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Rules

Registration

Players must register via Battlefy by 11:59PM Eastern on Friday November 6th.
Players must submit two decklists of different powers via email to plague@plagueleague.com by 11:59PM Eastern on Friday November 6th.
Players must also register on the Plague League Discord.

Deck

Each player must prepare two decks of different powers.
Players must email their decks to plague@plagueleague.com before registration ends at 11:59PM Eastern on Friday November 6th.

To win a match, players must win one game with each of their prepared decks.
Decks can be played in any order, and may be swapped between games, regardless of game outcome.

Once a deck wins a game in a match, it may not be played again during that match.
Players are encouraged to prepare their decklist using @PeteCreighton‘s deckbuilding app.

Round Timing

  • Check-in begins at 9:00 AM Eastern. Official event start time is 10:00 AM Eastern.
  • At 10:10, the first round will be paired and the round timer will begin.
  • No players will be added after the first round begins.
  • Players who have not submitted two decklists or have not checked-in before round 1 is paired will be dropped from the event.
  • Rounds will be 50 minutes.
  • Matches that are not complete when time is called will have 3 overtime turns beginning with the first pass of turn after time is called.
  • If matches remain unfinished at the completion of the third turn, the game will be called a draw and the match must be reported with the final result.
  • If all matches in a round are complete and reported prior to the end of the round timer, Tournament Officials may trigger the next round. Players will be notified via the Discord server if a round launches early.
  • Once round pairings are published and the round clock begins, players have 15 minutes to report for their match. If a player is unresponsive after 15 minutes, they are a 10 minute extension. If after the 10 minute extension has expired, the player will be given a match loss and dropped from the event. It is up to a player’s opponent to communicate with Tournament Officials in regards to an unresponsive opponent.

Disconnects

If a player disconnects from a game in progress, it will be recorded as a game loss. The player who did not disconnect may choose to replay the game at their own risk. If a game is replayed, the disconnect loss is overturned and the result of the game stands.

If both players simultaneously disconnect, the game will be replayed.

For a Stage 2 match, Tournament Organizers may ask players to replay a disconnected game if the game is being streamed and/or the game’s result in doubt.

Intentional Draws

Intentional draws are discouraged, but not illegal in CCS play. Players must both publicly declare an intentional draw on the Plague League Discord server in the Causa text chat.

Split Prizes

Players reaching prize winning rounds may discuss splitting prizes prior to the round’s play. Both players must agree to split prizes.  Any prizes split among players will be split evenly (50/50 for 2 players, 25/25/25/25 for 4 players). All players participating in the prize split must announce their intent to split in the Plague League Discord server in the Causa text chat. If a player chooses to share their prize with an opponent after a match is complete, it must be communicated to tournament organizers before prize distribution occurs. At this point, a split is at the sole discretion of the player sharing their prize and may not be suggested by a losing player.

Bribery or coercion is strictly prohibited, and any evidence of a player attempting to bribe or coerce an opponent into accepting a split or intentional draw will be met with an immediate disqualification and forfeiture of all results in the current event.  This is called a yellow card, or being yellow carded. Depending on the severity of the offense, the offending player may be suspended for an additional scheduled CCS event, this is called a red card or being red carded.

If the offense is severe enough, the player may be banned from all future CCS and Plague League events. This is called a black card or being black carded.

Streaming

Players are encouraged to stream, record & upload their participation in the Causa Championship Series.

Each stage will be featured on the Plague League Twitch and YouTube channels, including full broadcast & potential highlight clips.

Players may be asked to participate in the Plague League stream during stage 1. Players who make stage 2 will be expected to participate in the Plague League stream.

Participation in the Plague League stream will require a player to share their stream in the Discord server and potentially participate in post-match interview with casters.

Players may, at their discretion stream with a delay, in order to mitigate any advantage that may be gained by a stream sniping opponent.

Fair Play/Pace of Play

Players are expected to play at a reasonable pace. If a player suspects their opponent is stalling in attempt to frustrate (troll), or illicit a round time draw, they may call for a Judge or Tournament Official to monitor their match.  To do so, they should ask for a Judge in the Plague League Discord server’s Causa voice or text channel. They will be asked to move to a separate voice channel where they will share their screen for a judge to monitor. The judge will make the decision after observing the match interaction.  The judge may ask the player’s opponent to join a separate voice channel in order to observe their play.

 

Yellow Card/Red Card/Black Card List

Plague League will publish at the end of each Causa Championship Series event a list of any yellow, red or black carded players. The Causa competitive community may or may not at their own discretion honor suspensions for their events. Being suspended in non-Plague League Causa play will not count towards Plague League Causa play.  Meaning, if you are suspended from any other Tournament Organizer’s event, you will still be expected to serve your scheduled Plague League/CCS suspension.

Card Offenses

Bribery & Coercion

Bribery or coercion is strictly prohibited, and any evidence of a player attempting to bribe or coerce an opponent into accepting a prize split or intentional draw, or otherwise attempt to unnaturally affect the outcome of the event will be met with an immediate disqualification and forfeiture of all results in the current event.  This is called a yellow card, or being yellow carded. Depending on the severity of the offense, the offending player may be suspended for an additional scheduled CCS event, this is called a red card or being red carded.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct

The use of abusive or offensive language will be closely monitored. Players competing in the Causa Championship Series will refrain from attacking individuals or groups of people using personal information.

Use of hate speech, or attacks against individuals or groups of people based on a protected class are prohibited.

A player found to be using personal information to attack an individual or group in any media (including personal social media channels) will result in penalties proportionate to the violation.

Stalling

If, in the determination of the Judge, a player is ruled to be stalling in an attempt to frustrate or time out to a draw, the player will be assessed a game loss. A second offense in the same event will result in the offending player being assessed a yellow card.

If the offense is severe enough, the player may be banned from all future CCS and Plague League events. This is called a black card or being black carded.

Stream Sniping

Stream sniping (the act of watching an opponents video stream for the purpose of seeing their hand) is strictly prohibited. Players found to be stream sniping will be immediately disqualified and forfeit all their results in the current event and assessed a yellow card.