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It's ADL time again! We're excited to announce that Season 8 starts February 19th and we will be playing every Sunday and Friday at 9pm EST (6pm PST). Once again, we've made some changes to this season but I think this will make everyone much happier! Let's just say that the theme of this season is SIMPLE!... literally. Things were just getting too complicated for everyone involved and it was sometimes hard to understand what was happening and why. Now everything will be easier for everyone! Jump past the Quick Info to get the summary of the changes!!

How the Amateur Draft League works (read if you're new!): Show up in TeamSpeak a little before 9pm EST on Sunday or Friday (about 10-15 minutes works). Once in TeamSpeak, right click your name, click "Change Description", enter your Summoner Name, Solo Q Rank, and the Top 3 positions that you would like to play (or a position you absolutely cannot play), then "OK". You will move into the channel that correlates with your current Solo Q rank under Skill Sorting Hat (if you're currently unranked, go based off of what you were last season). The highest ranked players that show up that night are deemed team captain for THAT NIGHT ONLY. Team Captains will begin drafting their team out of the remaining players (dodge-ball style picking, pick order is under rules). People who are picked will be automatically moved into their team's channel. Once teams are drafted, you will play a total of TWO GAMES. After a game, the winners of the match will move into the same channel as the opposing team for a feedback session. Each game is against a DIFFERENT TEAM. Once you're done with BOTH games and your feedback sessions, you're welcome to leave, start inhouses, find someone to Duo Q with, etc. You can attend any night you want; you're not required to follow any type of schedule. If you show up to play, you must play both of your games. All you have to do to play is show up, you don't have to sign up anywhere or do anything beforehand. You must be level 30 and have at least 16 champions (NA only). There is no minimum Solo Q rank requirement. Have questions? Hit up vVv Medusa or vVv Organicbear! 


Quick Info:

TeamSpeak Server: ts65.gameservers.com:9222 (NO PASSWORD)

Click Here to Learn How to set up TeamSpeak

Start Time: 9 PM EST/6 PM PST every Friday and Sunday



Changes based on your suggestions:

  • Scoring system moved from a complex ELO system to a simplified Win-Percentage-based system.
    • One of the things you guys asked for was for us to simplify the scoring system. The ELO system was confusing and made it so it was difficult to understand what was happening with your scores since everything was calculated behind the scenes. As a result, this season we'll be moving back to a spreadsheet system and simplifying the scoring system to Win/Loss percentage. Your score will be displayed in a simple google docs spreadsheet so that you can look it up easily and see all the math involved in calculating your score.
  • Adding an attendance-based bonus to remove the "hidden penalty" of showing up more often and having a lower win rate than someone who shows up a few times and has a win streak
    • Additionally, you guys said that you didn't like that someone could come in at the end of the season and get a lucky 8-2 streak and end up placing higher than people who were showing up the majority of the season and doing relatively well. We agree that this is something that should be addressed, and although it's highly unlikely for someone to go on an 8-2 streak based on luck alone, we are adding a bonus multiplier to help those who show up to more games throughout the season. This will remove the unintended penalty for those showing up to more nights and trending toward a 50% winrate and prevent someone from showing up and doing well late in the season to sweep an easy victory, unless it's truly deserved. If you DO manage to go 8-2, you will still end the season with a relatively high win rate, but those who attend more nights and manage to perform at an above average level will still end up with a greater score.
  • We will no longer be having a "Finals Night" to determine our winners; the winners of the ADL season will be determined by the end of the season Win/Loss Percentage after the attendance bonus is factored in.
  • Since we no longer have ADL ELO, we will no longer have the Champion/Challenger Tiers. If we have 40+ people on a night, we will have the highest ranked players do a separate draft from the lower ranked players.
    • This will make drafting go faster as well as help with the "my lane opponent is diamond while I'm in silver" problem. The 20 highest ranked players will be moved into Group A while the other 20 players will be in Group B then drafting will resume as normal. We will have 3 groups if we have 81-120 players. So the maximum a group will ever hold is 40 people.

