WHEN DOES THE SEASON START?
Below, you will find the key dates for our Fall Major season. Dates are subject to change based on the impact of coronavirus on schools across the country.
Registration Deadline - 10/11
Preseason Start - 9/21
Preseason End - 10/11
Season Start - 10/12
Season End - 12/10 (CoD on 12/11)
Playoffs Start - 12/11 (CoD on 12/12)
Playoffs End - 12/18
WHO CAN PLAY AND HOW DO I GET STARTED?
The Fall Major is open to any high school registered with HSEL. Schools will also need an active Battle Pass (see step 5). Once you are registered, you can follow the step-by-step process below to get started.
1. Create a team. Once you are logged in, click "Teams" on the left menu bar. From there, click "Create Team." From here, enter your team name and upload your team’s logo (optional). It is important to note that only the team administrator can complete this step. Admins must register as a “School Official” when creating their account which can be done here if they haven’t done so already. If you are a returning HSEL member and already have a team, you may skip to step 2.
2. Add members. Once you have created a team, it’s time to invite all of your team members. Click “Teams” on the left menu bar and select the team you created in step 1. From there, click on the “Members” button and then click “+ Add Member.” As a note, you can add more than one person by clicking the “+” button on the invitation screen. Alternatively, you can click the “Generate Invite Link” button and share the link with any players you’d like to add.
3. Connect your games. Make sure that all players have their games connected to their HSEL account. Click “Game Connections,” from the left hand menu, followed by the “Add Game Connections,” button. Alternatively, you can click your name and then select "Game Connections," from the drop down menu. It’s important that your screen name matches exactly with how it appears in-game to avoid any issues.
4. Create a roster. From the dashboard, click "Teams" on the left menu bar. Select the team you created in step 1. Now click the "Create Roster," button in the middle of the screen. From here, you can name your roster, select the game, and add yourself and/or other members. Don’t forget to save! To add or remove members from a roster, click “Teams,” from the left menu bar. Select the appropriate team. Click the “Rosters,” button at the top of the screen. Now click the three dots next to the roster you want to edit, and select “Edit.” If you make any changes, don't forget to click "Save Changes" near the top of the screen.
5. Assign Battle Passes. From your dashboard, click "Teams" on the left menu bar and then select the team you created in Step 1. From here, click the “Battle Pass Inventory” button. On the Pass Inventory screen, you will be able to see how many passes you have available and how many have been assigned. Click the “Assign” button to be taken to the Assign Passes page. Here, you will be able to assign or revoke passes to any/all players who are registered to your team. All players on a roster must have a Battle Pass assigned to them in order to register for a tournament (Step 6). Need help purchasing a Battle Pass? Check out this article on our knowledge base.
6. Register your roster for a tournament. From your dashboard, click "Tournaments" on the left menu bar and then select "Competitions." Here you will see tournaments for HSEL and Generation Esports. Once you have found the correct tournament, click on the image. From this page, click on the “Register Now” button. From the drop down, select the roster you just made and click "Register." Now you're ready to play! Please note: You must be invoiced or have an active Battle Pass before you can register for a tournament.
WHAT ARE THE PRIZES FOR THIS SEASON?
Prizing will fall into two categories: championship prizing and quest prizing. Championship prizing is awarded to the winning team in the form of scholarship money for each game. For games with more than one player, prizing will be awarded to each starting player. Here is the breakdown for scholarship prizing based on the number of players participating in any given tournament.
Quests are also making a return, giving players additional challenges and chances to win prizes throughout the season.
Zaxby's Fastest Fingerz Quest
- Challenge: Win your match during any regular season game and be entered into a weekly drawing to win a Zaxby's Gift Card. With an 8-week season, there will be eight chances to win IF you can win your match every week.
- Prize: $25 Zaxby's Gift Card
- Winners: 8 winners (one per week)
- Notes: Winners will be drawn weekly on Monday following each week of regular season play. More info here.
ASUS ROG TUF Honor Role Quest
- Challenge: Maintain perfect attendance during the season (100% match attendance) and have no disputes/tickets against you regarding behavior and be entered to win a super secret ASUS ROG TUF prize.
- Prize: Super secret mystery prize.
- Winners: 5 winners
- Notes: Winners will be picked and notified by 12/23.
National Guard Soldier Quest
- Challenge: Win at least 3 games throughout the season and be entered to win a Loot Crate filled with swag sent to your school.
- Prize: Loot Crate (gift box filled with swag from HSEL and sponsors)
- Winners: 20 winners
- Notes: Winners will be picked and notified by 12/23.
Aim Lab Skillz Challenge Quest
- Challenge: Add Aim Lab as a game connection and be entered to win free entry into Aimlabs' Skillz Challenge.
