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Season Guide to CSL Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 (Edit in Progress for 2019-2020)

League of Legends

General Information

CSL is an intercollegiate gaming league open to all accredited colleges and universities in North America. We will be running a year-long season with weekly matches. There will be two divisions: Junior Varsity 1 (open to all teams) and Junior Varsity 2 (open to teams of rank Gold or lower players). During the regular season, teams will play Best of Threes in two round robin conferences. The first round robin in Fall will be (roughly) geographical, with the top teams advancing to the playoffs as the top seeds and participating in a special Winter Invitational instead of the Spring round robin. The second round robin in Spring will be mixed/cross-region based on seeding from the first round robin. The top teams of the second round robin will advance as the lower seeds to a double-elimination playoff bracket, Best of Three upper bracket and Best of One lower bracket (up to two matches back-to-back), alongside the Fall qualified teams. The final match will be Best of Five with the upper bracket team starting 1-0 automatically. In addition to our normal season, we will be running an independent, optional, and informal "preseason" to allow CLoL teams to practice, with a group stage and bracket (with up to 2 weekly matches) in the Fall; teams may use this preseason to test different rosters by using members from their other teams in the JV divisions.

Summary of Key Points

Schedule - First Half

Schedule - Second Half

Schedule - Winter Invitational (Junior Varsity 1)

Schedule - Winter Invitational (Junior Varsity 2)

Schedule - Playoffs (Junior Varsity 1)

Schedule - Playoffs (Junior Varsity 2)

Schedule - CLoL 'Preseason'

Note: "A" lower rounds are the first and "B" lower rounds are the second on the bracket, as there are always two rounds with the same amount of teams in the lower bracket.

Prize Pool (Junior Varsity 1)

Prize Pool (Junior Varsity 2)

Prize Pool (CLoL Unofficial Preseason)

Prize Pool (Winter Invitational)

Tips for New Coordinators and Teams

Running a CSL team can be daunting, fun, or both! Here are some tips that we've gathered over the years to make the best of your experience:

1. Read the rules

Carefully. Rules are very important for creating a smooth experience!

2. Pick a responsible coordinator

This is the person who will submit lineups/reports on time, file disputes for forfeits or cheating accusations, and communicate with CSL admins on your behalf on a weekly basis; coordinators will also be responsible for making sure all team members are eligible under the rules. You don't want to incur penalties because your coordinator is disorganized or forgetful!

3. Know that not all teams are flexible

The default time for CSL matches is set for Saturday 12:00pm Pacific (and 1:00pm Pacific for the second weekly lower bracket matches). Most of the time our teams are friendly and can reschedule, but you may run up against a team that also has other obligations and cannot. Sign your team up for this league knowing that you will have to set aside time on Saturday afternoons.

Official Rules

The following are the official rules of the CSL League of Legends league. Rules cover eligibility, format, match procedures, reporting, penalties, and more. Any issues that arise which are not covered within the current rules will be settled at the discretion of CSL admins on a case-by-case basis, and when applicable, penalties set when deemed appropriate. Rules may be added or modified if deemed necessary.

Team Eligibility

Player Eligibility

Regular Season Format

Playoffs and Tie Breakers

Match Format

Gameplay Rules


Administrative Rules

Broadcast Rules

  1. If your team has been selected for a broadcast your coordinator will be notified via email
  2. The match will be moved from the default time to a broadcasted time slot. Please check your individual team pages to confirm these changes
  3. Yes, this is mandatory
  4. Once you're scheduled for a broadcast you may not move or reschedule the match without the approval of the production director. Doing so or playing ahead of your broadcasted time will result in a forfeit for both teams
  5. This year we will allow teams to notify us no later than 7 days prior to their broadcast date if they have an issue with the time presented. Any team that cancels later than that 7 day period will be automatically forfeited.(Certain times there will be exceptions, e.x. first couple weeks of the fall, as it's very sudden for those team to prepare/adjust schedules for match times.)
  6. This year we will be a lot more stricter on the 4pmPT and 7pmPT start times. Same goes with rules in regards to showing up late. Please keep this in mind as you register for spring classes
  7. If your team is planning on dropping out or going inactive please let the production director or one of the admins know asap. Going dark and not saying anything leaves us vulnerable and creates a bad impression of your team/school
  8. You can view the publicly available broadcast schedule HERE (TBD)

Penalties and Bannable Offenses

For any LoL related questions - please feel free to email us at [email protected] or speak to an admin live during office hours on DISCORD in the LoL Tournament chat every Monday 8pm-9pm PST