NightFall Rules

NightFall Gaming Rules


NightFall Gaming Rules    1

  1. Roster Rules 2

1.1  Cross Team Affiliation    2

1.2 Nightfall Roles    2

1.3 Player Trades    3

1.4 Poaching or Soliciting    4

1.5 Emergency Substitutes    4

1.6 Main/Alternate/Smurf Accounts    4

  1. League Structure 4

2.1 Definition of Terms    4

2.2  Regular Season    5

2.3 Regular Season Tiebreakers    5

2.4 Play-offs    5

  1. Match Process 6

3.1 Pre-Match Setup    6

3.2 Game Setup    6

3.3 Game Rules    7

  1. Player Conduct & Punishments 8

4.2 Unprofessional Behavior    9

4.3 Subject to Penalty    12

4.4 Penalties    12

  1. Prizes 13

5.1 Prize Allocation    13

  1. Spirit of the Rules 13

6.1 Finality of Decisions    13

6.2 Rule Changes    13

1. Roster Rules

1.1  Cross Team Affiliation

All Team Leaders (as defined in 1.2), starters (as defined in 1.3), substitutes (as defined in 1.4), & Coaches (as defined in 1.6) are ineligible to play for multiple teams. If anyone is found in violation of this rule they may face any punishment as described in section 4.4.

1.2 Nightfall Roles

1.2.1 Team Leaders

Team Leaders are defined as the head of a team and in charge of, but not limited to: scheduling of practices, setting up scrimmages and game reschedules, contacting Admins or Staff of roster changes, and attending majority of council meetings as to relay information to the team. Any team leaders voted as unfit by their team (3 team member votes) will be become a free agent and will not be allowed to be a Team Leader again for the remainder of the season.


1.2.2 Starters

A “Starter” is defined as one of the five players established in the team‘s starting lineup for any given game.


1.2.3 Substitutes

All teams are allowed register up to five substitutes on their roster for the season.  At no point will teams be permitted to make a substitution which is in violation of the rules above (1.2.3). During scheduled matches you will only be allowed to make four player adjustments in a series, two for each round, following the first game.


1.2.4 Free Agents

A Free Agent is any player eligible to participate in the NightFall tournament and is not currently on a team as a starter, sub, or a coach. Free Agents are free to sign with any team during the off-season.


1.2.5 Coaches

A Coach is an optional position, that can be filled by any individual willing to aid a team in learning, and practicing before and/or after a game has started or ended and is eligible to participate in the NightFall tournament. This individual must also not be currently on a team as a starter, sub or a coach. Coaches MUST be listed as a coach and sub to be able to play in games with the team.

1.2.6 Casters

A Caster is any person who is willing to cast games for NightFall. If they want to play in any NightFall tournaments they need to be listed on a current roster.


1.3 Poaching or Soliciting

Poaching or Soliciting players with either money or merchandise is strictly prohibited and if caught will be subject to punishment, depending on the severity and consistency.

1.4 Emergency Substitutes

All teams are allowed one emergency substitute per season. Eligible emergency substitutes must be of equal rank or lower of the Starter being replaced.

1.5 Main/Alternate/Smurf Accounts

If an individual is accused of smurfing, an investigation will be undertaken by the NightFall admins and an impartial source. Any person within the NightFall tournament with relations to the accused will, potentially, be called upon for information about the accused. Anyone and/or the team, found guilty of smurfing will face one of the following: Ban from the NightFall discord and any associating content, Disqualification from the current tournament, or any other punishment deemed necessary for the individual or team. NightFall admins MUST be informed of a main account, (which will be used for the tournament), and any remaining accounts used as an “alternate” account. If the knowledge of a smurf is known to any team, and the information is not used to inform the NightFall admin team, the team of the accused will be held to the same accountability as the individual accused, if found guilty.

