the rules anywhere :S

(at least, no section 6.3 of the rules anyways)...

13 November 2012, 00:23


Gb a_lost_hero

6.3 Match Exploits

- Incorrect Rates: Plug-in will handle, no enforcement otherwise
- Excessive Warping: Referee jurisdiction only
- Joining wrong team: Immediate replay if asked by the team within 20 seconds
- Blocking weld-able vents: The other team can request suicide of the player(s) involved within a minute, and aliens are disallowed to use the vent or shooting projectiles through. This cannot be enforced afterwards.
- Disconnecting from onos belly: the player cannot join until 50s passed since devour, and must leave within 20s if asked, otherwise match forfeit loss. This cannot be enforced afterwards.
- Major map bugs: Match forfeit loss.
- Cheating: Match forfeit loss and player suspension.

13 November 2012, 12:13


Fr huhuh | Danny Est Gros

These will be updated soon when the NS2 Season 1 is launched :)

13 November 2012, 14:46


Nl appLEjuice | No name yet :'(

Ahh ok, not that I understand any of it :p *lol*

weld-able vents?! warping?! incorrect rates?! dc from Onos belly?! :s I'm such a nooob xD

15 November 2012, 23:13


Eu removed

give me my banhamer back!

18 March 2015, 03:46


De Mega | pubstars

added mephs rewrite might be easier to read compare here:

26 January 2017, 22:20


De Mephilles | iSaid

btw for those who are not permanently banned already, the Ban counter has been set to 0 for everyone and each ban happening after 01.01.2017 counts into the calculation.

The season ban can alternatively be a ban of 6 months. The ban after that can very well be a permanent ban.

31 January 2017, 21:47


Cz infamous | Weaponized Bergs


Grant him amnesty

1 February 2017, 20:47


Cc Malware | pubstars

infamous says

Grant him amnesty

2 February 2017, 15:06

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