HGC NA Open Division
The HGC Open Division promotes competitive gameplay and practice environments for the next generation of professional players, esports staff and casters in Heroes of the Storm.
Cup #4 of the HGC Open Division will be played on the Tournament Realm.
Junkrat is banned from play. There are no talent bans.
HGC NA Open Division News
1. Team Rules and Requirements
1.1. Participation in the Open Division.
The Open Division is a team-based competition. Teams are comprised of five (5) players, each of whom must be an Eligible Participant. None of the Team Members may be associated with more than one Team in the Open Division.
Teams must elect one Team Captain from within the roster of five (5) Eligible Participants who make up the Team. The role of the Team Captain is to be the primary point of contact for the Team.
One person cannot be a Team Captain in two or more Teams simultaneously.
1.2. Active Roster.
The five Eligible Participants who are designated as starters to play for the Team in the Open Division will be considered the “Active Roster” for the Team.
Only players who are on the Active Roster at the conclusion of the Team’s final game of the Playoffs will be eligible to receive prizes from Blizzard.
1.3. Roster Locks and Changes.
Teams may only consist of five (5) players.
Teams must submit their roster one (1) hour in advance of their first match each weekend to be eligible for play per individual Open Division Cup.
Registration closes one (1) hour prior to the first match of each Open Division Cup. All rosters submitted before this time are considered final once registration closes and no new rosters will be accepted, nor any roster changes of any kind allowed.
Teams that qualify for the Open Division Playoffs will not be allowed to change any of their Team members between the last Open Division Cup and the start of the Open Division Playoffs.
1.4. Team Name and Player BattleTags.
Team names must be deemed appropriate by Blizzard and HeroesHype. Blizzard and HeroesHype reserve the right to ask Teams to change their name or to directly change Team names that are seen as unfit for the Tournament.
The Battle.net account that is attached to your Toornament account is the one you MUST play with in the tournament.
1.5. Registration on Toornament
Team captains are required to create a team and provide mandatory information for the other team members in order to register themselves for the Tournaments.
Players must create a Toornament account attached to a Battle.net account.
Team captains will create a team using the Toornament link and submit the player information, including Battle.net ID, Discord Tag (required for captain only), Email, and Country to register themselves for the qualifiers.
All players must have their correct BattleTags entered as their Open Division BattleTag. Battle.net accounts must be owned by the player wishing to use the accounts mentioned to compete.
After registering teams may swap their members as many times as needed until the roster is locked 1 hour before the tournament begins.
All Teams are required to check-in on Toornament, starting 2 hours before the tournament start and ending 1 hour sharp before the tournament start. Any team failing to check in will not be included in the tournament.
Participants in the NA Open Division must only be from the following countries: United States, Canada.
Participants in the EU Open Division must only be from the following countries: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.
All team captains are required to join the Discord channel: discord.gg/heroeshype where you can contact admins and players alike regarding upcoming and in progress tournaments.
Discord can be used both in the browser and as a desktop app -
All announcements will be communicated by admins in the HeroesHype Discord server. Announcements can include hero bans, glitches/bugs, player/team rulings, etc.
To initiate a match the captain can click on each individual matchup in the bracket on Toornament. This will take you to the matchup lobby where you will have direct contact with the opposing team’s captain and the HeroesHype admin in regards to drafting and hosting details.
The matchup lobby pages are generated after the check-in period has ended and can be found by clicking on pairings in the Toornament bracket.
If a match is due to begin and the opponent captain does not respond to Discord, Toornament, or in-game communication within 15 minutes the match will be forfeit. A tournament admin will be required to confirm any forfeited match.
2. Structure of the Open Division
2.1. Roster Restrictions.
Every team that participates in the Open Division is subject to the following Roster Restrictions:
A team that disbands (three or more original members leave the team) will be automatically disqualified from the Open Division. Teams can replace two players from their Active Roster under the following restrictions:
- They retain 3 “core” players originally registered on the team.
- The replacement player must be Eligible to participate in the Open Division as an Eligible Participant in the region.
- The player entering the team is not currently on any HGC Team and has not been forcibly removed from the HGC within a Phase previous to the current Phase or in the current Phase
- The replacements may only happen before rosters are locked and registration is closed for each Cup.
- Teams eligible for the Playoffs will be contacted in the week previous to the Playoff tournament and are required to confirm their roster four days before the Playoffs begin. This roster is then locked, and no substitutions will be allowed after the lock, for the Playoffs through the Crucible.
2.2. Open Division Format
The Open Division will be played in two parts, a series of open cups and a playoff bracket.
Open Cup Play Open cup play will consist of 7 separate cups that are all single elimination with Best of 3 rounds. A 3rd / 4th match will be required for each cup.
Playoffs Playoff bracket play will consist of a double elimination bracket with 8 teams played over three days in semi-staggered format.