2. League Structure

2.1 Definition of Terms

2.1.1 Game: An instance of competition on the Summoner’s Rift map that is played until a winner is determined by one of the following methods, whichever occurs first: (a.) completion of the final objective (destruction of a Nexus); (b.) Team Surrender; (c.) Team Forfeit; (d.) Awarded Game Victory, (e.g. opposing team is found guilty of cheating, etc., and/or leaves the NightFall league).


2.1.2 Match: A set of games that is played until one team wins a majority of the total games (e.g. winning two games out of three (“best of three”); winning three games out of five (“best of five”). The winning team will either receive a win tally in a league format or advance to the next round in a tournament format.

2.1.3 Regular Season: Scheduled league play that will occur over a period of time, non-inclusive. Each season will consist of two phases: Regular Season & Playoffs, which will occur at the conclusion of the Regular Season.


2.1.4 Playoffs & Finals: Scheduled tournament play in which only the top six teams of each group continue playing in a “knockout” stage bracket. Each match will be a best of three for quarter-finals and semi-finals. The Finals will be a best of five. Rules in playoffs may be different according to admins. (Refer to 6.2)

2.2  Regular Season

This phase consists of a set amount of teams, each playing a given number of matches per split, in a league format against opponents within their group. Each team will face each of their opponents twice per season (in their group). Each team will be blue side for one game, and red for the other game. Teams may play a disproportionate amount of times on each side if a match requires a third game. For the third game, the winner of the fastest of the first two games will pick their side for game three.Team’s Rank in the league will be determined by percentage of wins.

2.3 Regular Season Tiebreakers

2.3.1. Tiebreakers ONLY determine playoff seeding if the tiebreakers are as follows:

  1. The higher win percentage of total games played.
    b. The head to head match of the teams.
    c. A one-off best of 3.
    2.3.2. If the tiebreaker determines whether a team is in or out of the playoffs then the tiebreaker is as follows
  2. A one-off best of 3.
  3. If multiple teams are tied then we will use a gauntlet type of best of 3 series run to determine the top seeds.
  4. The seeding for the gauntlet is determined by the tiebreaker rules of above:
    a. The higher win% of total games played.
    b. The head to head match of the teams.

Example of a gauntlet:


2.4 Play-offs

2.4.1 Playoffs will be as stated.
1. Top 6 seeds are defaulted.
2. #4 plays #5
3. #3 plays #6
4. #1 and #2 get first round bye’s
5. #1 plays the lowest seed remaining
6. #2 plays the highest seed remaining
7. Winners of semi-finals play in the finals
8. Losers of semifinals play in the 3rd place match

3. Match Process

3.1 Pre-Match Setup

3.1.1 The ONLY people allowed in a official game lobby for any of NightFall’s official matches are as follows: The players of both teams, coach’s of each team and ONLY casters approved by Nightfall’s Admin’s for that match.

Penalties for this are as follows:

1st offense: Warning.

2nd offense: Loss of 1 ban for the next series played.

3rd offense: Loss of 3 bans for the next series played.

4th offense: Loss of all bans for the next series played.


3.1.2  Games times are discussed and settled between the targeted Team Leaders. If a team cannot make the scheduled time, a rescheduled time needs to be made 24 hours before the previously scheduled match. If the games fails to be rescheduled the team that couldn’t show up for the first scheduled match will then forfeit the series.


3.1.3 Setup Time: Before the start of the match players will have designated blocks of time prior to their match to ensure they are fully prepared, up to 15 minutes.  Setup time starts within, and no later than, five minutes of the games original starting time.


3.1.4 Player order: Players must be in official tournament order in the lobby, as follows from top to bottom: Top, Jungle, Mid, ADC, Support.

3.1.5 Predetermined games to be casted: If the admin of your league says they want to cast your game for week x, YOU MUST have a tentative date for your game by the saturday of week x-1.

3.1.6 Tentative Game Date: All games must have a tentative date set by monday of that week of the games and be put in the “#game times” for your league.


