Dota 2 NSE Winter

Dota 2

Week 1-3 Qualification 

Week 4-7 Playoffs and Swiss

Week 8 Finals


Online via the NSE Discord


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Dota 2 NSE Winter is split into 2 main stages: Stage 1 Qualification (Weeks 1-3) and Stage 2 Swiss/Playoffs (Weeks 4-7)


Stage 1

In Stage 1 teams will be initially seeded into 3 skill groups. In the first round teams will play another team in the same skill group and in the following rounds be matched versus teams with a similar record in the tournament.


Stage 2

In Stage 2 the top 8 teams will start in the Division 1 bracket (a double elimination bracket) and everyone else will continue playing in a Swiss tournament starting with points based on their finish in stage 1. Teams who do well in the Swiss can qualify for the Division 2 or Division 3.



1st - £250

2nd - £150 

3rd - £100

Top 4 - BUEC Championship Pins

In addition to other prizes this tournament awards British University Esports Championship Points.​



  • All players must be current students from the same university. 
  • All games will be played using the following settings:
    • GAME MODE - Captains Mode
    • SERVER LOCATION - Luxembourg
    • SELECTION PRIORITY - Automatic
    • STARTING TEAM - Random
    • PENALTY-RADIANT - No penalty
    • PENALTY-DIRE - No penalty
    • SPECTATORS - Enabled
    • DOTA TV DELAY - 2 main Tournament or 5 minutes Division 1
  • Teams must have at least 5 players. Teams may add/remove players from team between weeks.
  • If teams are more than 20 minutes late they will forfeit a match.
  • Check-in deadline is 6:30pm. Teams who don't check-in will not get games for that evening.
  • Offensive Steam Profile and Team names are not allowed.
  • Teams may have a coach in comms but they are not allowed to live spectate using coach slot.

Verbal abuse is not allowed. In particular any use of racist, sexist, homophobic or any other discriminatory language will be suspended for the remainder of the season (minimum of 3 weeks, carried over to the following season).

In addition to NSE rules all players must comply with Dota 2 terms of service at all times including, but not limited to, any account sharing policies.

Click here to download full rule book

Players are expected to uphold the NSE Code of Conduct whilst competing in this tournament

All decisions regarding the interpretation and enforcement of these rules is at the sole discretion of the NSE Admin Team, whose decisions are final.
These rules may be amended, changed or supplemented when required by the NSE Admin Team to ensure fair play and competitive integrity.

Dates Tournament Stage
Friday 13th Oct Sign-ups Close
Sunday 15th Oct Qualification
Sunday 22nd Oct Qualification
Sunday 29th Oct Qualification
Sunday 5th Nov

Week 1 Playoff Brackets
Week 1 Swiss

Sunday 12th Nov

Week 2 Playoff Brackets
Week 2 Swiss

Sunday 19th Nov 

Week 3 Playoff Brackets
Week 3 Swiss

Sunday 26th Nov

Week 4 Playoff Brackets
Week 4 Swiss

Sunday 3rd Dec Grand Finals

All games, with the exception of the Grand Finals, will be played on Sunday evening and cannot be rearranged. Games will have a normal start time of 7.15pm, however teams in the lower bracket of the Division 1 Bracket may be expected to start early (4:30pm) on the 19th of November and the 26th of November in order to play an extra match as required.