Day 1 = Upper bracket round 1 as Best of 3, Lower bracket round 1 as Best of 3, Upper bracket round 2 as Best of 3
Day 2 = Lower bracket round 2 as Best of 3, Lower bracket round 3 as Best of 3, Upper bracket round 3 as Best of 5
Day 3 =, Lower bracket round 4 as Best of 5, Grand final as a weighted Best of 7
2.3. Tournament Rules; Match Details.
In each Tournament match, two teams will compete against each other by playing Heroes of the Storm on the Battle.net server operated by Blizzard. Matches will be played in the “Custom” game mode and “Tournament Draft” lobby mode.
Competitors are required to maintain the ability to compete in Open Division cups by having both their Live client and Tournament Realm client updated on the relevant days of competition. HeroesHype will inform competitors which tournament is to be used for competition.
Blizzard, at its sole discretion, will select a pool of nine Battlegrounds for the Tournament prior to the commencement of the Open Division. The Battlegrounds pool can be changed at Blizzard’s sole discretion. The Battleground pool consists of nine maps which are as follows: Battlefield of Eternity, Braxis Holdout, Cursed Hollow, Dragon Shire, Infernal Shrines, Sky Temple, Tomb of the Spider Queen, Towers of Doom, and Volskaya Foundry.
For each match, each team captain must join the matchup lobby via the bracket on the Toornament website. An admin will also be present.
Each match will begin with an initial Battleground selection process. There will be a coin flip to determine which team gets their choice of first Hero pick or map pick. The admin will perform the coin flip in the HeroesHype Discord server and the winner will be notified in the match lobby. The team with map pick will ban one map, then the team with first pick will ban one map, and then the map pick team will select a map.
Players will be able to select from any heroes that are available to them on their Battle.net accounts and that have been commercially released in the region of play for at least two weeks before the match, except that Blizzard, in its sole discretion, may restrict certain heroes from the Open Division Events at any point during the Open Division. Eligible Participants must have access to at least fourteen Heroes in order to participate in the Open Division.
The following is a list of prohibited sprays, mounts, and skins. Players will have to self-regulate each other as HeroesHype admins will be unable to spectate every single Open Division match. If a player uses one of the items prohibited on this list, any players in the match finding it to be an issue must point it out and request a remake within one minute of game start. The game will be restarted with the offending items changed. If prohibited item is not mentioned to admins until the match is over one minute in progress or after the match is completed, match results will stand as is.Prohibited animated sprays:
- All Animated Sprays
- Archangel Diablo
- Twilight Archangel Diablo
- Skyborne Archangel Diablo
- Toxic Archangel Diablo
- Cyberhawk Kael'thas
- Sapphire Cyberhawk Kael'thas
- Cyberhawk Kael'thas
- Spectre Cyberhawk Kael’thas
- Maraudin' Muradin
- Raider Maraudin' Muradin
- Dominion Maraudin' Muradin
- Umojan Maraudin’ Muradin
- Striker Li-Ming
- Scarlet Striker Li-Ming
- Canary Striker Li-Ming
- Sapphire Striker Li-Ming
- Mecha Tyrael
- Strike Mecha Tyrael
- Deathreaper Mecha Tyrael
Prohibited character mounts:
- Arthas Bat Form
- Kerrigan Bat Transformation
- Invisible Horse
Each game within a match will begin with a drafting process to determine which heroes each team will play. Each team will have 60 seconds per selection phase in which to ban and pick heroes. If a team runs out of time, its pick will be randomly selected or it’s ban will be missed. The team that began the battleground selection process (Team A) will go second during the first game’s hero selection process, in the following sequence:
Team B will ban one hero
Team A will ban one hero
Team B will choose one hero
Team A will choose two heroes
Team B will choose two heroes
Team A will ban one hero
Team B will ban one hero
Team A will choose two heroes
Team B will choose two heroes
Team A will choose one hero
In the following games of a match, the losing team of the previous game will have the choice for Battlegrounds selection or first pick first ban in the hero draft. Battlegrounds may not be repeated during a match.
Blizzard or HeroesHype, in their sole discretion, may require that a game or match be paused, suspended, replayed, or forfeited by a team in the event that one or more players lose their connections or the game is otherwise affected by abnormal technical or nontechnical issues, or based upon violations of the Specific Rules or otherwise unfair or unsportsmanlike conduct.Pauses
Teams may pause a total of 3 times per game. The amount of total pause time must not exceed 10 cumulative minutes per game per team.
Referees reserve the right to unpause a game at any time and to extend pause time at any time.
Pauses may be used once the game has loaded into the battleground. Prior to that disconnects will be treated under the no-show policy.
Any team abusing pause will be punished and automatically be ineligible to any prize in the ongoing match. The abuse of pause will also result in a default loss in the ongoing match. Blizzard at its sole discretion may apply additional sanction.Bugs & Exploit
Any use of a known bug or exploit will result in the team using the bug or exploit being ineligible to any prize for the ongoing match. Any use of bug or exploit will result in a default loss. Blizzard as its sole discretion may apply additional sanctions.