3.2 Game Setup

3.2.1 Once all ten players have reported to the official game lobby and have joined their respective team voice channel in the NightFall Discord, Team Leaders will confirm that both teams are ready for the pick/ban phase (as defined and described below). The game will start once both teams confirm readiness. If a team wishes to use a third party site in place of the client for the pick and ban phase, this counts as part of the 15 minute setup time.


3.2.2 Picks/bans will proceed through the client’s Tournament Draft feature ONLY.


3.2.3 Trading Champions. Teams must complete all champion trades before 20 seconds, a remake will not take place for failure to trade. If you fail to trade before 20 seconds the penalty of 1 ban on your next played game will occur. The missed ban must be the first ban.


3.2.4 If a player unintentionally disconnects (3.3.1) and is issued a random champ by the league client, then the lobby is re-made and all picks up to that point must remain the same. Teams should screen-shot the lobby prior to closing, incase of any disagreements.

3.3 Game Rules

3.3.1 Definition of Terms Unintentional Disconnection: A player losing connection to the game due to issues with the game client, platform, network, or PC. Intentional Disconnection: A player losing connection to the game due to a player’s actions (e.g. quitting the game). Any actions of a player which lead to a disconnection shall be deemed intentional, regardless of the actual intent of the player. Server Crash: All players losing connection to a game due to an issue with a game server.


3.3.2  Directed Pause – An Admin may order the pause of a match from either team at their discretion, at any time. Player Pause – Players may only pause a match following an event described below. Player pauses are only allowed three times per game, per team, or up to a total of 15 minutes at which point they will be ordered to unpause or surrender the match. Unintentional Disconnection Hardware or Software Malfunction Physical interference (e.g., mouse broke)


3.3.3 Resuming the game – Players are not permitted to resume the game after a pause unless, ordered to by an Admin, or by both team leaders having agreed to resume play. Penalty of un-pausing without asking the enemy team is:                        1st offense: Warning.

2nd offense: Loss of 1 ban for the next game.

3rd offense: Loss of 3 bans for the next game.

*Penalties reset every series.


3.3.4 Post-Game Process Results will be submitted via screen-shot, in the game results section of the discord, by the Team Leader, of the winning team within 1 hour of the game match ending. Break Time: The standard time for transition in between games is up to 10 minutes from nexus explosion until players are required to begin the Pick/Ban phase. If all the players are not ready for champion select at the end of the allotted 10 minutes, the team can be penalized for delay of game.

First offense: Warning.

Second offense: Loss of 1 ban for the next game.

Third offense: Loss of 3 bans for the next game.

*Penalty lasts all season..


4. Player Conduct & Punishments



4.1 Competition Conduct

4.1.1 Unfair Play Collusion: Collusion is defined as cooperation or conspiracy to cheat or deceive others. This cooperation or conspiracy can occur among players, teams, and/or organizations. Hacking: Hacking is defined as any modification of the League of Legends client by any player, team, or person acting on behalf of a player or a team. (e.g. Scripts) Exploiting. Exploiting is defined as intentionally using any in-game bug to seek an advantage. Exploiting includes, but is not limited to, acts such as: glitches in buying items, glitches in neutral minion interactions, glitches in Champion ability performance, or any other game function that, in the sole determination of the Admins, is not functioning as intended. Stream Watching. Players are not allowed to watch or listen, if they’re currently in the game, that is being streamed by NightFall. Account Sharing. Playing under another player’s account or soliciting, inducing, encouraging or directing someone else to play under another player’s account.


4.1.2 Profanity or Hate Speech: Members may not use language that is obscene, foul, vulgar, insulting, threatening, abusive, libelous, slanderous, defamatory or otherwise offensive or objectionable; or to promote or incite hatred or discriminatory conduct, at any time.



4.2 Unprofessional Behavior

4.2.1 Responsibility Under Code.

Unless expressly stated otherwise, offenses and infringements of these Rules are punishable, whether or not they were committed intentionally. Attempts to commit such offenses or infringements are also punishable.


4.2.2 Harassment.

Harassment is forbidden. Harassment is defined as systematic, hostile and repeated acts taking place over a considerable period of time, or a singular egregious instance, which is/are intended to isolate or ostracize a person and/or affect the dignity of the person.


