Season 5 Rules

Eligibility

Gold League

1.   Players must have ended Gold 1 99 LP or below AND must not have promoted to Platinum at any point during Season 10. Additionally players must not have peaked Gold 1 100 LP in season 11 to be eligible before the start of the first BOL match. This includes both solo queue and flex queue.

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.

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

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. 

4.   All players must have 60 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.

4.a   Players must have 75 solo/duo games to be eligible for week 4 and the remainder of the regular season.

4.b   Players must have 100 ranked solo/duo games to be eligible for playoffs this season.

5.   Previously banned accounts do not count towards the minimum game requirement. This includes accounts that you did not originally own.

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

7.   Players are not eligible unless they have played over 100 ranked games in the previous season and are currently ranked.

8.   If your main account is permabanned during any BOL league season, you will be considered ineligible to participate in Blue Otter League for the remainder of that season.

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

10.   All alternate accounts level 30+ must be disclosed.  Failure to disclose an account will result in a 2 week suspension or possibly being denied from participating in BOL.

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

12.   Players that have previously ended Platinum 2 and above in any previous season will be ineligible to play.

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

Platinum League

1.   Players must have ended Platinum 1 99 LP or below AND must not have promoted to Diamond at any point during Season 10. Additionally players must not have peaked Platinum 1 100 LP in season 11 to be eligible before the start of the first BOL match. This includes both solo queue and flex queue.

   

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. 

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

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. 

4.   All players must have 60 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.

4.a   Players must have 75 solo/duo games to be eligible for week 4 and the remainder of the regular season.

4.b   Players must have 100 ranked solo/duo games to be eligible for playoffs this season.

5.   Previously banned accounts do not count towards the minimum game requirement. This includes accounts that you do not own anymore. 

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

7.   Players are not eligible unless they have played over 100 ranked games in the previous season and are currently ranked.

8.   If your main account is permabanned during any BOL league season, you will be considered ineligible to participate in Blue Otter League for the remainder of that season.

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

10.   All alternate accounts level 30+ must be disclosed.  Failure to disclose an account will result in a 2 week suspension or possibly being denied from participating in BOL.

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

12.   Players that have previously ended Diamond 2 in any previous season will be ineligible to play.

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

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 Soft Lock. 

1.b   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.   If a team is found to be consistently attempting to add ineligible players due to not vetting them they will lose their league deposit. 

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 Monday 11:59 pm EST (Gold League)

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

7.   Any player added after roster lock is considered an e-sub. Additionally any players that have not filled out their player application form prior to roster lock will also be considered ineligible. 

8. 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.b   As a last resort, a player may contact an Admin or Head Mod about their name change.

9.   Playoff rosters will be soft locked two weeks prior to the conclusion of the season and the start of playoffs on the normal roster locks. This means that players who are already on a team may not switch moving forward as well as the limit of ONE roster addition per week

10.   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 may not join more than three teams during a season of BOL.

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

11.   Players may drop themselves from a roster at any point in #help-desk.  All drop requests will be taken seriously and will be effective immediately putting you on your one week cooldown.

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.

Coaches

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

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

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

4.   If a coach has gone AFK in team communications, contact an admin / mod so that they can move them to AFK 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 e-subs per game. After that their team will forfeit their games.

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

2.   One e-sub used will be a ban loss in the first ban rotation. Two e-subs used will be 3 ban losses in the first ban rotation 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.   Teams must clear their e-subs through the e-sub clearance channel in discord for a player to be eligible to e-sub for a team. Players must ping admins for approval within 30 minutes of game time.

4.   If your team is using an e-sub, let the opposing team know as soon as you can.

5.   Players may only e-sub 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 e-sub and the team captain.

6.   E-subs are subject to all BOL player eligibility rules and regulations. This includes the player registration form.

7.   E-subs 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 e-sub. The earlier the better for subs. 

Lobby & In Game

Lobby

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

2.   Any and all banter should be only be typed in the BOL #trash-talk channel.

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

4.   Either team may create the lobby and invite the opposing team. Both teams should make an effort to communicate with opposing captains to set up the game. If a team is unreachable contact admins or mods in the discord.

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 contact a mod or admin to resolve any issues.

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

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. You are required to contact an admin or mod 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 EST and forfeit their games at 8:20 EST.​

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

8.   Prodraft is required. You are required to send the spectator link to the opposing team.

9.   Client bugs, or mispicks must be disclosed immediately and before the other team selects their pick. Otherwise the prodraft 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 the league bans a champion and a team plays it, it is an automatic forfeit for that game.

11.   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 for a favorable matchup

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

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

Either Bot laner may play either of these champions

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

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

13.   Teams are required to make their final champion changes before the timer countdown hits 30 seconds heading into the loading screen

14.   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.

Pauses

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

1.a   An opposing team may send a screenshot to BOL staff if this rule has not been followed.

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

3.   Teams must seek admin approval for a remake. It is important to pause as soon as possible and contact an admin for approval. 

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 link>

Match Result: <screen shot of post game lobby>

Match Link: <match history link>

This is the website link you would use to find the match history link. (https://matchhistory.na.leagueoflegends.com/en)

League Information

Schedule

1.   The Gold League plays a Bo3 each Wednesday at 8pm EST during a BOL season.

     1.a   There is a $15 entry fee for the BOL Gold League as well as a $15 deposit that teams will receive at the end of the season. The deposit will be returned if teams are not involved in a competitive ruling (e.g. smurfing) and do not forfeit more than one series of games.  

2.   Platinum League plays a Bo3 each Tuesday at 8pm EST during a BOL season.

     2.a   There is a $25 entry free for the BOL Platinum League as well as a  $25 deposit that teams will receive at the end of the season. The deposit will be returned if teams are not involved in a competitive ruling (e.g. smurfing) and do not forfeit more than one series of games..

3.   Teams are allowed to reschedule a game if it is not streamed and they have admin approval. The reschedule must be posted in captain’s chat and be acknowledged by staff and the opposing team’s captain.

3.a   Teams have a two week period to complete their rescheduled games or they result in forfeits. The two week period may be waived by admins if deemed necessary.​

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

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 accepting deposits for the Platinum League ($25) and Gold League ($15). 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 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 $15 entry fee for the Gold League that can be accepted via Cash App or Paypal. This goes to the BOL prize pool

2.   There is a $25 entry fee for the Platinum league that can be accepted via Cash app or Paypal. This goes to the BOL prize pool. 

Team Branding

1.   Team names and player names must be within Twitch and Riot TOS and within Blue Otter League Rules.

2. Teams are limited to one Name/Brand/Logo change per season due to the amount of resources that it takes to edit. 

Prize Pool

1. Gold League

1st - (100% of Entry Fees minus $50)

2nd - $50

3rd (if played) - 1 mystery skin per starter (5 total)

2.   Platinum League

1st - (100% of Entry Fees minus $50) 

2nd - $50

3rd (if played) - 1 mystery skin per starter (5 total)

Champion Bans

1.   Upon the release of a new champion they 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.

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 - Muted for one week

2nd offense - muted for two weeks and the individual will lose access to trash talk for the remainder of the season.

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.   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.

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.

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

3.   NSFW Content - Discord ban, can appeal

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 a league ban for the season. Second offense is a permanent ban from the league.

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.   Streaming without 3 min delay- Players that wish to stream BOL official matches must have a three minute delay on their stream. Failure to do so will result in ban loss for the next series. If it is determined that you have received outside assistance while streaming the game will count as a forfeit. 

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

9.   Pause Abuse - Ban losses upon next series.

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

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