Official VGL rules

VGL Challenger Rules can be found here – below stated rules do not count for the VGL Challenger Series Summer Season 2016

1. General

The VGL administrator has the right to decide outside or even against the rulebook in special cases to guarantee fairplay.

1.1 Localization

All matches will be played online in the respective server region. The players are obliged to have an account in the region they participate in.

1.2 Language

The official language of VGL is English. All players should be able to communicate in English.

1.3 The match

A team has 10 (ten) minutes time to show up as a whole in the party lobby. The bans and draft picks can start only if the party is full and all players are present. Once a draft is in progress rosters for the current match can not be changed. The captains of each team are responsible to set up the party and to a proper game management.

1.3.1 No show

If the opponent team does not show up, this has to be proven with a screenshot and  a timestamp (e.g. tab out of the game and make sure the device-time is visible at the top) Possible match-ups

Matchups can only be started with a full party of 3 players on each team. If a team is unable to field a full roster within 10 minutes of scheduled match time then that team forfeits the match.

1.3.2 Tournament mode

The Vaingloryleague Winter Season Qualifiers will be played in a Single-Elimination event with a Best of Three (bo3) mode (Bo3) mode, the finals will be played Best of Five (B05).

1.3.3 Screenshots to submit

The winning team needs to submit the required screenshots not later than 2 (two) hours after the desired match start time.

1. The Ban & Draft screenshot – where it is visible which team banned which hero + the drafted heroes.

2. The Score screen with GOLD INCOME – where it is visible which team lost or won

1.4 Prematch information 

The admins will flip a coin prior to the match and publish within the match information which team is going to ban first and will start as Team A (blue team).

1.5 Draft Pick – screenshot have to be submitted

The VGL matches will be played in the “Private Draft” mode.

To do so, each player must own at least eight (8) heroes. Each player is responsible to own the minimum required number of heroes to play in the “Private Draft” mode. The winning team needs to submit the screenshot of the final screen showing the bans and the drafted heroes.

1.5.1 Cancellation of  Ban/Draft

If the draft process is interrupted by any cause, the process will start again. All banned / picked heroes until the point of abruption need to be picked again.

If a team does not properly lock in a ban in time they lose the ability to ban a hero for that match.

1.5.2 The second match

In the second match, teams will get swapped by the party leader and no new coinflip will be done. Now, the procedure is mirrored: the other team has to ban first and so forth.

1.5.3 The third match

If there is a third match coming up (after a 1:1) this match will be without bans, and without draft mode. Free for all “Blind pick”.

1.6 Adding players

As soon as the matchups are public the teams which are going to play have to add all their opponents at least 24hours before the match start.

All European players have to add “vaingloryleague” to their friendlist (Europe)

All North American players have to add (VGLadmin1,2,3,4)

1.7 Spectator

Only VGL may spectate a match because it is either live or to observe the match and record footage of the match. All teams and players agree that their match will be streamed live and recorded and uploaded.

1.8 Protest

We are willing to fix problems and questions to live matchups right away but if something is unclear or the match did not start for whatever reason, feel free to use the contact form and provide all needed information!


All players are asked to behave in a humane way towards other competitors, and to any member of the administration team; treat others as you would like to be treated! If a player is found guilty of misconduct by an administrator, they may receive a warning or a direct punishment depending on the action. Also, teams risk league kicks, bans and expulsions from VGL competitions

2.1 Insult

All insults that happen during an VGL-Match or on the VGL platform may be punished. Insults that happen on external messengers are not taken into account.

2.2 Inappropriate Behaviour

VGL may speak out warnings (oral or written) to players if they do abuse the rule or behave wrong in any other way throughout a competition.
Receiving two warnings will result in a disqualification for the player.
A warning can be spoken out e.g. if a player sells all his/her items (or some) after the match or other circumstances which impede the quality of a proper item-analysis post match and/or the above named issues.

2.3 Spamming

The excessive posting of futile, annoying or offensive contributions within the VGL is considered as spamming. Spamming on the website, the forums or ingame will be warned and thereafter punished

3. Disqualification

The following reasons will lead into an immediate disqualification for the whole team and those involved

  • Multiple account using
  • Account sharing
  • “Smurfing” (the use of another account and nickname/alias as you are known/recognised by)

A player may only play for one team in a tournament or league. A double registration will result in a team ban from this and future VGL events.

3.1 Players per Team

A team has to have a minimum roster of three players but can have a maximum roster of six players.

Each club may send a maximum of two teams into the competition(s).

3.2 Nicknames, Team Names and URL Aliases

We reserve the right to deny Nicknames and/or URL aliases, if they fail to comply with the following requirements.
Nicknames/aliases are forbidden if they:
are protected by third-party rights and the user has no written permission
# resemble or if they are identical to a brand or trademark, no matter whether it has been registered or not
# resemble or if they are identical to a real person other than themselves
# resemble or if they are identical to the names of SEMC or VGL
# are nonsense

3.3 Team´s name

A team’s name does not have to be unique, but VGL reserves the right to refuse clans with the same or similar names as a well-known clan (e.g. If you named your team “GankStars” etc, that would not be allowed).
Names which are restricted by law will not be accepted and will be deleted and punished with penalty points if found. Also, names which go against all forms of etiquette and good manners will not be accepted.

3.3.1 Second Qualifier Update

The teams name need to exist in-game with the desired roster. The roster cannot be changed after the deadline which would lead into a disqualification.

3.4 Team roster and changes

Once the application is closed, the team roster can no longer be changed.

3.5 Team logo
The team logo has to be submitted within 24 hours after the application for a VGL event got approved by the VGL-Admins.
The logo must represent the team and have some reference to the team’s name or to the team’s short handle. Copyrighted logos, or logos which go against etiquette and good manors will not be accepted. Please send the logo in a .PNG or .JPG format to “[email protected]

3.6 Submission from the team Captain

The team captain is responsible to provide all necessary information asked from VGL for his/her team.

3.7 Profile Picture submission

++Currently there are no profile pictures needed in VGL+++

The profile pictures of each player have to be submitted at least 24 hours after the application for a VGL event got approved by the VGL-Admins. If player profile pictures are missing until this point, the team registration might be rejected.

A player’s photo must clearly show the face of the player and it is not allowed to manipulate the appearance. The photo must be up to date.

4. Map

The matches will be played on the Halcyon Fold

5. Connection

Each player is responsible for his/her own stable internet connection during the game. If a player loses the connection, the game will be continued as normal.If played live, the VGL admin(s) may at their discretion decide to pause the match for up to two (2) minutes.

If the disconnect is server-side the admins will decide if the match will be replayed

6. Game / Client

In general, all programs which are not part of the original game, including custom-data and modifications, are not allowed .All external voice programs are allowed. Programs that provide an advantage during game play are forbidden. Any programs that change the game itself are forbidden.

7. Game Coverage
VGL reserves exclusive right to the coverage of VGL matches. This includes all forms of transmission, including Shoutcast-streams and other broadcasts such as post production work. VGL can assign the coverage rights of a match or of several matches to a third party or to the actual players themselves. In this case, terms and conditions would have to be arranged with the VGL management before the match.