HSEL League of Legends State Playoffs

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This article explains the key dates, times, game information, and more for the HSEL League of Legends state playoffs. Please ensure that all team members are aware of the HSEL GENERAL TOURNAMENT RULES before registration. Please see the HSEL Registration Guide for more details on signing up. 

Looking for regional Rocket League or Valorant playoff Information? See the Regional Playoff Guide

Looking for HSEL playoff information for nationwide games? See the HSEL Spring Major Playoff Guide.


Game Information 


Team Size


Match Length

League of Legends



Bo3 Playoffs & Finals



Playoff Information


# of Teams in Playoffs

# of Rounds








Playoff Schedule

Playoff brackets will be generated during the week of April 3, prior to the end of business April 6th. Team administrators will be notified of qualification via email to the address they use to log in.

  • Default match times will be based on the state (see table below). 
  • Playoffs/finals are manually seeded; players will not use the queue system.
  • You may only reschedule a playoff match if you meet all of the following criteria: 
    • Your competitor agrees to the new time in the match chat on the Generation Esports platform.
    • You notify and receive approval from HSEL admins for the new time here.
    • The match score is reported before midnight Pacific Standard Time on the day of the match.
    • Finals matches cannot be rescheduled.
    • Your opponent must agree to the rescheduled time in match chat on the Generation Esports platform or the default time will remain.
  • 3rd Place Matches will occur on the same day as the tournament's finals match at the default match time listed in the table below. 

Default Match Times 

5:00 pm PDT 5:00 pm CDT



Date California & Texas
Monday 4/10 Semifinals
Monday 4/17 Finals


How to Qualify

  • A roster must:
    • Play at least 75% of their matches in order to be eligible for playoff qualification.
    • End the season at a high enough leaderboard placement, (see tiebreakers below. 
    • Note: Any unplayed regular-season matches will be counted as a loss against the roster's record at the end of the regular season, per rule
  • 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, pursuant to rule 
    1. Wins. (Forfeit wins and bye wins are scored as a full series undefeated win)
    2. Head-to-head record. (If the two tied teams have played each other, their match record against each other is compared)
    3. Overall game-win percentage. (e.g. winning a match 3-0 is better than 3-2)
    4. Higher opponents’ game-win percentage. (e.g. it is better to beat an opponent who  consistently won 3-0 than 3-2)
    5. Fewer forfeit losses.
    6. Fewer bye wins.
    7. The team which had a higher number of wins before their first loss.
    8. If the first loss is received after the same number of wins, then the team which lost to the stronger opponent (as defined by game win percentage) will be ranked higher.

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.
  • Find the “Leaderboard” section and click “Playoffs”.
  • Click the “Bracket View” button to open the playoff bracket for that specific game.


Roster Rules and Substitutes

  • Per HSEL General Competition Rule 2.8.4: "Roster changes may be made at any point during or in-between seasons except during the time a team has queued for their match, during live matches, or once the playoffs have begun. Roster changes are prohibited for single-player and partnered (duo) game tournaments." 
  • In the case an emergency substitute is needed, the Team Admin must reach out to competition@highschoolesportsleague.com and receive permission. 
    • If you have not heard back after 24 hours of making an emergency substitute request, please contact support here


  • These tournaments are "winner take all" -- the first-place team in each state will receive a trophy and medals.

Things to know

  • Your admin will be emailed a form to fill out to ensure you receive any potential prizing. Forms will be sent out around 5 business days after the tournament's culmination. 
  • Any admin with a team/player who made it to the playoffs will be notified via email.
  • The match format is located in the specific tournament overview. You can find the overview in the HSEL community section of our help site.