GameXpo 2017

Messukeskus, Helsinki, 3.-5.11.2017

eSM 2016 | eSM 2017

ASUS ROG GameXpo 2017 Overwatch rules

Version 6, 13.10.2017

These rules are the official rules of the ASUS ROG GameXpo 2017 Overwatch tournament. Every participant must read and understand the following rules and behave in a sportsmanlike manner, including screen names. Unsportsmanlike behavior will be sanctioned. Game admins have the final decision in all conflicts and sanctions. Tournament admins reserve all rights for changes related to these documents. Game admins can pause the tournament because of a serious technical problem or other reason as seen fit, e.g. medical emergency.

All cheating, including ghosting, is forbidden. If a participant is not sure whether a certain game mechanic is allowed, they MUST ask the head admin prior to the tournament’s start to find out whether it is allowed or not.

Breaking any of the rules will result in sanctions, including but not limited to:

  • Warnings
  • Losing a single game
  • Losing a game series
  • Deduction from the prize
  • Removal of a player or a team from the tournament
  • Removal of a player or a team from the event

A decision made by a single admin can be challenged by bringing it up with the head admin. This complaint can only be made right after the decision has been called or the game has ended, whichever occurred first. The head admin's decision is final and cannot be challenged.

Every participant in the tournament is expected to have read these rules thoroughly. Each player is expected to behave according to Fair Play principles. Unsportsmanlike behavior is a punishable offense. The tournament organizer has all the authority concerning these rules and the following punishments. The tournament organizer may put the tournament on hold due to a technical malfunction, a serious medical condition or similar unexpected event.

1. General rules

  • 1.1: Game: Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment), latest version
  • 1.2: Team size: 6 actual players and possibly 2 reserve players.
  • 1.3: A team may change at maximum 2 of its actual players.
  • 1.4: One player can only be in one team during the tournament.
  • 1.5: VoIP software is allowed. Tournament organizers provides Mumble and Teamspeak servers in offline games.
  • 1.6: Any software that modifies game files or grants an unfair advantage in the game is strictly forbidden and is grounds for immediate removal from the tournament.
  • 1.7: Players must provide their own gaming paraphernalia (keyboard, mouse, mousepad, headset and in-ear headphones)
  • 1.8: Players must have a valid Overwatch licence on their personal account for tournament play unless stated otherwise.
  • 1.9: Screen names
    • 1.9.1: Players must use their official screen name throughout the tournament.
    • 1.9.2: Sponsors related to other than alcohol, tobacco, gambling or adult entertainment are allowed at the end of the name or in team name.
  • 1.10: A coach may watch the match behind the players, but they may not communicate with the players in any way when the game is live. Communication during half-time, between rounds and between maps is allowed.
  • 1.11: During a game, team members are only allowed to communicate with persons involved with the game: team players, team coach, and tournament officials such as admins.
  • 1.12: Timekeeping
    • 1.12:1: Team captains must be in place 30 minutes before actual match start for the map veto and/or receiving information. (Valid on offline-tournaments only)
    • 1.12.2: If a team is not seated and ready when their game is scheduled to start, the team will automatically forfeit their game (group stage) or concede the first map (Bo3+) unless admin states otherwise. During the semi-finals and finals there will be a following 15 minute time left for the team to be ready or they will forfeit the whole match.
    • 1.12.3.: If a team is missing players at scheduled starting time, they WILL have to start the match without their full team, or forfeit. It is up to the teams to make sure they are ready on time.
    • 1.12.4: Tournament officials reserve the right to change these timings.
  • 1.13: In case of a tie on Assault, Hybrid or Escort map, a preset Control map is to be played as best of one in group stage and best of three in playoffs stage.
  • 1.14: Under extreme circumstances administrators reserve the right to change the rules.
  • 1.15: Round robin tie-breaker rules
    • 1.15.1: Tie situations are solved one criterion at a time, until all tie situations are solved.
    • 1.15.2: If more than two teams are tied, and a certain criterion involves all the teams but only solves a part of the tie situation, that part is resolved and the resolution starts over from criterion 1 for the remaining teams.
    • 1.15.3: The criterion in priority order:
      1. 1. Mutual match (for two-team situation only)
      2. 2. Map score difference in all games in the group
      3. 3. Map score difference in mutual games
      4. 4. Won maps in all games in the group
      5. 5. Won maps in mutual games
      6. 6. Tiebreaker games (bo3)

