Season 8 IBS Rules

Eligibility

IBS League

1.   (Non-Cap exception players) Players must have ended Silver 1 99 LP or below AND did not promote to Gold at any point during Season 11. Additionally players must not have peaked Gold 4 in season 12 to be eligible to join a roster. Blue Otter will only take flex rank into account if there’s a big discrepancy between a player’s solo queue rank and flex rank.

1.a   If a player has played the minimum, or close to the minimum, number of games required in the previous season, they may be considered a cap exception player (see rule 2).  This also includes other factors such as previous ranked history, competitive play performance, and the peak rank of the player in the previous season.

2.   Each team is allowed to roster (1) cap exception player.

2.a   By definition, a cap exception player is a player that has peaked Gold 4 in Season 11 and/or peaked Gold 4 in Season 12.  Any player that ended Silver 1 100 LP in Season 11 is considered a cap exception player.  

      2.a.1  If a player peaked, at max, Gold 3 in season 11 for 7 days or less, they may                request an exemption if they played at least 400 ranked games in Season 11                    and 200 ranked games in Season 12.  If approved, the player will count as a cap                exception player.  Any player that peaked Gold 3 this season is ineligible for IBS.

2.b   A player that was not a cap exception player at the beginning of the season may not become one in the middle of the season to try to switch teams while they are Gold 4. (See rule 3)

 

3.   Players that have previously ended Gold 2 or above Season 9 or later will be ineligible to play. 

4.   A player may conditionally climb to Gold 3 99 LP while on a team. However, once they hit Gold 4 they are ineligible to switch teams.  Cap exception players are allowed to switch teams as long as they haven’t peaked Gold 3 in Season 12.

4.a   Any player that reaches Gold 3 with a win rate of 55% or above will be removed from the league.

4.b   Players may start climbing after Week 1 has concluded.

5.   Teams are required to research their players, admins are not responsible if a player is found out to be ineligible later in the season. 

6.   All players must have 100 Solo/Duo Queue ranked games on their main account in order to be eligible to play in Blue Otter League at the start of the season.  This includes starters, subs, AND e-subs.

6.a   Players must have 140 ranked solo/duo games to be eligible for playoffs this season.

6.b   All rostered players must have at least 10 ranked solo/duo games within the last 21 to be eligible for any regular season match. (Not enforced for week 1)
      
       6.b.1   Failure to fulfill this rule requirement for any given week will result in 2 first           round ban losses for each game the player plays.

       6.b.2   The opposing team may waive any ban losses resulting from this rule if they         choose to.

6.c.   Players who have an excessive win rate during the season (55%+) will be put on a win rate contract until their win rate falls below 55%.  This contract will require that the player plays 5 ranked solo/duo games every week.  

6.d  Ranked games should be completed with the upmost integrity.  If BOL staff
can verify a player has intentionally fed multiple games without a reasonable doubt, this can impact their eligibility for the league.

6.e   Players are not eligible unless they have played 100+ solo/duo ranked games in the previous season.  If a player did not have 100 ranked games in Season 11, they can make up the difference in Season 12 if they had at least 70 games in Season 11.  The formula for calculating a certain player’s minimum game requirement is below.

S12 Game Requirements = 100 - (Number of ranked solo / duo games in season 11 up to 100) + 100 (140 for playoffs)

6.f  If a player had less than 70 ranked solo/duo games in Season 11, they must play 200 ranked solo/duo games to be eligible this season.
 

7.   Banned accounts and any accounts you no longer have access to do not count towards the minimum game requirement. 

8.   Before players are eligible to play on a roster they must be cleared by a Tournament Organizer.

9.   If your main account is permanently banned during any BOL league season, you will be considered ineligible to participate in Blue Otter League for the remainder of that season.  If your main account is suspended at any point in the season, you will be ineligible to play in BOL until your suspension has been lifted. The BOL league season starts when a team is accepted into the league.

10.   Accounts in other regions must be disclosed to BOL staff.  These accounts will be considered when determining player eligibility but will not solely be the reason of acceptance or denial.

11.   All alternate accounts level 30+ must be disclosed.  Failure to disclose an account can result in a suspension or possibly being denied from participating in BOL. If a player’s undisclosed account is found in between seasons, the suspension can carry over to the next season.

