1. General Rules & Participant Eligibility
1.1 Agreement to the Rules
1.1.1 By attending the eSports.je Hearthstone participants agree to comply with the rules and regulations as well as the decisions made by the tournament administration. Every participant acknowledges the right of the tournament administration to modify these rules and regulations at any given time and without prior notice.
The application of these rules and regulations is at the sole discretion of the tournament administration.
1.1.2 Every participant is asked to maintain an adequate level of respect and friendliness with the other participants and the referees. Unsportsmanlike and disrespectful behaviour towards the referees and the other participants will not be tolerated.
Incidents will be punished by a game loss or an immediate disqualification from the eSports.je Hearthstone. Participants must abide by the instructions made by the tournament administration at all times.
1.2 Participant Expectations
Participants will be expected to provide deck lists before the competition
1.2.1 Every participant is required to submit the Hearthstone EUBattletag (nickname#number e.g. Zinco#1234) which is used to participate in the eSports.je Hearthstone in their profile.
Participants must use the game account that they submitted during registration.
2. Competition Format
2.1. Bracket, Seeding, & Match Format
The eSports.je Hearthstone is a double elimination tournament. All matches will be system in a best-of-five (Bo5) style. Participants will be seeded randomly into the bracket.
2.2 Deck Submission & Ban
Prior to the start of the tournament, all participants must submit 3 decklist (all with different heroes) to the tournament administration. Players are not required to revealed their decklist to their opponents.
No cards will be restricted during the tournament (even in the event that new cards are introduced before or during the tournament).
2.3 Match Schedule
This will be defined in the event detail
3. Match Process
3.1 Player Responsibilities
In order to get in contact with your opponent, participants must add each other to their friend list in the game. Account details (i.e. BattleNetID: Zinco#1234) will be provided to all participants prior to the start of the tournament.
If a bug or other unexpected incident occurs in the game, both participants are responsible for taking screenshots to document the incident. Screenshots should be provided to the tournament administration.
3.2 Ban process
Prior to the start of a match, players will reveal their 3 hero classes to their opponent. Each player will then have the opportunity to ban one hero (and the corresponding deck). This leaves each player with 2 available decks for the ensuing match.
3.3 Match Start
After the players have added their opponent to their b.net friends list, one player will challenge the other. Once the challenge has been accepted by both players, it may not be cancelled for any reason unless authorized by a tournament administrator.
In the event of a client crash a tournament administrator should be contacted immediately to assess the situation and issue a decision.
3.4 Deck Rules during the Match
3.4.1 The loser of a game may not change cards in a deck for the next game.
3.4.2 If a player loses a game within a Bo3, the participant has to pick another hero (and corresponding deck) for the next game while the other participant must use the same deck that they used in the previous match. The match will proceed until one player has won two matches and eliminated all of their opponent’s heroes.
3.5 Match Results
Matches will be played in the presence of tournament administration. Players should confirm the result of each game and any technical issues to the tournament administration as soon as the match has completed. Each participant should in addition take a screenshot after each game and keep them until the tournament has finished.
If a game was finished in a tie so both participants drop to 0 health points in the same turn (both participants will see a "Defeat" as the endscreen), the game will be remade with both participants using the very same deck again.
If a participant disconnects and is not able to reconnect to the game, the disconnect will be treated as a loss for the one who lost the connection, unless determined otherwise by the tournament administration. The participant that did not disconnect has to wait two (2) minutes in the current game to give their opponent the chance to reconnect to the game. In case of a rematch the participants have to choose the same deck again
3.6 Substitute Players and Default Wins
If any players fail to meet their obligations or violate rules before the tournament or during the first round, then they will be disqualified and replaced with a substitute player. If an advancing player cannot continue in the tournament, then they will be replaced by an available player who they last defeated.
Default wins will only be awarded at the discretion of a tournament administrator.
4. Rule Violations
4.1 The use of 3rd party programs to alter the Hearthstone client or competitive experience is strictly forbidden and will result in an immediate disqualification from the eSports.je Hearthstone.
4.2 It is forbidden to watch video streams and/or to listen to shoutcasts of your own matches while the match is still underway.
4.3 If a rule violation is witnessed, then it must be brought up immediately with a tournament administrator.