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League of Legends Match Instructions
League of Legends Match Instructions
Updated over a week ago


  1. Five (5) starting players per team.

  2. Join the lobby within the 30-minute grace period.

  3. Communicate via Match Lobby Chat.

  4. Teams will use Tournament Codes (called Game Codes) to join lobbies.

  5. If Game Codes are unavailable, use the Custom Lobby Process steps below.

  6. Spectators are approved using Match Lobby Chat per Section 7.7 of the High School Competition Rulebook

  7. If there are any issues, finish the current game, exit the lobby, and notify PlayVS Support for further assistance.

Important: Please review the PlayVS Game Day Protocol here.

Setting Up the Match

Player Protocol

  1. Open League of Legends.

  2. Click “Play”.

  3. Click the Trophy Icon in the top-right.

  4. Open PlayVS Match Lobby and Click “Game 1 Code” to copy the code.

  5. Paste the Tournament Code in the in-game pop-up.

    Important: If the Tournament Code is not copied over or is missing entirely, contact PlayVS Support and follow the Custom Lobby Process below.

  6. Determine sides using the Side Selection & Draft Protocol below.

  7. Players should join from top to bottom in order of their respective role.

    • Top

    • Jungle

    • Mid

    • ADC

    • Support

  8. Type “R” or “Ready” using the in-game chat when ready.

  9. With both teams ready, the Party Owner click Start Game.

    Important: The Party Owner icon is next to the account name within the League of Legends client

  10. After the game is complete, copy the next game code and repeat the Protocol steps above until the match is complete.

  11. If a player or team disconnection occurs, refer to rulebook section 1.4 Stoppage of Play

Spectating Protocol

Important: All games in a match must be played, completed, and have results reported for a match to be considered complete.

  1. Open League of Legends.

  2. Click “Play”.

  3. Click the Trophy Icon in the top-right.

  4. Click “Game 1 Code” to copy the code.

  5. Paste the Tournament Code in the in-game pop-up.

  6. Under the Spectators section, Click "Spectate"

Side Selection & Draft Process

  • Home Team chooses side for Game 1.

  • Away Team chooses side for Game 2.

  • For Game 3, the losing team from Game 2 chooses side.

    • *For Playoffs, the Higher Seed chooses side for Game 3.

  • If a champion is incorrectly banned or selected, report the error immediately in chat use the Reset Draft Process below.

Reset Draft Process

  • Do not continue the Draft.

  • Share in PlayVS Lobby Chat that you need to reset with:

    • the pick/ban that was incorrect

    • the intended pick

  • Have all players exit the draft.

  • Use the same Game 1 Code to rejoin the lobby.

  • Click Start Match to restart the draft.

  • Replicate all Picks and Bans leading up to when the reset occurred.

  • Pick or Ban the correct champion, and continue.

Custom Lobby Process

Create the Custom Lobby (Home Team)

  1. Click Play.

  2. Select Summoner’s Rift.

  3. Choose ‘Create Custom’ to create a match.

  4. Confirm the settings:

    • Change game type to ‘Tournament Draft’.

    • Allow all spectators.

  5. Use your Team Name and Date as the Lobby Name, and select a secure password of your choosing.

  6. Share the Lobby Name, Password, and Side Selection in Match Lobby Chat.

Join the Custom Lobby (All Remaining Players)

  1. Click Play.

  2. Then select ‘Custom’.

  3. Locate the lobby name listed in your PlayVS Match Lobby Chat, and then use the provided password to join the lobby.

  4. From here, participants can continue from the above Player Protocol Step 4.

Post-Match Process

  • Lobby Codes automatically record match results and in-game statistics.

  • Take in-game screenshots at the end of each game for your records.

  • If Game Codes are not used, coaches are responsible for verifying that results have been reported manually.

  • Matches without results will be quarantined, and risk a match loss for both teams by default.

  • If results are not accurate, then contact PlayVS Support for further assistance.

Important: By default, Rulebooks overrule Match Instructions. Please reach out to PlayVS Support if you find any conflicting information.


V5.0 // 1/16/24 - Reformatted to match PlayVS Resources Style Guidelines

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