12.   Ultimately all eligibility comes down to admin discretion, the admins can collectively agree to deny or remove any player.

13.   Player eligibility cannot be bypassed by an agreement with another team. (Game requirements)

14.   Players must fill out a player registration form before they are considered eligible.

Rosters

League Rosters

1.   All BOL rosters are all limited to a ten man roster & 2 coaches.

1.a   Each team is limited to two roster changes per week up to the Playoff Roster Lock. 


1.b   BOL staff will either approve, deny, or ask for more information about a player within 48 hours after submitting a roster change.​
 

1.c   Roster changes may be suspended as staff looks into the player in question. It is important that the captain always has a back up plan in the event that a player is denied or their roster change is suspended. The vetting team will take all necessary steps to ensure that roster changes are not suspended and players are cleared or denied as fast as possible.

2.   All roster changes must be submitted by a team captain which includes emergency subs.  If a captain is unavailable, another player may request permission to make their team’s roster changes with admin approval.

2.a  A team captain must ping the player they are adding to their roster when making the roster change.

2.b  Players are required to complete their player registration form within 24 hours of the weekly roster lock. Any player that fills out their form late will receive a penalty of 1 ban loss per game in the first round of bans. If the player does not play, no ban loss will occur.

3.   Teams are only allowed the 5 starting players in their voice communications while in game. Teams are required to be in their respective Discord voice channels during official BOL matches. There will be no exceptions to this rule.

4.   Players must complete a player registration form to be eligible for the league.

5.   Rosters lock Tuesday 11:59 pm ET

6.   Any player added after roster lock is considered an emergency sub. 

7.a  Emergency subs will not be added to the team's roster.  If the team wishes to add the player for the future, they will need to wait until the roster change channel is unlocked after the conclusion of the current week of matches.   

7. Players and/or Captains must submit player name changes in the name change channel prior to roster lock in any given week.  Failure to do so will result in 1 ban loss per player.

8.a   As a captain, it is your responsibility to make sure your team is ready for the week.

8.   Playoff rosters will be locked 1 week prior to the conclusion of the season. 

9.a   If a player ranks out after the playoff roster lock, the team will be allowed to add (1) additional player.  This player cannot be listed on a roster by any team, which includes eliminated ones.

9.   Players who play in an official BOL game with one team will have a one week lock out period before they are eligible to play on another team. 

10.a   Players, individually, have 3 total roster additions in their bank during each season. Every time they are added to a roster, they lose one of their roster additions.  After they hit 0, they are ineligible to be added to a new roster.  However, they can e-sub for a team if they maintain the eligibility requirements.

10.b   Starters/subs may not e-sub for other rosters unless a starter/sub is on an IBS roster and wants to play on a Gold roster or vice-versa

10.   Players may drop themselves from a roster at any point by opening a ticket in #ticket-help-desk. If a player is dropped or drops themselves from a team without playing in the previous week, they would be eligible to join a team immediately.

 

11.a   Players on cooldown will not be eligible to be added to a roster until their cooldown is over. Cooldowns are for platinum and gold leagues separately. Cooldowns are only for the week of matches.  For example, if a player played in week 3 and was dropped on that Sunday, they would be eligible to be added after the week 4 games are completed.

Captains

1.   Each team is allowed two captains on their roster at a time. One captain needs to be a starting player. The other captain can be a coach or another player.

2.   Captains are responsible for team management, roster changes as well as communication with other team captains and tournament organizers.

3.   Captains are required to uphold tournament rules to the best of their ability. 

Coaches

​1.   Each team is allowed two coaches on their roster at a time and the team captain must add them via roster change before the weekly roster lock.

2.   Coaches may be in team communication for pick/ban phase but must leave after.

3.   Coaches may rejoin voice comms in between games but must leave when the game starts.

4.   If a coach has gone AFK in team communications, open a ticket to have them removed from the voice channel.

 

4.a   If a team fails to remove their coach in any circumstance during the game, the first offense will result in a warning. If a second infraction occurs the coach will no longer be eligible to join the team call as well as a ban loss in their next game.

E-subs

​1.   Each team is allowed a maximum of two esubs per game. After that their team will forfeit their games.

1.a   Teams are limited to one esub during playoffs.

