CS:GO Main Tournament Structure

superunni // 3 weeks ago

General structure for the tournament

The tournament will consists of 3 main stages. The Main Qualifier, Main Tournament and Main Playoffs. Additionally there will be both a B-tournament and a C-tournament.

From the Main Qualifier 4 teams will advance to the Main Tournament. In the Main Tournament 4 teams will be invited.

In the Main Qualifier, teams located at an off-spring event in the city of Herning will participate. In the case of one of these teams advancing to the Main Tournament, they will be transported to Copenhagen Games at Lokomotivværkstedet to play the Main Tournament on-site.

The tournament is a BYOC tournament with the possibility to rent PCs on-site.

Main Qualifier

The first main stage of the tournament will be the Main Qualifier where 128 teams will be able to sign up and play. The Main Qualifier will consist of 3 stages; stage 1, stage 2 and stage 3.

The format in both stage 1 and 2 will be single round-robin groups of 4 and matches will be played as best-of-one (BO1). This means that stage 1 will consist of 32 groups of 4; and stage 2 will consist of 8 groups of 4.

In stage 1 and 2, only the winner of the group will advance to the next stage.

When stage 1 and stage 2 is completed, we will have 8 teams left who will then play in stage 3 which is a final qualification round which will be played as BO3 in a single elimination format.

Main Tournament

In the Main Tournament 8 teams (4 from Qualifier, 4 invited) will play in two groups of 4 in a single round-robin format with all matches as best-of-three (BO3).

Two teams from each group will advance to the playoffs.

Main Playoffs

In the Main Playoffs 4 teams will play in a single elimination format with all matches as best-of-three (BO3).

B-Tournament

The B-tournament will consist of runner-up teams from Main Qualifier stage 1 and knockouted teams from stage 2.

56 teams will face off in a GSL group stage where there will be 8 groups of 4 and 8 groups of 3. All matches will be play as best-of-one (BO1), expect the decider match which will be best-of-three (BO3).

2 teams from each group will advance to the playoff stage, which will be played as single elimination with all matches in as best-of-three (BO3).

C-Tournament

The C-tournament will consist of 3rd and 4th place teams from Main Qualifier stage 1 groups.

64 teams will play a GSL group stage where all matches will be play as best-of-three (BO3).

2 teams from each group will advance to the playoff stage, which will be play as single elimination with all matches in as best-of-three (BO3).

Reasoning behind our structure

It is no secret that reducing 128 teams to 4 in one day of Counter-Strike in an event as huge as Copenhagen Games is quite the challenge. In recent years we have also had some technical challenges during the group stage of our Open tournament and this is why we have created a structure that may be unconventional but should make the group stage a lot smoother.

By using two stages of single round-robin groups, we can from the beginning of the tournament predict that the winner of group x and the winner of group y in stage 1 will be paired with each other in stage 2. This means that we can start a group in stage 2 without having to wait for the entire stage 1 to be completed.

This will hopefully make our Thursday group stage much smoother than previous years and eliminate any doubts about who your team will be facing next.

The con of this structure is that we can end up with scenarios where groups have a 3-way tie. In such a case we will use the tiebreakers rules showcased in our ruleset.

Schedule

The group stage will begin on Thursday the 17th of April 10:00. All teams are required to be present, ready and set up at least ONE HOUR BEFORE tournament start.

Thursday - Main Qualifier

Stage 1

Format: Single round-robin groups - BO1 - VETO - 32 groups of 4 teams. Group winners advance to stage 2.

  • 10.00 - Round 1
  • 11.30 - Round 2
  • 13.00 - Round 3

Stage 2

Format: Single round-robin - BO1 - VETO - 8 groups of 4 teams. Group winners advance to stage 3.

  • 15.00 - Round 1
  • 16.30 - Round 2
  • 19.00 - Round 3

Stage 3

Format: Single elimination - BO3 - VETO - 8 teams. 4 teams advance to Main Tournament.

  • 21.00 - Round of 8

Friday - Main Tournament

Format: Single round-robin - BO3 - VETO - 2 groups of 4 teams.

  • 11.00 - Round 1
  • 15.00 - Round 2
  • 20.00 - Round 3

Saturday - Main Playoffs

Format: Single elimination - BO3 - VETO

  • 11.00 - Semi-final 1
  • 15.00 - Semi-final 2
  • 20.00 - Final

Schedule - B-tournament

Friday

Group stage

Format: GSL - 8 groups of 4 and 8 groups of 3 - BO1 with BO3 decider - VETO - 2 from each group advance to playoffs.

