HSEL Fall Major 2021 Playoff Guide

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This article explains all the necessary information about the HSEL Playoffs (i.e.) days/times of matches, where to find the bracket, how many teams qualify, etc. 


How many teams/players will make the playoffs?

  • The amount of participants that make it into the playoffs is determined by how many registered.
Game # of Teams in Playoffs # of Rounds
Call of Duty Cold War  32 5
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive  8 3
Hearthstone 8 3
NBA 2K22 PlayStation 5 2 1
NBA 2K21 PlayStation 4 8 3
NBA 2K21 Xbox One 8 3
NBA 2K22 Xbox Series X/S 2 1
Overwatch 32 5
Rainbow 6 Siege PC 16 4
Rainbow 6 Siege PlayStation 4 2
Rainbow 6 Siege Xbox 4 2
Valorant 32 5
10-Minute Chess 32 5
Rocket League 32 5
Minecraft Survival Games 48 2
Madden 22 PlayStation 5 2 1
Madden 22 Xbox Series X/S 2 1


How to Qualify

  • A roster/player must:
    • Play at least 6 matches in order to be eligible for playoff qualification.
    • End the season at a high enough leaderboard placement, relative to the above chart. 
    • Note: Any unplayed regular-season matches will be counted as a loss against the roster/player's record at the end of the regular season.
  • The tiebreaker system will be run as a tiered protocol that will be used if multiple teams finish the regular season with the same overall record: 
    1. If the overall match record is the same, then Head-to-Head records will be compared.
    2. If the head-to-head record is the same, then the overall game win % will be compared.
    3. If the overall game win % is the same, then the opponent match game win % will be compared.
    4. If the opponent game win % is the same, then the Number of forfeit losses will be compared.
    5. If the number of forfeit losses is the same, then the number of byes will be compared.
    6. If the number of byes is the same, then who received their first loss later in the tournament will be compared.
    7. If the first loss is received in the same round, then who lost to the stronger opponent will be compared.
    8. Opponent strength based on game win % will be compared


Where can I view the playoff bracket?

  • Select "Tournaments" from the left-hand menu. 
  • Under "My Tournaments", choose the tournament whose playoff bracket you want to view.
  • Scroll down until you have found the “Leaderboard” section and click “Playoffs”.


  • Click the “Bracket View” button to open the playoff bracket for that specific game.
  • This is an example of a playoff bracket.




  • All matches will be played at 8 pm Eastern unless specified otherwise. 
    • Any finals match at 7:15 ET is being STREAMED on Twitch.
    • Finals matches streamed on Twitch can not be rescheduled. 
  • Playoffs/finals are manually seeded, players will not use the queue system.
  • You can only reschedule a playoff match if you meet the following criteria: 
    • Your match is not streamed
    • your competitor agrees to the new time
    • Your match time is before the time listed below
    • You contact support HERE 
  • Your opponent must agree to the reschedule or the default time will remain.
  • Minecraft: Survival Games (Round 1) has been rescheduled to Friday, 12/3, at 8pm ET. The Finals round will take place as scheduled below.


Things to know

  • Your admin will be emailed a form to fill out to ensure you receive your prizing.
  • Any admin with a team/player who made it to the playoffs will be notified via email.
  • Match format is located in the specific tournament overview. You can find the overview in the HSEL community section of our help site.
  • A player or roster’s seeding for a tournament is based on their MMR (matchmaking rating). Players gain MMR during the regular season by winning and lose MMR by losing.
  • The amount of MMR you gain or lose is based on the strength of your opponent. You get more MMR for beating a higher-ranked opponent and lose more for losing to a lower-ranked opponent.

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