With Fall standings for the Fortnite season finalized, the new groups are now launched; read on for an overview of what to expect as we move closer to the playoffs for both the season and the tournament series.
As per the rules, teams with an excessive number of forfeits were removed from the year long season. Nearly every team with (2) or more forfeits were removed with a few active teams left in. As a consequence of the number of removals, there is now more room in the schedule, and so the season playoff will now expand from single to double elimination, giving active teams a better chance to qualify for the live championship. The prize distribution has been edited to reflect double elimination placements with the total and cutoff remaining the same.
As stated in the rules, the groups are now mixed between regions and teams have been seeded by their Fall standings into the new groups. All unreported or unfinished matches counted as forfeit losses for BOTH teams for standings/seeding purposes. The top (4) teams in each group at the end of the 2nd group stage will advance to the playoffs.
Lastly, as a reminder, all coordinators will need to internally verify BOTH their own and their partner's academic information for CSL player eligibility once again, as their status may change from one phase of the season to the next; make sure their final Fall grades are satisfactory and that they are still full-time status and in good standing, as defined by your university and specific program.
Teams that use ineligible players will be subject to penalties; you don't want your team to potentially lose their playoff or finals spot because your coordinator did not bother to do the basic check! Partners should speak to your coordinator and double check that they are properly verifying eligibility to avoid any potential issues. If there are questions about you or your partner's eligibility, contact your tournament admins at [email protected] with all relevant information.
The top (4) teams in each group will advance to the 128-team double elimination playoff bracket where the top (8) teams will qualify for the live championship to face teams from the other circuits; four teams from the upper bracket and four teams from the lower bracket will qualify.
Matches will take place weekly at the normal default time, however some weeks will have back-to-back matches for the lower bracket as denoted on the rules page, so be aware that you may have two matches to play! Each round must be finished by end of Sunday Pacific (or both rounds, in case of back-to-back matches); unplayed/unreported matches will count as a double forfeit.
As a reminder, every individual set counts! Playoff contention is often decided by set differentials and head-to-head results as there are normally a few tied records, so make sure to get as many set wins as possible, and give up as little as possible (2-0 is better than 2-1, and 1-2 is better than 0-2)!
Prize Pool Update:
*Note that teams that forfeit in the Playoffs will only be eligible to receive the prize of the previous round played, if any*
Half of the one-day tournaments have completed, with another (4) tournaments remaining for the Spring. The top (4) teams in each qualifier advance to stage 2 and the top (4) teams in stage 2 will advance to the live championship to play against the qualified teams from the other circuits.
The following are the top (4) teams from each Stage 1 qualifier that have moved onto Stage 2:
There are four one-day qualifier tournaments remaining, so if you missed the first ones, you still have a chance to qualify for stage 2 and the subsequent live championship! Registration for each qualifier ends Thursday night before each qualifier (Friday midnight Pacific). Note that if you are enrolled in both circuits, your play times will overlap and it will be your responsibility to resolve any conflicts.
The remaining dates are as follows:
Prize Pool Reminder:
As a reminder, just as with the year-long season, all players must be eligible under the CSL rules. Teams that use ineligible players will be subject to penalties; you don't want your team to potentially lose their stage 2 or finals spot because your coordinator did not bother to do the basic check! Partners should speak to your coordinator and double check that they are properly verifying eligibility to avoid any potential issues. If there are questions about you or your partner's eligibility, contact your tournament admins at [email protected] with all relevant information.
If you have any questions, you can always email us at [email protected] or speak to an admin live on DISCORD during our weekly help desk on Mon at 8-9pm PST (first weekly help desk for Spring starts 1/7).