The Amateur Series promotes competitive gameplay and practice environments for the next generation of professional players, esports staff and casters in Heroes of the Storm.
Tournament Administrative Rules
Competitor Code of Conduct
Players are expected to maintain a level of civility and respect toward other competitors and the Event / Heroes Hype staff. Violations of this rule will be dealt with on a case by case basis, and repeated failures to abide may result in penalties toward the associated team.
Players are expected to act in accordance with general good will. We will not tolerate any toxic behavior. Those found disrupting the order of the tournament or harassing a player in any way will be removed from the tournament while more egregious conduct may result in additional actions taken against both the player and their team if applicable.
Any attempt to deceive other players or the administration with false information, fake accounts, teams or matches will result in a lifetime ban from all future Heroes Hype activities. As a community, we do not want such people playing.
Cheating or using any known exploits or bugs to your advantage in a Heroes Hype Heroes of the Storm match will result in forfeit from the tournament. If an exploit is brought to the attention of the Event/Heroes Hype Staff they will review the incident(s) and make a ruling on a case by case basis.
Any further infractions after the ban period will result in a lifetime ban.
Ignorance of the rules is not an excuse.
All 5 players must be added to the team on Battlefy prior to the start of a tournament. If you need to make a roster change, please inform an Admin. This must be done before the start of tournament. At the creation of the bracket the rosters will be locked. In case of a sub emergency during a round, please contact an Admin for a ruling.
Teams may not have any HGC pro players on their roster during season. Additional information on Pro Player classification and eligibility can be found here.
Drafting, Hosting, and Map Selection
Drafting and map selection will be done with a coin flip provided by an Admin. This will be done in the Battlefy match chat. Both team captains and an admin must be present. The top side of the bracket will be heads, while the bottom of the bracket is tails. The winner will choose if they want first pick or map pick.
Teams ban one map each, starting with the team that has map pick (Team 1 map ban > Team 2 map ban > Team 1 map pick). During a Bo3, maps will be picked from remaining unbanned battlegrounds. Map bans and picks must be made from the current Official HGC map list (see below).The team on the top of the bracket will then create and host the lobby.
- Braxis Holdout
- Battlefield of Eternity
- Tomb of the Spider Queen
- Infernal Shrines
- Dragon Shire
- Sky Temple
- Cursed Hollow
- Towers of Doom
- Volskaya Foundry
Hosting and Draft
Within the game, start by clicking the Custom Games option at the top.
Wait until the Map Veto as described above has been completed.
Select the following options
Lobby mode: Tournament Draft
Game Privacy: Private
First Draft Team: Team 1 or Team 2 as appropriate
Invite the teams and observers/casters if the game is to be streamed on the HeroesHype channel.
In the event of a player disconnecting from the lobby during the draft, the team is allowed one redraft, keeping the exact same hero picks and bans to the point of disconnect. Please report redrafts and problems to Admins.
All matches unless otherwise noted must be played on the EU servers.
Match privacy can be set to private.
Failure to appear / No Show
Each team has 15 minutes to field their full team for the match. Please report no-show teams to Tournament Admins in Discord. Team Captains should contact the Tournament Admins if conflicts arise due to prior engagements.
Penalty for dropping out from a tournament
If a team drops from a weekly event or violates the 15 minute match start rule, they will not be permitted to re-enter that week's tournament.
A protest should be made through the Discord server, a private message should be sent to an Admin.
If a player wants to submit a protest concerning a specific match, the protest needs to be filed before the start of the match winners next game. Protests may require replay file to validate.
Game pauses should only occur if a player is having connection issues or emergencies. If more than ten minutes are needed, petition an admin in Discord and include what the circumstances are and what is being done to try and fix them. Teams will announce unpausing prior to actually doing so. Please inform Admins of all pauses and for pause rulings.
Spirit of the Game / Rules
The tournament administration reserves the rights to make judgment on extenuating circumstances that come up as they deem fit. Admins may at their discretion choose to make decisions not explicitly outlined by these rules in order to keep things fair and with good sportsmanship. Any major changes to rules will be announced, and the rules will be amended accordingly. Any ineligible heroes or maps (normally due to known bugs) will be announced in Discord during the check in phase. All Admin decisions are final.
After a match is concluded the winning team will submit the score. Teams are to keep a copy of a replay for at least three days, in the event of a formal protest.
To report a score:
The winning team reports the score. In a Bo3, report score after each match.
Find the round on the bracket tab and left click to select that round.
Click the up arrow next to team name to report score.
If you have any problems reporting, please contact a tournament admin.
All Amateur Series events are seeded randomly. Previous Amateur Series results are not taken into consideration.
In the event of a mass disconnect or in game bug, a rematch may be necessary. The game will be remade and all players must play the same heroes and select the same talents.
General spectators will not be allowed in a game. The only authorized spectators are Tournament Administration or official broadcasters.
The Team Captain will be responsible for the distribution of the prizes, and will be in contact with the primary event organizer for more information.
All players are welcome to be present on the Discord server. Teams captains will need to announce themselves and their team within Discord. The Tournament Admin will be labeled as such within the Discord Chat.
The event host reserves all rights to broadcasting its own events. Third parties are not allowed to stream any games in this event, without prior authorization from the organization.
Individual players ARE allowed to broadcast *their own* matches if and only if the following conditions are met:
1) The match is not already being broadcast by the organization.
2) They enable a minimum two minute delay on their stream.
Heroes Hype Series are based in North America unless otherwise stated. Participants are REQUIRED to reside in the United States for physical prize delivery.
Players and/or teams may receive strikes against them for rules or other infringements. Heroes Hype operates with a 3 strike policy. After repeated offenses players or teams will be ineligible to participate in Heroes Hype tournaments.
HeroesHype Twitch Channel