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Blue Otter League Rules

1.     Eligibility

1.1.     Masters & Open League (Gold)

1.1.1.     Players must be Gold 1 or below, season 8 and season 9, in Solo Queue and Flex 5s to join a team in the league. 

1.1.2.     A player may conditionally climb to Platinum 3 while on a team. However, once they hit Platinum 4 they are ineligible to switch teams. If they wish to switch teams they have to play up in the Platinum League. 

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

1.1.4.     All players must play 75 Solo/Duo Queue ranked games on their main account in order to be Eligible to play in Blue Otter League.

1.1.5.     Previously banned accounts do not count towards the 75 games.

1.1.6.     Before players are eligible to play on a roster they must be cleared by an admin.

1.1.7.     Players are not eligible unless they were ranked in the previous season and are currently ranked. Players who have played over 100 games this season are eligible to play if they were not ranked last season.

1.1.8.     Other League ranks count towards eligibility. (LAN, EUW, etc)

1.1.9.     All alternate accounts level 30+ must be disclosed.  Failure to disclose an account will result in a suspension.

1.2.     Platinum League

1.2.1.     Players must be Platinum 1 or below, season 8 and season 9, in Solo Queue and Flex 5s to join a team in the league. 

1.2.2.     A player may conditionally climb to Diamond 3 while on a team. However, once they hit Diamond 4 they are ineligible to switch teams. 

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

1.2.4.     All players must play 75 Solo/Duo Queue ranked games on their main account in order to be Eligible to play in Blue Otter League.

1.2.5.     Previously banned accounts do not count towards the 75 games.

1.2.6.     Before players are eligible to play on a roster they must be cleared by an admin. 

1.2.7.     Players are not eligible unless they were ranked in the previous season and are currently ranked. Players who have played over 100 games this season are eligible to play if they were not ranked last season.

1.2.8.     Other League ranks count towards eligibility. (LAN, EUW, etc)

1.2.9.     All alternate accounts level 30+ must be disclosed.  Failure to disclose an account will result in a suspension.

1.     Rosters

2.1.     League Rosters

2.1.1.     Masters, Open & Platinum Leagues are all limited to a ten man roster & a coach.

2.1.2.     Players must be eligible to play in the league to be on a roster. 

2.1.3.     Teams are only allowed 5 players in their voice communications while in game.

2.1.4.     Players must register individually to be eligible for the league.

2.1.5.     Rosters lock Monday 11:59 pm EST (Masters & Open)

2.1.5.1.     Name changes must be submitted before roster lock each week. Failure to do so will result in a ban loss.

2.1.6.     Rosters lock Sunday 11:59 pm EST (Platinum League)

2.1.6.1.     Name changes must be submitted before roster lock each week. Failure to do so will result in a ban loss.

2.2.     Coaches

2.2.1.     Each team is allowed one coach on their roster at a time.

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

2.2.3.     Coaches can rejoin comms in between games but must leave when the game starts.

2.2.4.     If a coach has gone AFK in team communications, contact an admin / mod so that they can move them to AFK channel.

2.2.4.1.     If a team fails to remove their coach in any circumstance, the captain will receive a one game suspension.

2.2.4.2.     Second Offense will result in a three game suspension. 

2.2.4.3.     Third offense will result in the team forfeiting their games and suspensions.

2.3.     Esubs

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

2.3.2.     1 esub used will be a ban loss in the first ban rotation. 2 esubs used will be 3 ban losses in the first ban rotation. 3+ esubs is considered a forfeit.

2.3.3.     Teams must clear their esubs through the esub clearance channel in discord for a player to be eligible to esub for a team.

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

2.3.5.     Players may only esub for one team per week. Failure to follow this will result in a forfeit. Multiple offenses will result in a 3 week suspension for the esub and the team captain.