Known bugs and exploits are defined as anything made known previous to the game in question by the administrators or any report that is public on the official bug report forums, the Heroes of the Storm Subreddit (/r/heroesofthestorm) or any form of social media.Game Forfeitures
If fewer than five Eligible Participants on a team’s roster are present fifteen minutes after the scheduled match time, that team forfeits the match.
Blizzard, in its sole discretion, may require that a game or match be paused, suspended, replayed, or forfeited by a team in the event that one or more players lose their connections or the game is otherwise affected by abnormal technical or nontechnical issues, or based upon violations of the Official Rules or otherwise unfair or unsportsmanlike conduct.Replays
All teams are required to retain their replays for at least 14 days after any Official Match has finished.
The winning team in every Open Division match is automatically required to upload all replays with the provided replay submission form.
Replays are required so that match results and the match itself can be reviewed by HeroesHype administration in the event that a dispute is issued by either team that participated in the match.
Administrators will communicate directly with all persons who have their replays requested in order to obtain the replays in a method that is feasible for all parties.Cheating
Players must compete to the best of their ability at all times. Any form of cheating by any Team Member will not be tolerated. All Team Members are prohibited from influencing or manipulating a League game or match so that the outcome is determined by anything other than its merits. Blizzard may install software on computers used in League events that is specially designed to detect cheating. Examples of cheating would include:
- Collusion, match fixing or any other action to intentionally alter, or attempt to alter, the results of any game or match
- Attempts to interfere with another player’s connection to the game service through Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) or any other means
- Tampering with the entry process or the operation of the League
- Allowing an individual who is not the registered owner of a Battle.net Account to play on that Battle.net Account in Heroes of the Storm or any other Blizzard game.
If someone asks you to bet on any League game or “fix” the outcome of a game, you must immediately report this contact to Blizzard using the following email address: HGCAdministration@blizzard.com.Illegal and Unethical Conduct
Team Members are required to observe all laws applicable to their participation in the League, including all games, matches, media events, autograph signings, photo sessions, sponsor events and other gatherings or events occurring with or as part of the League
A Team Member may not, during the League, commit any act or become involved in any situation or occurrence which brings him or her into public disrepute, scandal or ridicule, or shocks or offends the community, or derogates from his or her public image or reflects unfavorably upon Blizzard, Heroes of the Storm or any of the other products, services or sponsors of Blizzard
2.4. Prize Awards.
The teams that successfully place in the Open Division Cups will receive the following point values as well as monetary prizes:
Points Per Cup
9th - 16th
The awarding of prizes is void where prohibited or restricted. No purchase is necessary to enter the Division.
National, state and local taxes, including VAT taxes, which are associated with the receipt or use of any prizes are the sole responsibility of the winner. All cash prizes will be paid in US dollars. Winners will be required to complete and submit to Blizzard all governmental and tax forms required to receive a cash prize, including an IRS form W-8 or W-9 and any other forms required by the country in which the player is a resident. Additional paperwork that Blizzard requests, including waivers, indemnities and releases, must be submitted to Blizzard before Blizzard will provide the winner with any prize. Prizes are not transferable.
No substitutions or exchanges (including for cash) of any non-cash prizes will be permitted, except that Blizzard reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any non cash prize.
All Eligible Participants must be verified by Blizzard to ensure their eligibility prior to being declared a winner and/or receiving any prize. Display of statistics in the game (e.g., on a leader board) during the League does not entitle any Eligible Participant to a prize. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of any winner, Blizzard will resolve the dispute using the email addresses of Team Members used on the Battle.net Account.
As a condition of being awarded any prize, winners will be required to execute and deliver to Blizzard a signed affidavit of eligibility and acceptance of these Specific Rules and an indemnity and release of liability. In the event that a winner is under the age of majority, the winner’s parent or legal guardian will be required to execute and deliver such documents. Failure to return a signed affidavit and related documents within seven days may result in forfeiture of prize. Potential winners are responsible for ensuring return of all required materials; proof of sending will not be considered proof of receipt by Blizzard.
Blizzard will post a list of winners at
no later than seven days after the end of each quarter. The list will remain available for six months on the website.
In order to receive a loot box in game you must be registered with Toornament using the same email address attached to your battle.net account.
All players that complete their allocated matches throughout each cup will receive one common loot chest.
All players that make it to the top eight each week will also receive one epic loot chest.
Points standings will be posted on the HeroesHype website after every Cup.
2.5. Spectating and streaming.
Only verified spectators are allowed in games (HeroesHype Admins, Blizzard, affiliated streamers).
Non-affiliated streams are prohibited.
Any sanctioned spectators such as tournament admins and/or affiliated streamers may not be rejected by the teams. Refusal to comply will result in disqualification.
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