2. Game rules

  • 2.1: Rule set: Competitive
  • 2.2: Map Options
    • 2.2.1: Map rotation: After a game
    • 2.2.2: Map order: Single Map
    • 2.2.3: Return to lobby: After a game
    • 2.2.4: Disable all maps except for the map that is to be played.
  • 2.3: Hero Options
    • 2.3.1: Hero selection limit: 1 per team
    • 2.3.2: All heroes are currently allowed
    • 2.3.3: Role selection limit: None
    • 2.3.4: Allow Hero Switching: On
    • 2.3.5: Respawn as random hero: Off
  • 2.4: Heroes: All heroes are to be set as "on" unless otherwise instructed.
  • 2.5: Gameplay Options:
    • 2.5.1: High bandwidth: On
    • 2.5.2: Control game mode format: Best of 3
    • 2.5.3: Health modifier: 100%
    • 2.5.4: Damage modifier: 100%
    • 2.5.5: Healing modifier: 100%
    • 2.5.6: Ultimate charge rate modifier: 100%
    • 2.5.7: Respawn time modifier: 100%
    • 2.5.8: Ability cooldown modifier: 100%
    • 2.5.9: Disable skins: Off
    • 2.5.10: Disable health bars: Off
    • 2.5.11: Disable kill cam: On
    • 2.5.12: Disable kill feed: Off
    • 2.5.13: Headshots only: Off
  • 2.6: Team Options
    • 2.6.1: Team balancing: Off
    • 2.6.2: When balancing occurs: After a mirror match
  • 2.7: Game Options - Video
    • 2.7.1: Display mode: fullscreen OR borderless windowed
  • 2.8: Game Options - Social
    • 2.8.1: Receive group invite requests: off
    • 2.8.2: Receive whispers: off
    • 2.8.3: Display friend request notifications: off
    • 2.8.4: Display friend notifications: off

3. Other rules

  • 3.1: No macro functions on keyboards/mice are allowed to be used in any tournament games.
    • 3.1.1: One mouse click or button press should trigger only one game command.
  • 3.2: External programs which affect the game state or perform in-game actions are not allowed.
  • 3.3: Disconnecting intentionally during a match isn't allowed.

4. Pausing

  • 4.1: If a player encounters a problem during a match, they should ask for a pause in the chat.
  • 4.2: Admins may pause the game when needed.
  • 4.3: Pausing a game is only allowed for players in case of a technical issue.
  • 4.4: The game will resume from a pause once both teams are ready.
  • 4.5: If a player faces technical issues, the game may be paused for a maximum of 10 minutes, after which the game will resume regardless of that player's ability to play.
  • 4.6: In case a technical issue, caused by the server or network, which affects at least 3 players and the issue lasts more than 10 minutes, the game will be restarted unless an admin says otherwise.

5. Maps

  • 5.1: Map pool
    • Assault maps
      • Hanamura
      • Temple of Anubis
      • Volskaya Industries
      • Horizon Lunar Colony
    • Escort maps
      • Dorado
      • Route 66
      • Watchpoint: Gibraltar
    • Control maps
      • Ilios
      • Lijiang tower
      • Nepal
      • Oasis
    • Hybrid maps (assault & escort)
      • Eichenwalde
      • Hollywood
      • King's Row
      • Numbani
  • 5.2: Map picks and vetoes
    • 5.2.1: Map vetoes and picks are done with during the online phase of the tournament.
    • 5.2.2: Map veto starter is randomized.
    • 5.2.3: In a best of X match, the teams remove (veto) maps from the pool alternating turns (ABAB) until X maps are left.
    • 5.2.4: The starter of the veto picks the first map, and the rest of the maps are picked by the losing team.
    • 5.2.5: In other than control maps, the starting sides will be picked by the team which did not pick the current map.
    • 5.2.6: If an Assault, Hybrid or Escort map is picked for the match, a single Control map is picked as a tiebreaker map out of Lijiang Tower, Nepal and Oasis. The Control map is picked with vetoes similarly as the main map pool starting with the same team which started the main veto.
    • 5.2.7: Example: Best of three (3)
      • A removes a map
      • B removes a map
      • A removes a map
      • B removes a map
      • … Continue until 3 maps left
      • A chooses the 1st map, B chooses starting sides, the map is played.
      • Team A loses and picks the 2nd map, B chooses the sides, the map is played.
      • Team B loses and picks the 3rd map, A chooses the sides.

6. Protests & sanctions

  • 6.1: All protests are to be made within 10 minutes after the match has finished. No pauses can occur in-game for this matter. All cases are handled by admins after the match.
  • 6.2: When the match result is protested, affected teams can not continue playing matches until the conflict is resolved.
  • 6.3: Sanctions
    • 6.3.1: Warning, round loss, map loss, match loss, disqualification of player or team, ban of player or team.
    • 6.3.2: Round loss can be used in capture maps and is deducted from the final map score.
    • 6.3.3: Tournament officials will use the sanctions available as they see fit.

7. Fair play

  • 7.1: This tournament relies on fair play rules. Insulting others, racism and mocking religion is totally forbidden and will be punished by organizers. Trash talking is also forbidden and will result in a warning.
  • 7.2: Tournament participants should always address the administrators in a polite and respectful way.
  • 7.3: Should a participant purposely attempt to sabotage the games, another player or an administrator in any way, the player will be disqualified.

8. Streaming & broadcasts

  • 8.1: If there is an official broadcast for games, players must wait for broadcasters to be ready until matches can start.
  • 8.2: No observers are allowed in any tournament games, except for approved streamers and administrators.
  • 8.3: Players may not watch or listen to any streams of the tournament while playing.
  • 8.4: Players may not stream their own games.
  • 8.5: The stream delay in online matches should be at least 120 seconds.


Sep 18 - Added owdraft and veto starter to section 5.2.
Sep 19 - Control map format changed from bo5 to bo3. Added stream delay rule.
Sep 26 - Added Junkertown map to pool.
Oct 3 - Added round robin tie-breaker rules.
Oct 13 - Removed Junkertown from map pool as it is not in