The following rules apply to the Brewmaster's Cup.

Quick Rules

  • Participants must be at least 18 years old
  • Participants must be located in Europe at the time of the tournament
  • Up to 64 teams can participate in the Brewmaster's Cup
  • The tournament will be run in a Bo1 Single Elimination bracket with a Bo3 Final
  • A maximum of 5 players are allowed to play per team
  • No standins are allowed to participate
  • Matches cannot be rescheduled


  1. General Rules
  2. Tournament Format and Schedule
  3. Teams and Players
  4. Hosting and Punctuality
  5. Sides and Drafting Order
  6. During a game
  7. Rule Violation and Punishment
  8. Prizes
  9. Legal Process

General Rules


The Brewmaster's Cup is a community tournament for Dota 2 and is limited to teams from Europe, as described in rule 1.3.1. The official tournament website for the Brewmaster's Cup is


Everybody who is authorized by Freaks 4U Gaming to administer the Brewmaster's Cup based on its rules and regulations will be called an "admin" in the following, the collection of all admins will be called the "administration".

The interpretation of any rule and its consequences and execution are at the sole discretion of the administration.

Participants and Commitment

Every individual with a valid steam account, unless officially banned, is allowed to participate in the competition and will be called "participant" in the following. A group of participants fulfilling the minimum required number of team members will be called a "team" in the following. Additionally every participant must fulfill the following conditions:

  • Participants must not have a ban on the GameSports network for the time of the qualifiers.
  • At the time of the Brewmaster's Cup participants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Participants must be located in Europe at the time of the Brewmaster's Cup.

By participating in the Brewmaster's Cup participants acknowledge without limitation to comply with the rules and regulations and with the statements and decisions made by the administration.

Every participant acknowledges the right for the administration to modify the rules and regulations for adjustments at any time without notice and if necessary overrule those to ensure fair play and integrity throughout each season.

Every participant has to show the necessary respect towards admins and other participants. Insults and unfair or disrespectful behaviour towards anyone are not tolerated and will be punished.

Every participant must always have the newest version of Steam and Dota 2 installed and must check for updates with enough time to download and install them before each match. Unless a new version comes out right before the match, patching is not a valid reason to delay it.

Every participant must be registered on and have their correct steam ID entered as a game account in the GameSports network.

Every team and participant must try to win every game at every stage of the competition. Purposely losing for any reason is strictly forbidden.

Vulgar, racist, sexist or otherwise offensive team or players names are forbidden. Names with deliberately changed size and format are also not permitted.


All communication between participants and the administration must be held in English at all times and at any stage in the competition.

The administration may only be contacted via support tickets. This helps admins to coordinate as a team and work faster on issues than with the help of other platforms. Any other form of communication may be ignored.


All direct communication between participants and the administration is confidential. This includes reports, protests or any form of interactions with admins. The publication of any of the above is forbidden, unless the administration gives explicit permission in a written statement.

Tournament Format and Schedule

Sign-up and Check-in

The sign-up for the Brewmaster's Cup starts on and ends right before the start on . In order to participate each team must confirm their participation once more during the check-in, which starts 30 minutes before the sign-up ends.


The competition will be conducted in a Single Elimination bracket with Best-of-One Matches and a Best-of-Three Final. The maximum number of teams is limited to 64.


The time of the first round matches is set for . All upcoming rounds are to be played as soon as possible. A match can only start, once both teams are determined by the respective matches from the previous round. The official match time gets changed to 15 minutes after the last participant of the match has been determined. If a team has a bye in the first round, the match date for the team's second round must not be played at an earlier time as initially determined, unless both teams agree on it.

Teams and Players

Team Size

A team must consist of at least five (5) participants. Those persons will be called "team members" or "members" of the team in the following.


In order to sign up for the competition, a team must have exactly five (5) members with valid steam IDs.


The use of stand-ins is not permitted.

Player and Roster Restrictions

Only the person that is marked as leader can transfer the leadership to another person. The leadership can also be forcefully changed if more than 50% of the team members decide on a new leader. This must be requested via a support ticket.

A team may not add new players to their lineup during the entire competition.

A player may only play for one (1) team during the entire competition.

Hosting and Punctuality

Lobby Hosting

The team who is shown first on the official match page has to host the lobby. If the lobby isn't hosted after 10 minutes, the second team must do it. The team who has hosted must write the lobby information (name, password and server) in the "Hosting Tool" on the match page.


