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VALORANT Match Instructions
Updated over a week ago

Important: With Spring 2024 being the inaugural season for VALORANT, this is subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of League Officials.


  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 complete the Map & Side Selection Process

  5. Home Teams will create private matches and send invitations.

  6. Per Section 3.3.1 Spectating, Coaches can spectate a match by joining their team's Coach position.

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

Important: Please review the PlayVS Game Day Protocol here.

Setting up the Match

Map Pick & Side Selection Process

Before the first game, teams will select maps and choose sides for each of the three (3) games. The pick, ban, and side selection phase will proceed as follows:

  1. The Home team bans one map from the pool.

  2. The Away team bans one map from the pool.

  3. The Home team picks the Game 1 map from the remaining pool.

  4. The Away team selects their starting side for Game 1.

  5. The Away team picks the Game 2 map from the remaining pool.

  6. The Home team selects their starting side for Game 2.

  7. The Home team bans one map from the pool.

  8. The Away team bans one map from the remaining pool.

  9. The remaining map is chosen for Game 3.

  10. The Home team selects their starting side for Game 3.

Rotating Map Pool

To mimic the competitive format of VALORANT, maps will rotate on a seasonal basis. The maps available to pick and/or ban for the season are:

  • Icebox

  • Lotus

  • Sunset

  • Breeze

  • Ascent

  • Bind

  • Split

Important: Home Team move to Create the Custom Lobby & Away Team move to Join the Custom Lobby.

Create the Custom Lobby (Home Team)

  1. Open VALORANT.

  2. Click “Play”.

  3. Select “Custom Game”.

  4. Change from Open party to Closed party.

  5. Click “Options” and confirm the following settings:

    • Allow Cheats: OFF

    • Tournament Mode: ON

    • Overtime: Win By Two: ON

    • Play Out All Rounds: OFF

    • Hide Match History: OFF

  6. Select Map for Game 1 and move to the Home Team Side for Game 1.

  7. Invite the Away Team Captain to the lobby.

Join the Custom Lobby (Away Team)

  1. Open VALORANT.

  2. The Team Captain will accept the invite from Home Team Captain.

  3. Invite all team members to the Custom Lobby.

Match Protocol (All Players)

  1. Once both teams are ready, the Home Team Captain will click “Start” and proceed to Agent Selection for Map 1.

  2. Teams will select their Agent for Map 1.

  3. Once all players have selected their agent, or after the 80-second countdown, they will be taken to the Map for the first game.

  4. Once the game begins, refer to Section 1.4 Stoppage of Play, if the following occurs:

    • A pause is needed

    • An in-game dispute must be submitted

    • A player or entire team disconnects

  5. Once Game 1 is complete, take screenshots of the post-game lobby for your records

  6. Both teams submit results using the Match Assistant.

    • If a substitution is needed, submit the roster change using the Match Assistant before the start of the next Game.

  7. For Game 2 and beyond, repeat the previous steps until the match is complete.

Post-Match Process

  • After both teams agree to the final game's result using the PlayVS Match Assistant, the match will be complete, and results will be recorded.

  • If the Match Assistant is skipped, Sponsors are responsible for verifying that results have been reported manually.

  • Matches without results risk a match loss for both teams by default.

  • In the event of an error, 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.


V 1.0 // 1/9/2024 - Created

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