Greetings Summoners!

We’re making some significant changes to the League of Legends format for this year. Below is a detailed explanation of each stage and how it will work.

If you have any questions about the format please join our discord (found here) and ask them in the League of Legends text channel.

Start Date: Sunday 15th OCT

Signups: Opening in the next few days

Stage One: Regional Qualifiers

Each university is put into a region based (roughly) on their geographical location. Universities within each region will compete with other teams from the same region in the NUEL Swiss system for the duration of the qualifiers.

The four regions are:

  • North
  • Midlands
  • London & South East
  • Wales & South West

The NUEL Swiss (N-Swiss) system

Our system works by matching teams who have a similar win/loss record against each other. Over the course of the Swiss you will face increasingly better matched opponents. Each win will earn you a point and the teams with the most points will qualify for Nationals. (We’ll be publishing a more detailed explanation of this system for those of you who want to know more but the above is sufficient to compete).

Tiebreaks

To decide a tiebreak in final standings we use a system which calculates your “Opponent Match Win Percentage” score. Put simply, this generates a rating for your team based on the difficulty of opponents you had to face over the course of the qualifiers. The team with the higher rating, who therefore beat better opponents, will be awarded the higher placement.

Stage Two: Nationals

With the conclusion of Regional Qualifiers the top 8 teams (per region) will progress to either the National 1st Division or the National 2nd Division.

National 1st Division

The top 4 teams from each region (16 total) will compete to be crowned the National Champions in the 1st Division.

The 16 teams will be divided up into 4 groups based on their finish in their respective region. Each group will contain a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th seed with no team from the same region being in the same group. Two teams will make it out of each group and two will be eliminated. The groups will use the GSL format (see below for an explanation).

The 8 teams who progressed out of groups will enter a single elimination bracket.

National 2nd Division

The teams finishing 5th – 8th from each region (16 total) will qualify to compete in the National 2nd Division

The 16 teams will be divided up into 4 groups based on their finish in their respective region. Each group will contain a 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th seed with no team from the same region being in the same group. Two teams will make it out of each group and two will be eliminated. The groups will use the GSL format (see below for an explanation).

The 8 teams who progressed out of groups will enter a single elimination bracket.

The ‘GSL’ Format

The GSL group format is a double elimination bracket contained within a group. If a team wins 2 games before they lose 2 they will qualify out of groups with the reverse meaning they are eliminated. The team finishing 2-0 takes first seed with the team finishing 2-1 taking second seed.

Source: teamliquid.net