4.2.3 Sexual Harassment.

Sexual harassment is forbidden. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances. The assessment is based on whether a reasonable person would regard the conduct as undesirable or offensive. There is zero tolerance for any sexual threats/coercion or the promise of advantages in exchange for sexual favors.


4.2.4 Discrimination and Denigration.

Team Members may not offend the dignity or integrity of a country, private person or group of people through contemptuous, discriminatory or denigratory words or actions on account of race, skin color, ethnic, national or social origin, gender, language, religion, political opinion or any other opinion, financial status, birth or any other status, sexual orientation or any other reason.


4.2.5 Gifts.

No Team Member may accept any gift, reward or compensation for services promised, rendered, or to be rendered in connection with competitive play of the game, including services related to defeating or attempting to defeat a competing team or services designed to throw or fix a match or game.


4.2.6 Non-Compliance.

No Team Member may refuse or fail to apply the reasonable instructions or decisions of an Admin.


4.2.7 Match-Fixing.

No Team Member may offer, agree, conspire, or attempt to influence the outcome of a game or match by any means that are prohibited by law or these Rules.


4.2.8 Advertising.

No member of the NightFall community may advertise another discord channel in the NightFall discord unless authorized by one of the Admins.


4.2.9 Bad Mannering

Bad mannering is the act of using a champions taunt/laugh/joke/dancing in a disrespective manner, or trash talking in all chat.

Upon bad mannering (in league matches only) the following penalties will occur:

1st offense: Warning.

2nd offense: Loss of 1 ban for the next series played.

3rd offense: Loss of 3 bans for the next series played.

4th offense: Player ban for 1 series, and loss of 1 ban for next series.

5th offense: Player ban for 1 series, and team loss of 3 bans for the next series.

*Penalty lasts all season

4.2.10 Game One Starters

If an enemy Team Leader asks if you’re using any subs for game one of the series you have to be honest and tell them. If things change between when you tell them and the game, it is the Team Leaders job to inform them that you will be swapping the roster that you told them for game 1. (If you inform them of a change late, they have 5 mins after you inform them to scout the new player. This rule also includes emergency subs)
First offense: Warning.
Second offense: 1 ban loss for your next game.
Third offense: 3 bans loss for your next game.

Fourth offense: 3 bans loss for your next series.
*Penalty lasts all season



4.2.11 Anti-Monopoly Rules

If a team wins two splits back to back they will be moved up to the next league. If the team is already participating in the highest league this rule will not apply.

4.3 Subject to Penalty

Any person found to have engaged in or attempted to engage in any act that an Admin believes is unfair play, or disruptive behavior, will be subject to penalty. The nature and extent of the penalties imposed due to such acts will be in the discretion of the Admins.

4.4 Penalties

Upon discovery of any Team Member committing any violations of the rules, the Admins may issue the following penalties: Verbal warning. Loss of Ban for Current or Future Game(s). Game Forfeiture(s) Suspension(s) Ban(s) pending discussion.

Repeated infractions are subject to escalating penalties, up to, and including, being banned from future participation in both the discord server and it’s affiliated matches. It should be noted that penalties may not always be imposed in a successive manner. The Admins can disqualify a player for a first offense if the action of said player’s action is deemed worthy enough, of disqualification by the Admin.

5. Prizes


5.1 Prize Allocation

5.1.1 Prizes will be given out by the NightFall server owner (NF Shido) once the season is over, and there is an established top two teams.


6. Spirit of the Rules

6.1 Finality of Decisions

All decisions regarding the interpretation of these rules, player eligibility, scheduling of the NightFall Community, and penalties for misconduct, lie solely with the Admins of the community, the decisions of which are final. Executive decisions with respect to these Rules cannot be appealed.

6.2 Rule Changes

These rules may be amended, modified, or overruled by NF Shido and the Admins from time to time, in order to ensure fair play and the integrity of the tournament.