  • 10.00 - Match 1 - BO1
  • 10.00 - Match 2 - BO1
  • 11.30 - Match 3 - BO1
  • 11.30 - Match 4 - BO1
  • 13.00 - Match 5 - BO3

Playoffs

Format: Single elimination - BO3 - VETO

  • 17.00 - Round 32
  • 20.30 - Round 16

Saturday

  • 10.00 - Quarter-finals
  • 13.30 - Semi-finals
  • 17.00 - Final

Schedule - C-tournament

Thursday

Group stage

Format: GSL - 16 groups of 4 - BO3 - VETO - 2 from each group advance to playoffs.

  • 16.00 - Match 1
  • 16.00 - Match 2
  • 20.00 - Match 3
  • 20.00 - Match 4

Friday

Group stage

Format: GSL - 16 groups of 4 - BO3 - VETO - 2 from each group advance to playoffs.

  • 11.00 - Match 5

Playoffs

Format: Single elimination - BO3 - VETO

  • 15.00 - Round 32
  • 19.00 - Round 16

Saturday

  • 10.00 - Quarter-finals
  • 13.30 - Semi-finals
  • 17.00 - Final

Stage matches

Thursday - Main Qualifier

Stage 1

Format: Single round-robin - BO1 - VETO - 32 groups of 4 teams. Group winners advance to stage 2.

  • 10.00 - Round 1 - BO1
  • 11.30 - Round 2 - BO1
  • 13.00 - Round 3 - BO1

Stage 2

Format: Single round-robin - BO1 - VETO - 8 groups of 4 teams. Group winners advance to stage 3.

15.00 - Round 1 - BO1

16.30 - Round 2 - BO1

19.00 - Round 3 - BO1

Stage 3

Format: Single elimination - BO3 - VETO - 8 teams. 4 teams advance to Main Tournament.

  • 21.00 - Round of 8 - BO3

Friday - Main Tournament

Format: Single round-robin - BO3 - VETO - 2 groups of 4 teams.

  • 11.00 - Round 1 - BO3
  • 15.00 - Round 2 - BO3
  • 20.00 - Round 3 - BO3

Saturday - Main Playoffs

Format: Single elimination - BO3 - VETO

  • 11.00 - Semi-final 1 - BO3
  • 15.00 - Semi-final 2 - BO3
  • 20.00 - Final - BO3

 

Rules

Questions

Questions concerning the regulations may be directed to https://discord.gg/UaScgAj  - use the text channel #admin-support. We can’t guarantee fast answers during the event. Contact the admin desk if it is urgent.

Changes to the regulations

The tournament administrators reserve the right to alter any regulation at any time before or during the event if it is considered necessary. Any significant alterations or addition will be announced clearly in these regulations on CopenhagenGames.com and at the venue.

Information regarding the tournament

Alterations to the regulations, match schedules, general information etc. will be posted at the venue.

Compliance

By participating in the tournament the players accept with no reservations all of the above and below mentioned regulations and that any decision made by the tournament administrators during the tournament may at any time supersede these regulations.

Match format

  • Matches are played 5 on 5.
  • A match consists of two halves of 15 rounds each, with each round having a maximum round time of 1 minute and 55 seconds (mp_roundtime_defuse 1.92).
  • A half is over when 15 rounds have been played.
  • The match is over when a team reaches 16 rounds.
  • A match is a draw if both teams win 15 rounds
  • If a match during the tournament is draw, overtime will be played with MR3 and start money 10.000. If the overtime is a draw, a new overtime will be played until a winner is found.

Map List

  •   de_mirage
  •   de_overpass
  •   de_cache
  •   de_nuke
  •   de_inferno
  •   de_train
  •   de_dust2

Behavior

We expect every participant to behave professionally and with a sportsman-like conduct at all times. Matches lost on purpose, illegal use of pause during a match and verbal or any other abuse of an opponent may result in penalties or disqualification from the tournament. Poor behavior during or after the event may result in a ban from future events. We expect all players to behave in an exemplary manner and show understanding and patience towards their opponents as well as the administrators.

The player

A player may ONLY play matches for ONE team in the Counter-Strike Global Offensive tournament. - A player MUST be signed up for the event and have paid the entrance-fee to play. - A player MUST use the registered nick for the tournament matches. - All players MUST have read and understood the regulations that apply to the tournament.

