DISCLAIMER:This brief overview is not intended to replace the Tournament Rules, which can be found here. Registrants should carefully consult the Tournament Rules for additional requirements concerning the operation of the Tournament.
Who is eligible?
- College Students in the United States or Canada.
- Players must be considered legal residents of the United States or Canada;
- Quebec residents are eligible;
- The college must be an accredited graduate school or 4 year college or university; students attending a 2 year college are not eligible;
- Players must be considered part-time or full-time students by their school;
- Players must be of the age of majority in their country of residence or if under the age of majority but over 13 (a minor) must have parental consent to participate; and
- Players must have a registered account at HTTPS://COMPETE.TESPA.ORG/REGISTER and a full Battle.net account.
- Eligible teams consist of 3 players (one of whom acts as team captain) and each team may have 1 optional sub.
- All players must attend the same school.
- Players must verify their school enrollment during registration by attaching a valid school email to their profile.
- Additional proof of enrollment will be required upon reaching the round of 64 stage of the Tournament.
What is the schedule?
- Registration Open: Monday, August 31st at 12:00pm PDT
- Registration Close: When 256 teams register (per region), but not later than Friday, September 25th at 11:59am PDT.
All eligible teams distributed into Regional Swiss Groups on the Americas server on Battle.net
(See what region you are part of)
- Swiss Round 1
- South Region Monday, September 28th - 5:00pm PDT
- West Region Monday, September 28th - 7:00pm PDT
- East Region Tuesday, September 29th - 5:00pm PDT
- North Region Tuesday, September 29th - 7:00pm PDT
- Swiss Round 2
- South Region Monday, October 5th - 5:00pm PDT
- West Region Monday, October 5th - 7:00pm PDT
- East Region Tuesday, October 6th - 5:00pm PDT
- North Region Tuesday, October 6th - 7:00pm PDT
- Swiss Round 3
- South Region Monday, October 12th - 5:00pm PDT
- West Region Monday, October 12th - 7:00pm PDT
- East Region Tuesday, October 13th - 5:00pm PDT
- North Region Tuesday, October 13th - 7:00pm PDT
- Swiss Round 4
- South Region Monday, October 19th - 5:00pm PDT
- West Region Monday, October 19th - 7:00pm PDT
- East Region Tuesday, October 20th - 5:00pm PDT
- North Region Tuesday, October 20th - 7:00pm PDT
- Swiss Round 5
- South Region Monday, October 26th - 5:00pm PDT
- West Region Monday, October 26th - 7:00pm PDT
- East Region Tuesday, October 27th - 5:00pm PDT
- North Region Tuesday, October 27th - 7:00pm PDT
- Swiss Round 6
- South Region Monday, November 2nd - 5:00pm PST
- West Region Monday, November 2nd - 7:00pm PST
- East Region Tuesday, November 3rd - 5:00pm PST
- North Region Tuesday, November 3rd - 7:00pm PST
- Swiss Round 7
- South Region Monday, November 9th - 5:00pm PST
- West Region Monday, November 9th - 7:00pm PST
- East Region Tuesday, November 10th - 5:00pm PST
- North Region Tuesday, November 10th - 7:00pm PST
All teams with a positive W/L record advance into Regional Single Elimination Playoffs
Seeded based upon performance in Swiss Groups
- Playoffs Round 1: Saturday, November 14th - 12:00pm PST
- Playoffs Round 2: Saturday, November 14th - 3:00pm PST
- Playoffs Round 3: Sunday, November 15th - 12:00pm PST
- Playoffs Round 4: Sunday, November 15th - 3:00pm PST
- Playoffs Round 5: Saturday, November 21st - 12:00pm PST
- Playoffs Round 6: Saturday, November 21st - 3:00pm PST
- Playoffs Round 7: Sunday, November 22nd - 12:00pm PST
- Playoffs Round 8: Sunday, November 22nd - 3:00pm PST
Top team from each region advance to Live Finals
Exact Date & Time to be announced in January 2016
How does the 3v3 format work?
- Teams of 3 work together to play one Best of 5 match.
- Teams can play together in person or over VoIP (IE. Skype, Teamviewer, etc).
- The three players on a team strategize together to make each move, using a single Battle.net account and a single deck per game.
- The team players may cycle between Battle.net accounts for that match.
- The team players may confer between themselves, but they may not take outside advice, including from their team sub.
- If a player drops out, he vacates his position to the substitute and may not re-enter the Tournament.
- Matches use a format of three classes per team per Best of 5 match. However, teams do not have to declare their decks or classes ahead of time.
- For each game of the match each team must blind pick a class. If a team wins using a particular class, they cannot play with that class again for the rest of the match. (e.g. If a team wins with Druid in the first round, they cannot play a Druid deck for the remainder of the Best of 5 Match.)
- The first team to win 3 out of 5 games wins the match.
- Teams may switch to another team member’s account between games after clearly communicating to their opponents which account they’re switching to.
- Teams have a maximum of 5 minutes to select a new class between games.
How do we play our matches?
- Matches will be assigned on the ‘Brackets’ tab. You can also find your matches on the ‘My Matches’ tab of the Tournament when logged in.
- For League Play, matches will be assigned on or around Friday of each week with the exception of the first round which will be assigned by Monday, September 28th at 4:00pm PDT.
- For the Playoffs, matches will be assigned at the end of each previous round. Round 1 will be assigned no later than Saturday, November 14th at 11:00am PDT.
- Each round is assigned a match time and may vary by region (see the above schedule). Teams must be online and ready to play during their assigned match time.
- If a problem in-game bug or other client-specific error prevents the teams from being able to make their move, the game (and or challenge) must be immediately remade. This rule does not refer to disconnects or internet connectivity issues. All players are responsible for their own internet connections. Disconnecting out of a game results in a loss for that game."
- Matches can be played earlier if both team captains agree and they document the agreement in writing (for e.g. a screenshot of the in-game chat, email, etc).; however, they must wait until the team’s scheduled match time to report the score or contact email@example.com. Matches cannot be played later.
- If a team captain does not agree to play earlier, failure to be online during the scheduled round time within 20 minutes after the round begins will result in a forfeit of the match.
- It is up to the Team captain to screenshot each victory and defeat screen during the match. Upon match completion, the winning team’s captain must report the win and upload relevant screenshots to their match page on the TeSPA Compete website.
- If a win is unreported, both teams will be assumed to be ‘no-show’ and will not be assigned a match the following week.
- If the team captain is unable to report the score, reports the score incorrectly, or the other team records the score incorrectly, that captain must contact a Tournament admin with relevant evidence to show the correct outcome.
- The “West” Region shall include teams from Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Alberta;
- The “North” Region shall include teams from Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, and Ontario;
- The “South” Region shall include teams from Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Alabama and Puerto Rico;
- The “East” Region shall include teams from Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia, Vermont, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia.