-For each tournament, It’s Gosu will announce an official list of tournament admins, streamers, casters, and otherwise noted observers. Tournament admins should be used as a primary means of contact to report any inquiries or issues with the event.
-Tournament admins will have final say in all matters. Ignoring an admin’s instructors may result in a disqualification.
-In matters of a dispute regarding a match involving a cash prize, a council of admins will be selected to evaluate the problem and administer a remedy.
-The top four teams from each open will be invited.
Bugs and Item Restrictions
-Players are not allowed to block creeps from reaching their destination in any way, including but not limited to spells like Fissure.
-Deliberate use of bugs or exploits are not allowed.
-There are no restrictions on items.
-The tournament will commence at a set time, during which all teams intending to participate are expected to be online and ready to play.
-Team captains will be required to check in their teams 15 minutes before the posted start time of the tournament. Failure to check in means you will not be able to participate.
-A general, tentative schedule will be posted with the approximate times of when each round should start. Teams are free to play next rounds if both teams are ready.
-The opening round of 128 teams through the round of 8 teams will be played on Friday nights at the posted times; the semifinals and finals will be played on Saturdays to give teams time to rest and prepare for the final matches.
Before the Match
-Teams in different regions should decide on a neutral host location that is suitable for the match (server with the overall lowest ping for both teams).
-Teams in the same region should use a server located in that region.
-If the teams cannot agree upon a neutral host location then the server will be decided by a match admin.
-No observers or referees are allowed in a match unless they are match admins, shoutcasters, or streamers. It’s Gosu will announce a list of official match admins, casters and streamers. If a match admin allows or denies someone for any reason, that ruling must be followed.
-If a team does not show up for a match within 15 (fifteen) minutes of the scheduled time they will forfeit. Match admins or the opposing team can extend this time period.
-You're not allowed to use any players that have played for a different team during the same tournament.
Selecting a Server (Best of 1)
EU vs USE - roll for USE/EU host (team who lose roll will host for best ping)
EU vs USW - play on USE (EU team host for best ping)
RUS vs USE - play on EU (USE team host for best ping)
RUS vs USW - roll for USE/EU (team who lose roll will host for best ping)
USE vs USW - play on USS/USC/team who lose roll will host for best ping
AUS/SEA vs EU - Play on USW (EU host for best ping)
AUS/SEA vs US - play on JPN (team with higher ping host match)
BR vs EU/USE/USW - play on USE (team with higher ping host match)
RUS vs SEA - play on USW (RUS team host for best ping)
Selecting a Server (Best of 3)
-Teams will alternate server selection. Roll for first server.
-Game Mode: Banning Pick, 5v5, Forests of Caldavar.
-Game Options: All Heroes, Tournament Rules.
-Teams will decide for themselves which team picks side and which team chooses the pick order. If teams cannot find a way to do this, an admin will have them decide it by a die roll.
During the Match
-In the case of a dispute, the match can be paused in an effort to contact a tournament admin.
-Teams are allowed to remake if they can successfully agree to pass a remake vote.
-If a player drops his team is allowed to pause a single time without the opposing team unpausing (giving the appropriate player a chance to reconnect in a timely fashion).
-If a Player is disconnected for a total of 10 minutes or more, either team may have that the game continue without the missing player.
**UPDATE: There are no longer any specific rules regarding backdooring.
After the match
- A team wins in the opponent passes a concede vote or if the opponents primary structure (i.e. World Tree or Sacrificial Stone) is destroyed.
-The match ID and results need to be reported to one of the tournament admins in the posted IRC channel.
-It’s Gosu will select designated streamers that will be allowed into the matches. No other streams / casters will be allowed as observers.
-Live streams will have a delay server activated to prevent ghosting, or they will be casting from recently submitted replays.
-Only Honcast and It's Gosu staff are allowed to stream the games and not the players.