2.   One esub used will be a 2 ban loss penalty in the first ban rotation. Two esubs used will be a 4 ban loss penalty (3 in the first phase and 1 in the second phase) each game that they are used. Three or more e-subs is considered a forfeit.

 

2.a   Teams that use an esub during playoffs will lose three bans in the first ban rotation each game that they are used.

 

​3.   Players above the non exception cap may not esub for a team. 

3.a  Any player that has peaked Gold 4 or above cannot esub for a team in the IBS League.

4.   Team Captains must clear their esubs through the esub clearance channel in the BOL discord in order for a player to be an esub. Players must ping roster staff for approval within 30 minutes of game time so staff can look at the potential player immediately.

5.   If your team is using an esub, let the opposing team know as soon as you can.

6.   Players may only esub for one team per week for each league. Failure to follow this will result in a forfeit. Multiple offenses will result in a 3 week suspension for the e-sub and the inability to e-sub for teams indefinitely. 

7.   Esubs are subject to all BOL player eligibility rules and regulations. BOL staff may require esubs to fill out a player registration form if their eligibility is in question.

8.   Esubs will be heavily scrutinized to ensure competitive integrity. There will be no leniency towards teams who have waited until the last second to submit an esub. 

Lobby & In Game

Lobby

1.   Games are played on Summoner’s Rift 5v5 Tournament Draft with Allow Spectate.

2.   Banter and trash talk should not be present in a game lobby or in game.

3.   Each team is expected to follow BOL Discord Rules while in the lobby and in game.

4.   Both teams must use the tournament code provided to them for each match.

5.   Lobbies are not required to be checked by a mod or admin. However, if a team has a problem with a lobby, they may open a ticket and a mod/admin will join their voice channel as soon as possible.

6.   Any form of ban losses will occur in the first round of the ban phase.  If a team loses more than 3 bans, any extra ban losses will carry over to the 2nd ban phase.  A team may only receive a maximum of 5 ban losses per game.

7.   Both teams must be in game lobby on the hour. Bans will occur 5 minutes after the game should start and in increments of 5 up until 3 bans are lost where a team will FF after that. You are required to screenshot the lobby and open a ticket to contact admins/mods before a team loses bans so that it may be verified by staff.

7.a   Meaning that a team will start to lose bans at 8:05 ET and forfeit the first game at 8:20 ET.​

7.b   If a team cannot field a roster by 8:30 ET, they will forfeit the series

7.c   There are no excuses for running late. Patch ahead of time or get a sub to take your spot.

8.   Prodraft/Draftlol is required. You are required to send the spectator link to the opposing team. Streamed matches on the BOL twitch channel require the use of Draftlol.

9.   Client bugs, or mispicks must be disclosed immediately and before the other team selects their pick. Otherwise the Prodraft/Draftlol will have to be remade up until the mispick occurred.​

9.a   This must be done before the game is loaded in

9.b   BOL Staff is not responsible for any misclicked summoner spells or masteries.

10.   If any client/server issues regarding to game playability occurs, teams should pause the game and open a ticket ASAP so that BOL staff can intervene, if necessary.  If a significant number of games are affected because of the same issue, any rulings made will only be directed to the games affected and reported.  Please do not pause the game or notify staff if the issues are caused by personal internet problems.

11.   If Blue Otter Tournament Organizers disables a champion and a team plays it, it is an automatic forfeit for that game.

12.   Teams must line up in LCS order. The only allowed role swaps that are allowed after lining up in LCS order is top and mid.

13.   Bot lanes that are currently allowed in BOL.  As this season progresses, this rule will be amended to reflect current meta strategies.

13.a   Current strategies: Sona Taric, Fasting Senna (full or 1/3rd), Double enchanter

Either Bot laner may play either of these champions

13.b   AP Carry (lined up in the ADC spot) and Support

13.c   Kill lanes are allowed. However, if we see a team abusing this rule by creating loopholes, they will be punished.

14.   Teams are required to make their final champion changes before the timer countdown hits 20 seconds heading into the loading screen

15.   Players are required to play on their main account listed with Blue Otter League via the Player Registration form. This means that if you receive a 14 day suspension or a permanent ban you will be ineligible to play. 

In Game

​1.   No excessive BMing. If a player feels that another team is BMing excessively they need to record or screenshot the examples and send them to the admin team. Punishment will result on the next played series for the team if the admin team feels that the team is being excessive.  

