Tournament Rules

Important to Note

If a dispute or issue falls outside of the wording of our rules, we will defer to the RLCS rules; if these rules do not solve the issue, then the ruling on the issue is up to the discretion of Nexus Gaming Management, Organizers, and other members of Nexus Gaming Staff.

Who can play?

Players from any region on Steam (PC) or PSN (PS4) are allowed to join our tournaments. At this time, we do not allow Xbox Live players to join our tournaments due to cross-network play restrictions.


For every round until the Quarterfinals, every series is a best of 3 games. In the quarterfinals and semifinals, every match is a best of 5 games. In the Grand Final, the match is a best of 7 games. It is strongly recommended that you save every replay and take a screenshot of every postgame scoreboard to verify the results of each game and match. No outside spectators aside from members of Nexus Gaming staff (including, but not limited to, Casters, Broadcasters, Organizers, and Managers) may join a match in order to spectate or interfere in the gameplay. Doing so results in an automatic disqualification from the tournament and could lead to a ban from future Nexus Gaming tournaments.

Region & maps

Games will be played on US-East servers unless both teams agree to switch the region the series will be played on.

By default, only standard maps:

  • DFH Stadium (Standard and Stormy variations)
  • Urban Central (Standard, Night, and Dusk variations)
  • Mannfield (Standard, Night, and Stormy variations)
  • Beckwith Park (Standard, Midnight, and Stormy variations)
  • Champions Field
  • Neo Tokyo
  • Utopia Coliseum (Standard and Dusk variations)

may be used in tournament play. Aquadome is NOT a legal map until further notice. Players may reach a mutual agreement to play on any map (such as Wasteland or Starbase Arc) if they so wish. If there is any disagreement, the match will default to being played on a standard map that is listed above.


Check-in will begin at the scheduled start time of a tournament, and it is required of your team to check in for each round on To check in, go to your dashboard and check into the series on smash. You have 20 minutes to check-in your team on smash or you will be disqualified, and your opponents would move on to the next round. Please be paying attention to and the Nexus Gaming discord, so you are not disqualified.


Your game may be chosen to be streamed. If so, you should see on that your match is going to be streamed or be sent a message from a moderator in your match on, telling you that you are going to be streamed. The moderator will send you the lobby information, and it will include your team’s color. In the lobby, your team name will be on the color given to you in the chat. Please follow those instructions for the benefit of whoever is handling our graphics or production on the stream. (Note: Please do not spread toxicity, act toxic, spew vulgar language, or commit any other actions a reasonable person would deem unsuitable for a family-friendly stream. Violating this could lead to a ban from future Nexus Gaming tournaments.)

Non-responsive opponent

If your opponent is not responding after ten (10) minutes have elapsed since you have contacted their players, you can either request a moderator on smash, or have your captain PM a moderator or organizer on discord. If we are unable to reach them via discord or smash, we will let the auto-DQ timer run out. For reference, the auto-DQ timer lasts 20 minutes. You will then be moved on to the next round of the tournament.

Leaving / Disconnecting

If a player leaves or disconnects during the middle of a game, that game will continue by default. Players may reach an agreement to restart a game in the interest of sportsmanship, on the condition that doing so does not cause a significant delay to the tournament.

Streamed matches

All Semi-Final and Final matches will be streamed. Please keep an eye on the bracket and recognize when you have reached this point, and do not start a semi-final (or final) match until contacted by our event staff. We reserve the right to restart any of these matches that were started prematurely.


All teams must contain the appropriate amount of players (2 for 2v2 and 3 for 3v3), and teams are allowed to have one substitute signed up on the roster. In extreme cases where a team does not have a substitute signed up with them on their roster, but one of their players is unable to continue, a substitute may be used at the beginning of a match, provided the sub has not already played in the tournament for another team. However, a sub may NOT be used in the middle of a match. If a team is unable to continue with the same team composition for an entire match, ask an Operator or Manager in the Nexus Gaming Discord to begin a ten (10) minute timer, or you can request a moderator in to do the same. If that timer expires, the team will forfeit the remainder of the match.


In the interest of sportsmanship, we ask participants to disable or remove certain objects that may unfairly benefit one team over another, such as accessories that may be detrimental to lower-performance consoles and computers. We also ask participants to not force lower-end consoles or PCs to play on frame-intensive maps, such as Aquadome. Finally, we ask for all matches to be conducted in a friendly and non-toxic manner, in order to provide a better tournament experience for all participants. Excessive toxicity, use of vulgar language, and any other actions that a reasonable person would deem rude, spiteful, and/or mean can lead to a removal from the tournament and a ban from future tournaments.


Teams are allowed to forfeit at any time. If they forfeit, they are forfeiting the remainder of that tournament and a score of 1-0 will be reported in favor of the opposing team.

Deception of Tournament Organizers

For the benefit of our stream and for fairness in competition, we ask competitors to not use lower-ranked accounts or “smurfs”, lie about their skill, and/or pretend to be someone else in order to gain more favorable seeding or any sort of advantage in a tournament setting. This also goes for those who attempt to face higher-seeded entrants earlier on just to cause a mess of the tournament and unfairly punish those who obeyed this rule. If you do need to be on an alternate account for whatever reason, please let a manager know and why. We’re here to promote a competitive yet friendly environment for all of our competitors and community members, and attempting to deceive tournament organizers is an attempt to ruin that environment. Please be considerate when signing up for our tournaments.

Important Times to Remember

Tuesday NA 1v1

Signups end: 6:45 PM EST

Checkin: 7pm EST on

Brackets Released, Tournament Start: 7 PM EST

Wednesday NA 2v2

Signups end: 6:45 PM EST

Checkin: 7pm EST on

Brackets Released, Tournament Start: 7 PM EST

Saturday NA 3v3

Signups end: 6:45 PM EST

Checkin: 7pm EST on

Brackets Released, Tournament Start: 7 PM EST