Overwatch 2 NSE Winter


Week 1-3 Qualification

Week 4-7 Playoffs and Swiss

Week 8 Finals


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Overwatch 2 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 or Division 3.


1st - £500

2nd - £300

3rd - £200

Top 8 - BUEC Championship Pins

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


  • All players must be current students from the same university. 
  • All games are on the European region
  • Teams must have at least 5 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.

Click here to download full rule book

Map Veto

All maps picked must be picked from Following Map pool which will be announced before season begins. As Overwatch 2 is releasing shortly before the tournament begins, the Map Pool may change, any adjustments will be announced in the Captain's Meeting before the matches for that week.

Control: Busan, Ilios, Lijiang Tower, Nepal, Oasis
Hybrid: Eichenwalde, King’s Row, Paraiso
Escort: Circuit Royal, Dorado, Junkertown, Route 66
Push: Colosseo, Esperança, New Queen Street

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
    • Hybrid
    • Escort
    • Push
    • Control (5th map can not be same map as played in game 1)

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
    • Hybrid
    • Escort
  • Week 2
    • Hybrid
    • Escort
    • Push
  • Week 3
    • Escort
    • Push
    • Control
  • Week 4
    • Push
    • Control
    • Hybrid

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 is 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.

Dates Tournament Stage
Tuesday 18th Oct Sign-Ups Close
Thursday 20th Oct Qualification
Thursday 27th Oct Qualification
Thursday 3rd Nov Qualification
Thursday 10th Nov

Week 1 Playoff Brackets
Week 1 Swiss

Thursday 17th Nov

Week 2 Playoff Brackets
Week 2 Swiss

Thursday 24th Nov

Week 3 Playoff Brackets
Week 3 Swiss

Thursday 1st Dec

Week 4 Playoff Brackets
Week 4 Swiss

10th/11th Dec (Provisional) Grand Finals

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.