Rules
The Oceanic Dota Esports League administration reserves the right to decide outside or even against the rulebook below in any case, to ensure fair play.


  1. General
  2. By Agreeing to the rules below, participating players are expected to see through the league through its first season and beyond till the end of 2020. All participating players are not allowed to play in another AU/NZ tournament that has multiple conflicting scheduled games, which disallows them to be available for the league unless approved by tournament Administration.

  3. Code of Conduct
  4. Every participant must behave with respect towards the representatives of the Oceanic League, press, viewers, partners and ALL OTHER PLAYERS. All participants are required to represent Esports, the league and any personal sponsors honorably. This applies to behaviour in-game, all external chats, messengers, comments and any other form of media.

    Participants must not engage in harassment or hate speech in any form. Players are to use their best judgement in reporting any unwanted behaviour between their team or with other players. For a detailed list of conduct rules refer to ESIC Code of Conduct (we are of no affiliation,The Integrity Commission provides the most rounded and complete conduct for all Esports endeavours)

    Violation of this code of conduct will result in punishment subject to the Oceanic Dota Esports Administration, and may result in permanent bans put in place for any player involved in such behaviour.

  5. Insults and offensive behaviour
  6. All insults that occur during an official League match, or on any public or private platform may be punished. This includes but is not limited to in-game chat of official League matches, Twitch, Discord, forums, or any other public interaction with players.

  7. Spamming
  8. Any excessive posting of useless, annoying or offensive contributions within the Oceanic Esports League will be considered as spam. It is subject to the League administration to what constitutes spamming, and warnings will be provided to make clear what is punishable.

    The use of in-game chat wheels is allowed, but player discretion is advised, as excessive use will appear on stream, and detract from viewer experience.

  9. In-Game Chat
  10. In-game chat will be allowed as long as players maintain proper etiquette and do not abuse other players, both opposing and teammates. Friendly comments etc

  11. Matches, Competitions
  12. Every match must adhere to all rules until completion. All matches will be hosted and run by an administrator. Any match hosted or played by teams not within the correct lobby will not count, and must be played again.

    Players and any official staff relating to the teams, organisation, for example coaches are not allowed to place bets on matches. The placement of any bet will result in the offending player being subject to punishment accordingly.

  13. Game / Client
  14. All programs which are not part of the original game, including but not limited to custom-data, map changes, or any modification to any aspect of the base Dota 2 client are strictly prohibited. The use of in-game overlays that are part of the official Dota 2 game, including skins for maps, heroes and voice lines are allowed.

    During official tournament games, players will be required to use the official Discord channel/s provided by the Oceanic Esports League.

  15. Internal Texts
  16. The Oceanic Dota Esports League reserves exclusive right to the coverage of all League in all forms of transmission. Administration reserves the right to assign coverage rights of a match, or several matches to any third-party organisation or to the players themselves. For all player perspective coverage, terms and conditions must be arranged prior to the stream being broadcasted. Failure to notify the Oceanic League Administration may result in permanent bans from streaming or broadcasting the games on a personal channel.

  17. Game Coverage
  18. All correspondence between players and administration in regards to protests or support tickets cannot be published without the express permission of the Oceanic Dota Esports League.

  19. Language
  20. The official language to be used for this League is English. All players are expected to communicate with each other and Administration in all official capacity in English.

  21. Deception
  22. Any attempt to deceive admins or other players by providing wrong or fake statements, information or data will be penalized severely.

    Any abuse of bugs made on the website or other platforms, or errors made by the Oceanic League Administration will be subject to the same level of severity.

  23. Cheating
  24. Any and all forms of cheating in Official matches is strictly forbidden and will result in punishment as severe as instant removal from the league. Players found cheating outside of official matches, for example Public Ranked Matches can be subject to the same punishment if evidence is provided. In the result of this, evidence must be submitted and an Oceanic Esports Administrator must also verify before action will be taken.

    The use of programs or any other method to circumvent Valve’s Anti Cheat (VAC) is also forbidden. Any account with multiple VAC bans will be subject to review and may result in the subject player not being allowed to compete in the League. If the program is being run accidentally, or as a ‘test’ the punishment will remain consistent as if it was intentional or deliberate.

  25. Match-Fixing / Betting Fraud
  26. Engaging in any action that improperly influences the outcome of any game or match by any means will result in the matches being voided instantly. Forfeiture of prize money and a monetary fine may also be placed upon the offending player, subject to the Oceanic Esports Administration.

  27. Doping
  28. Doping of any kind is strictly forbidden. Prescribed medication is allowed, however proof is required to be sent to tournament Administration.

  29. Competition manipulation and bribery
  30. Bribery or attempting to bribe any tournament organizer or player will result in games being voided, forfeiture of prize money and a monetary fine placed upon the offending person subject to Oceanic Esports League Administration.

  31. Accounts

  32. Player
  33. All players must provide an up-to-date and correct email address, as well as both their steam account and discord username. It is the players responsibility to keep all of these up-to-date, and notify administration immediately of any changes. To play in the Oceanic Dota Esports all players must be available to be contacted within a reasonable time frame barring extreme circumstances, failure to respond to any request made by administration may subject the player to punishment.

    All players must be 18 years or older.