2.   We highly advise that you avoid any form of communication other than GG or explaining a pause while in game

3.   The use of emotes/masteries is allowed but please don’t excessively spam them or bind them to ability keys.

4.   Players that wish to stream BOL official matches must have a three minute delay on their stream.

5.   Players must be in their team voice call during an official BOL game.

5.a   If a player intentionally leaves their voice call and/or the game in the middle of a game, they will be suspended for a minimum of 2 weeks. The only exception is if their internet/client/discord crashes.

Pauses

​1.   Pauses are limited to 10 minutes per game and can only pause up to 3 times per game. After that teams must play out the game regardless of issues.

1.a   If a team pauses a game, the opposing team’s captain must post in their respective captain chat and state that their game has been paused.

1.b   If a team is still paused after 10 minutes in a game or if they paused more than 3 times in a game, please open a ticket for staff assistance. 

1.c   Pauses should only be used for technical difficulties and emergencies.  Abuse of the pause rule will be punished via ban loss in the next series.

Remakes​

1.   Remakes are only allowed under severe server / client issues.

2.   Teams must seek admin approval for a remake. It is important to pause as soon as possible and make a ticket for staff approval. 

Post Game

1.   After each game is completed teams are allowed a maximum break time of 10 minutes. 

2.   After the break has completed teams should be in the next game lobby preparing for pick and ban.

3.   If an opposing team takes longer than 10 minutes, open a ticket. If this happens multiple times in a season, the team will be penalized depending on how late they are.

Match Reporting

​1.   After a match has completed the winning team's captain is required to post their match results in the designated channel. This needs to be completed the same day the match is played. Failure to follow this rule will result in ban losses for repeated offenses. 

1.a   Below is how a captain should report the matches. Examples will be further provided in the designated channel.

Pick Ban: <prodraft/draftlol link>

Match Result: <screenshot of post game lobby>

League Information

Schedule

1.   The IBS League plays a Bo3 each Thursday at 8pm EST during a BOL season.

     1.a   There is a $0 entry fee for the BOL IBS League as well as a $25 deposit. The deposit will be returned if teams are not involved in a competitive ruling (e.g. smurfing) and do not forfeit more than 2 games in a season.  

Standings

​1.   Season standings will be based off of series score.

2.   Standings will be decided by Series Score > Points > Head-to-head > Tied teams head-to-head score.

2.a   Should any tiebreaker games be required it will be played the week after the conclusion of the regular season.

2.b Below is an example of how a three way tie would be decided.

Team A vs Team B : 2-0

Team B vs Team C: 2-1

Team C vs Team A: 2-0

Team C would be 1 seed

3. Point Breakdown:

2-0 Win - 6 points

2-1 Win - 5 points

1-2 Loss - 3 points 

0-2 Loss - 2 points

0-2 Loss with 1 FF - 1 point

Forfeit - 0 points

Side Selection

1.   For Bo3s, the team on the left side of the schedule will have blue side for games 1 and 3 while the team on the right will have blue side for game 2.

2.   For Bo5s (aka playoffs), The higher seed in the matchup will be given side selection for Game 1.  Side selection for Games 2, 3 ,4 and 5 will be given to the team that lost the previous game.  For example, if Team B loses game 1, they get side selection in game 2.  If Team B loses game 2, they will get side selection game 3.  If two teams have the same seed, there will be a coinflip for game 1 side selection and then will proceed with the above procedure. (TL;DR: Loser gets side selection after game 1)

Captain Chat

1.   Blue Otter League has implemented a Captain Chat. This is to help better reach our players and get feedback from them about rulings / rules and overall help to improve the player experience in the league.

Deposits

1.   Currently, we are requiring deposits for the IBS League ($25). These deposits are “in good faith” and will be returned as long as each team completes these 3 requirements:

1.a   Finish out the season. If your team forfeits in the last week, you will lose your deposit.

1.b   Only forfeit a max of 2 games. This includes playoffs.

1.c   Did not get punished for smurfing or any other major rule violations.

Buy ins

1.   There is a $0 entry fee for the IBS League.

Team Branding

​1.   Team names and player names must be within Twitch and Riot TOS and within Blue Otter League Rules.  BOL can require a player to change their name if necessary.