Always be sure to give vVv Organicbear or vVv Medusa any feedback you have! We can always make things better or easier, we just need to be informed that something needs changing! A link to our profiles containing our contact information are at the bottom of this post. Feel free to contact us at any time in any way that is most convenient for you (including chatting on TeamSpeak).



How to Participate:

Literally all you have to do is show up! Get into our TeamSpeak BEFORE 9pm EST (10-15 minutes), go into the channel Amateur Draft League, then wait for further instruction!

NOTE: Anyone can play, regardless of Solo Q rank, as long as you're Level 30 and have at least 16 champions to participate in Custom Tournament Draft.



Official ADL Rules:


Number of teams: 2-40
Number of participants: 20-200

You will need to have a minimum of 8 games total played in the ADL (so 4 total nights) to qualify for prizes. 
Captain and Team Assignment: Captains will be the highest ranked players in attendance with one captain per 4 attendees. If a player is uncomfortable being captain, or is unfamiliar with the player pool, the captain may use the first pick to select someone who would then draft the rest of the team. The lowest ranked captain will be seeded at Alpha and then it will go in ascending order with the highest rated player on either Delta, Foxtrot or Hotel depending on the number of total players.

In order to prevent captains with similar skill levels from suffering a disadvantage due to slight difference in solo queue rank, captain pick order will be randomized within the following tiers:

  • Platinum 5-3
  • Platinum 1 and 2
  • Diamond 5-3
  • Diamond 2-1 < 50 LP
  • Diamond 1 >= 50 LP
  • Master
  • Challenger

Matchmaking: To determine who plays who, each night will be randomized using the list randomizer found at random.org!
Picking Order: First, captains are selected and assigned a team designation, then four rounds of picking commences. 1st Round : Alpha -> Last team, 2nd Round: Last Team -> Alpha, 3rd Round: Alpha -> Last Team, 4th Round Last Team -> Alpha.
Hosting and Side Choice: Hosting will be determined during the matchmaking process. Each team will have an opportunity to play on blue side for one game each night and one chance to play on purple/red side. The exact determination is based on the number of teams that show up.
Pausing/Connection Issues: Pauses may be done as necessary. If someone disconnects or is having lag issues, standard procedure is to state the problem in all chat and then pause the game. The integrity of the match is the standard. Each team will be allowed 7.5 minutes of pause time for lag and disconnection issues, and teams may use both of their times (up to 15 minutes) on a single player/issue if needed. If an issue occurs before two minutes or first blood, the game can be remade with no penalty to either side.
Leaving/AFK: If a player is having connection issues that cannot be resolved, rage quits, or inexplicably leaves the game, that player will be given a 2 night event suspension on the first offense and a season ban on the second offense. We want players who are willing to commit to the designated two games and want ensure that we do not welcome those who are careless or are willfully hostile toward the experience of their teammates and opponents. A substitute will be found if there are any games remaining that need to be played or a match is remade.
Replacement/Substitute Players: If a player does need to be replaced, the sub will be required to be of the same solo queue rank or lower. Extenuating circumstances can be made for up to 3 tiers up (Gold 4 being replaced by a Gold 1) but never higher than a division and only with the consent of the opposing teams captain and only if finding a player equal to or lower is unavailable. If a substitute is unable to be located, the team with the missing player will forfeit the game.


Please take the time to read and familiarize yourself with the rules! You are expected to know the rules before you join TeamSpeak and participate!!!


Are you excited about the beginning of Season 8? Should we have made any other changes? Be sure to communicate with us!! If you have questions, concerns, comments, or suggestions, contact Organicbear or Medusa and we'll be more than happy to help you <3 (srsly, with anything at all... except math).


See you on February 19th at 9pm EST (6pm PST) for the Amateur Draft League!!


ADL Staff:
vVv Organicbear
vVv Medusa

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Shame, I don't think I could accept another first place prize... :/ All of the rewards are too heavy to carry...but I think I can go for it.


PS: All of my sub- 1st place rewards = probably one 1st place reward. cuz math

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