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Week 1-3 Qualification

Week 4-7 Playoffs and Swiss

Live Finals @ Insomnia Gaming Festival


Online via the NSE Discord


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Valorant NSE Spring is split into 2 main stages: Stage 1 Qualification (Weeks 1-3) and Stage 2 Swiss/Playoffs (Weeks 4-7).

Stage 1

In Stage 1 teams will be initially seeded into 3 skill groups. In the first round teams will play another team in the same skill group and in the following rounds be matched versus teams with a similar record in the tournament.

Stage 2

In Stage 2 the top 16 teams will start in the Division 1 bracket (a double elimination bracket) and everyone else will continue playing in a Swiss tournament starting with points based on their finish in Stage 1. Teams who do well in the Swiss can qualify for Division 2 or Division 3.

Live Finals

If you manage to get to the Grand Finals in Division 1, you will be invited to play the match live at Insomnia Gaming Festival.



1st - £500 

2nd - £300 

3rd - £200


Top 8 - BUEC Championship Pins

In addition to other prizes this tournament awards British University Esports Championship Points.

This competition is not affiliated with or sponsored by Riot Games, Inc. or VALORANT Esports. 


  • All players must be current students from the same university. 
  • Teams must have at least 5 players. Teams may add/remove players from the team between weeks.
  • If teams are more than 20 minutes late they will forfeit a map.
  • Check-in deadline is 18:30pm. Teams who don't check-in will not get games for that evening.
  • Offensive player and team names are not allowed.
  • Verbal abuse is not allowed. In particular any use of racist, sexist, homophobic or any other discriminatory language will lead to disqualification of players involved.

In addition to NSE rules all players must comply with VALORANT terms of service at all times including, but not limited to, any account sharing policies.

Click here to download the full rulebook

Players are expected to uphold the NSE Code of Conduct whilst competing in this tournament.

All decisions regarding the interpretation and enforcement of these rules are at the sole discretion of the NSE Admin Team, whose decisions are final.
These rules may be amended, changed or supplemented when required by the NSE Admin Team to ensure fair play and competitive integrity.

Game Settings

  • Mode : Standard
  • Cheats : Off
  • Competitive/Tournament mode : On
  • Win by two: On

Pauses and Timeouts

Teams are allowed 2 tactical timeouts each game, 2 per team (1 on each half). This can be done by typing /timeout in the chat, a timeout will be queued for the next buy phase. If teams are having technical issues they may pause during the buy phase to try and fix it. This can be done by using "Pause Match Timer" in the start menu via the cheats tab (with tournament mode on all cheats will be disabled except Pause Match Timer).

Map Pool

  • Ascent
  • Breeze
  • Bind
  • Icebox
  • Lotus
  • Split
  • Sunset

Map Veto 

The home team (left team) can elect to be Team A or Team B within the following process:

Teams then Veto maps in the following order

  1. Team A bans 1 map
  2. Team B bans 2 maps
  3. Team A bans 1 map
  4. Team B bans 1 map
  5. Team A picks map out of 2 remaining maps and Team B has side choice

This competition is not affiliated with or sponsored by Riot Games, Inc. or VALORANT Esports.

Signups Close Sunday 4th February.

Dates Tournament Stage
Saturday 3rd Feb Sign-Ups Close
Monday 5th Feb Week 1 - Qualification
Monday 12th Feb Week 2 - Qualification
Monday 19th Feb Week 3 - Qualification
Monday 26th Feb

Week 4 - Playoff Brackets
Week 4 - Swiss

Monday 4th Mar

Week 5 - Playoff Brackets
Week 5 - Swiss

Monday 11th Mar

Week 6 - Playoff Brackets
Week 6 - Swiss

Sunday 17th Mar

Extra Match Day for Division 1 Teams

Monday 18th Mar

Week 7 - Playoff Brackets
Week 7 - Swiss

Monday 25th Mar

Overflow Week (if needed)

29th/30th/31st Mar Grand Finals @ Insomnia Gaming Festival

All games, with the exception of the Grand Finals, will be played on Monday evening and cannot be rearranged. Each week team will play 2 bo1s or 1 bo3. Games will have a normal start time of 7.15pm, however teams still in the Division 1 Bracket may be expected to play on Sunday 17th March in order to play an extra matches as required.