- Prize: Free entry into Skillz Challenge ($5 value)
- Winners 250 winners
- Notes: The Skillz Challenge offers its own prizes with $500 for 1st place, $300 for 2nd place, and $250 for 3rd place. The Skillz Challenge will take place during the week of October 12th and again the week of December 7th. There will be two drawings taking place on 10/5 and 12/1. Even if you don't win, you can still participate in the Aim Lab Skillz Challenge by paying the $5 entry fee. Aim Lab can be found on Steam for free.
Skullz Flexin' Quest
- Challenge: Submit a gameplay video and be picked as 1st place for Poggers: Plays of the Week, our weekly video series. Drawings will be weekly, meaning you have 8 chances to win.
- Prize: $25 Skullz Gift Card
- Winners: 8 winners (one per week)
- Notes: Winners will be drawn weekly on Monday following each week of regular season play.
WHEN DO WE PLAY OUR MATCHES?
Continuing what we have been doing the past few seasons, participants will use our queue system for their weekly matches. Depending on the game, players will have time frames to enter a queue and be automatically matched with an opponent for their match. More on that below. Here are the dates and times your weekly matches can be played with the current queue system on any given week. Please note that due to the nature of our Minecraft tournaments, Minecraft players will not be utilizing the queue system for the Fall Major. Minecraft will be played on Tuesdays at 5:00 PM in your local time zone (PT, CT, and ET).
4:00 PM CT - Overwatch | NBA2K21 | CS:GO | Smash
7:00 PM CT - Overwatch | NBA2K21 | CS:GO | Smash
4:00 PM CT - Madden 21 | Rocket League
7:00 PM CT - Madden 21 | Rocket League
4:00 PM CT - Valorant | Overwatch | Smash
7:00 PM CT - Valorant | Overwatch | Smash
4:00 PM CT - Hearthstone | Rainbow 6 | CS:GO
7:00 PM CT - Hearthstone | Rainbow 6 | CS:GO
4:00 PM CT - Madden 21 | COD:MW | Smash
7:00 PM CT - Madden 21 | COD:MW | Smash
3:00 PM CT - Rainbow 6 | Smash | NBA 2K21
3:00 PM CT - Rocket League | Hearthstone | COD:MW | Valorant
WILL THERE BE MAKE UP MATCHES?
There will be two make up windows for teams or players who have missed a match. To take advantage of these windows, you will need to play your make up match in addition to your regular weekly match. Just pick a second queue window from the regular season's schedule, queue up, and complete your match.
Week 4: 10/19 - 10/25
Week 8: 11/16 - 11/22
WHAT IS THE QUEUE SYSTEM?
Our queue system is very similar to queue systems that have become standard in many online games. The big difference is we offer queue windows for each competition so teachers and teams can be aware of when to have their teams ready. For example, if you play Overwatch and your team is available Wednesdays, you’ll join the 4:00 PM queue window anytime from 4:00 PM until 4:15 PM. At 4:15 PM, all teams in the queue will be assigned their opponent and then you’ll all be automatically sent to a new match page where you can chat with your team and opponent in one place. From there you’ll create the game lobby, play your match, and then come back to the platform to report your score.
Each week of competition, teams will choose one of the available days and times to play their match. Once a team selects their time, all participating members will join a queue lobby and queue up for their match. 15 minutes after the time slot you queued for, you will be matched against your opponent. Once the teams are matched against each other, the communication will begin in Match Chat, with the match starting shortly thereafter. Queue lobbies open one hour before the chosen match time and will remain active for up to fifteen minutes after the scheduled time. After the game is played, the winner of the game must report the match outcome. You can read the full rundown here.
HOW CAN WE GET IN CONTACT WITH OUR OPPONENT?
All players need to utilize the Match Chat feature on the Varsity Esports platform to communicate with their opponent. Once your queue "pops" for your weekly match, you will be able to contact your opponent directly through the match page.
HOW DO WE REPORT SCORES/FORFEITS?
To report scores or forfeits, click on the match from your dashboard and scroll to the section called, “Report Match Score.” If the match was forfeited, click the “forfeit” box. Once you submit, you will be able to see who reported the score. Match scores and forfeits must be reported as soon as your match has finished.
HOW CAN WE REPORT RULE BREAKS OR TOXIC BEHAVIOR?
For fastest support with rule violations, toxic behavior, or match disputes, please make sure you have joined the HSEL Discord server and selected your role for the respective tournament you are competing in. Ping the @support role and let them know you need to talk with someone. Do not discuss these issues in public channels.
WHAT ARE THE MATCH SETTINGS/RULES FOR X GAME?
You will find match settings and rules for each game in the link below.
WHAT KINDS OF MATERIALS DO I NEED FOR MY CLUB OR ESPORTS PROGRAM?
We’ve created a few templates coaches and admins can use to help structure their esports program. Below you will find said templates which can be used or modified to fit each program’s specific needs.
Our partner, Varsity Esports Foundation, has launched the Esports Education Network, providing you with valuable courses to teach you about esports and how to start a club at your school.