What is the league hijack policy, ie what do I need to do to retain a team's slot in a higher division in the ESEA League?

  • Between seasons:

    • For divisions above Open up to and including the Advanced, for a team's spot to be maintained between seasons, a team must have 2 players who participated during the prior season (through playing a match) on the roster at the close of registration. Failure to do so will result in a demotion to Open.

  • During the season:

    • For Intermediate, Main, and Advanced, for a team's spot to be maintained once the regular season begins, a team must use 2 players per match who participated during the prior season (through playing a match) in 3 out of the first 4 matches played (i.e. not including forfeits) of the season.

    • Failure to meet these requirements will result in each match that the team did not meet the roster requirements being forfeited. Matches will continue to be forfeited until either the team is marked as inactive (after 3 forfeit losses) or until the team has met their roster requirement.

Examples of a team meeting the requirements for Intermediate, Main, or Advanced:

Example 1:

  • Match 1: 2 players from last season

  • Match 2: 2 players from last season

  • Match 3: 2 players from last season

  • Match 4: 2 players from last season

Example 2:

  • Match 1: Did not use 2 players from last season

  • Match 2: 2 players from last season

  • Match 3: 2 players from last season

  • Match 4: 2 players from last season

Example 3:

  • Match 1: 2 players from last season

  • Match 2: 2 players from last season

  • Match 3: 2 players from last season

  • Match 4: Did not use 2 players from last season

Example 4:

  • Match 1: Match forfeit loss

  • Match 2: Did not use 2 players from last season

  • Match 3: 2 players from last season

  • Match 4: 2 players from last season

  • Match 5: 2 players from last season

Example 5:

  • Match 1: Match forfeit loss

  • Match 2: Match forfeit win (please note it does not matter if they had 2 from last season taking the forfeit as forfeits do not count toward the requirements)

  • Match 3: 2 players from last season

  • Match 4: 2 players from last season

  • Match 5: 2 players from last season

Examples of teams NOT meeting the requirements and the subsequent punishment are available below:

Example 1:

  • Match 1: Match forfeit win (it doesn't matter if players from last season took the win in the server)

  • Match 2: Match forfeit loss

  • Match 3: Did not use 2 players from last season

  • Match 4: 2 players from last season

  • Match 5: 2 players from last season

  • Match 6: Did not use 2 players from last season (This match would be forfeited due to not meeting requirements)

  • Match 7: 2 players from last season

Example 2:

  • Match 1: Did not use 2 players from last season

  • Match 2: Did not use 2 players from last season (match would be forfeited due to not meeting requirements)

  • Match 3: Did not use 2 players from last season (match would be forfeited due to not meeting requirements)

  • Match 4: 2 players from last season

  • Match 5: 2 players from last season

  • Match 6: 2 players from last season

Example 3:

  • Match 1: Did not use 2 players from last season

  • Match 2: Match forfeit loss

  • Match 3: Did not use 2 players from last season (match would be forfeited due to not meeting requirements)

  • Match 4: 2 players from last season

  • Match 5: 2 players from last season

  • Match 6: Did not use 2 players from last season (match would be forfeited due to not meeting requirements)

Please keep in mind that once a team has forfeited 3 matches, they will be marked as inactive and removed from the division.

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