3.     Lobby & In Game

3.1.     Lobby

3.1.1.     Games are played on Summoner’s Rift 5v5 Tournament Draft

3.1.2.     No excessive BMing

3.1.3.     Follow Discord Rules

3.1.4.     Captain of Blue side will make the lobby and invite the opposing team.

3.1.5.     Lobbies will not be admin / mod checked.

3.1.5.1.     If a team has a problem with a lobby, they may contact a mod or admin to resolve an issue.

3.1.6.    Any form of ban losses will occur in the first round of the ban phase.

3.1.7.     Games will start 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.

3.1.7.1.     Meaning that a team will start to lose bans at 8:05 and FF their games at 8:20.

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

3.1.9.     Client bugs, or mispicks will result in a remake of the draft, but with the same picks.

3.1.9.1.     This must be done before the game is loaded in

3.1.10.    If the league denies a champion and a team plays it. It is an automatic forfeit.

3.1.11.    Prodraft is not required but can be used if both teams agree to it.

3.2.     In Game

3.2.1.     No excessive BMing (example: gg ez)

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

3.2.3.     Follow Discord rules

3.2.4.     The use of emotes / masteries is allowed. Please refrain from spamming them.

3.3.     Pauses

3.3.1.     Pauses are limited to 10 minutes. After that teams must play out the game regardless of issues.

3.3.1.1.     An opposing team may send a screenshot if this rule has not been followed.

3.3.1.2.     Any excessive use or abuse of the pause rule will be punished via captain suspensions.

3.4.     Remakes

3.4.1.     Pauses are limited to 10 minutes. After that teams must play out the game regardless of issues.

3.4.2.     Remakes may only occur if they are done before first blood or first minion dies.

3.4.3.     Teams must seek admin approval for a remake.

4.     League Information

4.1.     Schedule

4.1.1.     Masters Gold League plays Wednesdays at 8pm EST and 9pm EST.

4.1.2.     Gold Open League plays Wednesday at 9 pm EST and 10 pm EST.

4.1.3.     Platinum League plays Tuesday at 8pm EST and 9pm EST.

4.1.4.     Teams are allowed to reschedule a game if it is not streamed and they have admin approval.

4.1.4.1.     Teams have a two week period to complete their rescheduled games or they result in forfeits.

4.1.5     If a team has two back-to-back weeks of forfeits. They will be dropped from Masters and the first place open team in terms of points will take their place.

4.2.     Masters vs Open

4.2.1.     At the end of a season the bottom 4 Masters teams will be relegated from the League and will be forced to play against the top Open teams for a spot in the BOL Masters League.

4.2.2.     The BOL Open Team with the highest points at the end of the season will auto qualify for BOL Masters League

4.2.2.1.     If the team has ranked out or is unable to play next season in the league the spot will be determined by a play in tournaments.

4.2.3.     Two tournaments will be played before the start of the next season. The two teams that take 1st place will auto qualify for BOL Masters League.

4.2.4.     The last team will qualify via points accumulated through the Open Season and the two Play in tournaments.

4.2.4.1.     Point breakdown TBD

4.3.     Standings

4.3.1.     Win - 3 points

              Loss - 1 point

              Forfeit - 0 points 

4.3.2.     Tie breakers are decided by head to head and then further games if need be

4.4.     All Stars

4.4.1.     All stars will be decided at the end of a season.

4.4.2.     Players will be able to vote for players on their own team, but it is highly discouraged.

4.4.2.1.     Only two players from a team are eligible to make All Star. They will be selected based off of who has the highest and second highest points.

4.4.3.     If you are punished for toxic behavior or disciplined in other ways you may be ineligible for All Star voting.

4.5.     League MVP

4.5.1.     At the end of a split the league captains, admins and moderators will vote and select a MVP.

 

4.6.     Stats

4.6.1.     Blue Otter Masters &  Platinum League should expect full stats for their players & teams.

4.6.2.     These stats will also help decide who the League MVP will be and decide the vote for All Stars.

4.7.     Captain Chat

4.7.1.     Blue Otter League has implemented a Captain Chat this season. 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.

5.     Discord Etiquette

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

5.2.     Trash talk will be opt-in channel for those wishing to participate in the shenanigans.

5.3.     In extreme cases of harassment / extreme toxicity outside of the Blue Otter League Discord. Admins may remove you from the League.

5.4.     Failure to follow the discord rules will result in mutes or bans.

5.4.     If a player or member of the discord has been punished for breaking any of these rules they are not eligible to receive giveaways, MVP or All Star voting for the season.

6.     Disciplinary Actions

6.1.     Account Sharing - Banned from the league until we're able to clearly know that the individual is no longer account sharing. Second offense is a permanent ban from the league. 

6.2.     Hate Speech - First offense is a mute. Second offense is a ban.

6.3.     NSFW Content - Discord ban, can appeal

6.4.     Racism - First offense is a mute depending on severity the individual may be banned. Second offense is a ban.

6.5.    Ringing - First offense is a ban from the league until we're able to clearly know that the individual is no longer account sharing. Second offense is a permanent ban from the league.

6.6.     Smurfing - Permanent ban from the league.

6.7.     Knowledge of Smurfing - First offense is a league ban for the season. Second offense is a permanent ban from the league.

6.8.     Lobby & In game BM - First offense is a game suspension. Second offense is a two game suspension and third offense is a three game suspension.

6.9.     Severe Cases - Admin discretion based on the severity of the case.

6.10.    Pause Abuse - Captain suspension and or ban losses.

6.11.    Elo Sitting - Admin discretion. There will be no remakes or losses.

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

6.13.    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.

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