2.   Teams are limited to one Name/Brand/Logo change per season due to the amount of resources that it takes to edit.  These changes must be approved by BOL Tournament Organizers.

Prize Pool

1st - 5 Mystery Skins 

2nd - Nothing

3rd (if played) - Nothing

Champion Bans

​1.   Upon the release of a new champion, that champion will be banned from BOL matches for two weeks. If the ban rolls into playoffs the champion in question will be banned for the entirety of playoffs.

 

1.a   Should there be a game breaking bug on any champion BOL reserves the right to remove that champion from BOL Matches indefinitely 

 

2.   Reworked champions will be disabled for 1 week.

Stream Information

1.   BOL will release the stream schedule for the upcoming week every Saturday night

 

2.   BOL will reserve the right to stream any match that they choose. 

 

3.   Any organization that participates in Blue Otter League will agree to a non-competing stream clause. (They are not allowed to stream a match that BOL is also streaming)

 

4.   Players are allowed to stream their own POV but they must stream with a 3 minute delay.

5.   Players and Organizations that stream BOL matches should make an attempt to hide the game screen in the event of a pause.  This is to prevent any intentional or unintentional ghosting.

 

6.   Depending on the number of streams hosted by BOL each week, we will prioritize streaming as many teams as we can during the regular season while trying to pick the most competitive matches as well.

Discord Etiquette

1.   In discord there is no tolerance for racism, hate speech or NSFW content.

2.   Any death threats or telling someone “Kill yourself”, “kys”, or any variation will result in a suspension/mute depending on the severity

3.   Instigation will result in a server mute and repeated offenses will result in suspensions and/or removal from the league. 

4.   Trash talk is an opt-in channel for those wishing to participate in the shenanigans.

4.a   Even though trash talk is an opt-in channel there are boundaries. Rule 1, 2, 7, and 8 in Discord Etiquette is still applicable in the trash talk channel.

5.   In extreme cases of harassment / extreme toxicity outside of the Blue Otter League Discord, admins may remove you from the League.

6.   Failure to follow the discord rules will result in mutes, suspensions or bans.

7.   Do not bring up political views into any discussion. This is a place to play league of legends and not a political debate. We understand that some of you have a very solid understanding of politics and can debate without getting personal but every debate would get out of hand.

7.a   1st offense - Formal warning

2nd offense - Muted for 1 week

3rd offense - Muted indefinitely

8.   Do not post screenshots of players saying racist, sexist, or any other statements that would be against BOL discord rules in any channel. Make sure you contact admins directly regarding players breaking BOL Discord rules via DMs. 

Disciplinary Actions

1.    Intentionally Account Sharing - If a player is intentionally account sharing on their main account, they will be suspended for at least 1 season of BOL. Second offense is a permanent ban from the league.   ​

1.a   Knowledge of Account Sharing - First offense will result in a league suspension for the season. Second offense will result in a permanent league ban.

 

1.b   Players should not be account sharing any of their alternate accounts during the BOL season.  This will result in a 1 week suspension for first time offenses. 

2.   Hate Speech / Racism - First offense is a ban.

3.   NSFW Content - Punishment will vary depending on severity.

4.   Smurfing - Banned from the league.

4.a   There will be no remakes for teams that are found to have a smurf on them or account sharing. All wins will result as a loss and standings will be adjusted accordingly.

5.   Knowledge of Smurfing - First offense is an indefinite ban.

6.   Excessive Lobby & In game BM - Depending on the severity of the case. First offense is a ban loss for your team upon the next series. If these actions continue it will be up to admin discretion for future punishments and possible removal from the league depending on severity. 

6.a   Lobby and in game penalties are enforced on the next series after a proper investigation can be completed.

7.   Win Trading - Any form of win trading that has proof without a reasonable doubt will result in the removal of either one or both teams depending on the situation.

 

8.   Streaming without 3 min delay- Players that wish to stream BOL official matches must have a three minute delay on their stream.  The first offense will result in a warning.  Any future offenses will result in ban losses for the next series. If it is determined that you have received outside assistance while streaming, the game will count as a forfeit. 

9.   Severe Cases - Any severe cases not listed under Disciplinary Actions, punishment will be up to Admin discretion based on the severity of the case.

10.   Pause Abuse - Ban losses upon next series.

Rules are subject to amendment(s) based off of Admin / Player Feedback