Competitive Paragon Rules

TOURNAMENT DEFINITIONS

  1. Tournament Organizer - The party responsible for making sure a sanctioned tournament is executed and operated by the Rules provided. All Tournament Organizers must be approved by Epic Games.
  2. Tournament Referee / Administrator - An individual authorized to interpret and enforce of these rules in a sanctioned tournament.
  3. Team - The individual players that are eligible to participate in a sanctioned tournament.
  4. Team Captain - The player on a team who represents the interest of the other players on a Team. This player is the point of contact between the Team and the Tournament Organizer.

Eligibility

Tournament Organizers must provide the following before becoming eligible as a sanctioned tournament:

  • Register the tournament with Epic Games
  • Use the Epic Games official Rules for Paragon
  • Report the tournament results to Epic Games by submitting them to tournaments@epicgames.com.

A Tournament Organizer is solely responsible for, and is the final arbiter for all decisions regarding, the execution of a tournament. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Staffing the tournament
  • Tournament registration
  • Tournament length
  • Technical issues
  • Prizing

Any person is eligible to play in a sanctioned tournament, with the exception of:

  • Where local laws prohibit such activity
  • Any person specifically prohibited by Epic Games policy
  • Any person employed or currently contracted by Epic Games
  • Tournament Organizers, any member of their organization, or other officials and administrators cannot participate in their own tournaments

Competitive Rules

GAME MODES

Any sanctioned tournament must use official Paragon game modes (currently limited to Monolith). The default win conditions and rules apply for all Paragon game modes in use. The map, rules and win conditions cannot be altered by Tournament Organizers or participants.

Brackets

Sanctioned tournaments should use one of the following bracket types: Single Elimination or Double Elimination (as defined below). Round-Robin leading into either of those two bracket types is also approved.

Single Elimination - A team is eliminated after losing one match against an opposing team.

Double Elimination - A team is eliminated after losing two matches against opposing teams.

Round-Robin - All teams play against each other.

Tournament Organizers should use any of the following match styles of play to determine winners for each matchup:

  • Single Match - A winner is determined by one match.
  • Best of Three - A winner is determined by winning 2 out of 3 games in a match.
  • Best of Five  - A winner is determined by winning 3 out of 5 games in a match.
  • Best of Seven - A winner is determined by winning 4 out of 7 games in a match.

Note: All match styles can be used over the course of a single tournament. Example:

  • Round 1 - Single Match
  • Quarter Finals - Best of Three
  • Championship - Best of Five

Brackets should be publicly available to the participating teams prior to the start of the tournament.

GAME RULES & OPERATIONS

Match & Round Start Times

Match times or Round times are designated by the Tournament Organizer. This information should be publicly available and team’s should be available at their designated times to complete a match. Tournament Organizers must provide an ‘end time’ for match play each day and abide by that time window.

A Tournament Organizer must allow for setup in the first 20 minutes of a Round. The time between games should be no longer than 20 minutes.

Draft Selection

Draft selection must be done using the same format utilized in Paragon’s draft. The number of Hero bans is equal to the number of total Heroes / 20 up to a maximum of 5 Heroes.

  • Snake Draft - 1, 2, 2, 1
  • Number of Bans = # of total Heroes/20 - up to a maximum of 5
  • Tournaments must have a time limit on how long each team gets for picks/bans (if we still don’t have a trade system in our game and has to be done pregame)
  • No mirrors
  • Coin flip to see who gets first pick or dawn/dusk pick
  • If Bo3, loser of round one gets to pick if they want to pick first or ban first
  • A new Hero cannot be played for 2 weeks after the release date of that Hero

Team Sizes

A team is required to have five members with one designated “Team Captain” in order to participate in a tournament. One substitution is required per team. Substitutions for missing players on a team are determined by the Tournament Organizer, but should be no more than two. All substitutions must be listed on a team roster prior to the start of a tournament and must be submitted to tournament administrators at least 72 hours in advance to avoid last minute substitutions. 

A team’s organization can only have one team participate in a tournament. This is to avoid any concerns around match fixing and/or collusion.

Team Names

Team names must fall in-line with the Epic Games’ Player Conduct Rules.

Match Starts and Restarts

A Match officially begins and cannot be restarted based on the following items below:

  • Either team lands a basic attack or ability on an enemy Hero.
  • Invades and using a basic attack or casting an ability on the enemy team’s jungle creeps.
  • The game timer reaches (00:02:30).

If a player disconnects after a Match has officially started play must continue and the player can attempt to rejoin the match.

Declaring a Winner

In the event that a Match must end without a naturally declared result based on technical issues, the following method should be used to determine the victor of a match:

  • The team with the most collective CXP
  • The team with the most tower’s destroyed
  • The team with the most kills
  • The team with the player with the most CXP earned, if they’re tied the result will cascade downward to the next player on the team, until a player is identified with the most CXP earned
  • If all scenarios above are tied, the winner is determined by any random method to determine an outcome

Broadcasting A Tournament

A Tournament Organizer may stream their tournament live via services like Twitch and YouTube. Such live streams may be monetized through advertisements.

Tournament Referees & Administrators

Tournament Infractions and Penalties

Penalties and infractions are carried out by the Tournament Administrators/Referees. Here are guidelines for tournament infractions:

  • Warnings - A team has been notified of an infraction by violating a stated rule
  • Pre-Game Penalty - A team loses the ability to act on a coin toss selection, Hero ban, or other pre-game activity as determined by the tournament organizer
  • Game Forfeit - A team is forced to forfeit a game within a series
  • Match Forfeit - A team is forced to forfeit a match against a team
  • Disqualification - A team is completely removed from participation in a tournament and forfeits any prizing

Note: Tournament Organizers can create player conduct rules as they pertain to a specific venue. One venue may allow for profanity and swearing, while another may not. Tournament Organizers must notify participating players of any conduct that may result in an infraction.

Sponsors

Any proposed sponsor that reflects poorly on the Paragon brand is prohibited. If you have questions about a particular proposed sponsor, please contact Epic.

Cheating

Tournament Organizers should do their best to maintain a fair competitive environment for all participating players. Players that attempt to manipulate, alter, or do not follow rules in order to gain an advantage are cheating. Cheating includes but is not limited to:

  • Any attempt to alter, modify or change the Paragon game client or playing with software that grants information not normally in the game.  This specifically includes the following:
  • Artificial aim assistance
  • User interface displays that show enemy Hero locations, different crosshairs, or exact range of enemies.
  • Collusion - Knowingly cooperating with an opposing team/player in a tournament in order to determine the outcome of a match.
  • Intentional attempts to cause match restarts.
  • Players are not permitted to participate in a tournament using two different accounts.
  • Using in-game bug exploits. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Placing wards in places that cannot be reached by all Heroes.
  • Glitches in purchasing items (infinite wards).
  • Using Hero abilities to reach places on the map that should not be accessible.
  • Any game function that falls under this categorization and is deemed an exploit by the Tournament referees.

Legal

Even if your tournament qualifies as a sanctioned tournament by complying with the above rules, you are solely responsible for its operation.  You explicitly agree that Epic Games is in no way responsible for the operation of your tournament regardless of whether or not it is a sanctioned tournament.  You also agree that organizing a tournament is entirely voluntary on your part, and you are in no way due any compensation from Epic Games, nor are you an Epic Games employee or in any way acting on its behalf.

All tournaments must comply with Epic Games’ legal requirements, including the Paragon license agreement, the Terms of Service, and the Privacy Policy.  Epic reserves the right to enforce these requirements, up to and including player suspension or account termination, regardless of tournament participation.


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