1.1 All times posted are in CET/CEST for EU and EST/EDT for NA.
1.2 All communication is to be done via the Essentials.tf Discord.
2.1 All players are to be on the Essentials.tf Discord Server.
2.2 All players have to record POV demos.
2.3 Offensive nicknames and avatars are not allowed.
2.4 Offensive content in-game is not allowed.
2.5 All Players must be logged in on the Essentials Tournament system.
2.6 If your game gets casted no fake-nicks or similar are allowed.
3.1 Teams are allowed to have 9 players on their roster.
3.2 Teams are allowed to play with all players on their chosen roster for the Tournament.
3.3 Teams are not allowed to add players to the roster during the tournament.
3.4 If opponents agree teams are allowed to bring in max 2 mercs that is not on the tournament roster.
3.5 Teams signing up for tournaments need to be able to provide a server for their matches.
4.1 All matches are to be played with the latest version of the Essentials config.
4.2 All matches are to be played with the latest version of the Essentials Whitelist. Any rules under cup specific rules might overrule this.
4.3 Class limits are 2 for each of scout and soldier; 1 for all other classes
4.4 Teams decide together which server to play the match on.
4.5 The winning team is responsible for sending tournament admins status and scoreboard screenshot and the match result via Discord.
4.6 A delay of 10 minutes is allowed from the time that the next round has been announced by tournament admins. If a team does not have all players on the server after 10 minutes their opponents can claim a default win. Status screenshot needs to be sent to the tournament admins to claim a default win with the team claiming the default win having all 6 players on the server.
4.7 Any results that are submitted after the deadline will be nullified and instead considered a draw. Purposely delaying matches is not allowed.
4.8 Teams are allowed to switch a maximum of 1 player per match at a maximum of 1 time.
4.9 Teams are not allowed to play with less than 5 players.
4.10 No live spectators are allowed, people can watch from STV.
4.11 A team can request 1 pause per map. The pause may go on for a maximum of 5 minutes.
4.12 If a map ends in a draw during the swiss stage, both teams are awarded 1 point each.
4.13 If a map ends in a draw during playoffs a golden cap will decide the winner with a timelimit of 10. If the timelimit runs out the team holding mid wins.
4.14 All matches are to be played on a servers of the tournaments geographical location, either NA or EU, unless both teams agree to play on a different server location.
5.1 No cheating of any kind is allowed.
5.2 Use of bugs or significant exploits are not allowed.
5.3 Scripts that allow a player to perform an action in-game that he would not be able to execute without the script or scripts that purposefully disrupt the player hitbox are banned. Scripts that freeze or glitch the player model (e.g. in mid-air to be less predictable) to make it harder to hit are also banned.
6.1. A player who uses obscene, profane or abusive language directed to any other person will be disqualified from the tournament and will not be allowed to play in any of the following matches.
6.2 A person or team who uses a obscene, profane or abusive nickname or team name will be disqualified from the tournament and will not be allowed to play in any of the following matches.
6.3 A player or a team that deliberately throws a match will be disqualified from the tournament and will not be allowed to play in any of the following matches.
6.4 If the unsportsmanlike conduct is severe, the player or team can be banned from participating in any Essentials.TF events for an indefinite amount of time.
6.5 A team that forfeits more than 2 matches in one day will be disqualified from the tournament.
7.1 All communication with tournament admins is to be had on the Essentials.tf Discord.
7.2 Admins are allowed to make changes to the rules and/or make final decisions on situations during the tournament not included in the written rules.
8.1 All players are responsible for paying any taxes or fees that may occur as a result of winning prize money in the tournament.