Introduction and Purpose

These official rules of the IAC 2 League of Legends Tournament (“Intel Arabian Championship Tournament 2021”) apply to each of the Teams who play in the IAC League of Legends Tournament 2 and not to other competitions, tournaments or organized play of League of Legends.

Riot Games FZ-LLC, (“Tournament Organizer”) a free zone limited liability company in Dubai Creative Cluster Authority, has established these rules.

These official rules are designed solely to ensure the integrity of the system established to play League of Legends and a competitive balance among the Teams that play.

IAC 2021 will feature two divisions - the Champions League, which includes the top 8 teams from IAC 2020 (and any new teams that advance to the League in coming seasons); and the Competitors League, which will be preceded by Country Qualifiers where teams from 15 countries will compete in order to advance to the next stage (more information about the structure of each stage below).

1. Eligibility Requirements

1.1. Player Age

No Player shall be considered eligible to participate in any IAC Tournament Match before having lived 13 full years or before reaching the eligibility age to play in a League of Legends Tournament in their residency country whichever is highest.

1.2. Residency

2. Roster

2.1. Ownership Restrictions

2.2. Roster Requirements

2.2.1 A player is only allowed to compete for one IAC Tournament Team and cannot be registered on the roster of more than one IAC Tournament Team.

2.2.2. A Team’s Roster can have a maximum of eight players and a minimum of seven players.

2.2.3. At least five of the players in a team should be residing in the same country, and a maximum of two imports can be from any of the other participating countries. For example, EGZ Esports must have at least 3 of its main players residing in KSA, while the other two main players may be residing in UAE and Bahrain, which would mean that the remaining 2 or 3 substitute players must be residing in KSA. Alternatively, the 5 main players could be from KSA, while the two imports could be substitute players.

2.2.4. In the case of extenuating circumstances, such as temporary visa issues, a competitive suspension or a medical emergency the roster requirements may be waived temporarily. Grant of this waiver is at the sole discretion of the Tournament Organizer.

2.2.5. The proposed team name entered upon registration may be in English or Arabic; however, it may not be offensive, racist or sexual in nature. If found to be in violation of this rule, the team will be disqualified.

2.2.6. If a team qualifies to the Champions League, their spot shall be reserved for the registered main players (minimum of three) who have secured the win, and not for the club/team they represent. Riot Games is not responsible for players and their teams disputes.

2.2.7 Teams are required to play only with the team members they have registered with. Please note that at this stage all rosters are locked and no further changes can be made. It is also important to note that accounts may not be shared between team members or outside parties. 

2.2.8. It is possible to switch substitute players as the team sees fit, as long as it is not in the middle of a given match (however substitutes are allowed in a series).

2.2.9. No changes may be made to any kind of information in your registration application. Any attempt to modify such information will automatically disqualify your team from the tournament.

2.2.10. Each team in the Champions League is allowed two changes throughout the duration of the Intel Arabian Cup, and only between seasons, not within the season itself. For the teams that have qualified from the Competitors League to Champions League, they cannot change any player in their first season in the Champions League.

3. Format

3.1 Game Settings

3.2 Bracket Format

Champions League

The top 8 teams in the IAC 2020 Finals will compete against each other again in IAC 2021 on the basis of a BO1 double round robin (home and away) format, following which the top 4 teams will play in a BO5 single elimination bracket format (1st vs 4th and 2nd vs 3rd).

The two lowest placing teams (7th and 8th) will have to play in the Relegation Round on the basis of a BO5 double elimination bracket format versus the top two teams advancing from the Competitors League. The two victorious teams in the Relegation Round will return in the next season as part of the Champions League, whereas the other two teams will come back in the Competitors League.

After the end of each season, points will be awarded to the top 8 teams depending on their placement on the Leaderboard, and these points will add up as we move forward with each season.



Note: For the teams that acquire points at any given season and are relegated out of the Champions League, they can only keep their acquired points if they submit in the next season a main roster including three of their original main players.

Country Qualifiers

A separate tournament will be held for each of the 15 participating countries, beginning with the Country Qualifiers. The top four teams in each country qualifier (six from the four countries with the highest number of registered teams) will advance to the Competitors League.

Registration for Season 2 opens on 20 May and closes on 4 June.

Country Qualifiers kick off on 6 June and end on 29 June.

The first place teams from each country qualifier will not face off against each other in Round 1 of the Competitors League. 

How will the tournament be played and organized?

  1. The country with the highest number of registrations will have 6 spots for 6 teams. 
  2. The other 14 countries will have a total of 56 spots, with 4 teams from each country.
  3. The last two spots will be for the two teams that have lost in the previous season's Relegation Round. 
In Case of 100 Registered Teams:
In Case of 64 Registered Teams:
In Case of 50 Registered Teams:
In Case of 32 Registered Teams:
In Case of 25 Registered Teams:
In Case of 20 Registered Teams:
The Finals (Competitors League)

Please note that the above scenarios are general guidelines and may change subject to the actual number of teams registered in each country.

Tie Breakers

League System

3.3 Starting a Match

3.4 Recording Matches

3.5 Schedule Change

3.6 Breach of Rules

Foul language, offensive and disruptive behavior, and disregard to the pause allowance rules will not be tolerated from any player and will result in the following at a minimum:

3.7 Disconnect/connection issues

  • If a Bugsplat, disconnect, or any other failure occurs which interrupts the loading process and prevents a player from joining a game upon game start, the game must be immediately paused until all ten players are connected to the game.
  • If a player disconnects at a later stage of the game and couldn’t reconnect, his team can pause but not to exceed the pause-allowance, once the pause allowance have been exceeded the match must go on, and in case of refusing the team will lose that game.
  • Pause Allowance

    3.8 Game Admin

    3.9 Prize

    The total amount of prize pool will be $130,000 for the 3 seasons divided as the following: