FAQ

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General questions



What is the Northern League of Legends Championship (NLC)?
The NLC offers a home for all players in the following countries: United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark (Northern Region) who want to compete with other players on a competitive level. The 2021 tournament serves as a calibration for the NLC 2022 Spring Split, in which teams can reach various divisions (Division 3, 4 and so on) depending on the rank at the end of the group stage. The highest placed teams can reach the third and final stage to qualify for Division 2.
What is Division 1
Division 1 is the highest class of the NLC and consists of ten (10) professional teams. They play over two (2) splits in spring and summer for the respective split champion. The top teams of the first Division qualify for the EU Masters.
What is the 'Division Model'?
Starting in 2022, the NLC league will consist of several divisions, ranging from beginner teams who are looking for an exciting challenge and want to compete against other players, to professional teams, who want to prove themselves against the peers and fight for the championship.
The division model allows us to offer every player, regardless of skill level, the opportunity to compete with teams at a similar skill level. Play your way up to the first Division and become a pro player!



Registration & League Signup



When can I register for the NLC?
It is only possible to register for our league during a certain period. You can find information about this period on our website. So pay attention not to miss our announcements!

Who is eligible to participate in the league?
A team must consist of at least 5 players and is eligible to play if at least 3 out of 5 players used in a match are so-called Locally Trained Representatives (LTR) of the Northern Region.

What are the requirements to sign up?
You must be registered and logged into our website and have a verified League of Legends account to play on. Additionally, you must be on a team with at least five (5) members. Only the team leader/team captain can register the team for the upcoming split. At least four (4) other team members must then confirm their participation in the split. You can find a detailed guide on how to sign up here.

What is the check-in?
At the end of the registration at the beginning of the first match day we want to ensure you and your team are there and plan to actively participate in the League. In the two hours before the official start of the first match day the leader or a captain of the team will have to perform the "check-in" via a button press on the match page. Teams who fail to do this before the end of registration will not be able to participate this split.

I can't connect my League of Legends account.
Once you have registered your LoL account with us, you can only change it on your own outside of a season. During a season you can contact us via Support Ticket, we will do our best to help you.


League format Open Qualifier



How does the group stage work?
The group stage is played in Swiss format which, in short, is a group stage where not everyone plays against everyone else. On each playday you play against another team that has the same (or similar) amount of points as your own. At the end of the group stage the top teams will advance to the Playoffs for a chance to qualify to Division 2 in the 2022 Spring Split. The remaining teams will place in a Division in the Spring Split according to their group stage result.

What is the league schedule?
The match days are set as follows and can be found on the league page.
Playdays 1-3*, &
Playdays 4-6*, &
Playdays 7-9*, &
Playdays 10-12*, &
Note: Depending on the final number of participants, the number of playdays may vary. There will be a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of three (3) games per day

What happens after the end of the group stage?
Depending on your result you will be placed in the next split of the NLC in a division suitable for your team. If your team placed near the top of the group stage, you will have a chance to qualify for Division 2 through Playoffs.


Team Restrictions & Stand-Ins



How many players can play for my team during a season?
There can be a maximum of ten (10) players in your season lineup at any given time. You may add up to four (4) additional players to your team during the season. Furthermore, the use of so-called stand-ins is possible. Stand-ins are players who are not part of the team but help out for individual games.

How many times am I allowed to switch teams?
You may switch teams as a full member a maximum of once (1) during a season including the registration stage. Due to the stand-in rule, you can play for up to three (3) teams in total during a season.

How many players are allowed to join our team during the season?
During a season up to four (4) players can join your team. It is important to note that a maximum of ten (10) players can be actively registered on a team at any given time.

My friends are missing a player at short notice, can I help out?
Basically, you can play for up to three (3) teams per season. This includes your own team as well as stand-in appearances.


Matches



Who opens the lobby?
The lobby is created by a tournament code, which can be requested on the match page. You just have to join the lobby via code and switch to the correct side in-game.

What do I have to consider before the match starts?
Before a match a leader or captain has to specify a lineup for the upcoming match. This lineup must consist of five (5) players. A maximum of two (2) stand-ins are allowed per match as substitutes, which must also be specified in this lineup. If a team does not fulfill this requirement within the set time limit, it will automatically lose the upcoming match.

What can we do about problems in the game?
If you have problems with the game, first try to solve them yourself as best you can. Of course, this includes knowing and understanding the rulebook in order to find a fair solution. In addition, in such a case, communicate clearly with your opponent how you will proceed. If you need support, create a Support Ticket and wait for a response from the Administration.