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July 27th, 2012, 02:29 AM #1
Sunday Evening Cup Series (SECS) Rules & Information
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The Sunday Evening Cup Series began in December 2009 and is the longest running DotA tournament series to date. The goal of SECS is to provide a scheduled competitive practice opportunity for all North and South American teams who wish to participate. Poor sportsmanship will not be tolerated. There is no monetary prize in this tournament - we play for the love of the game.
SECS runs every Sunday starting at 5pm Eastern. Each season lasts five weeks, with the fifth being a playoff week.
SECS uses a double-sided single-elimination bracket. In other words, nobody is out after the first round. Instead, losing teams are put into their own single-elimination bracket. All matches are best-of-one. Every Sunday is a new bracket, and the bracket must be completed on Sunday night.
Teams get 2 points per win in the winner's bracket (including the first round) and 1 point per win in the loser's bracket. Points accumulate throughout the season.
The playoffs consist of a single-elimination best-of-one bracket, with best-of-three finals. The eight teams with the most points will be seeded into the playoff brackets. If there is a tie for 8th place, a playoff game will be used to determine who enters the brackets. If a team does not wish to participate in the playoffs, the next highest scoring team will take their place.
The eight teams who participate in the playoff bracket will receive Wongs as prizes. Wongs are NADotA's very own currency, which can be used to trade for Dota2 items or buy them from our store.
1st: 500 wongs + 5 online tournament passes of your choosing.
2nd: 250 wongs + 5 online tournament passes of your choosing.
3rd-4th: 250 wongs
5th-8th: 100 wongs
1. Teams are tied to a captain. If the captain leaves, a new team must be formed. Rosters must be submitted, but ringers are allowed. Nobody is allowed to play on more than one team in any given week.
2. At least 4/5 players in every game must be from North or South America.
3. All players must be registered with their most common name. All players must play with their most common name in-game.
4. Every team must have at least one representative on IRC in channel #nadota (irc.quakenet.org). This IRC channel will be used for all forms of communication, including contacting opponents, coordinating with streamers, and reporting match results. Please see the IRC Guide for assistance.
5. SECS starts at 4:45pm Eastern. You must check-in with the tournament admin between 4:00 - 4:45pm. Teams who do not check-in by 4:45 will not be included in the bracket. Matches start at 5:00pm. Any team without five players in the game lobby by 5:00pm will forfeit the match. When you are late, you waste the time of your opponents, the tournament admins, and the streamers. One delayed match will consequently delay the entire tournament. Do not postpone matches, even if both teams agree.
6. Each team is allowed up to three (3) pauses per game. Pauses must not exceed 30 seconds. Pauses are not permitted to be used from a tactical standpoint. Prolonged pauses or disputes of any kind will be dealt with on a per-match basis. Please contact the tournament admin for further instruction.
7. Report match results to the tournament admin in #nadota.
8. Any observer is allowed to stream matches. Players are not allowed to broadcast a first-person stream of their own match.
9. Game settings:
- Server Location: US East (unless both teams agree otherwise)
- Game Mode: Captains Mode
- Starting Team: Radiant
- Version: Latest
- Spectators: Disabled
- Cheats: Disabled
If teams cannot agree which side to play on, the team with more total points according to the season standings gets to choose. If it is a tie, the tournament admin will flip a coin.
10. Those who do not wish to follow the rules will be asked to leave. Please use this tournament as an opportunity to practice professionalism as well as game performance.