Before the match

Through the official results and fixture list it is possible to see when to play. The announced times for matches has to be respected and the administrators maintain the right to forfeit teams that turn up late. Make sure to always be prepared and ahead of schedule. Warm-up has to be done PRIOR to the scheduled start of the match. Delay of games will not be tolerated - if a team haven't typed "ready" in the server within 15 minutes after the match is scheduled to start, the match is forfeited for the other team. If your team isn’t ready 15 minutes after the match is scheduled, and you got a valid explanation (decided by the admin). The match isn’t forfeited, and the admin has to decide if the game starts when both teams are ready, and if some sort of penalty is in order.

A minimum of 4 players is required to play a match. With 3 players or less a team forfeits the match in question.

If your next match is to be played on stage, you have to set up on stage as soon as your previous match has ended (or as soon as possible).

During the match

Choosing sides

A knife-only round decides which team will be allowed to choose sides.

Defusing

It is illegal to defuse the bomb from behind objects like through a wall, under a train wagon etc. The bomb must be at least partially visible to the defusing player (disregarding smokes and flashes that might block the view). For example on dust2 it is illegal to defuse through the wall unless the bomb is actually visible from the defusing position. Tournament administrators may penalize teams who violate this. See the penalties and disqualification section for more.

Bomb-planting

Bomb-boosting will not be permitted. This is seen as an advantage towards the terrorists. The bomb can only be planted by the bomb carrier without any intervention from team-mates.

Boosting

General map boosting with any number of players will be permitted. Any area that can be reached on the map is considered a valid position as long as the position is not used to exploit the map by seeing into areas that are not intended.

Grenades

Pr. Round it is max allowed to buy:

1 HE grenades

2 Flash bangs

1 Smoke grenade

1 Molotov

1 Decoy

ammo_grenade_limit_default 1

ammo_grenade_limit_flashbang 2

ammo_grenade_limit_total 4

Chat/say

It is not allowed to use say during a match, with the exception of relevant information for your opponent or admins.

Map Exploits

Taking advantage of new or known map exploits will result in a penalty (Refer to Penalties and disqualification).

Cheats

No cheats are allowed including 3rd party applications and scripts. For example OGC, WH, AIMBOT etc. are illegal (see the sections on scripts).

We do not allow vac banned accounts to participate in any of our csgo tournaments if the ban is within 2 years (730 days).

Bugs

It is illegal to abuse map bugs.

  • Using bugs which change the game principle (i.e. spawn bugs) is illegal.
  • Moving through walls, floors and roofs is strictly forbidden. This also includes skywalking and pixelwalking.
  • Planting bombs so that they cannot be defused is illegal. This does not include plants where multiple players are needed to defuse.
  • “Map swimming“ or „Floating“ is illegal.

Tournament administrators may penalize teams who violate this. See the penalties and disqualification section for more.

Player substitution

All player substitutions must be discussed with the administrator. - The player going out must be completely disconnected before his replacement may join the server.

Timeouts

Each team are allowed 4 timeouts in total during each map. This includes overtime. A timeout is 30 seconds long. All timeouts can be used in one half if desired.

Timeouts can only be used during freezetime.

When timeouts are called, teams are to write “tac” in chat, to notify admins and production that the pause is due to a tactical timeout.

Pausing

Pausing for the purpose cigarette breaks or similar is forbidden – for authorized pause see “Client breakdown”.

Kill

It is illegal to write kill in the console at any point in time during a match. If a kill happens and the team in question benefits from it (the player getting more money the next round instead of 0) a may result in a penalty from the administrators.

Client breakdown

If a player disconnects from the server due to technical reasons the match is paused following the completion of the round in question. The relevant team-captain pauses the game and writes “tech” in chat to notify admins and production. Only the team-captain who paused may unpause the game again. The game may be paused when either the “Counter-Terrorists win” or “Terrorists win” is shown on the screen and until the end of freeze time of the following round. If the disconnected player or a substitution is not on the server within 10 minutes from the time of disconnection the match is continued without the missing player.

Switch breakdown

If a switch breaks down during a match for any reason (not directly involving the team concerned) and 3 or more players are disconnected, regulations concerning server breakdown apply.

Ebot

If Ebot is online we will, if possible, restore the match as a first solution. Ebot will restart the round where the crash happened.

If the bot crashes during a match, see details below.

Server breakdown

See the Ebot section.