  34. Account Names
  35. Each player in the Oceanic Dota Esports League must only use one account for the entire duration of the league when playing official games. Players must ensure that the account name remains unchanged throughout the duration of the league including Finals.

    The Oceanic Esports League reserves the right to request nicknames / URL Aliases to be changed if they do not satisfy the following requirements:

    Nicknames are forbidden if they:
    • Are protected by third-party right and the user has not been given written permission
    • Resemble or are identical to a brand or trademark
    • Resemble or are identical to a real person other than themselves
    • Are deemed nonsense

    In addition to the above, any nicknames/team names/aliases that are purely commercial (e.g. product names), defamatory, pejorative, offensive, vulgar, obscene, racist, inciting hatred, or offending against good manners are forbidden. Using alternative spelling, gibberish or wrong spelling in order to avoid the requirements mentioned above is illegal. We reserve the right to extend, change, exchange or delete these rules if necessary.

    All usernames that are not in english, or impossible to pronounce must give their preferred nickname to tournament Administration, as well as having that nickname in brackets during official League games.

  36. Country of Origin
  37. As this league is for Australian and New Zealand players only, any individual who is not a citizen or permanent resident of these countries will not be permitted to enter.

  38. Account Sharing
  39. Account sharing is strictly prohibited, any player who becomes known to have shared their account during any official tournament game will have immediate action taken upon them and may result in removal from the Oceanic Dota Esports League permanently.

  40. Team name/s
  41. All team names are decided between the players. Team names do not have to be unique, however Tournament Administration reserves the right to refuse any name within reason.

    Team names must adhere to good manner and etiquette, as they will be representing both Oceania Dota, as well as all sponsors involved in the Oceanic League

    The logo must represent the team and have a clear reference to the Team’s selected name. Copyrighted logos or logos that do not abide by good etiquette will not be allowed.

  42. Changing Team Names
  43. Teams may request a name change only if one or more of these requirements are met, note there may be circumstances not listed, in these cases it will be the decision of tournament administration.

    • The Name is no longer appropriate
    • It has become apparent that it is causing discomfort for multiple players in the team to play under the current Team name
    • The name causes confusion for fans or other players

  44. Players in team
  45. Players are only allowed to play for one team throughout the Oceanic League.

    Each team will consist of one (1) captain, two (2) experienced competitive players, two (2) new or up-and-coming players within the community, and two (2) substitute players.

    Team captains will be selected on recommendation from respected players within the community, and these captains are expected to maintain and keep all players up-to-date with any changes to schedule in regards to their teams.

    Each team will be drafted by their respected captains in a lottery style format for pick selection to ensure fairness. For players to gain, and maintain admittance to the league a minimum MMR requirement will be in place, subject to the Tournament administration. Exceptions may be granted in certain circumstances accordingly.

  46. Sponsors / Partnerships
  47. The Oceanic Dota Esports League reserves the right to prohibit or remove teams with sponsors that are solely aimed at audiences not appropriate for the League. All team sponsorships must be approved before they are allowed to be used in either team names or logos. Failure to notify tournament administration may result in teams being removed from the league, and future bans may be implemented.

  48. League Format

  49. Games Format
  50. The tournament will be in a round robin style, with each team facing off twice throughout the duration of the league. Each team will be required to play in at least two Best of Two (BO2) series per week.

    Games will be played on a set schedule that will run between Monday and Saturday each week. If you are unable to play as a team for a scheduled game you must give at least Forty Eight (48) Hours to the tournament administration or risk forfeiting the series entirely. Teams that forfeit multiple series may be completely removed from the league and banned from all future seasons.

    Once a player has joined the league, they are deemed committed to playing all games until completion, regardless of placement. Failure to do so may be cause for permanent removal from future seasons.

  51. Lobby
  52. All games will be played in Captains Mode format. An in game coin toss will decide team side / drafting order. Game two of each series will give the team who lost the coin toss first priority in the same decision. Game lobbies must have cheats disabled, Team names present as well as their approved logos attached. All players must display their correct nickname or risk forcing a remake of the lobby and being deducted drafting time.

    Players will be expected to arrive into each lobby for their scheduled games at least Fifteen (15) minutes prior to each series.

  53. In Game Pauses
  54. Pauses during any official League game is allowed within reason, teams must provide a reasonable excuse to the Tournament administration as well as a time resuming will become possible.

    A maximum allocation of fifteen (15) minutes pause time will be allowed per team, that time is permitted to be transferred to the opposing team if agreed upon by each respective captain.

    Pauses that are used as "bad-manners" to either insult or aggravate any opposing player is strictly prohibited

  55. Penalties
  56. If a player or team disregards or violates one or multiple rules of the Oceanic League, consequences and subsequent punishment will be subject to Tournament Administration in their best discretion.

  57. In-game offences / Misconduct
  58. Players or teams may not be given warnings before being removed from the League if their behaviour is deemed irrevocable. For most offences, players will be subject to the below:

    • 1st Offence: Warning to both individual players, as well as team Captain.
    • 2nd Offence: One (1) Series ban in which the player will not be able to participate at all.
    • 3rd Offence: Fifty (50%) percent reduction to the individual player or teams match winnings.
    • 4th Offence: Removal from the Oceanic League for the duration of the season

    Please note, these offences may be carried over into the ensuing seasons, subject to Tournament Administration.