Overwatch NSE Winter 2019


Week 1-3 Qualification

Week 4-7 Playoffs and Swiss

Week 8 Finals


Online with Live Finals


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Overwatch NSE Winter 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 initially be 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 Championship bracket (a double elimination bracket) and everyone else will continue playing in a Swiss tournament, starting with points based on finish in stage 1. Teams who do well in the Swiss can qualify for the Challenger bracket (Division 2) or Division 3.



1st - 6x £100 GAME Credit

2nd - 6x £60 GAME Credit

3rd - 6x £40 GAME Credit

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

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  • All players must be current students from the same university. 
  • All games are on the European region
  • Teams must have at least 6 players. Teams may add/remove players from team between weeks.
  • If teams are more than 20 minutes late they will forfeit a match.
  • Check in deadline is 6:30pm. Teams who don't check in will not get games for that evening.
  • Lobby settings
    • Competitive rules on
    • Kill cam disabled
    • Skins disabled
  • 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 a minimum 3 week suspension.

Map Veto

  • There will be a set map pool for each game mode

Best of Five

  • For best of 5 maps game modes will be played in the following order with the higher seed choosing map in the first game and lower seed choosing starting side. In subsequent games the loser of the previous map chooses the next map and the winning team chooses side.
    • Control – Lijiang Tower / Nepal / Oasis
    • Hybrid – Hollywood / Numbani / Eichenwalde
    • Assault – Paris / Hanamura / Temple of Anubis
    • Escort – Watchpoint: Gibraltar, Junkertown, Dorado
    • Control (5th map) – Lijiang Tower / Nepal / Oasis 

Best of Three

  • Best of 3s will work in the same way except only three game modes will be played. The three games modes will rotate each week with the oldest remaining game mode removed and the unplayed game mode from previous week re added to pool e.g.
  • Week 1
    • Control
    • Escort
    • Assault
  • Week 2
    • Escort
    • Assault
    • Hybrid
  • Week 3
    • Assault
    • Hybrid
    • Control
  • Week 4
    • Hybrid
    • Control
    • Escort

Signups Close Tuesday 15th October

Dates Tournament Stage
17th Oct Qualification
24th Oct Qualification
31st Oct Qualification
7th Nov

Week 1 Playoff Brackets
Week 1 Swiss

14th Nov

Week 2 Playoff Brackets
Week 2 Swiss

21th Nov 

Week 3 Playoff Brackets
Week 3 Swiss

28th Nov

Week 4 Playoff Brackets
Week 4 Swiss

7/8th Dec (Provisional) Grand Finals at Live Venue (TBD) 

All games with the exception of the Grand Finals will be played on Thursday evening and cannot be rearranged. Games will have a normal start time of 7.15pm.