If the Ebot is unable to restore matches, the following rules apply:

During the first 3 rounds: if a server crashes during the first 3 rounds the match is restarted. After the first 3 rounds: if a server crashes after the first 3 rounds the match continues with start money set to 6500. Before the start of the second round following the crash start money will be reset to 800. The server does not recover: if the server cannot recover from the crash the teams are assigned a new server by an administrator.

When is a round completed?

A round is completed when either “Counter-Terrorist win” or “Terrorist win” is displayed on the screen.

When does a round count?

If damage or a plant has occurred the round counts.

If an issue takes place before any damage has occurred and the opponent or admin has been immediately notified, the round will be restored if possible.

The match/rounds will not be restored or replayed in cases where it is clearly is the  participant's fault (e.g. mis-buying a weapon).

After the match

Teams are advised ALWAYS to check the result upon completion of a match. Make sure to check when your team’s next match will be played so that your team can be ready in due time. It is also encouraged that teams remind each other of upcoming matches in good time.

Tiebreakers

In the case of two teams having an equal amount of points in a group, the tiebreakers is as follows:

  1. Points head-to-head
  2. Match score difference head-to-head
  3. Match score difference overall

Conflicts

If a conflict arises before, during or under a match, an administrator is contacted immediately to resolve the issue. If the conflict includes a complaint against an opponent, an administrator or anything else the procedure of next part applies. If the conflict arises during the game and demands immediately actions from administrators use the pause command after "CT/T Wins" but before freeze time ends.

Complaints

If a team wants to issue a complaint the procedure is as follows: Discuss amongst yourselves what precisely your complaint is. Then direct your complaint to an administrator and explain your case. Make sure to have evidence to support your claims whenever possible. The accuser must at all times supply all necessary evidence (ei. in-eye demo) for the complaint to be evaluated fairly by the game administrators. The administrator will then contact the accused team and register their version of the case. Based on this information and in consultation with each other the administrators then reach a verdict in the case. This verdict is final.

Penalties and disqualification

If rules are broken, referees can in unison with the tournament administrators apply penalties according to their judgment. Penalties that can be applied are the following; - default loss - banning a player/team from the venue - disqualification of a player/team from the entire tournament - deduction of rounds – deduction of prize money.

Demos & Screenshots

It is advisable, although not compulsory, to record demos and take screenshots of your matches. Having these will help support your case in the event of any dispute.

Server Setup

Spectators & GOTV. No spectators of any kind will be allowed in game other than any designated administrator for that game. GOTV will be running throughout the tournament.

 

Stage Rules

These rules are intended to ensure that stage matches adhere to the tournament schedule and to ensure a pleasant experience for both players and the audience. Please remember good sportsmanship towards your fellow competitors.

  • When scheduled to play a match on stage the officials from Copenhagen Games will tell you when you must start the match and how (after kniferound or beforehand).
  • For stage matches you have, as a minimum, 30 minutes prior to game start to set up, warm up and get comfortable. Stage officialswill tell you the exact time when entering the stage.
  • When playing on stage, all players must at all times use in-ear's and sound dampening headsets. Both in-ears and the sound dampening headsets will be provided by the TO. While using in-ears is mandatory, players can elect to bring their own pair should they want to.
  • You must bring your own mouse, mousepad and keyboard.
  • The provided Teamspeak server MUST be used.
  • Installing drivers for said accessories is allowed, but please remember to uninstall installed drivers before leaving the stage.
  • Between games/maps in a match your team is allowed to take a 5 minute break. What this break is used for is up to each player (eg. toilet / drink / food). Remember the zero delay policy!
  • Each team has 4 tactical timeouts on each map lasting 30 sec. If either team encounters a technical problem a technical pause can be called by typing !tech. If a technical pause is called the player must signal the admin and/or stage crew.
  • Speaking to one another within the team during a technical timeout, is under no circumstance permitted, and will be subject to punishment.
  • Each team on stage is allowed to select no more than 1 person to accompany them during the entire match. Said person must remain in the immediate area behind his/her team.
  • ATTENTION: During gameplay (at all times other than the build in timeout between side-/map changes and the 4 chosen timeouts each team has on each map) he/she is not allowed to communicate with his/her team and must be seated behind said team. Officials from Copenhagen Games can at any time ask said person to step down from the stage if in violation to the rules or other misconduct is observed.
  • Bottled drinks and snacks are allowed on stage. Water will be provided.
  • Mobile phones and other electronic devices will be gathered by the stage crew before matches and given back again once the entire match is over.

We hope you will enjoy your time on stage. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask us.


// Copenhagen Games Officials