If one team is not ready to start the game within 15 minutes after the official match time, this team loses the game by default.


Only official broadcasters, admins and anyone authorized by an admin have the right to spectate any game without the agreement of the teams.

Server Location

The default server for this competition is Luxembourg (EU West). A different server may be used if both teams agree on it or an admin decides to.

Game Settings

  • GAME MODE - Captains Mode
  • Lobby Password: Must be set
  • Server Location: See server location rules
  • Lobby visibility: Public
  • Enable Cheats: No
  • Selection Priority: See sides and draft order rules
  • Penalty Radiant/Dire: No Penalty
  • League: None
  • Spectators: Enabled
  • Dota TV Delay: 2 Minutes
  • Pausing: Unlimited
  • Series Type: Depending on the game mode
  • Bot settings: No

Sides and Drafting Order

Selection Priority

The lobby owner sets Selection Priority to "Automatic (Coin Toss)".

If for some reason this ingame function does not work, Selection Priority must be set to "Manual". The following is a full explanation of the different game modes:

Show full explanation

One (1) game
The lobby owner chooses "heads" or "tails" for their team and tosses a coin using the "/flip" command in the lobby chat once there is at least 1 player from each team in the lobby.
The coin toss winner (Team A) may then choose one of the four: First pick, Second pick, Radiant or Dire. The other team (Team B) then chooses between the remaining two* options.

Best of three (Bo3)
At the start of the first game the lobby owner chooses "heads" or "tails" for their team and tosses a coin using the "/flip" command in the lobby chat once there is at least 1 player from each team in the lobby.
The coin toss winner (Team A) can then choose one of the four: First pick, Second pick, Radiant, Dire. The other team (Team B) then chooses between the remaining two* options.
For the second game the roles are reversed - Team B chooses between First pick, Second pick, Radiant and Dire and Team A chooses one of the remaining two* options.
The third game follows the same procedure as the first with a new coin toss.

*If Team A chooses a side (Radiant or Dire), Team B can only choose the pick order (first or second pick.) If Team A chooses the pick order (first or second pick), Team B can only choose side (Radiant or Dire).

Roster and Lineup Check

Both teams are responsible for checking their opponent's roster before the start of the game. If a roster is found not valid according to the rules, the team can refuse to start the game. As soon as the first creep wave spawns, the game is considered ongoing and protests about the roster are no longer accepted.

Delays caused by invalid rosters are treated like any other delay and are covered in the Punctionality rules. However, every team has at least five (5) minutes to fix an invalid roster regardless of how much time is remaining.

During a game


Each team has the right to pause the game for an acceptable duration. The game must not be resumed before both teams agree to it. When the number or the duration of pauses becomes too high or long, the administration may force the continuation of the game.


If a player disconnects, the game must be paused instantly. Each player has up to ten (10) minutes to reconnect to the game. Once this time has passed, the opposing team may unpause the game without the other team's agreement.


Everyone who is allowed to spectate according to the spectator rules is allowed to provide a video stream with a delay of at least five minutes. Players are not permitted to broadcast their own games.

Broadcasters who are not directly in the game's lobby but who are using Dota TV to spectate may stream without any additional delay.

Players may never watch or listen to any broadcast of a match they are playing.


Abusing a bug is strictly forbidden.


The usage of any Dota-related tool aside from Steam during a match is strictly forbidden.

Game Ending

A game is finished when an Ancient is destroyed, when the majority of a team leaves on purpose, or when the administration decides that it has ended. A game is not forfeited when a player types "gg" or "ff".

Rule Violation and Punishment

Possible Punishment

Breaking the rules or ignoring the instruction of an admin may result in a punishment for the whole team or a specific player. The type and amount is chosen by an admin. Possible Punishments include but are not limited to:

  • Draft Penalty
  • Loss of one game
  • Loss of the entire match
  • Disqualification from the cup
  • Disqualification from future cups run by Freaks 4U Gaming
  • Prize Money Reduction

Rule violation in other tournaments

Rule violations in external Dota 2 leagues or tournaments may also result in punishments for joinDOTA competitions.


  • 1st Place: 1,000€ + 5 Regular Weekend Tickets for ESL One Hamburg 2019
  • 2nd Place: Bitburger 0,0% Package
  • 3rd Place: Bitburger 0,0% Package

Legal Process

Legal proceedings are not permitted.
Last update: 02.09.2019