sc2 Rules

Season Guide to CSL Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

Starcraft II

General Information

CSL is an intercollegiate gaming league open to all accredited colleges and universities in North America. We will be running a year-long season with weekly matches. There will be one unified division for all teams. Teams will play Team-League Best of Fives (two 1v1s, one 2v2, another 1v1, and one ACE 1v1 set) in two round robin conferences. The first half of the season will feature roughly geographic conferences with the ranking used to seed and redistribute teams for the second half of the season with mixed conferences. The top teams of the second round robin will then advance to a Best of Five single-elimination playoff bracket.

Summary of Key Points

Schedule - First Half

Schedule - Second Half

Schedule - Playoffs

Prize Pool

Tips for New Coordinators and Teams

Running a CSL team can be daunting, fun, or both! Here are some tips that we've gathered over the years to make the best of your experience:

1. Read the rules

Carefully. Rules are very important for creating a smooth experience!

2. Pick a responsible coordinator

This is the person who will submit lineups/reports on time, file disputes for forfeits or cheating accusations, and communicate with CSL admins on your behalf on a weekly basis; coordinators will also be responsible for making sure all team members are eligible under the rules. You don't want to incur penalties because your coordinator is disorganized or forgetful!

3. Know that not all players are flexible

The default time for CSL matches is set for Saturday 12:00pm Pacific. Most of the time our teams are friendly and can reschedule, but you may run up against a team that also has other obligations and cannot. Sign your team up for this league knowing that you will have to set aside time on Saturday afternoons.

Official Rules

The following are the official rules of the CSL Starcraft II league. Rules cover eligibility, format, match procedures, reporting, penalties, and more. Any issues that arise which are not covered within the current rules will be settled at the discretion of CSL admins on a case-by-case basis, and when applicable, penalties set when deemed appropriate. Rules may be added or modified if deemed necessary.

Team Eligibility

Player Eligibility

Regular Season Format

Playoffs and Tie Breakers

Match Format

Map Order


Ro16 - 3/16 Ro8 - 3/23 Ro4 - 3/30 Ro2 - 4/6
Year Zero LE Kairos Junction LE King's Cove LE Port Aleksander LE
Port Aleksander LE Cyber Forest LE Year Zero LE New Repugnancy LE
Dusty Gorge Overgrown Facility Dusty Gorge Overgrown Facility
King's Cove LE Year Zero LE Automaton LE King's Cove LE
New Repugnancy LE Automaton LE Kairos Junction LE Cyber Forest LE

Gameplay Rules


Administrative Rules

Broadcast Rules

  1. If your team has been selected for a broadcast your coordinator will be notified via email
  2. The match will be moved from the default time to a broadcasted time slot. Please check your individual team pages to confirm these changes
  3. Yes, this is mandatory
  4. Once you're scheduled for a broadcast you may not move or reschedule the match without the approval of the production director. Doing so or playing ahead of your broadcasted time will result in a forfeit for both teams
  5. This year we will allow teams to notify us no later than 7 days prior to their broadcast date if they have an issue with the time presented. Any team that cancels later than that 7 day period will be automatically forfeited.(Certain times there will be exceptions, e.x. first couple weeks of the fall, as it's very sudden for those team to prepare/adjust schedules for match times.)
  6. This year we will be a lot more stricter on the 4pmPT and 7pmPT start times. Same goes with rules in regards to showing up late. Please keep this in mind as you register for spring classes
  7. If your team is planning on dropping out or going inactive please let the production director or one of the admins know asap. Going dark and not saying anything leaves us vulnerable and creates a bad impression of your team/school
  8. You can view the publicly available broadcast schedule HERE (TBD)

Penalties and Bannable Offenses

For any Starcraft related questions - please feel free to email us at [email protected] or speak to an admin live during office hours on DISCORD in the Starcraft Tournament chat every Monday 8pm-9pm PST